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JRPG Newcomer Finds Love Within The Genre

Analog Addiction writes: "The Japanese role-playing genre has been a variety of gaming I have avoided throughout my time as a gamer. I always heard second-hand knowledge regarding the in-depth complexities many of these titles possess, the hundreds of gameplay hours each title offered, and a fair amount of negativity towards the genre in recent times. These statements continuously held me back from diving into JRPG’s to truly test the waters with my own two hands, which is a decision I regret to this day.

I have always found myself attracted to Western themed role-playing games, with titles such as the Mass Effect series and Fallout 3 being some of my favourite games of all time. Yet the overwhelming aspects and negative feedback towards the genre kept me from investing in the Japanese version of role-playing fantasies. I guess the constant stream of JRPG’s that showcased similar motifs with the use of swords, armour and magic powers to fight evil monsters never truly appealed to me; they all just seemed so similar."

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Snookies121122d ago

All three are truly wonderful games... Great article!

Jamiex661122d ago

Thank you very much :) Glad you enjoyed it.

abzdine1122d ago

Ni No Kuni is a good game, but i'm not sure it would have been able to compete if it was released at the glory 16-32bits JRPG era in terms of depth in story, characters interactions and variety of locations. i thought the game was too easy, too linear i didn't die at anytime.
But for the artistic side and animations, Ni No Kuni deserves all respect!

I need to try Xillia now!

Thanks for the article, but Valkyria Chronicles is missing there.

Jamiex661122d ago

I shall have to try Valkyria Chronicles, heard very good things.

Xillia can be very linear too, so that may be a problem for you. But excellent characters, they have great depth in their character arcs.

abzdine1122d ago

i am so allergic to linear RPGs or games in general, i just get bored of them too fast.
FF13 is a perfect example i finished all FF before the 13 (except 11) and it took me like a month to complete an hour of gameplay in FF13.
Despite Ni No Kuni being linear, i still got hooked by the beginning of the story and especially by the oldschool classic touch. Just too bad the fights weren't that exciting after 1000 fights and the music during fights is just a pain to hear for over 40hours :D

3-4-51121d ago

I personally re-fell in love with RPG's again last summer with Dragon Quest 9.

All it takes is one game to get you excited about the genre again.

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