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Western Vs. Japanese Role Playing Games

Editor for Gamefocus.ca comes to the sad realisation that maybe, just maybe... it's time to just end her stale relationship with JRPGs. Discussion includes the differences between Japanese and Western RPGs, and why Japanese RPGs are quickly going to go the way of the dodo.

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BubblesDAVERAGE3560d ago

to me are glorified action games / fps

jadenkorri3560d ago

jrpgs will not go anywhere, if anything wrpgs will quickly go the way of the dodo.... like cmon, theres only 2 wrpgs i loved and they were Star Wars Knights of the old republic, and oblivion, but i have never gone back and played them ever, once finished there was nothing else to do...Jrpgs, there are always things you missed, unless you followed gamefaqs walkthroughs fully, but then your just lame and taking away the true game experience, i use them once and awhile when im seriously stuck for like days and not just for 10 mins, i will work my way through if at all possible...right now im working through crono trigger again, then ill prob play breath of fire 3 for psp...Wrpgs are a one play through and thats it, its over, take it back to eb and get some money out of it cause it sits there and collects dust afterwards..

ry-guy3560d ago (Edited 3560d ago )

You're missing out on RPGs in general if you start becoming prejudice towards WRPGs.

You haven't even played Mass Effect? You're really missing out.

Fallout 3 will be exhibiting that WRPG style. I think that open-world style of play is here to stay.

Anyways, when I play an JRPG I play it for the story. I expect the best story possible. WRPGs I don't have as high of expectations (Mass Effect was a pleasant surprise) for the story but with those lowered expectations I also raise my expectations for the gameplay.

In the end I'm happy with any high-quality RPG that I can get my hands on to. Regardless of its origins.

Fallen_Angel3560d ago

There are a lot of great wrpg' Fable , Mass Effect , KotoR , BioShock (tho you can argue if it a rpg or a fps), Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 (talk about going back a playing a game over and over and over and you still might never finish them), Planescape and Diablo 2. Not are they some of the best wrpg's they are some of the best rpg's ever made period.

I'm betting that Fable 2 , Fallout 3 and Too Human will rank up the too.

To be honest it really does seem like jrpgs are dieing off. The only 2 that seem to sell are DQ and FF games. Lost Odyssey was one of the best jrpgs I played in years and yet its sell were god awful.

Bleucrunch3559d ago

JRPG's are the best.....there is nothing that compares because they are more passionate about their games. Yea I will be waiting for the disagrees you douches.

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cloud360-7th_account3560d ago

I love anime style games

and Japanese rpg liek FF and KH are the best anime style games

heyheyhey3560d ago

both are excellent styles

but i lean more towards JRPG, because of the art direction and the stories are usually way better

gtgcoolkid3560d ago

for me its the stories that I get out of JRPGs that makes me like them better although WRPGs also have their unique style. But in the end JRPGs still take the cake for me.

specialguest3560d ago (Edited 3560d ago )

It's the character development which plays a big role in JRPG. No other type of game can evoke such strong emotional attachment and sadness for a sprite/polygon character like a JRPG. One popular example is FF7: Aeris/Aerith

But personally, I like both styles and hope we'll see both styles combined in the future.

Altis13560d ago

Japanese RPGs is for girls and pedophiles.
Western RPGs is for american males and/or people with a lot of time on their hands, as well as themselves.

heyheyhey3560d ago

so anyone who plays RPG's is bad?

screw you, RPG's rule

Harry1903560d ago (Edited 3560d ago )

Can't really understand why you hate Jrpg's like that.

Altis13560d ago

"so anyone who plays RPG's is bad? "

I didn't say that you moron.

"Can't really understand why you hate Jrp's like that."

Anyone that I have met in person who is in to JRPG's looks like they are one or in desperate need of a woman. I know, I have sold games to these poor saps.

heyheyhey3560d ago

from the ignorant way you stereotype people who play JRPG's i can easily tell that YOUR the moron

Altis13560d ago

I call it as I see it.

wass0073560d ago

@Altis1 Yup and by lookin at ya avatar can tell u can neva get a girl lmao!!!!

Altis13560d ago (Edited 3560d ago )

Yes cause we all know who a person is just by their avatar and not by meeting with that person face to face. That is news to me. You should work for Fox news.

heyheyhey3560d ago

by all means- do so

but someone who sterotypes certain types of people to a particular type of media will always be a moron to me

im a gamer who plays JRPG's, HAS a girl and is not a pedophile

go figure

bootsielon3560d ago

Reported as offensive, and also as Retarded.

RealTimeWeaponChange3560d ago

LMFAO. It's sooo true. JRPGs are for lifeless pedos. I like my underage teens with boobs; not these drawings of 5 year olds like these JRPG f*cks.

DomUltra3560d ago

Altis1, you have been officially dubbed, N4G's dumb fυck of the week, congrats.

PSMonster213560d ago (Edited 3560d ago )

Altis looks like the devil. Don't mess with him.

Pain3559d ago

Only a American Kid will say w-rpg >> jrpg

US game makers make good FPS's Not RPG's Fact.

Rocko3559d ago (Edited 3559d ago )

WRPG>JRPG no question.

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ThaGeNeCySt3560d ago

wrpg's are more my style but i'll play jrpg's as well (i love Lost Odyssey)