Submitted by bahnism 513d ago | opinion piece

JRPGs: A Retrospective

Will Parker discusses classic JRPGs from past to present. Is this genre on the decline? Our comprehensive feature examines the symptoms. (3DS, Chrono Trigger , Final Fantasy VIII, GameCube, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360)

kingdom18  +   513d ago
Its been proven they can sell decently if they are made. And I'm not thinking of more niche titles like Neptunia, or Agarest War and what not. Things like Persona, Kingdom Hearts, Ni No Kuni, Tales of..., they do sell well. Am I wrong? I would love to see a new Dragon Quest on the PS4, it could flourish, I would think.
Jubez187  +   513d ago
Yea, you're right. Those bigger titles you mentioned sold at least decently in the US.

A new Dragon Quest on PS4 though, that would be....monumental.
kingdom18  +   512d ago
I would cry, I don't remember the last time I played a decent turn based JRPG, it was probably Lost Odyssey.
Oh_Yeah  +   513d ago
I used to be a big jrpg fan as a kid during the ps1/ ps2 days but after final fantasy 10 and the dark cloud games my interest in them fell drastically, because they started to become stagnant, didn't introduce much in game play changes and that's speaking for majority of the genre. The only one I can honestly say that pulled me back and sparked my interest in recent years is ni no kuni. It was like Pokemon but had it been taken in the direction I envisioned it after playing all the gb gba games, I had been waiting for something exactly like it and when I got it, it did not disappoint. I hope to see more jrpgs step outside of the box and learn from ni no kunis game play.
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TuxedoMoon  +   513d ago
There were plenty of great JRPG Last generation, you just had to look for them. Resonance of Fate was really good, so was Valkyria Chronicles, The Last Story, Xenoblade, Golden sun 3, Super robot wars OG saga endless frontier, Ni no Kuni, Tales of Graces, are just few examples.

It just looks like most Jrpgs are heading to handhelds. For example, aren't the dragon quests games now on ds/3ds? Isn't Capcom putting a Breath of Fire game on phones only? Cheaper development cost after all.

Hopefully FF15 could refresh the brand name that FF13 obliterated.
kingdom18  +   512d ago
The next DQ was supposed to be on the Wii U I believe, but after its less than appealing sales maybe they will considering making one for the PS4.
PaperClichePixel  +   513d ago
The art style, and bubblegum anime characters, is killing this genre. You pretty much know what characters are gonna do, say, or act. It's like most of these games are made, so kids can cosplay the characters, and they themselves don't even like it.
Hicken  +   513d ago
Bubblegum anime? The hell does that even mean?
Oh_Yeah  +   512d ago
They look all soft, fruity and edible ? Like majin boo.
contradictory  +   512d ago
the genre is kinda stuck in a rut
too many cliche's that re-occur
like the games always being in medieval fantasy world
and the game's taking themselves too seriously sometimes
kalkano  +   512d ago
Those games ARE as great as we made them out to be. I know, because I'm CONSTANTLY replaying them, INSTEAD of playing new games.

When the modern industry offers me nothing of value, I keep my money, and play games I bought a long time ago.

The bar has been set. Until the modern industry can at LEAST reach that bar, I'll continue to ignore it.
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