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The Allure of Western RPGs

There are two types of people in the world. Those who prefer Western RPGs and those who prefer Japanese RPGs. This is a look at why some people seem to prefer Western RPGs and it's recent increase in popularity.

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kalkano950d ago

"Final Fantasy XIII-2, one of the best JRPGs out there."

You lost me...

"But most of all, WRPGs change and evolve."

Nonsense. They don't change and evolve any more than JRPGs. To a WRPG fan, "all JRPGs are the same". And, to a JRPG fan, "all WRPGs are the same".

For me, I prefer JRPGs because they (at least sometimes) include turn-based combat. Action-RPGs have always been my least favorite type of RPG. And, since that's almost all that exists in any respectable form these days, I couldn't possibly be more sick of them.

Here's the #1 reason why WRPGs are currently popular, and JRPGs are not:

WRPGs are (mostly) made as AAA console games. JRPGs are (mostly) made as tiny handheld/phone games.

Aloren950d ago

Actually, most of the best recent WRPGs are anything but "AAA console games" (Divinity OS, Wasteland 2, Pillars of Eternity, Shadowrun Dragonfall, grimrock 2...). Big AAA wrpgs are a rare thing (it's basically bethesda bioware and CDP). Not as rare as AAA Jrpgs but still.

Two-Face950d ago

Grimrock 2 was such a amazing game. Too bad literally no one played it. You can't get more niche than that.

ThrowingDigitalSheep950d ago

I agree with you wholeheartedly. Some of the best recent WRPGs ARE NOT AAA console games. But games such as Divinity: Original Sin, Wasteland 2, Pillars of Eternity (all games which we love) aren't released for consoles.

Console-based site.

Makes sense that it would focus on console-games, right?

Xof950d ago

Wasteland 2 was actually designed to be console-friendly and is getting ported to XB3/PS4 later this year.

Anyway, you can generally be sure that the moment someone starts making big generalizations about either JRPGs or WRPGs, they have very little understanding of either genre.

Aloren950d ago

Actually Wasteland 2 was not designed to be console friendly, the idea of a port just came up after they decided to port the game to unity 5 to improve graphics and add controller support. It was designed and created as a classic PC RPG and it shows...

I sure hope it sells well on console though, that could give ideas to other developers. If shadowrun can sell for 3 dollars on Android devices, I'm sure it could sell on Xbox Live and PSN as well...

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Kyosuke_Sanada950d ago (Edited 950d ago )

Well said. Would this article ever existed the number and quality of JRPG releases rivaled those of the first Playstation era?

Snookies12950d ago

I wouldn't say XIII-2 is one of the best, but it was a really great game in terms of its content. It actually made me want to get everything and go for all the trophies/achievements.

I myself love a good mix of both WRPGs and JRPGs. Being a fan of both, there's always some RPG goodness to find.

styferion950d ago

"Final Fantasy XIII-2, one of the best JRPGs out there."
I lol-ed at that one, he listed varied WRPGs from way back to recent ones yet only managed to find FFXIII-2 as his JRPG example.
at least mention Chrono Trigger/FFVI if you want to give example of "one of the best JRPGs out there" writer..

also, am I the only one who's not taking camps with RPG? I'm an RPG fan and I played all kinds of both JRPG and WRPG, even some very niche ones like Hyperdimension, Atelier series, Grimrock, Wasteland.. I even play many Eushully games, if any of you even know what that is.

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IGiveHugs2NakedWomen950d ago (Edited 950d ago )

Western RPGs tend to have fetch quests instead of rewarding your exploration and time spent in the game with worth while loot drops. Diablo III is one Wrpg that has a good balance between story, combat/leveling, and loot drops. Lords of the Fallen = meh. Bound by Flame = oh god no. Dragon Age Inquisition = pretty good, too many fetch quests.

@wakeNbake

Jrpgs tend to be story driven, and quests are usually tied into the story. Fetch quests are not needed as filler because Jrpgs tend to be linear.

wakeNbake950d ago

As opposed to what JRPGs?

gangsta_red950d ago

I'm going to have to agree with IGive...I don't recall a lot of JRPG games being so heavy on the side mission fetch quests as their western RPG counter parts.

I can definitely remember the abundance of fetch quests in recent RPG's like Skyrim, Dragon Age and Borderlands.

Genova84950d ago

I prefer Eastern European RPGs:

Witcher and Witcher 2.

:-)

starchild950d ago

I love eastern European sensibilities.

AD705950d ago

To me WRPGs always did something different with games like fallout, elder scrolls, diablo, torchlight, the witcher, baldurs gate always doing something different and neat. Sure maybe sometimes the changes weren't always so drastic but it was something.

JRPGS IMO never really evolved or changed as much which is why over time their appeal just faded with me. Not to mention JRPGS were at their prime and top peak during the PS1 era and still pretty good during the 6th gen. There wasn't a whole lot last gen except for somethings like xenoblade, valkyria chronicles, ni no kuni and that was kind of it.

Snookies12950d ago

The Tales series is still going strong and getting more popular than ever.

ElementX950d ago (Edited 950d ago )

I've loved western RPGs since Lands of Lore Throne of Chaos on PC back in '93. My first RPG was Phantasy Star on Sega, circa '88. At first I really liked the Japanese RPGs but as the years went on I really got tired of random battles. I have played a few newer ones, however I prefer the settings, art pieces, and look of western style. The mythology is more interesting to me. I think a lot of characters and enemies in jrpgs look absurd. In many of the older ones, they swapped enemy colors and called them new species.

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