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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IGiveHugs2NakedWomen1313d ago (Edited 1313d 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.


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.

wakeNbake1313d ago

As opposed to what JRPGs?

gangsta_red1313d 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.

Genova841313d ago

I prefer Eastern European RPGs:

Witcher and Witcher 2.


starchild1313d ago

I love eastern European sensibilities.

AD7051313d 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.

Snookies121313d ago

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

ElementX1313d ago (Edited 1313d 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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