New role-playing games for Xbox 360 include 'Infinite Undiscovery'

The role-playing game was invented by Americans (thanks, Gary Gygax, for "Dungeons & Dragons"), but it's always been somewhat of a niche product among U.S. video-game enthusiasts. Sure, RPG series like "Final Fantasy" and "Diablo" have their devotees, but they're far outnumbered by fans of shooters like "Halo" or sports games like "Madden NFL."

Not so in Japan, where the release of a new "Dragon Quest" game is treated like a national holiday. That's why Microsoft, which has had trouble getting Japanese consumers to buy the Xbox 360, has turned to RPG developers to help broaden its market.

The results, so far, have been mixed. "Final Fantasy" creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's "Blue Dragon" left me cold, but his "Lost Odyssey" was one of the most compelling RPGs in years. Meanwhile, the Japanese RPG masters at Square Enix and Namco Bandai have got on board with Microsoft, heralding a possible revival of a somewhat moribund genre. As someone who has loved JRPGs ever since 1988's "Phantasy Star," I'm hoping for the best.

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lnfinite3734d ago

Correction:The results so far have been Flops.

Freezingduck3734d ago

AA at best

LOL wait till WKC hits Japan on December 25th and shows how it is done

What sucks is that FFXIII is exclusive in Japan where it matters the most...rofl...RIP M$

Omegasyde3734d ago

Microsoft has yet to have one "almost" AAA JRPG. Lots of $$$....

Average metacritic score: 70

No wonder they went after FF13, they keep getting expensive crap from Japan Developers.

wicked3734d ago

Could you please enlighten us on how many AAA JRPGs the PS3 has in the shops, before you spout sill comments.

LostChild3734d ago

"Could you please enlighten us on what a AAA JRPGs is before you spout silly comments.

I mean Chrono Trigger, Legend of Legaia, Legend of Dragoon, Shadow Hearts, Xenosaga, Arc the Lad is tops in my book but I bet no one considers them AAA because they don't have Final or Quest in their titles. So please, what are these AAA titles you speak of that aren't Final Fantay or Dragon Quest related?

theKiller3734d ago

but 7/10 is something that just past time with some entertainment

i am playing star wars the force unleashed and am must say its a lot of fun game, the gameplay is so good!! am sure for a ps3 must be even much better!!

so yes MS have RPG's but how many of them is good quality?? i say they r just good games!!

but the problem is that everybody calling 360 king of RPG's while most of them is BIG FLOPS!!!

i agree with u that those games u mentioned must be hell of fun!!! too bad i didnt play them becaue i dont have a lot of time, and when i had i choose to play FF games only :( i have star ocean 2 and suikeden 3 and more but never played them!!

ceedubya93734d ago

of how many almost AAA JRPGS have been sold during the last few console generations?

The catch is though, that they can't have Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest in the title. Okay.....go!

kewlkat0073734d ago (Edited 3734d ago )

A game has to be AAA so it could be used as Ammo against the other console.

I've played so many JRPGs that were not made buy Square and wasn't looked at as AAA meaning 90's and above probably.

For me them games were AAA regardless...

It's good you actually pointed out some games that weren't in reviewers favor but gamers really enjoyed looking back at it. Not every JRPG will average 9's, even looking at the PS2's library with a sh^tload of JRPG's, it's only the Square games that always take in 9's.

I'm an avid JRPG gamers and I've played crappy to really good JRPG's and I know not every game will fit everyone taste, especially when everyone looks to Square-Enix as the Standard. Lost Odyssey is the Best JRPG I've played yet this Gen and look at it's score. Do I care what reviewers thought?, naaaww

Look at the PS2 for Example, with over 100 million base and ahuge library.

Average Scores

Final Fantasy XII (The worst FF, but Expected)
Final Fantasy X(Great Game)

Dark Cloud 2
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Kingdom Hearts II
Suikoden III (Underrated Series)
Final Fantasy X-2 (such Crap)
Kingdom Hearts
Shadow Hearts: Covenant (Underrated Series)
Final Fantasy XI

Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
Rogue Galaxy (Underrated)
Odin Sphere (Underrated)
Dark Cloud
Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (Can't wait for the Next-Gen version)

Wild Arms 3
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter (Where are you CAPCOM?)
Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia
Grandia III
Shadow Hearts: From The New World
Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland
Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome
.hack mutation part 2
Summoner 2
Suikoden V
.hack infection part 1
Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity (This was good))

Shadow Hearts (Loved it)
Soul Nomad & the World Eaters
Wild ARMS Alter code: F
Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose
Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits (Decent Game)
Wild ARMs 5
Grandia II

Just look at who on top of the food Chain...Pretty Much Square-Enix.

AAACE53734d ago

Reviews shouldn't be taken so seriously! Keep in mind that people understand and like things that others might not!

Example... I liked DOA: Extreme 2! I understood it as a vacation game that you didn't have to take seriously, but could just do what you felt like doing. The reviewers gave it bad scores because it didn't stick by the normal guidelines for what a game should be!

Reviewers play alot of games, and as a result the majority of them make the one mistake you should never do when reviewing a product. They compare it to an existing product without giving it a fair chance!

I use reviews as a guideline to find out what potential problems I may run into such as gameplay problems, inconsistant graphics, etc.

I never take a reviewers opinion as the final word because... They aren't me... and they don't know what kind of games I like, or what I look for out of games!

Independance people... you were born with it... you should claim it!

LostChild3734d ago

Yep, they were a lot of fun to play but even I missed out on other good RPG’s like Star Ocean. So I am looking forward to playing SO3. Suikeden 3 I played but I never got a chance to finish it. There were just to many other games to play at the time.

I totally agree with you and any one that mentions .Hack, gets props in my book. It’s not one of the greatest rpgs out there but the whole concept was very interesting and fun at the time.

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Sena Kobayashi3734d ago

Its Crazy how some people see everry thing as flops nowadays. Some are calling the 360 RPG's Flops because they havent sold Million and etc etc. But Folklore and Disdea have not sold a million also . Does that make these two games FLOPS? No it dont. Those 2 games are really enjoyable even tho they havnt sold millions. LO is also a great title and Tales of Vesperia even greatter. people should play more and hate less.

Im of to another thread with my MAX SPEED!!!

kindi_boy3734d ago

they need to change the title i bet the person who submit the news didn't read the article. on another thought... MHO.

Lost Odyssey(spell?), i couldn't complete game, that boring.
Tales of Vesperia, can't leave it alone, that good
Infinite Undiscovery, i have very mixed feeling about it.
Folklore, a beautiful creepy game, one play through.
Disgea, looking forward to play it.

plain rice3734d ago

Currently renting Infinite Undiscovery. To be honest I like it so far.

Sena Kobayashi3734d ago

To be honnest i Really like KIM K but she sucks on Dancing with the stars.

arngrim2293734d ago

glad u gave it a chance, i just beat the game i luv it, the story is good too. i dont know what bugs the reviewers were talking bout but w/e game is fun, just cuda been longer but hey u know whats amazing if ur a valkyrie profile fan???? theres a seraphic gate after u beat it!!!!!! i wonder if lenneth is in their *drools* i can only hope lol still didnt beat seraphic gate ;p

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