The Top 10 Best Japanese Role-Playing Games Ever Made

A lot of great role-playing games don't get the love that t hey deserve, so let's give them their time in the sun with the top 10 best Japanese role-playing games outside of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Mario RPG, Megami Tensei, Castlevania, and Pokémon!

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kalkano389d ago

I have to say, even though no one will ever agree on a list like this, I find this one particularly...bizarre...

Mine (specifically JRPGs):

10) Skies of Arcadia
9) Persona 4
8) Final Fantasy 9
7) Suikoden 3
6) Persona 5
5) Final Fantasy 8
4) Final Fantasy 6
3) Final Fantasy 10
2) Final Fantasy 7
1) Shining Force 3

New_Age_Retro_Hippie389d ago

Way I figure it, it's more interesting to me to talk about lesser-known JRPGs - especially something as off color as Recettear.

PiNkFaIrYbOi389d ago

Why Suikoden 3 and Shining Force 3?

kalkano389d ago

Honestly, it's been a very long time since I've played Suikoden 3. But, I loved the synchronicity system, and the way it showed the story from various points of view.

That's also something that Shining Force 3 did very well. Plus, Shining Force, to me, was always the series that did Strategy RPGs "right". What I mean is, it was mostly like any other type of RPG outside of battle. You can wander around a town and talk to people, find hidden items, walk around the world map, and the story was told "normally" (as opposed to through cardboard-cutout visual novel scenes). Also, during battle, all turns are interspersed, as opposed to entire army "phases". I very much prefer that method.

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EatCrow387d ago

I actually agree with the list. Mostly.
I didnt play the final fantasys before 7 so can't speak for those but I've heard really good things.
And I would remove person 5 from the list but toherwise I like the tastes of that list.

kalkano387d ago

You liked Persona 4, but not 5?

EatCrow383d ago (Edited 383d ago )

This was a list of Top, correct?
I never said I disliked. I would just remove since it isnt in my top.

Definitely preferred 4 over 5

kalkano383d ago

Oh, okay. That makes a lot more sense.

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Cy388d ago

The fact that you think Castlevania is a role playing game makes any opinions you have suspect at best.

New_Age_Retro_Hippie388d ago (Edited 388d ago )

>_> A good number of Castlevania games are role-playing games, yes. I'm not referring to the NES etc. Castlevanias, I'm referring to the entries that are RPGs like SotN and AoS. And if you still argue that the latter isn't an RPG, then I guess I would question what exactly qualifies as an RPG. Is it turn-based combat? I should hope not, because a number of games on this list do not have that. Same with random battles. If it's leveling up, Castlevania has that. If it's customizing you weapons and armor, Castlevania has that. If it's character growth, Castlevania has that in numerous ways. This is not some situation like how The Legend of Zelda is considered an RPG, Castlevania straight up fits the bill. RPGs can be adventure games, or platformers, or any other genre. It seems kind of like a waste of time to make a list of RPGs that is just going to fulfill a very narrow definition of what an RPG can entail, so if that is what you want, I guess you will have to look elsewhere. I like to keep my subject matter interesting.

Last_Boss387d ago

Not saying you're wrong, but I always put any castlevania still as action adventure, just like I put Yakuza as action, even though they both have stat management. It's the core of the games I initially look at.

New_Age_Retro_Hippie387d ago (Edited 387d ago )

I definitely concur that there is a certain degree if overcategorization of any game with RPG elements as being RPGs thus diluting it, but my perspective is less that Castlevania is not an action/adventure game like you said, and more that its RPG elements are 1/3 of the core. I think that Cy's issue (beyond an embarrassing user profile) is that they simply have a certain perspective that doesn't really work. For example, what exactly makes the Mana games RPGs? They are definitely Action RPGs, but they're also adventure games and could reasonably be called Action-Adventure games with RPG elements. AoM is no more or less an RPG than modern Castlevania games, but they took a fairly narrow look at what an RPG can be and dismissed only one of them.

Not arguing against you, your perspective is entirely valid.

nitus10387d ago

I think replying to what you said is extremely difficult and any reader should read as a starter and even if they do the term RPG can still be confusing.

The only Zelda game I would consider an RPG is "Zelda 2 The Adventure of Link" which allowed the user to control the stats associated with Link. While I have not played all the Zelda/Link games most don't allow the user to change Links stats unless you count weapons, armour and skills which could be considered as part of RPG elements.

Personally I would consider the Zelda games (exception Zelda 2) as Action/Adventure but how would you describe games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne which allow you to actually change the stats associated with the particular character you are controlling?

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Kabukiface388d ago

Get outta here, Comic Book Guy >:^(

Asuka388d ago

Never got around to TWEWY. I really need too

Razmiran387d ago

You wont regret it
Any version is fine

Gamist2dot0388d ago

7. Miracle Warriors
6. Sword of Vermillion
5. Dragon's Crown
4. MGS: Phantom Pain.
3. Persona 5 (soon)
2. Nioh
1. Bloodborne

BinaryMind388d ago

LOL MGSV, a role-playing game? That made me laugh.

New_Age_Retro_Hippie387d ago

I admit to being entirely ignorant to Metal Gear, but I guess I'd be curious to hear the thought process behind why V is an RPG.

Gamist2dot0387d ago

"A role-playing game (sometimes spelled roleplaying game and abbreviated to RPG) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting."


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