Bethesda: Western RPG “More Realistic” Than JRPGs

It’s east versus west again in the showdown between western developed rpgs and their Japanese counterparts. Recently, Bioware co-founder Greg Zeschuk shared his views on why he believe jrps have become stagnant and have lost their appeal. Now Bethesda has tossed their 2 cents into the debate.

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Cloudberry2667d ago (Edited 2667d ago )

Bioware co-founder Greg Zeschuk "JRPGs have become stagnant and have lost their appeal" & Betheseda's "WRPGs more realistic than JRPGs".

In my opinion...

How about Bioware and / or Betheseda make a.........
Wait for it...
JRPG of their own?

And make it better than Square-Enix, Mistwalker, Namco-Bandai, ATLUS, etc.

BeaArthur2667d ago

I've wondered that for years. You would have thought with all the popularity of the JRPG's that a western studio would have tried to make one by now.

Alos882667d ago

It would be the most realistic stagnant RPG of our time!

MaxOpower2667d ago (Edited 2667d ago )

Na.. forget it

Trroy2667d ago (Edited 2667d ago )

Japanese retail wouldn't buy a RPG from Western devs, even if it was JRPG-styled.

Old school Japanese business won't support western game development if it competes with something Japanese. And without Japanese retailers, there's no serious market for JRPGs, really.

Its not logic that drives this behavior. Its cultural bias. Take it or leave it as you will.

guzman2667d ago

Bioware did do a Jrpg, that Sonic DS rpg. It was the biggest pos joke of a game in awhile.

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Simon_Brezhnev2667d ago

so i guess sci-fi space marines or post apocalyptic makes it more realistic.

HelghastKid2667d ago

Haha of course Sci-fi space marine tops 12 year old amnesia boy in the reality scale xD.

Seriously, who cares? both genres are great and my fave out of all genres. Just keep doing what makes the fans happy

HelghastKid2667d ago

The game is only as gay as you think about it.

pixelsword2667d ago

"More realistic"? Which one, Mass Effect, or Dragon Age?

raztad2667d ago

Actually a good question. Perhaps the witcher or Oblivion :D

This Bethesda guy probably is talking about games like Fallout, ie RPG with guns.

TROLL EATER2667d ago

oh final FANTASY didnt give it away?

tinybigman2667d ago

i'd take JRPGs over WRPGs. the only western one i liked this gen is Mass Effect; neither Oblivion, or Fallout 3 was interesting enough for me to continue playing. my favorite RPG this gen in Valkyria Chronicles.

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NYC_Gamer2667d ago

wrpgs are way more serious than typical jrpgs..story and gameplay wise

Sprud2667d ago

Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Lucreto2667d ago

It depends on what games you like. JRPGs has some completely off the wall fantasy and WRPGs keeps to the LotR type realism. If that makes any sence.

SOAD2667d ago

I hope everybody reads what the guy said instead of jumping into the discussion section to post a hateful comment.

"I’ve never been one to draw lines, though I think it’s easier in this case to say, “these are the western and these are the eastern ones.” I think, by and large, if you look at Japanese games, overall their mindset is way more fantastical, even if it’s not an RPG.

Personally for me, sometimes I like that and sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my hands around it. A western game… again I’m generalizing, they’re more realistic.

Even if it’s post-apocalyptic America Fallout, there’s this filter on it: well, this could really be happening. It’s got this somewhat of a suspension of disbelief, even when we do fantasy stuff.

If you compare the sci-fi in Mass Effect to the science fiction in a million Japanese games, it just gets really, really out there. I think the two sensibilities break down more like that."

He even admits he's making a generalization for the sake of being able to answer the question briefly.

The guy who wrote up his share of the article is quick to judge the Bethesda guy with this.

"..Because flaming dogs falling from the sky ( a quest found in Fallout 2) and giant ants that breathe fire by expelling flammable venom from their venom sacks, then igniting it with a spark made by clicking their mandibles( also in Fallout 2) is ultra-realistic, isn’t it?"

Yes, you're so fucking clever. /s

The guy said that overall Western RPGs are more realistic. That is to say they are grounded in realistic times or cultures. Take Oblivion for example. Although it has magical elements and orcs and elves, the realism of the game comes from the Medieval culture, dress, architecture and so on.

Japanese RPGs have much more fantastical elements, but the guy doesn't say anything negative about the genre. He was merely trying to find a distinction between the two, even though there is some overlap in terms of silly shit happening.

ranmafandude2667d ago (Edited 2667d ago )

are you done talking cause i got to go play more jrpgs lol.

Baka-akaB2667d ago

except quite a few of those games are grounded in element of medieval japan , korea or china . Sometimes even early 19 century with the likes of kuzonoha raidoh ,and shadow hearts

If that was the main criteria anyway , then persona games and a few megami tensei are even more realisttic , with their urban and modern era setting ...

Ashriel2667d ago

duh, but he said he was generalising, of course there are exceptions

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