The Sad State of the JRPG Genre

Game-Flush: "Oh what it was like to equip a sword and shield, and head into what would be another epic dungeon. What it was like when story wasn’t second to graphics. What it was like when character development meant more than advanced battle systems. JRPGs were at an all time high from 1994 to about 2006. A solid 12 years of glorious titles one year after the next. The stories were good and original. The music was beautiful. The characters were lovable. The villians were…well, some of them were kind of girly, but we still liked them. Point being, JRPGs were an absolute 20 to 60 hour pleasure. What happened?

Let’s call it like it is: the JRPG genre is not what it used to be–not by a long shot."

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trainsinrdr2403d ago

Just buy Skyrim.
Problem solved.

NewMonday2403d ago

they live on on the handheld, the DS and PSP have great stuff.

i think the problem is the budget for making a PS3 or 360 game is to big for most developers. sadly the only franchise that can bring a return for the big investment is FF.

their are also AAA JRPGs coming soon

Xenoblade(for Europe)
Last Story(for Europe)
Tales of Graces
Tales of Xillia (hopefully)

humbleopinion2402d ago

Nothing to do with budget. Everything to do with quality.

There are almost no proper RPG games for the handhelds. On the go I play some JRPGs just because of lack of better choices - I wouldn't bother playing them if there were proper alternatives like Elder Scrolls or Dragon Age or Demons Souls for the handhelds.

longcat2402d ago (Edited 2402d ago )

Its not that hard people

1)Most JRPG sales come from japan
2)The Japanese no longer buy home consoles
3)It makes no sense making a home console JRPG unless its a final fantasy

X-Zone2402d ago

All the Tales games havent been able to live up to the masterpiece of Symphonia, it's just perfection

Simon_Brezhnev2402d ago

Tales series is good but stupid ass Scamco. Not everybody wants to play Skyrim if they focused more on TP view i would love it. I hate FP view for action type games.

otherZinc2402d ago (Edited 2402d ago )

Thanks Mass Effect 1, Mass Effect 2 & soon Mass Effect 3 for a newly found gaming genre for me! ME3 Day 1 buy!

tiffac2403d ago

I think the article meant JRPGs not RPGs in general.

chidori6662403d ago

I'd say in general, yes, the jRPG is dying. It's dead mostly from a lack of innovation, both from gameplay and narrative perspectives.

256bit2402d ago

wut do you mean? mass effect and dragon age dont seem all that diffrent from each other besides the genre.

caseh2402d ago

Mass Effect was an ambitious game to say the least. I played it for the first time just over 6 months ago and was simply in awe of what they had aimed for and achieved. Not bad considering it came out a couple of years ago.

Same goes for Demon's Souls, Fallout 3 and Oblivion those games sapped a few months from my life.

On the other hane, games like FF13 and Agarest both bored me within a day or two.

I was raised on JRPGs on the SNES and for me i'm yet to see one on this generation of consoles to entertain me for more than a few days.

256bit2402d ago

lol are you saying demon souls is a WRPG? were the hell are you getting that from??

Stealth2k2402d ago (Edited 2402d ago )


jrpgs are the only innovative ones from a gameplay perspective. Because they actually do different battle systems

wrpgs are all the same single player action rpgs for the most part

longcat2402d ago

I agree. WRPGs suck at gameplay tbh.I get bored of them quickly. They do excel at storytelling and presentation.

vickers5002402d ago

"WRPGs suck at gameplay tbh"

Why? Because you are actually active in combat and don't have to wait your turn to attack?

Optical_Matrix2402d ago

U mad? JRPG's don't need innovation. Reason why they've been so lackluster is because they're trying too hard to break away from what they're good at. Sure deliver some fresh stories, but Lost Odyssey proved a traditional JRPG with current gen sprinklings is a sure fire success. Best JRPG I've played this generation.

tablav2402d ago

~Exactly what I was about to say. I took a break from Final Fantasy XIII ages ago (not a fan of the battle system) and only started playing it again recently due to the summer games drought.

After about an hour though, the story just pulled me back in and I stayed up all night playing. JRPGs really are all about the story.

Also, I agree with your comments on Lost Odyssey. Took me a while to get into the text-based story sections, but the story and characters are superb.

tiffac2402d ago

I agree with Optical_Matrix.

The Japanese devs try to freaking hard to change what is proven to work in the past. People say WRPGs are innovative but if you play one from the other there is only a slight difference in the overall system of the games and that is what makes WRPGs successful.

The western developers doesn't fix what isn't broken. They get continuity, they tweak things here and there and that should always be the case but the overall gist of things they remain true to their roots, making them easy to get into without confusing the living day lights out of the gamer.

The Japanese devs should stop trying to cater to the western market and go back to their roots and stop alienating their fanbase.

JRPGs is in a sad state because the Japanese devs has lost their way and isn't listening to their core audience.

Optical_Matrix2402d ago (Edited 2402d ago )

Exactly. I was horrified when I started playing Ar Tonelico Qoga, only to find it uses some half assed real time combat system instead of the great turn based combat in the last games. If FFXIII had kept the battle system but didn't streamline things so much to suit a western audience it would have been a masterpiece.

What I don't understand is that Lost Odyssey is 4 years old, yet not one JRPG on consoles has managed to best it or live up to it as an RPG, save for Tales of Vesperia. Valkyria Chronicles and Disgaea 3 maybe but they're SRPG's.

I have faith though. Ni no Kuni on PS3 is fantastic. I've said this many times, but I played it at Tokyo Gameshow 2010 and I was so happy with what I played. Traditional JRPG, which doesn't try too hard to be different. Just has an intuitive take on turn based battles.

DanSolo2402d ago

Well I think they are just confused about the type of games they are trying to make.... I mean they can't even make men look like men, instead they seem determined to have strange androgynous girly men running around... and with confusion like that, it is no wonder they cannot make games of the same standard as we used to enjoy!

lol now that may not be the actual reason... but I do find it annoying so I thought I'd throw it out there!

Inception2402d ago

Well, i've seen a lot 'girl look like men' in Mass Effect or Dragon Age. Is it that not annoying you?

DanSolo2402d ago

Yep, that is also annoying... but as they are not jRPG's I didn't think this the place to comment on them!

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