Chad Awkerman of Dualshockers.com writes (and rants) about the divide between JRPGs and Western RPGs.
how about the fact is all describe is location They arent genres This article is stupid as hell Demon souls isnt a jrpg? Than what was kings field? Oh thats right. Its sub genre is ation rpg and its location descriptor is jrpg look at the main rpg wiki to learn
yeah Wikis are SO good to learn. Lol.
They are if they use the actual definition of what genres of rpgs actually are and what jrpg and wrpg actually mean Go to any site, look at a game. The genre will never be jrpg or wrpg because they arent genres. Look at ign, rpgfan, rpgamer, rpgdreamer, gamefaqs, any site.
The article makes some very good points, but Dark/Semons Souls are definitely JRPG. The distinction between the 2 is only an origin descriptor. If it is anything more than that it is wrong, as there are obvious exceptions to "western" and "japanese" styles everywhere and there always has been.
Every genre has aberrations and variations. Just look at Mass Effect 2, is it a RPG? a TPS?
I thought this sort of thing was obvious. It's really NOT about where the game was made, but about the STYLE in which the game is designed. Dark Souls and Demon's Souls have far more in common with Dragon Age than they do with Persona 4. Final Fantasy XIII, which is always said to have too heavy of a Western influence, has more in common with .hack than with Fallout. There are fundamentally different gaming styles which define the two types of games; as such, it's perfectly possible for a Japanese company- like ATLUS- to make a WRPG, or for a Western developer- who ISN'T full of themselves- to make a JRPG.
I agree with this article 100%. I get asked to play Skyrim, Fallout and other WRPGs all the time because I've always liked Final Fantasy and other JRPGs. I've tried, I don't like them.
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