Kat Bailey, Joystiq- "We live in an era in which the main contributions Japanese RPG have to make are their unique mechanics and their even more unique art design. For as silly as Final Fantasy XIII-2 can be at times, I still prefer its radical look to the somewhat lifeless -- at in my eyes -- Skyrim. And what other genre has anything even approaching the crazy Paradigm System?
It's true that a good story can help push a Japanese RPG to the next level, but that's hardly all they have to offer. And by my reckoning, that's a good thing."