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Do Japanese RPGs need good stories?

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."

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Outside_ofthe_Box2291d ago

What? All games that have a story should have one that is good.

GraveLord2291d ago

Yes they should. Either have a good story or don't have one at all.

I find it disgusting how a game like Skryim can get a 10 with its weak story. Are now going by quantity of quests over quality?

Godmars2902291d ago

This is entirely true of Skyrim, who's main central "story" was not generic and forgotten, even by the developers, within ten minutes of starting it.

Games like Skyrim, Mass Effect and Demon's Souls pretty much prove that if you've got gameplay you really don't need much of a story. But you still need a story.

BugsBunny2291d ago

"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?"

But what good is it if the game is crap and is boring.

I would take any other battle system over the Paradigm System because even as "crazy" as it is, it sucked....hard. Thats the reason I'm excited for FF Versus battle system, yeah it's not a traditional FF battle system and yeah I'll admit I moaned because FF13s wasn't traditional but the Kingdom Hearts style Battle system is better then what was used in FF13.

gigreen2291d ago

What else do they have besides story? LOL

tarbis2291d ago

This idiot actually compared JPRG stories to FPS stories. This guy is high on illegal drugs I tell you.

JeepGamer2291d ago

Apparently not...

Oh wait, Japanese RPGs? Yeah, those have to have the most amazing stories ever written, along with the best graphics, and absolutely no flaws what so ever...

...And they'll still get lower scores than some RPGs from 'other' regions that are flawed all to hell and have no story to speak of.

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