If you’ve read anything about RPGs in the past few years, you’ve probably seen some complaints about a number of issues that are found in new RPGs.
"I have not had much excitement for any RPGs (with the exception of Skyrim) over the last five years." There's your problem right there. The problem isn't the games. I recently played and loved Xenoblade (which has gotten a lot of good reviews). Maybe the issue isn't the games as oppose to your taste in them.
On HD consoles with JP devs unwilling to make any investment or change how they've been making SD games? Not likely. Though change is happening. Very slowly. Pity Square who should have the resources lacks the creativity.
you lost me when you said skyrim man........... theres been so many great rpgs this gen east and weST i lost count honestly......he doesnt sound like much of an rpg fan........ hes really missing out on things like deus ex, devil survivor, disgaea, mass effect........ and the thing he likes most is skyrim? which perphaps lists everything he hates?
Well Skyrim is a very good and content packed RPG (no matter what you may believe) so there's nothing wrong with that. But you are right in saying that he has probably missed out on quite a few good ones if Skyrim is one of the only ones that excited him. I didn't like when he said "unless it sucks, then I sometimes stop about halfway through" as I don't believe that you can decide a game is crap without playing it fully, it could be a game that grows on you.
i agree you need to play a full game
Which RPGs would you recommend?
what lacks for me in the elder scrolls series is the lack or none existant MAIN story unlike JRPG wich gets always the best storylines art but lack mostly in open world-free roam gameplay
@Lilioups, I think you are mixing "main story" with "in your face cgi cutscenes". You do have a main story in the Elder Scrolls series. Sometimes it's not that good (Oblivion) but it's still there, with nuances and with very deep lore backing it up - something which few other games actually invest in. Perhaps it just doesn't feel "as long" because of the non linear nature of the game, and the huge breadth it offers.
@mbuff If you want an HD jrpg then i recommend Nier, Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Valkyria Chronicles, Eternal Sonata and FF XIII-2. on a handheld go for Radiant Historia, LoH Trails in the Sky, FFVII Crisis Core, Nostalgia, Sands of Destruction, SMT Strange Journey, and and any Persona game.
The story is very forgettable. The characters are somewhat shallow and also forgettable. There is little sense of urgency and drama. Unless exploration of landscapes is your thing, the main story was subpar. I don't like fetch quests. What good is a lore with lackluster storytelling. @Jabberwocky237 Tales of Graces f.
Indeed, the only reason this guy listed Skyrim is because everybody bought it from the mega hype, not becoz this guy was an ex rpg fan to begin with. There are so many great rpgs this gen like Disgaea, Persona, Radiant Historia, Valkyria Chronicles etc
If Namco would localize every Tales game, that would be a damn good start.
Tales games need to sell more first. There has to be enough demand to justify it. The whole reason Xenoblade and Last Story were localized is because Operation Rainfall was big and loud enough to make Gamestop and XSEED reach out to Nintendo and have these games distributed. Just to note, I'm not denying that Tales of games are successful here. I like them myself. Sadly I don't think they're quite as recognized as they should be. At least for now anyway.
historically tales games have only sold well on playstation platforms, yet they only released one tales game so far on playstation. maybe the problem isnt with tales selling well, but how namco is trying to sell it. they should follow their customers, not try and make their customers follow them. putting a tales game on every platform except where the majority of your past sales have been is stupid.
since ff died xenoblades all the way my last hope from square enix is FFV13 if that game doesnt do either im done with square and gonna wait the next title from mistwalker,level 5
I cant speak for WRPG as I dont like them so I avoid them, but if we speak for JRPG & more specific the traditional turn-based JRPG genre then those r almost extinct and it's the kind of games I love most to play. Probably the last one of those is going to be "Ni No Kuni" when we get it at the end of the year, after that released we might never see again a HD traditional turn-based JRPG in the next generation of consoles, and that's something that make me very sad, my favorite games r going to be forgotten in the new era. We will always have the option to download some digital copy of all the old games but we will never see some new ones with amazing HD graphics, that's the way it is I cant do anything about it other that accept it & move on, my kind will never have a place in the new era of VG.
Dont be silly the turn based rpgs are as alive as ever............... please tell me what mk 2, devil survivor 2, 13-2 were when they launched in america? "Probably the last one of those is going to be "Ni No Kuni" when we get it at the end of the year, after that released we might never see again a HD traditional turn-based JRPG in the next generation of consoles, and that's something that make me very sad, my favorite games r going to be forgotten in the new era." I dont even know what to say to this other than, research your 100 percent wrong Turn base has thrived this gen pretty much more than any other battle system @PopRocks359 = "The whole reason Xenoblade and Last Story were localized is because Operation Rainfall was big and loud enough to make Gamestop and XSEED reach out to Nintendo and have these games distributed." This just plain isnt true. Nintendo would of done them anyway.........after all they have been an rpg god this gen
Funny because Nintendo isn't doing The Last Story and the only reason Xenoblade came was because it is owned by them....they also gave us the euro version...didn't even take the 'U' out of colour and such words lol. Operation Rainfall was super effective.
When it comes to RPG or game in general, I tend to be very picky. I only play the ones that seem to click me. You will be surprised that Skyrim didn't do it for me or any of the Bioware games, but Witcher 2 did though. I guess it had a lot to do with the immense amount of detail that drew my attention to Witcher. This is also coming from a guy who is a JRPG junky.
I agree. I also like rpgs with a main protagonist ....not a silent, faceless character only used a value of x. Skyrim had a beautiful world with great music and a decent plot but characters never made me care for them like fir example XIII-2's. The witcher 2 looks compelling and it will be next after xenoblade.
Witcher 2 is a must play, and if you can, the first one too. Please do and play them. If you like good characters and story, and good turnbased JRPG gameplay, I suggest getting Lost Odyssey. I might get FF XIII-2, I didn't like XIII, but 2 one seems to have improved a lot from it.
I've found plenty of "modern" rpgs to enjoy. Nier, Lost Odyssey, Valkyria Chronicles, White Knight Chronicles, Tales of Graces, Atelier Rorona, Disgaea, FFXIII, Demon's Souls, Dragon Age, Kingdoms of Amalur, and plenty of others. Be they J or W or MMO, I've found lots of good games to occupy my time this generation, and that looks like it's only gonna continue as we move forward, with titles like Dragon's Crown and Ni no Kuni, and even games I don't have the ability to play, like Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story. So... why are rpgs in trouble again?
witcher 2 is better than any jrpg ever made
Not really easy to compare W2 to JRPG's, so different, but I agree W1 and W2 being one of the best RPG's todate.
The Witcher 1 and 2, Neverwinter Nights 2 and the two awesome expansions, Fallout and New Vegas, Skyrim, Oblivion, Divinity 2, Gothic 4, Risen, Neir, Star Ocean, FFXII, Rift, LotrO, Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, Deus Ex HR, there are so many good rpg's out there, it's amazing...i love rpgs!!!
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