Western Reviewers Hate Japanese RPGs

Ever go to a gaming site and just know a game is going to get a bad review score without even needing to read the review? How about for an entire genre of games across a whole spectrum of websites? PSU delves into the sociology of why the majority of western reviewers have a hate-on for PS3 RPGs from the Far East.

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aquamala2087d ago

it's not just the reviewers

Mounce2087d ago

Even though Globally, FF6-7-8-9 and 10 variably are known and praised by most West and Eastern reviewers?


aquamala2087d ago

"Ps3 JRPGs"

FF10 was released in 2001, is that the last good JRPG you can name? You're proving the article's point. It used to be a popular genre in the west, not anymore

Dmagic2087d ago

its because they keep trying to kiss US gamers A**. i personally blame square for kissing xbox booty all gen making average exclusive games on a system that (lets be real) could not produce the epicness that square is capable of. also making games more "western" for the ADHD fps crowd of that system. square use to drop my jaw with games now all they produce is average graphic linear map games with horrible gameplay they deserve to be where they are at.

insomnium22086d ago (Edited 2086d ago )


Yeah I guess Ni No Kuni will tell you otherwise. I think the devs are the ones to blame. They screwed it up.

Anyone can search Metacritic and find another fine example in the RE-series. RE4 is 96/100 and RE6 is 76/100.

Change the foundation and you are bound to hear about it.

I'm just playing through Grandia and FF7 on my PSP and Vita and oh boy those are some pure gems in that particular genre. Pure enjoyment. FF13? Don't make me laugh!

MikeMyers2086d ago

Make good JRPG's and Western gamers along with Western reviewers will stop having a problem with them.

Dj7FairyTail2086d ago

Xenoblade Chronicles stomps every RPG in existence.

Mounce2086d ago


Nier and Lost Odyssey are my top J-RPG's this gen.

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MehmetAlperTR2087d ago (Edited 2087d ago )

Actually they don't hate JRPG's. Just look at Ni No Kuni scores.. They just hate the way of FF 13 and 13-2 and more. I played FF8 and FF7 ( Also FFX) and there were wonderfull games. But when i try to play FF13 i just simply hate it.. Especially from that lightning chraacter.. And about the music? Without a Nobuo Uematsu i believe i can't feel that i m playing Final Fantasy.. His music is epic and in some place take your breath away. So they ( writers ) hate from FF13 and it s variations because of so many reasons and they are right to hate them. ( Sorry about my english, it s not my native languege :( )

SatanSki2086d ago

Hehe, yeah. I pretty hate them too lol. Especially all those gay looking pussies hehe. Combat doesnt help either

HarryMasonHerpderp2086d ago (Edited 2086d ago )

Should they all have shaved heads and big muscles?
yeah that's much less "gay" /s

nugnugs2086d ago

HA HA. Oh dear "SatanSki". Oh very dear.

SatanSki2086d ago

Ok, forget about gay. They just look like pussies not men hehe.

3-4-52086d ago

No it's really mostly the reviewers.

We have a lot of narrow minded arrogant reviewers over here who need to give more games a chance instead of just wanting the same type of game over and over again.

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dedicatedtogamers2087d ago

Yes, and no. I think reviewers always give safe review scores to big-name games. But niche games - whether Japanese or Western - tend to get far more mixed reviews. For instance, Resonance of Fate got mediocre reviews (74 Meta) even though the combat and freedom of exploration was far superior to FF13 (84 Meta score). But guess which one had the big name and the well-known dev?

PopRocks3592087d ago (Edited 2087d ago )


It goes to show that you really can't trust a lot of reviews these days. They're either too afraid of scrutiny so they go with a 'safe' review or they incorporate their own personal biases into the review (which admittedly some people may not mind or even encourage) and it becomes more one-sided.

Personally, I think trying a game for oneself is the best way to go. Denying yourself an experience because someone else said it was bad is unorthodox.

admiralvic2087d ago

I think you're on the right track, but a little off.

I don't think bigger games get "safer" scores per se, I just think there is a higher chance someone can get into / like one of those games. Like FFXIII looked really good and had okay gameplay elements (I personally enjoyed the fact strategy was more important than level), so it has a better chance of being liked. On the other hand, you can take a more "niche" JRPG like Neptunia MK2 and see it scores in the 50's on Meta, despite it being better than the last two (the original scored 45...). While Neptunia isn't a great game, it isn't bad enough to warrant a 5/10. However, getting into Neptunia is a LOT more conditional than FFXIII.

Like Neptunia was a moe game that is filled with Japanese references and tons of little things that turn people off. These are the type of games these articles usually talk about, since they rarely get the right people reviewing them. This can be proved by read fan reactions, since they might be bias (though I do recall them saying that one site that gave Neptunia MK 2 a 10/10 was wrong.), though they only rate them 7/8 games. Yeah it's only 2 / 3 points, but when people consider 7 a bad score, 5 seems unplayable. In fact, it's only slightly higher than Aliens: CM (original game is actually tied with it).

Godmars2902087d ago (Edited 2087d ago )

The issue are console JRPGs. Why do people not understand that? Its that most offered on the PS3 and 360 went backwards in regards to mechanics and especially story telling. Flat, uninvolving story telling at that.

BanBrother2087d ago

There is no cynicism or conspiracy, as Nintendo games always get amazing reviews. I think it comes down to the cultural aspects, as mentioned in the article.

I love JRPG's, and wished Western Reviewers could sit through them as easy as they could a 5 hour linear CoD campaign. But sadly, that isn't the case. Lets just leave it at cultural differences, that is all.

You can generally add a "1" to a JRPG's aggregate score over here. So, if a JRPG gets an 8, it is more so a 9 for those who love them.

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