The Better RPG: Japanese or Western?

IGN:A reader wants to know which region makes the best role-playing games. So, Greg and Colin debate.

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Relientk771895d ago

Japanese, hands down

for me atleast

zeal0us1895d ago

There has been some great JRPGs just as there has been some great WRPGs. On the flipside there has been some terrible JRPG and some terrible WRPGs.

I have to say I like them both equally.

Need4Game1895d ago

JRPG have greater focus on Art, than Technicalities. WRPG such as Skyrim is a technical marvel, with ever expanding world thanks to mods.

If I want to play RPG for hours, days, weeks, moths, years, I prefer beautiful world & characters.

Fallout, Mass Effect World is just too gloomy and depressing for me. At least in Skyrim, people can mod it to make more Cheerful.

I like GTA5, I considers it the best WRPG ever made. I think it'll be great if there's a DLC playable Moe/Huge Boobs characters which commonly found in JRPGs. That'll be heaven for me.

Mainsqueeze1895d ago

10 years ago I would of said JRPG hands down. Now I would say WRPG hands down. But like they said in the video, if it wasn't for the success of JRPGs in the 90s and early 2000s then western RPGs prob wouldn't be as good as they are today.

sobotz1895d ago (Edited 1895d ago )

JRPG this gen is the worse. Most of it are only using a little girl and "kawaii/moe" all over the place.

And there are no Suikoden, Arc the Lad, Breath of Fire, Persona, KH (except HD ports), and many good JRPGs from the last gen.

I still remember the epicness of Suikoden 2, the atmosphere from Persona, and the story-driven FF games. And I don't really feel any of that in this gen.

But thank god, some of JRPG are still sticking to the cores such as Tales of and Disgaea.

Foxgod1895d ago (Edited 1895d ago )

Yeah, Suikoden 2 and Xenogears where the triumph highlights of jrpg´s.
Breath of fire 3, final fantasy 7, suikoden 1, arc the lad 1, 2 and 3, tales of destiny 1, and many more where the bomb back then.

wishingW3L1895d ago (Edited 1895d ago )

so very true what you speak. 90% of my library of games for all consoles from the Sega Master to the PS3 are mostly Japanese games and the truth is that JRPGs these days are pretty mediocre with the generic anime moe art-style to annoying and archaic battle systems. Like seriously, beside a very few of them like Valkyria Chronicle I really do not understand how this genre still has fans on consoles.

Bimkoblerutso1895d ago

I agree in general. Persona 4 Golden sort of reminded me how few and far between the great JRPG's have been this generation. They're either retreads, sequels or generic animeRPG's.

Though to be brutally honest, I feel the same way about WRPG's.

miyamoto1895d ago (Edited 1895d ago )

Easy on the "worst" word there, buddy.

Dragon's Crown
Tales of Xillia
Ni No Kuni
Monster Hunter 3rd Portable
Demon's Soul
Dark Soul
Black Rock Shooter
Ragnarok Oddysey
Gravity Rush

are very very good JRPGs

they are unique and game changers

Japan makes the best RPGs hands down

Sigh1895d ago (Edited 1895d ago )

don't forget Persona 4 Golden. Even though that was released and considered last gen, it's still is one of the best modern JRPGs out right now.

Inception1895d ago (Edited 1895d ago )

Agree with Miyamoto. There's also Disgaea 3-4, Valkyria Chronicles, Nier, Persona 4, SMT IV, Fire Emblem: Awakening, etc. Surely those JRPG doesn't represent the word 'worse'.

And 'Moe/little kawaii girl' style already been on JRPG since long long ago. So why complain it now? If you don't like it than that style obviously not for you.

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dcj05241895d ago

It doesn't matter to me. I just play good games /:

3-4-51895d ago

Depends who the dev is.

dark-hollow1895d ago

Overall I agree, but both have their cons and pros.

For me, story and character development in jrpgs is much better than wrpgs. You get attached to the characters in your party more so than most wrpgs like fallout and skyrim. Jrpgs also have more diversity. There is action, turn based, strategy etc.

Although when it comes to open worlds, wrpgs wins hands down.

Bigpappy1895d ago (Edited 1895d ago )

It really does not matter, but its been a while since I have seen a JRPG burn up the charts.

The closest I have seen is Dark Souls/Demon Souls.

ABizzel11895d ago (Edited 1895d ago )

Depends on what you're in the mood for. I like that WRPG's are starting to be more diverse in their world and gameplay (Skyrim, Mass Effect, Borderlands, Jade Empire, etc...)

With JRPG's you pretty much know what you're getting into with a few exceptions (Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Xeno) vs (Persona/SMT, Dark Souls, etc...)

I think WRPG's have the advantage of possibly being more diverse, simply because JRPG's are mainly limited to what the Japanese culture wants vs. WRPG's which basically consist of the rest of the world. But ultimately it just depends on the world, the characters, the missions / quests, the story, and if I'm willing to invest 20+ hours into all of that.

reko1895d ago

japanese role playing games.. no contest!

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NYC_Gamer1895d ago

Western rpgs are more of my taste

NihonNoAkushongema1895d ago

I may be a little biased, but I like JRPGs better. I don't have a problem with western one though. I love games like Fallout and Elder Scrolls but that's as far as I go with western RPGs.

ABizzel11895d ago

Try Borderlands, Jade Empire (JRPG-esque), The Witcher, and Skyrim.

dedicatedtogamers1895d ago

I love both, but it really just depends. JRPGs tend to be far more experimental and fine-tuned with mechanics (like battle systems or clever minigames). One of my favorites this gen was Resonance of Fate, a perfect example.

WRPGs tend to have a lot more freedom and a lot more customization (again, it depends on the game).

One thing that taints my opinion is I play oodles of handheld games, and 95% of the good RPGs on handhelds are Japanese.

Lovable1895d ago

Let's not go to handhelds since JRPG will just blow WRPG out of the water on that one. Hell, I don't even think any WRPG developer develops games on handheld.

Anyways, WRPG = bigger world to explore. Mostly open world and lots and lots of freedom. JRPG focus more on the specifics like character upgrades, equipment and definitely battle.

cyguration1895d ago


That used to be a real thing back in the day for WRPGs but they abandoned it for accessibility and "broad appeal".

The original X-Com was just as in-depth as the old SNES JRPGs, and the original Baldur's Gate had all the little intricacies found in things like Star Ocean and Front Mission.

Nowadays it's not like that at all for western RPGs. They focus more on trying to be blockbustery and sell people on these market-friendly characters (e.g., Miranda, male Shepard, Skyrim's Dragonborn).

I think JRPGs went off the rail this gen but I do appreciate that they still kept some of the micromanagement mechanics that made them so fun and lovable from generations passed.

dark-hollow1895d ago

One thing is that western rpgs tends to have much higher budgets compared to jrpgs (there are exceptions)

And it's one of the main reasons why a lot of Japanese developers prefer to release their games on handhelds.

ABizzel11895d ago

That's true JRPG's dominate on handhelds. I don't get why we don't see more WRPG's on hnadheld. Borderlands on Vita please.

tulholdren1895d ago

For me JRPG's hands down..

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