3 Fantastic JRPGs You Probably Missed Out On

Ed from Twinfinite writes: Let's take a look back at three fantastic Japanese Role Playing Games (JRPGs) over the last three generations of consoles that for one reason or another, never got the respect or attention they deserved.

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djplonker2445d ago (Edited 2445d ago )

Lost Odyssey was absolute rubbish compared to tales of vesperia

another 360 exclusive!

DEATHxTHExKIDx2445d ago (Edited 2445d ago )

I own them both. Both are amazing.

zeroskie2445d ago

weird, i remember playing vesperia on PS3 a couple of years ago.

djplonker2445d ago (Edited 2445d ago )

I should have said exclusive in the west sorry :P

pompombrum2445d ago

Lost Odyssey was the closest game Xbox 360 owners got to a REAL Final Fantasy experience. Tales of Vesperia was quality too but it's hard to compare games with such different visual styles and systems.

LAWSON722445d ago

"a REAL Final Fantasy" this makes me laugh lol

Magicite2444d ago (Edited 2444d ago )

I bought x360 recently to play Tales of vesperia, lost odyssey, blue dragon, fable 2 and gears trilogy. Tales of vesperia was best out of bunch, gears following.
Basically thats the reason I skip xbox consoles or buy them very late in the end of its lifetime, - theres too few compelling exclusives.

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randomass1712445d ago

Never played Lost Odyssey, but I've heard nothing but good things about it.

LAWSON722445d ago

It is just a very traditional JRPG, very similar to FFX IMO. Since the classic turn base style is far from common these days it is probably my favorite JRPG on last gen, besides Valkyria Chronicles and the Souls games

EdMcGlone2444d ago

Valkryia Chronicles could have easily replaced LO on this list for me. Tie breaker was that VC is more of a SRPG. Both games are fantastic though.

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DragonKnight2445d ago

Lost Odyssey's problem was being an Xbox 360 exclusive. JRPGs go to that console to the Xbox brand to die. It wouldn't have been a game that was missed on the PS3.

The other 2 games I'd personally replace with Suikoden 1 and 2 myself.

EL Lanf2445d ago

Indeed, I'd say the Suikoden franchise is rather overlooked, would be nice to see a proper revival. I never quite understood why people (article author included) only give Suikoden 2 a shoutout and not the original though...

Whilst 2 improves upon the gameplay, the first was rather novel with how many characters you could recruit and had just as of a story if not better. I prefer the more tragedy orientated story of the first.

Personally I didn't have a problem with LO being 360 exclusive though. Me and my circle of friends all like JRPGs and got 360s over PS3s last gen and enjoyed it. Not say I'd have problems with it going multi-plat though. There's nothing from with games being enjoyed by more people so long as the ports don't suffer.

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LAWSON722444d ago

Yeah... looks at Valkyria Chronicles probably the best JRPG game last gen and sold like 1.18M copies not much higher than .87M of Lost Odyssey. Most JRPGs on PS3 do hardly any better look at Ni No Kuni, Tales of Xillia, and Tales of Graces F they all managed around only 1M units. Look I love my PS3 for JRPGs as much as the next guy but these games are hardly any more successful then Lost Odyssey. There are many other good JRPGs that did not sell extremely well on PS3. This idea that JRPGs sell only on PS3 is absurd, Blue Dragon, Tales of Vespiria, and Lost Odyssey all did exceptionally well considering the low popularity in JP. All of this stems from the terrible ideology of Xbox owners only play shooters, which is a load of crap.

DragonKnight2444d ago

You wanna know the difference between a game like Valkyria Chronicles and Lost Odyssey? One is a Sega game. That should be enough of an indication as to the problem, but let me spell it out for you.

Sega can't market for sh*t. They also don't know their userbase AT ALL because they then decided to put the sequel on the PSP and not even release the third game outside of Japan.

But in the end, every single JRPG on the PS3 did better than every JRPG on the Xbox 360. The market for JRPGs is practically non-existent on the Xbox 360 and Lost Odyssey came out during a time where it would have been a perfect release on the PS3 given that that's where the majority of JRPG fans migrated to, it was early in the console's life, and people were desperate for a good JRPG.

Time moves on and interests do as well so by the time good JRPGs came around, the fanbase was too busy with other stuff.

"All of this stems from the terrible ideology of Xbox owners only play shooters, which is a load of crap."

No it's not, it's the truth. Look at the push the shooter genre has received on the Xbox brand. Shooters are the most played and most successful genre of game on any Xbox console, whereas Sony consoles tend to have a more balanced reception.

Sorry but JRPGs go to die on the Xbox, they always do better on Playstation consoles, and that includes multiplats where the PS version still outsells the Xbox version. Get used to it.

Inception2444d ago

Well Tales of Vesperia PS3 did better than Vesperia 360. So the idea that "JRPG sell better on PS3 compare to 360" isn't far from the truth.

Because, if JRPG on 360 can have the same sales just like PS3, than tell me why we never heard a 360 version for Ni no Kuni, Valkyria Chronciles, Tales of Graces f/Xillia/Xillia 2/Symphonia Chronicles/Zestiria, Persona series, Disgaea series, Atelier series, Drakengard 3, Dragon's Crown, FF X/X-2, or Neptunia?

gamejediben2444d ago

I wish Lost Odyssey came to the PS3 as well. On a purely physical level, I hate the packaging with 4 discs crammed in that case. It's practically begging to be scratched to death.

But I also know that Mistwalker had no choice in the matter. They were just starting their new studio and needed funds. They went to the big publishers and offered an exclusivity deal for money. Microsoft signed the contract for two games and Mistwalker had to abide by the terms. And so Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey were developed for Microsoft.

I'm happy that they are now free to make games for whoever they want. I hope Mistwalker announces their next project at TGS.

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