JRPGs Need Not Come from Japan

“Japanese role-playing game” has become something of a misnomer. It refers to a certain type of RPG, typically characterised by a bright, cartoony aesthetic; a focus on linear, character-driven stories, often with themes of saving the world, good-versus-evil, and coming of age; and battles that generally take place on a separate screen, usually with a party of multiple player-controlled characters, and that are often (but not always) turn-based.

There was a time when such games came almost exclusively from Japan, thus the moniker “Japanese RPG” (or JRPG) caught on, to differentiate between Western RPGs and their darker, more realistic looks, open worlds, and more focus on a player-defined character.

FallenAngel19843178d ago

The discussion of the distinction between JRPGs and WRPGs is a very interesting topic, partly because how interchangeable they can become based on the region that the developers reside in.

This video does a great job explaining this topic.

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SegaGamer3177d ago (Edited 3177d ago )

But Japan does it better in my opinion.


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