Twinfinite Writes: With rumors brewing about Sony reviving some of their hallmark JRPG series, we take a look at a few that'd be perfect for a comeback.
Strange how PlayStation has always been a bastion for the RPG genre but Sony themselves can never manage to maintain a longrunning RPG series of their own?
You can partly blame PS3 for that. From PS2 to PS3 was complete change in Japanese Games they released. Which really suck.
Are we talking about the whole westernization thing? Or how the press pushed for the "JRPGs need to change" thing?
That's not PS3's fault, it's Sony's own internal structure. Even RPG IPs they started on PSP & PS3 didn't last long
Maybe thats because they've "always been a bastion for the RPG genre". Consider this. When you have Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Persona, Yakuza etc and all these other RPGS that move units for you mostly and in some cases exclusively for PS, its hard to really say "WOW, maybe we need to fund our own RPG". Why? They already have the most by some of the best teams in gaming, I see it as Sony simply investing in WHAT THEY DON'T HAVE! Mind you, as it stand, it looks like Horizon might very well be the long term RPG for them. From what I see, Sony chooses to not focus on that as much as they already have that covered.
Every genre always does the best on PlayStation, so by that logic Sony would have no reason to maintain any of their own first party franchises. There are very few genres that the PlayStation brand does not have, especially in comparison to its competitors. Sony already has every base covered, yet it still maintains first part titles in many genres. There's no reason for RPGs to be singled out when you can just as easily find third party titles in the same genres that Sony's first party ones are a part of on PS platforms.
Why is Demon's Souls on this list when Bloodborne exists? Bloodborne has been far more successful for Sony to actually commission a game literally called Demon's Souls 2 to happen.
Isn't Bloodborne is a spiritual successor ?
I am quite sure you can compare the differences between Bloodborne (Gothic Horror) and Demon's Souls (Medieval Fantasy) and they are totally different games although both have RPG characteristics. Yes, there are some similarities such as a central hub (Hunter's Dream and The Nexus) as well as the feature where if you lose your experience (Blood echoes or Souls) you only have one chance to get it back. I could go on and even do a comparison with Dark Souls (you are an undead in one and two) which is sort of Medieval Fantasy in a similar way Demon's Souls is but that will make this reply into a rant if it not one already. To sum up, yes there are similarities between the Souls/Borne games but if you look at most RPG's they have their differences as well and it is these differences that distinguish each game. BTW. If you look at Dark Souls 1 and compare it to Dark Souls 2 there are similarities (ie. You are an undead and currency is "souls") and in DS2 if you repeat an area about eight times (limited grind potential) you will totally destroy all the creatures (if you kill them) in the area. This feature is a plus and a minus depending how you like to play the game.
That's the point. Why would Sony put effort into making something called Demon's Souls 2 when they already have Bloodborne and can make Bloodborne 2
Grandia Legend of Dragoon Dark Cloud Brave Fencer Musashi Breath of Fire
This is a list that consists solely of Sony first party titles
Erm Grandia first appeared on SEGA Saturn. Game Arts games typically first appeared on SEGA consoles and ported to Sony systems later. SEGA versions usually better. Grandia on Saturn isn't censored. Grandia 2 on PS2 has worse cut scenes and awful textures. I think Grandia Xtreme was the first Grandia game to start on a Sony system. All that said. Game Arts owns Grandia. Game Arts isn't a good developer these days. I wish they were. I love Grandia. Breath of Fire is Capcom and the series started on SNES. Musashi is Square owned. LoD and Dark Cloud are IP's that Sony owns, however.
Legend of Dragoons 2!!! Do it Sony!! PLEASE!!
Wild Arms,Rogue Galaxy. Please.
Anytime "classic" Sony rpgs or jrpgs comes up there's inevitably a bunch of comments saying "legend of the dragoons" a bunch of times. And I'm so happy that is the case because some of my fondest PS1 memories are of playing that game. And every couple years I pull out my vita and run through it again. Love that game so much. Would love a reboot, remake or sequel/prequel.
Great list. I would support a new iteration from any of these titles! I know its more of a tactical rpg, but i would love another FF Tactics as well.
Ps1 is and will always be the king of Rpg. So many known Rpgs and many unknown gems like "Gaurdians Crusade"
Awww yeah - Guardian's Crusade! Haha, funny to think that Activision published it. That brief pause, after you won a battle was jarring though. Oh, and the limited inventory.
I wouldn't want any of those to come back, unless some of the key members comeback and provide guidance.
I played through Legend of Dragoon for the first time last year and wow... I totally missed out on this gem back in the day. Why Sony let this game wither away I will never understand. If I was them I would have made 7 LoD games by now and maybe even a remake or two. Also Wild Arms has some of the best damn music in any JRPG and I would LOVE to see Wild Arms 6 asap. I just now started playing Arc the Lad Collection so I can't judge it properly but it seems to me to be essentially "Shining Force on the PS1." If that holds true, I think I will be very angry that this series was forgotten since Shining Force is also a series that I love with all my heart and is now almost completely unheard of by modern gamers.
Would love to see new entries of those series, just not under current "creative" standards.
I'm gonna take 4 games from this list that I agree that they need a sequel: Wild Arms Legend of Dragoon Legend of Legaia Rogue Galaxy & I'm gonna add another 6 myself to complete my own personal TOP 10 of JRPGs I would like to see make a comeback in PS4/5 in the future: Suikoden Breath of Fire Grandia Lunar Chrono Cross Parasite Eve All of those games deserve to get sequels & deserve to exist in the modern era because they are classics & there is fans out there who miss them very much.
A) Revive Lunar. Please? Get Game Arts and some of the former Working Designs guys on it. B) Team with Sega on a legit Phantasy Star successor. Phantasy Star V. C) Damn shame we never got a Skies of Arcadia sequel. Or the Valkyria Chronicles sequels on something other than the PSP.
Not gonna lie, I'd much rather have a Dragoon Remake/Remaster over any kind of sequel or prequel first. Or at least some sort of release with an updated translation. I love that game to death, my favorite of all time, but boy did it read like a fansub at times. lol
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