"Recently I have been thinking about what type of characters I make in videogames whenever the character creation option is available. It all started on some video game forum where I posted the topic “do you ever play as the opposite sex?”" - JPS
I love RPGS but the good ones seem few and far between.
Yea, RPGs recently have been declining...
Western: Oblivion, Dragon Age 1/2, Two Worlds 2 (ignore the first one :P), Mass Effect, Sacred 2, Diablo 3, Dungeon Siege 3, Hunted. Eastern: Trinty: SOZO, Trinity Universe, Demon's Souls, Vesperia, Neptune, FFXIII, Star Ocean, WKC 1/2, FF VS, Resonance of Fate. MMOs: DC Online, Tera, Guild Wars 2, WOW: Cata, FF XIV. I hate making "lists", but there's more RPGs on every platform under the sun (notice I didn't even touch the handhelds, which are PACKED with RPGs) than you could possibly play in a lifetime. Seriously, between work/ life/ wife/ exercise/ gaming, it's very hard to find a balance. I'm only just now getting around to FF XIII. And the release schedule this fall is unrelenting. That aside, what this article is talking about is the "state" of the RPG at present. I think it's just like the state of all the other genres. We've seen it before. It doesn't have the 'magic' it once had. But then again, that could just be us, as older gamers, looking back on things with nostalgia tinted glasses. Personally, I'm excited about all the games of my preferred genre (RPGs) coming out over the next few years. Sure there will be some niche and not so hot titles, but at least there's choice. And there will certainly be some gems along the way, so long as we're not too jaded to enjoy them.
Also RPG is more than a prosperous genre on portables. From remastered classics, to truly new gems. There is a lot to look forward.
There are tons of good RPGs coming up soon, and a bunch out lately as well. I think the only reason people think there aren't that many is because they are getting shorter. In the good old days, you could play a single RPG for months on end. Now you're lucky if an RPG lasts you a few days to a week. That results in a lot of downtime in the middle, and the fact that everyone is always looking for the next best thing doesn't help companies much in designing big long games as they know that everyone will be playing the next big release the week after their game comes out.
The author talks about morality in addition to gender selection. I think if games did not make decisions so black and white (KOTOR, inFamous, Fable) and instead went the route of individualism (greed) vs. altruism (selflessness) and included the corresponding risks and rewards, we would end up having a much deeper experience than your 'aura' becoming blue or red.
Sure there are numerous RPG's that you can list now, but Quantity does not equal Quality And we haven't seen anything near the quality of a FFVI or FFX, Chrono Trigger, Suikoden, or Xenogears. Very few games this gen can compete with these gems either character or story-wise And it seems that the top RPG's this gen are hybrids with heavy Shooter, Action, Adventure, and/or Strategy elements Games like... Mass Effect Oblivion / Fallout Demon's Souls Valkyria Chronicles But for traditional JRPG fans, pick up Lost Oddessy. It's a good game that you should be able to find dirt cheap now.
i always end up playing as a female character. partly because i'm a guy, i already know what thats like. the other part is purely aesthetic, i'd rather stare at a well-rendered female ass for 20 hours. biowares games have spoiled me for all other rpgs. i love "choice" in games, i like being able to inject my own mentality into the game. no offense to jrpgs but if i had to play another one i'd puke. i've had my fill of trite characters emo-ing at each other during a tightly linear, generic narrative. it's not like the plots are so good that playing as a defined character is a treat. it's narrow,limiting and stifling.
People like you creep me out, talking about wanting to know what it feels like to be a woman. Closet tranny much? Gross, dude. Also, that "i'd rather stare at a well-rendered female ass for 20 hours" excuse is really getting old. Are you really that hard up for a girl that you need to look at some fake polygonal computer generated chick? That's sad. At least with porn, you can actually look at real people...naked ones, in fact, not some pixelated female figure under 100 pounds of armor. What's the point.
I usually play as a guy since I'm a guy but in Mass Effect I play as a women only because I just don't like the voice acting for the male character.
i love wrpgs but always play as the male character since i am one in real life...
Only two rpg's I played this gen that were worth playing are Oblivion and Demon's souls. Everything else out so far has been nothing but disappointment after disappointment.
Too bad western developers can`t make human-like characters with human-like emotions and charisma. If anyone tries to bring mass effect forward I pity them.
The last decent RPG was Fable.
Oblivion was great, if not quite as majestic as Morrowind. I liked Risen as well. And how could you forget The Witcher?
I see this guy has never played Dragon Age...
that was a good joke.
I always play as a female if I have the choice, I have 2 reasons for this; 1. There are already so many games with a male protagonist 2. When I create a male character I usually try to create him like me and when it turns out he's nothing like me I lose touch with the character.
So...you feel more 'connected' to a female character?
haha I was waiting for that. I enjoy a female protagonist just because I am generally pro women and I like to see women in positions of authority, especially sexy ones :) I don't know why it is but I sometimes find male characters annoying in RPGs just because they lack character because it isn't as scripted. I'm not explaining myself very well, it is difficult to get across how I feel, but I hope you get the picture.
ds got the best jrgps this generation while ps3 and 360 got the wrpgs, danm i need to buy a ds
you missed out on SO many jrpgs. the world ends with you is so good you gotta get that.
I mostly play wrpgs but I must say, I really miss Suikoden :( About the protagonists gender - I swing both ways. EDIT: Never really try to replicate myself though. I love myself, nearly to a narcissistic point, but I play games to act like someone else for a change.
God rpgs are teh doomed.
How i STILL play JRPG's... Article incomming.... >.>
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