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Why Xenoblade Chronicles represents the past, present, and future of Japanese gaming

Joystiq- If you want to know where Xenoblade Chronicles came from, you need only look toward two sources. There's Monster Hunter, which is the inspiration for seemingly every modern JRPG from Dragon Quest IX to more blatant knockoffs like God Eater. And there are MMORPGs, which have come to exercise a great deal of influence over Japanese gaming culture as a whole.

Xenoblade Chronicles, and Monster Hunter too, are like this for a reason. Work and school start early and end late in Japan, and any time at home is usually either devoted to the family, or sleeping. Many gamers have migrated to manga cafes, which have been dominated by MMORPGs like Lineage for about a decade now. MMOs have in turn influenced loot-centric cooperative handheld games like Monster Hunter, which serve as the other alternative for busy students and salarymen.

This trend presents a dilemma for Japanese developers. Japan simply can't get enough Monster Hunter and its ilk, which is all the more reason for developers to keep cranking them out. Global audiences, however, have been slow to embrace co-op RPGs. That's where Xenoblade Chronicles comes in – an RPG with all the trappings of an MMO or a Monster Hunter, but wrapped in a traditional, single-player JRPG.

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Crap_Turtle2401d ago (Edited 2401d ago )

"It's not every day, after all, that a JRPG garners near universal acclaim and strong word of mouth outside of Japan"

First of all basically yeah it is, secondly universal acclaim is impossible, people dont like the same things PERIOD. I saw a 6 review for xenoblades, just like i saw a 6 for skyrim or anything else.

You know what the global stage is?

Its making whatever the hell kind of game you want to

Is monster hunter popular in japan - YES

Is that the only kind of rpg made in japan these days? HELL NO

Dragon Quest IX WAS NOT A MONSTER HUNTER INSPIRED GAME.

Was it action based? no

Was the world filled with generic characters? no

Was the story bare bones? no

God eater is more similar

thats about it and squares lord of arcana series

She really is a dumbo. I hate to say it but its true

"Xenoblade Chronicles comes in – an RPG with all the trappings of an MMO or a Monster Hunter, but wrapped in a traditional, single-player JRPG."

THERE IS NOTHING MONSTER HUNTER IN XENOBLADE..................... ...HOW CAN YOU EVEN MENTION WHERE ITS COMING FROM WITHOUT EVEN MENTIONING ONCE FF 12

This is a rant. I know it is. I just hate her articles every week

jacksonmichael2400d ago

And I hate your comments. Please stop making new accounts. It's hard to ignore you when you have a different name each time.

neutralgamer192400d ago

Congrats to the hardcore wii audience seems you have a solid title in Xenoblade.

Arnagrim2400d ago

Xenoblade is great, I've made a drinking game where I take a shot every time I hear, "It's Reyn Time!".
Seriously though, best JRPG I've played since Persona 4.

Adnan_rules2400d ago

one of the best games this gen!!! wii had awesome games, a lot of quality games!!