JRPGs |OT| The Grind to Level 99 is Paved With Good Intentions

Grinding! Teenagers slaying god in outer space! Mascot characters! Bombastic soundtracks! Combine all these ingredients and you get the amazing genre known as JRPGs!

Welcome to the JRPG OT! This is a genre that, sadly, has almost always been lacking on Xbox platforms. However, in recent years Xbox has been trying very hard to remedy this and provide their ecosystem with this genre that has a very cult following.

JRPGs can come in many different forms, such as Real-time Action RPGs, Tactical/Strategy RPGs, and Classic-style turn-based JRPGs.

Let’s go over some of the newest JRPGs to hit Xbox

JRPGs available on Xbox/Game Pass

Scarlet Nexus

AVAILABLE ON GAME PASS

Real-time Action RPG

Featuring a dual story, begin your adventure with either Yuito Sumeragi, an energetic recruit from a prestigious political family or Kasane Randall, the mysterious scout whose power and skill has gained great notoriety among the OSF. As their different experiences interweave with each other, it is only then that you will reveal the full story and unlock all the mysteries of a Brain Punk future caught between technology and psychic abilities in SCARLET NEXUS.

Use psychic powers to combat monsters called “Others”. Features some of the most amazing anime graphics ever made and very fluid and fun combat. Story may be a bit too bonkers for some, but is otherwise an excellent ARPG.

Dragon Quest XI

AVAILABLE ON GAME PASS

Turn-based classic JRPG

Embark upon an epic adventure as The Luminary: the chosen one in a world that vows to hunt him down. The Luminary and his unique band of loyal companions work together to survive an onslaught of ne’er-do-wells and overthrow the dark forces that plot to plunge the world of Erdrea into chaos. Explore the massive world of DRAGON QUEST and awaken your power in this can’t-miss adventure!

As classic as vanilla ice cream. This is your traditional, 4-in-a-row party turn based JRPG, with a simple but fun battle system and plot that is easy to follow for any newcomers.

Yakuza: Like A Dragon

AVAILABLE ON GAME PASS

Turn based classic JRPG

Experience dynamic RPG combat like none other. Switch between 19 unique Jobs ranging from Bodyguard to Musician, and use the battlefield as your weapon. Take up bats, umbrellas, bikes, street signs, and everything else at your disposal to crack some skulls!

A JRPG with a realistic setting with middle aged adult protagonists! This is a turn based take on the Yakuza series with a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, who is… a JRPG obsessed go-getter! Though this is the 7th game in the Yakuza series, you can start here with no confusion.

Ni no Kuni series

AVAILABLE ON GAME PASS

Turn based / Action hybrid

Journey back to the other world in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered. LEVEL-5’s classic tale returns better than ever, with improved graphics and performance. Join Oliver as he embarks on an adventure through a world inhabited by new friends and ferocious foes alike in the hopes of bringing back his mother after a tragic incident. This charming tale unfolds through the use of animation storyboarded and created by the legendary Studio Ghibli and music composed by the renowned Joe Hisaishi. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch combines beautiful animated visuals, masterful storytelling, and a sweeping score to create an epic role-playing adventure like no other.

Studio Ghibli-esque visuals (and BEAUTIFULLY animated cutscenes) and a unique battle system (that can take some learning/getting used to). Can feel a bit dated, being a PS3 title, but is overall worth checking out

The sequel Ni no Kuni 2, will also be on Game Pass next Spring, and features a more refined battle system, though some argue a bit of charm with the story/world was lost.

Nier Replicant & Nier Automata

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Real-time Action RPGs

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is an updated version of NieR Replicant, originally released in Japan in April 2010.Discover the one-of-a-kind prequel of the critically-acclaimed masterpiece NieR:Automata.Now with a modern upgrade, experience masterfully revived visuals, a fascinating storyline and more!

Invaders from another world attack without warning - unleashing the machine lifeforms. To break the deadlock, a new breed of android infantry is sent into the fray: the YoRHa squad. Highly-acclaimed and award winning NieR:Automata™ is a fresh take on the action role-playing game (RPG) genre that gracefully blends mesmerizing action with a captivating story.

Two amazing action RPGs with stories that make full use of the medium of video games. Also featuring some of the most breathtaking music in the industry. Gameplay is easy, fluid, and simple (perhaps to the point of feeling a bit monotonous for some).

Tales of Arise

Real time action RPG

Featuring a diverse cast of characters, intuitive and rewarding combat system, and a captivating story set in a lush world worth fighting for, Tales of Arise delivers a first-class JRPG experience.

A mostly excellent action RPG. Story is not the best in Tales history and definitely fumbles hard in the last 20%. The gameplay however is excellent and the post game content was extremely enjoyable.

Soul Hackers 2

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Amidst the glimmer of neon lights, technological advancement causes humans to be consumed by commercial convenience. In the shadows, a war between the Yatagarasu and the Phantom Society is brewing, Devil Summoners who harness the otherworldly powers of “Demons”.

Existing in the secret sea of humanity’s data, a digital hivemind has evolved into sentience: Aion. Observing humankind from afar, Aion calculates that a world-ending disaster is imminent and creates two agents to combat against it: Ringo and Figue.

Together, these agents of Aion must investigate and prevent a butterfly effect that will lead to the end of the world.

Turn based JRPG

25 years after the original Soul Hackers comes Soul Hackers 2. It doesn’t have much to do with the original game, so feel free to jump in. This is a brand new entry in Atlus’s expansive “Megaten” series, featuring turn based combat centered around targeting elemental weaknesses to unleash powerful “Sabbath” attacks and fuse demons together to create even more powerful demons

Digimon Survive

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Digimon Survive presents a hybrid visual novel and tactical RPG set in a mysterious world filled with dangerous monsters and deadly battles that will test your ability to survive.

Visual Novel / Tactical RPG

A highly story focused tactical RPG. Be prepared if you are not a visual novel fan, this is 80% cutscenes. If you are a Digimon and VN fan then it sounds like an easy pick up (I haven’t played it)

Rune Factory 4 Special

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“Life Simulation” / Action RPG

After falling from the sky and landing on the back of a friendly dragon, the young hero or heroine is invited to live in the local castle and, as a newly designated ruler, begins their life anew while developing the town, exploring nearby dungeons, and cultivating the soil.

Start an exciting new life and embark on a grand adventure in this beloved entry in the Rune Factory series!

I haven’t played this yet so I can’t give my personal comment. However I hear it’s by far the best Rune Factory game, and that fans of games like Stardew Valley will love it. I felt to include it up here with these “big” games to highlight a more “niche” JRPG that actually came to Xbox

Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi

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Escape from “Yomi” – a dungeon filled with riches – and danger.

You have been recruited into the Undernauts – a team of brave subterranean adventurers who comb the depths of a massive, monster-infested labyrinth in search of priceless resources.

Make use of your powerful skills and magic items to create exits and reach the surface alive.

First person grid based dungeon crawler (DRPG)

This is a genre I felt needed highlighting as it’s a genre I enjoy a lot. However this genre is definitely for hardcore audiences. You will explore complex mazes and the graphics/presentation are minimal. If you like punishing/gruelling experiences, exploring massive trap filled dungeons, this genre is for you. This is one of the very few offerings for this genre on Xbox.

Ys Origin

Buy Ys Origin | Xbox.

For the first time, the cult-classic Ys series arrives on Xbox! Enter the World of Ys and discover one of the greatest Japanese A-RPG of all time.

Real time Action RPG

I just had to give the only offering from my all time favorite JRPG developer, Falcom, a slot on the “highlights”. This is an action RPG with incredible boss fights, very satisfying combat, rewarding exploration, and unmatched soundtrack only Falcom is capable of. This is the title that introduced me to Falcom and it means a lot to me.

OTHER JRPGs AVAILABLE ON XBOX

(Available on Game Pass)

(Available on Game Pass)

BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE JRPGs

Lost Odyssey

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Turn based JRPG

One of Microsoft’s few attempts into the JRPG genre… And a damn fine attempt. Featuring some of the most heartfelt and touching short stories in gaming, an amazing Uematsu soundtrack, and satisfying turn based combat.

Blue Dragon

The less popular Microsoft x Mistwalker joint. I’ve not played it, but I hear it’s a decent JRPG and fans of Dragon Quest will enjoy it. I HAVE heard the boss theme, and it is very worthy of it’s meme status.


(a Microsoft x tri-ace x Square Enix joint. I haven’t played it. All I know is the infamous “DINNER DINNER DINNER” scene)

(for those looking for an “alternate” version of Nier Replicant, featuring a middle aged father instead of a teen/young adult)

(a JRPG by FromSoftware. From what I’ve heard it’s… bland, but isn’t too long and is an easy 1000G to collect)

(available on Game Pass along with the other FFXIII entries)

JRPGs COMING SOON TO XBOX

Persona 5 Royal

COMING TO GAME PASS

Turn based JRPG

One of the highest rated, most popular, most influential JRPGs and maybe games in general from the past decade. It’s been a long time coming to Xbox and it’s finally happening. Just like Soul Hackers 2 this features similar mechanics like demon fusion, and turn based battles. Features a very intriguing and thrilling 100+ hour long storyline.

Also coming soon to Game Pass are Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable

Like a Dragon 8

Turn based classic JRPG

The Yak- ahem, Like a Dragon series continues Ichiban’s JRPG adventures in Like a Dragon 8. Gone is the Yakuza title for good.

Will apparently be the LARGEST RGG Studios game so far.

One Piece Odyssey

Play as various members of the Straw Hat Pirates in a classic RPG set in the world of the popular ONE PIECE anime! Featuring turn-based battles and faithful recreations of each character’s famous moves including Gum-Gum Pistol and Oni Giri, character abilities can be used both in battle and when moving across the map to uncover hidden enemies and items.

Turn based classic JRPG

A classic turn based JRPG in the One Piece universe. Not a One Piece guy, but looks like it takes extremely heavy inspiration from Dragon Quest XI (the studio developing it, ILCA, was a support studio on DQXI, after all)

Star Ocean The Divine Force

Realtime Action RPG

I’ve never played a Star Ocean game before so I have not much to add. Could be something to keep an eye on but from what I’ve heard tri-ace games haven’t been good lately.

The DioField Chronicle

A gritty and immersive story brought to life with the latest technology. Introducing “Real Time Tactical Battle” (RTTB), a new, deeply strategic, real-time battle system.

The beginnings of a new Strategy RPG, crafted by a skilled and experienced development team.

A new Tactical RPG from Lancarse and Square Enix. Apparantly Realtime.

Tales of Symphonia Remastered

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Realtime action RPG

One of the most classic Tales games comes remastered to Xbox (…in 30fps)! You’ll play as Lloyd Irving on a quest to guide his best friend, Collete, on her journey as “The Chosen”. Features classic Action-combo focused Tales gameplay, an actual pretty decent dub for the time (many big Western cartoon talent from the time, such as Teen Titan’s Robin, Scott Menville, voicing Lloyd), and a storyline that pulls off the “JRPG journey” in such an excellent way that it remains many fans’ favorite Tales game.

Due to being based off the PS2/PS3/PC Remaster, this will be locked to 30fps, leaving the Gamecube version still as the only way to play battles in 60fps. Still, it makes up for it by having a bunch of extra content over the GC version.

CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION

CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION follows the story of Zack Fair, a young warrior admired by the boy destined to save the world, trusted by men renowned as heroes of legend, and loved by the girl who holds the fate of the planet in her hands. The tale of Zack’s dreams and honor—the legacy that connects him to Cloud—is revealed in full in this grand saga that has broken the limits of an HD remaster.

Realtime action combat JRPG

The Final Fantasy VII spinoff from the PSP returns, now as a “side game” to Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Currently the last game from Square Enix slated to release on Xbox… Will anymore come afterwards? Who knows?

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes

COMING TO GAME PASS

Turn based JRPG

From some key developers behind the classic Suikoden series comes Eiyuden Chronicle. Details are sparse at the moment but expectations are high.

Oh… Speaking of Suikoden…

Suikoden I&II HD Remastered

In a shocking twist nobody expected, Konami is remastering Suikoden 1 and 2, with all new graphics, sound effects, and other features.

More info coming soon…

LOOP8

LOOP8 is a juvenile RPG in which you live your “everyday life” and fight “the extraordinary.” Live a summer all on your own while forging relationships with the people around you, while fighting calamities known as “Kegai.”

A new JRPG IP from Marvelous. Seems to take inspirations from Persona with social link systems and turn based battles in otherworld settings. A sort of “Time Travel” system is also in place, looping the month of August over and over again. Also features music from the composer from the Ace Attorney series!


And that’s that for the Xbox part of the OT! Next, I will be going over some JRPGs that are sadly NOT available on the Xbox platform (yet?)

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NON XBOX JRPGS

The Legend of Heroes: Trails

Simply put, my favorite JRPG series, quite possibly my favorite gaming series even. This is an epic, expansive sweeping story taking place over 11 games and growing, with a plot that was planned ahead over many multiple arcs and has unprecedented worldbuilding. You’ll experience the best music in the genre, an extremely satisfying and addictive turn based combat system that’s constantly being refined, characters you’ll grow attached to over the course of multiple games, “Avengers” level story moments, very well written in game novels (that are also part of the worldbuilding), and so, so much more.

The play order is Trails in the Sky 1-3 - Trails from Zero - Trails to Azure - Trails of Cold Steel 1-4 - Trails into Reverie - Kuro no Kiseki 1&2 (there is no official Western title for these yet)

Sky is only available on PC in the West

Zero and Azure will be on Switch/PS/PC this September and Spring respectively

Cold Steel 1&2 are available on PS and PC

Cold Steel 3&4, Reverie are available on PC, Switch, PS, Stadia, Amazon Luna

Kuro no Kiseki is available on PS and PC (Falcom is currently internally testing if it’s possible on Switch)

With the silly amount of platforms that aren’t Xbox supported by CS3 onwards, we can only hope Xbox is planning to become a supported platform

Ys

Falcom’s other JRPG series, and by far their longest running. These are action RPGs focused on the adventures of Adol Christin, who appears in every entry except for Ys Origin (prequel set hundreds of years before his birth). The story, unlike Trails, are not too connected besides the recurring protagonist. These are some of the finest ARPGs on the market. Once again, Falcom’s brilliant soundtrack shines through, the rewards from thorough exploration so much fun to find, and the boss fights are exceptionally thrilling.

Most of the series can only be played on PC, but newer entries, such as Ys VIII and Ys IX, can be played on PC, Switch, Stadia, Luna, and PS. Ys VIII is the best place to start, it is the title that really earned Ys a name in the West. Explore a seemingly abandoned island with your fellow castaways and discover the truth of what this island really is.

Same deal with Trails’ platforms and again I hope to see Ys games on Xbox.

Disgaea

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Grind to level 999,999,999 and beyond in NIS’s hit franchise Disgaea. Features fun storylines that fans of comedy anime will enjoy, and a Tactical RPG based system with loads and loads (AND LOADS) of customization and different classes to set up. The whole series is available on Switch, PC, and Playstation. Disgaea 4 PC is also available on the Microsoft Store on PC, with Xbox achievements! It was once a PC Game Pass game but has long left the service. Hopefully it comes back with the rest of the series this time, and actually hits the Xbox console.

Atelier

Cute characters and relaxing yet complex alchemy crafting systems. Atelier typically does not have high stakes in the storylines, instead focusing on character interactions and the protagonist’s growth as an alchemist. The crafting systems can be incredibly in depth and eventually allow you to craft obscenely overpowered gear which is quite fun to do. Vast majority of the series is available on Switch, PC, and PS. With Koei Tecmo recently becoming a Game Pass supporter, hopefully their Atelier lineup is on the way?

Xenoblade

Nintendo’s flagship JRPG series. Boasting verticality unlike any other JRPG, in depth MMO style combat that is very fun to master, some of the best pacing in all of JRPG storylines, rewarding exploration, and more. The whole series can be enjoyed on Switch (with the exception of Xenoblade X)

Hyperdimension Neptunia

Video game consoles personified as moe anime girls, and get up to typical moe hijinks. Turn based battle system, but with free movement that allows you to position your characters to set up big hitting combos or stay at a range to support or throw ranged attacks. This series has a rather big cult following even in the West, so I thought it deserved a mention. Yes, Xbox is among those anime girls. The blonde one is Xbox. Personally, I didn’t have much fun with the little bit I played, but again, big following. Available on PS and PC, with a few entries ported to Switch. Massive doubt on anything from this ever hitting Xbox.

Mary Skelter

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I am including this as a personal recommendation. From the makers of Neptunia comes the much more dark and grueling Mary Skelter series. Classic fairy tale characters are are born into a world consumed (literally) by a monstrous being known as the “Jail”. Escape from the “Jail” in this DRPG series sprawling 3 games and fight genuinely disturbing looking monsters known as “Nightmares”. The only console you can play the whole series on in English is currently the Switch, though there were some entries on PC and PS. Definitely not coming to Xbox.

Shin Megami Tensei

The “father” of Persona, Soul Hackers, and any other Megaten spinoff. Features a world much more oppressive than those found in Persona, etc. Much more intensive, punishing, and hardcore battles, and a soundtrack that’ll put hair on your chest… The newest entry, SMT V, is currently exclusive to the Switch. There is also a remaster of SMT3: Nocturne available on PC, Switch, and PS. My personal favorite entry is SMT4, exclusive to 3DS. It’s unknown if SMTV will leave Switch, but if it does, it should come to Xbox if Atlus is truly on board now.

Live A Live

A remake of Square Enix’s long lost and unlocalized SNES RPG, remade in their beautiful HD2D artstyle. Experience 8 different “short story” JRPGs that converge into one epic final chapter. This is one of my most favorite games of the year so far and I can’t recommend it enough. Exclusive to Switch, though hopefully we see it on Game Pass eventually like Octopath.

Super Robot Wars

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Dozens of your favorite classic mecha anime come together in the long running series Tactical RPG series Super Robot Wars. Entries feature Gundam (countless iterations), Gurren Lagann, Getter Robo, Sakura Wars, Magic Knight Rayearth, basically any mecha anime you can think of. This series is not released in the West due to licensing issues, however, Asia-English releases exist for the newer entries and can be played on Switch, PC, and PS. This is a Bandai Namco produced project so I would love to see it come to Xbox even despite that the series is never actually released in the West.

Mana Series

Sqaure Enix’s long running action RPG series. I actually haven’t played them but I know they are a decently big request for Xbox. The classic releases can be enjoyed on Collection of Mana, exclusive to Switch, while Secret of Mana and Trials of Mana have been remade from the ground up (though I hear Secret of Mana remake is better off avoided).

Granblue Fantasy Relink

An upcoming big budget JRPG from Cygames, who is heavily experienced in mobile game development but is a newcomer to console game development. Has been in development for a very long time and was originally a Platinum Games project until they were seemingly removed and development seemed to have restarted. The previews have all looked great graphical wise, hopefully doesn’t get delayed again, and with Cygames bringing new big budget JRPGs to the table, Xbox should jump at the chance to get them on board with Xbox releases nice and early.

Utawarerumono

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Another “personal recommendation”. This game was the inspiration for Digimon Survive, and like it, is heavily a Visual Novel with Tactical RPG segments. Fight in a feudal Japan-like setting against vicious warlords with your furry eared companions. Features excellent worldbuilding, a soundtrack that hypes you up, and touching moments that make this series land on top places in people’s favorite Visual Novel lists.

A new entry called Monochrome Mobius will be released this October, and is a much more traditional JRPG with turn based combat and actual exploration rather than Visual Novel segments.

Available on PS and PC. Doubt this one ever sees Xbox.

Triangle Strategy

The first HD2D Tactical RPG. Features a storyline with many branching paths and that HD2D artstyle that never gets old. With it going on to be one of the highest rated and best selling Tactial RPGs in recent years I thought it should be mentioned. Like Live A Live this is also currently a Switch exclusive. Again, would be great to see it join Octopath on Xbox.

Final Fantasy XVI

The newest game in the Final Fantasy series, exclusive to PS5. I don’t follow this game too much (because I can’t play it) so I don’t actually have much to say.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

One of the most controversial games in Xbox communities, due to Sony’s long running stance to prevent this game from releasing on Xbox. Experience the Midgar portion of FFVII, now as it’s own game and as an Action RPG. There will be 3 entries total in the FFVII Remake saga and they will all launch exclusive to PS5 with PC releases later.

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With aaaaaalllll that out of the way, what have you all been playing lately? And what are you looking forward to?

I just finished Live A Live on Switch, with 30 hours played to do all content. I have Xenoblade 3 waiting to be played as well, but I’m (ironically) in JRPG cooldown mode right now (gotta wait a week or 2 before starting a new one haha).

Another one I finished somewhat recently was Tokyo Xanadu on PC… Blah. One of Falcom’s most bland games. Basically, it’s Ys combat but worse, with Trails worldbuilding but (much) worse. I pushed through because I want to finish all Falcom games on Steam, but this might be their first I didn’t like that much. 5/10 game. It’s also way too overly long for such an uninteresting plot.

On Xbox I plan to get Soul Hackers 2 day 1 and play Persona 5 Royal day 1 as well. Diofield and Star Ocean are “wait and see” games for me.

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Great list :+1:

Like to add few games:

Xbox one:

  • Valkyria Revolution
  • Shining Resonance Refrain
  • Final Fantasy 7,8,9,10,12
  • Kingdom Hearts 2.8
  • World of Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition
  • Final Fantasy Type-0
  • Romancing SaGa 2+3
  • Orangeblood
  • Chrono Cross

BC:

  • Phantasy Star 2

Now the “maybe” games:

  • Little Town Hero
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Code Vein
  • Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Strangers of Paradise
  • RPG Time: Legend of Wright
  • Half-Minute Hero

And what about JRPGs which are not from Japan like Crosscode, Citizens of Space or Edge of Eternity?

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To me, “JRPG” just means “Japanese style RPG” (the term JRPG is even a Western invention and is not used in Japan lol), so yes please talk about these games if anyone wishes to. I usually don’t play them though so I won’t have much to add.

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Very detailed and good looking OP! since the genre is way more prominent on Xbox in the last few years a JRPG OT is very welcome.

I consider myself a very casual JRPG fan (some folks here have played a ton of games!) but I like the genre overall and have some great memories from games like Xenogears, Ys Origin, Ys VIII, FFX/X-2, Dragon Quest VIII, Like A Dragon, both Nier games & Vagrant Story. This year I am planning to deep dive into the Atlus games that will come on Xbox starting with Souls Hackers 2 at the end of this month, really excited for this one! :partying_face:

I also have a lot of games on my collection that I want to play (backlog yo!) like Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Dragon Quest XI, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne & Octopath Traveler. I am planning to start putting more JRPGs in my gaming schedule.

Question: are games like Dragon’s Dogma & Souls considered JRPGs? because I love those too!

I would not consider DD or Souls to be JRPG’s. I’d just call them ARPG’s. Putting souls in the same genre as things like Tales, Trails, Octopath, and Xenoblade just feels disingenuous. It makes no sense. Imagine someone tells you they like souls, so you tell them to try Octopath. Makes no sense.

Suikoden? :blush:

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God Suikoden was masterful. It needs to be brought back. Guess we can make do with Eiyuden. God I hope Eiyuden turns out well.

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Suikoden, Chrono Trigger, Tales of the Abyss, Vagrant Story, Valkyrie Profile Lenneth, Xenogears, Grandia, Drakengard, Breath of Fire ect. So many old JRPGs are so good.

I hope Suikoden spiritual successor Eiyuden Chronicles will be amazing.

Backer #4. I hope it’s good as well :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

I’m happy xeno is finally getting some recognition with chronicles. The whole xeno line is amazing.

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I played Trails of Cold Steel I and II earlier this summer. I have now gone back to play the Trails in the Sky trilogy before proceeding on with Cold Steel III and IV.

All great games.

Wish I could play them on Xbox, but obviously not an option. Playing Cold Steel on PS5 and Trails in the Sky on PC.

Advice? Just skip Cold Steel 3-4. They’re the definition of bloated slogs. Your time would be better spent watching a wrap up video but even then, the games don’t do a good job actually providing resolution to a good amount of plot points.

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Ugh. Well, that’s not what I wanted to hear. Ha.

What do you know about the Crossbell games?

Yeah I get that but Nier is still considered a JRPG and gameplay wise is essentially a lite character action game. Also I wouldn’t tell anyone who likes Souls to try out Octopath because it’s turn based which is a completely different style of combat when compared to Souls.

The Sky series is the pinnacle of the franchise in terms of storytelling. Gameplay is decidedly old school, they can be a little slow and dialogue heavy, but they’re the most impactful and memorable by far.

Wrt to the two cross bell, I’ve only played one translated so I think I may not have the best opinion. They’re more similar to the Sky series in terms of gameplay on quality though, if memory serves.

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To be quite honest, i wouldn’t consider nier a jrpg. I wouldn’t consider FF15 a jrpg either. They are nothing like the games that created the genre. Then again, quite a few subgenres of rpg make no sense anymore. Ask a few people to define jrpg, wrpg, and crpg and you’d get a myriad of answers.

Really happy to see Undernauts in here <3 <3 I will be playing it first on Switch and if it ever goes on sale, I’ll double dip on Xbox.

Well-made OT !!

100% agree. Legend of Heroes series is amazing and everyone should give it a try. I hope we get the whole series on Xbox.

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