JRPG Games

Persona 5 Strikers

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I put so much time into Persona 5 that my wife would often say “are you playing that again?”. Persona 5 Strikers is one of my most anticipated titles of 2021. It is quite interesting that the game is ...

Tales of Berseria

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I have been a dabbler in the long-running Tales series for quite a while now and Tales of Berseria is one of the best. I will go one better than that and say that this is one of the best JRPGs I have ...

Trials of Mana

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Originally released for the Super Nintendo in 1995, Trials of Mana was the third game in the series, but it never made it out of Japan. Square-Enix did eventually localize the game a year before ...

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

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As I am a massive fan of the series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a game I have had quite an interest in. This is a bit of a departure for the long-running series and in all honesty, it is a breath of ...

SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays

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Gundam is to anime as bread is to a sandwich. And while the two often remind one of the other, that doesn’t mean that the video games are equally iconic. Often games based on anime properties like ...

Persona 4 Golden

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Persona 4 Golden is one of the best games for the PlayStation Vita. It started life out as a PS2 game before getting that HD paint for the Vita. Now thanks to Steam, we have the ultimate version of ...

Dead or School

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If you like 2D hack and slash RPG’s with a bit of Metroidvania thrown in for good measure, Dead or School is the game for you. Available for PC, Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this is a fun game ...

Hailing from Japan, JRPGs or Japanese role-playing games tend to distinguish themselves from Western role-playing games through a few key features. Still, overall, the two genres are quite similar. In a role-playing game, the gamer assumes the role of a hero, whether or not of his or her own creation, and explores the world in which the gamer is placed and fulfill some in-game objective.

Though this sounds like a simple explanation when you consider the range of scenarios that can be placed within it the maddening scale of RPGs becomes very apparent. Though typically associated with a fantasy setting, JRPGs can be either science fiction or fantasy or even combine elements of both – such as in the usage of airships in Final Fantasy.

Typically featuring a class-based combat system with talents assigned to individual specializations, JRPG games also typically have but do not necessarily have turn-based combat where each side queues up a set of attacks and unleashes them on the other side.

Though the differences between JRPGs and other RPGs were more pronounced in the past, in the modern era the main differences are in aesthetic choices and, to some extent, narrative.

Hewing closely to Japanese tropes and elements found in anime and manga, JRPG games are more likely than other RPGs to feature incongruent elements or conceits born out of Japanese culture. Among these include a tendency towards established tradition, as in the Dragon Quest series, or towards blockbuster, film-style exposition, such as in the Final Fantasy series.

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