JRPG Games

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, JRPGs 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, JRPGs 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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Valkyria Chronicles 4

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NieR: Automata

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Dragon Quest X

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Mary Skelter: Nightmares

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Octopath Traveler

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