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, 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.

Code Vein

Code Vein

An anime-style Dark Souls is how I have heard Code Vein described time and time again. To be fair, this latest game from Bandai-Namco has a lot going for it and it is easy to see why so many people ...

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is yet another smash hit for the Nintendo Switch. While it is super easy to pigeonhole this game into a turn-based strategy game, but it is so much more than that. You have ...

Granblue Fantasy

Granblue Fantasy

Granblue Fantasy has a very old school Final Fantasy kind of feel to it. Final Fantasy V, VI, IX and Lost Odyssey is the pedigree of some of the team behind this. That is very evident when you play ...

God Eater 3

God Eater 3

Bandai Namco did a great job in remaking the first two God Eater games for the PlayStation 4. The first two God Eater games were very well received on the PS4 and while this one has been out in Japan ...

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

Reki Kawahara’s light novel series Sword Art Online has spawned a slew of video games under its moniker one of the most recent of which is the downloadable game Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. Using ...

RPG Maker MV

RPG Maker MV

Have you ever wanted to make your own role-playing game? If you answered “yes” to that question, then you either know about or should know about the RPG Maker game series (RPG Maker MV is the 2015 ...