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.

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger

Before Final Fantasy VII changed everything for Japanese role-playing games in North America and beyond, one title is a touchstone for many gamers who love the genre and that game is Chrono Trigger. ...

Edge Of Eternity

Edge Of Eternity

With its small development team and Kickstarter roots. Many probably thought that the downloadable game Edge of Eternity would never see the light of day. Well, this small team (of only nine people) ...

Epic Seven

Epic Seven

Epic Seven, a self-titled anime role-playing game from developer and publisher Smilegate Megaport, is a title developed within this classical framework. Sporting a beautiful artwork style that looks ...

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII

There are few games that come out and change the course of gaming forever. But Final Fantasy VII which you can now download from Steam is one of those titles. Love it or hate it, Final Fantasy VII ...

Persona 5

Persona 5

Though it has 5 in its title, Persona 5 is technically the sixth game in the series. Coming from Japanese role-playing game powerhouse Atlus, this downloadable title 5 continues the series ...

Fate/Grand Order

Fate/Grand Order

It is rare to find a game that spans arcades, iOS, and Android phones that is also a decidedly Japanese-inspired role-playing game, but such is the case with the downloadable mobile dame Fate/Grand ...

Dragalia Lost

Dragalia Lost

A downloadable action role-playing game from Nintendo and Cygames, Dragalia Lost is the rare original Nintendo IP for smartphone and mobile gaming devices outside of the Switch and 3DS. Set in a ...

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

When Capcom dropped Dragon’s Dogma on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2012, few people expected that the house of Mega Man would turn in such an awesome hack and slash role-playing game that ...