JRPGs or Japanese Role-Playing Games aren?t just a sub-genre under ?Role-Playing? games. It is an entirely different genre by itself. So what exactly does a JRPG game have that makes it a JRPG? Usually, games under this category has an ?Overworld? (world map), a party with different skills or ?jobs?, towns, cities and villages to visit, all with citizens with only one line of sentence to tell you over and over again, random encounters (battle), all those familiar stuff that we?ve seen with games like Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, Tales of Phantasia, Star Ocean, Chrono Trigger, etc.
So if you get the picture of what JRPG is, and you find yourself interested with them, here are some of the most notable JRPGs that you need to check out, from classics to modern ones.
Final Fantasy VII
This could easily be one of the staple games that started the JRPG scene on the western shores. It was also the first JRPG game to feature fully 3D graphics and it looked fantastic in its time. It took the advantage of the technological jump from the SNES to the original PlayStation, but unlike recent iterations of the games in the series, Final Fantasy VII retained most of the factors that make a great JRPG. Great storyline, great gameplay mechanics, added with nice graphics and great music. It even had one of the most memorable characters in videogame history.
The game features the EX-Soldier protagonist named ?Cloud Strife?, who was thrust into a series of events that slowly unfolds the dying of their planet.
You can play it on both the original PlayStation console and on PC.
Regarded as the one of the greatest games of all time. Developed by the ?Dream Team? consisting of Hironobu Sakaguchi (the guy behind Final Fantasy), Yuji Horii (creator of the Dragon Quest series), and Akira Toriyama (we all know him. The guy who created the ?Dragon Ball? series)
The game involves time travelling, hence the title.
It has been released originally for the SNES, but it was later made available for PlayStation, Nintendo DS, Android and iOS. No more reason to skip this one.
Any Persona game from Atlus can easily be included in this short list of games, but Persona 4 stands the tallest among the series. Aside from inheriting most features from the previous Persona games, it is also a part dating SIM and part JRPG on its own. Dozens of plot twists that you only normally see in Japanese thriller shows.
Try to figure out who or what is causing the series of disappearances of people by jumping inside a T.V. ?by midnight. It couldn?t get any crazier than that.
Valkyrie Profile 1 and 2
A game loosely based on Norse mythology. It puts players into the role of ?Lenneth?, a Valkyrie who gathers human souls of the dead in preparation for the upcoming war called ?Ragnarok?. The game?s pretty straightforward, especially the story, but what shines in both games are the battle system, which is crazy and amazing all at the same time.
There are also tons of other JRPGs that you might want to check out aside from the ones mentioned above like, Suikoden II, Secret of Mana, Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Xillia, Dragon Quest VIII, Xenogears, Dark Souls, and more.