10-07-2010 09:51 AM
10-07-2010 10:12 AM
For me, it all depends on the game. I started with Final Fantasy on the NES and then II(IV) and III(VI) on the SNES and really enjoyed them. I can't really stand FFXIII though. I liked XII, but XIII just lost the "Final Fantasy" elements (in my opinion).
I also liked games like Diablo, parts of Oblivion, and Fallout 3. I really like Oblivion... with the exception of Oblivion itself. *shrug* Go figure. I haven't played a lot of the newer RPGs (Demon's Souls, Dragon Age, Borderlands, etc.).
I think it really depends on the game and can't simply be lumped into JRPG and WPRG. (Says the same guy that has no problems listening to a variety of music... country, classical, R&B, certain Rap type songs, but never enjoys a full album from anyone.)
10-07-2010 10:46 AM
First of all I like ALL RPG's. Whether they are JRPG, WRPG or Dungeon Crawler or anything in between. I live to play RPG's!!
The first RPG's I ever played were JRPG's and I love the JRPG's on the PS1 and PS2. My favortie JRPG of all time is Chrono Cross followed by Final Fantasy X. I love the turn based combat and the freedom and multiple paths you could take in Chrono Cross and the many different characters you could get. To this day I can still play that game over and over again.
Now on the PS3 I prefer WRPG's much more than JRPG's........I still have hope for Final Fantasy XIII Versus but the first WRPG I ever played was Fallout 3 and after playing that I was hooked on WRPG's and I bought Oblivion and Dragon Age and I have been completly satisfied with them. I know for me I love the open world and exploration and the really immersive world you are put in where even the NPC's seem to have some life to them. They all have there own little tasks and they do not just stand in one place and say the same thing over and over again. If you see a building 9 times out of 10 you will be able to go in it. I could go on and on but I will stop here.
Generally, I have not really been too impressed with the JRPG's on the PS3. Yes there are some good ones but nothing like what they had on the PS2 and PS1 and until that changes (hopefully with FFXIII Versus) I will be getting WRPG's.
10-07-2010 03:44 PM
All my life I have played JRPGs and I prefer them for the party experience they provide, plus the turn-based combat, and, generally better stories (and I do not mind random encounters either). However with the plethora of WRPGs now I have acquiesced to played them if I have to. Though I will admit some are very fun; Oblivion and Fallout for example.
10-07-2010 04:17 PM
10-07-2010 05:23 PM
I seem to be one of the very few posters here who enjoys both types of RPGs. There are some major differences between the two styles of RPGs. I enjoy both types of RPGs because of those differences.
There are very few Western RPG developers that I would ever say are able to write a well scripted story. Heck, few Western developed RPGs have much more than basic plots. In laymen's terms, most WRPGs read like Caveman "Ugh! Me Grumsh. Me kill you dead." That does not make them bad games, they're just a different style. Western RPGs are heavier in terms of customization, action, loot. There are some WRPGs that I would say are as good as their Eastern counterparts in terms of story line. Dragon Age is one of the few that come to mind. Mass Effect 2 is another.
Western RPGs are very similar to Dungeons and Dragons in terms of play style, exploration and loot. D&D is what gave birth to RPGs, including on the consoles. Even Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy drew from that system.
With Japanese developers their concept of customization is fairly limited. Spiky hair teen male. The stereotypical female mage. Occasionally an older male teacher archtype. Only recently have they begun to allow gamers to choose how to develop their stats or abilities. The cliche archtypes are annoying after a while. Especially when you're in your 30s and have seen nothing but whiny brats as the heroes for over 20 years. Yet the story telling lengths the Japanese can pull out are great. It would be nice to customize my characters a little more. It would be nice to see some adult heroes instead of these effete male heroes. I would be nice to see more female leads that don't come off as spoiled Princesses. Yet these cliches make the JRPGs what they are.
I play Japanese RPGs for the stories. I play Western RPGs for the excitement and customization. I enjoy both. I do wish there were more turn based RPGs, but alas time has moved on, even if some of us prefer the past.
10-07-2010 11:48 PM
The thing i don't understand in JRPGs is the turn-based combat. pretty much all JRPGs run on that system.
Star Ocean, Tales, Kingdom Hearts, Eternal Sonata (In a way).... but yeah, it is mostly the newer games that come out, that aren't a series that head to the turnbased style. I think all the biggest RPG titles have, or are going to be pushing real time. Pokemon and Dragon Quest are the only two that I can think of, that are still around, and still stuck to the turnbased roots after so long.
Either way, as I see it, there are turnbased fans, and realtime fans. Me, I am both, however, I am alot more over on the turnbased style myself. Judging by the reactions to certain games starting to go real time (Such as Dragon Quest 9 in Japan at one time), it seems, since JRPGs are obviously bigger in Japan, they are catering to their taste, and turnbase is their taste.