what jrpg are you playing right now ?

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Finished Baten Kaitos Origins a week ago. It left me with a lot of emotions. Such a great game! and it's really amazing how they manged to make the first Baten Kaitos even more better!

The plot made a lot of sense at the end and that Malpercio twist, I did not see it coming! it was a really awesome moment :)

But honestly though I really wished that the story went with a different direction than it did
and made Sagi to be really Marno. Like the mother somehow was from a tribe that had god's blood's in it or something and manged to save a soul from the piece of Malpercio
that resided in the island she lived on and and that soul somehow went into her and she gave birth to Sagi or something.
It's just a wishful thinking of me, but really, the story had so much potential. and I really wished they focused more on the past events and made Wiseman the main villain and made us going after him in the present and the past.
That would have been really awesome.

Another thing, the fact that the past turned out to be just memories and not a time travel was really disappointing :(
Not to mention they confused me a bit with Guillo's origins. Early on the game, on Naos a guy sitting on a box will tell you that Wiseman is making a puppet that is warped with silk garment made from the Sandfeeder to make it immune to magic! one would immediately think that Guillo was made by Wiseman!
I don't knew if that was mistake on their behalf or they are just giving us false information on purpose.

Oh! and yeah, Melodia turning out to be Sagi and Melly's daughter was a SHOCKER!
Anyway, overall they gave me what I wanted the most when I first played the game, and that is seeing Kalas being born at the end :)



Intersting find: "Baten Kaitos" are actually Arabic words that means "Belly of The Whale" that comes from
the Kaitos(whale) Constellation (or Cetus Constellation in latin). And "Baten" means belly.
 
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Finished FFXIII-2 few days ago, but it wasn't as good as XIII. To be honest one of the weakest jrpg I've ever beaten.

Currently I have a little break from jrpgs, but I am going to play FFXII, Chrono Trigger or Persona 4 Golden soon.
 
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Has been trying to start FF XII for a while now, But I'm detriment to start it today since my collector's edition will be arriving today and that will probably boost my excitement for the game.

I plan on starting Valkyrie profile OR one of the many Tales game that I have, after finishing XII.
 
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Finished FFXIII-2 few days ago, but it wasn't as good as XIII. To be honest one of the weakest jrpg I've ever beaten.
Agreed! I loved XIII and have played through a couple of times. XIII-2 just didn't grab me in the same way. There was far less depth and connection with the characters. I'll admit I pretty much gave up at the final series of boss battles. Just one after another with no way to save. Is it worth going back and tying that off or should I just watch a Youtube vid of the end cutscenes and call it good? I wasn't enjoying it.

That lack of closure on XIII-2 is what's kept me from taking the shrink wrap off Final Fantasy XIII-3.
 
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How is Ys VIII? I haven't played a good JRPG in quite some time, and I have never touched the Ys series either. I hear this one is a good entry point.

I just want to know what I'm in for.
 
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How is Ys VIII? I haven't played a good JRPG in quite some time, and I have never touched the Ys series either. I hear this one is a good entry point.

I just want to know what I'm in for.
Fanbase was pretty upset at the localization:

https://kotaku.com/nis-america-is-redoing-ys-viiis-shoddy-localization-1819332350

But it's being redone so if you give it a month or two you will probably get a better experience (maybe at a cheaper price).

In the meantime, I'd recommend Dragon Quest 8 on 3DS. I'm just wrapping it up and it's a great little game -- mostly improved over the PS2 version with 2x battle speed and extra content.
 
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Fanbase was pretty upset at the localization:

https://kotaku.com/nis-america-is-redoing-ys-viiis-shoddy-localization-1819332350

But it's being redone so if you give it a month or two you will probably get a better experience (maybe at a cheaper price).

In the meantime, I'd recommend Dragon Quest 8 on 3DS. I'm just wrapping it up and it's a great little game -- mostly improved over the PS2 version with 2x battle speed and extra content.
Thanks for the heads up! I already bought the game, but it's very good to know I can wait and have a better experience later.
 
Does Demon's Souls count as a JRPG? well, it's more of an action game with stats.

If it's not that, then I can happily say that I finish God Eater Burst's story mode last week. FINALLY, after so many years (played it for months in 2011, then stopped using the psp and revived it last year, been playing ever since... and the save file was never re-started).
 
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Extremely mediocre JRPG Gundam game with a cool grid-based equipment system.

-The character designs are atrocious
Yeah, typical JRPG nonsensical designs, but what makes it worse is that everyone else in the game wears normal clothes lol...

-Story is non-existent
Mysterious apocalypse happened, there is now a big bad organization trying to conquer what's left of the world.
The loli character has a secret power, and the cool guy team mate is really the big baddy... its so fucking in your face from the first second of the game.

-Gameplay is just "OK"
Outside of battle, it's very typical. World map you can wander around, fly around, teleport around. Towns, dungeons, NPC'S to chat, books, treasure chests, etc.

Battles:
3 mobiles suits active on the field but you're able to switch mid-battle to your reserves to play off of their speciaties. Characters have attack skills that they have to build up points in-battle to use, and also magic for healing/buffing/debuffing that uses a separate resource. Enemies come in very diverse builds, with TONS of variety, all based on mobile suits from the TV shows.

The one unique thing about the game is the grid system to equip melee weapons, guns, shields. Better suits have bigger grids and weapons take up space differently depending on the type. Weapon types are broken up into subsections under melee and guns, which allows you to be really creative in how you set up each character.

You can build up a mobile suit for melee, range, speed, or armor to play off the pilots stats/skills and then set up the weapons to play off of that. It's got decent depth, and is probably the only reason I continue to play the game.

Also, there are TONS of weapons and guns, parts for the suits, etc. Best part is that it's all visible. Unfortunately the graphics are very MEH even for it's time, but if you're a big Gundam fan, you'll take what you can get.

Overall, my appreciation for Gundam is just enough to make this game tolerable to play through.
 
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Extremely mediocre JRPG Gundam game with a cool grid-based equipment system.

-The character designs are atrocious


Yeah, typical JRPG nonsensical designs, but what makes it worse is that everyone else in the game wears normal clothes lol...

-Story is non-existent
Mysterious apocalypse happened, there is now a big bad organization trying to conquer what's left of the world.
The loli character has a secret power, and the cool guy team mate is really the big baddy... its so fucking in your face from the first second of the game.

-Gameplay is just "OK"
Outside of battle, it's very typical. World map you can wander around, fly around, teleport around. Towns, dungeons, NPC'S to chat, books, treasure chests, etc.

Battles:
3 mobiles suits active on the field but you're able to switch mid-battle to your reserves to play off of their speciaties. Characters have attack skills that they have to build up points in-battle to use, and also magic for healing/buffing/debuffing that uses a separate resource. Enemies come in very diverse builds, with TONS of variety, all based on mobile suits from the TV shows.



The one unique thing about the game is the grid system to equip melee weapons, guns, shields. Better suits have bigger grids and weapons take up space differently depending on the type. Weapon types are broken up into subsections under melee and guns, which allows you to be really creative in how you set up each character.



You can build up a mobile suit for melee, range, speed, or armor to play off the pilots stats/skills and then set up the weapons to play off of that. It's got decent depth, and is probably the only reason I continue to play the game.

Also, there are TONS of weapons and guns, parts for the suits, etc. Best part is that it's all visible. Unfortunately the graphics are very MEH even for it's time, but if you're a big Gundam fan, you'll take what you can get.



Overall, my appreciation for Gundam is just enough to make this game tolerable to play through.
Nice summary! I had forgotten the puzzle equipment system, it was pretty fun.


Personally I really enjoyed MS Saga for the 5-7 hours I played. I love old Zaku designs and enjoyed building them and leveling up. The story made little sense but I had a blast. I should get back to it sometime...
 
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Oh cool. I was going to start a thread like this the other day but never got around to it (and now I don't have to).

I'm playing Xenogears at the moment. I'm from the UK so I never got a chance to experience as a kid, although that doesn't matter much anyway as I didn't start getting into JRPGs until about a year ago.

I'm towards the end of Noturne where Fei is locked in an interment camp for criminal deviants but frees himself by battling robots in what I expect will stay the most awkward part of the game mechanically. Citan is becoming increasingly untrustworthy and Elly has finally turned against the Gebler empire. So far, it's been a lot of foreshadowing but I feel like the ball is now rolling.

Obviously I've heard a lot about the game so I expected it to take a bit of time to get going. S'all cool. I'll probably write some quick thoughts here when I'm done.
 
Was playing through DQ11 and got really far in a couple of days with over 40 hours, but then something wanted me to go back to Persona 5. Previously only got up to the second big dungeon then stopped, now going back to it and loving it, game is super long, about 90 hours in and I'm only just over half way done... I almost just want to stop so I can play something else haha. Got Valkyria 4, Spiderman and the new Tomb Raider coming up after this and probably some other stuff sittin' in the backlog. Gonna be a long end of year... at least I know other games won't take nearly as long as Persona 5 lol.
 
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OH HO HO HO. i'm backkkkkkkkkkk after 4 years.

anyways, as of right now i just platinumed 'labyrinth of refrain' coven of dusk.

i got a copy of 7th dragon for 3ds - its hard, but i feel its a hidden gem.

on console, i'm playing quite a bit of metal max xeno; i stopped part of DQ11 even though i feel that its more substantial than 9's post game.

@nandogrip, i played that game in the mid 00's, and it was pretty solid.
 
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Final Fantasy 4 Heroes of Light. As a huge Dragon Quest fan, I love this strange FF + DQ hybrid. I even like the difficulty.

I'm glad I gave it a chance. So far it's better and more fun than any Final Fantasy post XII.
 

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Final Fantasy 4 Heroes of Light. As a huge Dragon Quest fan, I love this strange FF + DQ hybrid. I even like the difficulty.

I'm glad I gave it a chance. So far it's better and more fun than any Final Fantasy post XII.
4 Heroes of Light looks beautiful. Love the art style. It's a shame the combat system doesn't allow you to pick targets iirc. Haven't played it in a while but maybe I'll pick it up again sometime.

Anyway, currently playing Kingdom Hearts birth by sleep. Great game.