Posts Tagged ‘jrpg’

Podcast: What counts as a JRPG?

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You’d think we could agree on four simple letters. But nothing is ever straightforward on RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. This week the gang are talking JRPGs, or Japanese role-playing games to use some real words for human people. Does a game have to be made in Japan to be defined as an JRPG? Or does it just need some bright colours and lots of turn-based battles? Maybe it only needs a boss behind a boss (and then another boss behind that one)? Come with us into the petty world of the genre bouncer, as we examine the shoes of dozens of games and decide whether or not they’re allowed into the JRPG nightclub.

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Spawn Point: The best JRPGs for total beginners

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Welcome back to Spawn Point, where we take an element from the world of gaming and explain what it is, why it’s worth your time and how you can dip your toes in and get involved. Last time, Brendan gave you a 101 course in Final Fantasy XII, a JRPG that recently got spruced up for PC twelve years after its original launch on PlayStation 2. This time, however, I’m going to be looking at JRPGs as a whole, discussing what they are and which ones you should try your hand at first if you’ve never played one before.

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Disgaea Devs NIS Bringing Phantom Brave To PC

Phantom Brave [official site] will be the next old JRPG that Disgaea publishers NIS bring over to PC. It started in PlayStation 2 in 2004, jumped to Wii in 2009, then PSP, and will finally call round our way this July. This is beyond my area of expertise but our chums Eurogamer quite liked it on PS2 and they seem sensible sorts – they label leftovers in the fridge, I bet – so sure, cool. Also, it sounds like it’s about duffing folks up by summoning ghosts into trees and starfish? I’m in favour of that. I may be misunderstanding.

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Final Fantasy IX Arrives On PC After 16 Years

Final Fantasy IX [official site] is a name you’re likely to hear a fair bit if you ask folks about their favourite Final Fantasy game. You thought you were being all clever and snide, preparing some comeback about Square Enix releasing over fifty of the devils, but someone has disarmed you with earnesty about a video game. What are you going to do now? Will you say “Oh, FFIX or FFIX-2 Final Flash or FFIX-9 – Zidane Doubles Down?” Scoff and stammer something about Chocobos? Give it up, mate.

I only came here to say a PC version of the JRPG launched today, 16 years after its PlayStation debut, and you’re tossing out that crap banter. Sort yourself out.

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Call The Godcat: JRPG Asdivine Hearts Comes To PC

Okay, so Asdivine Hearts [official site] is the second PC release from veteran Japanese crew Kemco, but I missed the first so let’s coo over this as another nice instance of more Japanese games coming our way in recent years. Kemco have been in games since the ’80s, but have lately become known for their JRPGs on pocket telephones. Asdivine Hearts hit pockphones in 2014, getting some good reviews, and now it’s on Windows and Mac. It involves a special cat.

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Pale Echoes Is A JRPG-y With Puzzle-Based Combat

JRPGs have a well-established history of cramming amnesic protagonists, catastrophic world-compromising events, and a shit-tonne of mindless fighting into one neat little package. Like EastEnders. Pale Echoes [Steam page] is no different but wants to woo you with an intriguing twist to its combat, adding nifty puzzle elements to its square-gos. Out next month, it wants to teach you about the power of memories.

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Cosmic Star Heroine Alpha Already Shows Star Quality

Gunmancy. Froggoths. Pop-culture cheekiness. Sentient snot. Yes, my friends, Cosmic Star Heroine is already looking like a star. If you’re wondering what I’m blathering about, Zeboyd Games recently released half an hour’s worth of gameplay footage, all from the alpha version of the upcoming turn-based RPG, which draws inspiration from the likes of Chrono Trigger.

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