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The world ends with you, then again, that's the only JRPG I really fell in love with, I really like Xenoblade and crisis core and have tried playing older final fantasies like 6 7 and 4 (of which i liked 4 the most, but it was that psp remake). Guess i'm just not a traditional JRPG person, I love the art style it those types of games though, only reason i'm playing ff13 atm, I really hope i can find an JRPG to love someday.



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Tough choice, I really like both FFX (my fave game) and FFXII's story.



Xenogears, I'd say. It's convoluted, but at least it's self-contained and can be figured out. It's not missing any important pieces. The only problem is how the plot was more ambitious than what Square-Enix could realistically pull off at the time, so some of the storytelling in the game (I'm looking at you, disc 2) is less than ideal.

It's far better than Xenosaga. I still can't wrap my head around Xenosaga... not really because it's convoluted, but rather because it's somehow much more ridiculous.

Xenoblade's plot is comparatively simple, though the ending is quite the curve ball. I'm still not sure what I feel about the ending, but the plot as a whole gets massive points for the game world alone. And actually delivering on the potential of its world.

Nothing really holds a candle to Xenogears, plot-wise, although there are still plenty of JRPGs with great storylines. And it's not like Xenogears has the best gameplay of any PS1 RPG (Grandia for life).



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Complexity is one thing, but Xenogears and Saga just suffer far too much from story padding for it's actual Plot to be believable. Religious overtones are cool but only when done right. Just don't feel that they were in that series. And in full disclosure......Xenosaga's story was much better than gears.

Chrono Trigger/Cross are also quite superb mainly because it is one of the few stories that does Time Travel justice. Its not just a means of doing/then undoing past mistakes (cough*ffxiii-2*cough).

Does Demon's Souls count as a JRPG these days? because the Story mythos in that game is also super good in my eyes. Just like how Pyreflies is woven into the gameplay and plot of FFX, Demon's Souls weaves souls into every aspect flawlessly.



      

      

      

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forevercloud3000 said:
Complexity is one thing, but Xenogears and Saga just suffer far too much from story padding for it's actual Plot to be believable. Religious overtones are cool but only when done right. Just don't feel that they were in that series. And in full disclosure......Xenosaga's story was much better than gears.


Do you think that Saga handled religious overtones better than Gears? I thought it turned out a good bit more nonsensical (probably when it brought real-world religion into the mix, as opposed to perfectly fine symbolism).



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JGarret said:

Of all the JRPGs I´ve ever played, Xenogears has the best story.It´s very convoluted, and I had to look for explanation on the net, in order to try and understand it.

It´s quite complex and deep, plus it´s one of the best games I played on the PS1, a reminder of how good Square was in the 90s.


Xenogears without a doubt.  By a long shot.  

 

And Final Fantasy IV is just classic Shakespeare, love it.  It's the game I judge all other RPGs by to this day.



rccsetzer said:

Xenogears, without a doubt. If you search through the web you will see some people saying how xenogears changed their lives. That game opened my mind.


So much this.

I never felt such chills or held my breath and felt so stunned as I did when Mahanon arose from the ocean.

I had to save the game and watch the intro FMV again dozens of times with tears in my eyes.  I felt so small and had difficulty breathing, I just felt so numb when EVERYTHING finally came together.  I replayed the game in my head fast foward and remembered all the little things like the missing human skulls that didn't appear until 10,000 years ago, etc.  I never felt so scandalized by a video game story before.

And then that ending song... 10,000 years of anguish finally at an end.  I was an emotional wreck for weeks while I reconciled with Perfect Works and learned everything I could about this story.



I can't argue with those saying Final Fantasy X as it is my favorite Final Fantasy of all time.



Hard to say. Maybe Pokemon Ruby.