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Kresnik said:
DanneSandin said:

From what little time  I spend with the demos there wasn't a whole lot of exploration going on... I know Xenoblade has a lot of it, and it's one of the reasons why I love that game.


You might want to be a little more picky about the JRPG's you play then.  Etrian Odyssey is a first person dungeon crawler which kind of limits what level of exploration you can do.  Same with an SRPG like Fire Emblem.  

Damn, did not know that... So both of those games are more linear?



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DanneSandin said:

I'll try to remember that! Perhaps I should try them again, I did enjoy Xenoblade after all, and thought FE was ok...

Xenoblade has quite a lengthy intro and then immediately bombards you with tutorials. I guess you were just in a different mood back then.

The Last Story is pretty much fully voiced (in English, of course), so you don't have to read the story portions. The combat is quite simplistic and the difficulty is on the low side, plus there are easy ways to grind if it's ever needed. It's more or less a JRPG for people who don't really enjoy gameplay in their games and rather want an interactive story.

The World Ends With You is an awful game, I don't recommend it to anyone. On the Wii Virtual Console you can get Ys Book I & II for €6, I think. Tales of the Abyss on the 3DS is a solid Tales entry, but has a few lengths in the story department. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn on Wii is fantastic. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. is an enjoyable take on the JRPG genre that enhances turn-based combat with action commands, meaning the amount of damage you deal and take is influenced by skilled button presses.



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DanneSandin said:

Damn, did not know that... So both of those games are more linear?


Well, it depends really.

You can get JRPG's like Xenoblade or Tales where you're given areas to explore and combat is integrated into that (either directly or through a separate arena-based combat system).  It sounds to me like this is the kind of exploration in a JRPG that you like.

A first person dungeon crawler (like Etrian Odyssey) is about exploration, but it's a different kind of exploration.  You'll be exploring a grid-based map step by step.  It's certainly a different experience.

And then a SRPG like Fire Emblem is more built around the combat; thinking laterally in battle situations and stuff.  I haven't actually played FE, but certainly for things like Disgaea and Wild ARMs XF that I've played there's no world map or anything and the games focus on telling you a story and putting you in combat scenarios.



If you want to get to the action quick, try Dragon Quest 7.



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Anyway there are a lot of JRPGs with a lot of text, but there are also many where there is a larger focus on the gameplay even if there's a good amount of text.

Just recently I went through Tales of Xillia which had a lot of text but it was good so I enjoyed it a lot. Persona is another series like this. I actually think I enjoyed the text sections more than the gameplay in those games, despite the fact that the gameplay in both series is very good. Really helps when the text is voice acted.




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i dont mind text in video games, actually at times i like it. it reminds me of the good old days of gaming back when i was a kid. as long as the text is interesting i dont mind at all



RolStoppable said:
DanneSandin said:

I'll try to remember that! Perhaps I should try them again, I did enjoy Xenoblade after all, and thought FE was ok...

Xenoblade has quite a lengthy intro and then immediately bombards you with tutorials. I guess you were just in a different mood back then.

The Last Story is pretty much fully voiced (in English, of course), so you don't have to read the story portions. The combat is quite simplistic and the difficulty is on the low side, plus there are easy ways to grind if it's ever needed. It's more or less a JRPG for people who don't really enjoy gameplay in their games and rather want an interactive story.

The World Ends With You is an awful game, I don't recommend it to anyone. On the Wii Virtual Console you can get Ys Book I & II for €6, I think. Tales of the Abyss on the 3DS is a solid Tales entry, but has a few lengths in the story department. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn on Wii is fantastic. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. is an enjoyable take on the JRPG genre that enhances turn-based combat with action commands, meaning the amount of damage you deal and take is influenced by skilled button presses.

You're in the minority with that opinion.



KingdomHeartsFan said:

You're in the minority with that opinion.

I am also in the minority with my opinion that 2D Mario is better than 3D Mario. But this is the internet, so things are a little bit weird.



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And that is all you need to know concerning TWEWY's target audience.



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Huh. I played TWEWY for the first time this year, and I thought it was average. It had some interesting ideas. Sometimes they worked well, sometimes they didn't. Some of the mechanics were tedious -- just how often are you meant to check the map to see what brands are "in", and reorganize your entire set of gear to take advantage of that? I suppose you could just set yourself to your highest level, turn on auto-control for your partner, and switch the game to easy mode. If you want to not play it at all.

Still, I enjoyed it for the most part. Not sure why people think it was one of the best JRPGs of the generation, but I didn't think it was bad.