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Pajderman said:

Even if a lot of my favorites from a genre is not the popular pick, most of them are at least well received games in their own right.

I guess the game that come closest is Donkey Konga, my favorite in the music game genre. The guitar hero games is just difficult for me on higher difficulties. The number of different combinations of multiple buttons feels to me like I need a second brain to keep track. Having just the two bongos and focusing on keeping the right rhythm is just enough game play for me to enjoy the music.

Other games have better music and some like Elite beat agents, my second best music game, even have compelling stories. But I just smile with joy when I feel like having a go in Donkey Konga. I wish I knew just what I like about it so much. Last time I played it I even felt like I needed to bump it up on my favorite games list. It is one of the games I spent the most time playing. When it released I basically just went to school and played the game. Beat my siblings playing with my feet while they played normally. Good times.

If you like rhythm games with simple controls, I recommend you to try the Rhythm Heaven series and the Taiko no Tatsujin games (although the later gets pretty crazy on higher difficulties). 

If you like Kingdom Hearts, Melody of Memory is very fun, not too hard and with a great musical selection. 

As for the topic... I don't think it's "The apex" of JRPGs, but Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is one of my favourite JRPGs ever. I enjoyed it even more than Persona 4 or 5. Sure, the story is simple and cliched, but it was serviceable enough and made up for it with a battle system that's the best I've experienced in a turn based JRPG, the soundtrack is godly and side content is much more manageable and fun to do. Also, unlike most people, I enjoyed the whole idol thematic. It's integrated perfectly into the story, the battles and the soundtrack to create a very unique JRPG. 

Last edited by Vodacixi - on 17 January 2023