Dude for jrpg's i can't believe no one has suggested Tales of the Abyss. This game is incredible i am a longtime final fantasy, fire emblem, and golden sun fan. Along with those i have put over 250 hours into morrowind years ago played Star wars Knights of the old republic 2 along with others. So i have played turn based RPG, Turn based strategy RPG, Action RPG, open world RPG. To put it simply i know my RPG's and i value my opinion very high regarding them. My favorite is FF9 followed closely by FF7 to get an idea of the ones i like the best. Tales of the abyss is my 1st Tales game and I am blown away at the amount of detail in the characters development for their personalities and struggles. These characters are 100% original and i have never seen this amount of detail put into a characters thoughts, struggles, ambitions and history. The story hold's up the same way. This game is the farthest thing from being linear (To a fault for some people, they complain about having to go back to places you've already been to, but for me i love it. I never did like that about RPG's, you go to a town once along the linear path to the end boss and once you complete the task at the town you never have to go back again. I think that takes away the freedom and realism of the game.) There is so much going on in this game, with the planet, the characters, the countries, the religion, the history of things that happened in the past, it's insanely complex. When you actually pay attention to the storyline and the characters interactions and personalities you will be incredibly satisfied. I am at 70 hour's right now and i still have probably another 15 to 20 hour's left in the game, and that's without sidequest's. I haven't been playing lackadasically either other then an extra 3 or so hours leveling up a little I've had my foot on the gas. The battles are really fun to there is so many moves to learn, and item's, weapon's and "capacity cores" to add to your stats and playing style. You can play between all 6 different characters in battle (7 technically for a little while you get to play with a secondary character but i'll leave it at that) They all have their own distinct playing style and moves making it very fun to grind. There are side puzzles and mini games to play throughout the game to that are fun like waitressing, organizing boxes in a warehouse, navigating a mazes. This game really did exceed all my expectations. My only nitpicking complaint's are the art style, not a huge fan of anime but i don't mind it to much. The voice acting could be better to, but most the time it's good enough. Bottom line this is an amazing RPG with top class characters, and attention to detail. The storyline is so complex some people might get lost if they don't pay attention, BUT if you do pay attention everything makes sense and ties together very well. It's very emotional at times too, incredibly deep and complex thing's happening in the world and with the characters personal problems and history, lots of good twists. The game has drama cd's, manga side stories book's and a 26 episode anime (25 minute episodes) that makes this game even deeper. You will get your 30$ worth and then some with this game, it deserves more attention and praise for it's achievement's.