Let's Compare the Tales of Zestiria Anime to the Game

In late December 2014, a special anime covering the first hour or so of the then upcoming PlayStation 3 RPG Tales of Zesteria aired on Japanese TV. And while the game and anime counterpart both tell the same basic story, it's interesting to see what is the same and what is different. » 3/17/15 7:00am 3/17/15 7:00am

The New Tales Game Plays Differently Than You'd Expect 

Since Tales of Symphonia, combat in the console Tales games has been largely the same (though with a few admittedly unique features in each one). But the newest game, Tales of Zestiria, has several changes that, while small, alter how the battles work on a fundamental level. » 2/27/15 5:30am 2/27/15 5:30am

The Legend of Legacy Doesn’t Live Up to Its Pedigree

The Legend of Legacy has a pedigree other JRPGs can only wish for with its development team consisting of former Square Enix and Level-5 employees. But given that it comes from a team who had a hand in some of the most popular classic JRPGs of the 90s and beyond, this game is more than a bit of a letdown. » 2/17/15 7:40am 2/17/15 7:40am

Getting To Know Persona 5

The new trailer for Persona 5 was just the right balance of entertaining and intriguing. But if the trailer alone wasn't enough, here's more info from the game's director. » 2/12/15 8:00am 2/12/15 8:00am

Square Enix Announces SaGa 2015 For The PlayStation Vita

First introduced to North American audiences as the first Game Boy role-playing game, Final Fantasy Legend, the SaGa series returns after a lengthy hiatus in the newly-announced SaGa 2015 for the PlayStation Vita. » 12/14/14 1:30pm 12/14/14 1:30pm

7 More Reasons Terranigma is the Best SNES RPG Most Gamers Never Played

If the first two acts of Terranigma were an ode to creation and nature, the massive third act is a requiem of history and humanity, a dark assemblage of surprisingly tragic events for a 16-bit game that goes beyond the normal RPG tropes. This is the second part of my Terranigma retrospective, focusing more on the plot… » 11/26/14 7:05am 11/26/14 7:05am

Remember Americana Dawn, aka 'American History: The JRPG'? Of course you do. I first wrote about it yesterday. Well, now it's taken its Suikoden-esque antics to Kickstarter. That was fast. It continues to look intriguing, though—US history books filtered through another country's lens. Check it out. » 11/18/14 8:30pm 11/18/14 8:30pm

The Story Behind the Only Square RPG Developed in North America

Secret of Evermore is one of the most underrated RPGs in gaming. Released in 1995 on the SNES, it's a love letter to what is best about JRPGs, with influences from Secret of Mana and even cameos by Final Fantasy characters like Cecil from FFIV. But it also weaves its own identity with a quirky narrative… » 9/29/14 12:49pm 9/29/14 12:49pm

Let's Deconstruct the Persona 5 Trailer

Today Atlus released a new trailer for the long anticipated Persona 5, showcasing the first real look at the setting and some of the characters in the game as well as revealing the game will now be coming to both PS3 and PS4 in 2015. Let's take a careful look and see what we can glean from this trailer. » 9/01/14 3:43pm 9/01/14 3:43pm

7 Strangest Alternate Endings in JRPGs

Last days. Leaving places. I know all things end. But last Friday, after almost ten years, it was a goodbye lunch, farewells, an exit interview and then a final departure out of the parking lot. I never realized how much I would miss my company and the people in it until I was leaving, even though it was on the best… » 8/28/14 4:45am 8/28/14 4:45am

A Mini-Survival Guide To JRPGs

So I recently convinced some friends of mine to try Japanese role-playing games (JRPG). Let me tell you, it was no easy task. It took a comparison of games they played in the past, and a pleasing price range to get them to consent. But even after the hassle they still treaded carefully and they have every… » 8/08/14 10:06am 8/08/14 10:06am

Sin From Final Fantasy X Is Just As Ominous In Minecraft

Recreating Sin—the whale-like gargantuan final boss of Final Fantasy X—in Minecraft was probably a bit harder than usual since you can't really build it pixel by pixel. Still, Pero's piece looks awesome, just like the original from the PS2 game. » 5/26/14 9:00am 5/26/14 9:00am

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is Worth Your Time

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is a Japanese role-playing game developed by Nihon Falcom for the PlayStation Portable. Published by XSEED in North America on April 6, 2011, the game follows Estelle and Joshua Bright on their journey across Liberl to find their missing father and become full-fledged members of… » 5/08/14 6:07pm 5/08/14 6:07pm

Let's Rank the Fire Emblem Games, From Worst to Best

Kotaku has been running a series called the Pecking Order, ranking games in a series from best to worst. In the spirit of this series, let's look at the Fire Emblem series today, ranking them from worst to best. All of the games in the Fire Emblem series are worth playing in their own right, but which are the best in… » 3/11/14 5:43pm 3/11/14 5:43pm

There can never be enough Chrono Trigger fan-art, and it's always refreshing to see something new out there. Here's three fantastic paintings, with three memorable moments recreated from the classic JRPG, made by artist Orioto. You can also buy these as prints here. » 1/17/14 8:30am 1/17/14 8:30am

One of Japan's Oldest (and Most Hardcore) Gamers Passed Away

On January 11, famed actress Keiko Awaji passed away in a Tokyo hospital from esophageal cancer, reports Nikkan Sports. She was 80 years old. And she loved JRPGs. » 1/13/14 5:00am 1/13/14 5:00am

Nothing Makes Me Happier Than An Atelier Opening Movie

Even when the music is melancholy and the game's name is as silly as Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, there's just something about the opening cinematics for new games in Gust's alchemy-based role-playing game series that makes my dimples pop. » 12/10/13 10:10am 12/10/13 10:10am