I spent five minutes trying to take the perfect screenshot for the top of this post on Radical Fish Games’ CrossCode. First my party members wouldn’t get into position. Then other players kept running through the scene. These are typical massively multiplayer online RPG problems, only CrossCode isn’t a real MMORPG.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 — Torna: The Golden Country is a new standalone expansion pack that does away with some of the more inelegant and tedious bits of the original game.
When not creating delightful video games, Owlboy creator Simon Stafsnes Andersen likes to create mock trailers for video games that will probably never exist. Like this one, a heartbreaking glimpse at the Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross sequel that might have been.
HD remasters of both Grandia I and II will be coming to Switch this winter publisher GungHo Online announced on Facebook. Both are JRPGs from Sega Saturn and Dreamcast eras respectfully defined by a unique turn-based battle system that incorporates active movement around the battlefield. Grandia II is currently …
Octopath Traveler’s battle music has all of the zest you could want, brimming with quick drumbeats and arpeggiated chords. One simple trick ties together the game’s story and boss battles, creating amazing musical cues that make each new encounter even more exciting.
Octopath Traveler assigns each character an…
“This is the world of the downloaders,” says one of the characters early on in Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2, Sega’s mobile adaptation of the Atlas JRPG series. That was the moment I started to like this game, despite the fact that it’s free-to-play, chuck full of microtransactions, and limited to Android and…
Every party member in Octopath Traveler has a special ability that allows them to interact with NPCs throughout the world. Ophilia the cleric and Primrose the dancer can temporarily recruit NPCs into the party and summon them during battles. One unassuming old man is able to unleash Hell upon enemies. I’m pretty sure…
Here is a very good mod that takes the gruff military characters from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and replaces them with the cast of the Neptunia JRPG series. Even in the singleplayer campaign, even in zombies mode.
In 99% of instances, Twitter is a waking hellscape. But sometimes there is room for joy, even if it comes in the form of video game localisation announcements.
Over the weekend, Square Enix held a live Star Ocean event in Japan that brought together fans of the RPG series with creators and voice actors for a day of livestreamed festivities. Fans hoping to get news on a new Star Ocean for consoles had their hopes dashed, though, as the spotlight was firmly pointed on the…
Thank god for Atlus, which continues to give me reasons to use my 3DS. Lately I’ve been obsessively playing Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, a remake of the 2010 dungeon crawler that is kinda what would happen if you combined the sci-fi mystery Annihilation with a ton of demons. The game is a great pick-up…
In Ni no Kuni II there are well over 100 sidequests you can undertake. They’re mostly a collection of sugary mini-stories that helps bring you into its good-natured, colorful, storybook JRPG world. It took a special kind of bastard to undermine the game’s overwhelming positivity. I found him in Hydropolis.
Every console has had amazing RPGs.
My favorite Final Fantasy game is VII. But it’d been over a decade since I last played FFVII and I wondered how it would hold up.
Shining Force was the game that made me fall in love with tactical JRPGs. Everything from its anime visuals to its catchy music and its grid-based battle system had me hooked.
I’ve been dipping back into Ni no Kuni II over the past week in short spurts in order to collect all of the possible citizens for my kingdom of Evermore. It’s because the game excels at making me feel like I did a good job at finishing simple quests.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will be out September 4 on PS4 and PC. The game released last summer in Japan on PS4 and 3DS but the North American release will be an upgraded version including a new hard mode, camera mode, improved graphics, an overhauled UI, and dashing.
Hazelnut Bastille is a retro-looking RPG with beautiful pixel art. It’s something we’ve been seeing a lot of recently, but Bastille has one thing those other games don’t: Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta.
Every year since 2013, I start a new file in a specific JRPG. I grind, I level up, I do side quests. I pour anywhere from 20-30 hours in, intent on seeing the credits. I get a little further every time, but it’s no use. Something always happens and I leave the game unfinished, dooming it to my backlog once more.