JRPG Catch-All

Octopath sounds a lot like some of the older SaGa games (not surprising, as they share many of the same programers). Has anyone here who’s played Romancing SaGa played Octopath? They seem really similar.

I have. The narrative structure is similar. The combat and character progression is not a total mess like in both SaGa games I've played.

The NA developed 2D Neptunia game has been pushed back to Spring of next year. In NA and EU. Still releasing next month in Japan.

Grandia and Grandia II, Two Excellent RPGs, Are Being Remastered for the Switch

I rented Grandia back in the day for the PSX and toyed around with a pirated copy of Grandia II for the DC, but I never finished either game. It will be great to give these classics another shot.

I really liked Grandia 2. Wow did that story go places.

I came here to post that, actually. I played Grandia II when the remastered version came on steam. The interrupt-based combat system (and battle themes) was fantastic, I just wish it had been harder. Even on Hard, I think you could count the number of times I got wiped on one hand.

I'm actually really looking to playing the first game. I've heard that it is one of those classic 'feels like you're on an adventure in an unknown land' type stories that I love (like Skies of Arcadia), even if it's a bit basic.

I fondly remember Grandia the first, don't think I completed Grandia II, though. Wish they'd bring them over to PS4; it could happen down the line.

I don't remember much about Grandia, I remember playing one of them on ps2, but kept hitting a bug where it would freeze up (could have been my disc). I did start the first one on the Vita, but didn't get far at all before getting distracted.

I really didn’t like Grandia much but struggled through. Never played 2.

Grandia was pretty good but the PS1 version was held back by horrible VA and rough 3D. Grandia 2 on the Dreamcast was gorgeous.

What does everyone consider the best RPGs on the 3DS to be? For better or worse I largely avoided 3DS RPGs outside of SMT IV and Fire Emblem. I'm wondering if there are any gems I should look into now.

SMT IV Apocalypse is a great follow up. I'm 20 hours into it right now. Persona Q is pretty good if you are more into the comedy, slice of life side of Persona 3/4. Dragon Ball: Fusions is great fan service if you like Dragon Ball.

Some others I plan to get to:
The Alliance Alive, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, Ever Oasis, and Bravely Second: End Layer, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D.

DSGamer wrote:

What does everyone consider the best RPGs on the 3DS to be? For better or worse I largely avoided 3DS RPGs outside of SMT IV and Fire Emblem. I'm wondering if there are any gems I should look into now.

Dragon Quest VIII. The Bravely Default games are well liked, if you enjoy Final Fantasy's job system.

Rune Factory 4 as well, if a Farming game meets an ARPG interests you. You can level up everything. EVERYTHING.

Oh yes, Rune Factory 4 was my #2 from last year!

The Etrian Odyssey series is really good, if you like first-person dungeon crawlers with turn-based battles.

I'd probably recommend Bravely Default over Bravely Second, although I could see going either way on that. You're really getting the same kind of gameplay with either game. As Sundown said, if you like Final Fantasy's job system (FF V, in particular), you'll love this game.

There are also a bunch of really good DS RPGs which, of course, you can play on the 3DS. You'll have a bunch of Final Fantasies and Dragon Quests if you go that route.

I just got Etrian Odyssey IV and I'm having a blast with it. Went in totally blind, just saw that there was a demo available and decided to give it a go. After 10 or so hours exhausted the demo and promptly bought the whole game. Progress carries over from the demo.

Seems to be pretty light on story but the dungeon exploring and battles are really fun. The main draw is that the dungeons get pretty intricate and being first person it'd impossible to navigate without a map, and this time you have to draw it on the lower screen. There is a auto-mapping feature as well but I have it only partially on, as I find the drawing a nice respite from the tension of exploring and battling.

Try out the demo at least!

I'll just mention that you also have access to the DS lineup as well, so Final Fantasy Tactics A2 is great if you want more tactics in your rpg.

But sticking with 3ds I'll recommend three newer titles. The Alliance Alive, 7th Dragon III Code: VFD, and Ever Oasis.

The Alliance Alive is more of a traditional jrpg, though it does an interesting thing where you can give any weapon to any person and using it causes them to gain more affinity/experience with it to unlock more skills and such. Allows you to come up with some interesting builds. It was written by the guy who created and directed the Suikoden series(he left around the end of Suik 3).

7th Dragon 3 is good if you play Etrian and go 'man I hate drawing maps and want some more story'. The combat is somewhat similar(though you're working with a team of 3 instead of 5). I liked it a lot and and there's a lot of customization there. At one point you can even start rescuing people to bring back to your HQ for some minor items.

Ever Oasis is more action than RPG, actually it's probably an action base management sorta thing but it gives me modern day secret of mana vibes so it still counts. This is fun, give it a shot!

Also, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is basically Etrian Odyssey 2 remade with a story bolted on. I quite liked what I played but the stat/character progression seemed painfully slow so I put it on ice after about 20 hours. But, if you like Etrian Odyssey mechanics but want some story to go with it I would recommend this or Persona Q.

DSGamer wrote:

What does everyone consider the best RPGs on the 3DS to be? For better or worse I largely avoided 3DS RPGs outside of SMT IV and Fire Emblem. I'm wondering if there are any gems I should look into now.

I still carry my DS phat around on airplanes, even though the battery life is pretty wrecked. It's basically all great RPGs:
Puzzle Quest
The World Ends With You
Disgaea DS
Chrono Trigger DS
Etrian Odyssey

All of which amazing and cool in their own ways. Though Etrian is a super slow progression.

Also, Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier is one of the very few JRPGs I played long enough to finish, but I did have an hourish subway commute at the time.

Mixolyde wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

What does everyone consider the best RPGs on the 3DS to be? For better or worse I largely avoided 3DS RPGs outside of SMT IV and Fire Emblem. I'm wondering if there are any gems I should look into now.

I still carry my DS phat around on airplanes, even though the battery life is pretty wrecked. It's basically all great RPGs:
Puzzle Quest
The World Ends With You
Disgaea DS
Chrono Trigger DS
Etrian Odyssey

All of which amazing and cool in their own ways. Though Etrian is a super slow progression.

Also, Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier is one of the very few JRPGs I played long enough to finish, but I did have an hourish subway commute at the time.

Nintendo still sells new ds batteries.

Awesome!

I restarted Tales of Berseria after starting it last year and getting distracted three hours in. This time I’m in the meat of the game, having made it through a couple dungeons and assembled a good a handful of party members. I think I’m enjoying it, even though it seems impossible to keep track of what’s going on in battles. There are so many attacks going off and numbers flashing over enemies’ heads that I just try to match my combos to enemy weaknesses and hope I don’t get stunned too often. It’s sort of novel to be playing an RPG where the main character is basically villainous, despite her understandable motivation for revenge. I assume there will be a change of heart by the end. The rest of the characters aren’t anything to write home about. The world is pretty, though, and I’ve enjoyed exploring for treasure and collectibles. I hope I can stick with the game this time and finally get a Tales game under my belt.

I think the story is the best when Velvet is the selfish villainous character.

Are there certain Tales of games considered to be standouts in the series? Or does it mostly come down to personal preference? I picked up Berseria due to the praise over the different type of story/main protagonist.

Having played every Tales of game since ps3/360/wii gen. My personal favorites are Xillia 1 and 2 (possibly the best combat in series IMO) followed by Graces F. I know people have alot of love for Vesperia and Symphonia. While I enjoyed my time with them I don't think they aged as well as the ps3 games. (Vesperia is supposed to get a remaster later this year I think?) Zestiria is probably the worse one IMO.

Hey folks, since this thread is pretty long and doing that "not jumping to recent post" thing I've made a new one that Clocky can still edit the OP as needed.