When I first started playing The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. From everything I heard about this title from reviews of the original PC game that come out early last year; I knew that it was probably an awesome, mature, dark fantasy game, which seems like a tailor-made game for me. I did not, however, know how it played because I don’t own a PC powerful enough to run this graphical behemoth. So when I heard that the enhanced version was going to be ported to the Xbox 360 I was giddy with excitement at the prospect of being able to play as Geralt of Rivia for the first time.
As you wonderful listeners have already heard (since you most certainly are tuning in to our podcasts), Ryan and I both like RPGs. While we both play each type, I tend to prefer RPGs of Japanese origin, and he fancies those of western birth. Whatever our preferences may be, we both benefit from recommending games to each other. Maybe you can too.
Here are some of my favorite JRPG’s in recent memory. I tried to avoid picking games from series that are already very well-known like Paper Mario, Fire Emblem, Tales of, and Demon’s/Dark Souls (It’s an RPG from Japan, Ryan. That’s the only condition it needs to meet). Also avoided were older games that everyone and their dog have already played, like Chrono Trigger, older FF games, Skies of Arcadia, that sort of stuff. And let’s face it, there’s a plethora of games I’ve never played that you probably have. Hopefully this list can spark some interest in those who are looking for a new game, people who’ve lost interest of become jaded with JRPG’s and their often-times formulaic structure, or maybe inspire you to tell me why I’m so wrong and game X is 100 times better than anything I said.
[Disclaimer: Xenoblade Chronicles not included since I have yet to play it, starting it soon. Golden Sun: TLA not included, although it’s one of my personal favorites, because it isn’t as interesting as some of the others. Harvest Moon 64 not included because want this to be less than 20 pages long]