Lately I have noticed what I perceive to be a troubling trend in the design of WRPGs and JRPGs set in fantasy worlds. Think about the major titles from both of these genres: Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, the Tales series, The Elder Scrolls, The Witcher, Dragon Quest, all have one major design element in common. They all draw inspiration from European medieval folklore to create their fantastical worlds. Castles, knights, trolls, dwarves, elves, and medieval weapons are staples in these games and it’s starting to get a bit tiring.
I feel like WRPGs developers can receive a bit of a past for the continual use of these troupes. After all, in all likelihood a good amount of the people work
Were starting a new series called “Best game of this Generation.” As the title suggest, were going to each day post what our favorite games of this console generation. We tried only include games that began in this generation so this can be a buyer’s guide for anyone who just bought a current console.
THE SOULS??? Series
JRPG with western influences? Or WRPG made in Japan? We can argue semantics all day long, but in the end, who the fuck cares? It’s a great series, and your disdain/worship of glorious Nippon shouldn’t get in the way of that. Amidst all the complaints of the casualization of video games stands the Souls series, whose punishing but fair difficulty attracts those seeking a challenge.
I worry about the Tales of series sometimes. English-speaking audiences are forced to wait for localizations of the main titles, if they come at all. When they do make the trip overseas there is still the risk of poor advertising and sales (which, call me crazy, may have some influence on each other), leading Namco Bandai to rationalize that there is no market for niche JRPG’s (although Tales is, if my information is not outdated, the third bestselling franchise in the genre behind Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior). And then there’s the release schedule, where Tales games are pumped out yearly by a two rotating teams, in a similar fashion to another well-known game series. There are plenty of things to worry about, leading me to be apprehensive when approaching Tales of Graces F, the latest release in the Tales series. And after sitting down and playing the game, a little late, thanks to exams and such, I am pleased to say many of those initial concerns have been quelled.