>>322714830 Like that anon said, FF7 is a solid intro to JRPG's and holds up pretty well. It's got brick-o-vision but things aren't perfect.
FF6 is usually the final fantasy game that's given out second, but the Steam version is utter shit. Go Emulate it for free. Chrono Trigger also got a rep further up-thread, and for good reason - It was considered one of the best for a long time, but it seems to have aged worse than others due to it's hype and it's use of some systems that were done better in more recent games.
FFX has some really cheesy voice-acting moments and is a bit of a downer, but it's another solid newbie-friendly game.
Bravely Default is probably one of the best jrpg's released recently, at least in terms of being classically styled. It's got a third act that people hate, hate, HATE, but that's a matter of opinion mostly.
Xenoblade Chronicles is a pretty recent title but it's also a decent departure from the classic formula - Not hugely so, but enough to make an impression. If you're into waifus or japanese girl bullshit, the Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth games on steam are pretty solid if grind-y. Tales of Heroes is a pretty solid place to go as well.
Dragon Quest 8 if you can find it is an amazing start, but the Dragon Quest games in general are pretty deep-end-of-the-pool, they rarely hold your hand even if that means they're coming at you with a knife and you'd rather just go play something else after all the jaggy edges. They're super solid if you get into the genre, though.
I agree with this guy. FF VII, FF VI, and Chrono Trigger are good starts. I'd honestly suggest FF VII first, it might be more interesting to people who are new to JRPGs, I'm not sure. Chrono Trigger and FF VI are the shit too though, you really can't go wrong with any of those three.
I'm not so much a fan of FF X, but I guess it's not bad for newbies. It's where Square really started pushing the cinematic thing though.
Also, Dragon Quest. Try these after playing another JRPG or two. I say this because Dragon Quest doesn't appear to change much on the surface, its changes are more under the hood, and it doesn't seem to have the same appeal in the west as it does in Japan. Still, try them out, despite not being real thrilled with VI, I say they're all good, so if you're the type of person who likes to start from the beginning of a series even if most games aren't connected, then go ahead and start with the first. Otherwise, III, IV, V, and VIII are all good starting points. Might want to wait on VIII a bit though, the 3DS version is getting localized this year or next, and graphical downgrade and some costume censorship and two scenes getting censored (and I think one enemy was slightly altered, but so little most people won't even notice) aside, it's got a lot of great additions and enhancements. If you can into 日本語, play them in 日本語, the localizations are... not the greatest. But if they're all you've got, I'm sure they'll still be fun.
Basically take your pick of any of the JRPGs made by Square back in the day. Any of the first ten Final Fantasy games except II or VIII and Chrono Trigger are good places to start. They've by far the most accessible ones, I believe, and are pretty much what you think about when you imagine the quintessential JRPG..
Chrono Trigger, Earthbound (but don't become one of the autistic Mother drones doing so) or Final Fantasy IV, VI or VII. OR King's Field I (II in Japan), King's Field II (III in Japan) or King's Field: The Ancient City (PS2).
Everyone's mentioned some great things. I'd like to add:
- Super Mario RPG - Paper Mario - Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
Honestly, they don't feel like typical JRPGs (which isn't a bad thing, some people who hate JRPGs love them). Try them out at some point. I've heard good things about the Mario and Luigi series, though I haven't played any of them myself yet.
>If you've got a feel of the genre and think that you like it enough, you can move on to some of the lesser-known and "advanced" series.
Like what? I've been playing JRPGs for nearly 20 years, though a lot of series have flown under my radar. I've mostly played Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Tales, Chrono Trigger and Cross, Kingdom Hearts, Super Mario RPG and the Paper Mario series, some Digimon Worlds, and others that aren't coming to mind right now. Some on my list are:
- Grandia - Lufia - Pretty much all of the Legend of Heroes games when I feel like devoting another year to JRPGs - The Mother series
I've thought about Star Ocean too, but I'm not sure when. I tend to hear that the first two are good, but 3 isn't so great, and 4 sucks.
>>322721502 Games like Shin Megami Tensei and Valkyria Chronicles I've heard some people have trouble with, while I've never really been too bothered with them myself (a couple parts in SMT4 kicked my ass, though).
While someone like you may not find much difficulty in these kinds of games, newbies will likely have a hard time properly grasping the mechanics.
I'm wondering if my post sounded confrontational, or if I seemed to be making myself out to be a bad ass. I was actually just asking for recommendations. The Shin Megami Tensei series I should take a look at too.
>>322722883 The first two Phantasy Star games were literally one of the most mind-numbing, monotonous, and tedious gaming experiences I've ever had in my entire life. I've kinda shied away from the other PS games because of what a bitter taste the others left in my mouth. Are they any different?
Try Persona 3 or 4. Standard turn based system, with an incredibly interesting story. One of the best parts is that it's urban, so it takes place in real life, so to speak. You can forge actual relationships with people, become a better student, and fight monsters in your free time. Truly an amazing game that blends a lot of interesting elements together.
>>322726238 I'm not gonna call it shit. I agree that the computer controlled AI was retarded sometimes, but it wasn't impossible to deal with. Honestly, mostly Mitsuru was irritating because she fucking using Marin Karin on every goddamn thing.
At least P3P and P4/P4G allowed the player to control the AI, so of course P5 will too. It all worked out in the end.
Try the Tales Of series. If you've got a PS3 you can try out Tales of Xillia or Tales of Graces. Don't play Tales of Zestiria though. It'll probably turn you off of the series honestly. If you want a classic, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is also on the PS3.
If you've got a PS4 or PS3, try Final Fantasy X. Not too old, but not to new either. It's remastered for both systems...actually, I think the PS4 version is still pending release, but it's still a good place to start. A lot of people started their RPG journey with that game.
>>322723296 4 is radically different. Mostly short dungeons, easy difficulty, really well presented all round. Even if you weren't bad enuff to save the space president in the first ones you'd probably like it. It's actually the perfect 'babby's first' RPG.
>>322730008 I think you might be underestimating PS4s difficulty through a lens of your own experience with the genre. People actually playing shit easy games like FFVII as their "babby's first" will get walled at Carry Armor and other easy bosses. PS4, as much as I love it and as much as I want to idealize the notion that challenges should drive us to push even harder forward, will outright wall people and turn them off.
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