What's the best JRPG for someone who's never played one?
Final Fantasy VII. Seriously. It's not the best, but it's pretty good and is an easy to get into JRPG. After that try some of the older Final Fantasies, Final Fantasy IX, Dragon Quest, Tales, and then whatever you want.
Personally, Chrono Trigger, it tackles a lot of RPG tropes and is very forgiving while being a exceptionally great game. Story isn't complicated, great cast of characters, music, settings, it's one of those RPGs that you'll really struggle with deciding who to keep on your team as they're all really useful and well balanced.
Thats actually why I can't get into JRPGs even though I want too because the concept of many games look fun and in depth
I want to take my protagonist seriously, not a 10 year old wielding a sword surrounded by 10 year old girls
>inb4 "anon is gay because he's not a closet pedophile"
start with the best or get fucked like the rest.
from a time when games were games.
Are Mario and Luigi games considered JRPGs? Those games are awesome
Give Dark Cloud a try, it's $15 on PS4 and i'm not noticing any emulation issues yet, but it's probably not hard to emulate on PCSX2 either if you don't have a PS2 and the right cables lying around.
Poorly programmed, badly designed, soulless japanese trash with no effort and ambition put towards anything besides pandering towards the most tasteless otaku, ie. something like an atelier or neptunia game where the artstyle and writing is intentionally shit in such a way to pander to smallminded otaku.
pretty obviously lord of the rings the third age
Dokapon Kingdom. It's light on story so you can focus on actually playing the game and even though it's competitive you can easily co-op the main quest.
Dude don't. He's going to do a word by word analysis now. Its like the weeb equivalent of baiting and trolling, only he actually believes in this shit so its like a fucking Jihad for them.
>people complaining about weeb games
Omega Quintet looks as weeb as any, but is pretty damn fun and the combat is interesting. Yeah, lots of them are super pandering, but you really shouldn't judge them just because of looks.
Final Fantasy 7.
Get excited about the remake
Then play the remake and be disappointed because Square Enix is trying to make it look photo-realistic like modern FF's.
that's a party game with rpg elements. great, but not a jrpg.
I gave mine away to my sister's friend's kids because i never played it anymore, but then i saw it's selling for like, 200 dollars.
>posting that abortion of a game
I think it's just a more old school experience. Dokapon Kingdom lets you decide what kind of character you want to make and how you're going to win the game while modern games give you a role in the story they're telling and you don't have any choice but to follow along.
Friendly reminder that Square is making a new RPG for nostalgiafags that appears to take a lot of inspiration from Chrono Trigger
>RPG games made by Japanese developers
YOU BET YOUR ASS
Here's my two cents:
Favorite JRPG : Skies of Arcadia
Favorite JRPG series : SMT & Devil Summoners
Story isn't innovative, but a nice mashup of christian and norse themes, which makes the following point possible.
It has a nice setting and varied areas.
Good sense of discovery and adventure.
Cute heroes, good villans/antiheroes.
It doesn't drag on forever. Very little filler/grind.
Neat things to discover if you decide to play it again.
It's like Killer 7, you're on rails and depending on how well you do in battle you get a resources tha lets you investigate different objects or take alternate paths through each area.
In combat you use up items to deal damage and each character has a different attack pattern for each item. It's alright, but you have to play a lot of fights in practice mode to get the extra stats for mastering each item.
> but you have to play a lot of fights in practice mode to get the extra stats for mastering each item.
So kinda like Knights in the Nightmare leveling system, It's weird how a series managed to have 3 games, all different gameplay styles, all different stories yet still be connected. Yggdra Union is still probably one of my favorite games of all time
A bit like a point and click adventure.
Move from screen to screen and inspect various things using points you earn in combat. Interacting with them gives you lore, items, triggers combat, opens new paths, buffs/debuffs etc.
Combat relies on using items which have durability. You can only take 4 into combat and various characters can use them in farious ways (single target, muti target, piercing, targeting front/back row, various special effects), and can learn special attacks as they use them, although only the character whose prefered items it is can learn the highest level of special attack.
Yeah because of all these bad recommendations. If a casual asks for recommendations, you don't recommend the best games you can think of. You recommend something that's easy for them to be wowed by like a recent FF game or something. Give a normie 5 minutes with Chrono Trigger and he'll drop it.
This became a massive success purely on the selling point of it's being "the best JRPG for someone who's never played one."
It's also just the best JRPG.
Chrono Trigger is a good suggestion because it's a baby game for babies. As long as you fight the scripted encounters you'll easily blow past anything but the optional encounters.
Worst story in series
Worst combat of the series
Worst characters in the series