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JRPGs 2017 - What comes next?

The opening months of the year have been the strongest in a long time. Persona 5, Nier Automata and Tales of Berseria are all games I would strongly recommend, along with Kingdom Hearts 2.8 being great for series fans and the 1.5+2.5 collection being a great remedy for people who aren’t fans. 

But with the big guns of the genre all having released games within the last 6 months, the rest of the year looks bleak. 

Or does it? While big names are thin on the ground, the genre has plenty to offer in the coming months. 

Valkyria Revolution - June 30th

Featuring a war setting, strategic battles, a painterly anime style, and, um, excessive cleavage. For PS4, Vita and Xbox one. Yes really. Probably PC eventually too. 

Dark Rose Valkyrie - June 9th

The premise shows promise, but can Idea Factory deliver? There’s only one way to find out! PS4 exclusive. 

Dragon Quest Heroes II - April 28th

Part action RPG, part musou, 100% dragon quest charm. PS4 and PC. Switch to follow. Demo on PSN now. 

FFXII The Zodiac Age - July 11th

Remaster of the 2006 game. Has an excellent soundtrack, with 8 new tracks added for this version. PS4. 

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom - TBA 2017

The first game was really good. This should be too. PS4. 

Originally posted by caerberus

I also believe there’s a really good chance Dragon Quest XI will release this year. Its releasing in japan on July 29th and since the release and strong sales for Builders and Heroes, it seems likely it will release internationally this year. 

And lets not forget that there’s E3 in not too long. Its not unlikely that KH3 and FFVII:remake will get release windows, and those release windows may just be late 2017. But probably not. But there may be other announcements for the latter half of the year.

Looking to the future

Its important to remember the future looks exceptionally bright for the genre. FFXV was well received. Persona 5 is the best reviewed PlayStation game in 3 years, selling 1.5 mil copies so far, completely selling out of physical copies in the UK after charting number one. Nier Automata not only sold well but is a critical darling that people are still talking about. Faith has been restored in the genre meaning more games will be made, more money and resources will be put into their development and more games will be localised. 

There’s the inevitable next Tales game that will be revealed sometime soon. Platinum are probably already in talks with square to make another Yoko Taro game. We’ll get some Persona 5 spin offs, but Persona 6 will most likely be released in less than 8 years, to capitalise on P5′s success. There’s a major new Final Fantasy in early or pre production now, I promise, along with project re:fantasy and namco bandai’s newly announced 2018 JRPG code vein. And there’s still KH3 and FFVII:Remake.

Early 2017 has been a kickstart, not a high point, and the future of JRPG’s looks good. 

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list. I focused on PS4 games, not portable or nintendo games, and even then only included games i thought looked promising. All release dates stated are European. Check for other regions. 

also: JRPG’s on the Switch

anonymous asked:

Before I found your blog I wasn't really interested in Final Fantasy but after reading your comics I got invested in ffxv and I bought the game I just finished it so I would like to 1) thank you and 2) ask which ff game I should get next

Ooh! I’m glad you played and liked it, Anon!

I think it depends on your taste in combat systems! If you liked the real-time combat of FFXV and don’t like turn-based battles, you might not enjoy some of the games I’m about to recommend. But here are my top five recommendations for what do play next:

  1. Final Fantasy IX (!!!!!)
  2. Final Fantasy VII
  3. Final Fantasy X / X-2 (Because you have to see how it ends… Also the combat system in X-2 is one of my favorites of the whole series! IGNORE THE AUDIO DRAMA THOUGH I REFUSE TO ACCEPT IT AS CANON.)
  4. Final Fantasy Type-0 (Probably the closest to FFXV in that battles happen in real time and you can move around freely in combat.)
  5. Final Fantasy XII (Enjoy Balthier and the fun combat system and the beautiful music in order to help you ignore its lackluster story. Larsa is a cute lil bean though.)
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Square-Enix/Squaresoft: The Final Fantasy Series (incl. some prequels/sequels) - Titles - Part 3

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Final Fantasy XII - Closing the Book

It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to really sit down and make progress on my playthrough of Final Fantasy XII, but I was finally able to finish that monster of a game today.  I went into this playthrough specifically focused on Penelo’s place in the story, and I think I’ve figured it out.

The separation between social classes is a constant presence in the background of the game.  It’s highlighted more than once, particularly in the major cities of Rabanastre and Archades, but even when class divide isn’t being presented up front it remains apparent.  Ashe is always aloof from the rest of the party, committed to bearing her royal burden and often failing to acknowledge the support of those helping her carry it.  She even gets annoyed when other characters, particularly Vaan, step out of place.  She’s humble as nobility goes, but that’s not saying very much. 

While Ashe’s insistence on keeping her royal bearing does make her less of a sympathetic character, it reinforces the idea that the party is a ragtag group of adventurers thrown together by chance.  That’s a staple trope of JRPGs, and Ashe’s willful separation from the group keeps the tone of the game darker and more desperate.  She’s the only playable character of status in the series who keeps her status around the rest of the party.  Yuna constantly thanks her Guardians for their sacrifice and thinks of all of them as friends; Edgar drops all pretense of royal bearing whenever he’s not in Figaro Castle, and Galuf actively downplays his status.

Ashe’s regal disdain is balanced, however, by Penelo’s egalitarian demeanor and relentless optimism.  Penelo is there not only to keep Vaan’s impulsiveness in check, but Ashe’s haughtiness as well.  Her purity of spirit and openness help to guide Ashe, even if the princess doesn’t see it herself.  Penelo serves as the game’s hero/villain litmus test - if she likes someone, they’re probably okay.  That’s how we know Ashe is worth following, in spite of her flaws.  If she wasn’t, Penelo would never have stayed in the party.

anonymous asked:

Hey :) Looking at some of your other posts, I'm wondering what your thoughts are on almost the entirety of the FFXV cast being male? Although I'm sure Stella and the other female character we've seen will be great, I feel like Squenix have taken a step backwards considering the gender split in XIII was half and half. Thoughts?

I’m glad you messaged me about this because I’ve been wanting to discuss it.

All of the Final Fantasy elitists keep saying that FFXV will be Square Enix’s “saving grace”. The series will be saved. All the recent crappy games will be atoned for. Blah blah blah. And it has, pretty much, an all-male cast.

What are the most hated games in the FF series? FFX-2, FFXII, and FFXIII. What do those games have in common? They’re quite feminine in a lot of ways, the stories revolve around females, and there’s a fairly equal division between males and females.

What’s the main complaint about FFX-2? It’s arguably the most “girly” of them all. Many people say that they “don’t want to run around like Charlie’s Angels”.

Taking all that into consideration… whether people realise it or not, I think there is a surprising amount of FF elitists out there who subconsciously worship FFXV because of its all-male cast.

I discussed this with my boyfriend a few months ago, and he just looked at me and said, “Holy shit you’re right.” I don’t know how right I am, but it’s definitely an interesting thing to think about.