Published on July 23rd, 2012 | by Sgt. Mettool0
Five JRPGs To Look Forward To This Year
BEEP BEEP HERE COMES THE JAY-PORG BUS. And boy do we have some goodies for you roleplaying lovers this week, just to prove that the genre is still alive and kicking. I mean, yeah, it’s been a pretty slow year for RPGs, but we still have five months of 2012 left. That leaves plenty of time for you to find fifty-hour games to grind into the ground, and I’m here to help.
In no particular order, let’s look at five such games that will take up at least six thousand hours of your life this year.
Mugen Souls (PS3)
I don’t know why, but I have a fond appreciation for Compile Heart games. They just have that certain charm to them; I can’t really figure out what it is. But I also have an appreciation for overly complex RPGs, and Mugen Souls is just that. From the masterminds behind Agarest War and Disgaea comes a new sort of powergrind game, which features turn-based combat, plenty of lovable characters, and a plot so ridiculous and fourth-wall breaking that it can’t be considered anything less than insane. And rest assured you’ll find plenty of NISA humor strewn about the place as you gallivant acorss seven worlds, conquering everything in your path. Some may call it niche. I call it eccentric. Look for it in late September.
Ragnarok Odyssey (Vita)
Did you sell your Vita yet? If you’re one of the five people left on this planet that said “no”, then XSEED has a special treat for you this fall. Ragnarok Odyssey aims to satisfy that hack-and-slash itch you’ve had for a while now. Similar to Monster Hunter, Ragnarok Odyssey pits you against hordes of monsters for you to combo, dodge, and push your way through. What’s perhaps most interesting is that you can change jobs on a whim, and fill any role as you see fit. With online play and over forty hours of content, this is certainly the next must-have title for the Vita.
Final Fantasy XIV 2.0 (PC)
Square-Enix done gone messed up, pa. Final Fantasy XIV was a horse of another color; a color so obscene that the entire industry shoved it under a rug and never spoke of it again after its release. But Square-Enix has different designs in mind for the ill-fated MMO. Nearly two years have passed since then, and they have promised that the game will be rebuilt from the ground up. Will they manage to turn this ugly duckling into a beautiful swan? We’ll find out later this year.
Persona 4: Golden (Vita)
October will be a glorious month for Persona fans, as the improved port of Persona 4 will finally hit Vitas everywhere. There’s plenty of old and plenty of new, with new characters, new features, and hours upon hours of new dialogue and cutscenes. That’s what you play JRPGs for, right? Cutscenes. My only wish is that they’ll somehow get Dave Wittenberg back to voice Teddie. But I don’t think that’s going to happen. Regardless, if you missed out on it the first time, P4G will be a great opportunity to experience one of the best games the genre has to offer.
Ragnarok Tactics (PSP)
The Ragnarok universe is getting quite a bit of love this year. And tactics fans will finally have something to look forward to when Ragnarok Tactics hits shelves this fall. There isn’t much information on the game at the moment, but hey, if it’s a Tactics game then it has to be at least somewhat decent. I would hope, anyway. Just try not to feel bad when you’re the only person at Gamestop picking up this instead of Black Ops 2 this November.