If you're into JRPGs, you've often turned to NIS America to get your role-playing fix.
And while we don't have exact release dates for the publisher's latest list of promising titles, at least we know they're coming.
As revealed at a press event in California, NIS America showed off several of its latest projects. RPG Land , citing some info found in the NeoGAF forums, mentions no less than three new RPGs, all exclusively for the PlayStation 3. The first is called Legasista and will be a PSN title; it should be available in August-
That has sort of an old-school Zelda feel, doesn't it? The second is Mugen Souls ; it'll be ready to go in the fall:
Okay, I like JRPGs and everything, but that's sorta pushing it for me. There are levels of Japanese influence I can handle and this might be too over the top… But that's just me. 😉 Lastly, the first quarter of 2013 will see The Witch and the 100 Knights , but there doesn't seem to be a trailer available. We do know that the team behind it produced those two Prinny games for the PSP, so…
Pretty soon, just about anything "old-school" will have to be satisfied with either handhelds or the digital realm, so take advantage while you can.
Aren't they also currently developing or soon releasing Atelier Memeru?
Comes out in May, pre-order now.
Gust is working on a new Atelier series as well, which will be PS3 exclusive,.
Here's a link for more information on the next atelier series…
thanks for the link highlander
A question for all JRPG fans and JRPG gaming veterans alike. Why cant I get into JRPGs? I've tryed WKC 1&2 and final fantsies. But to me they all look like and play like childish kids games no offence JRPG fans its probably just me. Why is it that way to me i really wanna try get into these games but i just cant.
Last edited by raptassassin on 3/30/2012 10:57:46 AM
I hear there is a medicinal cream you can get for your condition. Prescription only, not over the counter, so talk to your doctor.
Hopefully that will clear up the problem without requiring surgery.
I'm just kiddin' you. You can go through life happily without getting into one genre or the other of video games. Don't try to force yourself to have fun with something… that seems like a losing proposition.
Last edited by Comic Shaman on 3/30/2012 11:41:34 AM
Well, Rapture, obviously you need a grown up game like Skyrim with gritty realism and blood and stuff…
JRPGs are typically about being a game with a reasonable combination of story/puzzles/characters. JRPGs are not about being gritty, realistic, real time combat simulators. The art styles and presentational styles are not typically gritty or realistic. So if you equate that with kids games, you're never going to see the point.
Personally I find that point of view ironically immature, but hey, whatever floats your boat.
Well many JRPGs tend to be heavily stylized in one way or another. Maybe that kind of thing just doesn't float your boat and instead you prefer games that lean more toward gritty realism.
And perhaps you're more into games with fast-paced and action-y gameplay as opposed to the slower and more meticulous gameplay found in many JRPGs.
And keep in mind I say many JRPGs, and not all JRPGs. If you want to explore this further you might want to give Demons Souls a try.
If you didn't grow up liking the NES, SNES, or PS1 eras, you might have a hard time getting jRPG's. They used to be the dominate genre.
To echo highlander, if you equate an art style with an age group, you're not going to get it. There are plenty of anime, for example, I would never let a child watch in a million years.
Are Demons/Dark Souls considered to be jrpgs?
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Like Comic Shaman says, don't try and force it. I have and I am now happier to drop trying to like WRPGs, after trying the bests, arguably, the sub-genre has to offer.
I don't . I consider them more action/adventure than RPGs, that's just me though. It has a leveling up system but doesn't most games do nowadays.
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I'll just say it-
Unless you grew up with them, or they were a significant part of your gaming life during the JRPG heyday a few generations ago, you probably won't be able to get into them.
Maybe because most of them are pretty bad this generation .At least that s how i feel about them .
To get my fix i have to replay ps1 and ps2 RPG . Playing Breath of fire 4 right now and it s still great .
thumbs down for what, that is so childish guys, so what if he's having a hard time getting into JRPGs. I can't seem to get into JRPGs myself, but's it's all in a particular person's playing experience.
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A thumbs down doesn't mean "bad comment", Alex. It means to disagree. I voted down because of the comment about the art style being childish. I merely disagree with it. nothing more.
It's that grey area of sub-genre again. I never really considered it jRPG, either. But it is a Japanese made game. In terms of gameplay, I wouldn't classify it jRPG either.
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@Under: But the term "jrpg" refer to the art style, mechanics and maybe story rather than what country it is developed in?
Ergo, theoretically speaking it is thinkable that a JRPG could be programmed in, say, Sweden, just as a WRPG could have been developed by a company with offices located in Tokyo?
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@ Beamboom and cloudou and Underdog15
Technically speaking Demons Souls and Dark Souls are JRPGs. They may differ from many other JRPGs in a number of ways. But they are role playing games and they are Japanese. Therefore they are Japanese role playing games, or JRPGs. It's as simple as that. They might be non-traditional JRPGs but still JRPGs all the same.
Last edited by Looking Glass on 3/30/2012 2:21:14 PM
So let me see if I got this straight, Looking Glass: In your opinion the "J" in "JRPG" is all about the land of origin, and not the style/content/presentation? If for example the next Fallout were programmed by a Japanese developer you'd classify it as a JRPG?
I would be surprised if all JRPG fans would agree with you there, but it's an interesting statement. But since you are a fan of jrpgs, to you that essentially means you are a fan of code written by Japanese programmers?
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To answer your question about Demon's/Dark souls, the very literal answer is yes. However, they do a great job of leaving out the cutesy bright eyed and purple haired characters that turn off a lot of western gamers. There is no cliche story about a princess in trouble and the characters aren't all from high school.
These are some of the common elements that turn off a lot of western gamers and part of the reason why the Souls series has been so well adopted here in the US.
It may not be childish art, but much of the art in JRPG's is very cutesy.
Check out http://www.famitsu.com and look at all the banners for the games they advertise for. The majority of them will have hair with bright vibrant colors or cutesy little characters. About 2 weeks ago I saw them advertise Mass Effect 3 and it had a character on the banner that looked like a chocobo and pikachu had a little cutesy baby.
I just think a lot of western gamers are not in to stuff like that :/
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If a game ultimately originates with Japan it's a Japanese game. It's as simple as that.
And if the next Fallout were to be programmed by a Japanese developer would it be a JRPG? I don't think so.
First if ZeniMax Media simply outsourced the work to a Japanese company, then no I would say that it's still a western RPG because it still ultimately originates with the west.
But even if the IP were to actually be sold to a Japanese company I would still be hesitant to call any resulting game an actual JRPG. I think in such a case I would consider it more of a co-production between the east and west since the IP ultimately originates with the west.
Or let me put it another way. If an American company makes an RPG that adopts a style, content, and a presentation that are all commonly found in Japanese pop culture, specifically Japanese video games, then it would still be an American game. It would just be an American game that borrows heavily from Japanese pop culture.
In that same vein Demons Souls is a JRPG that in some ways resembles western RPGs.
So in other words, yes I would say that country of origin is a most significant factor to say the least.
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By the way, I believe that what you're referring to by "cutesy bright eyed and purple haired characters" is actually the Moe art style.
Don't feel bad, you are not alone.
I grow up with all of the FF's(which I own most from FF7 & Tactics to FF 13) & most of the other RPGs out, but I still can't get into them(except for the amazing graphics).
And believe me, I've tried.
You have to realize that JRPGS set a standard. and American pre-console games like D&D helped shape them.
Now take seriousness and just dump half out the window.
JRPGs like NIS's games need you to dump all of it.
or something… I'm tired.
I'm 25 & i growed up on super nintendo & nintendo 64 days but i mostly played mario. I feel like im missing out on JRPGs but i see im not the only one. I enjoy Action & Adventure, RPGs, Racing, Third Person Shooters & Platformers. im glad no here called me out here & called me a FPS call of duty fanboy. & i respect tht on this site ^-^. first person shooters are my least favorite types of games right behind JRPGs
@ Beam I agree that the jrpg is defined by the content in the game, not the place of origin. However the japanese are the only ones that understand their culture well enough to create that quintessential japanese style. A studio from the west doing a jrpg would likely result in the same abominations we see when the japanese attempt to "westernize" their games or portray any bit of our culture.
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Rapture, I believe you are far from the only one around here who can't get into them.
I've wanted to "get it" for a long time, played several of the jrpgs (mostly on the psp) but has more or less concluded with what Ben say here, I think you really had to "be there" back in the days when Japanese games dominated on the Playstation platform.
I perceive it the same way as you do: All I see is an apparent resemblance with childrens TV or childrens games, and while playing them that feeling just never really go away either.
Still I think it's fun to follow these discussions and try to pay attention when given the chance, cause even though I myself might never be as enthusiastic about these things it's always fun to get to understand others a bit better.
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I respectfully disagree with your "content" statement in your first sentence.
Even so I still find the rest of your post interesting, although I would make one small alteration. Instead of saying "a studio from the west doing a jrpg" I would say "a studio from the west TRYING to do a jrpg". All a western studio can do is try. But I believe I already made myself clear on that point.
Last edited by Looking Glass on 3/31/2012 8:06:36 AM
I disagree with most of this thread. lol
I couldn't stop laughing through the later part of the Mugen Souls trailer. What the hell! haha
Hehe yeah, was it even a game? Looked like some sort of TV gameshow or something. 😀
That Mugen Souls game looks a little like the Idolmaster games as well. Not sure without more information, but the video is pretty typically over the top for an anime kind of production.
Found some more information about Mugen Souls, it's not an Idolmaster kind of thing at all, despite the trailer. it's more of an adventure/action/RPG with heavy anime overtones.
Look at the official site for more information about Mugen Souls, the linked video above isn;t very indicative of the game…
Ha, They killed off your avatar in that video, LMAO
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Legasista looks like it may be worth a look in my book.
It looks very old school, I love the look of it.
I love me some japanese games but I think I will pass on these three games.
If I'm not mistaken is NISAmerica's 'mission' to bring exactly these kinds of more niche interest (in the West) Japanese titles to the Western market? Referring to Ben's comment about Mugen souls – "Okay, I like JRPGs and everything, but that's sorta pushing it for me." It does look a little more hardcore Japanese Anime than, say, an Atelier game. But it fits perfectly with what NISAmerica exists to do.
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Need more like them.
I'll be keeping my eye on these games.
Mugen Souls in particular looks like it's bringing Japanese quirkiness to a whole new level.
Anime characters beating the crap out of real people? Oh yeah, I'm definitely down with that.
Found this about Mugen Souls…
Mugen Souls follows Chou Chou, a supposed undisputed goddess who hopes to make all seven worlds in her galaxy obey her. The game features a free-roaming battle map so you can explore each world, fight and discover items at your leisure. Destroying crystals will activate hyper mode, and using an ability called Moe Kill enslaves your foes and turns them into items depending on their weaknesses. You can also pull off lots of combo attacks and customize all of your characters even down to their body parts and facial expressions.
NIS America notes that some parts of the game may be edited due to some content's 'sensitive nature.' Mugen Souls is set for a fall release in North America and Europe.
Sounds interesting to me.
Last edited by TheHighlander on 3/30/2012 12:20:45 PM
Chou Chou. If I'm not mistaken that means butterfly in Japanese. Nice name. Although I hope there won't be any editing.
That sucks Highlander, it means the censorship police will screw it up.
Here's the official NISA site for Mugen Souls. It looks way better than the initial video above seems to suggest.
Legasista reminds me of zenonia for ios. I hope the other 2 are also available for psn.
Totally wacky, need some real gameplay from the second one. I'm enjoying the old school action in Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 and if I can ever put a dent in the backlog and stop buying new stuff I'll get Meruru too. But I still have to make it through Totori without time running out.
I really like the way Legasista looks with it's old school look and it is definitely something i would buy.
Hey anyone with A PSP who wants more games brought over from Japan, the listen up.
Anyone remember "Monkey Paw" the company founded to do the localization for games to come out of Japan????
Well, I've got some good news for you….
Monkey Paw is now working with Gaijinworks to get more games out of Japan and they want to start by bringing out the whole series of "Class of Heroes", starting with COH-2.
And to see if it's actually feasible financially to do so, they've just started a Kickstarter fund with some added incentives for you to donate towards COH-2.
So if you want to see RPG's games continue to flourish outside of Japan(that would never see the light of day otherwise), then I would suggest maybe donating a little money to their(and our own) cause….
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