When it comes to picking the greatest RPGs ever made, it can very tough for those that adore the work of Japan's most innovative game designers. I've played a ridiculous amount of JRPGs over the years, and I can't wait to continue to do so. Persona 5 is going to be incredible!! But when the Final Fantasy 7 Remake gets its release date, will it become the definitive version of Final Fantasy 7? And can that game beat these remarkable JRPGs?
Now, I'm going to be selecting games that are my personal favorites - games that I've had great connections with over the years. Therefore, I'd love to hear the amendments you'd make to the list, so be sure to tell us what you think the best JRPGs are in the comments below!
Final Fintasy 7 Remake - Can it Take On These Incredible JRPGs?
One of my favorite aspects of JRPGs is how insanely cheesy they can be. But they always contain quotes that make you think, often making you confront your own humanity and mortality. They gift us with characters we'll never forget and adventures that we compare all other games too. Here are what I found to be the most beautiful.
This is probably one of the greatest games out there. Suikoden 2 brought me on an emotional journey I wasn't exactly ready for. After having played the first game and falling in love with every character and and every moment of dialogue, I didn't think the series could get much better. Thankfully, I was completely wrong. The music in this game is enough to transport you to a world of friendship, betrayal, loss, adventure and love. Suikoden 2 is a masterpiece and the fact that we can now play it on our PS3 systems is endlessly wonderful.
Leaving the past behind, let's take a look at one of my favorite modern masterpieces in the JRPG world. The Persona series is something I truly adore, but I couldn't imagine that it would mature into something as rewarding as Persona 4. The future of the series looks bright in 2015, but it'll have to achieve a great deal if it's to take on Persona 4. From its beautiful animation, stellar combat and memorable characters, this plus 100 hour JRPG is a must play for anyone who loves these kind of games!
No JRPG list would be complete without Chrono Trigger. The forests, cities and dungeons of this game were places that I continuously revisited as a child. Its music was mind blowing at the time and taking control of Chrono and Marle, and the four other characters from this beautiful game is always a pleasure. Playstation is the greatest place to engage with the history of Japanese games, and for the price that you can find Chrono Trigger on the PSN, you are obliged to play this game if you never have.
Ni No Kuni
Studio Ghibli have given us some of the best animated films to ever grace the medium and when I'd heard they were making a JRPG, my level of excitement could not be contained. I knew the game wouldn't be great, but at least we'd have their animation. How wrong I was. Ni No Kuni is one of the greatest RPGs to come out for our generation. It's poignant, stunning, addictive, moving and grandiose in its scale. Ni No Kuni may not be able to rival some of the greatest games ever made, but for me, it has a personal power that few titles can match.
Shadow Hearts Covenant
What a game, what a game, WHAT A GAME!!! Shadow Hearts 2 was one of those games that contributed to the PS2's reputation as one of the best consoles ever made. It doesn't get enough love now a-days, and I sincerely hope that future generations still check out this astounding game. To many, Final Fantasy 7 trumps all of these games, but to me, these are powerful experiences that rival its reputation.
So what about you guys? What are the JRPGs that have personal significance for you, and do you think any of them can take on the Final Fantasy 7 Remake on its release date for the XBOX One and PS4? Let us know in the comments below!