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I never played JRPGs back in the day, so I decided to give these a try after playing a few modern ones and liking them quite a bit. They were very highly rated everywhere and were exactly what I was looking for. But, I didn't like either one. In fact, I thought they were incredibly mediocre, and I dropped both 6-8 hours in. Even trying to think from others' perspectives, I cannot understand what makes either one special at all, and that's rare for me. Can someone please try to explain what they liked about either? If I relate, I'll give a few other retro JRPGs a try, otherwise I'll just conclude the genre isn't for me.


Try Lufia 2, Legend of Legaia, or Grandia 2


JRPGs are kinda two chains deep. First you need to like RPGs, then you need enjoy anime visuals and designs. They're usually not particularly richer mechanics-wise comparing to regular RPGs but have a very particular visual style and the plot also tends to get closer to anime storytelling. So if you like that stuff, you would definitely enjoy JRPGs. Also, it helps if you don't mind getting grindy at times. I like it and played many, many titles. My favorites are probably Dragon 7th, Dragon Quest V, Panzer Dragoon Saga and Pokemon games.

It's probably an acquired taste but if you don't care about rpgs nor the types of designs Japanese usually media goes for, then I think it will take you a long time to start to enjoy it, if ever.


>Dragon 7th
Interesting. Which do you recommend for a beginner to the series? I see there's one on the DS, two on the PSP and one on 3DS.


The one for the DS is by far my favorite in the series. It's grindy though, if you're not looking to shut your brain down for hours at a time by killing hordes of monsters, you'll get bored pretty fast.


Thanks. I played a little bit and it looks promising. I wish the characters would walk faster though…

What were these modern ones that you liked? I like JRPGs but don't particularly enjoy FF6 or Chrono Trigger either.


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So are you still playing it? You made me go back and check my file, I put 134 hours into it before calling it quits.


Yeah I like it, thanks. Current party is Knight - Fighter - Rogue (bow) - Healer

I thought a rogue would be essential as they often are in these dungeon crawlers for their sheer utility, but that does not seem to be the case here. With only four party members and the high encounter rate I am not sure it would be wise to have a second caster. I'll see how it goes until I hit a wall or feel like experimenting with some other classes or builds, if I have the patience for it.
Anyway I've defeated my first boss, I hope the rest of the game is not as linear as the first few hours.


What did you play and what kinds of games do you generally like? Honestly CT and FF6 are highly overrated, but I have a lot of nostalgia for them.


Nah man, if you don't like em you don't like em. No explanation can fill that part in, just don't bother.
I think they're great, especially the older simpler ones like early FF and DQ.


try earthbound


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OP why won't you respond


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Do some of you feel ashamed when playing certain games? I do. I like to play Train sim games, Euro truck simulatior and Microsoft Flying Simulator. When i play these games, i always go on "Hidden" mode on steam. Sometime i play "popular" and "normal" games like Chivalry 2 and Workes and Resources so it doesn't show Last online 18 days ago. I even put my account on private. Do you wizards do the same?

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the only games I play on hidden mode are games like CS:GO and Dota 2 because I don't want anyone to invite me to play


>Feeling ashamed due to playin certain things
Yes. I did restrain myself from doing very lovable activities during my teens due to this embarrasment of unknown origin.

Today I play things like Harry Potter (GBA emulators) or Doom and Destiny (phone) while my normie fellows out there deliver theirselves to booze, drugs and punching each other for succubi. Peer pressure is a mental disease.


I don't have any friends on steam so there was never a need. I also don't think there are embarrassing steam games other than hentai or certain Asian games. I'm specifically talking about games where the main protagonist is a cute anime succubus.


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>I like to play Train sim games, Euro truck simulatior and Microsoft Flying Simulator.
>Sometime i play "popular" and "normal" games like Chivalry 2 and Workes and Resources
There's literally nothing wrong with any of those, if anything Chivalry and WRSR are more niche than either Euro Truck Simulator or MSX so you got it backwards

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