I write for an independent video game journalism site called Middle of Nowhere Gaming and most of the news stories I’ve been writing recently have been announcements of rereleases of Japanese role playing games. Grandia II, Tales of Symphonia, Odin Sphere, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, all these games are being re-released in the future. There’s also newer JRPGs coming out in the near future, such as Bravely Second, Fire Emblem Fates, Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness, and Tales of Zestiria. Needless to say, I’ve had JRPGs on the mind and I just bought Tales of Vesperia on the 360 right now. I’ve honestly not heard this much about JRPGs since the early 2000s, except for that time when Microsoft kept publishing JRPGs on the 360 to appeal to Japanese audiences. Remember that? They had Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey. Also, Infinite Undiscovery and The Last Remnant were 360 exclusives.
Two days ago, I listened to the latest edition of Retronauts and the topic was a discussion of B-list or second rate JRPGs. If you haven’t heard it, check it out. It’s a great if long (2 hours) listen and it’s extremely informative and entertaining. This had me thinking back about when I finally was introduced to RPGs by my friend, Don.