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5 Best Modern JRPG Developed by Japanese Studios

Tales of Berseria - Velvet Crowe

Last week, we already have 5 classic JRPG made by Japanese company. After the classic, it is time to reveal the modern ones also. But although they are modern JRPG, you can feel so many classic JRPG elements lies within the gameplay and mechanics. This time, let me present you the 5 best modern JRPG that was developed by Japanese studios; beware for classic JRPG lover, as these JRPG will steal your attention too.

1. Xenoblade Chronicles (3DS, Switch, Wii, Wii U)

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Xenoblade Chronicles is an open world action RPG developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo initially for the Wii in 2010. It is the first entry in the Xenoblade Chronicles series, a subseries which forms part of the Xeno metaseries. Xenoblade Chronicles was known as a JRPG with a huge world to explore and an interesting story to follow.

Xenoblade Chronicles takes place on the frozen bodies of two warring titans, the Bionis and the Mechonis. The people of Bionis, including the human-like Homs, are in a perpetual war with the Mechon machine race of Mechonis. Key to the Homs’ efforts in fighting against the Mechon army is the Monado, a sword that is said to have been wielded by the Bionis.

2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a tactical RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo and published worldwide by Nintendo for Switch in 2019. The game is the sixteenth entry in the Fire Emblem series, and the first one for home consoles since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn in 2007. The game carries the turn-based tactical gameplay while incorporating social simulation and time management elements.

Three Houses is set on the continent of Fodian, divided between three rival nations now at peace, connected through the Garreg Mach Monastery. Taking the role of a former mercenary and new tutor at Garreg Mach, the player (Byleth by default) must choose a nation to support and guide them through a series of battles.

3. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC)

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a RPG developed by Level-5 for PlayStation 3 in 2011. The game is a significally enhanced version of Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn on Nintendo DS. The game invokes a sense of childlike wonder and fantasy initiating a sense of familiarity as what what Studio Ghibli is good at, creating beautiful signature animation and visuals pampering player’s eyes.

Players control Oliver, a young boy who sets out on a journey to save his mother. The game is played from a third-person perspective and the world is navigated on foot, by boat, or on a dragon. While players navigate Oliver throughout the game’s world, other characters can be controlled during battle against enemies, unleashing magic and creatures known as Familiar which can be captured and tamed.

4. Tales of Berseria (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC)

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Tales of Berseria is a Japanese RPG developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Released in 2016, this game was made for Tales series’ fans who owned PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows. Tales of Berseria is the sixteenth mothership title in the Tales series and also a prequel of Tales of Zestiria. The game revolves around the conflict between emotion and reason.

Tales of Berseria takes place in a world called Desolation, specifically in the Holy Midgand Empire, a powerful country that rules over Desolation’s archipelago of a continent (the game’s world is shared with Tales of Zestiria). Throughout the empire, a disease known as Daemonblight causes humans to turn into a monster. The hero, Velvet Crowe has the task to save the world with her possessed arm.

5. Persona 5 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Shin Megami Tensei Persona 5

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5 is the sixth installment of the Persona series. This game was developed by Atlus (P-Studio) for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It was released in Japan first in 2016, and worldwide in 2017. The Japan and North America version was published by Atlus while the Europe and Australia published by Deep Silver.

This game basically revolves around troubled high school students which consist of the main protagonist and his compatriots. These teenagers realized that they are living in a corrupted and dangerous world, so in order to seek freedom and justice they formed a group called Phantom Thieves of Hearts. With the assistance of Personas, they try to change the adults by entering their hearts.

Read also: Top 7 Fire Emblem Storylines

Although those games are classified as modern RPG, but apparently the mechanics they use are still from the core of JRPG. That is why; you will find those games as classic RPG in terms of gameplay but modern RPG in terms of appearance and visualization. I really can’t choose this time since all of those games are best of the best in each genre, but I have to admit that Persona 5 is still dominating even now.

Which modern JRPG is your favorite from the list? Are we fellow JRPG lovers? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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A fellow RPG addict who played a lot of classic masterpieces from Square, Square-Enix, and Tri-Ace. "The epoch may change, but the classics will remain eternal"

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