JRPG is a genre that many kind of gamers loved so. Because of that, the developers trying to please them with series like Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and many others. Since there are too many JRPG out there, scoring system from Metacritic will help a lot to describe a game. But sometimes the score does not tell the quality properly, so here are the 7 JRPG that are better than their Metascore.
1. The Last Remnant (Score: 66)
The Last Remnant is a JRPG-styled game developed and published by Square Enix. It was released worldwide for Xbox 360 in 2008 and Microsoft Windows in 2009. The remastered version of the game was released near the end of 2018 for PlayStation 4. Back then, The Last Remnant was the first Square Enix game to use the Unreal Engine.
Rush Sykes, the main protagonist tries to save his sister Irina with the help of his multi-racial teammates from the bad guys. By using ancient weapon and accessories called Remnants, Rush and the unions tries to stop The Conqueror who is trying to conquer the world under his command. This time, Rush must battle The Conqueror and his generals who also uses Remnant weapons and accessories.
2. NieR (Score: 68)
NieR is an action RPG developed by Cavia and published by Square Enix for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In Japan, the game was released as NieR Gestalt for the Xbox 360, while an alternate version entitled NieR Replicant was released for PlayStation 3 with a younger main character. The game is a spin-off from the Drakengard series and follows the fifth ending of the first game.
The game puts the player in control of the titular protagonist Nier, as he attempts to find a cure for an illness, known as the Black Scrawl, to which his daughter Yonah has succumbed. Partnering with a talking book known as Grimoire Weiss, he journeys with two other characters, Kaine and Emil, as he attempts to find a remedy and understands the nature of the creatures known as Shades that stalks the world.
3. Suikoden Tactics (Score: 68)
Suikoden Tactics is a tactical RPG developed and published by Konami for PlayStation 2 as part of the Suikoden series. The game was released initially in Japan in 2005, and later was made available with the English translation for Europe and PAL region in early 2006. Suikoden Tactics becomes the first strategy-based installment of the series, using tactical and grid-based combat instead of turn-based battles.
Players will assume the role of Kyril, a young man investigating the power of mysterious weapons called Rune Cannons which hold stranger powers of transformation. The game’s story is told in two parts, taking place both before and after the events of Suikoden IV and features appearances by characters from the title.
4. Infinite Undiscovery (Score: 68)
Infinite Undiscovery is an action RPG developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix exclusive for Xbox 360. The story is about the main protagonist named Capell who begins a journey to sever the chains that are holding the moon. In the process, the team will be supported the group called Liberation Forces.
The main attraction of this game is the real-time decision gameplay that will affect the outcome of the story. As usual, the player will control the main character while the other three are controlled by AI. The party will fights with the team of four, and sometimes in larger groups formed from 18 possible characters. The battle system is similar to what has been used in Final Fantasy XIII.
5. MagnaCarta 2 (Score: 69)
MagnaCarta 2 is a RPG developed by South Korean developer Softmax and published by Bandai Namco Games exclusively for Xbox 360. The game is a follow-up to the RPG Magna Carta: The Phantom of Avalanche released on Windows and Magna Carta: Crimson Stigmata released on PlayStation 2. MagnaCarta 2 was released in Japan on August, 2009 and in North America on October, 2009.
MagnaCarta 2 is set in the fictional kingdom of Lanzheim, divided by an ongoing civil war between the Northern Forces led by the usurper Schuenzeit Baron, and the Southern Forces led by Rzephilda “Zephie” Berlinette, the Princess of Lanzheim. In response to the Northern Forces’ “Sentinels”—destructive, living weapons based on the extinct Carta race—Zephie forms the Counter-Sentinel Unit in order to turn the tide.
6. Tales of Zestiria (Score: 72)
Tales of Zestiria is a JRPG developed by Bandai Namco Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is the fifteenth main entry in the Tales series and was released in January 2015 in Japan on PlayStation 3. The game was also ported to PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows via Steam. As with previous entries in the series, the game uses a variation of the Linear Motion Battle System.
The story follows Sorey, a young man blessed with powers by a mystical spirit race known as Seraphim who act as a stabilizing force in the land, as he travels to free the land of Glenwood from the threat of the Hellion, creatures spawned by negative emotions. The game tells the story of the Shepherds during the Era of Chaos, when the Hellion are running rampant across Glenwood.
7. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (Score: 72)
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is an action RPG developed by Square Enix and HexaDrive, and published by Sqaure Enix for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and later for Microsoft Windows via Steam. The game was released worldwide in 2015. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is a high-definition remaster of the Japan-exclusive PlayStation Portable game Final Fantasy Type-0 as spin-off of the main Final Fantasy series.
The story focuses on Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from the Dominion of Rubrum who must fight the neighboring Militesi Empire when they launch an assault on the other Crystal State of Orience. In doing so, the group becomes entangled in both the efforts to push back and defeat the forces of Militesi, and the secret behind the war and the existence of the crystals.
With all quality it has, JRPG always become the main attraction in RPG scene for many people, including me. And with the help of scoring system in Metacritic, it sure helps a lot in determining which game is worth to play, although sometimes we still need to try it directly and set aside the Metascore. The Last Remnant is always my favorite and I know it deserves more score for its quality.
Which one is your favorite JRPG? Do you usually consider the Metascore before playing? Please leave your comment below.