While most casual gamers know that JRPG is the one like Final Fantasy or Pokemon series, the fact is this genre has so many amazing titles under its flag. This genre offers much more than just mission to save the world or slaying the ultimate evil. The JRPG you will find on this list are the top 7 greatest JRPG ever made. If you are truly a fan of this genre, you will be left speechless with these JRPG quality.
7. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (Android, iOS, DS, SNES, PlayStation 2)
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride is a RPG developed by Square Enix and also the fifth installment of the Dragon Quest series. It was the first Dragon Quest title to be released on SNES, and later re-released for PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS. Because of its popularity and loyal fans of Dragon Quest series, the developer made it available for Android and iOS in 2014 (Japan) and 2015 (worldwide).
The game takes place over roughly thirty years of the main character’s life, from when he is born through to when he gets married and has a family. So, the game will follow the hero from his childhood to adulthood to parenthood. This divides the game into 3 separate eras. The game retains all of the typical elements of Dragon Quest series with respect to enemies, levels, equipments, etc.
6. Secret of Mana (Android, iOS, SNES, Wii, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4)
Secret of Mana is known for a high quality action RPG that could stand up to Zelda series in both the quality and timelessness. This game is another creation of Square, as the expert in making wonderful RPG for consoles. The game was originally released in 1993 for SNES and has been ported to mobile phones in 2009, but the enhanced port of the game was released in 2010 (iOS) and in 2014 (Android).
Secret of Mana features three main characters fighting an empire which tries to take over the world by abusing the power of Mana. The strong point in this game is the detail of the visuals, where you can see the bones-littering cavern floor, or colorful flowers and plant-life lining the trails as we walk upon. The water and clouds also moves naturally, giving life to the visualization of the graphics.
5. Persona 4 (PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PC)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is the fifth game of the Persona series which was released in multiplatform: PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. The successful initial release for PlayStation 2 has made Atlus decided to bring the game into next-generation consoles. The enchanced port of Persona 4 titled Persona 4 Golden was released for PlayStation Vita/PS TV in 2012 following its success.
The story follows a group of high school students dealing with a mysterious TV channel which distorted the truth of who they are and their identities. A string of bizarre murders related to the TV channel begins to disturb their peaceful town. Together, they explore the mysterious world inside the TV and rescuing other victims from death. The answer of who was the serial killer lies inside the TV.
4. Xenogears (PlayStation)
Long before Xenosaga exist in PlayStation 2, there is Xenogears, its predecessor in PlayStation. Xenogears is a RPG developed and published by Squaresoft in 1998, long enough to be called a legend. With the music composed by Yatsunori Mitsuda, it successfully steals the spotlight in PlayStation’s hall of fame. Xenogears became a debut entry in the wider Xeno franchise later.
The story tells about the journey of Fei Fong Wong and his friends as they journey across the world to overthrow the all-powerful rule of Solaris and uncover mysteries concerning their world. The story incorporates themes of Jungian psychology, Freudian thought, and religious symbolism. With a “defect” in Disc 2, Xenogears is still loved by RPG lovers and many are still hoping that there would be a remake on current consoles.
3. EarthBound (Game Boy Advance, SNES)
EarthBound or also known as Mother 2 in Japan is a Japanese RPG developed by Ape Inc. and HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo in 1994. Unlike any other RPG which the characters fought with swords and other weapon, EarthBound is set in a rather contemporary setting where instead of battling with swords and spells, we will fought with baseball bats and psychic powers.
The game follows Ness, a young boy who lived in the town of Onett and awakens one night after a meteor strikes a hilltop outside his house. Inside the meteor he found Buzz, a talking bee from the future who is on a mission to warn the Earth of a coming invasion by evil alien called Giygas. Together with three other kids, they travel the world to collect the 8 melodies in order to defeat the Giygas.
2. Final Fantasy VII (Android, iOS, Switch, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Final Fantasy VII is a RPG developed by Square in 1997 for PlayStation. The game is the seventh main installment in the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy VII is without a doubt one of the greatest creations of Square Enix. There are too many reasons why this title feels everlasting; now it even has a remake on PlayStation 4. The success has moved Square Enix to port this game into multiplatform.
We will play as Cloud, the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VII and the most popular persona among the RPG characters. Although he isn’t a silent protagonist, Cloud doesn’t speak too much at first. As a former SOLDIER’s proud swordsman, he became arrogant and selfish. But after he discovers about his past, he began to value friendship and starts protecting others, even the Planet.
1. Chrono Trigger (Android, iOS, DS, SNES, PlayStation, PC)
Chrono Trigger is a legendary game from SNES which was developed initially in 1995. It has a good storyline, great battle system, and nice graphics that will pamper us RPG lovers. Although it is old enough, it still proves to exist in the modern platforms nowadays. Because of its popularity, Chrono Trigger is available in multiplatform, not only SNES but also PlayStation, DS, Android, iOS, and PC.
In this game, we will play as Crono, a swordsman from a small town who travels time to prevent the world from destruction caused by Lavos. A princess, a frog swordsman, a prehistoric blonde girl, and a robot will be your party members as you progress through the story. The battle system focuses on opening encounters, meaning that the enemies that we will fight can’t be seen in the field.
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Absolutely all the games above are on the highest level of overall quality in terms of gaming and RPG. So if you think that you are a JRPG fanatic, it will be a shame if you don’t look for those game; you really have to play them all. My favorite? For me it is Chrono Trigger, and second place would be Xenogears, both have an excellent battle system. Too bad, that we never heard of a plan to remake those games.
So which one do you think is the greatest JRPG ever? How many titles above have you played? Please share your thoughts below.