Xenoblade Chronicles is an open world action RPG developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo initially for the Wii in 2010. Now Xenoblade Chronicles has a remaster edition for Switch titled Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition released in 2020. For fans who are looking for similar game, here are the top 7 JRPG to play if you like Xenoblade Chronicles.
7. Grandia II (Switch, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, PC)
Grandia II is a RPG developed by Game Arts, originally for Dreamcast in 2000. The game was later ported to PlayStation 2, and later to PC exclusively in North America and Europe later that year. An enhanced port, based on the original Dreamcast version entitled Grandia II Anniversary Edition was released in 2015 for Steam. The high-definition remaster of the game will be released in 2019 for PC and Switch.
The game is set in a fantasy world thousands of years after a battle between Granas, the god of light, and Valmar, the god of darkness. In the aftermath of the battle, the Church of Granas has led humanity to prosperity by spreading the word of good. A young mercenary named Ryudo is charged to protect a songstress from the church named Elena who tries to reveals the secret of the church and the world’s history.
6. The Last Story (Wii)
The Last Story is a Japanese action RPG developed by Mistwalker and AQ Interactive for the Wii video game console. Nintendo published the title in all regions except for North America, where it was published by Xseed Games. The game initially released in Japan in 2011, and also released in western territories through 2012.
The game takes place upon the island fortress of Lazulis, in a world that is slowly being drained of life by an unknown force. The story focuses on a group of mercenaries looking for work on Lazulis; one of them, Zael, dreams of becoming a knight. After receiving the mystical “Mark of the Outsider”, Zael becomes involved with a noblewoman named Calista in an ongoing war between humans and the beast-like Gorak.
5. Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast, Gamecube)
Skies of Arcadia is a RPG developed by Overworks for the Dreamcast and published by Sega in 2000. Skies of Arcadia uses traditional JRPG systems such as turn-based battles and experience points, but puts greater focus on exploration, with players flying an airship in a 3D space. The development team included staff who had contributed to Panzer Dragoon, Phantasy Star, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sakura Wars.
The game takes place in the fictional skies referred to as Arcadia, where six civilizations coexist on floating continents orbited by six moons of different colors. Players control Vyse, a young air pirate, and his friends as they attempt to stop the fictional Valuan Empire from reviving ancient weapons with the potential to destroy the world.
4. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4)
The original Final Fantasy XII is a fantasy JRPG developed and published by Squaresoft for PlayStation 2 in 2006. The game is a part of Final Fantasy series with some changes in gameplay: an open world, a seamless battle system, a controllable camera, and many more. In 2017, Square Enix released Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age as a high-definition remaster of the International Zodiac Job System on multiplatform.
The game takes place in the fictional world of Ivalice, where the empires of Archadia and Rozzaria are waging an endless war. Ashe, princess of Dalmasca which caught between the warring nations meets Vaan, a young adventurer who dreams of becoming a sky pirate in command of an airship. By creating a resistance movement, Ashe and the party rally against the tyranny of the Archadian Empire.
3. 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.
2. Phantasy Star Online (Dreamcast, Gamecube, Xbox, PC)
Phantasy Star Online is an online RPG developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega in 2000 for the Dreamcast. The game was the first online RPG for game consoles; players adventure with up to three others over the internet to complete quests, collect items, and fight enemies in real-time action RPG combat. The story is unrelated to previous games in the Phantasy Star series.
Threatened by the imminent destruction of their home planet, thousands of refugees arrive at planet Ragol aboard the spaceship Pioneer 2. As they establish contact with colonists sent ahead on Pioneer 1, an enormous explosion shakes the planet. Adventurers from Pioneer 2 land to investigate the explosion and search for Rico Tyrell, daughter of the head of Pioneer 2.
1. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is a JRPG developed by Namco Tales Studio which is a remastered version of the original Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360) in 2008. This game is the tenth mothership title in the Tales series and features a new version of the series’ trademark action-based Linear Motion Battle System, while also introducing another new element such as online scoring boards.
Tales of Vesperia is set in the world of Terca Lumireis, which uses an energy source called blastia for all its needs, including creating protective barriers around its cities. The story focuses on Yuri Lowell, a former Imperial Soldier who forms a guild called Brave Vesperia to aid Estelle, a noble woman he encounters on a mission. As they explore the world, Yuri is forced to confront his friend and former comrade Flynn.
Xenoblade Chronicles isn’t alone. Looking at the list above now you know that you can find JRPG with the same gameplay experience with more than just decent quality. It is hard to choose a favorite since I have played some of them and loved them all. First, I would choose Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition, second is Xenogears, and last is Grandia II. All of them are highly recommended by me.
Which JRPG do you like the most from the list? Are you a Xenoblade Chronicles fan also? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.