JRPG or Japanese RPG is known for its in-depth character building and world building. Because of those elements, many players direct their eyes to JRPG genre. And among the many, there are some JRPG that have deeper lore than the others. With the last 7 coming next week, here are the top 7 JRPG with the deepest lore you can find, especially if you appreciate a well-made lore in a RPG.
7. Souls Series (Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)
Souls is a series of action RPG developed by FromSoftware. The series began with the release of Demon’s Souls for the PlayStation 3 in 2009, and was followed by Dark Souls and its sequels, Dark Souls II and Dark Souls III in the 2010s. The Dark Souls games are played in a third-person perspective, and focus on exploring interconnected environments while fighting enemies with weapons and magic.
6. Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360)
Lost Odyssey is a JRPG developed by Mistwalker and Feelplus for the Xbox 360. The game was published by Microsoft Game Studios in 2007 in Japan and 2008 in western territories. The gameplay features many staples of the genre, such as navigation using a world map, random encounters, and a turn-based battle system.
The story follows Kaim, one of the select group of “immortals” who have lost their memories, while confronting threats generated by the world’s approaching magic industrial revolution. Along the process, he must also face the pain brought by his returning memories.
5. NieR and Drakengard Series (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, , Xbox 360, PC)
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.
When NieR: Automata released in 2017, it put the NieR franchise on the map. Automata, however, was preceded by several titles that are based in the same universe. The Drakengard trilogy released on the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 predate the events of the NieR series.
4. Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy XIII (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC)
Final Fantasy XIII is a JRPG for PlayStation 3 with the theme of science fiction. Final Fantasy XIII is the thirteenth main installment in the Final Fantasy series and the flagship title of the Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy sub-series. The series, originally announced in 2006, currently consists of seven games across multiple platforms.
Final Fantasy XIII, designed as the series’ flagship title, was released in 2009. The creative forces behind the series include many developers from previous Final Fantasy titles, including Shinji Hashimoto and Motomu Toriyama. The mythos was conceived and written by Kazushige Nojima.
3. Yakuza Series (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, , Xbox One, PC)
Yakuza, or also known in Japan as Ryu ga Gotoku, is a Japanese video game franchise created, owned, and published by Sega. The series genre is primarily beat ‘em up, but elements of the action-adventure, open world, and action RPG are also incorporated. The series originated from creator Toshihiro Nagoshi’s desire to create a game that would tell the way of life of a yakuza.
2. Final Fantasy – Ivalice Alliance (DS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation, PlayStation 2)
The Ivalice Alliance is a game project by Square Enix, originally created by Akitoshi Kawazu, akin to the Final Fantasy VII series and Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy. The games in this project are all set in the fictional world of Ivalice, the world in which the stories in Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, and Final Fantasy XII are set.
1. Ar Tonelico – The EXA_PICO Universe (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3)
Ar Tonelico is a multimedia project series made in collaboration by Gust Corporation and Banpresto consisting of video games, manga, and OVA. The EXA_PICO is a universe that serves as the setting for the Ar Tonelico series differs from our own in that it was formed by the Song interwoven out of waves by the original atomic nucleus called EXA_PICO.
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Lore is an element that can be explored to its extent, especially in genre such as RPG. With the gameplay of RPG that consists of exploration and information hunting, it is easy for players to enjoy the game with the stories and secrets to unlock. And for me, the universe in Final Fantasy series has the most to offer in term of lore while Ar Tonelico has the classic turn-based battle I liked than the rest.
Which one do you think is the best JRPG with the deepest lore? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.