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Top 7 JRPG with the Deepest Lore (Part 2)

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Last week we already have the first part of JRPG with the deepest lore, so as promised we will reveal the other 7 JRPG with the deepest lore. For your information, the JRPG in this list are the ranked higher than the JRPG in the first part, so the games might be more familiar and popular than the first 7. So now let us reveal the last part of top 7 JRPG with the deepest lore, only for lore lovers out there.

7. Ys Series (DS, Switch, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4)

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Ys is a series of action RPG developed by Nihon Falcom. The first game was released in 1987 titled Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished. The series chronicles the adventures of Adol Christin, a young man with a zest of adventure an uncanny knack for being in the right place, at the right time. Gameplay usually revolves around Adol, with his comrade Dogi as a frequent companion in his travels.

6. Persona Series (DS, 3DS, Switch, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PC)

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Persona, or sometimes also known as Shin Megami Tensei: Persona in Japan, is a video game franchise developed and published primarily by Atlus. Focusing around a series of RPG, Persona is a spin-off from Atlus’ Megami Tensei franchise. The first game in the series, Revelations: Persona, was released in 1996 for the PlayStation. The most recent main entry was Persona 5 Royal.

5. Shin Megami Tensei Series (Android, iOS, DS, 3DS, Switch, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PC)

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Shin Megami Tensei is a Japanese media franchise created by Kouji Okada, Kazuma Kaneko, Ginichiro Suzuki, and Kazunari Suzuki. The series primarily developed and published by Atlus, and currently owned by Atlus, consist of multiple subseries and covers multiple role-playing genre including tactical RPG, action RPG, and MMORPG.

The series was originally based on Digital Devil Story, a science fiction novel series by Aya Nishitani. The series takes its name from the first book’s subtitle. Most Megami Tensei titles are stand-alone entries with their own stories and characters. Recurring elements include plot themes, a story shaped by the player’s choices, and the ability to fight using and often recruit creatures to aid the player in battle.

4. Xenosaga Trilogy (PlayStation 2)

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Xenosaga trilogy is a series of RPG developed by Monolith Soft, the same team behind Xenogears and Xenoblade series. The Xenosaga trilogy, just like Digital Devil Saga, was released separately but must be played together as one to experience the whole story and to understand the complexities. Just like Xenogears, themes of philosophy and religious symbolism are used to great effect in this trilogy RPG.

Forming part of the wider Xeno metaseries, Xenosaga is set in a science fiction universe and follows a group of characters as they face both a hostile alien race called the Gnosis and human factions fighting for control of the Zohar, an artifact connected to a god-like energy called U-DO.

3. Xenogears (PlayStation)

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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. Suikoden Series (DS, PlayStation, PlayStation 2)

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Suikoden series is without a doubt a part of everlasting legends of classic RPG. Started in PlayStation and continued the series on PlayStation 2, this series completely enchant the player to follow the story until the end. Amazing plot, classic turn-based battle, exciting characters development, wonderful music, and friendly graphic are what Konami can offer with the legendary Suikoden series.

The story revolves around the world with 27 True Runes which started a war. The main character in every series will have a task to restore the world from the damage of war and rebuild it with his capabilities as a leader. The most interesting thing is that we can recruit 108 Stars of Destiny to help us either in castle or in the battle and war. If we can get all 108 heroes, a good ending will be waiting for us.

1. Trails Series (Switch, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC)

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Trails, or also known as Kiseki in Japan is a series of RPG by Nihon Falcom. It is a part of their larger The Legend of Heroes franchise and itself consists of several distinct story arcs, including Trails in the Sky and Trails of Cold Steel. The series began with the release of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky in 2014. The series was not localized outside Japan until Xseed Games managing it in the 2010s.

Read also: 6 Best Action MMORPG of All Time (Part 2)

Just looking at the list will make you realize that the games are even more popular and well-known than the first 7 JRPG in part 1. I can easily pick my favorite here since mostly are my friends in console gaming. But if I have to pick the most favorite, maybe I’ll go with Ys series and Suikoden series. Ys series for its gameplay, and Suikoden series for its character development and recruitment system.

Which one is your best JRPG with the deepest lore? 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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