Xbox One is an eighth-generation video game console that was developed by Microsoft. Announced in 2013, Xbox One is the successor of Xbox 360 and becomes the third console in the Xbox brand. It was released worldwide starting from 2013 and became the first Xbox game console to be released in China. As a competitor for PlayStation 4, Xbox One offers the same gaming experience while playing RPG.
With its quality are on the same level as PlayStation 4, Xbox One shares some similar titles with the ones you can find in PlayStation 4. And about the quality, you know that you should never underestimate this masterpiece from Microsoft. With improved quality from the previous console, we can play more Japanese RPG in Xbox One. Here are the top 7 Xbox One JRPG you should play now.
7. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
The original Final Fantasy XII is a fantasy JRPG developed and published by Squaresoft for PlayStation 2 in 2006. This 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.
6. Monster Hunter: World
Monster Hunter: World is an action RPG developed and published by Capcom for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For your information, Monster Hunter: World is the sixth-best-selling PlayStation 4 game, so we can imagine how large the fanbase is. Originally to hunt and slay monsters in the game, the developer collaborated with Square Enix to bring some Final Fantasy creatures in the adventure.
In the game, the player takes the role of a Hunter, tasked to hunt down and either kill or trap monsters that roams in one of several environmental spaces. There will be reward for the player upon successfully doing that through loot consisting of parts fro the monsters and other elements that are used to craft weapons and armors amongst other equipment.
5. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
Tales of Vesperia is a Namco Tales Studio’s Japanese RPG which was originally released for Xbox360 and has expanded port entitled Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition on multiplatform. 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.
4. Valkyria Chronicles 4
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a tactical RPG developed and published by Sega with assistance from Media Vision. The game was released in Japan for PlayStation 4 in March 2018 and worldwide in addition for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC in September 2018. The game uses the elements of the three previous games with a new soldier class: Grenadier and introducing a new system called Brave.
The story tells about Commander Claude Wallace and his loyal childhood friends in Squad E who were sent to fight for the desperate operation’s success. They ended up having to endure harsh bone-chilling elements, fighting waves of Imperial soldiers, and the terrifying Valkyria. The story begins with Claude and his friends trying to join the Federation Army in order to fight the Empire in the Second Europan War.
3. NieR: Automata
NieR: Automata is an action RPG developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix. The game was released for PlayStation 4 and PC in early 2017 and later an Xbox One port in June 2018. NieR: Automata is the sequel of NieR (2010), as spin-off sequel of the Drakengard series. Upon its release, NieR: Automata was met with positive reviews along with critics praising the game’s elements.
The story set in the midst of a proxy war between machines created by otherworldly invaders and the remnants of humanity. The story follows the battles of our main protagonist, a combat android, with her companion and a fugitive prototype. The gameplay combines RPG elements with action-based combat and mixed genre gameplay similar to that of NieR.
2. Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts III is an action RPG developed and published by Square Enix for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This game is the twelfth installment in the Kingdom Hearts series, and serves as a conclusion of the Dark Seeker saga beginning with the original game. Kingdom Hearts III was released worldwide in January 2019 and had generally positive reviews from critics.
The story set after the event of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and we will play as Sora, the protagonist of the main Kingdom Hearts series. This time, with the help of Donald, Goofy, King Mickey, and Riku, they searched for the seven guardians of light as they attempt to thwart Xehanort’s to create a second Keyblade war.To do that, they are joining forces with characters from Disney and Pixar’s movies.
1. Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV is the fifteenth installment in the main Final Fantasy series. The game was released worldwide in 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and later for PC in 2018 as Windows Edition. The modern touch in this game is the open-world gameplay and the real-time battle system or known as Active Cross Battle System, where the battles take place in the current environment.
The story tells about Noctis, the main protagonist who is a prince from the kingdom of Lucis and his three companions: Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto who fights together to reclaim his throne and must go on to fulfill a greater destiny. This game’s prominent themes are friendship, destiny, and legacy. Final Fantasy XV places the characters in a more realistic setting than most Final Fantasy games.
Xbox One offers the same gaming experience as what PlayStation 4 can give. With its quality and popularity, it is easier to find nice RPG like what we can easily find in PlayStation 4. And if I have to choose Xbox One JRPG, I’ll stick with Kingdom Hearts III since I am a big fan of this game which consists of fun gameplay and challenging battles as a mix of Final Fantasy elements and Disney characters.
Which one is your favorite Xbox One JRPG from the list? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.