Persona and the Tales series are good choices though. I try to give as many JRPG's that get logalized into English at least a shot and if I had to pick two series that have held up the best in recent those would what I'd choose most likely. Even though I wasn't a huge fan of the Tales of Graces f. The character in that game just didn't do it for me after the time skip.
I'm with you on Final Fantasy too. They lower the number the better game until at least VIII (I would argue VII).
As for the Tales series do you know if any of those games besides Symphonia had the multiple love interest story branching? That's one of the thing I've enjoyed most about the Persona series and I had hoped after Symphonia's success they would work more with that but they haven't seemed to. I feel puzzled that more JRPG's don't use that. Bioware games in general and the Persona have proven how successful that can be.
Did someone just said Valkyria Chronicles? :zomg
Currently playing the first one for the first time on the ps3,
And Sega is being dumb as usual for not bringing VC3 over for whatever reasons...VC3 just looks so epic.
Should I get Tales of Vesperia or Graces first?
I've also bought Dark Souls and just got passed the first boss, going to finish VC first before continuing on this unforgivable game.
Mainly because it has a kind of school based system. Where your deploy choose missions and deploy from a military school; giving everything a much less linear feel (though, sadly, the main story doesn't branch). There are also "events" with characters that happen in the school which allows you to build up relationships between them, which lead to missions. Sadly, it's not non-linear like the system Fire Emblem uses but it's a step in that direction.
That's one of the reasons I was asking Ju-da-su about it. I'm curious if 3 went back to linear or expanded the non-linear structure or went back to something more similar to the first one.
Though after looking it up I looks like we'll be able to play 3 even if Sega categorically refuses to make money off me. Fan Translation Project to the rescue!
That looks like it's going to be complete, wow...now I'm seriously thinking of getting VC2 & 3.
But I would need to get a psp. I did play VC2 before back then I didn't know how great it was..it was just one of the games I pirated tbh.
I remember the setting was in the miltary school and the protagonist being vastly different from VC1 but that's all I remember, I never actually got to the third or fourth mission in that game.
I have a question though, is VC2 purchasable/downloadable on vita atm?
As for Tales, I don't think there was any that had the multiple love story stuff. I've played almost all and none of them really had what you're looking for. Symphonia 2 was way too childish for me to finish, it got so annoying later into the story I got fed up. The characters, the voice overs,the dialogue....god I can't stand that game again. The best for me would always be Phantasia though, its one of my top 5 RPGs ever.
at least that's what this articles says.
The protagonist from the first game shows up during VC2, along with some other familiar faces. I really can't recommend VC2 enough.
The ones I've played are..
Tales of Destiny
Tales of Destiny 2
Tales of Symphonia
Tales of Legendia
Tales of the Abyss
Tales of Graces
Thanks to the sheer number of localized JRPG's of played I'm almost immune to bad english voice acting. The Dynasty Warriors games also I'm sure contributed to that. If it's good I enjoy it but if it's bad my brain just automatically tunes it out.
Me and this guy think exactly the same way:
Did anyone else get the Wizard's Edition? ^^
Also downloaded the demo for Fire Emblem Awakening on my new 3DS XL (decided to go with this instead of the bundle due to the bigger screen on the XL version). Hot damn is the demo awesome.
Here are some things I noticed while playing.
- It's got an open world map.
In a feature that has been absent from the Fire Emblem series since Fire Emblem:The Sacred Stones it features a world map similar to the one in Final Fantasy Tactics with a bunch of towns and encounter areas through which you can move back and forth at will. I'm thrilled about this because it creates the potential for side-quests and giving more of a feeling of freedom and immersion.
- The characters seem really good.
The demo introduced 6 characters and the player avatar. The demo wasn't very long but the characters came across as genuinely charming and funny.
- The animation looks great!
The animated scenes reminded me very much of Valkyria Chronicles. It shares the same style of cell shaded animation and it works great.
- The 3D effects look really good when you turn them on.
It looked so good in 3D that I played the entire demo that way. I feel queezy, as expected, but it was totally worth it. Not only did the characters, effects, and animations look awesome but the backgrounds looked amazing too. I saw a forest and a town both looked stunningly good. In the part in the forest the characters fighting in 3D grass stood out as particularity gorgeous.
- You get to create a customizable player avatar.
Much like the first Fire Emblem you get to create your own character but this time you get a whole host of customization options including choosing male/female and picking a voice. Judging from the content of the demo this character isn't just a tacked on avatar, like the one in White Knight Chronicles for was, it seems to be an actual part of the story as much as any other character.
Oh, I need to d/l the demo.
I've heard good things about that game as well
I'm playing FFIV for the first time.