It is undeniable that RPG or Role-playing Game is one of the most popular game genres in the video game industry. Where, as the name implies, role means role, the player will play a character in a story setting and tends to be given freedom in managing the character’s development during the game.
And there is another popular genre called JRPG which stands for Japanese RPG. Well, it is easy to understand that the genre is an RPG game made in Japan. The RPG genre it self is known from the west and they both have a distinct style and approach in developing the game.
Nowadays, more and more RPG games are packed with more complex and longer storylines, and eventually it’s then become one of vital aspects.
Western RPG is very much to give a heavyweight part in action style, rather than narration. The characters dialogue to each others are often show directly as small subtitle in gameplay. Often, while we focus at real time action gameplay, we tends to ignore the conversation. Well it’s not important though to hear what they said anyway, because it’s often only to be a complementary. If there are any important dialogue, the game usually switch to cut scene events.
It’s so different compared to JRPG Games. Japanese RPG is put most focus on narration with the presence of dialog boxes almost everytime characters interact to each others. We can say that JRPG tends to look like visual novel style. The cut scenes are not that often to occur, and it’s usually where there are important scenes such as battle scenes.
JRPG tends to present more dramatic stories that can stir the emotions of its players up and down.
Aah, I like things about JRPG characters because they are “ready to be played”, and you can immediately jump into gameplay, along with the stories prepared by developer. No hassle and wasting time struggling for create the character you like with certain limitations.
Have you ever spent 2 hours just to create and adjust the character, so that it can be what you want it to be? And with certain limitations for some games, you just need to accept that, the character creation menu can’t create character you want.
Well, there are indeed a number of JRPGs with character creation, but that is almost certainly related to the story. One example is Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet, which you play from your point of view as your own character in the world of Gun Gale Online and teamed with Kirito and his friends.
Most of JRPG games are developed with “ready to be played” characters and with a fairly linear story line. In my opinion, this type of games are not for everyone and they are made for JRPG fans, like me :).