JRPGS can be some of the most long-winded adventures offering hours of playtime and deep story arcs to invest players in their fantasy worlds. So, we understand if a few didn’t land on your radar this year and decided to give you five JRPGs (one being a Chinese RPG, whatever) that we feel you might want to check out.
Dungeon Encounters (PS4/Switch/PC)
So what happens when you really want to play RPGs but have no time for them? You play Dungeon Encounters. This is a no-nonsense experience, where you get right into the business of walking on dungeon tiles and getting into some intense turn-based battles. No amnesiacs (okay, maybe there is one kind of?) or flower girls here, so just pick your party and learn the encyclopedia of finely-designed systems. This is an RPG for real nerds and great for short bursts of dungeon crawling.
Eiyu*Senki Gold: A New Conquest (PC)
In Eiyuu*Senki GOLD, players take on the role of the main character who’s suffering from amnesia. Additionally, the greatest heroes of history and mythology are brought into the same time period and have been changed into females. This situation, of course, changes the world drastically, which is where you need to come in to conquer it, unite it, and set things back to the way they were before. There’s also some spicy romance. Players can participate in approachable turn-based strategy battles amid several visual novel elements.
Mary Skelter Finale (PS4/Switch)
Mary Skelter Finale is the third entry of the Mary Skelter series, bringing the Blood Maidens through a new fight after the twists of the previous story’s True Ending. The game promises to end the jailbreak drama by putting all of the characters against a new menace of a devouring Jail floating in the sky, with beings called Massacre Pink who smile in the seas of blood on the surface. It also includes recaps of the first two games. Players can look forward to addictive dungeon-crawling goodness with an intricate Job system, skill customization, and the Zapping system, which has players switch between playable parties.
Sword and Fairy 7 (PC)
The newest entry in one of China’s most beloved RPG series, Sword and Fairy 7, blows the previous entries out of the water in terms of gameplay. In an effort to be more accessible to global players, the story has been streamlined to provide the profound lore that fans desire with an action system across various environments. This is a gorgeous game that shouldn’t be overlooked for it being a numbered entry. It’s unnecessary to play the previous titles, so get out there and go on a true RPG adventure.
Saviors of Sapphire Wings + Stranger of Sword City Revisited (Switch/PC)
Dungeon RPGs are tough to get into, each demanding hundreds of hours and lots of trial and error. They don’t have the best production values either, so it’s hard to take a chance with any one of them. However, if you’re looking for a great place to start and a bang for your buck, then Saviors of Sapphire Wings + Stranger of Sword City has you covered. This collection represents textbook examples from the DRPG genre and is a great way to get a feel of veteran genre developer Experience Inc. The excellent Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi from the same developer. Still, this collection is where you want to start for the uninitiated looking for a value proposition.
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