Cute and basedI'm gonna get some flak for this as its definitely debatable whether it qualifies as an rpg, but since I've seen it listed as such several times and I think it deserves some more love, especially in introducing certain visual novel aspects to the community I want to say 13 Sentinels Aegis Rim. Fantastic story and for me anyway, a really fun arcade style combat system that was quick and punchy, which felt great thematically as well. The art and sound design really round out a stellar package.
Some of my faves overall would be,
Shining Force 1/2/3
Dragon Quest franchise
Parasite Eve, Vagrant Story
Xenoblade Chronicles 1-2, haven't played X sadly, hopefully Nintendo gets on a Switch port
Phantasy Star 1,2 & 4
Shadow Hearts 1&2
Yakuza franchise(Like a Dragon is muh fave tho)
SMT series and spinoffs
Honestly though I think it depends on what you want at the time and in general. Right now I'm going through smaller jrpgs to satiate that desire rather than longer games, I needed a break for the build up. Also, I've had a ton of fun with games that wouldn't be considered top tier but have plenty of heart and soul. I know most would poo-poo the stories since they aren't translated well or the usual fare but I don't always want a save the world schtick. Atelier, Nights of Azure, Tales Of, Valkyria Chronicles 1&4, tons of dungeon crawlers man the list goes on. I hope you manage to find something that does it for you.
Oh yeah! It had a low budget but Trials of Mana remake was among my favorite games of that year, I had such a good ol' fashioned time running through the story. Played it on PS4, might snag it on Switch to do it all again. I love the character art and the gameplay is just fun for me. Simple but fun combat and story.
Actually i'd argue most JRPGs are just visual novels with combat mechanics tacked on.I'm gonna get some flak for this as its definitely debatable whether it qualifies as an rpg, but since I've seen it listed as such several times and I think it deserves some more love, especially in introducing certain visual novel aspects to the community.
Wait a minute automata is a jrpg?I feel like its been ages since I've played a good JRPG. I feel like Nier Automata and Dragon Quest 11-S were the last truly great ones I've experienced and both of those were from 2017. It feels like JRPGs have been in a heavy drought for over the last decade. Can you guys share your non-spoiler opinions on what you believe the greatest JRPGs of all time are in terms of either story or combat?
I've currently been playing Trails FC and while the character building/world building is really good, the game isn't doing it for me. The combat is very basic and the entire game has been one long side mission simulator. I'm still waiting for the amazing story that people claim it has (maybe most of the plot twists are in SC?). I've been thinking about trying out Xenoblade Chronicles, Xenogears or Final Fantasy 13-3 next but FC's massive slow burn has again killed my interest in giving the genre a chance. Has anyone played these and can suggest which one has the most mind blowing story among them?
No other jrpgs, imo, beat the scope and awesomeness that was Suikoden 1 and 2. Even its's sequels didn't come close. Sad, since its locked in Konami jail with Metal gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Contra, we will never see it againPersona 5 Royal gets my vote. I'm going to go against the grain here and recommend some old school, try Suikoden. Suikoden has an amazing story, characters, music and combat is basically what you would expect from a Dragon Warrior or older Final Fantasy title.
Suikoden 1 Trailer:
Suikoden II is a banger as well
No other jrpgs, imo, beat the scope and awesomeness that was Suikoden 1 and 2. Even its's sequels didn't come close. Sad, since its locked in Konami jail with Metal gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Contra, we will never see it again