Extra Credits Season 4, Episode 3: "Western & Japanese RPGs" Part 1
This week, we begin a three-part series discussing (and defining) Western RPGs and JRPGs.
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Listen to the full outro music here!
Really interesting approach to the subject. Catchy. Well done~ pdf editor free
I just found out this existed - I'm hooked! Wish I'd seen more before...great stuff :).
J-pop, Japanese pop, is the only other one I can think of.
Interesting concept you have there that the same genres can provide different aspects for the player to discover on. That's probably why those two genres are different.
Well seeing how RPGs were developed after World War II and first made their battlefield experience during Vietnam I don't see many JRPGs they might use the same as the US since we're over there helping them so much.........OH GAMES oh...well then ummm....yeah two different types altogether.
These are very solid points all around.
Most of my RPG experience resolves from JRPG's such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior/Quest as I didn't yet have a comp' in the 80's and thus most of the DOS RPG's were unavailable to me such as Ultima and Wizardry.
I believe Final Fantasy 8 was an attempt by a Japanese company to create a western RPG aesthetic that completely passed over the heads of most Final Fantasy fans who signed up for a JRPG experience; myself included. I think I'll play through it once more, but with a fresh mind now that I have some western RPG savvy under my belt.
I have always thought of Mass Effect as an RPG, because "I'm" playing the game for the universe and the characters. It all comes from me loving the ideas and stories Bioware come up with.
Sure I have fun with the third person shooting, but I have just as much (if not more) fun just talking with the characters and exploring the universe.
Very interesting. I like how you dissected the aesthetics. c:
I love jRPG gameplay, but I can't stand how Japanese the characters are. I love western RPG characters, but I can't stand how BORING and unstructured the gameplay is.
P.S. Props for using Hyadain in the outro.
Between the random reddit images and the horrid voice acting, this is unwatchable for me.
Very interesting video, however it makes me very angry that when you think "western", it refers to the U.S......in fact, you mentioned mass effect, which is created by Bioware, who is a Canadian company.....I like all your videos, uncluding this one, but please stop being so close minded. Western Culture is made up of alot more then just the U.S.
Yeah all that is present. But at the end of the day the core gameplay is that of a TPS. It might have RPG elements and you might be able to change how the story is presented, but at the end of the day it's really just a TPS.
On note about the ending to ME3. I don't really think its an ending. I think it was designed to get you to buy the DLC. The ending itself doesn't piss me off, but what it's used for is. I don't think anyone should buy DLC. Just let the game end the way it did. Just so that way we don't fall for EA's dirty minded tactic.
then say hello to Dragon Quests Daddy, Ultima
Interesting topic, I always like rpgs for story element and I guess that why stick to Jrpgs like final fantasy and legend of dragoons. Can't wait to see more.
The way i see it, a JRPG is more text based, contraversial and can be trickier than western RPGs. For instance, Persona 2 is a JRPG, since it has a complex storyline, a controversial set-up (I.e, Gay team member and one of the final bosses being hitler) and , without any walkthroughs or hints, it can be really tricky to know what to do, how to do it and what you need (levels, spells, weapons or armor) to do what it is you are going to do. Western RPGs are more easy, less controversial, but usually have a wider range of abilities, such as WoW... even though ive never played it before..
Well, you play the role as sheppard, dialogue with decision making and such, so it is more an RPG than Legend of Zelda where you play as an silent protagonists who isn't much of a character. But I agree that Mass Effect are more of a shooter than an RPG.
While I see where you're coming from, i have always considered Mass Effect an RPG with TPS play mechanics. The main reason is that through my actions in game I feel like I'm truly affecting the universe around Shepard. My role (see what i'm working toward) is to fix the problems happening, not necessarily knowing if my actions will help or not.
Yeah, yeah blah blah the ending but at the time everything else was so important, who died in ME1 Kaiden or Ashley (I spent 20 minutes working on a pro con list in my head, no joke); which character to send for each job in the suicide mission; or any of the multiple decisions through ME3.
Isn't that an Action adventure game?
Theres no difference between rpg's and jrpg's , both suck enormous John Holmes dick.