Is Dark Souls a JRPG?

#1Cecil255Posted 5/16/2013 7:48:26 AM
Is Dark Souls a JRPG? - Results (227 votes)
Yes
50.22% (114 votes)
114
No
49.78% (113 votes)
113
This poll is now closed.
For more information:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/926721-souls-of-darkon/66209318
#2Chao_YunPosted 5/16/2013 7:50:13 AM
Cecil255 posted...
For more information:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/926721-souls-of-darkon/66209318


That was pretty funny.
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#3NeoTStylePosted 5/16/2013 9:04:16 AM
Yes it is, because it's an RPG made in Japan.
#4Patriarch105Posted 5/16/2013 9:27:53 AM(edited)
NeoTStyle posted...
Yes it is, because it's an RPG made in Japan.


JRPG can be meant in 2 ways.

1) An RPG made in Japan. Which almost never matters in the sake of conversations
or
2) JRPG Genre. Like final fantasy or shadow hearts.

As far as Genre is concerned it's an action-RPG/Western RPG made in Japan. That's Genre
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#5TheLucidPosted 5/16/2013 9:32:25 AM
Patriarch105 posted...
NeoTStyle posted...
Yes it is, because it's an RPG made in Japan.


JRPG can be meant in 2 ways.

1) An RPG made in Japan. Which almost never matters in the sake of conversations
or
2) JRPG Genre. Like final fantasy or shadow hearts.

As far as Genre is concerned it's an action-RPG/Western RPG made in Japan. That's Genre


I agree 100% with this person, you don't for instance call elder scrolls an American rpg just because of the locale.
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#6NicoJay6Posted 5/16/2013 9:35:14 AM
You need to put a "Neither" as an option as I, and possible others, do not see what makes this more of a Role Playing activity than any other game that allows one to take the role of something wandering around smacking things upside their head.
#7professorofliesPosted 5/16/2013 9:37:57 AM
For further viewing:
http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/western-japanese-rpgs-part-1
#8acangialPosted 5/16/2013 9:41:51 AM
It's certainly not a traditional JPRG. It might be classified as a Western-influenced JRPG.

It may be only a few of us that see this, but to me DS is the true 3D spiritual successor to Castlevania Symphony of the Night.

At the end of the day, categories are irrelevant. What is important is that so many of us adore the Souls series and therefore DS2 is now a near-term solid reality.
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#9Cecil255(Topic Creator)Posted 5/16/2013 10:47:20 AM
NicoJay6 posted...
You need to put a "Neither" as an option as I, and possible others, do not see what makes this more of a Role Playing activity than any other game that allows one to take the role of something wandering around smacking things upside their head.

Well.. there's gaining levels... classes, equipment, character stats that develop in a clear numeric fashion, an inventory, spells/skills that can be learned... all traditional RPG elements fused with action-oriented gameplay, hence why it's classified as an Action RPG.

The poll and discussion is getting at what I wanted to get at... I for one do consider Dark Souls a JRPG because it was developed in Japan but I loathe therms JRPG and WRPG because there is no clear definition or understanding of what the terms mean. My argument is... knowing a game is a JRPG tells you no inherent truth about a game other than the fact it was developed in Japan. But, not even that logic is necessarily true depending on who you ask!
#10Rlaur2Posted 5/16/2013 11:03:01 AM
Yes it's a JRPG, which is why labels are stupid.
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