Sorry, I probably should have been more informative about my tastes.
When I say RPG I actually mean Japanese RPG, and have no problem with "weird anime stuff" at all (I'm a Japanese Canadian, I get it!).
I'm not much of a western RPG player save for the Witcher series.
Thanks for the continued replies, and keep them coming please! I need my RPG fix.
My choice would be "Ys: Memories of Celceta". Disgaea 4 is coming out in August, so I would wait for that. The games you listed are all vastly different, though.
Yes Persona 4 Golden is the obvious choice, when you're done that consider Persona 2 Innocent Sin, it's also quite good. If you're going for Disgaea 3 I would encourage you to hold out for Disgaea 4 instead, it's out next month. I didn't like Disgaea 3.
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From that list my favorite would be Demon Gaze. I actually find P4G and Ys Celceta to be underwhelming, but they're still nice choices as well.
Not listed that you may want to consider is the Atelier series, since you seem to have no problem with the more niche stuff. Personally the series is the most brain-power consuming JRPG I've ever played, though you may want to do your research first since it's quite different than your typical JRPG.
If you want an action RPG:
If you want turned based:
If you want a dungeon crawler:
If you want a strategy RPG:
I would generally recommend Tactics Ogre or FFT before Disgaea (quirky humor tends to be love/hate). Also it might be worth waiting a month for Disgaea 4.
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I would recommend Demon Gaze or Ys: Mmories of Celceta.
Demon Gaze is a great first personal DRPG with great characters, lots of customization, fun combat and fantastic music.
Memories of Celceta is an ARPG with 6 playable characters with great combat and fantastic boss battles.
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Out of those, I would go YS.
But to me, Rainbow Moon is the best JRPG last gen, and on VITA, and on 3DS. OMG it's so good, my body shakes.
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Thanks for all of your input. I think I'll give Demon Gaze a shot, as I'm in the mood for something new.
Seems like Conception II maybe isn't as good as I thought it would be. I'll probably try the demo to find out why.
Stasis_Sword, Tactics Ogre ROCKS!
Persona 4 Golden is still the best imp :P
The gameplay is fun and the music is fantastic (especially the boss theme)
So I'm told! I'll likely play it eventually. I was fortunate enough to find the Solid Gold Edition back when it was released but have only opened it for the hard shell and wallpaper. I played P3 on PS2 recently so I'm now thinking something new would be good. Thanks for your suggestion!