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JRPG's aren't really Role Playing Games

#1HighOnPhazonPosted 7/15/2014 11:14:41 AM
I like some JRPG's but they aren't really Role Playing games. You don't get to make choices or really control your character.

I honestly don't even know what games like the Final Fantasy series are. Are they like Turn Based action games? Turn Based Adventure? Not RPG.
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#2LazyyAmericanPosted 7/15/2014 11:19:21 AM(edited)
You play a role....pretty cut and dry. Whether the role is predefined or as you go...it's still considered RPG. People throw around that term generally because of the specific gameplay mechanics that usually come with such games.
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#3SteamsterPosted 7/15/2014 11:19:30 AM
LazyyAmerican posted...
You play a role....pretty cut and dry. Whether the role is predefined or as you go...it's still considered RPG.


By that definition every single video game in existence is an RPG.

RPG in terms of video games is a genre based around the DnD ruleset, at least in Western design. For Japan it's a bit different, but it is what it is.

You don't need roleplay to be an RPG.
#4Garage_ManPosted 7/15/2014 11:19:52 AM
It's funny you say this because I absolutely HATE RPGs where I have to choose things. I've NEVER played a good "WRPG" where you choose things and has excellent character development and story.
#5ThePCElitistPosted 7/15/2014 11:23:24 AM
You are given the role of playing as one or more of the characters in the story. You level up. Level grind. Have boss fights. Gain new gear, skills, spells, etc, develop relationships with characters (some games have romance systems), etc. They're RPG's.

The answer you're looking for is that JRPG is a derivative of the RPG genre. There are CRPG's, JRPG's, Action RPG, MMORPG, Tactical RPG, Dungeon Crawler, Sandbox RPG, Roguelike, etc.
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#6pothocketPosted 7/15/2014 11:25:49 AM
What we think of as "JRPGs" can be traced back to a game called 'Black Onyx" which was created by a westerner living in Japan trying to capture what he could of Dungeon & Dragons within the very limiting tech at the time.

http://www.edge-online.com/features/the-making-of-the-black-onyx/
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#7Tekken9292Posted 7/15/2014 11:34:03 AM
Bad JRPG's don't give you enough freedom. For real JRPG's play FF5 or FFX-2.
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#8r0ge00Posted 7/15/2014 11:35:47 AM
Ok
#9ClashtonnPosted 7/15/2014 11:41:59 AM
JRPGs don't actually contain any actual role playing. Role playing doesn't mean "play a role". A term isn't defined as the sum of the definitions of the words making up the term.

And people are free to enjoy linearity. And they're free to prefer JRPGs to actual RPGs. Because adhering to the genre does not indicate quality.

If you called, say, A Link to the Past an FPS, That doesn't mean Perfect Dark Zero a better game because it's actually an FPS.
#10bluemooglePosted 7/15/2014 11:58:01 AM(edited)
Indeed, JRPGS are rarely "real RPGs," but good luck convincing the large weaboo population on Gamefaqs of that. Also Goodluck making the argument without simultaneously coming across as elitist.

I prefer WRPGS to JRPGS any day of the week, but I still like a good number of the latter for what they are, even if they are bastardizations of the name/genre.
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