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Japan going back to its roots according to Tales producer!!!

#1private400Posted 1/23/2013 10:35:32 AM
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=509510

Japanese games are slowly making a resurgence. Games like Dark Souls and Persona 4 have recaptured our attention, after many developers struggled to make hits that resonated with the American audience. Games like Quantum Theory, which poorly emulated Gears of War, proved to be duds--something that has Japanese developers going back to the drawing board.

Hideo Baba, producer of Namco Bandai's Tales series, said that Japanese designers are returning to what made their games so appealing in the first place. "I feel like a lot of Japanese developers, especially ourselves, we've really taken an effort to go back to our roots," he told us. "We look at what we started with and what we're good at, and we really tried to make an effort to strengthen what our foundations are."

Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino recently echoed those sentiments, saying Ni no Kuni attempts to recreate "the good old days" of JRPGs.

The upcoming Tales of Xillia marks the franchise's 15th US anniversary, and with its big-eyed anime characters, it's clear that this is a game meant for Japanese tastes. "With regards to the Tales franchise, we've never made an effort to 'westernize' it," Baba said. Staying true to its identity is what helps the franchise stay so endearing to its fans. "We feel that Western developers are good at certain things, while Japanese developers are good at other things. Rather than us trying to copy Western developers, we really try to look within ourselves and try to improve ourselves. The Tales franchise has been a personal struggle to better ourselves and the franchise."
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#2jrr18Posted 1/23/2013 10:37:13 AM
How is dark souls going back to it's roots that game is the most westren JRPG ever made.
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#3namethatno1usesPosted 1/23/2013 10:40:29 AM
Tales never really changed.. unless they mean going from 2D to 3D ones.
Tales games = root beer. Can't be any more "root"-y than it is!
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#4KerPclasi1Posted 1/23/2013 11:28:13 AM
jrr18 posted...
How is dark souls going back to it's roots that game is the most westren JRPG ever made.


Explain to me what makes Dark Souls a WRPG? It is because of the European medieval theme? The gameplay is certainly not like Skyrim if you're confused.
#5ShineboxerPosted 1/23/2013 11:29:55 AM
From: KerPclasi1 | #004
jrr18 posted...
How is dark souls going back to it's roots that game is the most westren JRPG ever made.


Explain to me what makes Dark Souls a WRPG? It is because of the European medieval theme? The gameplay is certainly not like Skyrim if you're confused.


You must be new.

I'll let others destroy this topic on this one.
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#6jrr18Posted 1/23/2013 11:31:06 AM
KerPclasi1 posted...
jrr18 posted...
How is dark souls going back to it's roots that game is the most westren JRPG ever made.


Explain to me what makes Dark Souls a WRPG? It is because of the European medieval theme? The gameplay is certainly not like Skyrim if you're confused.


I played demons souls so I know what the gameplay is. The open ended story emphasis on exploring and defining your character make it more of a western JRPG and itís a lot more like skyrim then it is FF or dragon quest.
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#7Great_Pudding_3Posted 1/23/2013 11:34:22 AM
Dark Souls is a sequel to a 2009 game and Persona 4 came out 2008. I think more modern examples than Ki No Kuni would be necessary.
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#8ZOMGkawaiidesuPosted 1/23/2013 11:34:57 AM
Suuugoi~! This is indeed great news.
#9_tanjil_Posted 1/23/2013 11:40:25 AM
KerPclasi1 posted...
jrr18 posted...
How is dark souls going back to it's roots that game is the most westren JRPG ever made.


Explain to me what makes Dark Souls a WRPG? It is because of the European medieval theme? The gameplay is certainly not like Skyrim if you're confused.


...the gameplay may not be skyrim, but its no Tales of [insert name] either. The gameplay is more Skrim than it is any other JRPG. The game doesn't rely on an extensive story and making you love your characters. It takes the western route and lets you create your character instead.

Are you confused?
#10KerPclasi1Posted 1/23/2013 11:44:43 AM
jrr18 posted...
KerPclasi1 posted...
jrr18 posted...
How is dark souls going back to it's roots that game is the most westren JRPG ever made.


Explain to me what makes Dark Souls a WRPG? It is because of the European medieval theme? The gameplay is certainly not like Skyrim if you're confused.


I played demons souls so I know what the gameplay is. The open ended story emphasis on exploring and defining your character make it more of a western JRPG and itís a lot more like skyrim then it is FF or dragon quest.


You know nothing about From Software and its past games like King's Field and Armored Core. Dark Souls and Skyrim is a completely different game. Game like Vagrant Story must be WRPG too right?