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What are some of the better stories in JRPGs?

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2 years ago#1
JRPGs seemed to have built a reputation for some very generic stories filled with many cliches and silly drama, and for a good reason. However, there are some JRPGs out there with some really good stories. What are your favorites?

Mine would be Tales of Symphonia. Sure it starts with the main character just wanting to accompany his friend / crush, but it evolves into so much more. It was filled with twists and turns, and it ended up being one of the more better and complex stories I've experienced in a video game.
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2 years ago#2
Final Fantasy VIII.
2 years ago#3
Xenogears
Xenoblade Chronicles
Trinity Souls of Zill O'll
Suikoden II, III, V
Shadow Hearts 1 & 2
Lost Odyssey
Tales of Vesperia
Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky
Infinite Space
Jeanne DArc
Brave Story
Earthbound / Mother 3
Yakuza series
Chrono Trigger
Chrono Cross
Tales of Phantasia
Valkyria Chronicles
Legend of Dragoon
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2 years ago#4
Valkyria Chronicles is one I liked. Loved the ending. :)
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2 years ago#5
final fantaxy IX, tales of eternia (destiny 2) was good and valkyrie profile also
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2 years ago#6
Probably Suikoden 2, Valkyrie Profile, FFT,

Non cliche storyline that i liked would probably be Nocturne.
2 years ago#7
Final Fantasy VI
Chrono Trigger
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete
Ys 1 and 2 Chronicles
Ys 3: The Oath in Felghana
Suikoden 2

All of those games come to mind when I think of RPGs with really good storylines and storytelling. Those aren't the only ones either, just the ones that immediately come to mind for me.
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2 years ago#8
Top Tier: Suikoden 2

Honorable Mention: Grandia 2, Shadow Hearts, Xenoblade, Tales of Eternia.
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2 years ago#9
Alltra posted...
Final Fantasy VI
Chrono Trigger
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete
Ys 1 and 2 Chronicles
Ys 3: The Oath in Felghana
Suikoden 2

All of those games come to mind when I think of RPGs with really good storylines and storytelling. Those aren't the only ones either, just the ones that immediately come to mind for me.


There was absolutely nothing special about Oath in Felghana's story...
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2 years ago#10
The .Hack games, specially .Hack//G.U. trilogy.
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