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What are some of the better stories in JRPGs?

#11theofficefan99Posted 4/20/2013 4:04:50 PM
Lots.

Chrono Trigger
Chrono Cross
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean
Baten Kaitos Origins
Drakengard 1 and 2
Final Fantasy VI, VII, IX, X, XI, Type-0 and Tactics
Lost Odyssey
Shin Megami Tensei series
Shadow Hearts and Shadow Hearts: Covenant
Valkyrie Profile
Xenogears
Xenosaga Trilogy
Xenoblade
Arc Rise Fantasia
Suikodens I-III and V
NIER
Tales of Symphonia
Vagrant Story
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
Terranigma

etc. etc. etc. etc.
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#12DaggeraxePosted 4/20/2013 5:23:26 PM
Those that immediately come to my mind are:

Xenogears
Suikoden V
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
#13Spiroth_KweehhPosted 4/20/2013 5:50:48 PM(edited)
-Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
-Chrono Trigger
-Chrono Cross
-Infinite Space
-Xenogears
-Vagrant Story
-Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
-Drakengard
-Drakengard II
-Nier
-Shadow Hearts
-Shadow Hearts: Covenant
-Terranigma
-Legend of Dragoon
-FINAL FANTASY Tactics: War of The Lions
-FINAL FANTASY
-FINAL FANTASY II
-FINAL FANTASY III
-FINAL FANTASY IV
-FINAL FANTASY V
-FINAL FANTASY VI
-FINAL FANTASY VII
-FINAL FANTASY VIII
-FINAL FANTASY IX
-FINAL FANTASY X
-FINAL FANTASY XI
-FINAL FANTASY XII
-FINAL FANTASY XIII
-FINAL FANTASY Dimensions
-Crisis Core: FINAL FANTASY VII
-Before Crisis: FINAL FANTASY VII
-Grandia
-Grandia II
-Grandia: Parallel Trippers
-Star Ocean: First Departure
-Star Ocean: Second Evolution
-Star Ocean: Blue Sphere
-Grownlancer
-FINAL FANTASY Type-0
-Dissidia: FINAL FANTASY
-Dissidia Duodecim [012]: FINAL FANTASY
-Dragon Quest III
-Dragon Quest V
-Dragon Quest VII
-Kingdom Hearts
-Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
-Kingdom Hearts II
-Kingdom Hearts 358/2
-Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
-Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
-Xenosaga
-Xenosaga II
-Xenosaga III
-Baten Kaitos Origins
-Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean
-Lunar Silver Star Story COMPLETE
-Lunar 2 Eternal Blue COMPLETE
-Lunar Magical School
-Illusion of Time/Gaia
-Alundra
-Mother
-Mother 2
-Mother 3
-Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
-Shining Force III
-Phantasy Star IV
-Breath of Fire II
-Skies of Arcadia
-Lufia II
-Dragon Force
-Panzer Dragoon Saga
-Eternal Sonata
-Golden Sun
-Golden Sun II
-Brave Story: New Traveller
-Jeanne D'Arc
-Langrisser
-Wild Arms
-Vanguard Bandits
-Radiant Historia
-Suikoden
-Suikoden II
-Tales of Phantasia
-Granstream Saga


Tons more!

Edit:

Supposedly, Legend of Heroes, Ys, and Shin Megami Tensei series too, but I have a small experience with them, so not really able to tell.


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#14AlltraPosted 4/20/2013 5:49:05 PM
"There was absolutely nothing special about Oath in Felghana's story..."

Since when do stories have to be special to be good? It was simple, well told, and interesting. That's all that matters.
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#15akuma634Posted 4/20/2013 5:57:43 PM
Persona 4, I never played 3 but I hear a lot of praise for it. That's a game that goes into a very weird world and shies away from typical RPG cliches.
#16PurelyDivinePosted 4/20/2013 6:02:19 PM
akuma634 posted...
Persona 4, I never played 3 but I hear a lot of praise for it. That's a game that goes into a very weird world and shies away from typical RPG cliches.


you should play Persona 3. imo, it's darker than P4
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#17CyricsServantPosted 4/20/2013 6:16:04 PM(edited)
Pretty much anything from Atlus. Nocturne (despite being pretty thin plot-wise), Persona 3, and Persona 4 spring to mind.

Squaresoft used to be able to produce some decent ones. Xenogears, Vagrant Story, and Chrono Trigger were a few of their better ones.

Suikoden 2, 3, and 5 were all above average.

And as for this gen? Nier was pretty damn good. Lost Odyssey had excellent short stories, though the actual plot was pretty forgettable.
#18PHEEliNUXPosted 4/20/2013 6:14:18 PM
Xenoblade
Tales of Symphonia
Persona 3
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#19CyricsServantPosted 4/20/2013 6:15:19 PM
PurelyDivine posted...
akuma634 posted...
Persona 4, I never played 3 but I hear a lot of praise for it. That's a game that goes into a very weird world and shies away from typical RPG cliches.


you should play Persona 3. imo, it's darker than P4


Ending made me want to flip a table until I took a moment to consider everything I'd seen.

Anyway, all the new Personas have been awesome. Its been a great evolution of the franchise. I'm really hoping Persona 5 ends up being a PS3/360 game and not a handheld.
#20Seifer_usPosted 4/20/2013 6:33:33 PM
You will never find a better story in this genre than Vagrant Story. The execution is about as flawless as it gets. There are few other stories in all of gaming as compelling, in point of fact.
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