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Is it possible to play a JP game without knowing Japanese at all?

#11JahkeemyorkPosted 8/18/2013 6:40:53 AM
Action Games
Shooters
Rhythm Games

These games you can easily just play without a language barrier to block your enjoyment (Besides not knowing the story)

However visual novels and especially RPG if you don't know Japanese don't pick it up. Tales gameplay is good for an ARPG but playing it just for the combat is such a bad idea. Like I know Tales story isn't that great but it's still got a story and it still pushes you at least a little.
#12ArsenicSteelPosted 8/18/2013 6:48:57 AM
Yes you play the game.
Depending on how comfortable you are with search engines you'll find ways to figure out what's going on in the story. Plus for rpgs they will be repeating the same words often and the plot will be obvious enough visually alone.
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#13buffy720Posted 8/18/2013 7:07:22 AM
izza20 posted...
That really depends on the game...

But let's face it... a Tales game? Would those games be actually enjoyable if you didn't unerstand what was going on?

I attempted to play the ps3 version of Tales of Vesperia. I actually know a little Japanese. I probably could've gotten by in the game, although it was a struggle, but not knowing what was going on sucked most of the fun out of the game. Went out and bought an xbox 360 when a store here had them on sale for a steal. Only bought three games for the system, but was worth it pretty much just for ToV in english.

Just wait for the game. I actually doubt it will be a full year, all they've said is 2014, we have no idea when in 2014 it will be.


In answer to the bolded, yes, they are still very enjoyable. I played Vesperia PS3, Xillia, and Xillia 2 in Japanese and loved every minute of each game. I also have a playthrough of Destiny DC and the real Destiny 2 in the works, with Rebirth in the background waiting. As long as there are guides to help you through, the games can be very fun to play. Of course, that will depend on the person playing them, but I do believe the games are worth it.

And I can just about guarantee we won't see Xillia 2 until July or August (at least) next year. Symphonia HD will be dropping in the early part of the year, and they won't want the games to interfere with each other's sales.
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#14lambchipsPosted 8/18/2013 7:12:56 AM
Flare1721 posted...
I want to play Tales of Vesperia on Ps3 but I think it be to much of a hassle.


not really... the english translation is almost done by the looks of it... just wait for that instead of going through the hassle of playing it via translation guide
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#15majin nemesisPosted 8/18/2013 8:26:35 AM
ArsenicSteel posted...
Yes you play the game.
Depending on how comfortable you are with search engines you'll find ways to figure out what's going on in the story. Plus for rpgs they will be repeating the same words often and the plot will be obvious enough visually alone.


lol no go and try play any rpg in japanese without using a guide or without reading the story anywhere and then comeback and let's see if you can say that again with a straight face
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#16silenthill4vidPosted 8/18/2013 9:01:04 AM
possible yes, enjoyable no.
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#17MadDewgPosted 8/18/2013 10:31:19 AM
Like others said, it definitely depends on the genre. I can play a fighting, puzzle, platformer (2d or 3d), or action game in japanese no problem. A rpg however?...no way in hell I'm doing that, way too much hassle for me personally.

I'm the type that usually gets in a type of "chill mode" when I play a good rpg...relaxed in either my bed or recliner, getting all immersed into the game and whatnot..I can't really do this if I have to constantly look at a laptop or something 24/7, looking at wth skill I just learned, what this equipment is and what it do, translations for the plot and every single little side-dialogue (in tales of skits =/ ), **** that noise.
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#18ArsenicSteelPosted 8/18/2013 12:06:36 PM
majin nemesis posted...
ArsenicSteel posted...
Yes you play the game.
Depending on how comfortable you are with search engines you'll find ways to figure out what's going on in the story. Plus for rpgs they will be repeating the same words often and the plot will be obvious enough visually alone.


lol no go and try play any rpg in japanese without using a guide or without reading the story anywhere and then comeback and let's see if you can say that again with a straight face


I believe I pit down the ease of finding translations via the internets.
My last remark was about how simple many plots are and that a lot of things will be repeated enough for anyone committed enough to buy a Japanese-only game to pick up on during the story bits not covered in a guide.
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