Posts Tagged: jrpg

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"Their niche status and declining presence on major systems have led some people to lament the death of the JRPG…but I don’t buy it. The genre isn’t dead, you just need to know where to look. Examine the plethora of titles available on DS and PSP and you’ll see that JRPGs are alive and well – they’ve just migrated to handhelds."

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http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2011/08/08/editorial-the-incredible-shrinking-rpg.aspx

I DEFINITELY recommend reading the whole article! I agree with every point made, but it really explains why JRPGs are far from dead, and why they’re still so fun today.

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Time for some lovin’, that kinda love you can only get from a PSP.

Back in 2005, I kind of wanted a PSP. The only game I could think of even wanting was Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth. I borrowed a good friend’s PSP for two months. I played a lot of Lumines and VP in this time period. It was a great way to pass time in an un-air-conditioned dorm in a warmer Autumn.

Because of the price tag, I never bought a PSP until recently. My first PSP, the ill-fated piano-black PSP 2000 I bought used at Gamestop fell off a night stand and broke when the charger cable was moved. I’ve since been a lot more careful about that. What happened when the PSP fell was that the UMD sensor within the disk reader broke. Internet research told me to put a piece of electrical tape down on the small lever within the UMD drive of the PSP. It worked, but only halfway. I just decided it wasn’t worth the hassle, and traded it back in to Gamestop. Amazingly, they took it back.

After doing some research, I found the silver PSP 3000 bundled with Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. Looked great! So I put the credit from the tragically broken PSP 2000 into the 3000 bundle. It was $200, but also game with 50 free MP3 downloads from Sony’s store, and a convenient 4 GB Memory stick Duo(which is in dire need of upgrading now from some serious use of the PSOne Classics).

The whole reason I bought a PSP was for Phantasy Star Portable 2. A friend showed me the first game in the Portable Phantasy Star series, but it was TOO much like Phantasy Star Universe, a game while not inherently bad, wasn’t very good to me. The second portable game seemed to bring back some elements of Phantasy Star Online: The unified TP system. The use of disks to level weapon skills and techs. I’ve really loved it and have since imported Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity which serves as a huge expansion pack of sorts.

I just never knew how many great games had come out since 2005. I found many of them very cheaply, and fell in love with titles like Harvest Moon Boy & Girl, Gitaroo Man Lives!, and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. A sale on Amazon led to Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite. A mention at the store resulted in Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. Which brings me to the point of the entry.

The NGP may be on the horizon, but right now a renaissance of sorts has been going on for the past year with the PSP and JRPGs, courtesy of mainly XSeed, Atlus, and Square-Enix. And that’s just exciting all around. I never thought most of these companies would have bothered releasing certain titles over here.

Heavy-hitters like Xenogears and Legend of Mana have been re-released by Square-Enix. Atlus continues its practice of bringing over obscure gems. XSeed is a newer player to me, but one I am enjoying very much.

Which brings me to today’s purchase The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky by XSeed. It looks simply amazing, and had some pretty nice reviews. From the packaging alone, I’m getting a Lunar feel and it’s a pretty awesome feeling. The soundtrack, guild emblem pin, and poster help that along. I also found an okay deal for another of XSeed’s PSP RPG line called Brave Story: New Traveler that is much older than the above game, but also looks very promising.

Aside from these games, there’s a huge backlog to be had of PSP JRPGS (and not just tactical ones). And I’m absolutely excited to do my best to collect as many as I can. It’s definitely one of my favorite genres and it’s nice to see another system with so many great games reminiscent of the PSOne and Playstation 2 libraries.