Blog: My Turbulent First Year With JRPGs

On 7 February 2015, it’ll have been exactly one year since Bravely Default was released to North America. It was also the day I picked up a copy of Bravely Default, my first ever JRPG.

I qualify this by saying that I have been playing Pokemon games all my life, which are a pseudo-JRPG, and that I’d played Fire Emblem Awakening, a Japanese SRPG that was actually what made me interested in getting into deeper, more mature RPGs.

That over, I’m going to go through the 6 JRPGs I finished in the last year in the order I played them, as well as the dozens more I haven’t quite finished, and give a few thoughts on the genre as well as some JRPGs I’m excited to play in 2015. It’s going to be a long ride, so get yourself ready for a hearty, warming bowl of JRPG goodness! I’m keeping everything spoiler-free, so don’t worry if you haven’t played any of the following games.
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Review: Bravely Default

Developer: Silicon Studio | Year: 2014 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon

Bravely DefaultExactly four months ago, a Japan-only game for the 3DS was released for the first time in North America and on launch day. I took a leap of faith and bought it on that day (one of the only times I’ve ever bought a game at launch) and wrote a couple of my first impressions down here. Well, it’s exactly four months to that day and many countless hours trying to defeat diabolical bosses later I’ve just beaten the game (just realised it’s a significant date, actually!). What’s the verdict? I’m going to sort of follow the same format as my impressions post, except now I’ve beaten the game, so here goes!
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Impressions: Bravely Default

Bravely DefaultHey everyone! Back at the start of this year, I decided to download the Bravely Default demo, because I’m a sucker for free stuff! But I just got hooked by the gameplay and the world, so on launch day, I decided to trade in some old games (most nearer the bottom of this list) and bought it, making it only the second game I’ve ever gotten on launch day, after The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (8th here). An impulse decision, but this time, not one I regret. This game is absolutely stellar. Here are some of my impressions. I’m only partway through, after the Ancheim story. Perhaps I’ll write a full review later.
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