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: Child of Light

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal | Year: 2014 | List Price: $14.99 | Buy from Amazon

colChild of Light is a game that defies expectations. Developed by Ubisoft Montréal, one would expect a sweeping world and realistic graphics, but Child of Light opts instead for a watercolour, indie-esque feel. Also, it contains many staples of classic JRPGs even though it was produced in Québec. Child of Light is a special game, and playing through its roughly 12-hour main story was an experience unlike that of any other game I’ve tried before. It certainly is, to my knowledge at least, the only QRPG to have ever existed!
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