Long-running JRPG series can be daunting prospects to get into. For example, I cannot begin to tell you the amount of times I’ve had friends asking if they need to have played all the others before starting the latest Final Fantasy game. I get it, naming conventions suggest they are all related. So, going back to an earlier title will only ever help, right? Whilst the Tales series aren’t going back to the very beginning with this next release, it is certainly far enough back to get new players interested. From the series most recent release in Tales of Arise, we are heading back some 20 years for the next release. Tales of Symphonia Remastered is out today on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.
JRPG fans across Europe have been licking their lips in anticipation with this next release. Unlike those in America or Asia, us in the middle never got an official release. But then likewise, those in America will be licking their lips with what else is included in this remaster, because they never got the prequel. There is something for everyone then, as Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition releases on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and PC.
If you can overlook its flaws, Enchanted Arms has a lot to offer; a light-hearted adventure caper with a fun battle system, some real challenge and depth, plenty of laughs and that comfy, JRPG atmosphere that felt like it went missing for quite some time during the Xbox 360 generation.
It might not mean much to those that never played Episode I but there is a massive cliffhanger that fans have been eager to find out what happens. Well, wait no longer as Light Fairytale Episode 2 is finally here on Xbox and PC.
Previously announced for launch on PC through both Steam and GOG, the Australian indie team at Critical Games have today confirmed that their upcoming turn-based, story-driven JRPG, 8-Bit Adventures 2 will also be coming to console.
Octopath Traveler on Xbox is a game that expertly marries a traditional JRPG with more modern ideas. It should be immediately obvious that this is the intention with the “HD-2D” visuals, but even after only a short time playing it feels so well-executed.
Getting in there before American and Asian gamers complain about the date, for this latest retrospective piece we are going on the initial European release date for Final Fantasy IX, which is the 16th February 2001. That’s right, 20 years ago; a time where European gamers had to wait an extra seven months longer for one of the best Final Fantasy games.