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Amazing Underrated JRPG Series

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I discovered Falcom games last year and started with Ys VIII, which I really enjoyed. But getting completely lost in the Kiseki series was something else entirely. What an amazing series with breathtaking music and surreal world-building. I love all of the real-world political issues mixed with typical anime bullshit (is there a better combination?). There can be amazing scenes including things like Buffer states, Asset-freezing, Tax laws, Foreign Policy, International Business, and then cut to two female villains talking about who has the bigger boobs. I mean, I've never seen anything like it in a video game. The fact that all the games are intricately connected is its greatest strength while also being its biggest weakness because it demands a lot of the player. You really do get in return what you put in. It's a pity it doesn't have more fans in the West. If you like JRPGs you owe it to yourself to try out these games.

 

Anyone else a Kiseki fan on PSNP? Which one is your favorite?

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I think it's hard to find an underrated JRPG series, because the fans of such series are so rabid. But if I was going to try, I'd say Valkyrie Profile. There were only 3 releases to my knowledge (two console, one handheld). The handheld was a pretty nice TRPG title. The PS2 offering was one of my favorite games on the system. The PS1 offering is literally one of my two favorite games of all time.

 

And now? Well, Squeenix gives us turgid re-releases like Romancing Saga 2, awful RPGs from the Tokyo RPG factory at exorbitant prices, and yet we can't get a cleaned-up version of VP1 and VP2?

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Favorite is either AO or Cold Steel 3 i think.

Been meaning to get Ys8 and Cold Steel 1 on EU PSN so i can double plat both of them

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56 minutes ago, linkdevivo said:

There can be amazing scenes including things like Buffer states, Asset-freezing, Tax laws, Foreign Policy, International Business, and then cut to two female villains talking about who has the bigger boobs. I mean, I've never seen anything like it in a video game.

 

Kiseki games are great for all these reasons. It's a shame that when it comes to their villains they fall back hard on anime/JRPG tropes. The series would be better without Ouroboros.

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23 minutes ago, cckerberos said:

 

Kiseki games are great for all these reasons. It's a shame that when it comes to their villains they fall back hard on anime/JRPG tropes. The series would be better without Ouroboros.

 

I don't necessarily agree that it is a shame, as many of us still enjoy these tropes to some degree, plus there is a layer of nuance with so many other factions in play to somewhat make up for it.  Besides, without Ouroboros, there is no Severing Chains or Almighty Conflagration!

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1 hour ago, DaivRules said:

Underrated? Can I ask by who?

 

by sales numbers...

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55 minutes ago, starcrunch061 said:

I think it's hard to find an underrated JRPG series, because the fans of such series are so rabid. But if I was going to try, I'd say Valkyrie Profile. There were only 3 releases to my knowledge (two console, one handheld). The handheld was a pretty nice TRPG title. The PS2 offering was one of my favorite games on the system. The PS1 offering is literally one of my two favorite games of all time.

 

And now? Well, Squeenix gives us turgid re-releases like Romancing Saga 2, awful RPGs from the Tokyo RPG factory at exorbitant prices, and yet we can't get a cleaned-up version of VP1 and VP2?

 

LOL! I thought this thread was a question on a general forum. Sorry for not talking about the topic at hand. 😞

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The game isn’t underrated, it’s well know and well loved. 
A similar game that is a bit more underrated (especially as I think it’s even better, with a more interesting story and more engaging (real time) combat) is Tokyo Xanadu Ex+. It’s on PS Now so I suggest you get a free trial if you haven’t already given it a go.

1 hour ago, DaivRules said:

Underrated? Can I ask by who?

Whom

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22 minutes ago, thefourfoldroot said:

Whom

 

Then I don't like whoever that Whom person is.

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18 minutes ago, DaivRules said:

 

Then I don't like whoever that Whom person is.

Lol

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3 hours ago, linkdevivo said:

I discovered Falcom games last year and started with Ys VIII, which I really enjoyed. But getting completely lost in the Kiseki series was something else entirely. What an amazing series with breathtaking music and surreal world-building. I love all of the real-world political issues mixed with typical anime bullshit (is there a better combination?). There can be amazing scenes including things like Buffer states, Asset-freezing, Tax laws, Foreign Policy, International Business, and then cut to two female villains talking about who has the bigger boobs. I mean, I've never seen anything like it in a video game. The fact that all the games are intricately connected is its greatest strength while also being its biggest weakness because it demands a lot of the player. You really do get in return what you put in. It's a pity it doesn't have more fans in the West. If you like JRPGs you owe it to yourself to try out these games.

 

Anyone else a Kiseki fan on PSNP? Which one is your favorite?

Hello! Been a fan of Kiseki (really just Falcom games in general) since Cold Steel 1 and haven't looked back since. Cold Steel 3 is my favorite thus far in the series with Trails in the Sky SC being a close second. Cold Steel 4 is easily my most anticipated game of the remaining year (sorry Cyberpunk 2077) and I can't wait for it. I don't necessarily agree that the series is underrated, but I do feel the same way sometimes when, in some JRPG communities, barely anyone mentions or talks about these games. Ys is even worse.

 

2 hours ago, awf9495 said:

 

I don't necessarily agree that it is a shame, as many of us still enjoy these tropes to some degree, plus there is a layer of nuance with so many other factions in play to somewhat make up for it.  Besides, without Ouroboros, there is no Severing Chains or Almighty Conflagration!

Not to mention, we would be without 

George Weissmann, Third Anguis of Ouroboros from Trails in the Sky SC, whom, among other things, was pretty much responsible for the Tragedy of Hamel. The dude is just pure evil or at least close to it anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Am working my way to the trail of cold steel franchise 

and will play Tokyo Xanadu ex+ after it

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On 9/23/2020 at 2:15 PM, Blood-Stalker1 said:

Am working my way to the trail of cold steel franchise 

and will play Tokyo Xanadu ex+ after it

 

Really fun to play, but that game has one of the worst localizations I've ever seen. The plat is also very, very annoying.

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Really liking trails 1 , so far think I’m a little over half way into it. Seems to be less and less good Jrpgs lately. Found out about it after playing Tokyo Xanadu  ex+ that’s gotten recommended a  few times already (+1 from me too) and can see some similarities with the menus and such. 
Need to look into the Ys series a bit more for sure.

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Kiseki games are amazing, my favorite games are Zero and Ao and like you said the worlbuilding is amazing and one of the main reason why I love this series. Also you can find a lot of references in differents games as well, even some NPC has stories to tell you and some of them appear in a lot of kiseki games.

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