Worst JRPG you have played

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Mar 22, 2013

Worst JRPG you have played by FAST6191 at 1:19 AM (3,829 Views / 0 Likes) 57 replies

  1. FAST6191
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    Normally I am front and centre on the "JPRG is a stupid term and genre is not much better" support rally but I am suspending that for the time being/this thread. JPRG = anything that does not want to be Ultima or Might and Magic/elder scrolls. Largely developed somewhere in Asia would be nice but ports/remakes might trouble things and devs aping the style have happened so the definition is pretty fluid.

    That got me curious, despite technically missing the PS2 era as far as such things went I have Final Fantasy clone burnout and the last few years having provided me with some great things (Resonance of Fate, Eternal Sonata and though technically a KRPG MagnaCarta 2 frequently make my lists of things I liked this last go around) so "worst" is an interesting thing here. Surprisingly I am pretty discerning when it comes to this sort of thing and my "legendary titles you have not played list" probably warrants a few more entries (never did any persona games, Shin Megami Tensei- what is that, Dragon Quest - I at least know what that is and word association for "tales of" is "the crypt") so who knows.



    Starting as the thread means to go on for me it probably has to be Chrono trigger. "But FAST6191 it is a legendary title", indeed it is and that is why I went to the effort of attempting to get into it and wondering what was up when it had almost bored me to tears after many hours. Sword of mana I did half like but wonder how it got so well liked I will never know.

    Now I did do FF13 (was coming off a good time with magna carta 2 and resonance of fate was not out in English in a few weeks time at this point) and it was a boring slog through corridors with a badly told story. Now previous FF titles have not had the most coherent story (either because it was basic, because it was just bad or they tried to tell 5 stories, 3 at once and 2 once a couple of the others had drawn to a close) but this was a cut above that, all that ought to come with the disclaimer that aside from 5 minutes of a demo I got with a PS1 rerelease of an old title I never did 10.
    I figure I can ignore FF3 as it was just a remake of an old game, a nice history lesson but not a great game and by similar logic I believe we do not speak about the GBA remake/port of Lunar (Lunar Legend). The DS game "Lunar Dragon Song" however can die in a fire- it would not be so bad but for years it was the only option for those looking for a JPRG on the DS.
    Black Sigil on the DS was clearly a game that started out on the GBA and was best played with experience multiplier cheats (to this day the only DS game I have used cheats on for more than 30 seconds in a test or when developing them for others) but it tried some interesting things as far as story went so I will go it.

    Failing that Phantasy star 3 finds itself not being looked at favourably, 2 was great and 4 was legendary but 3 can go rot for all I care. In all fairness though it possibly suffered from might as well use the name of the franchise and was not that bad of a game.

    On the PSP it turns out I can really take or leave Crimson Gem Saga.

    Just to finish the essence of raw flamebait vial I popped for this- Kingdom hearts.... just no and, despite having never played it, Xenoblade is a joke and those that did the "bring these games to North America" thing for those three games it found itself part of are fools.
     


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    say what you want about FF13, but i think the worst JRPG to exist is this really obscure famicom game called Hoshi wo Miru Hito (星をみるひと) also known as "Stargazer"

    there's a whole article on Hardcore Gaming 101 about it
    http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/stargazer/stargazer.htm
     
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    Never found a jRPG i didnt like

    Oh man i couldnt type that with a straight face. While im a bit weeaboo when it comes to jRPGs, the Tales games grate against my soul.
     
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    I hated Final Fantasy XIII because it felt like it was going nowhere.
    I was 23 hours into the game and was still bored out of my mind. Most of the fans say it gets better 30 hours (Or something) into the game. But honestly, why should I wait that long?
    The combat was not that good either, almost all of the battles I played through felt easy, even the boss battles.
    Out of all the Final Fantasy games that I have played, this is the weakest I played.
     
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    To answer the question seriously, this is a toughie.

    I might say FFXIII but everyone says that. It's really bad though.

    If I was to go with my black horse I'd say Disgaea. It's just a combination of boring and irritating. The art is bad. The writing is bad. The characters are stupid. The gameplay is the same fucking SRPG we've lived with since fucking SRPGs began. You move on a stupid grid, you bump into enemies and bop them in the head. It's the same goddamn game. Then of course NIS being the "diverse" devs they are just essentially reskin it into a thousand other SRPGs with the same stupid art and the same stupid writing.

    So while FFXIII was bad, it was just there. It wasn't grating like Disgaea has been to me.

    Also this a thread about opinion so don't get so fucking buttmad over it.
     
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    Calling Pokemon a JRPG is like calling Call of Duty a kart racer because it has RC's in it.


    Anyways, for the thread, there's quite a few. Obviously, Final Fantasy XIII, because that shit was an absolute joke and all the trailers and everything shown for it were just a lie. Final Fantasy XII as well, hated that game too.

    Grandia 3 I think was pretty bad. Playable, but as long as you don't expect epicness and instead expect cheeziness. Dark Cloud I hated as well.

    A lot of the JRPG's I play are good ones though, I tend to avoid the bad ones.
     
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    In no particular order:

    Final Fantasy XIII (Seriously I wish I could slap Square-Penis for this :wtf:)
    Xenosaga II (This one just single-handedly destroyed the franchises for me...)
    Quest 64 (My first RPG for the N64 and it was hard and boring as hell back then)
    Wild ARMS 2 (Hate the 3d graphics and that horrible battle theme!)

    That's what comes to my mind right now and these are my opinion!
     
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    Final Fantasy 13 and everything that somehow spawned from that pile of shit.
     
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    I love me some JRPGs, but my god, as with any genre, there are those that are pure garbage. Like UltraHurricane mentioned, there is stuff like Stargazer, but I can almost excuse really old games. Not that people weren't capable of creating good games back then, but the market wasn't so saturated with crap that people could call attention to them like they do now.

    But now, in the modern era, there are people who put out crap like 'Nendoroid Generation', which has really slow monotonous gameplay (but DS1, don't all JRPGs!? HURRHURR!!) that is like, "We know you have no life, so we're going to take up as much of it as we goddamn please, each attack animation shall take no less than one minute, and no battle shall require less than 5 attack animations, and no stage shall contain less than 30 battles, and no game shall contain less than 100 stages!!!!!" That shit is absolutely exploitative, as opposed to something halfway redeeming like Glory of Hercules or kaze no nostalgia
     
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    Never played this game but I really like the cover (So mysterious)
     
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    inb4 this thread is filled with popular games people don't like instead of massive amounts of unplayable shovelware far worse than any game anybody can name off the top of their head.

    Oops too late.
     
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    tough call for me as I've played some bad jrpgs

    1. enchanted arms. the voice acting was right up there with chaos wars and it forced what might have been a tolerable "meh" experience into pure garbage
    2. anything dungeon crawlers automatically force me to stop playing as soon as I notice it.
    3. Grandia 3: The feel of the game was just aweful and confusing to me.

    but my all time worst would be...

    FF7: I've only beaten this once and it was over the course of a terrible fever induced haze that makes me question if I really beat it or not. What makes this the worst for me though and not just a bad game is that yearly I forget why I never played through the game because the hype train keeps giving me free passes only to quit every darn time and each time I make less progress overall. First time got to kill hojo, second time killed ultimate weapon, then the submarine, then gogaga, finally junon. I keep coming back and keep failing to enjoy myself for it.

    now that i think about it the only ff i've beaten more than once is ff8 and it's also my fave of the series and i've played all but 12.
     
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    Has this been added to the Golden Threads yet? Might well get a head start cuz dis gun b goin' down faster then the Titanic.

    Anyway, I'd say Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels. XIII was a fucking nightmare and XIII-2 was just unbearable. I'm betting Lightning Returns will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors. I would say Crisis Core as well but I found the plot somewhat compelling. It was better than most FF titles IMO. There was another obscure PSP title I didn't enjoy but I can't recall its name or the developer.
     
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    Given the thread title includes the term "you have played" and sequel developers have often been seen to shit all over everything in once fantastic franchises (see the number of sequels already mentioned) and hype builds for some truly odd titles (unlike say Doom or a clone thereof I would hold Chrono trigger as an important historical title but not one you really need to have played) some might have attempted to play titles without foreknowledge or purchased them sight unseen that would seem to indicate the thread is going the way it is supposed to. Now I do not doubt there are those among us that are masochistic bastards and will play games despite being warned otherwise and those that put up with crap for the sake of playing a game in a style they like on a platform they have. Whether this is through masochism/curiosity (examples of how not to do things are useful), exhaustion of the style (see many NES and SNES games getting new English translations today) or through a lack of anything else on a platform at a given point in time (see Lunar Dragon Song) remains to be seen and though it possibly risks pulling focus I will happily go with it.
     
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    You say that as if there are good JRPGs.
     
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