Rob cooks up a storm in this week's Friday Feature - sorry, Friday Eature - and bakes us a traditional Japanese Role Playing Game. Check out the video to see what 7 ingredients you'll find in every single one!
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That one level.... breath of fire 3, where you have to navigate a desert, and the game gives you bad directions on where you're supposed to go. Weren't leveled enough for the final boss? After mucking around here for hours, you probably are now.
The mystery guy/girl, the infinity hours of grinding, the comedy relief character, magical npcs that appear right before the area of the next boss, that one annoying quest where you need go escort a npc to the other side of the map or deliver messages/itens to npcs all over the world etc
Favorite mini-game for me is Blitzball from FF X.
You forgot "Some sort of leveling system." For most it's a literal level, as well as abilities getting unlocked. Also items can level up as well (Materia FF VII). But more to the action side, it can be just getting better items and more HP (Legend of Zelda).
I always end up going non-Playstation with this stuff but...some of my "that one boss/level/dungeon" would be:
the Threed Tunnel and Magicant ( EarthBound ) ( btw, that's still my favorite game of all time... )
Lorithia & Zanza ( Xenoblade Chronicles )
the Definian Downfall mission ( Xenoblade Chronicles X )
Whitney ( Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal and Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver )
Atlantica ( Kingdom Hearts II ) ( not hard just so...BAD. God I hate that world. )
Mt Gagazet Seymour and the forced Blitzball game ( Final Fantasy X ) ( I hate being forced to play minigames to progress )
the Gunner's Gauntlet and Via Infinito ( Final Fantasy X-2 ) ( god the criteria for the true ending is obnoxious :/ )
the Tetra Master tournament ( Final Fantasy IX )
You forgot about some things that may or may not happen in jrpg's.
1.) add the 'secret' ingredents: The Legendary Weapons.
2.) Those side ingredents: The side missions
3.) A 'Royal' ingredent: A Princess
4.) a fetch quest, because we all love looking for hours on end for those damn hamsters.
4.) and lastly and the most hated ingredent of all: The F*cking WATER LEVELS!!!!
+Troy Leclaire If you are, I'd recomend going with the Classic Sphere Grid. The Expert Sphere Grid is better if you want more ability to customize the characters, but it's also easy to get lost with it.
FF X would be my recommendation. (due to it being my favorite) The Tales series is pretty good as well.
You can also search "Top JRPG's...." for whatever system you have. There are a ton of vids on YouTube of "Top Non Final Fantasy JRPGs," "Top PS2 JRPGs," "Most Underated JRPGs," and on and on.
You forgot the other traditional recipe: the bland protagonist who is just super nice, really easy-going and just wants to protect everyone (like tales of zestiria, granblue fantasy,Tidus from FFX, and the blandest vanilla one of all: Vaan, FFXII )
The female sexy party member that is basically wearing a bikini, because large chunks of her clothes are missing (hotpants and crop top = best outfit)
When you said the thing about the silver hair and immediately followed up with " being possessed by the big baddie", it clicked. Sephiroth was possessed by Xehanort all along! KH3 final boss Sephinort confirmed!
demon gate in FF7 is easy just use more physical attacks,the boss has a high defence agaisnt magical attack also level up aeris she's one of the best characters in the game are level 3 and 4 limit breaks make you invincible
For me that one boss is from FFIX ARK... first time i did it, I didnt read what Kuja said about the anti magic field and brought Dagger and vivi with me.... boy did I had a hard time getting over him... in FFX it is an entire that one level and that one boss from the same section... Mt. Gagazet and Seymour Flux... boy those are annoying.
I guess that’s why I love Bhunivelze so much as a villain in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. He wasn’t destroying the world. He was merely creating a new one to save the human race from extinction.
The plot twist here is that he wanted to create a world free from their and their emotions and whatnot. In other words, he wanted to control them like his puppets. Makes him different from all the other villains, despite them being good villains.
A common trope in JRPGs I've seen is that at some point you end up making an enemy of an ally. Like Riku in Kingdom Hearts or Marcello in Dragon Quest 8 (and the possessed Jessica: SPOILERS). Or fighting Isaaru in Final Fantasy 10. Or Vossler in Final Fantasy 12. Just to name a few.
Demons gate in ff7 was where I finally grasped the concept of materia altering your stats. I never paid attention at the start. What sucked is the random battles was deactivated for that moment before the boss so you had no choice but to keep trying. I finally realized I could raise aeriths health by removing certain materia I didn't necessarily need. Omg i have never saved so fast fearing a power outage then after that particular boss. Ahh memories...
A magic system that you flicked through the tutorial as a kid and barely understood it's true potential or actually how to use it because you just wanted strength/power to go up, because that always meant better.
No JRPG would be complete without the Magic McGuffin (or McGuffins), the something or other that contains the power you need to defeat the evil facing the world. You can't just fight the Big Bad, you need the Seven Orbs of Wonder to get to him first.
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