If in this genre you value action and combat system, not dialogue, then you will definitely love the titles below.
Japanese RPGs are considered games where story is important. They are characterized by lengthy campaigns and elaborate fantasy worlds that can drag the player for a long time.
However, sooner or later, fans get tired of going through the same adventure for the same prickly-haired hero with amnesia, whose parents, of course, died. The same themes of fate and destiny, the omnipresent struggle between good and evil, the constant rewinding of dialogues and, of course, the rejected beloved. The games listed below are classic JRPGs without focusing on plot.
My World, My Way
In many titles of this genre, you need to save the princess, but in this case she is a playable character. The protagonist Eliza grew up in a royal family, and therefore is not used to worries. Her special talent is sulking and being capricious. Finding a guy is perceived as a frivolous set of plot techniques.
Any obstacle in My World, My Way can be overcome by spending the “whims” of the princess. This includes item prices, death penalties, and – as you might have guessed – storyline restrictions.
This forgotten Nintendo DS title is a Japanese adaptation of the once popular Korean MMO, Ragnarok Online. It can be seen. Ask any MMO fan why they love this genre. Most likely, not for the plot, because the main thing in such games is network interaction, and not linear gameplay.
Ragnarok DS sticks to these ideas: you have an open world at your disposal with many deviations from the main quest. Even the protagonist believes that the plot is not particularly important: after completing the levels, he notes that “it was pointless”.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
The main parts of this series are JRPGs in their purest form. However, spin-offs use elements from other genres. The Builders games are based on the classic Dragon Quest storytelling and design, with a new Minecraft-inspired gameplay experience.
While the second installment is more story-driven than typical construction games, it can still be considered a sandbox. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is for you if you want to forget about the plot and get busy with construction projects.
Phantasy Star Online
All games in this series are united by a plot, but fans are not very interested in it. Despite its name, the original PSO is not your average MMO. But she offers new ideas for the network mode: instead of saving the world and fulfilling your mission, you need to go through small quests with friends, playing as cool characters with customizable appearance.
If you’ve been grinding levels and rare gear all summer in Phantasy Star Online’s stunning multiplayer, you must admit that the game doesn’t need a convoluted storyline to be great.
At first glance, it is hard to believe that tennis can be a role-playing game at the same time. But in this case, it really is. Mario was already a hero in sports simulators and JRPGs. Camelot somehow managed to combine both of these genres.
In Story Mode, you’ll have to play the role of an aspiring tennis star. Pump up your stats, gather a team, defeat bosses, just like in an RPG, to prepare for the journey to the Mushroom Kingdom, where you will have to challenge Mario and his friends. But this goal is optional: endless mini-games, dialogues with NPCs and regular tennis matches await you.
Mario Golf: Advance Tour
Released for the Game Boy Advance, this game brings the best of Mario Tennis to life.
Story mode focuses on combining a sports simulator with an RPG. In addition, there are new mini-games, training grounds, additional content and new variations of good old golf. Advance Tour has improved the formula of the previous part. There are new JRPG elements, and with them optional content.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Multiple players and piloted ‘Mech upgrades are all there is to the story. After completing the training, a whole planet, Mira, opens.
The killer Wii U game has a lot to do with hundreds of hours of quests, raids, interactions and more. In terms of content volume, this is one of the largest JRPGs of all time.
An underrated masterpiece for the Nintendo DS from the Neverland Co. is still considered a “fantasy Harvest Moon”. Perhaps this is the most apt description of this game. It is a half dungeon RPG adventure, half life simulator. The great thing about Rune Factory is that it takes into account the wishes of the players.
Both gameplay styles are balanced. You can grow crops or save the world – the choice is yours. Rune Factory is one of the best DS games.
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy
In this series, the player is forced to deviate from the main plot – as much as several hours. It’s not about the grinding of levels: for the further passage you need to master alchemy.
This crafting system can be considered a separate game. It opens up endless possibilities for customization, character development and side quests. Typical JRPG elements are in place, but they are perceived only as a means of pumping alchemy.
This is exactly the JRPG in which the plot is optional. In Fantasy Life, everything is determined by character leveling. It is implemented through classes that affect specialization. In addition to the standard options like paladins and wizards, fishermen, carpenters, and miners are available.
The game is dedicated to life in a thoughtful medieval society. You decide how to proceed. Complete the royal quest and chase away the monsters? Or maybe fish in the pond all day? Make your choice, because this is your imaginary life.