Which JRPGs we will play in 2022

Which JRPGs we will play in 2022

Here we are at the usual annual appointment, a summary of what we will play in the coming months: obviously we are talking about JRPG, Japanese Role Playing Game, Japanese role-playing games or whatever this acronym means by now, since it no longer represents only a real and its archetype - à la Dragon Quest, so to speak - but a plethora of interpretations and experiments that share some characteristic features of the Rising Sun.

Complex speech, but we wanted to fill this introductory space before moving on to the games, specifying that in this list you will not only find the more traditional JRPGs, in fact, but also those hybrids that fall into the category. To say, Final Fantasy XVI with its action combat so different from the first turn-based chapters, we still consider it a JRPG, right? Although the real question is: will it really be one of the JRPGs we will play in 2022?

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus, let's catch them all in the Sinnoh of the past Out in January for Nintendo Switch - and where, otherwise? - the next title from Game Freak will be a real bet. With Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the controversial developer experiments with a completely different formula from the usual, in which we will discover the secret origins of the world of pokémon in a third-person adventure set in the past. We will be able to capture monsters by facing them in real time as we explore the region that will become Sinnoh, with a combat system that combines a more dynamic pace with the usual turn-based mechanics. The real unknown remains the technical sector. The latest Game Freak productions did not shine in that aspect and the first trailers of Pokémon Legends: Arceus did not argue in favor of the release at the beginning of 2022. A few more weeks and we will be able to evaluate this very interesting experiment firsthand.

Maglam Lord

Maglam Lord, from the authors of Summon Night Coming out in February for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, Maglam Lord, let's say it right away, doesn't exactly look like an essential game, but we decided to report it anyway because the most nostalgic could look at it with affection: developed by FELISTELLA, the game was written by Kei Miyakozuki, two names that have to do with a franchise that has ended up in oblivion until today, namely Summon Night . And Maglam Lord really looks a lot like Summon Night, so much so that he could be considered a spiritual heir.

In the game we will control a male or female version of the demon Killizerk, whose goal is to regain powers by facing an infinite number of procedural dungeons full of enemies and materials. You fight in real time on a single horizontal plane and return to the base to forge equipment and woo the various NPCs in a sort of dating simulator.


Monark, a bit 'Persona and a little' Shin Megami Tensei Coming in February on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Windows, Monark could be a valid alternative to Shin Megami Tensei V, also because some have worked on the game, developed by Lancarse of the talents behind Shin Megami Tensei If, the first spin-off of the Atlus series which then inspired the much more famous Persona franchise.

Monark shares a lot with the aforementioned JRPGs: a school setting, an adult and complex storyline and a turn-based - but strategic and positional - combat system that uses Fiends, customizable entities that various characters can summon to fight the enemies. Our goal, as a silent protagonist who has made a pact with the demon Vanitas, will be to track down students who have paranormal powers like us and prevent them from causing a real catastrophe.

Atelier Sophie 2

Atelier Sophie 2, a welcome return for lovers of the Gust series Direct sequel to Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book, which dates back to 2017, the new Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream offers a series of novelties, starting with the fact that it is the first game in the Gust series to be released simultaneously in the West. The franchise is not very popular in our area, but it has a hard core of fans who will appreciate the improvements made to the technical sector in general and to the combat system, which will be more dynamic and engaging. All the iconic features of the series remain, first of all the great emphasis placed on craftsmanship and the manufacture of consumables and accessories, but also the light and carefree narrative, full of lively and decidedly Japanese characters. Out in February for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.

Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster

Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster, the legendary intro in 2.5D We don't know about you, but for as far as we're concerned the Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster is one of the JRPGs we've been looking forward to most this year, mainly because it's been too long since the last (yet another?) time we played it and finished it. The work done so far by Square Enix for the Pixel Remasters has been commendable, but it seems that the sixth and final appointment will exceed all expectations, given that it has been even more accurate, and for this reason the developer had to announce a delay in the publication, which it was expected by the end of 2021 and has been postponed to February 2022 for PC and mobile systems. Apparently, the Pixel Remaster of one of the most beloved Final Fantasy of all will be characterized, at least in part, by the 2.5D effect cleared long ago by Octopath Traveler, which will embellish absolutely iconic scenes such as the introduction or the work. br>

Triangle Strategy

Triangle Strategy, the new tactical JRPG from the authors of Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler The new effort by Tomoya Asano, former producer of Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler, is the JRPG that does not we look forward to playing in this first semester: to be released in March on Nintendo Switch, Triangle Strategy has already demonstrated with its first demo that it is a real gem, reminding us of the epic of the great strategists of the 90s, first of all Vandal Hearts, Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics. Distinguished by a multiple-choice narrative that can significantly change the story, the Square Enix game promises challenging strategic battles, well-defined adult characters thanks to deep dialogue, and an enchanting cosmetics that combines 2D sprites and 3D backgrounds in the now Octopath Traveler's iconic 2.5D effect. For lovers of the genre it could be an essential purchase.

The Cruel King and the Great Hero

The Cruel King and the Great Hero, a new tale by Nippon Ichi The new Nippon JRPG Ichi Software may be the most enchanting you will play this year, especially since it is completely hand drawn and told like a real fairytale. The Cruel King and the Great Hero follows the story of Yuu, daughter of a great hero who, before dying, entrusts her to the Demon King that she had once been her arch rival and then became the best. friend of hers. The twist is incredibly tragic: the Demon King trains Yuu to become a great heroine like her father, even if it means that she may have to kill him one day.

In terms of gameplay, The Cruel King and the Great Hero looks like a JRPG for novice players: in the role of Yuu we will have to complete the tasks entrusted to us by the various villagers, fighting in turns against a plethora of enemies with the help of various secondary characters. Coming in March for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

Are you ready to face Chaos in this Final Fantasy re-imagined in action sauce with a pinch of NiOh and a sprinkle of Dark Souls? Developed by Team Ninja, Stranger of Paradise will play us as Jack, who wants to defeat Chaos, along with the other warriors of the light. Having already played the demo, in which, however, we could not fight against Chaos, even if there was still Garland, we can say that the new spin-off of Final Fantasy is really valid in terms of gameplay, although it has raised a fuss under the technical and artistic profile. In March, when it will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X / S, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5 and Xbox One, we will be able to evaluate first-hand all the improvements made in the months following the publication of the demo of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin and fight against Chaos to save the world from Chaos before Chaos destroys it. Chaos. More Chaos. All together: Chaos!

Star Ocean: The Divine Force

Star Ocean: The Divine Force, will it be the right time for Tri-Ace? Let's start with the titles for which we have no precise date, but a publication window open to all of 2022. Star Ocean: The Divine Force is probably the least expected, given that the previous episodes are not that they have enjoyed the hoped-for success. Indeed, after the mediocre Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlesness, we were convinced that Tri-Ace had given up on it once and for all and instead this sixth episode was announced surprising everyone during the last State of Play. The new title will maintain the canonical narrative of the series - the meeting of two technologically different cultures that will take characters from a fantasy world to interstellar space - but will revolutionize the gameplay with 360-degree exploration and an even more dynamic action combat system. . Will he be able to hit the bull's-eye at least this time?

Granblue Fantasy: Relink

Granblue Fantasy: Relink, maybe we're here after a long wait! Granblue Fantasy: Relink have been lost track for a very long time. Do you think that the game was announced in 2016. At the time they were supposed to develop it together Platinum Games and Cygames, but then Platinum forfeited in 2019 and since then nothing has been known until last December, when the publisher has finally announced that the game will see the light in 2022 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Windows PC. At the same time, Cygames confirmed multiplayer support for some content - which we were beginning to think had been canceled - and a roster of playable characters that draw on the entire Granblue Fantasy multimedia franchise. Featuring enchanting cosmetics and an engaging action combat system, Granblue Fantasy: Relink is a must-watch.

Final Fantasy XVI

Final Fantasy XVI, the definitive consecration of Naoki Yoshida? We close our roundup with the most desired JRPG in the world, Final Fantasy XVI, and given the names involved it could not be otherwise: producer Naoki Yoshida has signed the masterpiece Final Fantasy XIV and everything suggests that it has involved his most faithful collaborators, to the which are added the director Hiroshi Takai (SaGa, The Last Remnant) and the combat designer Ryota Suzuki (Dragon's Dogma, Devil May Cry 5). In the announcement trailer you can breathe adult atmospheres, even quite dark, and a complex and multifaceted narrative that recalls masterpieces of the caliber of Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story. Unfortunately, we have not had more news on the development of Final Fantasy XVI - we know that the narrative and the dubbing were practically complete a few months ago - and those promises by the end of 2021 have been postponed to next spring: by then we will also know if the game will be released. really in the year?

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