After a year full of JRPG brilliance with titles like Persona 5 and NieR Automata being released this year, 2018 has its work cut out for it already. Thankfully we live in a great age where great games are coming out at a rate pretty much impossible to keep up with and looking at the JRPGs coming out in 2018, it will likely be no exception. I’m already having trouble deciding what I want to play in January next year with multiple great JRPGs coming out, let alone for the entire year. With plenty of great JRPGs on the horizon next year, this is a list of the ones I’m most excited for so far, with no doubt that more releases will keep getting me keen from now until the end of next year.
Kingdom Hearts 3E3 and other conferences this year, I actually don’t care when it’s released, as long as it plays as well as it looked in that gameplay trailer. Whether it's early or late into 2018, Kingdom Hearts 3 is bound to excite a lot of JRPG fans like myself that have been waiting to get their hands on it and I’m sure a lot of people will be talking about it when it finally comes out.
Persona 5 (and 3) DancePersona 4 Dancing All Night and while I don’t know if I’ll platinum the new two, I liked the music of Persona 5 a lot so I’m looking forward to playing around with it in particular, especially on PS4 as playing Persona 4 Dancing All Night on my TV has proved to be a lot of fun. They might not be doing much in the name of story for these games, but I’ll take any excuse to play with my favourite Persona 5 characters again while I eagerly await Persona Q2 (which has no release window, otherwise would have definitely been on this list!).
Nintendo Switch when I got it and it ended up being one of the best retro JRPG-inspired games I’ve tried in a long time. The two well-written characters it showed in its demo hooked me in with their stories and I’m very interested to find out about the other six characters that will have their own routes in Octopath Traveler. It’s another one without a solid release date, but I really hope I play this one because I’m sure I’ll get into its story and engaging take on turn-based battle systems again.
Digimon Story Re: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker’s MemoryDigimon Story Cyber Sleuth was the first game that made me fall in love with my PS4. It had been collecting dust in my apartment and Cyber Sleuth was the first JRPG that I was super excited to buy for it and thankfully it surpassed my expectations as a first JRPG experience on the PS4. While it wasn’t full of the most insanely groundbreaking graphics in the world, it looked beautiful and reminded me enough of the Digimon World games I loved when I was a kid while also being its own fun Digimon battling and raising experience with an interesting detective story. So naturally, I’m very excited for its sequel Re: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker’s Memory to solve more of the havoc going on in the Digital World and Digital Tokyo yet again and as excited as I am for Lost Sphear, this is likely what I’ll end up playing in January of next year.
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: the Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintingaesthetic of the series. With a gorgeous looking Atelier game in the form of Atelier Lydie & Suelle coming to multiple consoles including the Nintendo Switch in 2018, there is no reason for me not to play it with it being portable. Since I loved Gust’s game Blue Reflection more recently, I really think it’s about time for me to try the Atelier series and with it’s vibrant trailer and wonderful premise of discovering alchemy through paintings, Atelier Lydie & Suelle seems like a great place to start.
Sword Art Online: Fatal BulletTGS trailer that interested me, I’ve done a little more research and found it probably won’t totally fill in the blanks for everything I’ve missed in the anime since series one, however I tend to enjoy games based around MMORPGs, so I’m still willing to play Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet to scratch the Freedom Wars itch I sometimes get.
Dragon Quest XI
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