When I was but a young, starry-eyed gamer, there was a clear-cut distinction between console JRPGs and PC style western RPGs. I belonged in the former group and was more than happy to grind away with Cloud and his friends on my PlayStation than tear through the open adventures of Baldur’s Gate and Fallout. Likewise, the PC fans would sit back and laugh at our childish hobby.
Nowadays though, along with the distinction between PCs and consoles altogether, the JRPG genre has been tearing down that barrier by releasing a huge portion of its library through PC outlets. Final Fantasy is of course leading the bunch, but a handful of other fan-favorites like Valkyria Chronicles, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, the Ys franchise, Recettear, and, dare I say it, The Last Remnant are all making progress in establishing the PC as the main place for JRPGs on a big screen.
You have to make that distinction, because there is still a huge difference between the PC’s offerings and the Nintendo 3DS’ and PS Vita’s. That being said, up-and-coming company Idea Factory is the latest JRPG developer to take aim at the PC space with its three biggest hits being announced for a Steam release.
Hyperdimension Neptunia and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation are both ridiculous in their attempts to satirize the video game industry. Each video game company and console developer has been assigned a cute girl to represent them as a character, and each represents the personality of how the Japanese view that company. This clever angle gives it an edge of originality that sets it apart from the rest of the weird “cute girl” games that come from Japan.
Fairy Fencer F takes most of the franchises ideas and puts them in a more generic fantasy setting.
No PC release dates yet, but most of these games are already available on the PlayStation 3 or PS Vita. Re;birth 2 will be available on the Vita in February.