If ever there was a way for Sony to tempt me into a PlayStation Now subscription, the company just found it. 15 JRPG “classics” from the previous generation and a few indie hits have been added to its services.
However, my use of the word “classic” is a pretty liberal one at best and downright wrong at worst when it comes to these games. Let’s dive in, shall we?
- Child of Light (Ubisoft)
- Eternal Sonata (Bandai Namco)
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (Xseed Games)
- Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten (Nippon Ichi Software)
- Legasista (Nippon Ichi Software)
- The Awakened Fate Ultimatum (Nippon Ichi Software)
- Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls (Xseed Games)
- Faery: Legends of Avalon (Focus Home Interactive)
- Rise of the Argonauts (Codemasters)
- Mars: War Logs (Focus Home Interactive)
- Battle Princess of Arcadias (Nippon Ichi Software)
- Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (Nippon Ichi Software)
- Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (Nippon Ichi Software)
- The Guided Fate Paradox (Nippon Ichi Software)
- Dragon Fin Soup (Grimm Bros)
What’s worth it here? All three Disagaea offerings are a blast since Disgaea is fun no matter how you cut it. Another game I have fleeting respect for is Eternal Sonata, which I love for the story and graphics but not the gameplay. If I were to go back and give any one of these a second chance, this would be it.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is a popular choice, too, but it’s from a series that hasn’t yet struck a chord with me like most other JRPG fans. And then there are NipponIchi “non-Disgaea” games that have always interested me like The Guided Fate Paradox.
Not a horrible selection, but when looking for the best JRPGs the world has to offer, the previous generation is not the place to look. Take ’em as they are.