Matthew Graybosch
a cynical idealist, sf author, and full-stack developer

More Remastered JRPGs, Please

I know a shitload of JRPG fans are getting on the hype train for the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII, but I’m not one of them. Not yet, anyway.

I’m more interested in the remastered Romancing SaGa 3 that’s slated for release this November. Why care about such an old game? It’s supposed to be excellent for its time and platform, I’ve always liked the SNES aesthetic, and the only way to play it in English before was using an emulator with a translation patch of uncertain quality and a bootleg ROM. It’ll be nice to be able to fire it up on my PS4 and play a professionally-localized port.

Now, if you’re a JRPG fan aware of how weird SaGa games can get, you’re probably wondering why I like to play them.

All I can say in response is: do you know me at all? I like weird, obscure shit. I actually liked Final Fantasy II (the NES game, not the censored original US version of Final Fantasy IV) and its battle system, and I thought including a system that provided stat boosts and skill power-ups through usage was a ballsy move.

Of course, it was still janky as hell, but that’s sometimes what happens when you take risks.

Besides, I enjoyed SaGa Frontier and SaGa Frontier 2 on PS1. I even managed to enjoy Unlimited SaGa on PS2 once I was drunk enough to make sense of its gameplay, though that game will have you making burnt offerings to RNGesus on a regular basis.

Likewise, I’m glad Square-Enix remastered The Last Remnant for PS4. Granted, I wish they included the Japanese voice track because Rush Sykes needs some duct tape across his mouth, but the battles in the remastered TLR are smooth as butter, and few other JRPGs allow you put together squads and command them as if they were individual characters against up to a dozen enemy groups each consisting of up to four or five enemies. It isn’t a real SaGa game, but if you like big battles in your JRPGs, The Last Remnant on PS4 is worth a shot.

I do wish Atlus would stop trying to milk every last dime out of Persona 5 and remaster some of their old epic titles for PS4, though. They have a sweet back catalog. Let’s start with Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne if the the original SMT games for SNES are out of the question. Not to mention ports of Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner and both Persona 2 titles: “Innocent Sin” and “Eternal Punishment”.

Gimme more excuses to procrastinate instead of writing, please.

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