Persona 3 Reload: A Triumph of JRPG Evolution


The JRPG is a special genre of video games, particularly for those who grew up in the late 80s and started playing in the 90s. SEGA and Nintendo began to bring translated role-playing games during that time, and video game magazines displayed their passion for the genre. With the advent of the Internet, the search for JRPGs that were not accessible led many to learn English and fall in love with the characters and dragons in these games.

However, as time passed, the quality of JRPGs fluctuated, and affection for the genre decreased after the time of PlayStation 2. But in the year 2024, the genre started to bloom again. Square-Enix, through its Tokyo RPG Factory division, attempted to revitalize the genre with little success, and the recent absorption of this study by the developer and publisher indicates its failure.

In 2024, the JRPG has seen a successful resurgence through games like ‘Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth’, ‘Persona 3 Reload’, and ‘Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’. These games have effectively looked to the past to revitalize the genre. ‘Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth’ is a JRPG that embraces humor, laughter, and dissonance while addressing real-world issues like capitalism and society.

‘Persona 3 Reload’ features a dungeon that is a rogue and encourages players to climb one floor after another. The game introduces many combat improvements, elevating the overall gaming experience. Similarly, ‘Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’ has evolved, grown, and improved by adding new scenes and exploring social issues.

These games reflect a common theme of change and evolution of the genre, addressing real-world issues such as abuse, suicide, loneliness, and politics. This approach has worked well and made the JRPG genre incredibly promising for 2024 and beyond.

The evolving nature of the genre is a reflection of societal changes, making it more relatable to modern gamers. The JRPG is evolving to address real-world concerns, making it more relevant and engaging for a wider audience. As a result, the genre is set to become incredibly promising in 2024 and beyond.

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