I love Dragon Quest VII. Definitely my favorite. It’s nice to see someone else who feels the same way. I’ve always thought the way Dragon Quest VII could use its time travel theme to tell complete stories was just wonderful. It uses the vignette style of Dragon Quest NPC plotlines to its absolute fullest with the…
Someone mentioned Tales of the Abyss and Akzeriuth. They mentioned the protagonist-Luke- destroyed it. They neglected to mention his desire to change that almost immediately followed, and how he grew from a bratty kid into a worthy hero. The Xenogears scene made me think of TotA as soon as I read it and just...I love…
Final Fantasy 7 was my first JRPG; hell, possibly even my first RPG in general.
I didnt really love the random encounters in the beginning, but they would grow on me over time.
However, this resulted in me having abandoned so many fights that my characters were seriously underleveled by the time I had to get the huge…
Oh man, the Lahan music was incredible. (This is a folk rearrangement the composer did later...)
The Nibelheim flashback is still probably the best introduction to a villain ever. Most games introduce the villain through the atrocity and then try to tie their backstory into it to make them ‘relatable’ or ‘sympathetic’ or whatever they think will equal more “depth.” For Sephiroth, his introduction IS his backstory…
What about the elf village in suikoden 😭
The poor Motavians in Molcum...
Hamel from Sora no Kiseki.
How could you not mention FF IX - Burmecia? That haunting music music has stayed with me since I first played it when it came out.
mt. bur omisace from ff 12 is another one. upon clearing the stillshrine of miriam and returning to the holy moutain. the empire attacked not caring about the civilians. the temple was in ruins. when you reach the square there’s a little girl crying outside the tents near her mother who died in the attack. it was…
The Grandpa scene in Dragon Quest 11 had me cutting onions, considering the close relationship I had with my Grandpa.
The beginning of Dragon Warrior (and I assume Dragon Quest) IV, Chapter 5, shocked the shit out of me as a kid.
Xenogears beginning was a shock. Was not expecting the whole thing, especially the death of Alice.
Burninating the countryside! Burninating the peasants! Burninating all the peoples and the thatched roof cottagessss!!!
The Magic City of Vane - Lunar: Silver Star & Lunar: Eternal Blue
I feel like Village Mist from Final Fantasy IV should be mentioned in this, especially since the villain tricked the hero into doing it for him.
Breath of fire starts with a village slaughter if I remember correctly.
I’m still working my way through Xenoblade 2, which has three of them, and then adds a fourth in the penultimate chapter. Won’t post their names because ***SPOILER ALERT***!
RIP, JRPG NPCs.