author: Sebastian Kasparek
10 Best Games to Introduce You to the jRPG Genre in 2022
Want to start an adventure with jRPGs, but you're not familiar with the genre? Here is our list of 10 Japanese RPGs that are perfect to play as your first games in this adventure.
NEO: The World Ends With You
- Key features: Broad options for adjusting the difficulty level, enjoyable gameplay and overall uncomplicated mechanics
- Year of release: 2021
- Creators: Square Enix
Criminally underrated, and above all very successful sequel to one of the most interesting games out there. NEO: The World Ends With You is a fantastically stylish adventure in which we follow the adventures of the dead, who are taking part in the game of the reapers – the stake is a return to the world of the living. Contemporary Shibuya is striking with its aesthetics and crazy atmosphere, emphasized by the phenomenal soundtrack. The scenario, in turn, offers interesting heroes and repeatedly surprises us with unpredictable twists. This is a game about teenagers having unusual troubles, which should, above all, appeal to anime fans. If other jRPGs discouraged you with monothematic clichés and you were looking for something more extravagant – you've come to the right place. Uniqueness is one of the greatest advantages of this game.
NEO: The World Ends With You is a simple game distinguished by an unusual combat system, in which we collect special pins symbolizing abilities and available attacks. These can then be developed, combined and transformed into new variations of skills and elements. The whole thing is extremely intuitive and dynamic, which translates into a very pleasant gameplay experience. Just in time for people looking for their first jRPG.
During the adventure, there's no shortage of time-manipulation mechanics and solving ingenious puzzles. This game is very different from the rest of the genre, and thus incredibly characteristic and even exotic. Don't ignore it among the blaze of bigger games, I can assure you it would be a big mistake.
- NEO: The World Ends With You in our encyclopedia