Pop Quiz time! What game caused the Xbox 360 to sell-out in Japan? No, I'm not kidding, this game actually caused the people of Japan to rush to the stores and buy out all the 360's on the shelves.
Next question, what game was given the award, "best game nobody played in 2008"?
Well, if you read the title, you will know I'm referring to Tales of Vesperia. This was released for the 360 last year and about to be released for the PS3 in September.
Sales were not as strong here in the U.S. though. My guess is Americans aren't as fond of JRPG's (Japanese Role Playing Game), especially when the game is cell shaded / anime style. This game sold 33,000 times in 4 days, compared to Halo 3's 3.3 million in 12 days.
However, being a fan of JPRG's, I've searched high and low for a used copy. Found it and love it. The demo on Live doesn't do it justice...for sure. The driving force behind any JPRG is the story, which the demo can't really do. And the story is super.
Keep in mind, while most JPRG games are turn based combat, this is not. Also, while you do have a team of members, you only really control one during combat. You can call upon other member spells to help, but otherwise they are AI driven. At first I thought these would be turn-offs, but it actually plays out nicely.
So, do we have any other JPRG fans out there? Anyone play this? Any other current favorites (any system)?
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