If you are interested in playing a lot of Japanese role-playing games, it is better to buy a PlayStation. However, there are a couple of great games exclusive to the Xbox 360.
Lost Odyssey (2007) – Xbox 360 exclusive
This is my favourite game. I didn’t buy this game at first because I thought I wouldn’t like the mature looking graphics but I was completely wrong. This traditional turn-based game is a gem.
The game touches on the theme of eternal life. Small spoiler, but the main protagonist is immortal. It’s interesting because immortal players will automatically revive after a few turns. Nonetheless, you’ll still die if all your players are dead. Within the game are short stories on the protagonist’s memories, and they are treasures themselves. If I could buy a physical book containing the short stories, I would do it in a heartbeat. I feel like I’ve learned something about life through reading these stories because it makes you contemplate life… The music is very beautiful.
Blue Dragon (2006) – Xbox 360 exclusive
This is a great game for the JRPG beginner. This was my first game and it’s a traditional turn-based game. They made a manga and anime adaptation based on this game series because of its good reception. The game is definitely better than the manga and anime.
Tales of Vesperia (2008) – Xbox 360 Exclusive (not including Japan), but will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows later this year.
My biggest complaint is that you can’t skip cut scenes. If you die while fighting a boss, you’ll have to skip over all the text which is annoying sometimes, especially when you just want to kill the damn monster.
Regardless, this is an amazing game. It’s not turn-based, so it requires button smashing LOL. However there is still strategy involved in the game which makes it fun. The characters are quite likeable. I’ve laughed at several parts of the game because of Yuri’s sassiness.
Since it’s getting the Definitive Edition this year (meaning it will be available on other platforms), do buy the game because it’s so much fun.
- Enchanted Arms (2006) – Recommend, but not the best
- Final Fantasy XIII (2010) – Breathtaking visuals, but I couldn’t get into it
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope (2009) – Couldn’t get into it, but the reviews are pretty good.
- The Last Remnant (2008) – Don’t do it.