State of RPGs: PlayStation 3


The future looks bright for role-playing games on PlayStation 3. Support from publishers such as NIS America, Square Enix, Atlus and others are bringing a number of good-looking titles to the platform, including Final Fantasy XIII and Demon’s Souls.

Read on for the current state of PlayStation 3 RPGs. We’ve red-starred games available only on PlayStation 3, and green-starred games with exclusive content for PlayStation 3. Our Xbox 360 counterpart to this piece will be published next week.

state-of-rpgs-ps3_atelier-roronaAtelier Rorona*
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Gust Corporation
Release Date: 2009-10
Hype Meter: 6-7/10

There’s been a plenty amount of Atelier games on the PS2. The only one I’ve ever owned myself was Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, which swayed me with it’s sprite graphics and back of the box design (I was young). The only thing that turned me off about the game was that your weapons didn’t change in battle. However, this new Atelier Rorona game for the current generation looks like a whole different story.

Atelier Rorona continues the series’ emphasis on synthesizing, crafting and combining. It’s also the 11th game in the Atelier series and the first to be done in 3D instead of with sprites. Adding to the firsts, it’s also Gust Inc.’s first game on PlayStation 3 and the next-gen format to begin with.

Atelier Rorona is hyped at a level of 6-7 because the previous Atelier games didn’t receive that much commotion, probably due to its 2D style, however, this latest in the series could turn that around.

state-of-rpgs-ps3_demons-soulsDemon’s Souls*
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: FromSoftware
Release Date: Q3 2009
Hype Meter: 8-9/10

Demon’s Souls was released in Japan for PlayStation 3 last year. However, this E3 Atlus announced they’re bringing it to North America. It remains one of the most imported PlayStation 3 games to date and is said to play along the lines of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The game features ten different classes to chose from, an in-depth online element and more

Demon’s Souls is hyped at a level of 8-9 because it’s one of the best role-playing games released on the PlayStation 3 in Japan so far and as previously stated, one of the most imported and talked about titles.

state-of-rpgs-ps3_final-fantasy-xiiiFinal Fantasy XIII
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: Spring 2010
Hype Meter: 10/10

Perhaps the most anticipated RPG for not just the PlayStation 3, but the Xbox 360 as well is Final Fantasy XIII. In the world of Pulse lies a floating city named Cocoon where Final Fantasy XIII takes place. Battle as Lightning, Snow, Vanille, Sazh and possibly more using a newly enhanced active-time battle system. Summon a Shiva who becomes a motorcycle or an Odin with a powerful finish. Enter the next-generation Final Fantasy.

Final Fantasy XIII is hyped at a level 0f 10 because it’s been the most anticipated role-playing game of this generation since it was announced at E3 during 2006.

state-of-rpgs-ps3_final-fantasy-versus-xiiiFinal Fantasy Versus XIII*
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 2010
Hype Meter: 10/10

Noctis Lucis Caelum is prince of a nation that has been able to modernize and isolate themselves from existing nations. However, a war between the kingdom of the prince and an enemy kingdom is waging for possession of the final crystals, which is currently in the hands of the prince. This one’s been heavily rumored to be receiving the first Mature rating for a Final Fantasy game.

Final Fantsasy Versus XIII is hyped at a level of 10 because next to Final Fantasy XIII nearly every Final Fantasy fan are looking forward to this game’s darker story, as well.

state-of-rpgs-ps3_final-fantasy-xivFinal Fantasy XIV Online*
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 2010
Hype Meter: 8-10/10

Final Fantasy XIV Online was announced for PlayStation 3 at the Sony press conference during E3 2009. The game’s said to have a high emphasis on weapons, as seen by the game’s logo. This time around, the battle system will be different, there will be no experience points, and it’ll launch simultaneously around the world on PlayStation 3 and PC in 2010.

Final Fantasy XIV Online is hyped at a level of 8-10 because though we’re excited about the announcement, some fans are iffy because the game’s online only. However, Square Enix said they are trying to make this the best Final Fantasy out there, so you never know.

state-of-rpgs-ps3_last-rebellionLast Rebellion*
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Hitmaker
Release Date: Q4 2009
Hype Meter: 4-7/10

Taking the final stand is Last Rebellion, which is in development at Hit Maker, the same studio responsible for Blade Dancer on the PSP. Last Rebellion features a unique battle system where you can target specific body parts when attacking, giving you the ability to immobilize your opponent, make them slower, and weaken their attacks. Think of the VATs System from Fallout 3.

Nine and Aisha are the two main protagonists, Nine being a Blade and Aisha being a Sealer, facing a story of revenge against a dark anti-hero.

Last Rebellion is hyped at a level of 4-7 because we still don’t know that much about the story and the first screenshots of the game do look a bit out of place in the next-gen world. However, NIS has stated that they are from an early early version of the game.

state-of-rpgs-ps3_resonance-of-fateResonance of Fate
Publisher: Sega
Developer: tri-Ace
Release Date: 2010
Hype Meter: 8/10

Sega and tri-Ace are teaming up for a brand new next-gen RPG. Resonance of Fate is a “gun battle” RPG taking place in a colossal machine city known as Basel. Millions of citizens live in this tower due to poisonous gases contaminating the Earth. While the upper class is living on the top of the tower in luxury, the lower class is scattered through the many sectors of the lower half.

Resonance of Fate is hyped at a level of 8 because the developer tri-Ace are the same team behind the Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile series and have already earned the title of a great RPG developer.

state-of-rpgs-ps3_tales-of-vesperiaTales of Vesperia *
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Namco Tales Studio
Release Date: 2009
Hype Meter: 9/10

Tales of Vesperia first arrived on Xbox 360 in summer 2008, creating quite a buzz amongst Japanese RPG fans. The game is now on the way to PlayStation 3 with the addition of a new playable character, more involvement of Flynn Schifo in battle, new artes, and a fully voiced game meaning you lazy birds don’t have to read.

Tales of Vesperia tells the story of Yuri Lowell as he hunts down the mage who stole the Aque Blastia from the Lower Quarter of the capital city. However, whilst on his search, he runs into Estellise, who’s trying to escape the castle. He soon finds himself in a much bigger quest than had originally thought he was on, this one involving the fate of the planet.

Tales of Vesperia is hyped at a level of 9 because, already released on Xbox 360 it is one of the best RPG’s of this generation and new content i nthe PlayStation 3 version only means better.

state-of-rpgs-ps3_trinity-universeTrinity Universe*
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Idea Factory
Release Date: 2009-10
Hype Meter: 6-7/10

Trinity Universe is yet another RPG from NIS America, bringing together the worlds of Atelier and Disgaea, also revealing Disgaea characters in 3D for the first time ever. The game features a Goddess storyline and Devil King storyline.

As of now, we don’t have much on the game, but it will debut in Japan this August.

Trinity Universe is hyped at a level of 6-7 because details on the game are still too scarce to get gamers excited, however, the character’s we’ve seen so far such as the first 3D appearance of Etna gives us hope for a good game.

state-of-rpgs-ps3_trinity-souls-of-zill-ollTRINITY: Souls of Zill O’ll*
Publisher: KOEI
Developer: Omega Force
Release Date: Q4 2009
Hype Meter: 7-8/10

TRINITY: Souls of Zill O’ll is coming from KOEI of all companies. This is the first PlayStation 3 entry in the Zill O’ll series. The game sports a much maturer and darker theme than previous games in the series, but keeping the same game designer from the previous Zill O’ll games. Set your imagination to the realm of fantasy.

TRINITY: Souls of Zill O’ll is hyped at a level of 7-8 because the screenshots show off a unique style and even though we don’t know much about the story, the PSP’s Zill O’ll Infinite Plus sold very well in Japan and we have hope for the next-gen iteration.

state-of-rpgs-ps3_white-knight-chroniclesWhite Knight Chronicles*
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Developer: Level 5
Release Date: March 2010
Hype Meter: 7-8/10

Another Japan-first. This one was released in the land of the Sun in December 2008. Featuring a young boy who can turn into a giant white knight, a unique battle system, and an extensive online mode with a story different from the single-player mode, White Knight Chronicles should be a sure pick-up for RPG fans.

White Knight Chronicles is hyped at the 7-8 level because it’s been in development for a good amount of time and is the first next-generation role-playing game from Level 5, the makers of the Dark Cloud series.

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