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RPG Fanatics Will Have Some Difficult Choices To Make

Although I have been a role-playing fan for about 17 years, I always know that during the first few years of any given generation, there's going to be a dry spell. This generation has been no different, but I love all genres these days, and there's no shortage of fantastic titles out there.

That being said, I'm excited to see so many potentially great RPGs heading our way; most of which are scheduled to drop in the month of October and only White Knight Chronicles won't make it until this year. Perhaps the best part is that these are all very different in their own way: you've got BioWare's new project, Dragon Age: Origins, which is bound to appeal to fans of past BioWare titles and those who have enjoyed the likes of Fable. This is almost guaranteed to be a winner if you're a fan of Western-style RPGs, so there's little risk in picking this one up (unless you don't know what you're getting into). Than there's Obsidian and Sega's Alpha Protocol, which has been described as the "Espionage RPG," which makes us think it's like a Bond-esque role-playing/action/adventure game. We figure this one will appeal to all you spy-hounds and fans of the more sci-fi/futuristic setting; very much different than Dragon Age, White Knight, or Demon's Souls.

Speaking of WKC, it's the lone title of the bunch that can be considered to be a true "JRPG," as it features the expected anime artistry and flair that fans of the sub-genre have come to expect. One should anticipate a solid story - perhaps better than in any of the other RPGs on display here - and a combination of turn-based and real-time combat action. Borderlands reminds us of Deus Ex a little, in that it has a sci-fi setting and a first-person perspective...and is still thought of as an RPG. I'm still not sure if I'm interested in this type of thing, but it certainly has promise. And then there's Demon's Souls, the RPG that garnered a huge amount of critical acclaim and praise when it launched in Japan earlier this year, and it's a straight-up, hardcore, dark-themed RPG that features both an interesting story, some freedom and exploration, and a definite challenge.

Oh, and we should probably tell you that we'll have a Demon's Souls review for you a whole lot earlier than you might expect (it releases on October 6). Just stay tuned. ;) And in the end, with all these RPG choices, fans of the genre should really be encouraged. The time has finally come this generation!

9/1/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (61 posts)

Zemus101
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 10:09:29 PM
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I can't wait for WKC, but until then I'm gonna give Borderlands a try.

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The_R0gue_Ninja
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 7:46:45 AM

Me too! I've already fully paid for my pre-order of Borderlands.

I am in much anticipation for this game, and mostly because of the split-screen co-op. My brother and I love to play games cooperatively, but so few games this generation, excluding the likes of Gears of War (which I love, by the way), feature split-screen co-op. It is rather sad. You might say that I'm rather starved for games featuring this option.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 10:09:59 PM
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Don't forget Resonance of Fate, I don't know if it has a release date but it looks very promising. When a console brings the RPGs my wallet comes out to play :)

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 10:11:52 PM

Are we allowed to say mother fu**er?

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:04:34 PM

LOL

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Kevadu
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:54:32 PM

I agree, Resonance of Fate looks amazing.

I don't know about WKC...it got kind of so-so reviews in Japan despite all the hype and the story sounds pretty generic. Supposably the version we get over here will be enhanced so we'll see.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:23:24 AM

LOl Ben Pwnd me!

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kevinater321
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 8:00:26 AM

LMFAO!

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 10:11:29 PM
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I'm buying every mother fu**ing RPG you just mentioned. My thirst for RPGS has never been greater and I refuse to go thirsty any longer.

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Mornelithe
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 10:25:21 PM
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Why force a choice you don't want to =) Get them all!!!

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Kiwi of DOOM
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 10:27:57 PM
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I'm pretty stoked for what's coming up. I've got my eyes on WKC personally but Dragon age might be worth it. Demon's souls.. well, we'll see.

RIP the days of the plentiful and grand JRPGs!

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therabbitkinge
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 10:33:05 PM
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Demon souls has greatly stood out to me so far as something that will really keep my eyes open and my hands busy for weeks after its purchase so... I PRE-ORDERED IT TWO MONTHS AGO!!! Lol all the others will have to wait until I've completed that title (^_^)

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 10:46:58 PM
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Well Ben...Western rpgs don't interest me at all

So that ONLY leaves Demon's Soul and White Knight Chronicles

Oh! Though Tales of Vesperia wasn't received well, it might be one of those fun rpgs which I tend to like but most don't like...

Anyway we need more jrpgs!

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bebestorm
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:05:18 PM

Anyway we need more jrpgs! ITA 110%

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:20:33 AM

Demon's Souls is basically a WRPG through and through.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:45:19 AM

Weeeeell true true, but for some reason I kinda don't see it as one...must be 'cause it was made by a Japanese dev...

Oh well, guess the only one's WKC then...
So sad, ps1 days were filled with jrpgs of ALL kinds... :(

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The_R0gue_Ninja
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:03:50 PM

The Tales series is underrated in my opinion. Just because it doesn't stand up to juggernauts like Final Fantasy or The Legend of Zelda, does not mean that it isn't a comparable series. I believe that Tales games have elements that others don't offer:

1. Four player co-op
- Tell me how that is NOT awesome?

2. Engaging stories

3. A large cast of well developed characters

4. Huge worlds to explore

The list could go on and on.

Now, I will admit that not every Tales game has each one of these elements (Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Legendia to name two), but the ones that do are great!

Personally, I am very excited about Tales of Vesperia coming to PS3, and I sincerely hope that North America will have it soon.


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bebestorm
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:04:00 PM
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I really liked the Neverwinter Nights by bioware so I will be getting Dragon Age.. Alpha Protocol I look forward to because I like the idea of espionage rpg. I already own Demon Souls...

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:36:48 PM

You likey?

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:18:04 PM
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Wouldn't Atlus have to ship Demon's Souls review copies months in advance to guarantee a release-date review?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:31:45 PM

I think Ben's is on its way to his door.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:21:08 AM

Wrong. It's sitting in the PS3 now. ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:41:36 AM

arg, now I got pwned.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:49:07 AM

At least he didn't take a ck away from you.

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kevinater321
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 8:04:35 AM

once again....LMFAO!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:33:32 PM
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My list in order
1: WKC
2: Demon's Souls
3: Resonance of Fate
4: Alpha Protocol
5: Dragon Age

So depending upon release dates that's where they stand for me.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:40:27 PM

Bring back the Ninja, bring it back!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:42:17 AM

You mean me as a ninja circa 2002?

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:50:10 AM

YES, I miss the old World, stop acting like a 14 year old and keep the same damn picture! Highlander apologized for his immature ways and went back to the picture I like.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:57:44 AM

I concur. I associate you with that picture. Not that there's anything wrong with Tifa.

I need a better avatar, myself. I went for a quick option, since I was using the server at work when I chose it. My first choice was Ramza, but I didn't want to intrude on Ben's territory.

On topic, I'm not finished with Oblivion and my next RPG purchase will be Fallout 3 GOTY. After that, It'll probably be time for FFXIII. Of these, I'd probably lean toward Dragon Age, but I'd love to see someone bring the turn-based mechanic into the 21st century.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 1:01:29 AM

There is something wrong with Tifa. She's a poor, unclean, impure you know what. Arieth on the other hand is a pure, kind, lovely young woman.

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 1:13:06 AM

I agree world , bring the sword back !

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 2:07:51 AM

Fane you shouldn't be allowed to edit that much. You're lucky I reread just about every post due to severe awesomeness.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 4:06:42 AM

LOL

I usually write the first line, submit, and then finish my thought...mostly because I use the PS3 browser and it's a pain to scroll up and down. I also try to make sure it's as clear and correct as possible. I don't usually change anything after the first few minutes. : )

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Arvis
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:33:44 PM

I love Tifa, she's wonderful. :)

Although, I don't like that picture of her...

-Arvis

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:34:21 PM
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and the bad thing is that probably all of these have exclusive in game content that you can only get if you pre order it

so I will probly end up buying at least three of them

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:39:52 PM

The whole pre-ordering thing really pisses me off. They make a game than decide to unleash multiple versions with minute differences depending on where the game is pre-ordered none of which justify the process. I only pre-order one game franchise (FF of course) the rest I play whatever comes in the game case. Anyone that buys multiple copies of a game just so they can have a special level or mini game has too much money to begin with.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:43:16 AM

Vertigo I thumbs upped you because I agree, and to offset the down thumb you got :()

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:51:56 AM

Uh Oh...I took on the tremendous responsibility of shielding you all from the thumbs downs by being the fall guy. If they find out you're trying to balance things out they might come after you.




Thank you :)

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godsman
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:45:04 PM
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There's too many RPG coming. It's like the PS3 RPG has been constipated ever since launch, now the great games finally sees the light of day.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:43:54 AM

Sony got some senokat

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therabbitkinge
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:53:46 PM
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@godsman: oh great now I've got images of constipated robots crapping RPG's into my PS3... that image aint leaving any time soon (T_T) lol

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 11:58:07 PM
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Just want FFXIII, WNC, and Tales if Vesperia or what ever.

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Nerull
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:26:47 AM
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Right now I'm most intersted in Demons souls. Dragon age looks pretty generic so far, and WKC pissed me off by taking forever to get here. It only looked awesome when it was the only RPG out there but I believe it's launching alongside FFXIII now for god's sake.

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Ricochet
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:47:03 AM
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I can't wait for the Demon's Souls review then!

So far, I'm just waiting for Katamari Forever and I need to save up for a DSi to play Scribblenauts within the next 2 weeks.


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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:59:08 AM

I bought a DS just so I could play Professor Layton. There I said it...

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 9:51:20 AM

FFIII and FFIV on DS kick arse too.

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___________
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 2:30:33 AM
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agh sonys releasing to many exclusives in october with uncharted 2 R&CACIT deamon souls and ninja gaiden sigma 2.
not to mention all the bloody multiplats i want to get like alpha protocol, SAW,(i actually want that game bad, it could be interesting if it doesnt get banned which ill bet my left nut it will. typical OFLC its ok for a movie but not a game, go figure) borderlands, brutal legend.
i wish they would move one or some of those to this month, besides batman AA, section 8, and halo ODST, theres no games i want coming out this month.
i dont get it sonys games sell poorly at the best of times, so to improve sales they release all their games in the 1 month and to make matters worse the month they pick happens to be the busiest month of the year with multiplat titles.
wheres the logic in that?
i always thought sony were dumb, but they dident have to prove it to me.

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iGraves1
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 3:36:34 AM

There are so many things wrong with your comment, I don't know where to begin!

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PS3addict
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 11:14:55 AM

WTF? I need an interpreter.... What? Is that really english?
Man, I am getting old!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 4:48:24 AM
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Okay, who am I to go against popular opinion? The Sword returns!

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 11:01:11 AM

Yes, YES it all shall now begin!

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fundando
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 5:10:21 AM
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Honestly the only one I'm not interested in is borderlands.

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Naga
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 7:58:03 AM
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Hey isn't there one set in medieval times Ancarina: A gothic I think it was.
That game looks good but whats the date?!

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Riku994
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 8:22:32 AM
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I want WKC :( I wanted it as a launch title. I wanted it when I got my PS3...I want it now haha.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 9:31:30 AM
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Demon's Souls is incredible... and incredibly hard!

It was probably an easy port since the Asian version was already in English.

Anyway, I will rebuy this game again -- I will also rebuy WKC when it comes to the U.S. too --just to play it on the U.S. PSN servers, unless, of course, I can connect with my Asian copy, which I doubt.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 9:36:33 AM
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Indeed. Not enough time or money for the RPG buffet that is October.

I will wait on the reviews and choose one.

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 11:24:19 AM
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WKC 4 me

Level 5 4 me

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SoraKH
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 11:58:26 AM
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I´m waiting for FF XIII, Versus XIII, WKC and Demon´s Soul.

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laharl
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 12:38:44 PM
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Not much in the way of proper rpgs.I'll buy dragonage and cross edge is launching here in the uk soon.

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, September 03, 2009 @ 2:26:23 AM
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this year big three for me: Demon's Souls, Darksiders and Bayonetta. will also check into AC2 and Magna Carta 2 on 360 exclusive.

next year: GOW3, WKC, Dante's Inferno, FF13, v13, The Last Guardian, Resonance of Fate. I am so excited and cant wait.

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