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JRPG Lovers, Beg For A Lost Odyssey Remaster Or Sequel

First, give credit where it's due: This article by Sean Halliday inspired this piece, and reminded me of one irrefutable fact:

Lost Odyssey was not only one of the greatest JRPGs ever made, it also stands tall as an example of how an updated yet still turn-based mechanic can survive and even shine in a new era.

It proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that such combat mechanics were absolutely viable, and not merely constructs of a time when technology was found lacking. The game should've been a beacon to all JRPG developers, as far as I'm concerned, and I honestly thought Square Enix would follow a similar path with Final Fantasy. Had they done so, I've no doubt in my mind that the iconic series would not have taken a steep dive last generation, and would in fact remain atop the RPG world.

Now, granted, I never got a chance to finish Lost Odyssey because the fourth disc turned out to be defective, and I never got around to having it replaced. It was always a bitter disappointment because I put a ton of time into that game, and it was by far and away my favorite Xbox 360 game. A remaster would give me good reason to play it again and to finally complete it, and I guarantee it would rekindle my love of the JRPG genre. I think it would do that for lots of people.

What's important to remember about this game is that it wasn't just about the combat. It was also about the structure, the style, the story, the beautiful dream writing, etc. It was the logical evolution of the JRPG genre back in 2007. No, it wasn't revolutionary but it was simultaneously an homage to a type of gameplay and RPG structure everyone once loved, and a positive step forward. It was published by Microsoft and they don't really do remasters, though, so we'll probably never see it again. And if they did a sequel, it's essentially a guarantee that it would become a standard action-based RPG, the only kind they know how to make these days. Too bad, too.

I just wish a remaster would happen, that's all. It would remind us of a little something that we probably shouldn't forget.

Related Game(s): Lost Odyssey

Tags: lost odyssey remaster, lost odyssey sequel, jrpgs, japanese rpgs

12/14/2015 9:46:51 PM Ben Dutka

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GeneStarwind
Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 10:12:52 PM
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This game was really fun and I would buy a remaster of it.

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Temjin001
Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 10:24:57 PM
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Considering how much fuss there is with the old being new again I would somewhat not be surprised if MS did remaster this game.
While I couldn't possibly consider an XO purchase for it, I would be interested in it had they brought it to Windows 10.

Best of all I'd want this on a handheld device. It's where I prefer to play my jRPG's

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Oxvial
Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 10:32:02 PM
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They got the guy of Slam Dunk and Vagabond to design the characters, I like his style a lot, JRPG developers need to use him more instead of that awful kawai/moe art that plagues those games so much.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 10:36:23 PM

Kinda look like Bayonaise.

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Oxvial
Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 10:39:15 PM

What?, not at all.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 9:21:34 AM

Seriously. Smaller head, long bodies. Lots of character in the males faces, less in the females.

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Oxvial
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 6:42:33 PM

World you have the first person I meet to have that perception of Takehiko Inoue Art, google his work.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 10:33:30 PM
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The only Xbox game I wanted to play. If there were a remaster it'd be better done by someone not Microsoft so it can be on PS4 just as Final Fantasy VII Remake will be on Xbox One.

Aside from the high difficulty of Rogue Galaxy I'm enjoying the pace and story of a real JRPG again. It made me realize that as an action jrpg it proves there's much more to these games than the fighting mechanic. Why was it all thrown away? They are so much deeper and more magical than what we have to make do with now. We all gave up great fantasy worlds for dull decisions. Sad.

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Bio
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 3:15:10 PM

MS published the game, which means they own the publishing rights, which means it's not ever coming to PS4. Your best bet would be them porting it to PC, which will never happen because they don't even support Games for Windows Live anymore. In fact almost every game that supports it got converted to Steamworks. The only game I have on Steam that still uses Windows Live is GTA IV.

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Draguss
Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 11:08:37 PM
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It was published by MS Game Studios, right? If it could only be on X1 it'd just make me depressed. In no way can I justify buying a console just for one game, not when I can't think of anything else I want that's exclusive to it.

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xenris
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 12:02:23 AM
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Hopefully this ends up at least on Steam one day. My 360 broke before I got to play this and I never bothered to get it fixed.

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ethird1
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 12:09:15 AM
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If this comes out for the ps4 I will get this day one.

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Hexen
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 12:37:46 AM
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I would definitely get it if it Re-released on PS4 or anything besides 360 and xbone which are the only systems I don't own.I've also heard good things about Blue Dragon,their other 360 game.

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Jalex
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 2:22:41 AM
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After 'Mass Effect' went multiplatform, this became my favorite 360 game. I would love to see it come to PlayStation somehow (or PC, though I wouldn't buy it right away for my laptop), as I still can't justify the purchase of another console.
Just the fact that we don't have more modern games even similar to 'Lost Odyssey' is a darn shame.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 12:05:38 PM

Sadly it was Mass Effect that infatuated some critics so much that they ousted Lost Odyssey with harsh criticism in reviews.

Edit: problems like this happen when gamers assume the role as expert on game design and execution. It's a scene largely filled with self qualified guys who got where they're at because they liked to play games and could write.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 6:03:19 AM
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Early in the 360's life it had many JRPGs but look how that went for the genre.
It's a shame so many good 360 JRPGs never went to the PS3, only a few did though.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 9:58:46 AM
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Didn't really wow me at the time, but maybe I'd feel differently now.

It also sold like shit. So not sure they'd see a reason to re-make it.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 11:47:39 AM

It's combat system was one of the best I've played from the genre.
Though I seem to remember the elemental affinities having bizzare counters.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 12:02:19 PM

Yeah... Fire beat wind somehow. And Wind beat earth.

At least water beating fire made sense though.

Anyways... this game didn't even crack a million. Hard to envision them remaking it.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 3:14:55 PM
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Are you guys aware of the title "Shiness"? I don't think I've seen it mentioned here. It's crowdsourced, is very, very Japanese and is called a RPG:

http://www.shiness.fr/home/en

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Underdog15
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 3:08:15 PM

Looks very soul calibrey but with more of a story.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 5:05:09 PM
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I just checked & I do have it in my 360 collection, but never tried it as I have a humongous backload of games.

Holy crap though, 4 discs to this game.

Before I even start on this endeavor, can anyone tell me if it's turn-based or not, so I'm not going to waste my time since I'm really not into T-B games?????

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Temjin001
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 5:18:50 PM

It's turn based. Mail your 4th disc to Ben ;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 5:28:45 PM

Heh, don't bother. Don't have a 360 anymore.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 6:28:03 PM
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Temjin001,
OK thanks!

Hey Ben,
If you can find someone you can borrow a 360 from, then just let me know & I'll be glad to lend you all 4 discs.

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