Blade’s Edge Update – April

#JRPGMonth is officially over. I hope you guys have enjoyed it as much as I have. But now that it’s over, it’s time to move into April. April – the first month of Spring and the start of the Spring anime season. Also, a surprisingly slow gaming month. But it should be a good month nonetheless!

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Monthly Recommendations – #JRPGMonth

I’m trying something a bit new. This month I won’t be doing separate weekly recommendations – in stead I’m going to do a single monthly recommendation post and simply update it with a new addition every week. This month’s theme is, of course, JRPGs. How could it be anything else, with #JRPGMonth here? Each week I’ll recommend two JRPGs – one mainstream one that I loved and one that is a bit more obscure, but just as fantastic.

So without any further ado… here are the first of my #JRPGMonth’s Monthly Recommendations!

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Shadow’s Six – Best JRPGs Of All Time

Well, it’s hard to believe but #JRPGMonth has almost come to a close. It’s been a great month, and I hope the JRPG love will continue throughout the year, but all good things must come to an end. But, as befits the end of such an incredible time, I’d like to share with you my final Shadow’s Six list of #JRPGMonth… and this is the big one.

This list was easily the most difficult to craft. It started with a list of nearly 15 JRPGs… and through a rigorous process I have managed to narrow it down, eliminating all but the most deserving. So are you ready? Because I know I am…. here are the greatest JRPGs of all time!

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Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea – A Tale of Two Shallies

Atelier Shallie is the third game in the ‘Dusk Trilogy’ of Atelier games. In Atelier Ayesha, we got the first hints that things were not right in the world. Nio, Ayesha’s sister, disappeared and there were signs that all was not well. In Escha & Logy we saw an automaton desperately trying to do anything she can to try to save the world – even if it comes at the cost of humanity. Problems were getting significantly worse as there were massive swaths of lands that seemed essentially dead, lands you saw at certain points but never really explored.

And now, in Atelier Shallie, we see people beginning to suffer as the problems spread… Stellard, this game’s base of operations, is reliant upon an alchemical water purification device that seems to be on the verge of breaking down. Lugion Village is currently in dire straits due to drought and, in an attempt to understand what is happening, has sent their chieftain’s daughter Shallistera to Stellard to try to investigate the cause of it all. In Stellard, a young alchemist named Shallotte is living in the poor part of town doing odd jobs to try to get by while secretly dreaming of having the chance to be someone someday.

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Shadow’s Six – Best JRPG Art Styles

JRPGs are a genre known for typically not being terribly graphic intensive. With a few exceptions, such as SquareEnix’s Final Fantasy games, most JRPGs tend to be on the lower end of the graphics scale. Despite this, they still often look absolutely amazing… and that can be accredited directly to the amazing art direction many of these games have.

Today I’d like to acknowledge 6 of my favourite games for their amazing art styles. In the event a series has a tendency towards the same style, I may lump the games under the series… but in the event two games from the same series were drastically different I may separate them if they both warrant a spot.

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