Announcing JRPG July 2016!

JRPG July 2016

July is nearly upon us, and that means it’s time to start picking out games for JRPGS July! Created as part of my monthly Community Game-Alongs, JRPG July has proved to be the most popular theme by far. I’m excited to see what everyone plays throughout the month!

But first, allow me to explain the rules: to participate in JRPG July, simply play a JRPG. That’s it! But to get the most out of the festivities, share your experiences and connect with other participants by tagging your posts with #JRPGJuly on social media. You don’t have to stop there, though – why not share a blog post, podcast, or gameplay video, too? The goal is to get as many people playing and enjoying JRPGs as possible, so do spread the word!

Since July is often a slow release month, this is a great time to knock off some games in your backlog, but there are also a lot of great JRPGs that have recently come out or will be coming out in July. Below are a few you might want to check out, but you can also head to the 2014 and 2015 JRPG July posts for more recommendations!

Atelier Sophie illustration

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PS Vita, PS4) – The latest in the charming Atelier series, Atelier Sophie is centered around Sophie’s quest to restore the memories of the sentient book she finds in her grandmother’s alchemy lab. The Atelier games stand out for their gorgeous worlds and soothing music, so if you desire a slightly quieter JRPG experience, check out this or any other of the games in the Atelier series!

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Wii U) – It’s hard to believe this Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover actually managed to make its way over the pond, but now it’s finally out for JRPG fans to enjoy on the Wii U! With its focus on idol culture, the game is very centered around the Japanese entertainment industry, but don’t let its flashy presentation fool you – it’s just as in-depth a JRPG as any of the other games on this list!

Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (June 28th, PS4) – After many years, the Star Ocean series finally gets a new entry just in time for JRPG July! While many of the suggestions on this year’s list feature turn-based gameplay, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness stands out for having real time battles, so if real time is your cup of tea, this may be worth checking out!

7th Dragon III Code VFD

7th Dragon III Code: VFD (July 12th, 3DS) – It’s nothing short of a miracle that 7th Dragon III Code: VFD is coming out in English, as the previous two entries in the series were never made available outside of fan translations. The premise is a little bonkers – you team up with a video game company to defeat dragons that threaten to destroy the universe – but the game offers more than enough party customization to make up for the narrative weirdness.

I Am Setsuna art

I Am Setsuna (July 19th, PC, PS4) – This gorgeous game, set in a world where it’s always winter, is billed as an homage to classic JRPGs from the 90s such as Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. While it comes out well into JRPG July, it might be worth holding out for if you’re jonesing for something a little more old-school!

While I have more than enough JRPGs in my backlog, I think I’m going to go for something a little more topical this year by working on my copy of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE! If I have any extra time (ha), I would love to check out Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book, too. What will you be playing for JRPG July? Let us know in the comments!

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Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • Westraid

    Every time I participate, I’m usually getting nervous towards the end of the month because I have either chosen a game that was too long, or I didn’t have enough time to play (or both).

    BUT NOT THIS MONTH.

    Because I have chosen Infinite Space on the DS.
    A JRPG developed by…. PlatinumGames. *cackles*

    (Aka I’m going to cheat the heck out of this since the game is suitable for both July and August.)

    • HotLimit

      I don’t think I’d be able to complete that game in 2 months! I wish they’d made a VN-only mode so you can enjoy the story and not have to endure the insane (yet satisfying) grinding.

      • Westraid

        I played a large part of the game before, but I lost interest and never completed it. Can’t remember how many hours I played but the game was so fun. Really hope the extra time will help me in succeeding!

        • HotLimit

          Yeah, definitely one of the best stories I’ve ever seen in a game. It was supposedly based on Childhood’s End, but after reading the book, I’d say the entire space opera element is completely original.

    • Oooh, talk about strategic game selection! I like it 😉 Actually, I own Infinite Space myself but had no idea it was developed by Platinum Games! That’s super cool

  • Winter

    Thank you! Will be working my way through Chrono Trigger as a buddy game. Looking forward to finally getting all the way through it!

  • geniuskong

    Maybe add Grand Kingdom? It’s a strategy JRPG that just came out on PS4/VITA 🙂 It’s pretty good!

    • That’s another good one! This is just some suggestions to get people started, and by no means a comprehensive list of recent releases XD

  • finchiekins

    I’ve been running through Tokyo Mirage Sessions super quickly! It’s one of my favorite games under the SMT umbrella so far, and it’s a series i already love. I was looking forward to it and was surprised by just how good it is. The entertainment business take and colorful aesthetic combined with the lavish production values and fantastic battle mechanics make it as unique and as wonderful as the Persona games and mainline SMTs. I’m crossing my fingers that it sells better than it has any chance of actually selling so there will be more in the ♯FE series. I’ve already been posting about it already, but i’ll keeping doing so under #JRPGJuly!

    If I finish that and have the time this month I’m going to go back and finally try to work my way through Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, which is fantastic but super dense. The farthest I made it was about half-way.

    • So glad to hear you’re having fun with TMS, finchie! I’ve enjoyed what I’ve played so far, especially the colorful aesthetic and general upbeat vibe 😀

      I remember I tired to play Nocturne many moons ago… The furthest I got was that awful matador boss. Did you get past him??

      • finchiekins

        Yeah! The Matador is infamous but i’ve passed him a couple of times! There are some later random boss encounters from other Fiends that are even tougher, but at least they’re all triggered by an optional and very specific event. I love the atmosphere of SMT III, there’s really nothing like it.

  • Zeria

    I think this month is going to be dedicated almost entirely to Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness for me; I’ve wanted it for a very, VERY long time now, and I’m pretty excited about getting into it…as soon as Amazon see fit to deliver it to me! A lot of people didn’t like The Last Hope but I loved it and, negative reception to this aside, I’m still looking forward to it. Star Ocean isn’t everyone’s cup of tea anyway so I mostly ignore the negativity =P

    I also picked up all of the Ys titles on Steam (which I think is all of them asides Memories of Celceta, which I’ve played before anyway) recently in the sale, so I’ll be casually working my way through those.

    Something on 3DS or Vita, too…I haven’t decided yet. My backlog includes Bravely Second, Stranger of Sword City, Ray Gigant, both SMT Devil Survivor titles, all of the Etrian Odyssey games, and several others, so I’ve got a lot to choose from >.>

    • Sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate!! I’m a big fan of the Ys games, hope you enjoy them 🙂

  • CL

    I highly recommend Radiant Historia if you’ve never played it. I got it for Christmas this past year and had finished it maybe 2 or 3 weeks later – I literally could not put it down! I am craving a replay already…

    • Thanks for the recommendation! I actually have a copy of Radiant Historia that I definitely want to get to one of these days >_<

  • How fun! i’m going to try to get a game done I missed May and June it was a tricky time. I might jump back on board in August to be honest. Been looking at Star Ocean!

    • Don’t worry if you can’t participate every month, Dina! I’m often too busy to play anything myself >_< but I'm looking forward to hearing about whatever you play!

      • It’s been Otome games lately to tell the truth! Hahah!

  • Jade Lee

    I actually just downloaded Atelier Sophie! I love the series so Im excited to try it. I have been on a long gaming hiatus lol. Hope all is well Anne!

    • Hi Jade! Long time no see! I have Atelier Sophie too and would love to play some if I have time this month >_< Hope to hear some impressions from you!