Top JRPG Cities and Towns
One of the most popular game genres is the JRPG. JRPGs have been around in the industry for decades and have spawned some of the greatest titles in video game history. While people love JRPGs for many reasons, from storytelling and character to memorable sheet music, it’s often the places you visit on the journey that are with you for the long haul.
JRPGs also cover a wide range of themes, settings, and patterns. From fantasy to sci-fi, JRPGs offer you so much to eat, especially when it comes to towns and villages. Some of the most iconic JRPG moments take place in smaller venues of the genre. There is usually a sense of comfort and security in a well-built JRPG town or village. Here are some of the best of their kind.
Iselia, Le Village Des Oracles – Tales Of Symphonia
Tales of Symphonia features a diverse cast of original characters that explore some truly memorable locations, however, it’s the opening village, Iselia, that really stands out from the crowd. Iselia is home to many of the game’s basic characters, but is arguably the most important since Symphonia’s protagonist, Lloyd Irving, is from the outskirts of this village where he lives with Dirk.
Sadly, the “Days of Prophecy” is about to take place at the start of the game, which ends up leaving this place in a trail of flames, ashes, and despair. However, before this event, Iselia is a quaint and charming fantasy village teeming with cozy farmhouses, welcoming citizens and a sense of purity.
Tenuto Village – Eternal Sonata
Eternal Sonata is easily one of the most underrated and overlooked JRPGs of all time, period. Eternal Sonata presented a crazy but very moving and captivating story centered on the legendary composer FrÃ©dÃ©ric Chopin. Set in her dying dreams, Eternal Sonata is full of musical references, lovable characters, and truly beautiful places to explore.
One of the most picturesque villages in Eternal Sonata is the village of Tenuto, located in the Forte district. This cliffside village overlooks the huge seaside town of Ritartando, an area you’ll explore later in the opening act. The village of Tenuto seems unreal with its panoramic views, fields of blooming flowers and the stream running through it.
Veniccio – Dark Cloud 2 (Dark Chronicle)
Veniccico from Dark Cloud 2 is a beautiful, sun-drenched seaside town that is heavily featured in the fourth chapter of the game. Veniccio looks and feels like a tropical paradise beach where you would be very happy to vacation for fun in the sun while you are relaxing.
The game’s protagonist, Max, finds himself in Veniccio to take care of another character, Shingala. Interestingly, Veniccio is sparsely populated. However, as Max goes through the chapter, he is able to restore the area and possibly build the Laboratories of Lunatic Wisdom. Veniccio is certainly a unique place but will draw you in with its magnificent ocean view and calm.
Farebury – Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King
Farebury is the very first town you visit in Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King, but also happens to be one of the best in the game. Often a game has to hook you from the start and Farebury does it immediately, mostly thanks to its warm and inviting atmosphere and its incredible musical score. Farebury is a place of pure fantasy that begs to be explored.
Farebury is also a very important location in this entry in the long series as this is where you meet much of your party before venturing into the land.
Ding Dong Dell – Ni No Kuni
Ding Dong Dell is one of the best locations in Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and the sequel, Revenant Kingdom. Ding Dong Dell is an amazing fantastically inspired place with a small medieval themed village that sits below the huge castle and throne area. Plus, it’s hard to miss the giant mouse ears adorned at the top of the castle section.
Ding Dong Dell is located in the Summerlands region and is home to the Grimalkin (mouse) and humans. Fortunately, the two have coexisted for many years, which is why this city is welcoming and heartwarming. Some of the best towns have rivers or waterfalls and Ding Dong Dell has them in spades.
Pirate Isle – Skies Of Arcadia (Legends)
Skies of Arcadia and its updated version, Legends, features one of the most unique and interesting places in JRPG history. This place is none other than Pirate Isle, the home of Vyse. Vyse is the charismatic protagonist of Skies of Arcadia and happens to be a sky pirate.
Pirate Isle isn’t much discussed due to its small size and lack of features, however, its simplicity is what makes it so special in the JRPG genre. Pirate Isle is a small, floating heavenly village that hasn’t been seen much in the genre until players explore it. You don’t spend a lot of time here, but it perfectly sets up the hacking adventure to come.
Dark Magi Village – Final Fantasy 9
Final Fantasy 9’s Black Mage Village, as the name suggests, is home to the Dark Mages. The Dark Magi live in this dense forest village where they seek to live in harmony and peace with others and the earth. In addition to its more felted and cozy atmosphere, this village is actually sheltered from the outside world which allows the black magi to live in peace.
This village is home to a quaint inn, plenty of farming areas, mage hat houses, and enough trees to keep the area alive for years to come. Black Mage Village is a big contrast to some of the most royal and opulent medieval locations and castles in the rest of the game.
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