The JRPGs are packed with interesting places to explore with your group. These are some of the best cities and towns the genre has to offer.
One of the most loved game genres is the JRPG. JRPGs have been around in the industry for decades and have spawned some of the best titles throughout the history of the game. While people love JRPGs for many reasons, from narratives to memorable characters to musical scores, it’s often the places you visit along the journey that stick with you for the long haul.
The JRPGs also cover a wide range of topics, settings, and motifs. From fantasy to science fiction, JRPGs offer you a lot to sink your teeth into, especially when it comes to cities and towns. Some of JRPG’s most iconic moments take place in the genre’s smallest venues. In general, there is a sense of comfort and safety in a well-built JRPG city or town. Here are some of the best of the genre.
Iselia, the people of oracles – Tales Of Symphonia
Tales of Symphonia offers a diverse cast of quirky characters exploring some truly memorable locations, yet it’s the opening village, Iselia, that really stands out from the rest. Iselia is home to many of the game’s basic characters, but it’s arguably the most important because Symphonia’s protagonist Lloyd Irving is from the outskirts of this town where he lives with Dirk.
Unfortunately, the “Days of Prophecy” is about to take place at the beginning of the game, which ultimately leaves this place in a trail of flame, ash, and despair. However, before this event, Iselia is a quaint and charming fantasy town brimming with cozy farms, welcoming citizens, and a sense of purity.
Pueblo Tenuto – Eternal Sonata
Eternal Sonata is easily one of the most underrated and overlooked JRPGs, period. Eternal Sonata presented a crazy but very emotional and captivating story centered on the legendary composer Frederic Chopin. Taking place in his last dreams, Eternal Sonata is full of musical references, lovable characters, and some really beautiful places to explore.
One of the most picturesque villages in Eternal Sonata is Tenuto Village, which is located in the Forte district. This cliffside town overlooks the massive seaside town of Ritartando, an area you’ll explore later in the opening act. Tenuto Village feels unreal with its panoramic views, fields of blooming flowers, and the murmuring stream running through it.
Veniccio – Dark Cloud 2 (Dark Chronicle)
Veniccico from Dark Cloud 2 is a beautiful sun-kissed beach town that largely appears in the game’s fourth chapter. Veniccio feels and looks like a tropical beach paradise where you would be very happy to vacation to have fun in the sun and at the same time enjoy ample relaxation time.
The protagonist of the game, Max, is in Veniccio to take care of another character, Shingala. Interestingly, Veniccio is sparsely populated. However, as Max travels through the chapter, he can restore the area and eventually build the Lunatic Wisdom Labs. Veniccio is undoubtedly a unique place, but it will attract you with its beautiful view of the sea and its peaceful feeling of place.
Farebury – Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King
Farebury is the first city you visit in Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King, but it is also one of the best in the game. Often times, a game needs to hook you up early and Farebury does it right away, mainly because of its warm and welcoming atmosphere and incredible musical score. Farebury is a place of pure fantasy that begs to be explored.
Farebury is also a very important location in this long-running series entry, as it is where he meets with a large part of his group before venturing into the lands.
Ding Dong Dell – Ni No Kuni
Ding Dong Dell is one of the best locations in both Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and the sequel, Revenant Kingdom. Ding Dong Dell is an amazing fantasy-inspired place with a small medieval-themed village that sits below the huge castle and throne area. Also, it’s hard to miss the giant ornate mouse ears atop the castle section.
Ding Dong Dell is located in the Summerlands region and is home to the Grimalkin (mice) and humans. Fortunately, the two have lived together for many years, so this town is welcoming and comforting. Some of the best cities have rivers or waterfalls and Ding Dong Dell has them in abundance.
Pirate Island – Skies of Arcadia (Legends)
Skies of Arcadia and its updated version, Legends, features one of the most unique and interesting locations in JRPG history. That location is none other than Pirate Isle, the home of Vyse. Vyse is the charismatic protagonist of Skies of Arcadia and turns out to be a pirate from the sky.
Pirate Isle is not discussed much due to its small size and lack of features, yet its simplicity is what makes it so special in the JRPG genre. Pirate Isle is a small floating village in the sky that was not seen much in the genre before players explored it. You don’t spend a lot of time here, but it perfectly sets up the hacking adventure ahead.
Black Wizard Village – Final Fantasy 9
Black Mage Village from Final Fantasy 9, as the name implies, is the home of black wizards. Black magicians live in this dense forest village where they seek to live in harmony and peace with each other and with the land. Apart from its more sober and welcoming atmosphere, this village is actually hidden from the outside world, which helps black magicians to live in peace.
This village is home to a quaint inn, many agricultural areas, wizarding hat houses, and enough trees to continue to bring the region to life for years to come. Black Mage Village is a stark contrast to some of the most regal and opulent medieval locations and castles in the rest of the game.