Japanese Fallout: New Vegas ad ridicules JRPGs

We love JRPGs. But let’s be honest. They can be a bit repetitive and predictable. That’s why we love this new Japanese ad campaign for Fallout: New Vegas, which tries to strike a nerve with Japanese RPG fans who may be looking for something different.

The ad hosts eight angry gamers who are sick of stale and formulaic RPGs. “A game where you just follow the scenario is like living life on rails,” says one. “What’s the point of playing again if there’s no change to the story,” says another. “When did games become something that you watch?” asks the woman on the far left. But our favorite anti-JRPG sign says “I think it would be nice if the main character had a mission aside from just wiping out evil.”

Above: Will Fallout: New Vegas turn Japanese RPGs fans on to gaijin games?

Fallout: New Vegas will be releasing on October 19 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC in North America. The European release is scheduled for October 22.

Aug 6, 2010

Source: Andriasang


  • Clovin64 - August 9, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    Does anyone else get the impression that this article is taking a swing at FFXIII in particular? I think both Fallout 3 and Oblivion are really cool games, make no mistake about that, but JRPGs are just more my 'thang.
  • Bri77777 - August 9, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    @db131 Isn't that qoute from the office?
  • Snowyjoe - August 8, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    Sign Translations: The stage is set, the rest is up to you. If there isn't a change in the story line then there is no point on replaying it. If the player is weak, then the enemies are also weak....don't you think that's a bit too unrealistic? The main character should be able to do something else than just killing the bad guys. Lvling up tactics just reduce motivation. Games nowa days just focus on visual-realism and nothing else.
  • WheelchairBoundCommando - August 8, 2010 12:39 p.m.

    Clever marketing indeed
  • GangsterJew92 - August 7, 2010 8:02 p.m.

    This was a fantastic idea for an add campaign Props to whoever came up with it
  • Ovenman - August 7, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    That ad doesn't have a PC logo. Hmmmm.
  • shamrock77 - August 7, 2010 5:51 a.m.

    if this is the japanese ad, should it be called Farout:New Vegas?? ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
  • Phantom Cipher - August 7, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    I think the rest tf the signs say: “I think it would be good if the hero had missions that weren’t only about destroying evil.” “The player is weak, the enemy is weak. That’s way too convenient.” “When did games become something you watch?” “Because the story doesn’t change, what’s the point of playing it again?” “Games nowadays are focusing way too much on photorealism.” “What’s a game that’s moving in accordance to the scenario? It’s the same as living on rails.” “Levelling up is time for motivation down!” “The stage has been set. After that, you’re free to do whatever!” I am not going to join this WRPG vs JRPG battle because IMHO they can both co-exist and there are flaws in one sub-genre that the other one can fix. There is always something worng with every game, no game will ever get the fourmla perfect. I understand that if you play a genre for a long time, you preety much know what to expect from that particular genre. But bashing it would only do more harm to the video game industry than good. Most of the bashing is cause mostly by people who never play a JRPG, watch a JRPG on youtube and never play the game, or want to do it out of ignorance and jump into the bandwagon because "bashing JRPGs is cool and I want to get a cheap pop". Yep, bashing JRPGs will make you look cool with the casuals and will get you notice right this instant, a great reciepe to start another flame war that will eat up the bandwilth very very fast. Once this get old, they will go to the next fad and get start bashing something else. this cycle will never end. Just because you don't like JRPGs that dosen't give you the right to stop someone who might be interested in playing the JRPG genre a chance to play it for themselves. You can watch all the Youtube videos in the world and read every comment and blog about these games, until you rent or buy the game and play it for yourself you will not be able to understand what the game is truly about. I like both types of RPGs I just wish that this anti JRPG crap would stop because like it of not, one day WRPGs, first person shooters, and open world game are going to get the same treatment that JRPGs are getting today. It happens all the time. Every dog has its day and the next one is waiting for its day to come by.
  • Defguru7777 - August 6, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    I think I like JRPGs more than western RPGs. Of course that's just comparing my play times on Fallout 3 and Tales of Vesperia. 100 hours on Fallout 3 and about 190 on Tales of Vesperia.
  • AnonymouZ - August 6, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    i like me jrpgs. it's all about item management i guess. the story is good too. I don't think the scope can be matched by wrpgs... except for Mass Effect, but... that's not really an fpsrpg kind of game. it's all in the matter of delivery. if the game looks and feels awesome, i don't give a fuck if it's the same story with/out any change or input coming from me. imma play it cuz it's fun. but yeah... the disclaimer is i'm still playing Fallout 3... but, a disclaimer to that disclaimer is, i'm leveling up laharl to 9000, so .. .yeah. i loves me both.
  • FakeKisser - August 6, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    Funny ad, but it seems like it could easily backfire in Japan.
  • Dabenguin - August 6, 2010 8:02 p.m.

    Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, Halo Reach, Fable 3, Fallout New Vegas, Call of Duty: Black Ops.. I've gotta a lot of money savin to do!
  • FauxGateau - August 6, 2010 7:59 p.m.

    I never realized that it's a two-way street with JRPGs, I assumed out of cultural ignorance that all Japanese gamers had a love of them. Well I can say that this is a breath of fresh air, talk about rocking the boat.
  • db1331 - August 6, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure one of those signs says "California Roll". I recognize it from a restaurant.
  • bongzilla - August 6, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    AHA.. I wish I could read Japanese.
  • IIBrownieII - August 6, 2010 7:10 p.m.

    LOL I like this sorta ad campaign, trying to ruffle a few feathers to gain some sales :) It seems like New Vegas has creeped up on me outta knowhere, i played fallout 3 for the best part of a year but haven't touched recently. So I'm looking forward to getting a new experience with this game, though their is so much to play this year!!! My two weeks off at Xmas cant come quick enough :P
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 6, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    Persona 4. Very Jappanese, but you have a mission besides "wiping out evil". And while it is technically linear, the variety in social links makes it feel less so. And you watch persona 4 because it has among the best videogame stories ever. And yes, I like JRPGs
  • ShotgunEric374 - August 6, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    i dont know.... they dont look fallout material that said watch out! next will be Fallout:New Harajuku with goul cosplayers and stuff LOVE IT!!
  • H2A2I00 - August 6, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    this ad is full of win props to whoever came up with the idea
  • Ampatent - August 6, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    And yet... three of the guys in that ad look like they just walked out of a JRPG.

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