So once upon a time I loved JRPGs and didn't even know there was a divide between "WRPGs" and "JRPGs".
I played through many a Final Fantasy game, Tales series, Fire Emblem, and other such JRPGs.
I dabbled into Kotor and Dragon age: Origins and enjoyed them but it wasn't until Baldur's Gate when I crossed the point of no return (no backward glances, our games of make believe are at an end!. . .oh wait hehe).
I had played Baldur's Gate as a child when my brother had it but I also couldn't read back then and spent ages just exploring Candlekeep and sometimes I'd stumble into talking to Gorion and watching him get murdered and having no idea what was going on lol.
Years later I see BG:EE I'm like, "Oh! I remember this! Wait, it's a D&D game? Oh crap I love Dungeons and Dragons!"
I had just started playing D&D in 2011 in a 3.5 game. I played 3.5, Pathfinder, and 5e mostly so I had no knowledge of 2e rules.
So I buy BG:EE do some research and install a no class/race restriction mod. I make an Elf Wizard (Necromancer) based on my very first D&D character in 3.5, a Drow Necromancer named Val'myr Zaur.
I mess around for a few days, playing for 30 mins at a time. Then I remember one day just binging on the game and getting sucked into the narrative and characters. I fell in love with the pause system and kept going. I met Alora and absolutely fell in love with her character. I RPed my character and her having a relationship despite no one actually existing lol.
I then finally beat Sarevok. I felt SO HYPE. I HAD to get the second one. . . but BG2:EE wasn't released.
So I went and bought the original BG2. I made a new char, based on the old one. I kept re-rolling until I got the same stats. I didn't even know the stat tomes existed on my first run of BG:EE so it wasn't too hard. I also hard very sub-par stats because I thought they worked like 3rd edition.
I missed Alora but found a new love, Aerie. I also loved Mazzy but unfortunately can't romance her T_T
I ventured through the game, defeating Irenicus and feeling even more hype!
Eventually BG2:EE came out and I instantly picked it up and played the whole thing as a Blackguard from start to the beginning of TOB. I've neve finish TOB
Now a delightful game called Bravely Default had come out on the 3ds. It's like the old Final Fantasy games I loved so much! I picked it up and played through 30 hours or so but it just felt so. . .meh. I didn't know what it was for the longest time. Then it struck me. I felt so invested in Baldur's Gate because I was my character. I wasn't playing a character.
The reason I fell in love with D&D was because I was my character.
I can still play things like Fire Emblem: Awakening where you make the protagonist but pre-generated characters in rpgs just don't work for me anymore
I feel bad because I try to go back and play things like FF4 and I just can't.
I played Kotor and DA:O again and discovered that beauty of being your character. I played Morrowind for the first time and had the same feeling.
I go and play FF12 (which is my favorite of the numbered series) and I just feel so. . .detached. I feel bad because my best friend is a JRPG fanatic like I used to be. We're now on opposite sides where he hates making characters and I hate playing pre-generated ones.
Oh Baldur's Gate! You might be my most favorite game series of all time but you ruined an entire genre for me XD
I'm wondering, has anyone else had similar feels? I'd also like to say I'm not trying to start a WRPG vs JRPG debate >_> I see the value of both and just now prefer WRPGs in general.
I also posted this in off topic as it's of Baldur's Gate but not directly about it. If I'm posting this in the wrong place then just say
Baldur's Gate made me realize being myself in a video game is way more fun and emotionally investing for me than playing a pre-generated character like in most JRPGs. Anyone else feel mah feels?