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It's been awhile since I last enjoyed a new RPG. I'm currently replaying Chrono Trigger on the DS, but I want to play something new. I like most kinds, I loved the Shin Megami Tensei games for forcing me to be aware and think strategically, but at my own pace (due to the turn based system), but I also loved FFXII for the way it gave me the choice to let my intelligence play the game for me with gambits and make it an interactive story. I tried to play Eternal Sonata, but the characters and story were way too fluffy for me to stomach and the battles were getting really repetitive (which is saying something for a console RPG).
The only RPGs on the 360 I tried other than Eternal Sonata are Mass Effect and Fallout 3. They're fun and really well done, but not quite what I'm looking for right now. I'm craving a more traditional battle system. Something I can play while kicking back and relaxing that depends much more on stats and strategy than player skill. But story is just as important to my enjoyment of it. After playing games like Anachranox and Planescape: Torment, it's hard to be satisfied with a normal RPG story. Actually, I think if FFXII's battle system wasn't so unique I wouldn't have bothered playing it for the story.
So, are there any good recent RPGs on the PS2 or 360 that I would like? I've been hearing good things about Lost Odyssey and Tales of Vesperia, but not enough details to know if they're the kind of laid back RPG I'm looking for.
Sorry for the Tolstoy, thanks if you took the time to read this.