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"J" should stand for Japan, while "K" should stand for "Korean"; I've met this term a few times and I'd like to know more about the differences on J/K (Computer) RPG.

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Could you please post in a comment several (e.g. five) titles of non-MMO Korean RPGs? It is an interesting topic, as I haven't seen many of these published worldwide. Thanks! – acalypso Dec 16 '11 at 15:40
Zenonia 1,2,3,4, Queen's Crown, Wild Frontier. – michelemarcon Dec 16 '11 at 15:46
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I am no expert but I believe the fundamental differences between the two subgenres are:


  • Lots of grinding
  • Technical character builds
  • Item based
  • Weaker story line


  • Strong storyline
  • Less about specialised player builds
  • Faster to 'progress' your character.
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This is also how I percieve the differences in genre. – Zsub Dec 16 '11 at 14:58
Just note quite a few first (NES/SNES-era) or old-school jRPGs were notorious of high difficulty, requiring significant grinding to level up characters. – acalypso Dec 16 '11 at 15:39
@sarmackie - Yeah. Zelda II comes to mind. – ire_and_curses Dec 16 '11 at 18:44
@ire_and_curses I was thinking more along the lines of Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior. – user2974 Dec 17 '11 at 1:07

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