Except that, from what I remember, this site only reviews those released on computers (not consoles) in the West, and therefore misses out on the entire JRPG branch of the CRPG genre.
I'd like to see something similar, but with the reviewer reviewing (and comparing) all types of CRPGs of each era, including comparisons of both JRPGs and WRPGs of the same vintage. I think it would be interesting to see how the two branches diverged, and how much cross-polination occurred between them. (Plus, there are some games which straddle the line in interesting ways, like the Megaten series (first person dungeon crawling is not the norm for JRPGs) and many of the SaGa games (non-liner quest based gaming as is common in a WRPG, but still JRPG battle mechanics, but of course the growth mechanics are different).)
Yeah, that would be cool. He has reviewed a few Japanese PC games, so you get some perspective on that side of things at least.
Wizardry was the RPG that ignited Japan's love for the genre (or at least that's what I've read), so actually first person dungeon crawling is not that uncommon among JRPGs in the 80s. There is an series on HG101 called Dark Ages of JRPGs which goes in-depth on the topic: http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/category/feature/dark-age-of-jrpgs
Thanks for the link; that's actually *very* interesting.
It's interesting to see the diversity in RPGs (and RPG-adjacent games) that was prevalent before the genre established its conventions. It seems that, by the time Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy came around, developers started to stick to standard conventions, like having levels ans XP, maximum HP, and other things that are now considered standard features of all RPGs these days. (One interesting exception to this convention is Final Fantasy 2 and most of the SaGa series, which doesn't have levels and XP; I wish more games would take that sort of approach.)
(By the way, I note that the original Phantasy Star also had first-person dungeons, despite playing more like a conventional JRPG of its time in other respects.)