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Top 45 Best JRPGs on PS4

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Updated on May 8th, 2019

The following is a list of the best JRPGs PS4 has to offer. Rest assured that Persona 5, Nier, and many Final Fantasy games are all on here. Read on for our best JRPGs on PS4.

Best PS4 JRPGs

1. I Am Setsuna

Tokyo RPG Factory’s debut game nails everything a good JRPG should have. A likeable cast of characters, effective story pacing, and gorgeous visuals make up the complex tragedy that is I Am Setsuna, and we’re very grateful for that.

2. Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls 3 may very well be considered the Dark Souls series at its finest. Providing closure for all the questions raised in prior entries while delivering on a formula that challenges you but never makes things feel unfair, the game is a true embodiment of an excellent action JRPG.

3. Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

The Shakespearean-tongued Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is much more charming than its vibrant visuals suggest. Chaining combos in the air makes for a compelling gameplay experience not typically found in other JRPGs, and unique skill trees for each character add a level of complexity that you wouldn’t have otherwise thought could be in such a pretty game.

4. NioH

NioH is a JRPG made in the vein of the Dark Souls series that possesses enough style of its own to set itself apart and exclusive to the PS4. The super smooth and varied gameplay keeps the player constantly on their toes, plus there’s so much content here to keep one playing for days on end.

5. Bloodborne

Bloodborne is not only one of the best JRPGs on the PS4, but also one of the best games on the system in general. The Lovecraft-inspired city of Yharnam will enthrall you with its dark and brooding atmosphere while introducing challenging gameplay mechanics that very much live up to the game’s Souls heritage.

6. NieR: Automata

The resplendent symphony that is NieR: Automata will resonate with you well after the credits roll after one of the game’s many endings. An emotional and well-written tale accompanies innovative gameplay mechanics that will make you wonder why more people haven’t played this JRPG achievement.

7. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

Disgaea 5 hearkens back to the early days of JRPGs where intricate yet fundamental gameplay mechanics like character stats, equipment attributes, and class abilities weren’t eschewed for the sake of accessibility. Don’t let Disgaea 5’s cute anime aesthetic fool you into thinking it’ll go easy on you.

8. Persona 5

Persona 5 allows you to live out the perfect high school fantasy you always dreamed about – so long as that fantasy involved talking cats and highly fashionable attire. This PS4 exclusive JRPG nails the concept of immersing the player into the lives of the characters onscreen, reveling in all the excitement and boredom of teenage life.

9. Ys Origins

If you’re a fan of lore, Ys Origins has you covered. Featuring dozens of world-building events that set the stage for the entire series afterword, this action JRPG is steeped with puzzles, dungeons, and boss fights to lose yourself in, all of which are rendered in real-time.

10. Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV is a fantastic JRPG and a quality bro-trip all in one. A huge, sprawling world is home to fast-paced and challenging combat, indicating that behind all that glitz and glam lies a deep layer of strategy. The Final Fantasy series returns to form in its fifteenth main iteration, and we’re glad it’s made a comeback.

11. Tales of Berseria

Tales of Berseria introduces a dark, somber tale to the long-standing Tales series. Despite its edgy look, the game features a personable cast of characters that you’ll grow with as the lengthy JRPG unfolds. A deep and rewarding combat system and fun minigames accompany the story, making for quite a memorable and fleshed out experience.

12. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is the best way to experience each PS2 era JRPG. Enhanced art and music, tons of extra in-game content, and a very convenient price tag make this one great bargain, especially if you’ve never had the chance to play either game before. You really need to fix that, by the way, as there’s a reason why so many Final Fantasy fans argue that Final Fantasy X is the best entry in the series to date.

13. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth offers a surprising amount of depth for a JRPG revolving around the premise of digital monsters. Tons of Digimon to collect and an engrossing story will keep you occupied for days on end, especially if you’ve got a Vita.

14. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age improves upon the foundation laid down by the original Final Fantasy XII and listens to long-time fans to deliver on what they wanted to see after playing the JRPG the first time. The result is a title with impressive visual and audio upgrades and a Fast Forward button, just in case you don’t want to read absolutely everything.

15. Valkyria Chronicles Remastered

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered succeeds in introducing a profoundly rich tactical gameplay formula that rewards careful planning and forethought. Seeing as how it includes all of the DLC content released post original launch, you’ll be exercising your brain quite a lot with this one.

16. Final Fantasy XIV Online

If there were ever an example of a MMO JRPG being brought back from the dead, Final Fantasy XIV Online. At first unsuccessful, the game has since blossomed into a community of millions. With Stormblood out now, there’s perhaps been no better time to check out Final Fantasy XIV Online than right now.

17. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is a title that isn’t afraid to push the envelope when it comes to introducing new challenges. That isn’t to say that the combat doesn’t feel fresh and rewarding, as this JRPG’s mechanics become something akin to an instinct the more you play the game.

18. Valkyria Chronicles 4

After a few questionable detours on the PSP and into the action-RPG genre, Valkyria Chronicles 4 returns the series to its strategy roots and is a return to form for the franchise.

19. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX bundles together the Final Mix versions of Kingdom Hearts 1, 2, and Birth By Sleep and includes the likes of Re: Chain of Memories and the HD cinematic versions of 358/2 Days and Re: Coded all in one convenient package. If there were any place to discover what exactly all the Kingdom Hearts hype is about, look no further than here.

20. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

No matter if it’s a new way to build your base or an introduction to a new gameplay mechanic, Lacrimosa of DANA consistently rewards the player with skill and stat upgrades that make you feel like every minute you spend in the game is worthwhile.

21. World of Final Fantasy

World of Final Fantasy serves as a gateway for newcomers to the franchise to learn about what exactly Final Fantasy is. Featuring cameos from series darlings like Cloud and Lightning, this JRPG includes a surprisingly complex stacking system that’s nothing short of innovative for the series.

22. Megadimension Neptunia VII

Perhaps the best aspect Megadimension Neptunia VII lies in its characters, who constantly make you laugh with allusions to the gaming industry as it is today. It helps that the game’s combo-driven battle system is a ton of fun, too, especially with a slew of special attacks available for use.

23. Fairy Fencer F – Advent Dark Force

Fairy Fencer F’s protagonist is a lazy dude who loves to eat. Yet when things go awry one day, he’s force to spring into action and become the hero he never wanted to be. The game is one big throwback to traditional turn-based mechanics and can be quite daunting when players are forced to strategize how to win over their opponents.

24. Toukiden 2

Toukiden 2 provides a whole lot of monster hunting depth without forcing you to make the necessary preparations beforehand. This action JRPG offers players a rewarding battle system that will constantly keep them on their toes with every new demon introduced.

25. Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter World succeeds in being accessible to a wide range of people out there, regardless of whether or not they’ve played an entry in the franchise beforehand. It offers players versatility in that they’re free to choose the best way to take on missions and enemy monsters.

26. .hack//G.U. Last Recode

.hack//G.U. Last Recode improves upon the legacy this franchise was known for over a decade ago, remastering all three main entries and bundling them together in one convenient package. It also introduces a new chapter to follow, one that pays a final homage to the series and seemingly thanks fans for joining in on the ride this entire time.

27. Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book serves as a great means to get started on the long-running Atelier series. It offers an easygoing narrative alongside a compelling alchemy system that’s easy to learn, but hard to master.

28. Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue builds up to the long awaited third main entry to the series. It includes the once 3DS exclusive title Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, plus offers two new pieces of content that devoted fans haven’t experienced before.

29. Lost Sphear

Lost Sphear is the second game from Tokyo RPG Factory. It shares a lot in common with I Am Setsuna if you were a fan of that game, but with a completely new story and new mechanics added on top of the combat including mechs.

30. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is a welcome change of pace to other entries in the Final Fantasy series, as it portrays a dark world filled to the brim with death and destruction. It’s also a departure from the slower paced gameplay mechanics the franchise is known for.

31. Tokyo Xanadu eX+

Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is a dungeon crawler filled with likable characters and solid action gameplay. The battle system is fluid and easy to learn and allows players the ability to execute special attacks from the get-go, making them feel powerful almost right away.

32. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Yakuza 6 finally wraps up the story arc for Kazuma Kiryu and is a fitting send-off for one of the finest action-oriented RPGs to come out over the last three generations and especially on the PS4.

33. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Dragon Quest XI is one of the finest JRPGs to hit any console this generation and is the first game in the series to gain widespread popularity in the west. While it has an excellent story, and gameplay, the characters are what really make Dragon Quest XI shine the most. As of right now it’s exclusive to the PS4, but that will change soon.

34. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

One of our 2018 Game of the Year contenders for the PS4 and just in general, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom received a rare 5/5 from us and is one of the finest JRPG experiences that you’ll have this generation.

35. Romancing SaGa 2

Romancing SaGa 2 is a port of the Super Famicom game of the same name that only released in Japan until late 2017. If you missed out, and are still interested all these years, there is a solid classic JRPG here, with surprising for its time, empire building mechanics.

36. Cosmic Star Heroine

Although technically not “Japanese” Cosmic Star Heroine is a JRPG-style game that we would be remiss to exclude just because it was developed outside of Japan. It is a sci-fi JRPG created by the same people who created Breath of Death VII and Cthulhu Saves the World.

37. Akiba’s Beat

Akiba’s Beat ditches the stripping elements of the previous games and instead focuses on a story that is solving a mystery of “delusions” appearing in the real world. If you played the previous Akiba games based on the stripping mechanics, you might be disappointed, but if you just want a solid traditional JRPG worth playing, you’ll be just fine with Akiba’s Beat.

38. Tales of Zestiria

Although divisive, Tales of Zestiria is still a solid traditional JRPG worth picking up for fans of the genre.

39. Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope

The latest version of Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope adds full 4K HD graphics and is the prettiest version of the game to-date.

40. Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy IX is an all-time classic, but the PS4 version gives it a face-lift in case you wanted another reason to re-experience Zidane and Dagger’s tale.

41. Kingdom Hearts 3

Fans have been waiting a long time for Kingdom Hearts 3, and for the most part, this sequel delivered. Kingdom Hearts 3’s combat is both flashy and action-packed, but the real appeal here is the story. There’s some serious emotional payoff for original characters, and the Disney worlds come as close to recreating that Disney magic as a video game ever has.

42. God Eater 3

Although Monster Hunter might be the king of the hunting genre, God Eater plays a close second with insanely over-the-top anime action. God Eater 3 features a more involved and emotional story than ever before, and the gameplay has been greatly refined to make that hunting loop even more satisfying.

43. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Tales of Vesperia is easily one of the best titles in the long-running JRPG franchise, and the Definitive Edition makes it even better. The edition brings all of the content from the PS3 version, that we’ve never seen in the West until now. This includes a brand new main character, new artes, new cutscenes, more voice acting, new minigames, and more. Tales of Vesperia is easily one of the best JRPG experiences on the PS4.

44. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

The Legend of Heroes is another long-running JRPG franchise, and Trails of Cold Steel pushes it into the modern era. Taking inspiration from other great titles like Persona, Trails of Cold Steel puts you in the shoes of an elite class at the Thors Military Academy. Like the rest of the series this is a massive, slow-burn of a game, but it’s incredibly engrossing.

45. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

FromSoftware has made a name for themselves over the last decade, as the makers of incredibly difficult and fascinating RPGs. Sekiro once again fills that role, although this time it’s much more story focused than past games. Sekiro beats all of your expectations for a Souls-like game, flipping its gameplay on its head, and forcing you to really double down and learn its systems.

That does it for our list of the best JRPGs on PS4! Here are the best JRPGs on Xbox One and the best JRPGS on Switch.

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