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25. Ray Gigant
Combining elements of the typical dungeon-crawling formula with Visual Novel. It’s an unlikely mixture. Set in the distant future, the world is ravaged by giant species called the Gigant. Using the game’s dynamic 3- way view, unleash your wrath upon these towering titans with your various sets of skills. Engage using a beat-powered combat system or fight using parasitic methods at the cost of your own life.
It has a playscore of 7.78
Not the kind of game we expected. This dungeon-crawler RPG from Atlus is a sequel to the famed To Heart 2 series. Throughout the game, you’re an adventurer tasked to navigate its first-person magical library filled with monsters. Recruit over 16 beautiful heroines with its 5 distinct classes and collect the magical books to finally cast off evil within its semi-sexual universe.
It has a playscore of 7.80
Witness the return of your favorite Sword Art Online characters as they take a trip back to the digital world. But, for this adventure, Bandai Namco and Aquria weaves a happier tale compared to the tragic original. Set after the events of the anime, Hollow Realization follows Kirito as he battles monsters in the restored floors of Aincrad. With their MMO features, the game allows you to journey through the cyber world along with your friends.
It has a playscore of 7.81.
22. Lost Dimension
Join the ranks of S.E.A.L.E.D. along with Sho Kasugai and put a stop to the plans of a man named "The End." Choose your team from a lineup of eleven playable characters, and traverse through the five floors of the Pillar. But, with choice-driven scenarios, you'll be tasked to deduce the traitors from the group and determine the fates of your characters. Persuade your team to vote against the turncoats, or risk the lives of innocents.
It has a playscore of 7.84.
A product of two popular franchises. The anthropomorphic girls of Sega’s universe goes on a crossover with Idea Factory’s beautiful goddesses. Follow your favorite SEGA consoles turn into beautiful waifus such as Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, and Mega Drive. Together they team up for a dungeon-crawling experience mixed with sassiness and spunk. Give them special stats to grant them an edge in colorful battles.
It has a playscore of 7.85
20. Tokyo Xanadu
Wanting to explore a world much different from their Legend of Heroes and Ys games, Nihon Falcom brings us a modern revival of their hit Xanadu series. A lot like Atlus' Persona, Tokyo Xanadu combines the joys of dungeon exploration with the everyday troubles of Japanese high school life. Fall in love with Kou, Asuka, Sora, and the rest of the gang as they dive into the perilous catacombs of the fictional Morimiya.
It has a playscore of 7.86.
19. Demon Gaze
While not the most aesthetically pleasing JRPG, Kadokawa's first-person dungeon crawler has a few tricks up its sleeves. Travel to the world of Mythrid and take on the shoes of Oz whose magic eye gives him the ability to capture demons. Jump into the deepest dungeons, defeat and capture the demon bosses, and summon them for their powerful skills and effects. As fanservice as their busty heroines can be, it's the satisfying dungeon crawling that will steal your demon gaze.
It has a playscore of 7.87.
Bandai Namco's eleventh main title to their Tales series was released on the DS as a Japan-exclusive in 2008. But with this remaster, they brought the definitive edition to the whole world when it released in the PS Vita in 2014. Venture with Kor as he attempts to restore a girl's essences after it scatters around the world following a monstrous mishap. With fully 3D environments and a redesigned battle system, a good game just got better.
It has a playscore of 8.
An enhanced version of the classic Wii game called Little King’s Story. Developed by Konami, this “new” version encourages to make you feel like a little king tasked to create your kingdom from scratch and defeat the lingering evil. It’s much like your usual RPG where you slay monsters in real-time combat. However, it’s base-building mechanic provides a different approach to gameplay in a seemingly relaxing way.
It was met with mixed reviews, but it’s still a solid JRPG with a playscore of 8.00
16. Muramasa Rebirth
This Wii U action RPG by Vanillaware found its home on the PS Vita, where it delivered a fluid and gorgeous HD experience that's still one of the most beautiful on the system. Travel to Japan's Edo period and take control of 2 different main characters. Explore the world with Monohime and Kisuke as they develop their skills, acquire new information, and navigate the twists and turns of their multiple endings.
It has a playscore of 8.04.
An enhanced port of a PlayStation 3 game, Gust Co's Ar Nosurge looks surprisingly great on the handheld console. Stranded in the cosmos after the destruction of their home planet thousands of years prior, the humans and the genomes face a polarizing enemy in the form of the winged Shares. A sequel to a story-heavy Japan-exclusive title, the game might be a little confusing for some. Immerse yourself in the lore of the series, and jam to their amazing soundtrack.
It has a playscore of 8.16.
Idea Factory's Hyperdimension wins another entry into this list with this PS Vita remake of their third installment. Famous for their parody of the videogame industry, follow the beautiful CPU, Neptune as she finds herself in a Gamindustri dimension governed by the dark, Seven Sages. Go on a mission to remove the dark veil, and find your way back home.
With plenty of waifu worthy console counterparts and improvements on all fronts, it receives a playscore of 8.18.
13. Freedom Wars
Following the footsteps of CAPCOM’s iconic monster hunting formula, this action-RPG from SIE Japan Studio lets you team up with your friends in a chaotic battle against frenzied monsters. In a world torn apart by deadly pollution, work together with your team of incarcerated individuals as you slay virulent Abductors to regain your freedom. With your massive weapons in hand, show them who’s boss. Once the dust is settled, earn your get out of jail card.
The game has a playscore of 8.18
Roguelike-genre masters Chunsoft introduces you to a game that takes portable frustrations to a different scale. It is the fifth main entry to the Shiren series and it takes you to an adventure to reach the top of a mysterious tower.
With death being the last thing you need. Succumb to the gripping realities of its dungeon-crawling element. Carefully plan your every move and survive its myriad of agonizing challenges. You might want to be careful.
It has a playscore of 8.19
11. Toukiden: Kiwami
Koei Tecmo takes a break from Samurais, Dynasties, and Samurai Dynasties to put a focus on Monster Hunting. This enhanced Age of Demons lets you create your very own Monster Slayer to battle against their collection of demonic beasts. With the same fast-paced gameplay as other Koei Tecmo creations, you can upgrade weapons and gear to defend against the world's gigantic monstrosities.
It has a playscore of 8.21.
A mesmerizing classic. Existed during the first PlayStation and is widely praised for its traditional Japanese art-style, this sequel from Alfa System listened to the fans and gave the game a fully 3D Rendered world.
The captivating world in Tainted Bloodlines emanates the Japanese atmosphere. In the game, the labyrinthine approach to gameplay remains the same including the character dungeon progression elements. Unite the Japanese gods and eliminate a fearsome demon.
It has a playscore of 8.22
Tose's World Of Final Fantasy tangles you into a colorful world of chibi-find Final Fantasy characters with a dark twist. Follow the journey of two lovable twins as they embark on an adventure to save the world of Grimoire, Balamb Garden, Midgard, and most of the known Final Fantasy locations to an impending doom.
With its active battle system, meet and team up with the most adorable characters from the franchise. It has a playscore of 8.36
For almost 2 decades, the Atelier series always provides so much focus on the aspect of Alchemy. It has become its main selling point aside from its memorable characters and fascinating story.
In The Alchemist Of Dusk, players are given the opportunity to bask in the talent of mixing herbs and concocting the most potent of potions. Aside from the Alchemy element, combat is turn-based and rewarding for the RPG lovers. There is no systematic ending to this game except for finding your sister.
It has a playscore of 8.38
Spike Chunsoft's Grand Kingdom sticks to the JRPG conventions with turn-based mechanics at its core “tactical based” gameplay. Set in a medieval world where kingdoms wage wars for dominance, use your skills in a board-game progression style gameplay that makes for a challenging approach to the game’s narrative and story.
Play as the typical ‘silent protagonist’ surrounded by political intrigue. Uncover the mysteries and befriend a group of lovable side characters. Pick from a wide variety of classes with their own style and set balance to the kingdom.
It has a playscore of 8.41
X-seed never disappoints, and they've proved it once again with this masterful translation of Nihon Falcom's acclaimed RPG series. While the Trials of Cold Steel also received high ratings, this direct sequel has been considered one of the best modern JRPGs, combining the strengths of the classics with the convenience of modern features. Meet a whole new roster of heroes, and take part in another epic story.
It has a playscore of 8.44.
Travel to the Netherworld, dood… because fans of the series will be satisfied in the number of quirky laughs, anime-style cutscenes and stories that are present in this PlayStation Vita port of the PS3 classic. Developed by Nippon Ichi Software, it’s the definitive Disgaea 4 experience with enhanced features and tons of added content.
It’s notable change is the battle-system that adds the ability to pick up players during its turn-based action. Critics have named this as the best Disgaea to date.
It has a playscore of 8.52
In this fifth main entry to Namco’s baby, Cyber Sleuth puts you into a universe of next-generation Digimon. We’re talking about Digivolution. The game’s added element emphasizes on a new development of Digimon for your progression. As much as new features go, it still filled with the random encounters that haunt most JRPGs. Capture the digital monsters once more, explore the riches of evolution.
It has a playscore of 8.53.
Ever since 1987, the Ys series has stood the test of time with their new and sometimes old adventures. It has appeared on the most classic consoles that most players nowadays don’t even remember. Aside from its age, the game is still widely respected for its impressive writing, story, music, and gameplay.
In Memories of Celceta, players are controlling the ever-present Adol Christin in his quest to retrieve his missing memories from sudden amnesia. In the game, players are met with lovable characters and a combat system befitting the charm of its predecessors.
It is fast, it puts the pressure to the thumbs, and it has a playscore of 8.70
As successful as their PlayStation 2 classic was, Vanillaware has outdone themselves with this faithful and masterful remake. In a tale steeped in the magic of Norse mythology, take control of five different protagonists, each with a different story to tell. This remake manages to improve on every aspect, with enhanced gameplay mechanics, simplified inventory and skill systems, and so much more. It's no wonder it won our pick for the best PlayStation Vita game last 2016.
It has a playscore of 9.05.
The award-winning JRPG franchise is still making waves with their recent success of Persona 5. But before there was the Phantom Thieves, there was a little band of investigators in a quaint rural town.
Golden is a PS Vita port and remaster of the PlayStation 2 original. Follow a group of high school students as they balance their lives as dungeon-crawling heroes and students. Together they team up to uncover a dark mystery about a serial murder involving TV’s. Witness Persona’s breakthrough with their jazzy soundtrack, memorable characters, and powerful themes that make a lasting impression for the JRPG world.
Sky’s the limit with a playscore of 9.15