Over 100 JRPGs competed for this list, only 20 were chosen. Whatoplay presents 25 of the best PlayStation 4 JRPGs so far! All arranged by playscore. For the complete list of the top titles, visit our page of the best PS4 games.
Lead a band of heroes and save the world from a dangerous plague. Berseria serves as a prequel to Zestiria. Its signature Linear Motion Battle System presents a dazzling array of fast-paced combat with every enemy encounter. A playscore of 8.42.
19. Trials Of Mana
Rebuilt from the ground up, enjoy a fascinating 3D world where new and old players will explore the spellbinding world of Mana. It’s still the fascinating story veteran players know, but with a few extra chapters and story content that adds layer to its magic. A playscore of 8.60.
It’s one of videogames’ iconic RPGs with its defining turn-based combat and adorable Prinnies. Its proven and tested formula remains unchanged. And the addition of new classes, refined customization systems and visual improvements make it all worthwhile. Stop Overlords and lead your army of warriors, dood! It receives a playscore of 8.64.
Fans of the series will definitely enjoy this as it features all the good things Tales of Vesperia has to offer including remastered full HD graphics, never before seen characters, expanded story and so much more. Control your party members in real-time combat and blaze through its myriad of enemy encounters using its iconic Linear Motion Battle System. It receives a playscore of 8.67.
Reborn, indeed. XIV had a terrible start, but Square got their stuff together and completely overhauled its systems. This brand new FFXIV experience ushered FF fans into a hub for their own Final Fantasy adventures that only got better with each successive patch. It receives a playscore of 8.71.
After its successful debut in the West, Nihon Falcom moves the story forward with this latest localization of their famed Cold Steel series. New characters and an even dangerous political climate await players. This next chapter will have a new focus on speeding battles and turning each into a more seamless experience, all while retaining the traditional turn-based combat. A playscore of 8.71.
While it’s merely a simple Remaster of the 1999 PlayStation classic, VIII’s timeless tale still hits hard. Everyone can finally see how good-looking Squall and his buddies are as they embark on a time-bending trip of JRPG proportions. Visually, it’s an improvement, but its story and gameplay remain the same. A playscore of 8.75.
One of the PlayStation Vita’s best. This definitive version of Vanillaware’s acclaimed JRPG gets the PlayStation 4 upgrade with 4K support and cross-platform play. This 2D role-playing game boasts a complex combat system with a unique set of characters to play at. It was praised for its rewarding RPG mechanics and a challenging dungeon-crawling experience. A playscore of 8.79.
The eighth installment of the Ys series marks the return of the red haired warrior, Adol. VIII’s defining feature is the addition of a new, blue-haired heroine juxtaposing Adol’s personality. Called Dana, she comes with her very own story and gameplay segments. Like its titles before, the Ys series is a treasure trove of memorable moments and unforgettable characters, it has a playscore of 8.81.
A spin-off of the acclaimed Dragon Quest series from Square Enix. Set after the events of the original Dragon Quest II. Builders is a JRPG with a huge emphasis on character customization and heavy grinding in its sandbox voxel world. It’s like Minecraft, but players have to do more than just craft and collect resources. A playscore of 8.83.
It was long overdue. Sora’s adventure comes to an emotional climax in this latest chapter of Square and Disney’s crossover JRPG. Travel to various Disney worlds and stop an army of Darkness using the power of friendship and the Keyblade. Combat is at its peak with new gimmicks and weapon transformations that make Sora and his buddies a force to be reckoned with. It receives a playscore of 8.83.
Over the years, SEGA has managed to capture the hearts of JRPG fans with this animated take on the tragedies of war. This fourth main installment is a return to roots with new characters and the same cel-shaded graphics in a brand new engine. It’s been described as the perfect sequel as it refines the details of its addictive BLITZ combat system, while staying true to its creative storytelling. A playscore of 8.85.
A remastered version of the 2006 PlayStation 2 classic. The Zodiac Age takes players once again into the world of Ivalice. Vaan and his buddies go on a grand quest to save the Kingdom of Dalmasca from political doom. Now with a reworked battle system, fights are now faster compared to the original and its new International Zodiac System grants new ability bonuses for each of the heroes. It receives a playscore of 8.90.
An improved version of the PlayStation 3 gem. With the help of Studio Ghibli’s animators, Level-5 completely captures its surreal otherworld teeming with magic and wonder. Like a JRPG version of C.S. Lewis’ ‘Chronicles of Narnia’, this child-like adventure can net you hours and hours of fun especially with its intriguing set of characters. It receives a playscore of 8.90.
Videogame visionary Yoko Taro’s latest Nier game doesn’t stray too far from its over the top madness. Any fan of his knows how profound his stories are. Nier Automata is his latest opus that tackles humanity’s lingering existential dread. Take control of Android’s discovering human flaws as they take down an army of odd aliens in stylish hack and slash combat. It’s a JRPG that balances style and substance in a meticulously crafted world. A playscore of 8.94.
Another JRPG classic that made its way to the modern consoles. This ninth major installment of the Final Fantasy series is considered, by some, as the series’ best. From kidnapping a Royalty to stopping the end of the world, a lot of care was taken into bringing Zidane and his friends’ adventures in the land of Gaia to the PlayStation 4. At long last this port is giving players the full artistic package in larger resolutions. A playscore of 8.97.
Speaking of Dragon Quest, this mainline installment is branded by the JRPG community as the best of the series yet. XI excels in its fantastic presentation of living the JRPG fantasy. Step into the shoes of a brave Hero as he goes on a pilgrimage to save this enchanting world from doom. Aside from taking down enemies in its vibrant real-time combat, players can also develop relationships with its heartwarming cast of characters and bask in its grandiose story. A playscore of 8.98.
The PlayStation Vita was a hotbed of JRPG hits. This remastered version of Vanillaware’s Nordic epic withstands the test of time. Players enter into a fantasy world brimming with interwoven storylines and hand-crafted visuals. This PlayStation 4 port has improved combat and major quality of life changes to make it less stressful for new fans of the game. It has a playscore of 9.01.
Square Enix’s latest project made it to the top of our rankings without breaking a sweat. This full reimagining of the 1997 masterpiece transforms Cloud and his friends into picture-perfect form. The brand new real-time combat is slick and satisfying, now that players have more freedom to engage enemies. While Remake only covers the first few hours of the original, it leaves no room for secrets and plot twists that even perplex the veteran fans. It receives a playscore of 9.14.
ATLUS’ Persona 5 is a modern masterpiece, given how plenty their accolades are. This upgraded Persona 5 experience adds a whopping 30 hours of new content, including new characters that might steal our hearts. Of course, The Phantom Thieves are as stylish as ever, especially now with more tools at their disposal. Royal is Persona 5 perfected, it receives a playscore of 9.57.