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The definition of a JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Game) is a bit ambiguous. On one hand, it can literally mean an RPG game that’s Japanese, and on the other, it can refer to the signature style that JRPGs have coined. Traditionally, JRPGs are games with turn-based combat and an immersive story.
The PS4 has a huge selection of JRPGs for you to choose from—these are some of the best JRPGs for the PS4. Just keep in mind that this list has a mix of both conventional and unconventional JRPGs.
1. Persona 5
Persona 5 follows a group of seemingly ordinary high schoolers who also happen to live double lives as Phantom Thieves. When school gets out, you’ll get to enter the strange worlds created by the hearts of immoral adults, also known as Palaces.
You’ll engage in dungeon-crawling gameplay where you’ll work to make the corrupt adults change their criminal ways. Intriguing themes, a unique modern setting, and classic turn-based gameplay make Persona 5 a must-play.
The Dragon Quest series is a long-time staple in the world of JRPGs, and Dragon Quest XI keeps things traditional. Once again, you’ll play as the Hero, as you fight monsters and attempt to ward off darkness.
It’ll take you 70 hours to complete the whole story, making Dragon Quest XI well worth your money. Whether you’re new to the Dragon Quest series, or a diehard fan, the game’s easy-to-learn, yet precise gameplay satisfies both parties.
The first Ni no Kuni was an amazing JRPG released for the PS3. Level 5 collaborated with Studio Ghibli for the original title, creating a visually-stunning game. Although Ni no Kuni II didn’t involve Studio Ghibli, the game still retains its signature art style.
You play as the young king, Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, who sets out to build a new kingdom. Unlike most JRPGs, Ni no Kuni II features real-time combat, doing away with the turn-based combat in the previous Ni no Kuni game.
The Tales series is another long-running set of JRPGs, and Tales of Berseria is the 16th installment. You take on the role of a demonic young woman named Velvet, who seeks to avenge the death of her brother. With a group of misfits, you’ll explore the Holy Midgand Empire and expose the Empire’s wrongdoings.
Tales of Berseria features a new battle system that allows you to perform strategic combo attacks. You can control the different characters in your party during battle, taking advantage of each of their diverse abilities.
NieR: Automata isn’t the most traditional JRPG, as it features real-time combat. Its compelling storyline, beautiful soundtrack, and visual depth make this game one of a kind.
In the post-apocalyptic future, machines have taken over, leaving humans to live on the moon. Now that a group of alien machines has unexpectedly invaded Earth, the humans deploy the YoRHa, an android army. You play as three different YoRHa units throughout the game, hacking away at enemy bots and collecting plug-in chips to enhance your skills.
Final Fantasy is probably the most well-known JRPG of all time. The fifteenth game in the series, Final Fantasy XV, features a vast open-world at the start of the game, and later turns linear.
The plot centers around Noctis Caelum, the prince of Lucis. He travels to Altissia with his close friends, Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto, in order to get married. En route, the Niflheim empire attacks the city of Insomnia, forcing Noctis to become king.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place in 1935 EC, during the same timeline as the original Valkyria Chronicles and Valkyria Chronicles 3. As the Second Europan War rages on, the Atlantic Federation struggles against the Autocratic Eastern Imperial Alliance.
The game follows Squad E, a military unit lead by Claude Wallace. On the battlefield, Valkyria offers turn-based combat where you’ll control all aspects of your squad, including the new class of grenadiers. You need to think strategically—the members of your squad are subject to permadeath!
If you’re a fan of Digimon, you have to play Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. You might’ve been disappointed by Digimon games in the past, but this one is different. It’s set in the not so distant future, where reality and the digital world become intertwined.
You play as a Japanese student who becomes digitally altered. Not only can now you live in real life and within cyberspace, but you can also capture the hundreds of Digimon in the game.
Immerse Yourself in a JRPG World
JRPGs are the perfect games to help you escape from reality. Once you delve into the world of a JRPG, it’s hard to get out. The above games will undoubtedly have you addicted.
Sometimes, JRPGS can be a little too story heavy. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, check out these hilarious games for a much-needed laugh!