An “JRPG” can mean different things to different people. For some people, a JRPG is just any role-playing game made by a Japanese company, like Dark Souls. For some people, a JRPG is a specific type of game that is based on games like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. These games have a lot of traditions, like strong story and character development, fantasy elements like magic, squad customization, and levelling systems.
For this list, a PlayStation buyer’s guide on JRPGs will be used as a guide to what qualifies as a JRPG, but some games not mentioned in the article will also be taken into account. Only Metacritic-reviewed games that were made for, or were remastered and released on, the PS4 are being looked at for the list. Suppose Metacritic has a review for Final Fantasy 9 on PS4 but not for the original Final Fantasy VII, so the latter won’t show up on the list.
NEO: The World Ends With You (Score: 80)
For more than a decade, people had been waiting for a sequel to The World Ends With You. Most of the time, NEO: The World Ends With You lived up to the hype. Even though it didn’t reach the same lofty heights as its predecessor, NEO still tells an interesting story and has fun music and memorable characters.
The PS4 JRPG allows players to make their characters unique with pins that they can get and use in battle. This makes a combat system that is fun but short-lived last longer.
Ys 9: Monstrum Nox (Score: 80)
For more than a decade, people had been waiting for a sequel to The World Ends With You. Most of the time, NEO: The World Ends With You came close to meeting expectations. It doesn’t matter that it didn’t reach the same lofty heights as its predecessor, because NEO still tells a good story and has fun music and memorable characters.
The PS4 JRPG allows players to make their characters unique through pins that they can get and use in battles. This makes a combat system that is fun but short-lived last longer, making the game more interesting.
Ys 9: Monstrum Nox (Score: 80)
There are a lot of good JRPGs for the PS4 that Ys fans can enjoy. Ys 9: Monstrum Nox is very similar to its predecessor, Lacrimosa of Dana, which was very good. This time, the setting is the city of Balduq, which is known for its prison. Adol, of course, ends up in prison. A strange woman frees him and tells him to join the Monstrums, which are basically vigilantes who protect people from bad people.
Because Monstrum Nox’s combat is fast, precise, and smooth, it shows why Ys is one of the best action JRPGs ever.
Scarlet Nexus (Score: 80)
This game from Bandai Namco could be one of the best new games of 2021. It’s called Scarlet Nexus. Take place in a world that is overrun with threats called Others. Players take control of a new member of the OSF as they try to keep the peace. With separate stories for each of the two playable characters, Scarlet Nexus has a lot of content, with the main story taking about 40+ hours to finish.
Scarlet Nexus’ combat system is also a good thing. Battles never get boring, no matter how long the campaign is. They are easy to understand but have a lot of depth.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Score: 81)
Players who want to play Namco Bandai games while they wait for Tales of Arise to come out have more than two decades worth of games to choose from. It’s one of the best games for the PS4 out there.
Tales of Vesperia was released in 2008, but it looks great now because of how stylish it looks. The combat in Vesperia is simple compared to other games in the series, but the story and characters make up for it. The main character, Yuri, is very cool.
Genshin Impact (Score: 81)
MiHoYo is free to play. During 2020, JRPG took the world by storm. Playing Genshin Impact puts you in the shoes of the Traveler, who is from another world and wants to find their sibling. The game is set in Teyvat.
Genshin Impact is a huge game that keeps getting bigger and bigger. The combat is fun right away, and it adds depth through team compositions as players try to get characters from the game’s “gacha” system.
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy (Score: 81)
If you have the PS4, you can play a lot of Atelier JRPGs. They’re always fun. When Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy came out in 2021, the formula didn’t change much. However, it improved on the elements that worked well in the previous games while adding a few new twists.
It all comes down to the same thing in Atelier Ryza 2: Ryza needs to get ingredients for her alchemy. This is how most of the game works. There is also a good story.
Ara Fell (2016)
Make your way to a world above the clouds, then fight a dangerous group of vampires who hide in the dark. In Ara Fell, you get the best parts of Japanese RPGs and the best parts of western RPGs. In the new Enhanced Edition, there are a lot of new things.
Ghost Sync (2021)
A world full of savarians, devoured by a black aura. She is Lily, a young magic swordswoman who wants to stop savarians from taking over the world and killing people. During her visit to a village, she meets with savarians, and this leads to a strange meeting. One savarian changes into the calm spirit of a dog, and he starts to talk to other people. a young man who has the spirit of a dog. The young man, whose name is Bernard, doesn’t have a body. He is like a soul without a body. Young woman, dog spirit, and young man’s soul: This is how the story starts. This is how the story starts. The young man is a ghost for a reason. Young woman: What will happen on her journey?