The best JRPG games to play on PS5 in March 2024

If you're looking for some of the best JRPGs games to play on PS5 this March 2024, then check out our picks for the top 11 games you can pick up right now.

The best JRPG games to play on PS5 in March 2024
Lee Brady

Lee Brady

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With PlayStation being such an iconic Japanese brand, it's no wonder the PS5 and PS4 have such a strong JRPG presence on the PS Store. That said, these games are often long and require quite a commitment from the player, so if you could only play one, which should it be? Join us as we rank the best JRPG games on PlayStation on our hunt for the very best the genre has to offer.

Ranking 11 JRPG games to find the best PS5 JRPG

First, the immortal question: What is a JRPG? Well, the quick and lazy answer is a role-playing game made in Japan, though this hardly helps us figure out whether it's the kind of game we like to play. Generally speaking, JRPG games are role-playing games that skew closer to the traditional RPGs that Japan made famous during the 1980s and 1990s.
Where they might differ from PS5 RPG games isn't always set in stone, but typically they offer a more linear narrative than the sandbox-like structure of Western RPGs. Combat will often be turn-based, or feature a hybrid system with menus playing a bigger role during the action. Plus, there's less of a focus on building a 'simulation' that you roleplay within, and more about telling a story in which you play the role of a character.

As you'll soon see, there's already plenty of wiggle room for game mechanics and aesthetics even within that more narrow definition, and the overlap between this genre and what we consider more Western-leaning RPGs can often feel completely arbitrary. If you find this definition doesn't help you at all, then try this: We've played these PS5 JRPG games, and they ignite for us a similar joy as games with similar mechanics.

SeanL

11. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana puts you in the role of Adol, who awakens to find himself stranded on a cursed island. With no other option, he and the other shipwrecked passengers must build a village to challenge the fearsome beasts that roam the lands. Amidst this chaos, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired woman, but just who is she?

The Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana trophies will put a lot of players through their paces, but for the veteran JRPG fans out there, you shouldn't have too much of an issue snagging the platinum trophy 'Adventurer Extraordinaire.' The gameplay is a lot of fun — taking down enemies feels clean and stylish while building up the village and saving all the shipwrecked passengers breaks up the game quite nicely. While there are many Ys games that could be a contender for a spot on this list, Ys VIII just has a lot of great mechanics going for it that help to elevate it above the other games in the series.

Thanks to all of you asking for a Ys game to be added to the list, we have been eyeing this one up for some time and have been dying to place it on this list! You guys gave us a good reason to get around to doing just that.

SeanL

10. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

Following our chosen Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth character's dark journey into the digital world makes for a compelling play. Emerging into the real world as a half-digitized entity, players wind up being rescued by a detective named Kyoko Kuremi who specializes in cyber crimes and offers to take them into her service as her assistant. With Kuremi's help, the player will complete missions, uncover a deep mystery, and a world filled with Digimon.

The Digimon Cyber Sleuth trophies are going to put some players through their paces. The platinum trophy 'Perfect Sleuth' isn't going to be a cakewalk to earn, with only 2.4% of PSN users and 11.6% of TT users managing to snag this little beauty. Two silver trophies, 'Battle Master' and 'Legendary Medal Collector', will definitely force a long grindy search onto the player. This means you will need to be searching every nook and cranny to make this little reality pop. Still, if you're in the mood for a grind and you like games like Shin Megami Tensei: Soul Hacker, then this is as easy a recommendation as they come.

SeanL

9. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered

Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch is an absolute marvel to play. With gorgeous and rich graphics and adorable characters to get to know, there is so much to see and do in this magical little world. Ni no Kuni follows the journey of Oliver, who after the tragic death of his mother, travels to a new world with his new magical friend called Drippy. In this world, Oliver has the chance to save his mother and will undergo a dangerous journey to bring her back.

While it was one of the best PS3 games, you'll get the most of the game from chasing those Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch Remastered trophies on PS4, which provides better visuals and enhancements to make it the best version of the game out there. There is something so fun and rewarding about collecting the various creatures of the world and using them in battle, it is very reminiscent of Pokémon in that aspect. Finally: a way to get your Pokémon fix on PlayStation systems.

Lee

8. Octopath Traveler II

Anyone who has attempted to collect all of those Octopath Traveler II trophies will likely tell you the same thing: that Octopath Traveler II is easily one of the most overlooked games of 2023, let alone one of the most overlooked JRPGs.

Using the first game’s dense combat, stunning “HD-2D” visuals, and interlocking narrative structure as a foundation, Octopath Traveler II builds things further in every regard. “Latent Powers” helps give the flow of combat more structure and the new daytime/nighttime action brings out even more variety in the story and more stunning visuals to gawk at. It’s just a great time and you need to check it out.

Lee

7. Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Collection

  • Release Date: April 19, 2023
  • Gameplay: Turn-Based Combat
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Yeah, that's right — we are absolutely cheating on this one. However you must understand how big a deal it is for us to have the first six mainline Final Fantasy games receive trophy support on PS4. That's right, from Final Fantasy trophies to Final Fantasy VI trophies, you can earn six delightful platinums via the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Collection. What were we supposed to do, put all six games on this list separately?

Besides, these six games have arguably never played better, in the sense that the Pixel Remasters let you cut out a lot of the stuff that feels exceptionally dated in older Final Fantasy games. Dislike constantly having your mood killed by random encounters? Turn them off in the settings. Not a fan of grinding for experience? Turn on an experience multiplier and take out the grind. Plus, the stunning upgraded graphics make this a retro-visual treat, so do yourself a favor and check out the full collection ASAP.

Lee

6. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix

Sure, the more recent Kingdom Hearts III is pretty great, and maybe if Sony hadn’t added all of the mainline Kingdom Hearts games to PS Plus Extra we may have given the nod to that more recent game's luxurious worlds and gorgeous visuals. That said, if you asking me to recommend you a Kingdom Hearts game to platinum, I'm always going to recommend Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix on PS4 and PS Plus Extra.

The story was never cleaner; the imagination of the Disney worlds was never so firmly realized than in Kingdom Hearts II. The Kingdom Hearts series' action offers the perfect blend of real-time combat and menu-hopping JRPG gameplay, and it was never done better than in KHII. This is a big, challenging, and often beautiful game that you really should give a shot, even if it is exceptionally jarring to adventure with Donald Duck by your side.

Lee

5. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

13 Sentinels is one of those games that does so much and can be described so many ways that's a little challenging to know where to start. It's part-real-time strategy and part-turn-based traditional JRPG. It's set in 1985 Japan, but also post-war 1945 Japan, and also the distant future. It features 13 distinct characters, it's got kaiju to battle, and obviously there a giant mechs involved.

Forget it, let's just put it this way: it's a brilliant (and mad) game from Vanillaware (of Odin Sphere fame) and features backing from publisher Atlus; the Persona company. It's got some genuinely fantastic characters, an exceedingly dense plot, and it's just packed full of shocks and twists on every turn. 13 Sentinels is currently also on PS Plus Extra, so there's never been a better time to check it out.

Lee

4. Yakuza Like a Dragon

While the Yakuza series typically steers far closer to the brawler and action RPG genres, Yakuza Like a Dragon shakes things up quite dramatically by having a traditional turn-based JRPG combat system. Taking control of new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, you'll find everything you love about this series has been preserved — and indeed amplified — by the sheer insanity that is suddenly lurching into a whole new genre.

Players can jump into Yakuza Like a Dragon without having played previous entries and pick it all up from Ichiban's perspective. Speaking up picking things up, there are certainly a lot of Yakuza Like a Dragon trophies to collect. That said, this trophy list can be rather chore-like, as while it's a little easier than past entries in the series, it also demands over 100 hours of your life to platinum. Hopefully, with a game this engaging, that won't be a problem.

Lee

3. Star Ocean The Second Story R

If you’ve been sinking time into every Star Ocean game on PS Plus, then this is what it should all be building up: the chance to start playing Star Ocean The Second Story R. With the original PS1 version of this game often being touted as the very best in the series, stakes were high with this PS5 and PS4 remake. Thankfully, Second Story R more than sticks the landing.

Playing as Claude and Rena, you’ll engage in a story that skews very close to traditional JRPG narratives of light and dark — but in space. The big shake-up is the sheer amount of alternating story paths and endings you can wind down, all of which depend on the “Private Actions” you take as you guide the two heroes on a journey to save the planet of Expel.

Lee

2. Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade

It's a little strange to think today that something as niche as the JRPG genre could have such an impact on gaming, but Final Fantasy 7 truly defined the original PlayStation. So grand was its reputation that the Final Fantasy brand remains synonymous with PlayStation to this very day. So, of course, it only makes sense that 2020's Final Fantasy 7 Remake has to be at least a limited-time PS4 exclusive.

Now available on PS5 as Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, this game expands and expounds on the brilliance of the original JRPG with such love and attention to detail that even casual observers of the franchise should give it a whirl. The Final Fantasy 7 Remake trophies are a little time-consuming, but this game's blend of real-time action and turn-based menu-hopping makes for a unique experience you just can't get anywhere else.

SeanL

1. Persona 4 Golden

Collecting Persona 4 Golden trophies will be unlike any other gaming experience you will ever have. With an incredible storyline that keeps you guessing right until the very end, you will fall in love with a roster of characters but struggle to decide between which your favorite is (unless you're me, in which case, it's Kanji — it's always Kanji).

You also have access to an amazing OST that you can sit and jive to while you explore the wonderfully designed dungeons that you will spend a chunk of your time in. Then, throw in the slice-of-life element and you have a truly unique JRPG experience that no other game can really provide. Well, besides maybe some of the other Persona games. Just be wary: you can spend over 100 hours trying to get all of those Persona 4 Golden trophies as it will take at least two playthroughs to be able to snatch up all the different trophies.

That list should take you roughly a few years to finish, but if you're somehow hungry for more, why not check out our list of the best PS5 games around? What game do you think is the best JRPG on PlayStation? Did we miss any big ones? Let us know your recommendations in the comments below!
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Final Fantasy VII Rebirth), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Sonic games; Kingdom Hearts). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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