Best JRPGs on PlayStation

By Sean Lawson,

The JRPG genre is overflowing with some of the best games you can play on your PS5, PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. With so much choice and so many different avenues to walk down, it can get confusing when picking your next adventure.

Here are the best JRPGs you can play right now on your PS5, PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. We at the TrueTrophies news team have pieced together a nice collection of games to present to you, all of which deserve a place in your backlog if you haven't played them yet. While there will be many games we have missed off of this list — we will continue to add to it. Enjoy our current list of the best JRPGs on PS5, PS4, PS3, and PS Vita right now.

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Best JRPGs to play right now on PS5, PS4, PS3, and PS Vita

What is a JRPG? Usually, you can summarise this genre as being an RPG that was developed in Japan. However, this isn't always the case and there are some areas where the water becomes a little murkier as to what is and isn't considered a JRPG. In this list, we are keeping the meaning loose but trying to remain consistent — it is an RPG in the Japanese style.

Persona 4 Golden — PS Vita, PS4 (eventually)

Persona 4 Golden is unlike any other gaming experience you will ever have. With an incredible storyline that will keep you guessing till the very end, you will fall in love with a roster of characters but struggle to decide between which your favourite is (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, only the other Persona series games.

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 darn ‘Hardcore Risette Fan’ trophy will always keep many of us from that beautiful platinum trophy. We really wanted to add Persona 4 Dancing All Night on this list, but sadly that is a rhythm game rather than a JRPG. One day we will create a best rhythm game guide and make sure P4DAN is front and centre. For now, all we can say is thank you Atlus for the brilliance that is P4G!

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch — PS4, PS3

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 the PS3 version is excellent, you'll get the most of the game through Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch Remastered 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 Pokemon in that aspect. Which is one way to get your Pokemon fix on PlayStation systems.

Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch trophies may cause a few issues for anyone gunning for the platinum trophy called 'Wizardry Whiz.' Primarily there will be two particular trophies that stand in your way of this platinum, the first being 'Mad Scientist' and the second being 'Familiarologist.' Both are going to eat into your time and the Mad Scientist trophy has a lot of RNG around it, which depends on whether you will get the materials you need to drop or not. Have some patience and this platinum should be yours.

Yakuza Like a Dragon — PS5, PS4

The Yakuza series is currently making a b-line straight for PlayStation Plus, with the entire franchise set to come to the service shortly. Expect to see the greats like Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, and of course Yakuza Like a Dragon dominating the PlayStation game charts very soon. While any number of these games could make it onto this list, Like a Dragon feels the most appropriate given its gameplay is now a much more traditional RPG instead of the high-octane action-adventure of the other games.

You take control of a new protagonist called Ichiban Kasuga, which is a first-time departure for the Yakuza franchise, normally players would take control of Kazuma Kiryu, who has been at the forefront of nearly every Yakuza game so far. What is great about this, is that you needn't have played any of the other Yakuza games to understand the story of Like a Dragon. We still recommend you play all the Yakuza games though, they are fantastic and will give you a real boost of adrenaline while you crack some skulls with your sick and over-the-top moves.

While we would love to say the Yakuza Like a Dragon trophies will be quick and painless, that would be a lie. Whilst most can be earned with ease, there is one trophy that will stand in your way of that sweet little platinum trophy called 'The New Dragon.' The main offender behind this ordeal comes from the gold trophy 'Victory of the Millennium' which will be where the time sink comes in. Don't let this scary trophy stop you from enjoying this incredible game, it is well worth checking out!

Nier Automata — PS4

Nier Automata is an epic masterpiece that has gone on to win a plethora of awards and recognition from fans and critics as being an absolute JRPG gem. With its rich story, stunning visuals, incredible OST, and addictive gameplay, it really is no surprise why this game has gone on to see the success it has.

The story of Nier Automata follows combat android 2B, scanner android 9S, and rogue prototype A2. To witness everything the game has to offer, you will need to complete multiple playthroughs. Each subsequential playthrough will unlock new pieces of story and events, to help you piece everything together. The gameplay combines RPG with action-based hack and slash combat, and switches between video game genres similar to that of Nier. With genre elements ranging from shoot 'em up to text adventure, and so on.

Nier Automata trophies actually appear to be pretty easy in comparison to other games on this list. The platinum trophy called 'Final Words' is sitting with an overall completion rate of 8.8% from PSN users and 38.5% from TT users. Whilst there will still be some difficulty in snagging the trophy, it shouldn't provide too much of a challenge for our JRPG fans out there.

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Tales of Berseria — PS4

There are many Tales series games that could have made this list and there is still potential for them to make it on further down the line. However, we wanted to highlight Tales of Beseria for its pretty unique perspective of casing you in the shoes of the villain. This is an angle that we don't normally see in video games. We are usually the gallant hero, the one who saves the world from complete and utter annihilation — but not today, not in Tales of Berseria.

Players will be thrust into a world of despair as they take on the role of Velvet Crowe, who witnesses someone she trusts, sacrificing her younger and sickly brother. The ritual is to save the world from utter annihilation, but after watching her brother's demise, Velvet snaps, and the Daemonblight possesses her arm, mutating it and turning her into a Daemon called a Therion. Now, with vengeance on her mind, Velvet will stop at nothing to avenge her brother's death.

Get ready for a tough little time with the Tales of Berseria trophies. With the platinum trophy called 'Champion of Berseria' only having a completion rate of 1.4% from PSN users, you can see you are going to have a tough time if you want to earn this one. The gold trophy called 'Witness to the Mystic' seems to be the main culprit behind stopping players from achieving the platinum, as of right now it sits with a completion rate of 1.9% from PSN users. If you are attempting this one, we wish you the best of luck.

Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen — PS4, PS3

Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen feels like Capcom’s answer to the to BioWare's Dragon Age series. Dragon’s Dogma has so much charm, with a fantastic story, great soundtrack, challenging enemies, and fun skills to harness. You can expect to see all your standard RPG outings going on in Dragon’s Dogma, with side-quests that will take you all around the huge map, secret zones, and powerful enemies to surpass.

The story follows your very own created character, who is dubbed the Arisen after having their heart stolen from them. Set in the fantasy world of Gransys, you are on a quest to defeat the dragon Grigori, a being said to herald the world's end, while also uncovering a deeper conspiracy along the way. The game captured the attention of fans all over the world, who have since been waiting for a Dragon's Dogma 2 announcement, which we finally received in the most epic of ways.

The Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen trophies will provide players with a decent challenge, the main annoyances will be the trophies that require an entire second playthrough, the offenders being called ‘Hardened Veteran’ and ‘The Sprinter’ which will automatically extend your playtime by a good chunk. However, if you manage to overcome that and net all the Dragon’s Dogma trophies, you will earn the fancy little platinum called ‘The True Arisen.’ Result!

Dragon’s Dogma blurs the lines slightly when it comes to this list, although we feel it suits itself more to being a JRPG than anything else. The game was created in Japan but was released in the US before it was released in Japan itself. Despite this, it still has a lot of JRPG cliches littered throughout and lends itself more to that genre in our opinion. Hence it warrants a rightful spot on this list.

Wild Arms — PS Plus, PS1

Wild Arms is one of the many new PS1 Classic games to arrive on the revamped PlayStation Plus subscription service. The game along with some PSP games and other PlayStation Classics have arrived for all PS Plus Premium members to enjoy. In Wild Arms players take control of Jack van Burace, Princess Cecilia, and Rudy Roughnight as they heed the call of the mythic Guardians to defend the lands from the evil Metal Demons.

The cult classic game originally launched on the PS1 back in 1996 and has gone on to garner quite the following. In this PS5 launch players can find a whole set of new benefits to take advantage of when traversing this walk down memory lane. Wild Arms now has enhanced graphics with up-rendering, rewind, quick save, and custom video filters to make the game feel fresh and new. Wait... there are Wild Arms trophies, too? Okay, now we're in!

While the PS Plus Premium games list is looking a little lacklustre at present, there is no denying that this game isn't one of the absolute best that Premium has to offer right now. That in itself could be reason enough for you to jump on the PS Plus bandwagon just so you can earn the platinum trophy called 'Ultimate Wild Arms Player.'

Digimon Cyber Sleuth — PS4, PS Vita

Digimon Cyber Sleuth follows the player's chosen character where something sinister befalls them in the digital world. Emerging into the real world as a half-digitized entity, players will 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 called 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. A silver trophy called 'Battle Master' requires players to win 30 Colosseum battles and only has a completion rate of 3% by PSN users. The other tricky little silver trophy is called 'Legendary Medal Collector' is as you may have guessed, a collectable-based one. This means you will need to be searching every nook and cranny to make this little reality pop.

Digimon Cyber Sleuth follows the more traditional route when it comes to JRPG, with many quests, secrets, gear, turn-based combat, and so on. In fact, Digimon Cyber Sleuth has been compared to the SMT series, specifically SMT: Soul Hacker for its striking similarities.

Akiba's Trip — PS4, PS Vita, PS3

Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed is something else, for anyone lucky enough to pick it up you are in for a treat. While the title alone may raise a few eyebrows and when you hear what the gameplay entails, you may be inclined to run the other way. However, we promise if you give it a try you are in for one hell of a good time. While the story is fun, it is nothing groundbreaking, the gameplay is where this game thrives. There is something so fun and engaging about battling against a bunch of vampires and your main objective is to strip them down to their underwear in order to defeat them. The chain strip mechanic is also insane and hilarious to pull off (pun intended).

That's right, your goal is to strip your opponents butt-naked on the streets of Akihabara. Don't worry, no actual nudity is seen, all of that is covered up by random glowing lights, which don't make total sense, but it is hilarious to see. Smacking your vampire foes around with giant fans and golf clubs is just the chaotic energy we love here at TrueTrophies.

On top of the game just being a good old time, the Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed trophies are also super fun and easy to unlock. This means that you can be earning the sweet platinum trophy called ‘Advent of the Akiba God’ with only a small amount of effort required. If you are looking for a fun game that will help take your mind off your worries, then Akiba’s Trip is the game for you.

While some may be quick to dismiss Akiba’s Trip from the JRPG pile, we at TT feel the game belongs here. It’s a Japanese series and features many cliches that you would normally find in a JRPG, from the levelling and upgrading mechanics, equipping your party with new equipment, and the many different choices you can make along the way.

That is the current list of JRPGs right now! if you enjoyed this list we have many more like this, take a look at our Best PS4 games and Best PS Vita games lists. What do you think about this JRPG list? Are there any glaring obvious games we have missed that deserve to be added immediately? Let us know in the comments below!
Sean Lawson
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer with a focus on the geekiest Sony news. He writes stories about PlayStation exclusives such as Demon’s Souls, Marvel’s Wolverine, as well as RPGs. Sean’s favourite games include Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, Tekken, and Persona.