The best PS5 RPG games available to play in April 2024

These are the top 12 PS5 RPG games you can jump into right now, from action-heavy titles like Elden Ring to the freedom of RPGs like Skyrim.

The best PS5 RPG games available to play in April 2024
Sean Lawson

Sean Lawson

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Update: We have added one new title to this ranking of the best PS5 and PS4 RPGs that you can play, right now!
In this list, we'll be ranking the top 12 PS5 RPG games and letting you know just what to expect when you start to hunt those RPG trophies. The countdown will take us all the way to the best PS5 RPG, a game which exemplifies everything we could want from a PS5 title in this genre. We've also included PS4 games for those who prefer playing on Sony's last-gen console.

The top 12 best PS5 RPG games — ranked

As opposed to the more linear storytelling and menu-based combat found in the JPRG games on PlayStation, the PS5 RPG games on this list take more influence from the big PC games of the 1990s and early 2000s that became synonymous with the term.

Here you'll see games that lean heavier towards providing a simulation — a world that feels real with how it reacts to your player character. These are PS5 games that sometimes let you create your own character from scratch, allow you to explore side quests freely, and usually keep the combat system running in real time. For more examples, just check the full list below and see what we mean as we climb our way to the very best PS5 RPG available.

Check out our picks for the top PS5 RPG games in the list below.

SeanL

12. South Park The Fractured But Whole

  • Release Date: October 17, 2017
  • Developer: Ubisoft San Francisco
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
Those South Park The Fractured But Whole trophies are a hilarious hoot to try and snatch up on PS4 and provide one of the best RPG experiences you can ask for. While South Park isn't exactly a series you would equate with an in-depth RPG experience, we implore you to check out The Fractured But Whole. The game is an absolute delight and filled with lots of tongue-in-cheek humor and a genuinely engaging combat system.

South Park The Fractured But Whole follows the events of South Park The Stick of Truth (another fantastic RPG) where the children of South Park become role-playing superheroes. However, due to Cartman being Cartman, the boys wind up falling out while Cartman plans his very own film franchise of the events of the previous game. What ensues in a whacky and over-the-top RPG that is like nothing else on this list. Trust us, you need to experience this!

SeanL

11. The Outer Worlds: Spacer's Choice Edition

  • Release Date: March 7, 2023
  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
While The Outer Worlds trophies certainly invoke an air of the Fallout series, it is more than capable of standing on its own two feet and providing a new unique game world for players to get absorbed into. In this sci-fi RPG epic, you get lost in transit while on a colonist ship heading to the furthest edge of the galaxy. Awaking an entire decade later you are thrown into a confusing world filled to the brink with conspiracies and monsters threatening to destroy the world you now call home.

With an engaging storyline, great companions, fun gunplay, a groovy OST, and fantastic comedic moments, there is a lot for players to enjoy if they choose to pick up and play this title. While The Outer Worlds is a stellar game, it is to be noted that any sequels going forward will all be Xbox exclusives, which does sting as the game is fantastic and worthy of being on this list. I guess we PlayStation users will have to view The Outer Worlds as a standalone title from here on out.

SeanL

10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Release Date: November 11, 2021
  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
The iconic, the legendary, the meme itself, and those addictive The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim trophies, how could an RPG list be complete without the inclusion of this decade-old classic? While mocked for the sheer amount of remakes, re-releases, and special editions released onto PS3, PS4, and PS5, Skyrim is still that game everyone loves regardless.

Exploring the huge open world and completing what feels like a never-ending amount of sidequests and story mission feels so satisfying. Leveling up the many different skills you have and becoming one of the strongest warriors, rouges, mages, thieves, and so on, is incredibly gratifying. The ability to loot pretty much anything and everything to satisfy your kleptomania is also very addictive. We apologize to all the NPCs that have become victims on a daily basis of our uncontrollable urges to loot everything that is not nailed down. We need help.

Lee

9. Like a Dragon Ishin!

  • Release Date: February 21, 2023
  • Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Really, even if we did vastly prefer collecting Like a Dragon Ishin trophies more than any other entry in the series, you could slot in virtually any Yakuza game you like here. The Yakuza/Like a Dragon games are the very definition of action roleplaying. Not only does each game task you with embodying a role in its world, like an actor who communicates their lines through well-timed button presses, but almost two-thirds of those button presses will result in your character communicating their foot through another character's teeth. Hence, action.

I explored the many ways this game makes an excellent RPG in my Like a Dragon Ishin review — whether that be the role of a guy who kicks people in the teeth or the role of a dude who runs a small farm and sings karaoke on the weekend. With its incredible tale set against a pre-war Japanese conflict and some unforgettable character moments, you really need to play this one.

SeanL

8. Nier Automata

  • Release Date: March 7, 2017
  • Developer: PlatinumGames
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Nier Automata trophies unlock as you unfurl this epic masterpiece that has gone on to win a plethora of awards and recognition from fans and critics as being an absolute gem of an RPG. While even a cursory glance at the game might have you wondering whether this should be on our JRPG list, the sheer amount of action involved feels very influenced by Western RPGs, so we feel more comfortable putting it here.

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 ranging from shoot 'em up to text adventure. It's truly a must-play.

Kes

7. Kingdom Come Deliverance

  • Release Date: February 13, 2018
  • Developer: Warhorse Studios
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
While collecting Kingdom Come Deliverance trophies, it became clear to me that this was one of the best RPGs to have ever been released. Taking up the mantle of a blacksmith's son called Henry — an illiterate, talentless fool living in 1403 — you find yourself having to teach this man skills from scratch as he prepares to face a realistically cruel world.

With a first-person perspective and a historically accurate tale, this game knows what it is and makes the best use of it with full-body immersion. The writing and story are endearingly modest with a game world that would make Ubisoft blush at their own historical inadequacies and useless Assassin's Creed RPG systems. It's a game that is easy to love and will reward you for dedicating your time to it. It's truly special, so you'd better support it.

SeanL

6. Dragon Age Inquisition

  • Release Date: November 18, 2014
  • Developer: BioWare
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
While an argument for Dragon Age Origins being on this list could be made, it's hard to deny the superior graphics and more defined combat system give Dragon Age Inquisition a valuable edge. As you collect Dragon Age Inquisition trophies, you'll experience a story that follows your created character — known as the Inquisitor — as they try to close a mysterious tear in the sky called the Breach.

Inquisition is filled with all your favorite characters from the Dragon Age series, including favorites from Origins and Dragon Age 2. The likes of Morrigan, Varric, and Leliana, all return to provide aid to the inquisitor. You will even have a few guest appearances from other fan-favourite characters depending on the choices you made in previous installments. The story is captivating and we can't wait to see what Dragon Age Dreadwolf brings to the table when it releases in the near future.

SeanL

5. Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen

  • Release Date: October 3, 2017
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
The feeling of hunting Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen trophies makes it clear: this game is essentially Capcom’s answer to BioWare's Dragon Age series. Brimming with charm, a fantastic story, a great soundtrack, challenging enemies, and fun skills to harness, it's easy to see why so many players swear by the game. 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.

Set in the fantasy world of Gransys, your created character is on a quest to defeat the dragon Grigori, a being said to herald the world's end. It twists and turns, doing a great job of keeping your character relevant to the story through. You'll want to blast through this one ASAP too, given that the Dragon's Dogma 2 release date isn't a million miles off.

Lee

4. Elden Ring

  • Release Date: February 25, 2022
  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Quite frankly, any of FromSoftware's IPs could have made it onto this list, but we've challenged ourselves to pick just one. Ultimately, it was a toss-up between the experience of collecting those Elden Ring trophies and the demented journey of Bloodborne. In the end, it was Elden Ring that we felt truly took the world by storm and deserved to represent the FromSoft RPG model best.

Unlike other entries on this list, you'll find much of Elden Ring's narrative tucked away safely out of sight — to be found only by those looking hardest for it. Instead, your main focus will be on the game's perilous open-world structure as you die and die again to all manners of beast and horrors. Level up, customize your playstyle to your advantage, and conquer The Lands Between however you see fit.

Kes

3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition

  • Release Date: December 14, 2022
  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
How could we not include those The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Complete Edition trophies on any RPG list that would take them? Heck, have you seen the box art, it literally tells you about the many, many, many awards it has won — over 300 — and it has even snatched up the Golden Joystick Awards for Ultimate Game of the Year. So yeah, it's kind of one of the greatest RPGs of all time.

The Witcher 3 thrusts you once more into the role of Geralt of Rivia, a witcher and monster slayer for hire. Famed for its incredible side missions, rich world, thrilling narrative, and the sheer depth of its character choices, there really is no better example of how deep RPGs can be than this one. Now that the game has been remastered and updated for PS5, there's even less excuse to sit this one out — you owe it to yourself to play The Witcher 3.

SeanL

2. Mass Effect Legendary Edition

  • Release Date: May 14, 2021
  • Developer: BioWare
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
How could we make a best RPG list and not include this absolute masterpiece? The Mass Effect series takes you on a voyage all around the Milky Way as you uncover sinister plots and an evil force hellbent on wiping out all of humanity. It is up to you, Commander Shepard, to save the galaxy and maybe even find a little romance along the way — come on, it's one of the best parts of Mass Effect.

If you haven't played this sci-fi extravaganza featuring space exploration, romance finding, and biotic throwing, what are you waiting for? If it's a matter of trophies, don't panic: this collection has three separate platinums to earn plus a small collection of Mass Effect Legendary Edition trophies to earn across the other titles. Make sure you jump in and experience these classics as soon as you can!

Lee

1. Baldur's Gate 3

  • Release Date: September 6, 2023
  • Developer: Larian Studios
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
I can only concur with Sean when he wrote his Baldur's Gate 3 first impressions: "This is one of the best RPGs I have ever played." In fact, it was this exact thought that kept pacing through my mind each time I saw a dialogue choice that perfectly described what I wanted to do in any given scenario. It was this exact phrase that ran through my head as my character was bombarded with some of the most bizarre chat-up lines I'd ever heard from a bloodthirsty vampire.

If you want an RPG that gives you some real breadth in terms of meaningful choices and a significantly high replay value, this is the one. If you want an RPG with combat that feels genuinely customizable to fit your preferred playstyle, you should check this out. Basically, if you're looking for an RPG that takes all the things you love about D&D and converts that into video gaming gold, you need to check out Baldur's Gate 3 on PS5.

That's our assorted collection of some of the best PS5 games available in the RPG genre, but make sure to check back again, as we'll be updating this list regularly. What do you think of the list? Are we missing any of your favorite RPGs on PS5? Let us know your recommendations down in the comments.
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer who focuses on the geekiest Sony news. He specializes in PlayStation trophies, the best PS Plus games, RPGs, and fighting games. Sean is using this experience to cover Tekken 8, Dragon Age Dreadwolf, Baldur's Gate 3, and Dragon's Dogma 2 for PS5, all while he still dives into favorite games like Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, and Persona.
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