PlayStation 4 debuted three years ago today and it's had a rather interesting lineup of Japanese RPGs. Although its selection isn't as robust as previous consoles, let's have a look at ten of the best PS4 adventures so far.
I Am Setsuna
Many old-school JRPG fans got excited when I Am Setsuna was announced as a game that goes back to the roots of the genre. When it finally arrived, many gamers loved the experience while others found the combat to be clunky and tiresome. Either way you look at it, the surprisingly touching story and beautiful piano score make it a worthy addition to the PlayStation 4's library.
Tales of Zestiria
Zestiria doesn't do much to advance the "Tales of" series but it's still a solid entry. The new Armatization system makes battles more satisfying while the Seraphim (a race of beings who can't be seen by humans) offer a sense of levity to the story that's quite memorable. For more on this delightful and colourful tale, be sure to read Mary's full Tales of Zestiria review:Tales of Zestiria Review
Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance
When it comes to off-the-wall stories, you can't do much better than the Disgaea series. In this fifth entry (or sixth if you count D2), you play as Killia who's on a mission to recruit the Overlords of the Netherworlds in order to finally slay Void Dark and end his tyranny once and for all. The gameplay is familiar yet complexities such as the revenge system and fusion skills that characters can perform together make it feel like a fresh experience. So what are you waiting for, dood? This is a must-have for any strategy RPG enthusiast!
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force
Fairy Fencer F was an underappreciated JRPG for PlayStation 3 so thankfully Advent Dark Force breathes new life into the tale. You play as the reluctant hero Fang who's on a quest to revive the Goddess and prevent the Vile God from awakening. With help from a cast of lovable characters and dutiful fairies, the journey is certainly a fruitful one full of plenty of humour and a pretty awesome battle system. If you'd like to read more about it, check out my entire Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force review:Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force Review
Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster
Final Fantasy X and its underrated sequel have made their way to PlayStation 2, 3, 4, and Vita. You really can't escape Tidus and Yuna no matter how hard you try. What can I say about these classic JRPGs that hasn't already been said? Basically, if you've never played them yet then there's really no excuse. They're a couple of the most memorable adventures in the genre so pick up a copy already!
I should mention that if you want another great Final Fantasy game, check out the PS4 port of Final Fantasy VII, too.
Grand Kingdom is a love-it or hate-it sort of game. The massively complex setup takes forever to learn and frankly, not many gamers have the patience nowadays to be schooled before they can enjoy themselves. That being said, once you put in some commitment and start to understand the dynamics of its war-torn world, Grand Kingdom becomes one of the most gratifying and unique strategy games that you'll ever play. If it sounds like your cup of tea then read my detailed Grand Kingdom review to learn more about it:Grand Kingdom Review
World of Final Fantasy
Enough Final Fantasy remakes and ports, here's an original title that'll surely delight fans. You play as brother (Lann) and sister (Reynn) who find themselves in new magical lands inhabited by cute chibi characters known as "Lilikins". These are no ordinary folks, however, as many of them are characters from Final Fantasy games such as Rydia, Cloud, Squall, Vivi, Yuna, and Lightning. I'm still playing through it as of writing this, but I can safely say that it's one of the cutest and funniest JRPGs that I've ever played. Stacking enemies on the characters' heads is so ridiculous and considering it's a main element in battle; that makes it all the more hilarious.World of Final Fantasy Review
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
Sure, the Atelier series has had a bumpy road over the past decade or so with many great and not-so-great titles. Thankfully, Atelier Sophie reinvents the series to be a streamlined yet involving experience that appeals to genre fans of all backgrounds and skill levels. I still can't believe how much of an improvement it is over the other games in the series. In fact, it's quickly become one of my favourite PlayStation 4 games. For more on the series and Sophie's adventure itself, head over to my complete Atelier Sophie review:Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book Review
Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
Valkyria Chronicles was one of the best PlayStation 3 games ever made and this newly redone version looks even more gorgeous and includes all of the DLC as well as the option for the original Japanese audio. Set in an alternate version of Europe during World War II, you strategically command an army of soldiers in a series of grueling battles. Tactical JRPGs don't get much better than this so if you haven't had a chance to play Valkyria Chronicles yet then this Remastered version is a game that you shouldn't pass up on.
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
Vanillaware has a history of making truly epic action JRPGs and Odin Sphere is one of their best. Originally released for PlayStation 2, this Leifthrasir version makes the visceral combat hit harder than ever as you battle enormous enemies in the gorgeous 2D world. The deep combat is more enjoyable than before with streamlined controls and stunningly smooth animations. In the end, due to its incredible gameplay that'll appeal to 2D action game enthusiasts and JRPG fanatics alike, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir easily tops this list of PlayStation 4's best JRPGs so far. I think it's time Vanillaware remade GrimGrimoire, too. Maybe that'll be on the next list.