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Top 7 PlayStation 4 JRPG You Should Play Now!

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PlayStation 4 is a home video game console and a successor of PlayStation 3 that was released initially in 2013 in Japan. As a modern gaming console, it competes with Xbox One, Wii U, and Switch. PlayStation 4 was known to host a lot of wonderful games from famous franchise and able to deliver it in a stunning way, with excellent graphics and realistic gameplay that it can offer.

With its capabilities, there are better gameplay and graphics that PlayStation 4 can offer to gamer, even better than PlayStation 3. PlayStation 4 was known to have some exclusive RPG with more than decent qualities and among them, are these great Japanese-styled RPG to bring back old school era but with stunning looks. And here are the top 7 PlayStation 4 JRPG you should play now!

7. I am Setsuna

I Am Setsuna Gets Launch Trailer for Nintendo Switch Version

I am Setsuna is a Japanese RPG developed by Tokyo RPG Factory and published by Square Enix. This game was released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan in 2016, and then worldwide for PlayStation 4 and PC. The latest release was for Nintendo Switch as a launch title worldwide on March, 2017. The game was moderately well-received critically and commercially as said to be the successor of Chrono Trigger.

The story set in a land gripped by perpetual winter, and follows our main protagonist, a mercenary with his charge, a maiden named Setsuna who must offer herself as a sacrifice at a secret shrine to appease hostile demons. The gameplay deliberately designed to evoke classic RPG ambience, and uses an Active Time Battle system that was used by legendary classic RPG such as Final Fantasy series and Chrono Trigger.

6. Tales of Berseria

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Tales of Berseria is a Japanese RPG developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Released in 2016, this game was made for Tales series’ fans who owned PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Mincrosoft Windows. Tales of Berseria is the sixteenth mothership title in the Tales series and also a prequel of Tales of Zestiria. The game revolves around the conflict between emotion and reason.

Tales of Berseria takes place in a world called Desolation, specifically in the Holy Midgand Empire, a powerful country that rules over Desolation’s archipelago of a continent (the game’s world is shared with Tales of Zestiria). Throughout the empire, a disease known as Daemonblight causes humans to turn into a monster. The hero, Velvet Crowe has the task to save the world with her possessed arm.

5. Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III Website Promo Art

Kingdom Hearts III is an action RPG developed and published by Square Enix for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This game is the twelfth installment in the Kingdom Hearts series, and serves as a conclusion of the Dark Seeker saga beginning with the original game. Kingdom Hearts III was released worldwide in January 2019 and had generally positive reviews from critics.

The story set after the event of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and we will play as Sora, the protagonist of the main Kingdom Hearts series. This time, with the help of Donald, Goofy, King Mickey, and Riku, they searched for the seven guardians of light as they attempt to thwart Xehanort’s to create a second Keyblade war.To do that, they are joining forces with characters from Disney and Pixar’s movies.

4. NieR: Automata

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NieR: Automata is an action RPG developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix. The game was released for PlayStation 4 and PC in early 2017 and later an Xbox One port in June 2018. NieR: Automata is the sequel of NieR (2010), as spin-off sequel of the Drakengard series. Upon its release, NieR: Automata was met with positive reviews along with critics praising the game’s elements.

The story set in the midst of a proxy war between machines created by otherworldly invaders and the remnants of humanity. The story follows the battles of our main protagonist, a combat android, with her companion and a fugitive prototype. The gameplay combines RPG elements with action-based combat and mixed genre gameplay similar to that of NieR.

3. Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV Characters

Final Fantasy XV is the fifteenth installment in the main Final Fantasy series. The game was released worldwide in 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and later for PC in 2018 as Windows Edition. The modern touch in this game is the open-world gameplay and the real-time battle system or known as Active Cross Battle System, where the battles take place in the current environment.

The story tells about Noctis (the main protagonist who is a prince from the kingdom of Lucis) with his three companions: Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto who fights together to reclaim his throne and must go on to fulfill a greater destiny. This game’s prominent themes are friendship, destiny, and legacy. Final Fantasy XV places the characters in a more realistic setting than most Final Fantasy games.

2. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Dragon Quest XI Boss

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a Japanese RPG developed and published by Square Enix. It is an entry of the long-running Dragon Quest series, and released initially in Japan (2017) for 3DS and PlayStation 4. Later on, it was released worldwide for PC and PlayStation 4 in 2018. Dragon Quest XI continues the gameplay of previous games in the series, now with the ability to explore high areas.

The game tells about the 16 year old main protagonist who grew up in a serene and quiet town. One day, when he participates in a certain village’s ceremony, he discovers that he is the reincarnation of a hero who has a great mission to save the world. Together with his allies: a child prodigy, a rude thief, and an entertainer he embarks on a journey trying to save his world from perils.

1. Persona 5

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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5 is the sixth installment of the Persona series. This game was developed by Atlus (P-Studio) for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It was released in Japan first in 2016, and worldwide in 2017. The Japan and North America version was published by Atlus while the Europe and Australia published by Deep Silver.

This game basically revolves around troubled high school students which consist of the main protagonist and his compatriots. These teenagers realized that they are living in a corrupted and dangerous world, so in order to seek freedom and justice they formed a group called Phantom Thieves of Hearts. With the assistance of Personas, they try to change the adults by entering their hearts.

Read also: Dragon Quest XI S Release Date Revealed

PlayStation 4 is the latest creation of Sony that can gives you the maximum experience in playing RPG more than before. It can offer you a gaming experience implementing the latest technology on earth. And among those wonderful games, my choice goes to Persona 5, with all its perfection in the plot, artwork, gameplay, and soundtrack that are even more unforgettable than the prior series.

Which one do you think is the best PlayStation 4 JRPG from the list? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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A fellow RPG addict who played a lot of classic masterpieces from Square, Square-Enix, and Tri-Ace. "The epoch may change, but the classics will remain eternal"

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