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Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII Remake

RPG 10 April 2020

A modern remake of one of the most popular jRPG games of all times, developed for PlayStation 4 by the long-standing publisher of the Final Fantasy series, Japanese company Square Enix. The game is set in a universe that combines technology and fantasy elements. The player becomes a former soldier and mercenary, who joins an insurgent group called AVALANCHE. Its objective is to put an end to activities of the Shinra corporation that drains the planet’s energy, leading to an imminent end of the world. The remake stays true to the original mechanics, which boil down to exploration, conversations, character progression, and turn-based combat. The game features brand new graphics, as pre-rendered backgrounds gave way to fully 3D locations. Furthermore, the cartoonish character designs were dropped and look much more realistic.

Persona 4 Golden
Persona 4 Golden

RPG 02 October 2012

Refreshed and extended conversion of one of the best jRPGs ever released on PlayStation 2. The number of available heroes, gameplay mechanics, audio frame and intermittent videos have increased.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

RPG 17 January 2020

Dragon Ball Game Project Z: Action RPG is an action RPG adapting the cult Japanese animated series. The player takes on the role of a Goku, explores the world, fulfills tasks, develops statistics and, above all, regularly fights with the help of the arcade combat system.

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris
Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris

RPG Friday, 10 July 2020

Action RPG game set in the world of Sword Art Online, known for its anime series and books. Players take on the role of Kirito, the main character of the cycle. The production is an adaptation of one of the threads of the series. Bandai Namco Entertainment is responsible for its creation.

Fairy Tail
Fairy Tail

RPG 30 July 2020

Fairy Tail is a jRPG based on manga with the same name. It tells the story of the title guild of magicians. During the adventure, players take control of a group of wizards. Gust Studios is responsible for the development of the production.

Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition
Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition

RPG 06 March 2018

The complete edition of Final Fantasy XV - it contains all the expansion packs and improvements introduced into the game within the year and a half after the release of the original version. The game is characterized by an exceptionally fast-paced and arcady combat system, as well as by an interesting world - Final Fantasy XV combines typical fantasy with science fiction; the in-game locations or character designs were evidently inspired by present-day times.

Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV

RPG 29 November 2016

A JRPG with elements of third person shooter that came out as the next major installment in the bestselling Final Fantasy franchise. Final Fantasy XV was developed by Square Enix’s 1st Production Department, led by Tetsuya Nomura and Hajime Tabata. The game features some lore elements from the franchise’s sub-series Fabula Nova Crystallis. You play as prince Noctis Lucis Caelum, who tries to defend his city-state from the Niflheim Empire invasion. In combat, the hero can use magic, special abilities, and a wide array of magic swords. The game features third person perspective, as well as real-time combat and open world exploration.

Persona 5
Persona 5

RPG 04 April 2017

The fifth entry in a popular jRPG series and a part of the Shin Megami Tensei series, started in 1987. As always, the developing studio is Atlus, which created the series. The plot of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5 revolves around the theme of seven cardinal sins and puts us in the role of an ordinary high school student, who discovers supernatural powers in himself. The protagonist lead a normal teenager’s life during the day, solving typical school problems and interacting with schoolmates, while at night he turns into a superhero, engaging in a deadly fight against evil. In terms of game mechanics, the production follows in its predecessors' footsteps, combining features of classic jRPG games and their turn-based combat with elements of school life simulator and the, popular in Japan, visual novel genre. Graphics have been created using a new, original engine and feature a dark, though cartoonish, style.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

RPG 11 July 2017

A remastered edition of the twelfth installment in a series of popular jRPGs. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age was created on the basis of Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System - an extended edition of the original release. The Zodiac Age is set in a fantasy world known as Ivalice, which is being torn apart by a constant war between two superpowers. Vaan, a teenage orphan who dreams of a career as a sky-pirate must find his place within the events. As a result of a coincidence, the protagonist joins the local resistance and sets out for a journey - what is at stake however, is the fate of the entire world. The game is played from a third-person view and the player explores extensive 3D locations. Combat takes place in real-time, but the game offers an active pause option, allowing the player to give out orders to their characters without having to hurry. The game brings an original character development system based on the so-called licenses that allow the characters to use particular abilities. The remastered edition offers improved visuals, as well as a soundtrack recorded from scratch.

Tales of Arise
Tales of Arise

RPG 2021

Tales of Arise is the seventeenth major installment in the popular Bandai Namco Entertainment jRPG series. Traditionally, we receive cartoon graphics and an arcade combat system.

Persona 5 Royal
Persona 5 Royal

RPG 31 March 2020

A new version of the extremely popular jRPG game, which debuted in the West in 2017 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The title was officially announced in March 2019.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

RPG Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a remake of a jRPG with elements of an agricultural simulator - Harvest Mooon: Friends of Mineral Town. Marvelous AQL studio is responsible for the production and XSEED Games is the publisher.

Xenoblade Chronicles
Xenoblade Chronicles

RPG 10 June 2010

A jRPG developed by Monolith Software, studio led by Tetsuya Takahashi. The game is an attempt to restore the high position of the genre established first by the best installments in the Final Fantasy series. The story is set in an original universe built from the bodies of two gods that once fought and eventually killed each other. While one of those bodies is inhabited by humans, the other one is populated by mechanical being preparing to launch an attack on the other party. The player is put in the shoes of Shulk, an 18-year-old orphan, whose home at Colony 9 is attacked by the machines. The game focuses on exploration, featuring vast locations as well as various enemies dealt with using a real-time combat system that offers a wide array of special attacks. One of the game's hallmarks is the attachment meter that indicates the status of relationships among the team members. This element was inspired by the first installment in the Dragon Age series.

Trials of Mana
Trials of Mana

RPG 24 April 2020

Full-scale remake of the third installment of the jRPG game series under the sign of Mana, which was released in the mid-1990s on the SNES console. On their adventure in the Trials of Mana, players embark on an epic journey to save the world from the threat of eight divine beasts.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

RPG 29 July 2017

The eleventh major installment of the popular jRPG series by Square Enix. The action of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time takes place in a fantastical land of Lotozetasia, while the player assumes the role of a inhabitant of the Ishi village. On his 16th birthday, he discovers that he is an incarnation of a hero who saved the world from annihilation many years ago. Since then, the youngster’s life takes a radical turn, and his further fate is uncertain. Accompanied by loyal friends, the protagonist embarks on a journey which will seal his destiny. The production is very sandbox — at its core are exploration of the environment, conversing with non-player characters, and performing quests given by them. Turn-based combat is an integral part of the gameplay. To win a battle, we have to adequately develop our character and adjust our equipment accordingly.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles 2

RPG 01 December 2017

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the third entry in the Xenoblade series. The previous entries were Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii and Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. The new entry isn’t directly related to its predecessors, but similarly to Final Fantasy series it shares some common elements with them, including enemies, available items, attacks and character skills. During the adventure the player assumes the role of a boy named Rex. Together with his friend Pyra he starts an epic journey in search for the mythical Elysium - humanity’s last hope for survival. In order to reach it, the two and their companions met during the adventure must travel through a vast fantasy world created on the back of monstrous titans.

Pokemon Sword
Pokemon Sword

RPG 15 November 2019

Pokemon (2018) is another installment of the extrermely popular jRPG series that was created by Game Freak in the 1990s. It is the first game of the series that was released on home video game consoles. The game's story focuses on a novice pokemon trainer who begins their adventure with a pokemon of their choosing. Our hero explores more and more locations and faces other trainer in order to prove that he/she is the best pokemon trainer in the region. Combat is turn-based. Key to victory lies in skillful usage of our pokemon's attacks and abilities. Each pokemon has its own unique stats, move sets, and abilities that influence its capability in combat. The game has eye-pleasing, cartoonish visuals.

Final Fantasy X HD
Final Fantasy X HD

RPG 26 December 2013

Remastered version of the tenth entry in the legendary jRPG series, Final Fantasy, which debuted in 2001 exclusively for PlayStation 2. While the original game has been developed by Square Enix studio, the remastered version has been developed by an inside team of Square Enix company. The story takes players to a fantasy world of Spira. The protagonist is Tidus, a sportsman whose home town gets attacked by a powerful creature known as Sin. He finds himself in an unknown environment, not knowing what had happened and how to go back home. Soon, he joins a party of young priestess named Yuna, whose task is to defeat Sin. As far as gameplay is considered, Final Fantasy X HD remains unchanged. Te game does however offer enhanced textures and models to fit higher resolutions. The quality of cutscenes has also been improved.

Tales of Berseria
Tales of Berseria

RPG 18 August 2016

The 16th installment in the popular jRPG series by Bandai Namco, which was originated in 1995 with the release of Tales of Phantasia on SNES. Tales of Berseria is also the first game in the franchise in which the main protagonist is not a male – the player assumes the role of a female character. She is a young pirate named Velvet Crowe, who lives in the fantasy kingdom of Midgand. Interestingly, the location had previously appeared in one of the earlier installments of the series – Tales of Zestiria – but the action of Tales of Berseria takes place much earlier. The Kingdom is composed of a few larger pieces of land and a number of little islands, so traveling through the world often requires sailing. Just like former installments of the Tales series, the title offers a complex combat system based on unique abilities and combos. Players observe the action from the third-person perspective and during fights they can control other members of the team. Tales of Berseria makes use of fully-3D graphics, but the game is still kept in an anime comic book style.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

RPG 23 March 2018

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the next installment in the jRPG series developed by Level 5. Young king Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum is the game's protagonist. After our hero was banished from his own kingdom, a fellow named Roland decides to help him get his throne back. Things got much more complicated when the city of Ding Dong Dell was faced with the danger that threatens the entire world. Our heroes have no other choice than to face it. Just like in the previous game, gameplay in Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom focuses on the exploration of the game's vast world, doing many various main and side quests, recruiting new team mates, and fighting with the encountered enemies. In combat, we can switch between our party members to use their individual abilities anytime we want to. Once again Higgledies play an important role in battles. They can draw our enemies' attention and aid us in battle by giving us powers to control various elements. A new system that allows us to create our own kingdom was introduced in Ni no Kuni II. The game features colorful visuals, visibly inspired by the Ghibli animated movies.

For the King
For the King

RPG 19 April 2018

For the King is an interesting hybrid that blends the elements of JRPGs, roguelikes, and strategy games, developed by the independent studio IronOak Games. The game takes place in a fantasy land engulfed by chaos. Heroes, led by the player, decide to defeat the evil forces. Both the world and the adventures within it are generated procedurally. Each time we start, we will feel as if we were playing a different, new game. Gameplay in For the King focuses on exploration (our party moves in turns through a map divided into hexagonal tiles, traveling not only on foot, but also by boat) and fighting with the encountered enemies. Our victory in battle depends on how, and when, we use our party members' abilities and on how good their equipment is. For the King offers a wide range of game modes, both single player and multiplayer. The game has good looking, colorful, and cartoonish visuals.

Little Town Hero
Little Town Hero

RPG 16 October 2019

An RPG game developed by the Game Freak team, in which we find ourselves in a village plagued by terrifying monsters. While playing Town we mainly deal with repelling subsequent monster attacks. During the breaks between skirmishes we can talk to the inhabitants of the settlement - this way we learn about their needs and troubles.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses

RPG 26 July 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a tactical role-playing game. It takes the players to a fantasy world and enables the players to participate in a war between a few factions. The gameplay is focused on turn-based battles.

Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy XIII

RPG 17 December 2009

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

RPG 22 October 2019

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is another installment of the jRPG series developed by Nihon Falcom Corp. The game begins a year and a half after the events of the second game of the series. Erobonia Empire is now the biggest country on the continent. Government’s policies lead to the weakening of the areas once ruled by by the nobles, which leads to new problems. The students of Class VII have finished their education and began to lead their own lives. Rean Schwarzer, our protagonist, decided to become an instructor of the university’s special division that trains a small number of talented adepts. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III uses the same (although slightly improved) gameplay mechanics as the other games of the series. Combat is now more fast-paced thanks to the assignment of particular actions to gamepad’s buttons. In addition to that, a special new command Brave Order was also implemented in the game.

Metal Max Xeno: Reborn
Metal Max Xeno: Reborn

RPG Thursday, 09 July 2020