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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

RPG today, 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.

Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII Remake

RPG 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.

The Alliance Alive HD Remastered
The Alliance Alive HD Remastered

RPG 08 October 2019

Refreshed version of the old-school jRPG game, originally released on the Nintendo 3DS console. The production was developed by Cattle Call studio, in collaboration with the famous developer Yoshitaka Murayama (creator of the Suikoden series). The publisher is Atlus.

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.

Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls

RPG 16 May 2011

Wizardry: Labyrinth of the Lost Souls is a classic turn-based game of the genre cRPG, the latest installment of a 30-year-old series that has helped shape the face of virtual role-playing games.

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.

For the King
For the King

Strategy 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.

Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts III

RPG 29 January 2019

A third main entry in the popular jRPG series, started in 2002 on PlayStation 2 console. The production, developed by Square-Enix, is a closing act of the story taking place in a unique fantasy universe, which combines the worlds of several movies and TV dramas created by Disney with the Final Fantasy series. The main characters are Sora, Riku, and Kairi from the previous games, along with well-known Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, or Goofy. We witness the final face-off between light and dark, the latter embodied by an organization named XIII, led by master Xehanort. While the visuals have been significantly enhanced, Kingdom Hearts III employs the mechanics and fighting system known from its predecessors. We observe the game’s world from third-person perspective, while during the real-time battles we can count on the support from our two allies, each with a unique set of skills.

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.

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.

Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy XIII

RPG 17 December 2009

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.

Persona 5 Royal
Persona 5 Royal

RPG 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.

Fairy Tail
Fairy Tail

RPG March 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 VII
Final Fantasy VII

RPG 31 January 1997

The seventh installment of the extremely popular series of Japanese RPG games created by Square Enix. The production became famous as one of the most cult parts of the cycle, offering a heart-gripping story and many solutions adopted later permanently into the genre. The title tells the story of Cloud Strife and a group of his friends fighting against the powerful Shinra corporation.

Dragon Quest Builders 2
Dragon Quest Builders 2

RPG 12 July 2019

A continuation to the well-received spin-off of the Dragon Quest series. The player again assumes the role of a hero gifted with the power of creation - their task will be to face the forces of darkness. Compared to its predecessor, the game introduces a series of changes, improvements and completely new concepts - above all, one can swim or glide in mid-air, fill cavities or player-made pools with water, and place three times more blocks on top of one another while constructing. What is also worth noticing, is the multiplayer mode, which allows up to three other players to join one's game.

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.

Octopath Traveler
Octopath Traveler

RPG 13 July 2018

A Japanese role-playing game by Square Enix and Silicon, the creators of i.e. the well-received Bravely Default: Flying Fairy and Bravely Second. Project Octopath Traveler features a unique style, which blends 16-bit sprites with 3D pixel-art surroundings. During the game, you visit various locations and complete many quests given by the NPCs. The game also features turn-based fights, in which to defeat your opponents you have to make proper use of your characters' abilities.

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.

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers

RPG 20 February 2020

A spin-off of action RPG Persona 5. The production, with an original story, was prepared by Omega Force, which is known for its countless Dynasty Warriors titles and other related titles.

Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment
Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment

RPG 23 April 2014

Three-dimensional action RPG, which is based on anime series and books presenting the universe of Sword Art Online. Players play the main character of the series, who, together with his friends, is imprisoned against his will in the MMORPG. Moreover, virtual death in this dangerous simulation kills its participants.

Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger

RPG 02 November 1999

Refreshed version of the classic jRPG game, originally released on the SNES console. The conversion was prepared by Square Enix's development team. Players direct the actions of a boy named Crono, who travels through fantastic lands in search of his lost beloved.

Tales of Arise
Tales of Arise

RPG 2020

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.

Final Fantasy XII
Final Fantasy XII

RPG 31 October 2006

Final Fantasy XII is the twelfth installment of the best-selling jRPG series created by Square Enix. Game producers rejected many of the fixed elements of the series, offering a new combat system, a unique way to develop heroes, and a huge and fantastic looking three-dimensional world.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

RPG 27 October 2016

A Japanese action role-playing game by Aquria, based on the popular Sword Art Online franchise, which started with a novel series by Reki Kawahara. The game is set in the near future in Japan, where virtual reality MMORPGs are wildly popular. The story of Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization takes place inside one of such games, called Sword Art: Origin, which gained popularity after a group of players was trapped in it. You play as Kirito, the protagonist of the franchise, who finds himself inside a new version of the program, this time devoid of the code fragments that would present a threat to the users. The gameplay consists mostly of exploring, completing quests, leveling up your character and arcade-like combat. During the game you encounter many characters from the books and the anime series based on them, as well as some brand new characters.