Final Fantasy VII Remake
RPG Friday, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Final Fantasy IX
RPG 07 July 2000
The 9th main entry in a classic jRPG series, originally released in 2000 on PlayStation console, and ported to PC ten year later. After a few games featuring slightly cyberpunkish settings, Final Fantasy IX returns to the roots of the series, where we are once again met by knights, princesses, and dragons. Players take the role of a young thief, who, together with a company of other heroes, faces the evil queen Brahna, who is responsible for the outbreak of a great war. However, as it turns out, the queen has been nothing more than a pawn in the hands of a much more dangerous enemy. In terms of game mechanics, the game is a combination of proven solutions with some limited innovations, such as a redesigned profession system or ATE mode (Active Time Event), which allows us to see what other team members are doing, give access to numerous side quests and a chance to collect various useful items.
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 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.
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.
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 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
RPG 17 December 2009
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.
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.
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.
God Eater 3
RPG 08 February 2019
An action RPG title for PlayStation 4. It focuses on fighting against hordes of huge monsters using a wide arsenal of weapons and attacks. Battles are fast-paced and based on arcade controls, and players can go through the campaign by themselves or in cooperation with other players.
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.
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.
RPG June 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.
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.
Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris
RPG 22 May 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.
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.
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.
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.
Children of Zodiarcs
RPG 18 July 2017
Children of Zodiarcs is a tactical RPG developed by Cardboard Utopia. The game takes place in a fantasy world ruled by the Torian Empire. The empire owes its power to the titular Zodiarcs, ancient machines that were left behind by a long extinct civilization. We play as a band of thieves caught in the act of robbing one of the nobles. This draws the attention of the guards and other criminal groups, like the Cannibal Clan. Gameplay is based on turn-based combat. The key to success lies in taking advantage of the game's environment and the individual skills of our party members. Almost all of our combat actions are controlled by a deck of cards we collect during our adventures. The effects of our actions can be empowered by throwing dice. We can improve those dice through an advanced crafting system. Children of Zodiarcs allows us to develop our characters in many various ways.
RPG 18 November 2016
Another installment in the popular, long-standing game series published on Nintendo handhelds. Developed by Game Freak, the game was released in two versions, similarly to previous parts of the game – Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, which differ only in the creatures available in game. The game world combines elements of our reality and fantasy aspects. You assume the role of a young Pokémon trainer who aspires to be the best trainer in the world. The game features RPG elements – during gameplay you explore the world filled with quests, concentrate on catching ‘em all, train your creatures, and pit them against other trainers’ Pokémon. The Pokémon Bank allows for import of Pokémon from previous parts of the series.
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope
RPG 14 November 2017
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is another installment of the popular game series that blends elements of JRPGs, adventure games, and farming simulators. It was developed by the Japanese studio Natsume, which got the rights to the Harvest Moon franchise in 2014. In comparison with the previous games of the series, Light of Hope has a more complex scenario with clearly stated goals. We play as a sailor whose ship sank near a small island. Seeing that the island's port town was destroyed by a hurricane, our protagonist decides to help its citizens in rebuilding. As we play, we will farm, rear farm animals, and rebuild various buildings. Our ultimate goal is the restoration of a lighthouse that towers above the island. We will be able to make friends with the islanders and even start our own family.