Darkest Dungeon (PSV)
RPG 27 September 2016
A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.
Persona 4 Golden (PSV)
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.
Stardew Valley (PSV)
RPG 22 May 2018
The debut production from the independent studio Concerned Ape. It is a sandbox RPG that focuses on the life of a farmer. Stardew Valley takes place in a fantasy realm filled with magic, where the player becomes a young farmer whose ambition is to transform his small field into a giant farm generating great profits. The main task of the player is to plant plants, gather the crops and expand the farm with new infrastructure and agricultural products. In order to be more interesting, the game also feature some RPG elements. One can also take active role in the life of the nearby village – make friendships and interact with the inhabitants of the settlement. This unlocks new challenges and earning opportunities for the player. As the game progress, the protagonist gains experience and learns new skills such as farming, mining, fishing, or animal feeding. One can also get married and have children in this randomly generated world.
RPG 07 April 2015
An action RPG developed by Supergiant Games - a studio established by Amir Rao and Gavin Simon, who both are former employees of Electronic Arts. In the game, the player assumes the role of a hero named Kidd, who one day wakes up in his bed drifting among the remains of the world, in which he used to live before. The young lad embarks on a journey to find other survivors and provide them with shelter. The world of Bastion that is drifting through the void is a very dangerous - it crawls with monsters that our hero has to face using an elaborate arsenal of both melee and ranged weapons. Moreover, since particular locations literally are hanging in mid-air, a moment of distraction might result in Kidd falling off the map. Bastion stands out from similar productions because of its method of delivering the story (the actions of the main protagonist are described in real time by a narrator) and the original visuals featuring colorful, hand painted, and highly interactive backgrounds. Interestingly enough, in spite of the fairytale-like style of the game, Bastion tells a grim story about the apocalypse. The game has been recognized with many prestigious awards.
Moero Chronicle (PSV)
RPG 15 May 2015
Classic Japanese dungeon crawler with turn-based combat system, whose action was set in the world created for the card tactical game Monster Monpiece. Players take on the role of a young hero named Io and embark on a journey to defeat the monsters that threaten the world.
RPG 15 August 2017
An old-school RPG from the independent developer Toby Fox, referencing the Earthbound series. Undertale's story takes place in a world that was witness to a lengthy, cruel war between humans and monsters after a long period of coexistence between both races. It ended with humans driving the monsters underground. Many years later, somewhere in the vicinity of the now-legendary mount Ebott, a little girl looking for shelter from the rain finds a cave and in it a mysterious hole, through which she falls. We play as this girl and explore the underground world, facing various monsters and interacting with various characters. The game’s most characteristic feature is the innovative battle system – we can engage in direct combat in the form of arcade minigames or avoid more difficult fights through talking and complimenting.
Dragon's Crown (PSV)
RPG 25 July 2013
A 2D RPG developed by Japanese studio Vanillaware. The game combines elements of such genres as classic beat’em up games, platformers and fantasy RPGs. In Dragon’s Crown the player becomes a hero looking for gold and glory. Together with his companions, the protagonist is trying to obtain the eponymous treasure hidden deep in an underground labyrinth. In order to reach their objective, the heroes must pass through forgotten ruins and face monsters inhabiting them. The protagonist can belong to one of six character classes with various abilities. During the game the player can move only in two directions and the gameplay is fast and intensive. Many various opponents will try to stop the player, to defeat each of them different battle strategies must be employed. The greatest challenge are the boss battles, usually consisting of several phases. The game focuses mostly on a cooperation mode for up to four players.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PSV)
RPG 12 September 2017
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is the eighth installment of the fantasy action RPG series from Nihon Falcom. The game takes place in the same Greek mythology-inspired fantasy world as the series' previous installments. Once again we play as the warrior called Adol Christin who, after the ship he was traveling went under, ends up with the rest of the crew on the cursed island Seiren. Our hero's dreams about the mysterious girl named Dana turn out to be the key to solving the mystery of the island. As per the series' tradition, we will spend most of our time on fighting with various enemies. The game features an arcade combat system. We are accompanied by many characters with different abilities in our adventures and we can switch between them anytime we want to. Every once in a while we will also play as the titular Dana. Her parts of the game are more riddle-oriented.
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PSV)
A unique RPG game created by producers such as Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Odin Sphere and Dragon's Crown. The action of the game is set in modern Tokyo, where thirteen huge mosses appear. The main characters of the game are students of the high school in a mysterious way associated with mechanical colossuses.
Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSV)
RPG 28 February 2013
Continuation of the popular Japanese MMORPG set in the realities of science fiction. As members of the Galactic Investigative Group Arks, we travel around the cosmos and explore unknown planets. There are three races to choose from (human, newman and cast) and the same number of classes (Hunter, Ranger and Force). The fight is definitely more arcade than in the previous editions of the cycle.
RPG 23 February 2017
An original action game set in a cyberpunk world and created by Dreadlocks - an independent, Czech studio. Dex mingles elements of classic platformers with role-playing mechanics; it was inspired by classic arcade titles, as well as the works of William Gibson. The game is set in Harbor Prime, where luxurious districts stand in contrast to the filth the poor live in. The player has to face a mysterious AI that has broken loose and wishes to make irreversible changes. The game is played on two planes, for the protagonist can switch between acting in the real world and in the cyberspace. When completing subsequent story missions, the player makes use of classic weapons, special abilities and useful gadgets. Dex offers melee combat as well, which resembles classic beat'em up productions. The visuals are a homage to the classic sci-fi platformers from the 1990s.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate (PSV)
RPG 28 November 2019
3D action RPG based on popular Japanese fantasy books from the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? series, as well as their anime adaptations. The action takes place in the deity-managed city of Orario, with a powerful tower full of treasures and challenges for adventurers at the heart of the game.
The Bard's Tale: Remastered and Resnarkled (PSV)
RPG 17 August 2017
A remaster of The Bard's Tale, a well-received action RPG from 2004, developed by inXile Entertainment. The plot is not connected to any previous entries in the series. The game's protagonist is the titular Bard who goes on a journey during which he must find Caleigh, a beautiful princess who was kidnapped by members of a demonic cult. In order to complete the quest and get some gold, our protagonist will have to survive many dangerous adventures and complete dozens of tasks from NPCs. The Bard's Tale: Remastered and Resnarkled has the same mechanics as the original game, and the main differences between this version and the original are better graphics, which support 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. The game's distinguishing features are its intelligent humor and presence of a narrator that never misses a chance to make fun of the main hero.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (PSV)
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.
The Banner Saga (PSV)
Inspired by the Nordic mythology, a cRPG developed by the independent studio Stoic, whose members worked on, for example, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The action takes us to a world where fratricidal bloodshed between the gods led to chaos and wars. This is an "on the road" type of story, divided into two main plot branches, telling the stories of two Viking parties trying to escape from the threat posed by a mysterious, stone-like race called the Dredge, born as the result of gods’ experiments. Set in fantasy realities, the gameplay combines adventure and RPG elements with a turn-based combat system. With game's progress, your party gains experience and becomes more and more powerful. Also, the decisions you make will exert heavy influence on the plot. The game features amazing 2D graphics, employing art style similar to that of Walt Disney productions.
Dungeon Hunter 5 (PSV)
RPG 13 July 2018
The fifth major installment in the popular mobile action RPG series by Gameloft. The story of Dungeon Hunter 5 is a direct continuation to its predecessor. Even though the forces of darkness have been stopped, glory days of the kingdom of Valenthia are at an end. Trade routes are overrun by bandits while demons appear in swamps to create a powerful undead army with the warriors who raised the grave. In the game, we assume the role of a bounty hunter who tries to restore order in the kingdom, at least partially. The gameplay mechanics haven’t been significantly changed and are still rooted in the hack ‘n’ slash genre. The protagonist’s tasks include performing subsequent quests that involve exploration of the kingdom, fighting hordes of monsters, gathering treasures, and developing skills with the obtained experience. The equipment system now lets us destroy items to acquire raw materials needed to enhance weapons.
Dragon Quest Builders (PSV)
RPG 28 January 2016
A spin-off game from the popular Dragon Quest series, developed by a subsidiary studio of the Square Enix company as fantasy jRPG with sandbox features. It takes place in the land of Alefgard, which has been the arena of a great conflict between humans and monsters. Eventually, humans suffer defeat, after their legendary hero falls into enemy trap, and their only hope for rebuilding the civilization is a young hero with astounding skills of creation, controlled by the player. Our task is to gather resources and use the hero’s powers to create items, castles, or even entire towns strengthening humanity, and occasionally face monsters in arcade battles. As befits an RPG game, character progression plays a crucial role in Dragon Quest Builders, as does creating weapons and armors for our hero.
Child of Light (PSV)
RPG 02 July 2014
Child of Light is a 2D RPG that combines the elements of modern platformers and Japanese role-playing games. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a subsidiary of Ubisoft which also collaborated in the development of Far Cry and Assassin Creed games. Child of Light tells the story of Aurora, a young girl who has to save the kingdom of Lemuria. When playing, we influence Aurora's development and witness her rough journey to adulthood. The game is presented in a perspective typical for platform games, and the turn-based combat system is inspired by the jRPG genre. During her adventures, Aurora explores a vast, living world, where she encounters friendly fairies, gnomes, and sneaky monsters. Child of Light offers single player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, the second player takes on the role of a friendly firefly.
Monster Hunter: Frontier G (PSV)
RPG 20 November 2014
Improved and extended version of the MMO based on the Monster Hunter series, focusing on co-operative fun. The title offers an arcade combat model, hundreds of dangerous monsters, 11 character classes and thousands of weapons, equipment and items useful in skirmishes.
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs (PSV)
A turn-based RPG focusing strongly on strategic aspects and created by Pixelated Milk - a Polish developer. The player is taken to a peaceful fantasy world and assumes the role of Kay Loren - a young nobleman whose father reveals on his deathbed the existence of a distant land belonging to their family. Once the protagonist arrives in the place, it turns out that the entire land is ruined and the family was charged with a large debt. Kay decides to restore the ruined city to its magnificent state and take back the neighboring areas from the wildlife occupying them. The player's tasks are to construct buildings, gather resources, develop technologies and manage the land appropriately, so it can generate adequate amounts of money. Exploration, completing quests given by NPCs and turn-based combat are all of high importance here. The protagonist can be accompanied by four other characters with unique abilities, which can be developed alongside progression.
Pixel Noir (PSV)
An independent retro RPG, which combines elements of a detective game and a horror. The main protagonist of Pixel Noir is trying to solve a mystery of the tragic events from a decade ago when his partner died, leading to him quitting work as a police officer, as he unjustly was sentenced to jail. After being released, he begins to work as a private detective and tries to solve minor cases, until finally, he finds a lead that might help him get the answers that have been taunting him for years. As befits a true RPG, in Pixel Noir, the players get to explore numerous locations, interact with NPCs, find clues, collect valuable items, and fight enemies. Combat is turn-based, nonetheless, it features certain arcade elements. The main protagonist is accompanied by other characters, each one exhibiting unique skills and utilized weapons. Pixel Noir delivers neutral and grim pixel-art visuals.
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls (PSV)
RPG 03 December 2015
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.
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (PSV)
RPG 05 July 2018
A post-apocalyptic survival jRPG. Eight clones are the last surviving members of the human species. Each of them dies after 13 dies and then he or she is brought back to life. The player helps them in surviving in the destroyed and unwelcoming world and in discovering the mysteries of their pasts.
Salt and Sanctuary (PSV)
RPG 28 March 2017
A dark 2D platformer with RPG elements, developed by the team of Ska Studios, known for its original and equally brutal productions The Dishwasher and Charlie Murder. In Salt and Sanctuary we take on the form of a pirate whose ship crashes near a mysterious island inhabited by hordes of drowned and their powerful masters. By eliminating hordes of enemies and bosses the protagonist gradually discovers the secrets of the island, and thanks to the raw materials he acquires, such as gold and salt, develops his equipment and skills when visiting safe enclaves (titular sanctuaries). The hero has a considerable range of weapons and magic skills at his disposal, and the key element is the proper selection, because too much unnecessary equipment negatively affects the protagonist's mobility and special abilities. The game features an extremely gloomy atmosphere and hand-drawn artwork, typical for the studio's early productions.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd (PSV)
RPG 14 July 2016
Another installment in the jRPG game series developed by Nihon Falcom studio, which closes the Trails in the Sky trilogy. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd takes place half a year after the events from the previous installment. The player starts his adventure aboard an aircraft flying under the banner of the Empire of Erebor. Kevin Graham – the main protagonist of this game – is tasked with retrieving a mysterious artifact lying on the bottom of the Valeria Lake located in the realm of Liverl. The gameplay builds on exploration, searching for useful items, and completing diverse tasks including both main missions and side quests. The game also features fighting the encountered foes – battles take place on a tactical grid, and the key to success lies in the proper switching between the characters’ abilities and coming up with the optimal strategy. The third installment introduces a number of new opponents, who exhibit certain unique abilities. The game also develops the foregoing mechanics with the turn bonuses. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd features colorful visuals that resemble the style of Japanese animation.
Tokyo Xanadu (PSV)
RPG 30 September 2016
A Japanese action role-playing game developed by Nihon Falcom, known for such series as Ys or The Legend of Heroes. The story of Tokyo Xanadu is set in an alternative universe, in a fictional district of the city of Tokyo. The protagonist is a highschooler named Kou Tokisaka, who becomes involved in the fight between humans and creatures from a parallel world. The gameplay in Tokyo Xanadu takes place on two planes: the real world and another dimension. In the real world, you take care of the protagonist's daily life, including school, managing his reputation, etc. In the monsters' realm, the game is filled with more action, as you fight your enemies using an arcade-like system. Although you can control only one character at a time, you can also switch to another one at any time to use those, whose abilities may be better suited for the situation. Both realms are connected to each other and the successes and failures in one of them affect the effectiveness of the characters in the other one.