Crypt of the NecroDancer (PSV)
RPG 02 February 2016
The work of a one-man Canadian studio Brace Yourself Games in the form of a unique independent production that combines features of seemingly contrasting elements of a roguelike RPG and a dancing game. Crypt of the NecroDancer lets us play as a girl named Cadence, who sets on a journey to find her missing father. It leads her to the mysterious crypt ruled by an evil demon known as NecroDancer. It casts an unusual curse on the protagonist, making her heart always beat in rhythm of a music. As far as its mechanics go, NecroDancer is and old school action RPG. We explore procedurally generated dungeons and fight various monsters using weapons and magic. What makes the game unique is the fact that enemies move to the rhythm of music, and Cadence must adjust to their dance to defeat them. Each enemy she encounters has his unique style, and discovering the correct combination of moves is the key to success.
Super Robot Wars X (PSV)
RPG 26 April 2018
Super Robot Wars X is another installment in the tactical crossover jRPG series, popular especially in Japan, in which you control giant robots. You play as characters starring in various anime series. The production was developed by B.B. Studio.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PSV)
RPG 26 September 2013
Another installment in the popular Japanese RPG series developed by Nihon Falcom Corp. Once again, the players get to travel to the land of Zemuria, more exactly to the territory known as Erebonia, where the Thors Military Academy is located. The school is attended by children of both gentry and common citizens – the exception being the 7th grade comprising only the main protagonists of the game. The action of the game is set during one school year, in which the students increase their skills, acquire military experience, and overcome the differences that divide them. The background of the story is filled with ever-growing tensions in the society that might result in an outbreak of a civil war. The plot of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel features a non-linear structure and is shaped by the decisions made by the players. In comparison to the previous installments in the series, this game stands out with its multiple improvements, the most prominent being the TPP perspective, which has replaced the typical for the series top down perspective. Additionally, the game features more dialogues and a modified combat system. Once again, battles are turn-based, however, they are more dynamic because of the combo system enabling players to mount spectacular and powerful attack sequences. Moreover, the choices a player makes throughout the game affect the combat efficiency of particular characters.
Sword Art Online: Lost Song (PSV)
RPG 26 March 2015
Sword Art Online: Lost Song is an action RPG, entirely set inside a fictional MMMORPG using virtual reality. Production is focused on combat and fun is enhanced by the flying system, useful during both exploration and battles.
The Lost Child (PSV)
RPG 19 June 2018
A dungeon crawler RPG developed by the Japanese developer Kadokawa Games, led by Takayasu Sawaki - the creator of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. The main protagonist of The Lost Child is a journalist who investigates a suicide committed on the Shinjuku station in Tokyo. As it turns out, beings from another world are involved in the mystery, and the main protagonist comes into possession of a weapon called Demon Gun Gangour, which is capable of enslaving the fallen angels. Players observe from the first-person perspective how the main protagonist ventures through vast underground tunnels and fights the demons inhabiting them. Combat is turn-based and the defeated enemies can be enslaved in order to use their unique traits in the battles to come. Occasionally, the player gets to the surface where they can acquire useful information from NPCs - the interactions have been designed to resemble the form of visual novels. The game features visuals resembling the ones featured in manga.
Grand Kingdom (PSV)
RPG 19 November 2015
A classic jRPG with turn-based combat system, developed by Spike Chunsoft in collaboration with MonochromeCorp studio, and an informal sequel to the 2011 Grand Knights History, both games developed under the lead of Tomohiko Deguchi. The game is set in a fantasy realm divided between four warring factions. We start as a leader of our own mercenary group and with the progress of the game we embrace the cause of one side of the conflict. Skirmishes have been presented in a side-scrolling perspective and take place in a turn-based system with profound tactical essence, forcing players to carefully plan their next move and use all sorts of combos and special abilities. Gameplay is supplemented by a visual novel type of narration.
Chrono Trigger (PSV)
RPG 28 August 2012
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.
Valkyria Revolution (PSV)
RPG 19 January 2017
The fourth major installment of Valkyria Chronicles, a popular jRPG series developed by Media Vision. Revolution introduces a new setting, focusing on the small Kingdom of Jutland, standing against the powerful Ruzhien Empire, which had grown in power immensely ever since the discovery of a mysterious mineral. The player assumes the role of Amleth, the leader of an elite unit who is supported by the beautiful Princess Ophelia Augusta Jutland. When it comes to mechanics, Valkyria Revolution is an action RPG with strategy game elements. The developers have replaced the turn-based combat system in favor of real time battles (which still require a bit of tactical finesse). Aside from combat, the game contains a complex weapon upgrade system and numerous side activities, such as interacting with your squad members.
World of Final Fantasy (PSV)
RPG 25 October 2016
A spin-off to the popular jRPG series created by Square Enix. World of Final Fantasy was created with younger players in mind. The plot of the game takes place in Grimoire – a completely new world, but the characters and creatures from all previous installments of the series make an appearance. What’s interesting, Grimoire has been divided into two dimensions: in the first of them, the characters look normal, while in the second one they assume the sweet form of chibi. The main characters of the story are Rain and Lon, twins who fulfill their great destiny, experiencing various adventures. When it comes to mechanics, the title is similar to the previous entries in the series, including typical exploration segments and turn-based enemy encounters making use of the Active Time Battle system. Nevertheless, the whole gameplay has been somewhat simplified in order not to scare away the younger players. An interesting feature of the game are the taming mechanics, with animals acquired this way helping us during encounters.
Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (PSV)
RPG 24 July 2014
Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is a jRPG dungeon crawler game created by Experience Inc. The action was set in modern Tokyo attacked by monsters, with which Exe Corps fights. The player directs the actions of a unit made up of young officers with supernormal abilities.
Mind Zero (PSV)
RPG 01 August 2013
A jRPG game set in contemporary Japan, strongly inspired by the Shin Megami Tensei series: Persona. The plot of the title tells the story of a group of teenagers who have entered into contracts with magical beings called MIND. With their help, they explore the hidden spiritual dimension, trying to solve the mystery of mysterious disappearances and death.
Ragnarok Odyssey (PSV)
RPG 02 February 2012
Action RPG, which is located in a world created for the needs of MMO Ragnarok Online. Players develop their characters by completing dozens of quests and hunting for hundreds of varied creatures and tens of huge bosses. The title allows you to play in multiplayer mode via the local network and the Internet.
Natural Doctrine (PSV)
RPG 03 April 2014
Natural Doctrine is a strategic RPG by the Japanese band Kadokawa Games. The game consists mainly in battles with the use of a tactically developed combat system, in which battles are played in turn-based system.
Edge of Eternity (PSV)
A third person action-RPG combining the most important aspects of Japanese role-playing games with medieval atmosphere and elements of the steampunk subgenre. The game was created by Midgar - an independent French studio, mainly known for mobile apps. The action takes place in Heryon - a fantasy land whose inhabitants have come under the threat of an alien civilization capable of turning both humans and animals into metal monsters. The player assumes the role of a young farmer by the name of Daryon, who is willing to confront the danger. The story is set in three main locations, including a mercantile town, a citadel controlled by the authorities, and ruins of the old capital city. During the journey, the player encounters randomly generated monsters and mutants. The game offers a turn-based combat system enriched with several modern-day mechanics. For instance, the player can spy on the enemies, checking which one is going to take the next action; one can also combine their spells together for a more powerful effect. The creators paid a great deal of attention to the soundtrack, which was composed by Cedric Menendez and inspired by works of Nobuo Uematsu, Jeremy Soul and Hans Zimmer.
Criminal Girls: Invite Only (PSV)
RPG 03 February 2015
A dungeon crawler developed by Nippon Ichi Software. Criminal Girls: Invite Only is a new and updated version of an original jRPG released on PlayStation Portable in 2010. The player takes care of the souls of seven girls suffering punishments in hell. The protagonists’ sins can be atoned once they climb the highest floor of the hellish spire and defeat various monsters – only then can they earn the right to be reborn in the real world. Gameplay of Criminal Girls: Invite Only focuses on exploration of 2D dungeons and fighting creatures. Combat is turn-based – you do not control the girls directly, but choose the suggested attacks and special powers to be used during clashes. The unruly girls can be motivated by imposing different punishments on them – by doing so, you do not only rehabilitate them, but also improve their statistics and learn about their pasts.
YIIK: A Postmodern RPG (PSV)
YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG is a surrealistic jRPG set in the 1990’s. It was developed by the independent developer Ackk Studios, creators of games like Chromosphere: The Two Brothers and Two Brothers. The story focuses on the mysterious disappearance of Sammy Pak who was taken by supernatural forces while using an elevator. Her friends decide to embark on a dangerous journey to save her. The single player campaign will give us around twenty five hours of gameplay. Our party of eight moves around an isometric-presented map, every once in a while taking part in turn-based battles against our enemies. The game uses Unity Engine. Visuals in YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG are much different from what we can see in other jRPGs as the game lacks any sort of manga-inspired style. All of the game's dialogues are voice acted.
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.
Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart (PSV)
RPG 29 May 2014
Spin-off series Hyperdimension Neptune. The game is a strategic jRPG with a turn-based combat system. The main character of the title is Noire, the goddess of the kingdom of Lastation representing the PlayStation brand, which in other productions of the series played a supporting role. During the adventure, players must save the world from a mysterious threat by gathering new allies and friends.
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.
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.
Hyper Light Drifter (PSV)
A retro-style action RPG that takes inspiration from 8- and 16-bit console titles. Hyper Light Drifter is set in a fantasy world with some science-fiction elements. Player becomes one of the Drifters - the seekers of forgotten technology. He embarks on a journey to dangerous land in order to find a cure for his deadly disease. The gameplay in Hyper Light Drifter is based mainly on exploration and dynamic combat, featuring many tactical options. Character’s primary weapon is an energy sword of limitless power but he can also use pistols and rifles charged with batteries. Moreover, he is accompanied by a flying probe which can generates a shield to defend him, provide light in dark corridors, help find hidden passages, and manage the character’s equipment. Both the items and the probe can be upgraded by installing additional modules.
Hand of Fate (PSV)
RPG 17 February 2015
A unique fantasy mix of a card game, a board game and an RPG title. We traverse dungeons, fighting monsters and collecting treasures, but not like in typical role-playing games. Everything happens on a virtual table, with us playing a card game in front of The Dealer. We travel through locations by moving a pawn representing our hero on the table and revealing cards that depict enemies, NPCs, locations, and other elements that make our adventure. When we face an enemy, we are taken to a three-dimensional environment and control the hero like in any other TPP action-RPG title. As befits a card game, Hand of Fate isn’t lacking the option of building one’s deck, consisting of parts of equipment, special attacks, and other bonuses gained during game.
Demon Gaze (PSV)
RPG 24 January 2013
A Japanese dungeon crawler game, which is a continuation of the production titled Students of the Round. The player takes on the role of a young man named Oz, who can control demons.
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.
Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion (PSV)
RPG 18 July 2017
A side-scrolling jRPG with strong elements of classic beat'em up. Fallen Legion was developed by an American studio YummyYummyTummy. The game came out for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita; the two versions differ mainly in terms of story. Fallen Legion is set in a fantasy world and the player is taken to the Kingdom of Fenumia, which falls from glory due to the king's premature death. His daughter (the protagonist in the PS4 version), tries to cope with the problem and goes on a long and dangerous journey in order to bring peace and safety to her subjects. This is obviously noticed by Legatus Laendur (the protagonist in the PSV version), who's lust for power makes him try to take control of Fenumia in her absence. The core of the experience is constituted by fighting enemies in a real-time combat system. The key to success is to make a good use of the individual abilities of the controlled characters, apart from being able to skillfully combine attacks of the entire team into complex combos; however, having quick reflexes is also needed. Furthermore, the player has to make more and less important decisions many times - those influence the course of the story and what the game world looks like. All of this is complemented by eye-pleasing, hand-painted 2D visuals.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 (PSV)
RPG 31 October 2013
A complete remake of the first part of the JRPG Hyperdimension Neptune series, which presents in a satirical way the computer games industry and the "war" waged between consoles. The creators completely changed the system of fight and exploration of the world, improved the graphic design and enriched the original scenario with new elements.