One of the things about the PS4 and PS5 is that both consoles are basically a major hub for some of the best JRPGs you’ll ever play. Thanks to things like backwards compatibility, remasters, ports, and both being generally attractive systems, it means a lot of developers and publishers take care to not skip over either one. It might also make picking a particular title to play challenging too. To help out, here are some Siliconera suggestions for worthwhile games.
Best Digimon Game on the PS4 and PS5: Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
What’s fantastic about Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is that there’s the whole collection element to finding additional Digimon, a compelling story, and a wonderful turn-based battle system. It’s a really great time.
Best Final Fantasy Game on the PS4 and PS5: FFVII Remake
I suppose as a cop-out, I could say Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Collection would be the “best Final Fantasy game” on the consoles. It wouldn’t be wrong, and you should absolutely go play some of them. (FFIV, FFV, and FFVI especially!) But I’m going to go ahead and recommend FFVII Remake this time around. It’s a fascinating reimagining. And if you don’t like it, well, the original FFVII is on the systems too.
Best Persona Game on the PS4 and PS5: Persona 5 Royal
Thanks to Atlus being pretty generous with the porting, people have three mainline Persona games on modern PlayStation consoles! If you’re looking for just one to play, however, Persona 5 Royal would probably be a good place to start. It has a great story that’s pretty identifiable and some fun dungeons! Plus, this version is really extensive!
Best Tales Game on the PS4 and PS5: Tales of Arise
There are so many amazing Tales games. Like did you play Tales of Berseria or Symphonia? But Tales of Arise is not only the newest installment, but something really special. The combat system is fantastic, the world is great, and it’s just a lot of fun to explore and interact with the people in its worlds.
Best Action-RPG on the PS4 and PS5: Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is such a gorgeous and heartfelt story. Though, really, it’s four passionate and enthralling tales. There are a lot of action-RPGs made in Japan that deserve your attention on the PS4 and PS5 for sure. (Off the top of my head, I could also recommend NieR: Automata, Ni no Kuni II, or even Star Ocean: The Divine Force. But it can feel like people forget about Odin Sphere, so consider that?
Best Turn-Based RPG on the PS4 and PS5: Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Dragon Quest XI S is really something of an achievement. It’s a fantastic installment in a long-running series, and the “S” edition is even better due to the option to choose the previously 3DS-exclusive 2D version and see other extra content. It’s a great story with a fantastic turn-based battle system.
Best JRPG with crafting on the PS4 and PS5: Atelier Ryza
To be fair, a lot of the Atelier games will be an amazing time. All of them feature some RPG elements. But the big focus is on exploring areas, gathering ingredients, and using them to craft items for the main story and sidequests. It’s a lot of fun, and Atelier Ryza is a particularly welcoming and well-made entry.
Longest JRPG on the PS4 and PS5: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 1-4
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is a whole saga. Each entry, if you’re doing it “right,” will probably take you 70+ hours to finish. You can’t honestly play the fourth installment without going into the previous ones. So if you want to basically spend a year of your life spending more time with Rean and his friends than some of your own friends and family, go for it. (It’s worth it.)
Best PS1 JRPG you can play on the PS4 or PS5: Legend of Dragoon
Is this stretching it a bit? Maybe! But you can play Legend of Dragoon on your PS5 right now, and I’m going to take any opportunity to recommend this fantastic title. It’s 100% worth your time, so don’t miss out.
Best PS2 JRPG you can play on the PS4 or PS5: Dark Cloud 2
Really, this is genuinely hard recommendation to make, because there are so many fantastic PS2 games you can still play on the PS4 and such. Like Rogue Legacy is also amazing. But Dark Cloud 2 has such a fantastic concept, what with the RPG elements and rebuilding a town, that it can’t be missed.
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