It’s hard to believe, but 2018 marks the PlayStation 4’s fifth year on the market.
Since the first PlayStation, Sony’s sacred symbols have long been associated with Japanese role-playing games. While you can find plenty to enjoy across the board, there isn’t anything like sitting down for a few hours to get lost into a new world. Sure, Western RPGs offer that same sense of virtual wanderlust, but Sony’s Japanese heritage has created a strong tie with the JRPG genre. What better reason is there to reminisce about some of the best JRPGs on the platform so far?
10. I Am Setsuna
Square Enix aren’t as revered as they once were, sad to say. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact reason why the merger of Squaresoft and Enix, two of Japan’s most respectable game companies, didn’t produce something with a more consistent track record. A lot of fans may reminisce of a time gone by when we saw one groundbreaking hit after another. Funny enough, so does Square Enix, apparently.
I Am Setsuna, the first game out of Square Enix’s brand new development team Tokyo RPG Factory, is a throwback to those good ol’ days. With a heavy inspiration from the classic JRPGs of the 90’s, particularly that of Chrono Trigger, I Am Setsuna is like a blast from the past. While it may not be perfect - its repetitive environments and minimalist visuals can be a bit grating - there’s a lot to love here. Its theme of sadness underlines the entire adventure, and while you may not be crying by the end of it all, it’s a great trip down memory lane for those who are aching for it.
9. Final Fantasy XV
I’ve written about how important this game is to me in the past, but let me be clear right out of the gate: Final Fantasy XV isn’t for everyone. Its story is ridiculously light in comparison to past series entries, and its battle system can be pretty divisive. There’s also a huge amount of stuff outside of the game itself to dig into which can be hard to filter through (but if you’re interested, we can help!). All in all, Final Fantasy XV is a love it or hate it type of game. Make no mistake, however, there’s enough to merit it as one of the PlayStation 4’s best.
Breaking away from series traditions in almost every way, Final Fantasy XV is set within a massive open world. Whether you explore by foot, in your fancy car, or by boat, the world is breathtakingly huge. Although the world’s size wouldn’t be as interesting if there wasn’t so much stuff to do within it. While the main game can take around 30-40 hours to complete, the optional side content can fill up nearly 100 hours or more. It also hides some of its best secrets within the optional end-game content, like a dungeon based entirely on platforming. Although it may be divisive, which is why it hasn’t landed higher on this list, it’s definitely a game worth recommending for any JRPG fan.