If you love JRPGs, you chose well getting a PS5. The only other console that rivals it when it comes to RPGs from the East is the Nintendo Switch, but the extra grunt of the PS5 means that it edges it on the whole, nabbing some games that just aren’t possible on Nintendo’s hardware. But what are the best JRPGs on PS5? There are so many available, after all, that it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.
While it’s hard for us to think of any truly terrible JRPGs on PS5, there are certainly some that stand out more than others as must-plays. For that reason, we’ve put together a short list of the best JRPGs on PS5 making it easier for you to work out what’s worth your money and time. Pick up any of these and we think you’ll quickly find yourself engrossed, with the hours quickly passing by as you unravel captivating stories, engage in thrilling combat, and find reward in developing your characters.
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1. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
We begin this list with one of the best JRPGs of all time, remade for PS4, and then further enhanced and expanded upon on PS5. It is, of course, Final Fantasy VIII Remake Intergrade, though if you’ve not yet played it be aware that it plays with your perception of what a remake is.
In any case, it brings the world of Final Fantasy VII to life like never before, fleshing out the story and characters. As a result, it only covers the opening part of the original game, but still feels epic. If you have any love for the original game, or JRPGs in general, this is a must-play. It’s one of the best JRPGs on PS5 by far.
2. Persona 5 Royal
Beginning life as a spin-off of the Shin Megami Tensei series, Persona is now huge. The biggest of them all? Undoubtedly Persona 5. This is a game that won over people’s hearts, which is fitting as that’s also what you do in the game.
As a member of the Phantom Thieves, Persona 5 finds you fighting injustice. During the day you go to school, socialise with friends and perhaps even maintain a job. But as the day comes to a close it’s time to enter the Metaverse, do battle with enemies and right wrongs. Being the Royal edition on PS5, there’s extra content and features that makes this even better, too.
3. Final Fantasy XVI
The latest entry in the Final Fantasy series is a weird one, as it both goes back to the series’ roots somewhat but also takes inspiration from the likes of Game of Thrones. This is a Final Fantasy game in which characters swear like sailors, and there’s much political intrigue. Hell, there are even sex scenes.
Get past all that, though, and you’ll find that at its core this is a Final Fantasy game through and through, with an epic story involving summons. A solid action-based battle system is the real draw here, with some absolutely phenomenal set-pieces that really show off the PS5 hardware. If you’re after the best JRPGs on PS5, be sure to give it a go.
4. Granblue Fantasy: Relink
Imagine a grand JRPG but with all the padding taken out – that’s essentially what the main campaign of Granblue Fantasy: Relink offers. Each chapter basically offers an epic set-piece for you to play through, including at least one tense boss battle. Though once you’re done with the story, which will probably take around 15 hours, there’s much more to go at thanks to a wide range of quests that you can tackle alone or with others.
It’s the combat that’s the real star of the show here, though, being as good as that found in some character action games. And there’s a huge roster of playable characters, too, each with their own skill trees and weapons to develop. It may not have a massive campaign, then, but there’s tens of hours of fun to be had with Granblue Fantasy: Relink overall.
5. Persona 3 Reload
The second Persona game on this list, Persona 3 Reload is the remake of the game that introduced what is now the popular format of the series. Playing as a school student who suddenly learns he has the power to summon Personas and make use of their powers, you’re tasked with exploring a mysterious tower that only appears at night, during what is known as the Dark Hour.
Like in most Persona games, then, daytime is when you prepare for your nighttime activities, as well as where you primarily build bonds with your team members. Being a remake, Persona 3 Reload features a combat system brought bang up to date, as well as detailed visuals and a brilliant new soundtrack. And while it still feels a little dated in some regards, those seeking out the best JRPGs on PS5 would be wise to give it a look.
6. Octopath Traveler 2
Fancy a JRPG that looks and feels a little old-school? Octopath Traveler 2 is for you. Developed using Square Enix’s HD-2D art style, Octopath Traveller 2 is a JRPG where you’re in the driving seat of eight individual stories. Who you choose to play as first is up to you, and you’ll soon find the paths of some playable characters crossing as they go about their epic adventures.
With a host of new features and gameplay tweaks, Octopath Traveler 2 is much improved over its predecessor, which for some reason still hasn’t made its way to PlayStation consoles. Don’t let that put you off, though, as you don’t need to have played the first game to enjoy this stellar sequel.
7. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth
The Yakuza series has always had RPG elements. Ever since Yakuza: Like a Dragon, however, mainline entries have been full-on JRPGs. In Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth players once again find themselves in control of the Dragon Quest-loving Ichiban Kasugu. This time around he finds himself in Hawaii, trying to track down his birth mother that he believed was dead.
Of course, nothing goes to plan, and soon Ichiban finds himself on yet another ridiculous adventure with the legendary Dragon of Dojima Kazuma Kiryu by his side as well as some new friends. Ultimately, this is the biggest Yakuza game yet. And with a much improved turn-based battle system, it’s easily one of the best JRPGs on PS5.
8. Live A Live
A cult classic from yesteryear remade for modern consoles with Square Enix’s brilliant HD-2D art style, chances are you’ve never played a JRPG like Live A Live. Here, you’re presented with multiple playable characters each with their own stories. You might find yourself in the Wild West, for example, laying a trap for incoming bandits. Or in prehistoric times fighting for your life when attacked by dinosaurs.
What really stands out in Live A Live, though, is how each story has its own mechanics. There’s a great amount of variety here, keeping you on your toes and ensuring that each character really feels like they’re on their own journey. And so, while you’ll certainly enjoy some stories more than others, chances are they’ll all stick in your mind and test your abilities in different ways.
9. One Piece Odyssey
Even if you’re not a One Piece fan, there’s a lot to love about One Piece Odyssey. One of the best JRPGs on PS5, it’s a colourful, lively adventure that’ll take you to some fascinating locations – and once you get started, you won’t be able to get enough.
There’s an excellent plenty of storytelling, exploration and combat here. Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirate pals each have their own unique skills, so whether you’re using Luffy’s stretchy arms or Chopper’s healing abilities, they all have a key role to play. Sure, if you’re familiar with One Piece, you’ll get more out of this game – its range of locations certainly offer a bit of fan service – but don’t let that put you off. There’s plenty for newcomers too, and it’s a great introduction to the wacky series.
10. Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy
Any of the three Atelier Ryza games deserves a spot on our list of best JRPGs on PS5, really. But we’ve gone with Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy because, if we were going to have a favourite, this would be it. Atelier Ryza 2 is a delightful story filled with friendship and adventure, where your time will be split between working in your atelier and out fighting enemies.
You’ll spend a lot of time collecting materials, too, and figuring out how best to combine everything in your cauldron. But simply running around the gorgeous world of Kurken Island is enough of a joy, as is getting to know Ryza and her group of lovable friends.