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Top 15 JRPG PS4 Games of 2016, 2017 & 2018

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Ranking the best Japanese RPGs on the Sony PlayStation 4 video gaming consoles. These are highly-rated JRPGs to play on your PS4. Support our channel by buying these games using the Amazon affiliate links below: Dragon Quest Heroes II https://goo.gl/X1wMMF Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age https://goo.gl/7k79jx GOD EATER 2 Rage Burst https://goo.gl/6TaH2s NieR: Automata https://goo.gl/vqktqw Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom https://goo.gl/BiCic8 Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir https://goo.gl/NNhWiA Persona 5 https://goo.gl/qy4zaD Tales of Berseria https://goo.gl/mRz1xt Valkyria Chronicles Remastered https://goo.gl/fXW3Jn World of Final Fantasy https://goo.gl/LL9irz Ys Origin https://goo.gl/47etU6 Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA https://goo.gl/4TR1it whatoplay updates you with the latest, the most anticipated and the best PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, iOS and Android video games today. Subscribe now at https://www.youtube.com/user/whatoplaychannel Discover all the best, new & upcoming PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS video games at https://whatoplay.com. Connect with other whatoplay followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ - https://www.facebook.com/whatoplay - https://www.twitter.com/whatoplay - https://instagram.com/whatoplay - https://plus.google.com/100536220375867144593/.
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Kiriko 霧故 (5 days ago)
P5 is my jam ! I usually tend to get tired of games quite easily, so the fact that I'm at 130 hours of playing and I'm almost done with it is quite amazing
Xemnas Superior (13 days ago)
Oh yeah I LOVE Zodiac Age
Xemnas Superior (13 days ago)
Well my favorite FF is Zodiac Age.
Xemnas Superior (13 days ago)
Well my favorite FF is Zodiac Age.
Xemnas Superior (13 days ago)
I love Ys Lacrimosa of Dana and Memories of Celceta. But Origin is very nice too.
Jinhunter Slay (14 days ago)
Sorry, but I don’t like Berseria. It’s gameplay and story is so convoluted that I never even finished it. The weapon system, for example, is unnecessarily complicated even by JRPG standards with so many stats, so many different status effects, and having different effects on different enemies! Why couldn’t it be more like Persona 5 which kept things simple with only 2 stats: “accuracy” and “damage”. Easy to understand, nice and simple.... ....and don’t get me started on how the game forced you to grind each and every weapon in the game to “level up” your character
Jinhunter Slay (5 days ago)
Berseria also have a horrible habit of wasting time: I remember clearly how the game made me fight across a HUGE and tedious map (the Aldina Grassland for you Tales fans) for no reason. It doesn't progress the story at all, and to add insult to injury, it makes you think you're at least going to fight a Dragon boss and get some special item just to have that boss fight be a fake one as your fight got interrupted (by Zaveid) and you gained nothing; not even exp. The only reward you get from that whole chapter is a hoverboard that makes you walk faster...that's it.
Sofaris (6 days ago)
Thats one of the things I love about P5. It has this wonderful and fun balance between simplicity and deep.
Ghost Detective (9 days ago)
Jinhunter Slay I not saying your complaining,but I can see where you are coming from.
Jinhunter Slay (9 days ago)
oh no, it's not just me complaining....many game reviews of Berseria said that one of the game's problems is that it's clearly not for newcomers to the series (like me)......
Ghost Detective (9 days ago)
Jinhunter Slay Because it's not Persona 5.Also,all the tales games have similar combat,since it never started out as a turn based game.
Luca D?Innocenzio (15 days ago)
I was thinking to try Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA. Do I need to play all the older titles before it or is it enjoyable by itself?
Josh Adams (16 days ago)
Dragon quest hereos 2 is boring asf aye
Nasser Almulaifi (17 days ago)
How a childish game like persona 5 beats the life of ffxv and ffxiii and ffxii and ffix, final fantasy games are the behemoth of an rpg how is persona 5 beats them the game looks so childish I should let my 9 years old kid play it, it doesn't deserve that score, that score deserve for final fantasy games
Nasser Almulaifi (6 days ago)
Sofaris woow dude relex I love p5 so much and I didn't find what u say was true that comment was a just test of how many people replies since everytime on youtube I say something no body replies, but now I said fuck it let me say something bad about my favourite game of all time, and I have few people got the trick and noticed me 😂😂😂 p5 has a very heavy theme and a well written characters I actually related a lot to them especially the protagonist and mishima, they both have the same dark past as me I was a weak person who everyone put the blame on and make fun off but when I played this game it gave me courge and now i'm a changed person this game changed my life completely and that's why it was always going to be my favourite game of all time no game did that to me and I'm just playing ffxii now for the first time and the game is amazing with loveable characters my favourite is balthier 😍😂😂 I love him, but as much as I love ffxii it never going to beat persona 5 to me
Sofaris (6 days ago)
I dont know about this. I personally love P5 way more than Final Fantasy. I did not played to many FFs but FFX and FFXII are in my opinion not half as amazing as P5. But it does has a ähm how do I put this? It has a lot of Kids Anime vibes. It explores dark stuff like blackmale, abuse, sexual harassment, corruption, suicide and stuff like that but its not like that a Kids Anime can not be dark ore have deep themes ore well written Characters. I honestly wonder if Persona 5 ore Digimon Tamers is darker. I would say from the fell and style of it P5 is like playing a Kids Anime. I mean its not aimed fore kids. Its rated M after all but it gives this feel Animes like Digimon ore Detektive Conan/Case Closed gave me when I was a Kid. It has this whimsicalness. I personally dont found thats a bad thing. Its actually pretty awesome. I mean look at Avatar Last Airbender. Its a Kids Show and it has been prized to high haven. Most people Adults and Kids love that show to death. Now I personally love P5. Its the best game I have played to this day. And I am not the only one who loves it. But it could be that its not your cup of tea. Maybe this Video can help you finding that out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xShDf09KHJc&t=946s
Nasser Almulaifi (16 days ago)
Prince Mwamba what??!! Am I hearing that correct no dlc!! For a new game jeez woow well I guess I need to try it and see if I like it or not thanks for telling me that
Prince Mwamba (16 days ago)
Nasser Almulaifi dude it took me over 100 hours to beat the game no DLC involved the only dlc is costumes, soundtrack, and themes nothing important
Nasser Almulaifi (16 days ago)
Prince Mwamba oh okay, but it probably gonna be one of those games they give u a 10 hours of story and then the rest is all Dlc i'm not buying an game incomplete then the rest of the story contents is dlc's like ffxv which is fine I can pay but nah not again
Jason dp (17 days ago)
Lost sphere any good
Keith A (19 days ago)
great list bro. I'm a hardcore fan of JRPGs. I'm gonna head to gamestop now to get any 2 of those on your list. probably tales of berseria and nier automata
Papa & Lía (19 days ago)
No he entendido una mierda pero me ha gustado ver el video..
chelsea6671 (20 days ago)
I would love to play Nier so much but there are no retailers in my area that sell it.
David C (21 days ago)
There are many games that I want to get!! But There are many games that I need to finish. It's keep stacking up!
GoatGod AJ (21 days ago)
Wait, does anyone know of a game called Akiba's beat
Ghost Detective (9 days ago)
GoatGod AJ i got that game
Ben Tice (22 days ago)
I'd put nier above persona 5 in all honesty, as much as i enjoyed persona 5 at points it felt bland ranking up some of the confidents. Nier, I didn't stop playing for a month, never bored, even with the grinding.
Geoff Forgie (22 days ago)
Is it just me, or does NIER have a real shitty map system? However, everything else is great.
Rolias .Duck (25 days ago)
Ni No Kuni II is the best
Türkbalasi (25 days ago)
Ys viii lacrimosa of Dana fucked up ending
DankGamer _aob (27 days ago)
*Don't press read more* Read more
sentient oven (30 days ago)
it's surprising that prices for Ys 8 don't appear to have fallen since its release like, what, almost TWO YEARS ago.
Voeris (1 month ago)
Number 2 is Ner: Automata
Borko Borko (1 month ago)
I just don't like turn based games. Persona is not for me i guess
Borko Borko (27 days ago)
cramitycramcram jrpg or rpg does not need to be turn based per se, no. It's just that you are used to them being turn based, like final fantasy for example.
cramitycramcram (28 days ago)
Borko Borko turn based is like the quintessantial root of jrpg though?? Sooooo
Reversed Kawaii (1 month ago)
Bro this is a good list
CorranHorn84 (1 month ago)
Star Ocean 3: Til the End if Time... "beautiful story?" This game and its plot twist ruined the franchise going forward. I'd rather have Star Ocean 2: The Second Story/ Evolution, which has a PS4 digital release in Japan only.
john askins (1 month ago)
I know these were based on on ratings the games all got, but I couldn't see how Persona 5 is the top JRPG on the system. Some of the games on this list were not only better, but a lot better than it in my opinion. It also pales in comparison to Tokyo Xanadu Ex+ which released near the end of last year as well, but didn't have the popularity of Persona 5. These ratings are more of what is the most popular, instead of what is actually the best of the games.
john askins (28 days ago)
cramitycramcram yes I have played Persona 5 and after playing Tokyo Xanadu Ex+ I felt that a game like Persona 5 would have been about a million times better if set up like Tokyo Xanadu Ex+. Persona 5 felt like a chore to play through, being a fun game sure didn't seem like it was the point of the game at all. Personally I would rate Persona 5 maybe on a scale of 1 to 10 around the 4-6 range myself. Combat wasn't bad but the dungeons were a chore to play through and personally watching paint dry is about the level of fun I would say the game was, which is sad because I love turn based rpg's.
cramitycramcram (28 days ago)
Cough cough have u even tried persona 5
Donald William Jack (1 month ago)
Persona 5 is my first persona and so far I am in love with this game.
Wakane (1 month ago)
FF15 isn't there? Is it bad? (I haven't played it)
bee pot (1 month ago)
Wakane it's not bad. It's actually a pretty decent final fantasy title. I just got bored and really realllly disappointed in the later chapters. If you grind even a little bit, you are probably going to be op for the end of the game. Not a bad thing but I would've liked more of a challenging end of game. Some of the areas, like costlemark tower are just fucking frustratingly bad level design. Tight hallways where your group is constantly in your way and a shit ton of the same enemies in an area you can easily spend 2+ hours on if you want to find everything or if you, like I did, get lost constantly lol. The most fun part about the game is the visuals and wandering around on chocobos. I fucking loved riding the chocobos probably more than the average person lol. The story is meh. Feels rushed and kind of barren. Which sucks because I really love the characters. All and all, good game but disappointing. It's worth playing.
Jaison McQuade (1 month ago)
It's the first FF game I truly hated. It is best used as an example as to how not to do open world games. Story is meh, characters annoying, and combat is so-so.
Douby Jocelyn (1 month ago)
Wakane🙄the game is Amazing bro. Get it. I think the people that hates it are long time final fantasy and this one supposedly is really different but it's a really cool game especially the fighting once you get the hang of dashing with the sword
eric lin (1 month ago)
if you like visual games , ffxv has amazing beautiful world , and fantastic mosnter design . Thats it , i played on day one, was one of the worst gameplay ever but best looking game ever. If you are okay with bad character design ( too kpop oriented , at least for me )Funny that i think side character and antagonist design was really good . Playing only with 1 character and button smashing counter attack , unfinished and unexplained story ... with fking 231312 dlcs...( they announced that will be more , even if you buy royals edition). Only thing that i can say for this game is wasted potential.. 9/10 graphics 9/10 soundtrack 3/10 protagonist design 4/10 history 3/10 battle
Hamza Khairi (1 month ago)
Persona 5 is ass for one reason only it has that shitty cat morgana. I wish I could turn it off. The music art style and battles are on point tho
2nd2 (2 months ago)
No Digimon ? No Sword Art Online ?
2nd2 (1 month ago)
Jason dp Ds cyber sleuth and Dw next order.. both of them are great.. Cyber sleuth for story 'like persona ..and DW Next order is like tamagochi thing with training and digivolving..
Jason dp (1 month ago)
2nd2 whats the best digimon game for pd4
bubbaXzone (2 months ago)
if i gonna get a JRPG for my bday i thinking between these games YS origin YS VIII: I am setsuna tales of beseria otherers i either have (like nier) or not intrested in them. i not interested in persona 5....looks complicated and i dont get it. with the talking to people and somone at gym said it changed him. What makes this game so great? somone please explain!
Luca D?Innocenzio (15 days ago)
Trust me, I am kind of a casual gamer and P5 was my first of the series...it is not complicated at all, I mean if you want to 100% complete it yes, it may be a bit, but you can really enjoy the game without getting crazy. Just pay attention to time management. If you still don't have it I highly recommend it., I spent around 250 hours on it before getting bored (finished it 3 times, still miss 8 trophies).
Mr Linguini (1 month ago)
JUST GET PERSONA 5. I thought it was super weird too. But it’s seriously my favorite game of all time now
Jac Ho (1 month ago)
bubbaXzone Yeah, best JRPG, if not understand the story, you can go watch the Persona5 animation, coming in this season. Just that, if u watched, u knew the all story of the games. Last week I just bought this games, none stop to play, addicted!
bubbaXzone (2 months ago)
Wilfredo Quiles i guess ill have to pick it u
Wilfredo Quiles (2 months ago)
bubbaXzone bro I know it sounds off because I even thought the same but please... please trust when we say it is the best. Amazing game hands down..
Dávid (2 months ago)
what about bloodborne and nioh
Marc Lenray Magdaraog (2 months ago)
darksouls series games shouldn't be in this list... they're of a different world my dear... those games are world of pain..
belfosama (2 months ago)
Final Fantasy XII. One of the most overrated games of all times.
Druido Bianco (29 days ago)
Sayd Monirul Islam it all depends from poins of view. I didn’t like ffXII at all, and i played every final fantasy from 1 to 10: 12 in my opinion is the first really shitty one. I liked the witcher 3 a lot
Sayd Monirul Islam (1 month ago)
belfosama nah, witcher 3 is the most overrated game of all time
Akiin Moonlight (2 months ago)
belfosama stfu what a pointless comment
Ragnar (3 months ago)
Where's Digimon Cyber Sleuth? C'mon...
whatoplay (3 months ago)
Hello Ragnar! Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth didn't make it on this list with a Playscore of 8.21. See the full breakdown on our website: https://whatoplay.com/ps4/digimon-story-cyber-sleuth/
Adriana Vieira (3 months ago)
Do you know the best part of this list? Only Persona 5 is the a true exclusive. All the others games you can play on PC.
Maopeng Chen (4 days ago)
odin sphere is also an exclusive... but I barely admit it's jrpg.
Aman Kumar (20 days ago)
Adriana Vieira with emulator you can even play p5 on pc.
Aman Kumar (20 days ago)
Jacob Maxwell on ps4 as well.
Jacob Maxwell (21 days ago)
persona 5 is on ps3 my dude
Big Red (1 month ago)
Adriana Vieira agreed!
dana lucis (3 months ago)
thanks very much... 😉
Naygen (3 months ago)
Almost half of these games aren't even from the years mentioned.
suiken (3 months ago)
IKR. Mostly remastered and PSN re-release
The Killer (3 months ago)
Persona 5 takes the W
Tamikuz (3 months ago)
wow first time i agree with a list >.> beside one is missing here and thats Trails of Cold Steel 1-2 came out january 2016 >.>
Jason dp (27 days ago)
That on console
Yas, (3 months ago)
Yes, Nier and Persona at the top is how it should be.
HappyPorts (3 months ago)
I knew I t.. I played nier and persona 5 and until now there my mst favorite jrpg f all time
King Sora (3 months ago)
FFXV > FF1-14 The other FFs are boring, repetitive and the story is super predictable :P fight me
King Sora (1 month ago)
Little Anime Monster Eh, that’s your opinion ;3 I enjoyed travelling through the world and the character interactions, I enjoyed doing the secret dungeons and the different activities around the world. We both have different opinions, you might think the game is a mess but I don’t....
Little Anime Monster (1 month ago)
King Sora How can you say that any of the older games had "limitations" and then go on to say that XV's combat was any better? Like, you can use three moves and beat the entire game; heck, you can use one (circle) and call it a day. Magic is pretty much non-existent and you can't even summon at will... You can't use other characters outside of battle, even after all those updates... the game is a mess.
King Sora (1 month ago)
eric lin I played Day One as well, I admit the game was released unfinished but if you were to replay it now you’d have way more fun. Also the FFVII remake is using the same combat system and graphics as FFXV.
eric lin (1 month ago)
i played day one , dont know if u can play others character now , but they should let u play since day one and no on updates... dont get me wrong , i supported the game too FFseries , wishing they doing more games ... like ffVII remake. I tried to like it , but just feels off for me.
King Sora (1 month ago)
eric lin You can play as the other party members.
blackstarGOaT (3 months ago)
World of final fantasy is SOOO underrated. Easily the best final fantasy game since FF12 back in 2006.
Josh Adams (16 days ago)
Ff15 is better imo
Pyra (3 months ago)
LOL FFXV didn’t make the list but two FF remasters did. Square Enix really needs to make some changes :/
Xemnas Superior (13 days ago)
Yes XV is no JRPG. Neither Type Zero or Xiii trilogy
azoth775 (29 days ago)
Pyra That's because FFXV isn't a JRPG. It's more like a WRPG(although it being developed by Square)which makes sense why a WRPG wouldn't make it on a JRPG list.
Pyra Wait.... Why is a Switch character here😂😂Does Rex know you're here😂😂
Zach (3 months ago)
I personally wasn't a fan of XV but it's a way better game than World of Final Fantasy
Tamikuz (3 months ago)
well they making changes >.> and are fucking up the game and story more more >.> they should let the game die already
Hottacos29 (3 months ago)
Oh yeah, p5 for the win
Ghost in The shell (3 months ago)
persona 5 is the best hands down easy.
Sir Galahad (3 months ago)
*#whatoplay** how about a list of under the radar upcoming games?*
Taylor Cox (3 months ago)
I don't agree with all these of course but glad to hear of a few that I missed like Tales of Berseria and I am setsune. Persona 5 is easily my favorite jrpg of all time next to Final Fantasy VII
King Sora (3 months ago)
Superman Fan It’s overrated....end of.
Ghost in The shell (3 months ago)
Jungkookie Oppa it's really not. any bioware rpg after jade empire is overrated
King Sora (3 months ago)
Taylor Cox Final Fantasy VII is overrated
Ghost in The shell (3 months ago)
Taylor Cox it's amazing
Anthony Cirami (3 months ago)
I love NieR Automata
Davicito (3 months ago)
I found it kinda boring, any tips?
Anthony Cirami (3 months ago)
Kingdom Hearts ??
Sofaris (6 days ago)
I dont know about this. Kh 1 and 2 are pretty awesome but they are pretty old. I mean they got releases but the originally they are around fore a while. This Video is more about recent RPGs
Pyra (3 months ago)
I agree. 1.5+2.5 Remix should’ve def been on this list.
Anthony Cirami (3 months ago)
How did Final Fantasy XV not make the list ?
Jaison McQuade (1 month ago)
Trips, I hate ff 15 and it has nothing to do with the combat, the combat is it's only saving grace, and even that is only ok. The story is lame, the characters are even worse. It is a representation of the worst way to do open world. Get a quest to go check the onions on a guys farm, drive there for literally 5 minutes, fight one monster, drive back for another 5 minutes, get a follow up quest to go check carrots at the same farm...
Trips 487 (1 month ago)
same goes to you. Just bc you don't like FFXV bc it's not turn based crap doesn't mean it's a shit game.
Trips 487 (1 month ago)
why bc it's not turn based out dated garbage? Can't stand nostalgia freaks like you. Turn base isn't bad but get over it the times have changed and just bc a game isn't turn based doesn't mean it's garbage.
DREAMBOY 69 (1 month ago)
U need to play older final fantasy games to understand how ff15 is not on this list
Gustra88 (3 months ago)
FF12 and FF9 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> FFXV
Tuấn Trần Anh (3 months ago)
this top 15 have many game that are remaster so sad to see my favorite genre dying (remember the ps1 and ps2 era )
Sir Galahad (1 month ago)
*#studster87** 10 - 4*
studster87 (1 month ago)
Sir Galahad they're offline games/ all of em/ sword art online online is kinda like the . hack series, being an offline game telling a story of a fictional online game/ if u have any internet connection on your PS4 than u don't need ps plus to download any title off the ps store/ even the f2p doesn't require a membership- jus sux that basic full price games do 4 multiplayer/ anyway, if u wanna check em out I'd suggest getting em used online through GameStop, or gamefly/ maybe Amazon with it's next day shipping/
Sir Galahad (1 month ago)
*#studster87** / I'll check out the Tales games sooner or later since they always catch my attention but I never find them in stores anymore, I only have a PS4 & I do not play online at all*
studster87 (1 month ago)
Sir Galahad let's not forget pillars of eternity 2 n divinity original sin 2 coming out/ idk abt the 1st choice, but divinity keeps getting near- perfect scores so I'm definitely checking that out
studster87 (1 month ago)
Sir Galahad k koo/ do yourself a favor tho n check out the tales games/ I passed em by myself,thinking it was too cartoony, ( the cover is) so I understand why ppl would think it's too cutesy/ also, recently played sword art online:hallow realization/ u can create your own character in an open world fantasy world/ same thing with s.a.o : fatal bullet, but it's too futuristic 4 me/ a GameStop employee told me that the anime is making a movie involving the fantasy setting so we'll most likely see another sword art online with castles. PLUS,if shining resonance sells well, we might get another one/ hopefully, Dragon age comes out if anthem doesn't flop/ I understand your skepticism of that series
Aphiet Aprianto (3 months ago)
the first entry of best JRPG is.......an action game? do you know what is an RPG. Yes Dragon Quest 2 has some RPG element but it is no means considered as JRPG
john askins (1 month ago)
Aphiet Aprianto sorry but Dragon Quest 2 is considered a JRPG. It is an action JRPG, not all JRPG's are turn based. The action, turn-based, and strategy are all sub categories to JRPG. Can't think of any turn-based WRPG's though offhand, but there are WRPG's that are strategy and action based both. WRPG and JRPG are main categories where as action rpg's, strategy rpg's, and turn-based rpg's are all sub-categories.
foras592 (3 months ago)
I never said they were
Ghost in The shell (3 months ago)
foras592 star Ocean and tales are not dynasty warriors clones
foras592 (3 months ago)
Aphiet Aprianto so star ocean and tales of aren't jrpg because they are action games?
Ghost in The shell (3 months ago)
Dysth Ymia but Ys isn't a dynasty warriors clone
Marvin Gomez (3 months ago)
No bloodborne?
Ondor's Lies (9 days ago)
Jacoby Nero this.
Jacoby Nero (29 days ago)
Marvin Gomez bloodborne isn't an rpg. It's an action game.
neme6ben (1 month ago)
Free Markets hes right though, bloodborne and dark souls arent jrpg...
Jonathan BarSela (1 month ago)
Add Dragon's Dogma to the list of Japan made WRPGs, except it feels even more western.
Ghost in The shell (3 months ago)
Free Markets no cryptic storytelling is a western RPG thing were you always have to rethink their notes and texts Japan after the Super Nintendo era has been the Forefront of showing cutscenes for stories
Esfar (3 months ago)
Pereona 5 all the way.
Geoff Forgie (22 days ago)
Remember peeps, you can always delete/correct your comments.
I-CON ELITE (27 days ago)
Never heard of it.
Shin Megami Tensei (3 months ago)
Please correct your error
Sir Galahad (3 months ago)
*I think you mean Persona 5*
Adam Ez Aldeen (3 months ago)

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