The PlayStation 4 is home to a vast library role-playing games. From MMOs and open world epics to niche Japanese releases and traditional adventures stuffed with text, there's something for just about everyone. It's an expansive genre in which East meets West, and we see numerous takes a similar formula. As with anything, though, some titles are better than others, and so we've put together what we think are the 20 best RPGs on PS4.

20: Valkyria Chronicles Remastered

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA
Release date: 17th May, 2016

Valkyria Chronicles remains a gorgeous strategy RPG on PS4. SEGA's initial tale of love and war still has so much to offer, even though it never got the home console sequels that it deserved. Its turn based battle system combines cover and shooting with tactics, and although that sounds like a weird mix on paper, it works incredibly well in practice. Welkin Gunther is still one of our favourite ever video game character names.

19: Dragon Age: Inquisition

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: BioWare
Release date: 18th November, 2014 (NA), 21st November, 2014 (EU)

BioWare may have lost its edge over the last few years, but Dragon Age: Inquisition is still one of the best Western RPGs on PS4. Its main draw is its great cast of characters, every single one of them bringing something different to the table. Sprinkle a healthy helping of player choice on top of solid writing, and you've got a fantasy adventure that's begging for your input as the Inquisition seeks to leave its mark on the land of Thedas.

18: Dragon Quest Builders

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release date: 11th October, 2016 (NA), 14th October, 2016 (EU)

It turns out that combining Dragon Quest's endless supply of charm with the simplicity of games like Minecraft results in a brilliantly fun RPG. A lengthy adventure that sees you make homes for humanity in a monster-infested world, Dragon Quest Builders is an accessible, polished take on Mojang's stupidly popular formula, but we daresay that its structured approach to progression makes it even more addictive.

17: Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 12th May, 2015 (NA), 15th May, 2015 (EU)

A defining moment for RPGs back in the PS2 era, Final Fantasy X is packed with emotion and memorable characters. Its somewhat traditional gameplay has stood the test of time, and going up against the many open world RPGs of today, its linear approach is actually quite refreshing, especially since it allows the story and cast to push to the forefront of the experience. The divisive but still fun Final Fantasy X-2 is merely the icing on the cake here.

16: Nioh

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Team Ninja
Release date: 7th February, 2017 (US), 8th February, 2017 (EU)

Okay, so Koei Tecmo looked at Dark Souls and thought "hey, we'll have a piece of that", but bloody hell, didn't it turn out well? Nioh infuses its punishing combat with a samurai aesthetic, crafting a title that's much more than a simple Souls clone. Mountains of loot await the victorious, and the fast-paced sword swinging is about as satisfying as fighting gets in modern action RPGs.

15: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition

Publisher: Bethesda
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Release date: 28th October, 2016

Originally a technical mess on PS3, Skyrim returns to the PlayStation Nation with the remastered and reworked Special Edition on PS4. Featuring mod support and all of the original game's downloadable content, this is the definitive way to experience one of Bethesda's best titles on a Sony system. Incredibly detailed and memorable, the land of Skyrim is still right up there with the best open worlds that video games have to offer.

14: Fallout 4

Publisher: Bethesda
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Release date: 10th November, 2015

Although Fallout 4 shies away from its role-playing roots a little more than we'd like, it still offers up a fantastic jaunt through a post-apocalyptic world. Significantly improved shooting mechanics and a wealth of possible play styles can keep this journey feeling fresh for an extended amount of time - and the new crafting and settlement systems only add to that. Its selection of DLC isn't the best that Bethesda has crafted, but throw everything together and you've got one heck of a ghoul-filled adventure to chew through.

13: Dark Souls III

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: From Software
Release date: 12th April, 2016

From Software's punishing format may have been old hat by the time Dark Souls III deployed, but even three entries in, the studio's stranglehold on great level design remains as strong as ever. The final part of the trilogy, this uber-polished action RPG possesses the same stunning art and deliberate combat as its predecessors, but it's the abundance of fanservice that will most please those who've prayed at the altar of the sun since the series' very start.

12: Final Fantasy XV

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release date: 29th November, 2016

Final Fantasy XV has proven to be somewhat divisive, but it's a unique title that carves out its own path through the current RPG landscape. Built upon the idea of a bro-tastic road trip, its premise makes for a thoroughly enjoyable journey, even if it does squander its opportunity to tell a more engaging story. It's stuffed with secrets and strangeness, and its mix of realism and fantasy really sets it apart from most of the other games on this list. It's not quite a classic, but it's still a damn good time.

11: Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release date: 11th July, 2017

One of the PS2's swansongs, Final Fantasy XII is lovingly remastered as The Zodiac Age on PS4. A fantastic adventure from start to finish, it's one of the best ever entries in Square's series - and that's saying a lot. Its combat system may take some getting used to, but the depth that's offered here - partly due to a brilliant job system - is something that very few other Final Fantasy titles can match.

10: NieR: Automata

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Platinum Games
Release date: 7th March, 2017 (NA), 10th March, 2017 (EU)

NieR: Automata's complete and utter disregard for your time pays off in so many ways. Yoko Taro's android-based adaptation of Hamlet may seem like anime schlock for the first 20 hours or so, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded with one of the richest narratives in games today. This character action title revels in subverting your expectations, and it crescendos with a mind-blowing climax that will leave your jaw on the floor.

9: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Release date: 3rd October, 2017

One of the very best action RPGs of modern times, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is better than ever on PS4, where its last-gen framerate issues are put to the sword. Subtle storytelling combines with a dark fantasy world to create an enthralling experience, and the combat is still miles ahead of almost everything else in the genre. A game deserving of far more praise than many are prepared to give.

8: Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release date: 14th April, 2014

As far as MMOs go on PS4, nothing quite lives up to the elegance and polish of Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn. Boasting a lush world, top notch gameplay, and a stunning soundtrack, it's a huge RPG that you can get lost in for days on end, with or without friends by your side.

7: Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Vanillaware
Release date: 7th June, 2016 (NA), 24th June, 2016 (EU)

Beautiful to behold, Odin Sphere: Lefithrasir is a top notch action RPG. It's bursting at the seams with character, and its wonderfully told story is pulled straight from a bedtime book - except most books have never looked this good. Slick controls, some brilliant boss fights, and a luscious world ensure that this overlooked remake sits near the top of the pile when it comes to PS4 RPGs.

6: Yakuza 0

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA
Release date: 24th January, 2017

Half brawler, half RPG, Yakuza 0 just makes it onto this list, and to be honest, we're glad that it's here. Most traditional RPGs would kill to have a story even half as good as this, and its incredible cast of characters only bolster its gripping narrative. The Yakuza series has always been brilliant, and 0 is the perfect place to start a love affair with Kamurocho's finest.

5: Horizon: Zero Dawn

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Release date: 28th February, 2017 (NA), 1st March, 2017 (EU)

Guerrilla Games' first attempt at the open world RPG has left genre veterans looking out-of-touch. While it may lack imagination in some areas of its design, Horizon: Zero Dawn executes its ideas so flawlessly that it can be forgiven for not reinventing the post-post-apocalyptic wheel. Aloy's adventure is one filled with mystery, spanning that of the current climate's tribal politics all the way back to the fall of mankind as we know it. A tight narrative is tied together by combat befitting of a third-person action game, and it's all wrapped up with presentation so polished it resembles a more linear release.

4: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Release date: 19th August, 2014

When it comes to endless character progression and loot, nothing measures up to Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition. An action RPG that offers what is in theory an infinite amount of stuff to do, it's a blast whether you're playing with friends or you're grinding through the demon hordes all on your own. Supremely polished and intuitive, its hands down one of the tightest titles on PS4.

3: Bloodborne

Publisher: Sony
Developer: From Software
Release date: 24th March, 2015 (NA), 27th March, 2015 (EU)

Bloodborne's twisted take on the Cthulhu tales is guaranteed to go down as one of the most iconic outings of the PS4 generation, pitching perfect combat against a sprawling gothic backdrop. The cobbled streets of Yharnam are a character unto themselves, as Victorian districts fold and overlap, and provide the framework for some of the best battles you'll find on any format. A tour-de-force in both art direction and game design, this is one of Sony's most exciting new series.

2: Persona 5

Publisher: Atlus (NA), Deep Silver (EU)
Developer: Atlus
Release date: 4th April, 2017

Persona 5 sets the benchmark for modern Japanese RPGs. Where titles like Final Fantasy XV attempt to do something dramatically different and move away from their tried and tested legacy, Persona 5 sticks to its guns and refines itself to near perfection. The result is a laser focused, masterfully worked RPG that constantly impresses with its superb cast of characters and fantastically cohesive gameplay. As a bonus, it's also the most stylish game in existence.

1: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Publisher: Warner Bros. (NA), Bandai Namco (EU)
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Release date: 19th May, 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the game that every Western RPG will be measured against going forward - and we don't think that it'll be beaten for quite some time to come. Using its vast open world as shockingly well realised set dressing rather than a map that houses a tedious amount of objective markers, CD Projekt Red's masterpiece is all killer and no filler. Side quests are just as fleshed out as the main story, and your choices can have severe consequences throughout. Add in two of the best expansions that the genre has ever seen, and you have the complete RPG package.


Updated: 19th October, 2017

And there you have it, our top 20 PS4 RPGs. Do you agree with our list? Have we missed any of your favourites? Vote in our poll, and then tell us why we're so very wrong in the comments section below.

What's your favourite RPG on PS4? (180 votes)

Bloodborne

9%

Dark Souls III

3%

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition

3%

Dragon Age: Inquisition

3%

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

2%

Dragon Quest Builders

  0%

Fallout 4

4%

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster

1%

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

1%

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn

1%

Final Fantasy XV

3%

Horizon: Zero Dawn

15%

NieR: Automata

2%

Nioh

2%

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

  0%

Persona 5

12%

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition

3%

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

30%

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered

1%

Yakuza 0

3%

Other

3%

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