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: 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.

19: 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.

18: Assassin's Creed Origins

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Release date: 27th October, 2017

With Assassin's Creed Origins, Ubisoft takes the usual formula of the historical franchise and drops a big old helping of RPG elements on top of it. The result, perhaps surprisingly, is one of the best games in the entire series. While it's certainly not the most involved action RPG on this list, it's still a great adventure featuring levelling, loot, and a solid story. What's more, its open world is a joy to explore, stuffed with detail and gigantic in scale.

17: 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.

16: 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.

15: 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.

14: 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.

13: 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.

12: 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.

11: 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.


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