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.
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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.
23. Final Fantasy XV
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.
Doubling down on the RPG elements that were introduced in Assassin's Creed Origins, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a more involved open world adventure thanks to things like branching dialogue options and lots of lovely loot. The combat system is also refined, a more in-depth skill tree lets you fully customise your play style, and a range of mythical boss battles keep things spicy. One of Ubisoft's finest.
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.