It's certainly not the best looking game on this list, but fans of carefully crafted character-driven stories shouldn't miss out on Trails of Cold Steel. With some top tier world building and a huge cast of great personalities, this is a turn based JRPG that has everything you'd expect from a classic of the genre. Together with Trails of Cold Steel II, and with III also confirmed for PS4, this is the perfect time to get in on this engrossing tale of school life.
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A direct sequel to the first Trails of Cold Steel, Trails of Cold Steel II continues to follow Rean and his Class VII allies as they attempt to find their place in the world. Civil war engulfs the Erebonian Empire, and this gives way to a relentless story that sees a huge cast of characters clash over differing ideals. As a sequel, it builds on its predecessor almost perfectly, offering more options in combat and a heavier emphasis on exploration -- all while tying up the numerous plot threads left undone by Trails of Cold Steel. Fans of turn based Japanese RPGs should not overlook this classic Falcom saga.
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.
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.