25. NieR: Automata

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Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: 7th Mar 2017 (USA) / 10th Mar 2017 (UK/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.

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24. Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

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Publisher: Atlus / Developer: Vanillaware
Release Date: 7th Jun 2016 (USA) / 24th Jun 2016 (UK/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.

23. The Outer Worlds (PS4)

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Publisher: Private Division / Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Release Date: 25th Oct 2019 (USA) / 25th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

The Outer Worlds is a masterclass in role-playing game design. Veteran studio Obsidian has delivered a fantastic sci-fi adventure that channels both Fallout: New Vegas and Mass Effect with an even heavier emphasis on player choice. Brilliantly witty writing, great characters, and and punchy combat combine to make this a memorable journey across the seemingly doomed space colony of Halcyon. If you're looking for pure role-playing excellence, few games on this list can stand alongside The Outer Worlds.

22. Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft
Release Date: 5th Oct 2018 (USA) / 5th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

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.

21. Fallout 4

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Publisher: Bethesda Softworks / Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Release Date: 10th Nov 2015 (USA) / 10th Nov 2015 (UK/EU)

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.