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.
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Monster Hunter is back on home consoles, and it's downright glorious. Monster Hunter: World takes the unbelievably addictive gameplay loop of the series and packs it into a hugely polished and deep action RPG. When you aren't watching in awe as two massive monsters clash over territory, you're busy tracking beasts and getting stuck into the game's satisfyingly weighty combat system. Throw some super rewarding co-op quests into the mix and you've got a title that never stops giving, especially now that the Iceborne expansion revitalises the entire experience and polishes it off with an excellent endgame.
Quite possibly the best Dragon Quest title ever made, Dragon Quest XI is pretty much the series at its peak — and Dragon Quest XI S, complete with additional story elements and all kinds of other improvements, is the best way to experience it. The sense of adventure is amazing, but it's the characters that steal the show. This is the most in-depth a Dragon Quest party has ever been, and their personalities shine through. It's also a great looking game, with loads of lovely landscapes to explore. Superbly crafted, witty, and unbelievably charming, it's the best traditional JRPG experience on PS4 by some distance.
The best Japanese RPG on PS4 just got even better with Persona 5 Royal. Persona 5 was already a masterpiece, but this greatly enhanced and significantly expanded re-release is basically Persona perfection. Balancing elements of everyday life simulation with amazing turn based combat and a lot of cool dungeon crawling, it's a truly immaculate title. Brilliantly cohesive, refined, and quite possibly the most stylish game in existence.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the game that every 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 expansions that are better than most full games, and you have the complete RPG package.
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