We love RPGs. You love RPGs. Everyone loves a good RPG, and 2020 just so happened to be a fantastic year for them. No matter whether they were rereleases packed full of new content or brand new experiences that took established franchises in new directions, there really was something for everyone. However, we simply have to work out what was the best of the best. Here are the best PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 RPGs of 2020.
Bronze Trophy: Final Fantasy VII Remake
We lost track of how many times Final Fantasy VII Remake make us grin like idiots during our time with the release, but that's the power of this shockingly well realised remake. Doing the original Final Fantasy VII justice was never going to be easy, but somehow, Square Enix managed to recapture the magic, while also expanding on its world and beloved cast of characters. What's more, the battle system is exemplary — a real evolution of the series' tried and tested ATB formula. Sure, this is just the first chapter in a new saga, but we can't wait to see what's next.
For more information, check out our Final Fantasy VII Remake PS4 review.
Silver Trophy: Demon's Souls
Demon's Souls on PS5 is the exact same game as the 2009 original, which means it's still a pretty excellent RPG. Five vast and mysterious worlds play host to some of the most unnerving next-gen gameplay possible right now, but you can conquer their inhabitants in just about any way possible. Build variety is off the charts in Demon's Souls, with a long list of weapons and armour to customise your character with and loads of stats to boost when you've gathered enough Souls to do so. It's both the best game available on PS5 right now and one of the greatest RPGs of 2020.
For more information, check out our Demon's Souls PS5 review.
Gold Trophy: Yakuza: Like a Dragon
A game that we've started calling Yakuza: Like a Dragon Quest here in the Push Square office, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is one of the most interesting RPGs that we've played in a long time. It takes everything that we already love about Yakuza — the realistic setting, the brilliant characters, the gripping stories, the insane side activities — and combines it with... A party-driven adventure with turn-based battles? Yep, and it works shockingly well. RGG Studio took a real risk with this one, and it pays off in what is one of the most memorable and unique games of 2020.
For more information, check out our Yakuza: Like a Dragon PS4 review.
Platinum Trophy: Persona 5 Royal
Our 2017 Game of the Year is back and better than ever — despite already being a 10/10 masterpiece. Persona 5 Royal isn't just one of the absolute best RPGs on PS4 — it's one of the best Japanese RPGs ever made. An utter delight for the senses, and improved to a degree where the original Persona 5 is rendered completely redundant. Royal's new finale is incredible, its new characters are fantastic, and its countless gameplay improvements elevate it to previously unthinkable heights.
For more information, check out our Persona 5 Royal PS4 review.
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