Best PS4 RPGs

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What are the best ps4 RPGs ? Well, PlayStation 4 is home to a vast library of RPG games. From MMOs and open-world epics to niche Japanese RPGs (or JRPGs) and traditional text-filled adventures, there's something for just about everyone. 

It's an expansive genre where East meets West, and we see multiple versions of similar formulas. But as with anything, some titles are better than others, so we've rounded up what we think are the best RPGs for PS4.

Best PS4 RPGs

Below is an unordered list of the best PS4 RPGs. Whether it's JRPGs or open world WRPGs, these are our favorites on Sony's console.

Bloodborne (PS4)

Editor: Sony Computer EntertainmentRelease Date: 24th Mar 2015 (USA) / 27th Mar 2015 (UK/EU)

Average duration: 40 hours

Combat system: action

Bloodborne's twisted take on the tales of Cthulhu is guaranteed to be one of the most iconic outputs of the PS4 generation, pitching seamless combat against a sprawling Gothic backdrop. 

The cobblestone streets of Yharnam are a character unto themselves, as the Victorian districts bend and overlap, and provide the framework for some of the best battles you'll find in any format. A tour de force in art direction and game design, this is one of Sony's most exciting new series.

The Outer Worlds

Editor: private division / Developer: Obsidian EntertainmentRelease date of: October 25, 2019 (USA) / October 25, 2019 (UK / EU)

Average duration: 30 hours

Combat system: first-person shooter/action

The Outer Worlds is a master class in roleplaying game design. Veteran studio Obsidian has delivered a fantastical sci-fi adventure that channels Fallout: New Vegas and Mass Effect with an even greater emphasis on player choice. 

Brilliantly witty writing, great characters and vigorous combat combine to make this a memorable journey through the seemingly doomed space colony of Halcyon. If you're looking for pure RPG excellence, few games on this list can compare to The Outer Worlds.

Final Fantasy XV

Editor: Square Enix / Developer: Square EnixRelease Date: 29th Nov 2016 (USA) / 29th Nov 2016 (UK/EU)

Average duration: 50 hours

Combat system: action

Final Fantasy XV has proven to be somewhat divisive, but it's a unique title that blazes its own path in today's RPG landscape. Built on the idea of ​​a bro-tastic road trip, its premise makes for a wholly enjoyable journey, even if it misses out on its opportunity to tell a more engaging story. 

It's full of secrets and weirdness, and its mix of realism and fantasy really sets it apart from most other games on this list. It's not exactly a classic, but it's still a good time.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition

Editor: Bethesda Softworks / Developer: Bethesda Game StudiosRelease Date: 28th Oct 2016 (USA) / 28th Oct 2016 (UK/EU)

Average duration: 50 hours

Combat system: action

Originally a technical mess on PS3, Skyrim returns to PlayStation Nation with the remastered and reworked Special Edition on PS4. Featuring mod support and all original downloadable game content, this is the ultimate way to experience one of Bethesda's best titles on a Sony system. 

Incredibly detailed and memorable, the land of Skyrim is still there with the biggest open worlds video games have to offer. Bugs and minor performance issues are the only things preventing this re-release. Other than that, it's a timeless adventure.

Esfera Odin: Leifthrasir

Editor: Atlus / Developer: VanillawareRelease Date: 7th Jun 2016 (USA) / 24th Jun 2016 (UK/EU)

Average duration: 30 hours

Combat system: 2D action

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Beautiful to look at, Odin Sphere: Lefithrasir is a top-notch action RPG. He's bursting at the seams with the character, and his beautifully told story is straight out of a bedtime book, except most books never looked this good. 

Skillful controls, some brilliant boss fights, and a lush world ensure this forgotten remake sits near the top of the pile when it comes to PS4 RPGs.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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

Average duration: 70 hours

Combat system: action

Doubling down on the RPG elements that were introduced in Assassin's Creed Origins, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a more immersive open-world adventure thanks to things like branching dialogue options and lots of lovely items. 

The combat system is also refined, a more in-depth skill tree lets you fully customize your playstyle, and a variety of mythical boss fights keep things spicy. One of Ubisoft's best.

Dragon Dogma: Dark Arisen

Editor: Capcom / Developer: CapcomRelease date of: October 3, 2017 (USA) / October 3, 2017 (UK / EU)

Average duration: 40 hours

Combat system: action

One of the best action RPGs of modern times, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is better than ever on PS4, where its next-gen framerate issues are put to the test. 

Subtle storytelling combines with a dark fantasy world to create a captivating experience, and the combat is still miles ahead of almost anything else in the genre. A game that deserves far more praise than many are prepared to give.

Deity: Original Sin II – Definitive Edition

Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Larian StudiosRelease date of: August 31, 2018 (USA) / August 31, 2018 (UK/EU)

Average duration: 70 hours

Combat system: turn based

Refining the tone of its writing and delivering a story with a much better pace, Divinity: Original Sin II is a huge improvement on an already excellent RPG experience. Character creation is significantly in-depth and each action throughout your adventure further defines your hero. 

As far as player choice goes, the Larian sequel is one of the best titles on PS4, and the many paths you can take make it a brilliantly replayable package.

Yakuza:  Like a Dragon Day Ichi

Publishing company: SEGA / Developer: Yakuza studioRelease Date: 13th Nov 2020 (USA) / 13th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

Average duration: 50 hours

Combat system: turn based

A completely different approach in terms of gameplay, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a turn-based RPG that draws heavily on names like Dragon Quest. For the first time in the SEGA main series, Kazuma Kiryu is stripped of his roles as a protagonist, replaced by the extremely endearing Ichiban Kasuga and his group of wacky characters. 

While the adventure still has story ties to previous entries, Like a Dragon is something of a renaissance, and it's fantastic fun.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4)

Editor: Blizzard / Developer: BlizzardRelease date of: August 19, 2014 (USA) / August 19, 2014 (UK/EU)

Average duration: 30 hours

Combat system: isometric action

When it comes to endless character progression and loot, nothing compares to Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition. 

An action RPG that offers what in theory is an infinite amount of things to do, it's a blast whether you're playing with friends or fighting the demon hordes alone. Extremely polished and intuitive, it's arguably one of the most compact titles on PS4.

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