PlayStation is a brand synonymous with RPGs. From the days of Final Fantasy 7 on the PS1, PlayStation gamers have always expected top-quality RPGs on their platform. These days, there are more options than ever, but which are worth playing? From Elden Ring and Demon’s Souls to Horizon Forbidden West, Yakuza 7, and many more, here are the very best PS5 RPGs.
Let’s start with the obvious one. The latest From Software title was many people’s game of the year in 2022 and with good reason. Its uniquely fascinating world, challenging combat, varied actions for character development, and beautiful art design make Elden Ring one of the best PS5 RPGs around. However, don’t expect it to be a frustration-free experience. If you enjoy a challenge or are looking for a game that is cryptic, ambiguous, and wholly rewarding, look no further than Elden Ring.
Horizon Forbidden West
Guerrilla Games’ follow-up to their 2017 hit is as vibrant and exciting as ever. Continue Aloy’s journey through a unique post-apocalypse filled with an array of menacing machine creatures, human threats, and abundant wildlife. With a satisfying combat system replete with options, stunning visuals, a compelling story, and plenty to explore, this is one PS5 RPG that will keep you hooked for dozens of hours.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Next, we have the latest game in the long-running Yakuza series. The seventh mainline Yakuza title mixes things up a bit: the beat-em-up combat that has been around since the PS2 games has been revamped into an excellent turn-based system, while the franchise’s protagonist is no more. The game features a variety of “jobs”, in the spirit of Final Fantasy and other JRPGs, that the various characters can switch between. A great mix of eccentric fun, engaging combat, and a memorable set of characters make this a PS5 RPG well worth checking out.
Just like Elden Ring, this remake of the original 2009 Souls title is a tough, cryptic, and thoroughly addictive From Software RPG. Everyone knows Dark Souls by reputation, but if you’ve yet to jump in, there’s no better place to start than this fine remake. Demon’s Souls offers the original experience, unchanged aside from stunning revamped visuals, in all its frustrating glory, so don’t be afraid to experience it.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Square Enix has been on a roll lately, though only if you’re partial to Final Fantasy. Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core has just released and Final Fantasy 16 is just around the corner, so it seems there’s never been a better time to be a fan of the JRPG series. However, the first part of their ambitious Final Fantasy VII Remake is a great place to start, even if we don’t know when the next part is due. With stunning visuals, a brand-new combat system, and fully voiced characters, this is an excellent remake of a beloved classic.
These are just a few of the excellent PS5 RPGs available right now. There are so many others we could have included, such as Tales of Arise, Final Fantasy 14, The Witcher 3, Disco Elysium, and many more.
Let us know if we missed any of your favorites in the comments below, so we can keep an eye out!