Top 33 Best RPG Video Games For PlayStation 4

Art Credit: Dennis Fröhlich

Note: This article was updated in December 2018.

RPGs continue to grow in numbers each and every year. With so many titles being released into the market, it can be tough determining which is worth your hard earned money! Luckily for you we have a list filled with some of the greatest RPG video game titles to have launched on the PlayStation 4.

In our list we have a total of the best thirty RPG video games available for the platform. From the latest installments to beloved franchises to completely new IP’s. Take a look at our picks and let us know what your favorite RPG title is by leaving a comment down below.

#33 Kingdom Come: Deliverance

  • Developer: Deep Silver
  • Publisher: Deep Silver

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a more accurate period piece role-playing game. Set in 1403 within the Kingdom of Bohemia, the old king has passed leaving his heir to struggle in maintaining order within the lands. Players take on the role of a blacksmith’s son who is out for vengeance when his family is slaughtered during an attack. As mentioned, developers Warhorse Studios has taken great care in presenting a game that would show an accurate depiction of the period with various armor, clothing, combat techniques, and real-world castles.

#32 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Skyrim is the fifth game in Bethesda’s ever popular series of role-playing games. Like its predecessors, Skyrim takes place in an open environment which is full of exploration, wonder and a whole slew of quests. You can easily spend countless hours within this fantasy world and we’d honestly be surprised to find a gamer who has yet to experience this journey. If you have yet to do so, pick up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and begin to weave your own tale.

#31 Tales of Berseria

  • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Tales of Berseria is an action RPG where players take the role of a young woman named Velvet Crowe who is out for vengeance after she is betrayed by someone who she once saw as family. The Tales series has a few installments on the PlayStation 3 such as Tales of Xilla which is another highly regarded installment available on the console but Berseria is one you won’t want to put down.

#30 Middle-earth: Shadow of War

  • Developer: Monolith Productions
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Following after the events of Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will continue to follow our main protagonist Talion as he forged a new Ring of Power. However, conflict may arise between Talion and his infused spirit of elf lord Celebrimbor when it comes to their end goals.

Outside of the narrative, most of the gameplay mechanics you’ve become acquainted with in the first installment will likely make a return as you take down orcs and travel across the lands completing quests.

#29 South Park: The Fractured But Whole

  • Developer: Ubisoft San Francisco
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

The latest South Park video game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is an RPG played in a 2.5D third-person perspective and follows the events that occurred in South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Within the game, players take on the role of the New Kid during a massive war of rival superhero factions. Gameplay features turn-based RPG combat where players can think out attacks before initiating them. Likewise, character classes will be available for players to choose and each will alter character stats such as increasing short-ranged or long-ranged combat.

#28 Final Fantasy XV

  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 2
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV is an action role-playing video game and the fifteenth main installment to the Final Fantasy franchise. Overall the story of Final Fantasy XV will center between two empires that have declared war, Lucis and Nifheim, though after Nifheim successfully captures the kingdom’s crystal of Lucis, a group of friend’s sets out to regain it. Players take control of Noctis, prince of Lucis, who teams up with his fellow friends in a grand journey against a massive empire force. The game is also set in an open world environment with available quests and collectibles to gather.

#27 Dragon Quest Builders

  • Developer:  Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Dragon Quest Builders is a sandbox action RPG that’s set within the world of Alefgard. This is a more lighthearted adventure with similar visuals to titles such as Minecraft and Terraria. In the narrative, players are off to revive the world which has been flooded with monsters, however, in order to rebuild the world players must also seek out resources.

#26 Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega

For those familiar with the Yakuza series, the seventh main installment of the series, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, will pick back up the narrative storyline players have been following over the years. Just like previous installments to the franchise, gamers can expect a brawler fighting title with a slightly open world environment to explore.

As players go through the game, they can level up and unlock useful skills to use against other Yakuza thugs. As for the narrative, players will step into the shoes of Kazuma Kiryu once again who is on a mission to learn what has happened to Haruka after being locked away for three years.

#25 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

  • Developers: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: October 5, 2018

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is set in 431 BCE where players will have the choice of being a mercenary that fights for Athens and the Delian League or the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta. Either way, players will be a descendant of Spartan King Leonidas I during the Peloponnesian War.

Much like the previous Assassin’s Creed installments, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will feature a modern day protagonist as well. Ubisoft will be reintroducing players to Layla Hassan who was present during Assassin’s Creed Origins.

There will also be an RPG progression system included in the game as well where players can adjust their character skills and attributes. Likewise, with a branching dialogue system, your narrative journey may offer a unique ending thus giving players an incentive in going back and replaying the game.

#24 Valkyria Chronicles Remastered

  • Developers: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega

Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical RPG video game that released back in 2008 for the PlayStation 3. The video game is set in fictional region known as Europa during a massive world war. Nations have begun to fight over a special mineral called Ragnite which has become not only rare but expensive. As you go through the war in this narrative journey, it should be easy to spot just why this game became such a huge success. Sega thankfully opted to deliver the game to gamers once again with a remastered enhanced version of the title for the PlayStation 4.

#23 Valkyria Chronicles 4

  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a tactical RPG that continues to follow the same style of strategy gameplay that the previous installments are known for.

Overall, players will have to maneuver their characters around a battlefield while taking out the hostile forces. Within the narrative, players will find that Valkyria Chronicles 4 will take place during the events of the first title, Valkyria Chronicles.

This time, however, players will be maneuvering a new cast of characters set within the continent of Europa. As part of the last chance effort to end the war and capture the imperial capital, commander Claude Wallace and his squad are set into a battle that will put them against imperial soldiers along with the Valkyria.

#22 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

  • Developer: Eidos Montreal
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided takes place in 2029, exactly two years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Players will once again step into the shoes of Adam Jensen as he seeks out the Illuminati, a group that was responsible for the Aug Incident of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Adam Jensen is an augmented former private security officer that is now working with a special Interpol unit known as Task Force 29. Set to seek out terrorist groups, players will use their augmentations to stealthily take down the enemy or enter restricted areas undetected.

#21 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Developer: Monolith Productions
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Within Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, players step into the shoes of a ranger named Talion. Early on within the narrative, Talion becomes cursed with what is known as un-death. The game takes players on a journey full of revenge and heroism as Talion seeks out to rid any orcs he crosses paths with.

#20 Assassin’s Creed Origins

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Origins is the latest installment within the Assassin’s Creed series. Players are taken to the end of the Ptolemaic period in Egypt as they witness the origins of the long driven conflict between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. Being an Assassin’s Creed game, you can expect a heavy emphasis on stealth with Origins being more opened world to explore during your game progression.

#19 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

  • Developer: Square Enix, Amor Project
  • Publisher: Square Enix

The eleventh main installment to the Dragon Quest franchise is Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. This video game installment keeps up with the same formula that you’ve likely been accustomed to with the past Dragon Quest video game releases. Players will be exploring the world and fight against a variety of monsters as they go through the RPG narrative. As expected, the combat system will remain the same as a turn-based RPG where players will have to strategically take out the enemy.

When it comes to the story, players will take the role of a young boy who must climb a mountain as is the tradition for all young children during a coming of age ceremony. However, after the climb, our protagonist finds out that he is actually the reincarnation of a former hero. With this new information, players will embark on a destiny filled with combating evil and darkness within the land.

#18 Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

  • Developer: Level-5
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Ni No kuni II: Revenant Kingdom takes place a hundred years after the events of the first title where players follow a young king named Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum who sets out to reclaim his kingdom.

While fans of the first title can expect the role-playing experience with the sequel. The game will feature an open world and a cast of characters that can be controlled during battles. Speaking of battles, there are a range of attacks and strategies available to use during combat with characters having melee style standard attacks along with a variety of skills.

#17 South Park: The Stick of Truth

  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Gamers are able to step into the world of South Park in the RPG, South Park: The Stick of Truth. Within the game players take the role as the New Kid who ends up in a LARP game with the other children of the neighborhood. As you can expect the game features a brand new story featuring your favorite voice actors from the show.

#16 Destiny 2

  • Developer: Bungie
  • Publisher: Activision

The sequel to Destiny takes place after the events of Destiny: Rise of Iron. This title starts off with the Red Legion faction of the Cabal having attacked The Last City. Guardians are forced to flee and find new powers to face the Red Legion and bring order over The Last City once again. Just as before, there is new content being added to the game in order to extend narratives or competitive gameplay with other players. This is also a title intended for players to join together and play online.

#15 Dark Souls Remastered

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Namco Bandai Games

Dark Souls released all the way back in 2011 so it’s been available to play for quite some time now. However, if you were uninterested in going back to this highly beloved action RPG simply due to the visual standpoint then you’ll be delighted to know the game will be receiving a remastered edition.

There’s not very much to say about this upcoming title if you’ve already enjoyed it on last generation consoles. This remastered edition will retain the same gameplay mechanics but there will be a facelift to help give the game a nice touch up for modern day consoles. Likewise, the game will receive improved frame rate, resolution and the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.

#14 Fallout 4

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

If you’re a fan of the Fallout franchise then it’s likely you’ve already picked up the latest release. However, if you’re completely new to the series, Fallout 4 still marks as a great first entry. Set during the events of a nuclear war, players manage to escape into a vault, only to awaken hundreds of years into the future. What’s left of your world is nothing more than decay and outsiders trying to make it by in this new world.

Each installment to the Fallout franchise manages to bring out an incredible wasteland to explore and Fallout 4 is no exception to that trend. You’ll come across old ruins, new structures, and a fleshed out cast of characters to meet along your journey.

#13 Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is a remake of Odin Sphere. The video game has kept the narrative journey and much of the visual standpoint in tacked. However, the developers did make a number of changes to the gameplay mechanics along with new stages and divisions.
As mentioned above, the narrative is still the same. Players will follow five protagonists through a war between nation’s who are after a weapon called the Crystalization Cauldron that could spell complete catastrophe.

#12 Diablo 3

  • Developer: Blizzard Entertianment
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

The third installment to the Diablo series by developers Blizzard Entertainment made its way to PC, but also consoles. Playing out much like its predecessors, gamers pick one of six possible character classes and begin their journey of taking on quests and grabbing up precious loot.

While the game launched in 2012 originally, launched for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners managed to get the video game just a couple years later in 2014. The release came with the previous expansion packs and content update for Diablo III, giving players plenty of gameplay to go through.

#11 Divinity Original Sin

  • Developer: Larian Studios
  • Publisher: Larian Studios
Divinity Original Sin is a prequel to Divine Divinity. The game was a massive success with classic turn-based combat and even cooperative multiplayer. Within the narrative, the game is set in a fantasy world where players take the role of two sorcerers sent out on an investigation. This quickly unfolds into a grand scheme filled with conspiracy surrounding sorcerers.
We won’t spoil too much the narrative but what really made this game a hit was the editor mode it shipped with. With this editor, players were able to craft their very own unique narrative adventures which could then be uploaded for others to download and enjoy.

#10 Nioh

  • Developer: Team Ninja
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Team Ninja, developers behind Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden, has been working hard on Nioh since 2004. The video game is an action role-playing video game set in the early 1600s. Players take on the role of William, a blonde-haired westerner who arrives in Japan seeking out a particular foe.

#9 Nier: Automata

  • Developer: PlatinumGames
  • Publisher: Square Enix

If you’ve been following this video game then you’ll know that this is a sequel to the 2010 video game release known as Nier, a spin-off title from the Drakengard series.
Overall, the story is set within a proxy war between machines developed by alien invaders and the last surviving members of humanity.

If you’re not persuaded on picking up Nier: Automata or not then take a look at our Before You Buy series. In the video posted above, we go over the video game and ultimately tell you if it’s a worth purchase.

#8 Pillars of Eternity

  • Developers: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Pillars of Eternity was developed as the spiritual successor to the ever popular Baldur’s Gate. This is also a successful Kickstarter campaign in which the title managed to raise over $4 million, a record breaking campaign at the time. As you can expect from the developers, this is a deep RPG experience as players are chucked into a fantasy world that’s becomes plagued.
It’s within this world that players learn that humans are being born without a soul. Our protagonist is known as a Watcher, a being that can interact with souls and see past lives. With your gifts, players must venture out and discover what is causing the distinguish of souls in the world.

#7 Dark Souls III

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

The Souls series is noted to be one of the more challenging video games to go through. From the development team, FromSoftware, the souls series holds four installments, the latest of which is only available on current generation consoles.

Each installment plays a third-person adventure title that has a strong focus on timing attacks against the plethora of enemies you’ll encounter. Because of the timing when using weapons and magic, the monsters within the environments can quickly drain a character’s HP causing the series as a whole to be infamous.

#6 Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • Developer: BioWare Edmonton
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts

The third major installment to the Dragon Age franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role-playing video game where players take on the role of an Inquisitor who is on a grand journey to deal with the civil unrest in the continent of Thedas.

While developers have set the game to be on the same continent of the past two installments, exploration for Dragon Age: Inquisition is rather massive in comparison. For instance, it’s been noted that the game features a map that is already five times larger than the setting of the first installment of the series. With all that said, you’ll want to set aside some time to really dive into the video game.

#5 Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Horizon Zero Dawn marks as the first IP developed by Guerrilla Games since their release of Killzone in 2004. This is an action role-playing video game title that is set a thousand years into the future.

Mankind has mysteriously fallen with cities only a shell of a once thriving society. Now only small tribal groups remain with giant mechanical beasts roam the world openly. The plot will revolve around a female hunter named Aloy who sets out on a journey to explore the open world, meet with other tribes, and potentially learn of the reason mankind fell to being with.

#4 Monster Hunter: World

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom

Even if you’ve never played any other game in the series, Monster Hunter: World wants to bring you into the fold with a variety of awesome changes that turn this grind-happy, cooperative RPG into something much more palatable for western audiences. The world has expanded considerably, and you’re free to jump in and explore all you want — but there’s still a whole lot you probably won’t know going in.

#3 Bloodborne

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Bloodborne is an action RPG from the creators of the Souls series. Since this is from the developers who have brought out such hits as Dark Souls, you can expect brutal gameplay. Players are set out to clear out the city of Yharnam who’s inhabitants have been hit with a blood-borne disease causing them to turn into beasts.

#2 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt

Fans of western RPGs will no doubt have played at least one of the Witcher games. With its deep rich narrative journeys and fleshed out worlds, the trilogy has wrapped up with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As expected the third installment not only saw a massive overhaul in terms of graphics but provided gamers with a much more lively world filled with quests and exploration.

While still taking the role of Geralt of Rivia, players will find that that they must deal with the invasion of the Norther Kingdom along with the growing threat of the Wild Hunt. Outside of just a massive world to explore, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delivers campaigns and quests to keep you busy for hours on end.

#1 Persona 5

  • Developer: P-Studio
  • Publisher: Atlus

Persona 5 is the sixth installment to the Persona series which is connected to the Megami Tensei franchise. The video game takes place in modern-day Tokyo which follows the protagonist who transfers into an academy known as Shujin. Soon into the school year, the protagonist along with a number of other students awaken with unique powers along with the ability to explore the Metaverse.

The Persona series doesn’t have a difficult time gathering up followers with each release and with this being the latest, you definitely don’t want to miss out on all the fun.