Final Fantasy XV (PC)
A JRPG with elements of third person shooter that came out as the next major installment in the bestselling Final Fantasy franchise. Final Fantasy XV was developed by Square Enix’s 1st Production Department, led by Tetsuya Nomura and Hajime Tabata. The game features some lore elements from the franchise’s sub-series Fabula Nova Crystallis. You play as prince Noctis Lucis Caelum, who tries to defend his city-state from the Niflheim Empire invasion. In combat, the hero can use magic, special abilities, and a wide array of magic swords. The game features third person perspective, as well as real-time combat and open world exploration.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PC)
RPG 31 October 2017
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is the eighth installment of the fantasy action RPG series from Nihon Falcom. The game takes place in the same Greek mythology-inspired fantasy world as the series' previous installments. Once again we play as the warrior called Adol Christin who, after the ship he was traveling went under, ends up with the rest of the crew on the cursed island Seiren. Our hero's dreams about the mysterious girl named Dana turn out to be the key to solving the mystery of the island. As per the series' tradition, we will spend most of our time on fighting with various enemies. The game features an arcade combat system. We are accompanied by many characters with different abilities in our adventures and we can switch between them anytime we want to. Every once in a while we will also play as the titular Dana. Her parts of the game are more riddle-oriented.
Tales of Berseria (PC)
RPG 24 January 2017
The 16th installment in the popular jRPG series by Bandai Namco, which was originated in 1995 with the release of Tales of Phantasia on SNES. Tales of Berseria is also the first game in the franchise in which the main protagonist is not a male – the player assumes the role of a female character. She is a young pirate named Velvet Crowe, who lives in the fantasy kingdom of Midgand. Interestingly, the location had previously appeared in one of the earlier installments of the series – Tales of Zestiria – but the action of Tales of Berseria takes place much earlier. The Kingdom is composed of a few larger pieces of land and a number of little islands, so traveling through the world often requires sailing. Just like former installments of the Tales series, the title offers a complex combat system based on unique abilities and combos. Players observe the action from the third-person perspective and during fights they can control other members of the team. Tales of Berseria makes use of fully-3D graphics, but the game is still kept in an anime comic book style.
Accel World vs. Sword Art Online (PC)
RPG 12 September 2017
A third-person perspective action jRPG developed by ARTDINK. The title is based on books and anime from the Accel World and Sword Art Online franchises. The story of the game features a unique story in which characters from both universes met. They face a phenomenon that causes unknown time travelers from future to appear in the world and seek a way back home. The action is presented from the perspective of Kirito, the protagonist of Sword Art Online, but the scenario enables the player to assume the role of other characters as well and experience the story from their point of view. The title is an action RPG in which the player travels through large locations and is able to freely fly or participate in aerial combat. The game offers many playable characters, each of which has unique skills and attacks that are upgraded during the game. In the singleplayer campaign the player is accompanied by up to two companions controlled by AI.
Blue Reflection (PC)
RPG tomorrow, 26 September 2017
A conventional jRPG featuring a turn-based combat system. Blue Reflection was inspired by games such as Persona 4, anime series and comic books belonging to the magical girl genre. The game was developed by Gust - a studio popular mainly for the Atelier series, which comprises more than several installments. The game is set in contemporary Japan. Hinako, the protagonist, is an ordinary girl who attends high-school, but one day she is taken to an alternative dimension inhabited by dangerous monsters. In that realm, she discovers a mysterious power in herself, which allows her to transform into a magic warrior. Along with her friends having similar abilities, she fights the threats coming from the other reality.
Final Fantasy IX (PC)
RPG 14 April 2016
The 9th main entry in a classic jRPG series, originally released in 2000 on PlayStation console, and ported to PC ten year later. After a few games featuring slightly cyberpunkish settings, Final Fantasy IX returns to the roots of the series, where we are once again met by knights, princesses, and dragons. Players take the role of a young thief, who, together with a company of other heroes, faces the evil queen Brahna, who is responsible for the outbreak of a great war. However, as it turns out, the queen has been nothing more than a pawn in the hands of a much more dangerous enemy. In terms of game mechanics, the game is a combination of proven solutions with some limited innovations, such as a redesigned profession system or ATE mode (Active Time Event), which allows us to see what other team members are doing, give access to numerous side quests and a chance to collect various useful items.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PC)
RPG 02 August 2017
Another installment in the popular Japanese RPG series developed by Nihon Falcom Corp. Once again, players get to travel to the land of Zemuria, more exactly to the territory known as Erebonia, where the Thors Military Academy is located. The school is attended by children of both gentry and common citizens – the exception being the 7th grade comprising only the main protagonists of the game. The action of the game is set during one school year, in which the students increase their skills, acquire military experience, and overcome the differences that divide them. The background of the story is filled with ever-growing tension in the society that might result in an outbreak of civil war. The plot of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel features a non-linear structure and is shaped by the decisions made by the players. In comparison to the previous installments in the series, this game stands out with its multiple improvements, the most prominent being the TPP perspective, which has replaced the typical for the series top down perspective. Additionally, the game features more dialogues and a modified combat system. Once again, battles are turn-based, however, they are more dynamic because of the combo system enabling players to mount spectacular and powerful attack sequences. Moreover, the choices a player makes throughout the game affect the combat efficiency of particular characters.
Ys Seven (PC)
RPG 30 August 2017
Ys Seven for is the seventh installment of the popular jRPG series developed by Nihon Falcom. The game takes us to the fantasy world of Altago where we play as adventurer Adol Christin. King Kiemarl Ednas gives our hero a task of exploring and inspecting a mysterious crypt that emerged after one of the earthquakes. While fulfilling his task he awakes th Five Dragons – ancient powerful beings that bestow Adol with their power so that he can stop the impending cataclysm. Gameplay focuses on exploration of various locations, combat, and talking with more and more NPCs in order to progress the story. In combat, we use conventional weapons, spells, and special abilities which we can combine into powerful combo attacks. We can assign attacks to specific buttons, just like in the series' previous installments. Ys Seven has an atmospheric soundtrack and eye-pleasing visuals.
Terra Battle 2 (PC)
RPG December 2017
The second installment in the jRPG series developed by Mistwalker – a company established by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series. In terms of its plot, Terra Battle 2 is not a direct continuation of its predecessor and takes the player to an entirely new fantasy world. The fate of this realm hangs by a thread as the dark creatures previously turned to stone are brought back to life. A player assumes control over a group of heroes who set off on an adventure to stop the threat and restore the order all over the world. The gameplay is based on the mechanics known from the first installment and builds on exploring vast maps and fighting numerous foes. The battles feature a turn-based system; however, players get at their disposal a wider range of battle strategies, including the ability to set a fighting formation before the battle itself. The entire experience is well complemented by the character development mechanics known from the first installment that is based on the profession system.
Disgaea 2 PC (PC)
RPG 30 January 2017
The definitive edition of the second installment in the Disgaea series, developed by Nippon Ichi Software for PC. The action of this jRPG takes place in Veldime – a fantasy world that has been struck by a curse summoned by a dark lord – Zenon. As a result, its inhabitants have been changed into demonic beings. The only hope lies in Adell – a courageous youth who challenged the powerful adversary. The gameplay in Disgaea 2 PC is based on exploration and completing story and side quests, developing our character through new equipment and learning powerful skills, and enemy encounters. The battles take place in a turn-based system, and the key to success is using our hero and his party’s abilities, and adopting an effective tactic – the players can move their units during their turn. The game is complemented by an additional story episode, starring another character – Axel, and special gameplay variants for seasoned players. When compared to the PlayStation 2 version, the PC edition can boast higher screen resolution, and controls that allow the player to use keyboard and mouse combo.
Final Fantasy X HD (PC)
RPG 12 May 2016
Remastered version of the tenth entry in the legendary jRPG series, Final Fantasy, which debuted in 2001 exclusively for PlayStation 2. While the original game has been developed by Square Enix studio, the remastered version has been developed by an inside team of Square Enix company. The story takes players to a fantasy world of Spira. The protagonist is Tidus, a sportsman whose home town gets attacked by a powerful creature known as Sin. He finds himself in an unknown environment, not knowing what had happened and how to go back home. Soon, he joins a party of young priestess named Yuna, whose task is to defeat Sin. As far as gameplay is considered, Final Fantasy X HD remains unchanged. Te game does however offer enhanced textures and models to fit higher resolutions. The quality of cutscenes has also been improved.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (PC)
RPG November 2017
A continuation to a jRPG bearing the same title; the game is part of a larger universe from the The Legend of Heroes series. Trails of Cold Steel II begins a month after the events depicted in the first installment. The civil war in Erebonia outbroke for good. Rean's goals are to find the remaining students from the Seventh Grade, as well as to put an end to the bloody conflict, which has torn the protagonist's native country apart. Although the experience is based on the gameplay formula of the previous installment, the creators decided to introduce a few changes. The so-called ''Tactical Link System'', which provided new combos and other tactical abilities used in conjunction with other characters with whom the protagonist has established relationships, appears in this game in the company of the new, ''Overdrive Mode'', which allows the linked team-members to incessantly perform attacks during even up to 3 turns in a row. Exploration was improved as well - the player traverses the extensive locations on foot, aboard a modifiable airship, on horseback, or by a motorcycle. Furthermore, the protagonist can recruit allies from among NPCs scattered throughout the game world. The game comes with decent-quality graphics inspired by anime cartoons.
Tales of Zestiria (PC)
RPG 20 October 2015
The fifteenth installment in the Tales series, released for the 20th anniversary of the RPG franchise by Bandai Namco. The game is set in the land of Glenwood, and you, together with new heroes, including Sorey the future Shepherd (a mythical warrior), have to rid the land of a powerful plague, which makes mortals lose their faith in goodness. The gameplay in Tales of Zestiria consists mostly of exploration (for the first time in the series' history, the game features an open world), developing your team, completing quests, and combat. Tales of Zestiria features a new version of the series' distinct arcade-like combat system, and one of the biggest changes is that the battles take place on the maps you explore. The stylized 3D visuals are of high quality, especially the designs by the series' original creators: Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura and Minoru Iwamoto.
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PC)
RPG January 2018
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the next installment in the jRPG series developed by Level 5. Young king Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum is the game's protagonist. After our hero was banished from his own kingdom, a fellow named Roland decides to help him get his throne back. Things got much more complicated when the city of Ding Dong Dell was faced with the danger that threatens the entire world. Our heroes have no other choice than to face it. Just like in the previous game, gameplay in Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom focuses on the exploration of the game's vast world, doing many various main and side quests, recruiting new team mates, and fighting with the encountered enemies. In combat, we can switch between our party members to use their individual abilities anytime we want to. Once again Higgledies play an important role in battles. They can draw our enemies' attention and aid us in battle by giving us powers to control various elements. A new system that allows us to create our own kingdom was introduced in Ni no Kuni II. The game features colorful visuals, visibly inspired by the Ghibli animated movies.
Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories (PC)
Another installment in the popular series of RPG games that depict the life of a farmer. The game was developed by studio Natsune and is part of a series that was started in the second half of the 90s. In Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories the player becomes a novice farmer and is tasked with rebuilding the former prosperity of a farm and gaining sympathy of the inhabitants of a nearby city by completing various story quests. For completing those missions, the player obtains seeds of memories that contain a record of the most important moments in the life of a character. Although the gameplay returns to the roots of the series, the developers have decided to added some completely new features as well. During the game, the players plant seeds, gather crops, and breed animals. In addition to engaging in farming activities, the players can also cook, go fishing, and work in mines. All of those activities require tools, which, as the game progress, can be upgraded and replaced by new ones.
For the King (PC)
For the King is an interesting hybrid that blends the elements of JRPGs, roguelikes, and strategy games, developed by the independent studio IronOak Games. The game takes place in a fantasy land engulfed by chaos. Heroes, led by the player, decide to defeat the evil forces. Both the world and the adventures within it are generated procedurally. Each time we start, we will feel as if we were playing a different, new game. Gameplay in For the King focuses on exploration (our party moves in turns through a map divided into hexagonal tiles, traveling not only on foot, but also by boat) and fighting with the encountered enemies. Our victory in battle depends on how, and when, we use our party members' abilities and on how good their equipment is. For the King offers a wide range of game modes, both single player and multiplayer. The game has good looking, colorful, and cartoonish visuals.