Top 10 JRPGs You Need to Play Before 2017

Life is short, JRPGs are not! They take a lot of time and dedication to complete but each second you spend playing these game is more than worth it. Japanese RPGs are some of the finest games to ever release and have a massive fan following in the western market.

If you are a fan of RPGs or just someone looking to get into the genre, we have a list of top ten JRGPs you should definitely play. Below is the list of games that deserve your time and attention.

Top 10 JRPGs

Ni no Kuni

Ni no Kuni

An amazing, charming, funny JRPG is Ni no Kuni. Although this game has a niche audience, Ni no Kuni is an excellent game that should be exposed to a wider player base. You can pick up this classic series for PlayStation 3. Nintendo DS. PlayStation 4, and mobile.

Give this series a try and you will not regret it spending your money.

Phantasy Star IV

Phantasy Star IV, released in Japan as Phantasy Star: The End of the Millennium. The title is one of the best RPGs released in the 90s, a defining time of the JRPGs. It was SEGA’s own take to RPGs that were successfully delivered on Megadrive/Genesis.


Phantasy Star IV features exploration, NPC interaction, and turn-based combat.

Persona 4

Part high-school simulator and part dungeon crawler, Persona 4 is classic that you must play. From story to gameplay elements, Persona 4 nailed it in every aspect. It is a worthwhile experience that is available on PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Vita.


The game successfully combined traditional RPG gameplay with simulation elements.

Final Fantasy VII

It is blasphemy to not play Final Fantasy VII at least once in your lifetime.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Final Fantasy VII us available on PlayStation, PC, and mobile devices.

Super Mario RPG

Like I mentioned before, the 90s was a time when RPGs were booming and pretty much every game developer was trying to make a mark in this genre. Even Nintendo and its widely popular Mario once had an RPG game.


Yes, what you see above is Super Mario RPG game that released back in 1996 and is available on PC via online emulators if you do not own a classic Nintendo system to try it out.

Kingdom Hearts II

If you are highly excited to play King Hearts 3 you definitely first get into King Hearts II. The action game developed by Square Enix released back in 2005 and is one of the best hack n slash experience of its time.


It is not only a great game but a great way to help soothe the pain of waiting for the third game. It’s been over a decade!!

Lufia 2

Traditionally, JRPs don’t really have many complex or challenging puzzles but this one is very different. Lufia 2 is a brain tease and challenges Zelda with its ability to produce great puzzles.


Lufia is Super Nintendo Exclusive that still holds up well to this day.


This one is a cult classic but like many other under-appreciated games, this one begs your attention. It is funny, quirky and an all round fun experience.


It is available for Wii U and Super Nintendo.

Final Fantasy VI

What can we say about this game that you may have not already heard? It is a mix of Star Wars and steampunk that was one of the best entries in the series. If you are looking forward to getting into Final Fantasy, this one is for you.


It is available on Super Nintendo, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, iOS, PC.


Well, robots and religious mythology are at the core of Xenogears which may not make any sense at times but it surely an experience like no other.


People fighting giant robots? Count me in.