15 best JRPGs on Steam to play if you like Tales of Arise or Final Fantasy 7 Remake

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15 best JRPGs on Steam to play if you like Tales of Arise or Final Fantasy 7 Remake

If you're a fan of Japanese role-playing (JRPG) games like Final Fantasy, this list is for you!

People rarely think of Steam JRPG titles when discussing the genre, as it is strongly associated with SONY consoles. Many acclaimed titles, such as Final Fantasy 7 and Chrono Cross, have debuted on PS.

However, it doesn't mean that Japanese role-playing games are exclusive to this platform because plenty of them are now available on other platforms, including PCs. We've gathered the best JRPGs on Steam to prove it. But before we move on to our recommendations, let's deal with the definition.

What is JRPG game?

Initially, the term referred to story-driven games with a stats system and turn-based battles fought in separate arenas. Over the years, it has taken on a broader meaning. Hence, it can be used both for role-playing games made in Japan and Western titles, whose gameplay or aesthetics were inspired by the iconic representatives of the genre, for example, Tales of series or games like Final Fantasy 7 Remake. 

Best Steam JRPGs for Tales of Arise fans

Our list includes some of the most noteworthy JRPGs on Steam from the past few years. Also, we decided to focus mainly on the popular ones, so you might not see your favorites, but feel free to let us know which is your go-to game in the comment section below.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout

Atelier is one of the most famous series. It already includes over 20 titles with remasters and remakes on top of that. One of the newest titles of the series is Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, which tells the story of a young girl who sets out on a long and dangerous journey with her companions.

The mechanics do not differ much from other games of this genre, although the series' unique features are still present. Like the previous franchise titles, alchemy plays an important role. If this sounds like your cup of tea, you may also be interested in Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, which continues the heroine's adventure.

Octopath Traveler (Included with PC Game Pass)

As its title implies, the game tells the story of not one but eight protagonists of different backgrounds. In Octopath Traveler, you will follow the fates of a thief entangled in a dangerous plot, a huntress who's looking for her lost master, or a knight, who took on a path of a mercenary, to name a few. Such a vast and diverse cast makes it similar to games like Tales of Arise.

You'll explore many realms and dungeons and fight numerous adversaries. Turn-based combat system resembles classic installments, but it has been slightly overhauled. For example, you can use stamina to strengthen your blows. However, the key to victory is taking advantage of enemies' weaknesses to exclude them from the fight temporarily.

The game also characterizes an outstanding graphic style that combines pixel art with more realistic lighting and shadows. The result is eye-catching, and you surely won't confuse Octopath Traveler with any other title.

The great news is that Octopath Traveler is in PC Game Pass, a Microsoft subscription that allows you to access an ever-growing library of games. What's more, the first month costs only $1! That's a perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

If you're still unconvinced, you can check out our article on the best platformers and indie games on Game Pass to see what other fantastic titles are available in the service.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Included with PC Game Pass)

The Yakuza series combines a variety of themes with both serious and lighthearted stories. It offers not only combat but also various activities and mini-games. The most recent installment, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, contains all these characteristic elements, making it one of the best JRPG games.

However, contrary to the other entries, it introduces a turn-based battle system. It follows the story of a new protagonist, so it's a good starting point for those who've never played previous productions. And old fans of the series will be delighted with easter eggs and references.

If you're looking for a title that will hook you for hours and it's brimming with Japanese humor, you should give Yakuza: Like a Dragon a shot. You may enjoy it so much that you'll want to play other installments.

Megadimension Neptunia VIIR

Although the gameplay of Megadimension Neptunia VII gives the appearance of a classic JRPG, the atmosphere and plot differ significantly from the standard genre representative. The production is humorous, and the main characters are personifications of the most popular consoles and development studios. Sounds unusual!

It is worth looking primarily for the VIIR version, which not only has support for VR goggles but also offers enhanced graphics, new characters, and an improved combat system.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Included with PC Game Pass)

If you didn't find the art style of Octopath Traveler appealing, but you want to immerse in the classic-like experience of JRPGs on Steam, this one is for you. The latest entry of the popular Square Enix series is a blend of old-school gameplay and stunning modern graphics. Although the plot is quite hackneyed with its virtuous chosen one and the struggle between good and evil, the colorful cast of characters and a hefty dose of humor make for an enjoyable experience.

Similarly to games like Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age provides a massive amount of content. Completing the main storyline may take you several hours, and there are also side activities. The definitive edition contains some additions, such as new quests and an alternative soundtrack. Moreover, you can play it in 2D mode to honor the franchise's roots. Overall, the content is so extensive that it will engross you for a long time.

Final Fantasy XV

Developing the fifteenth installment of the iconic series was a long, painful process. However, it was well received when it finally came out, although some elements were criticized. Nevertheless, it didn't stop developers from improving the game by correcting shortcomings and introducing novel features. Today, Final Fantasy XV is definitely a must-try, particularly the Royal Edition containing all the DLCs.

But bear in mind that it differs significantly from previous entries, as the combat is in real time, and there's the vast open world with tons of side quests and activities, which might disappoint longtime fans. Nonetheless, we recommend trying it out, especially if you're craving games like Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remaster

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was developed in cooperation with the Japanese animation Studio Ghibli (the creators of masterpieces like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away). Thanks to this unusual collaboration, the game offers original, cartoon-styled graphics and a touching story that distinguishes it not only from other JRPGs on Steam but from other PC titles, period. 

It kicks off with a tear-jerking moment as the mother saves her son, Oliver, from death while paying the ultimate price herself. Oliver, with his magical Mascot, moves to another world, where he discovers that there is a chance of getting his deceased parent back to life. Ni no Kuni’s combat has a hybrid system, meaning that characters move in real time but can only perform actions every few seconds.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Looking for games like Tales of Arise? One of its predecessors might be a good place to start. Originally released in 2008 by Bandai Namco, Tales of Vesperia was refreshed by Polish company QLOC in 2019. The remaster included not only graphic improvements but also unlocked the content that used to be exclusive to the Japanese market. 

The game itself is a typical action RPG, focusing on exploring more or less extensive locations, completing hundreds of quests, and fighting hordes of enemies. Modeled as classic skirmish combat, the fights take place in small two-dimensional arenas and require a lot of dexterity from the player. 

Persona 4 Golden

Obviously, the majority would prefer to see Persona 5 Royal but wait just a little longer. To kill some time before its release, get the next best JRPG on Steam. Persona 4 is another amazing title that maintains high standards of Atlus’s portfolio. In addition, the Golden version has upgraded image quality on PC, so the master race can’t complain. 

This masterpiece is a splendid option for those who are just discovering the genre. Persona 4 Golden is still capable of winning gamers’ hearts with its dynamic turn-based combat system built on elemental weaknesses and rationing SP (aka manna) with each run. The well-written plot, which includes murder mysteries in a provincial Japanese town, exploring other worlds inside the TV, and mental health issues, goes way beyond the genre’s templates.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III focuses on time-tested solutions of the best JRPG games. However, this is by no means a minus, as all the mechanics have been very well developed and implemented. The play-through is interesting in the way how it’s divided into two very different parts. Action-packed, dynamic missions masterfully intersperse with quiet school life.

The game’s story also deserves praise, although there’s a catch. Before getting your hands on the third game of The Legend of Heroes series, be sure to familiarise yourself with what happened in the previous two installments. You can still enjoy the plot without it, but a lot of vital details may skip your attention, and some twists may seem somewhat illogical.

Yakuza 0

Forgive us. We couldn't help but introduce another Yakuza game. This one is a prequel of, without exaggeration, a legendary Japanese game series, which technically is not a textbook example of an RPG. Yakuza 0 is instead a fighting game with RPG elements. Through beat ‘em up combat, crime drama, and a distinctive sense of humor, it tells about the formation of two notorious yakuza members whose names instill fear: the Dragon of Dojima Kiryu Kazuma and the Mad Dog of Shimano Goro Majima.

Every aspect, from gameplay and location design to soundtrack and dialogues, is crafted masterfully and with love. The production has an insane amount of content to offer, including hilarious substories and engaging mini-games. It’s meant to be played as a prequel, yet it also works well as an introduction to the entire franchise. However, you will be missing some Easter eggs from earlier games. 

NieR: Automata

NieR: Automata won over the hearts of players and sold 6 million copies, which is a huge success. However, it's not surprising, as the game is excellent. Developers from Platinum Games managed to create a fascinating story full of twists and an extremely spectacular combat system. There are also striking graphics and atmospheric music that you'll remember long after seeing the end credits. That's what we call the recipe for the best JRPGs on Steam.

The plot focuses on two androids, 2B and 9S, sent to Earth to fend off robots residing there. The premise might sound simple, but it's just a starting point of a complex, multi-layered story that can end in one of 26 different ways, depending on the player's choices. End your search right now if you're desperate for games like Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

Scarlet Nexus (Included with PC Game Pass)

If you fancy games like Tales of Arise, this might be the right pick for you. Scarlet Nexus offers a futuristic vision of the world, where OSF organization recruits people with unique abilities. Then it uses them to fight the so-called "Others," dangerous mutants that threaten humanity. Of course, nothing is as simple as it seems, and as the story develops, it gets more complicated.

Scarlet Nexus was positively received by the community and reviewers who praised the plot, visual design, and complex combat system. The latter combines melee attacks with telekinetic abilities and the possibility of giving orders to companions. Some have criticized repetitive side activities, but fortunately, they are optional, so you can skip to the good part.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition

Chrono Cross is a true classic released in 1999 on the first PlayStation. It was praised as one of the best JRPG games by players and critics, judging by an impressive 94/100 score on Metacritic. And after almost 23 years, we've got a remaster titled Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition that offers refreshed graphics and a few other improvements.

It wasn't well received, and some elements are straight-up disappointing, such as outdated visuals. Nonetheless, it's still an adventure worth experiencing if you can turn a blind eye to imperfections.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

Well, this title might have been created by a cat stomping on the keyboard, but don't be discouraged. It's a name of a remaster of the first NieR, released in 2010 on PS3 and Xbox 360. Interestingly, it's an upgraded version of the release previously exclusive to the Japanese market, differing from the Western one even with the main protagonist.

If you're looking for a Steam JRPG with an engaging story full of turns and intriguing characters, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is for you. However, it's worth mentioning that besides a solid plot, it offers a great combat system, which fans of action games such as Devil May Cry or Bayonetta will especially enjoy.

That concludes our list of the best JRPG games on Steam. Have you played any of them? Did we include your favorites? Let us know in the comment section below!

And if you're a fan of Japanese productions and story-driven games, our article on visual novels might pique your interest.

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