BANDAI NAMCO is the go-to place to find amazing role-playing games and action RPGs, and you might be surprised to learn just what franchises the company has churned out over the years. With games like Tales of Symphonia, Ni No Kuni, and SCARLET NEXUS, these are just a couple of the incredible franchises BANDAI NAMCO has released in the past 15+ years.
This list features the very best RPG franchises to come from the global publisher, and they are also some of the best role-playing games ever produced. Take a look at the BANDAI NAMCO RPGs listed down below, and be sure to vote up your favorites before you head back to your favorite console or PC to fire up one of these amazing titles for the thousandth time! And don't forget to check out SCARLET NEXUS, played best on Xbox Series X!
Platform(s): PC | PlayStation 4 | PlayStation 5 | Xbox One | Xbox Series X | Series S
Series: SCARLET NEXUS
Details: Dive into the world of SCARLET NEXUS where, in the distant future, a psionic hormone is discovered that gives people extra-sensory powers. This "brain punk" future is also being plagued by Others that are trying to eat the brains of human citizens. You will control Kasane Randall or Yuito Sumeragi as a member of the Other Suppression Force (OSF) in an effort to protect the country of New Himuka.
You can upgrade your chosen hero's psychokinesis abilities by accessing the character's skill tree known in game as the "brain map." You'll be stunned not only by the beauty of the game's graphics, but also by its in-depth storytelling as you battle stronger and even more powerful Others. Your character will also encounter allies with their own unique abilities which you'll be able to utilize in combat through the "brain link" ability.
Platform(s): PlayStation 2 | Nintendo 3DS
Details: Tales of the Abyss is the eighth title in the Tales series. The game focuses on Luke fon Fabre after the young swordsman's life is upended when he becomes the target of a military/religious organization called the Order of Lorelei. They believe him to be the key to one of their ancient prophecies.
With his companions, Luke fon Fabre must try to discover the truth of the prophecy as they unravel the mystery of The Score. The game features an intense combat system with a complex and detailed plot. The game launched a companion anime series, which ran for 26 episodes between October 2008 and March 2009.
Platform(s): PC | PlayStation 2 | PlayStation 4
Details: .hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth is the first of four games in the .hack//G.U. series, which centers around a simulated MMORPG open-world environment called, The World. In The World, the player takes control of a character who plays a fictional online game within the MMORPG's world.
The game is based on and follows the anime series .hack//Roots. The player controls a character called Haseo, who endeavors to find another player called "Tri-Edge," whom he blames for the in-game and real-life death of his friend, Shino, who slipped into a coma and died IRL.
The game features an innovative story and complex battle system that establishes the fundamentals of the franchise on solid ground.
Platform(s): PC | PlayStation
Details: When Digimon begin to lose their memories, resulting in their becoming feral, it's up to the player to head to File City on File Island to try and save them all! The city has fallen into disarray, and it's up to the player to save everyone by helping Digimon recover their memories so they can return to the city.
Playing the game requires the player to raise a single Digimon from its egg. Once it hatches into a Fresh, it must be put through In-Training, and after becoming a Rookie and Champion, it transitions into Ultimate! Digimon World is the first title in an expansive series that continues to this day with multiple sequels.