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The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now 

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Updated July 20, 2020 590 votes 110 voters 3.5k views 22 items

If you've ever wanted to see a list of the best JRPG games, you're in luck! We’re ranking the biggest and most popular JRPGs in 2020. These turn-based games are known for the rich storylines, deep gameplay mechanics, and awesome controls.

While classic games like Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and the venerable Final Fantasy series helped define RPGs, newer games have taken role-playing games to a whole new level. Which recent JRPG is your favorite? From Aura Kingdom to God Eater 3, SoulWorker, and more, these games have a devoted following and super dense plots. 

Vote up the best modern JRPGs and add your own if it's missing from the list.

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NieR: Automata is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Released: 2017 (PlatinumGames)

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing

Nier: Automata is a 2017 action role-playing video game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix. Set in the midst of a proxy war between machines created by otherworldly invaders ...more

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Dragon Quest XI is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Released: 2017 (Square Enix)

Genres (Video game): Role-playing

Dragon Quest XI continues the gameplay of previous games in the series, in which players explore worlds and fight against various monsters, including the ability to explore high areas. The ...more

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Final Fantasy XV is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Final Fantasy XV is an action role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix; the game is the fifteenth main installment in the company's Final Fantasy series. It released in ...more

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Octopath Traveler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Chris Abraham added Released: 2019 (Square Enix)

Genres (Video game): Role-playing

Octopath Traveler is a turn-based role-playing video game developed by Square Enix, in collaboration with Acquire, and published by Nintendo. n under a month after being published, the game had ...more
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Final Fantasy XIV is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Released: 2010 (Square Enix)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Role-playing video game, Massively multiplayer online game, Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

Final Fantasy XIV, also known as Final Fantasy XIV Online, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game for Microsoft Windows personal computer, developed and published by Square Enix. It ...more

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now

Genres (Video game): Tactical role-playing

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Sega. It was released in Japan for the PlayStation 4 in March 2018, and is scheduled to be released worldwide in ...more
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Nioh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Nioh is a 2017 action role-playing video game developed by Team Ninja for the PlayStation 4. Set in early 1600s during a fictionalized version of the Sengoku period, the game centers on a sailor ...more
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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a role-playing video game developed by Level-5 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is a sequel to Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, and ...more
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Shadowverse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Shadowverse is a free-to-play digital collectible card video game developed and published by Cygames in Japan. It was released for iOS and Android devices in June 2016, and by July was already ...more
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Dynasty Warriors 8 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Released: 2013 (Omega Force)
Dynasty Warriors 8 (known in Japan as Shin Sangokumusou 7) is a hack and slash video game and the eighth official installment of the Dynasty Warriors series. The story is based on the ...more
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Tree of Savior is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Released: 2016 (IMC Games Co.)
Tree of Savior (also known as TOS) is a free massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by IMC Games. The game was developed by Kim Hakkyu, creator of Ragnarok Online while the ...more
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Exos Heroes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now

Genres (Video game): Mobile role-playing game

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God Eater 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Released: 2019 (Marvelous First Studio)

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing

God Eater 3 is an action role-playing game developed by Marvelous and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The third main entry in the God Eater series, the game was released for PlayStation ...more
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Atelier Sophie: The Alch... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book is a 2015 Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust Co. Ltd. for the PlayStation 3 (only in Japan), PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita ...more
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SoulWorker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Released: 2018 (Lion Games Studios)

Genres (Video game): Action MMORPG

SoulWorker (also known as SoulWorker Online) is an anime-style free action massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Lion Games Studios from South Korea. The game story takes ...more
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The Alchemist and the My... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey is a 2016 Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust Co. Ltd. for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Microsoft Windows. It ...more
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Sword Art Online: Fatal ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is a 2018 action role-playing game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. Step into the ...more

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Atelier Lydie & Suel... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings is a role-playing video game developed by Gust, and originally released in Japan for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation ...more
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The Caligula Effect: Ove... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Released: 2016 (Aquria)

Genres (Video game): Role-playing

The Caligula Effect is a role-playing video game developed by Aquria. It was released for the PlayStation Vita in Japan in June 2016, and by Atlus USA in North America and Europe in May 2017. A ...more
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Aura Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Aura Kingdom, also known as Fantasy Frontier Online in Taiwan and Hong Kong and Innocent World in Japan, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game made by the Taiwanese game developer ...more
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One Piece Pirate Warrior... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Released: 2015 (Omega Force)

Genres (Video game): Action

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 is an action video game, developed by Omega Force and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Microsoft ...more
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Closers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular JRPG Video Games Right Now
Released: 2017 (Naddic Games)

Genres (Video game): Action Side-scroller, MMORPG

Closers is a free-to-play 3D action MMORPG developed by Naddic Games and published by Nexon in Korea, Megaxus in Indonesia, and Sega in Japan. On August 2017, En Masse Entertainment announced ...more