The Best New RPGs Of 2020

Voting Rules
Only role-playing games released in 2020.

The best new RPGs of 2020 infuse great storylines with intuitive gameplay mechanics, making it easy for gamers to immerse themselves in a new world. While 2019 gave us great RPGs like Kingdom Hearts III and Pokémon Sword and Shield, new releases like the long-awaiting Final Fantasy VII remake, as well as the remastered version of Trials of Mana, which was originally released on the SNES back in 1995, are sure to offer enough replay value for old and new gamers alike.

What’s your favorite new 2020 RPG? Action-RPG fighting extravaganza Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was an early 2020 release, while games like Nioh 2 and Marvel’s Avengers are sure to garner a few new role-playing fans.

Vote up all your favorite new RPGs that were released in 2020, and vote down all the titles you tried but couldn’t get into. And if your favorite new games are missing, add them below. Don’t forget to check back often as we update this list with more games.

Photo: Trials of Mana / Square Enix

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
    Photo: Final Fantasy VII Remake/Square Enix
    Final Fantasy VII Remake is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix. The game is a remake of the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. Square Enix developed the remake as a multi-part series, with the first entry released for the PlayStation 4 on April 10, 2020, with timed exclusivity for one year. An enhanced version for the PlayStation 5, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, was released in June 10, 2021. Players control mercenary Cloud Strife as he and an eco-terrorist group known as AVALANCHE oppose the Shinra Electric Power Company, a powerful megacorporation, from using the planet's life essence as an energy source. The gameplay combines real-time action ...more
    • Released: 2020
    • Developer: Square Enix
    • Genres (Video game): Action role-playing
    • Publisher: Square Enix
    • Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4
    12 votes
  • Trials of Mana
    Photo: Square Enix
    Trials of Mana is a 2020 action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. It is a 3D remake of the Super Famicom title of the same name, the third game in the Mana series. The story follows six possible protagonists in their respective quests, which lead them to obtain the Mana Sword and fight a world-ending threat. In gameplay, the player controls three out of six characters, navigating field environments and fighting enemies in real-time combat. Trials of Mana is an action role-playing game in which the player controls a selection of three out of six protagonists; while each begins with their own narrative, they are ...more
    • Released: 2020
    • Developer: Square Enix
    • Genres (Video game): Action role-playing
    • Publisher: Square Enix
    • Platform: Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4
    8 votes
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
    Photo: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics / Krafton Game Union

    Metacritic score: 67% (PC)

    The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics is a video game based on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. It is a battle-strategy game where you play as the Gelfling in a war against each other. Other species such as the Podling and the Fizzgigs are also playable. In The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, lead the heroic Gelfling to restore light to the world of Thra! Experience everything the fantasy world has to offer by playing through the events of the Netflix series. Encounter never-seen-before playable characters, stories, and environments.
    • Released: 2020
    • Developer: Krafton Game Union
    • Genres (Video game): Role-playing game
    • Publisher: BonusXP
    • Platform: Xbox One, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
    2 votes
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
    Photo: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot/CyberConnect2

    Metacritic score: 74% (PC)

    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a semi open-world action role-playing game developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, based on the Dragon Ball franchise. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2020, and for Nintendo Switch in 2021. The game's plot follows the progression of the anime series, as the player interacts with the surrounding world as the different playable characters.
    • Released: 2020
    • Developer: CyberConnect2, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
    • Genres (Video game): Action role-playing
    • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
    • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
    12 votes
  • Nioh 2
    Photo: Team Ninja
    4 VOTES
    Nioh 2 is an action role-playing game developed by Team Ninja. A sequel to Nioh (2017), the game was released for the PlayStation 4 on March 13, 2020 and was published by Koei Tecmo in Japan and Sony Interactive Entertainment worldwide. Similar to its predecessor, Nioh 2 is an action role-playing game. Players can create their own playable character, who was a yōkai spirit. Players are equipped with a variety of weapons such as odachi and kusarigama, and earn new skills as they progress in the game.
    • Released: 2020
    • Developer: Team Ninja
    • Genres (Video game): Action role-playing, Hack & slash
    • Publisher: Koei Tecmo
    • Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC
    4 votes
  • 6
    4 VOTES

    Atelier Ayesha

    Metacritic score: N/A

    Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust Co. Ltd. The character designs are by Hidari. It is the fourteenth title in the Atelier series, coming after Atelier Meruru, but has a storyline independent from previous titles in the series. The game is the first installment in the Dusk storyline. A port of the game titled Atelier Ayesha DX for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 was released on December 25, 2019 in Japan, and on January 14, 2020 in the West along with an additional Microsoft Windows release worldwide.
    • Genres (Video game): Role-playing video game
    • Platform: PlayStation 3
    4 votes