There’s never a better time for PlayStation 5 gamers. With game developers getting more competitive than ever, the true winner is always the player himself. New role-playing games are being churned out constantly, and there are probably more RPG games in the PS5 category than there is time to play them all.
|Elden Ring||February 25, 2022|
|Horizon: Forbidden West||February 18, 2022|
|Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker||December 7, 2021|
|Mass Effect Legendary Edition||May 14, 2021|
|Demon's Souls||November 12, 2020|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||November 10, 2020|
|Ghost of Tsushima||July 17, 2020|
|Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade||April 10, 2020|
|Yakuza: Like a Dragon||January 16, 2020|
|Disco Elysium||October 15, 2019|
The complexity of the games is one big factor in making them successful. Gamers don’t want to feel like they’re being dumbed down. But, they also don’t want the game to be so complicated making it non-enjoyable. The beauty in the role-playing PS5 games today is in how these games are perfectly blended to achieve that difficult mix of complexity and accessibility.
There are many factors to consider in a good RPG PS5 game. From the game’s story and lore, the video card requirement, and other tech specs, to how quickly players can finish the game. It pays to know which ones out there are the best RPGs for serious upcoming PS5 gamers.
How do you decide which game to pick first? Fortunately, we’ve made it simple for you. Read our list below and you will find out the best role-playing games for PS5!
What Are the New Best RPGs for PlayStation 5 You Can Play Today?
1. Elden Ring
Release Date: February 25, 2022
Developer: FromSoftware Inc.
Average Play Time: 48 hours (Main Story)
Ratings: 96 / 100
The latest game from FromSoftware, Elden Ring, features the developer’s design philosophies in an open-world setting. Apart from integrating a handful of features and aspects from their successful Souls game titles, they also integrated a ton of jaw-dropping sights for players to discover.
You’ll create your own character according to your very own specifications and then let you explore the vast map in whatever ways you like. Be careful though, because each location is truly intricate in its own way featuring terrifying bosses with sizes from a normal human being to as gigantic as titans. Mind you, though, the game literally tells you to “git gud” from the start. So buckle up and extend your patience!
2. Horizon: Forbidden West
Release Date: February 18, 2022
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Average Play Time: 27 Hours (Main Story)
Ratings: 88 / 100
The Forbidden West is a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, which expands and improves in almost every aspect from the previous title. And even more so with PS5’s improved graphics quality, detail, and higher frame rates.
You will play and continue as Aloy in search of a cure to the blight that is spreading across the world. There will still be robotic dinosaurs but there will be new weapons, tools, and even interesting characters to meet. If you’ve played and enjoyed Zero Dawn, you’ll enjoy Forbidden West even more.
3. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Release Date: December 7, 2021
Developer: Square Enix
Average Play Time: 64 Hours (Solo)
Ratings: 92 / 100
The Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is the fourth expansion pack for the Final Fantasy game (FF XIV Online Experience), and the peak of the Hydaelyn and Zodiark storyline. The Endwalker is where you’ll encounter even greater calamities as you explore every nook and cranny of Hydaelyn. You’ll travel far and wide even to the moon.
The game lets you feel really involved in events that are unique in the MMORPG ways. Specifically, events unfold in ways that MMORPGs don’t normally allow for.
4. Mass Effect Legendary Edition
Release Date: May 14, 2021
Developer: BioWare, BioWare Corporation
Average Play Time: 106 Hours (Solo)
Ratings: 87 / 100
The Legendary Edition bundles the whole Mass Effect trilogy, making it one of the greatest RPG sagas of all time. The Mass Effect Legendary Edition is now playable in higher resolutions at reliable frames so you can enjoy the entirety of the game for hours on end.
You will be playing as Commander Shepard on a mission to ward off galaxy-ending threats. There will be epic storylines that unfold according to the choices you make in-game. There will be a lot of companions and characters you’ll probably have memories and love in the game. And with the PS5’s new hardware, you’ll truly have an epic experience even with the previous titles considered “old games”.
5. Demon’s Souls
Release Date: November 12, 2020
Average Play Time: 24 Hours (Main Story)
Ratings: 92 / 100
Even though Demon’s Souls is a remake, it still is a perfect candidate to test the limits of your PS5. It’s a cult classic from the PS3 days with an uncompromising approach to structure and difficulty. Because it doesn’t come with helpful hints and tips unlike other RPG games, it can surely leave you unsure where to go and what to do.
But when you get used to the quirks, you’ll slowly uncover a complete gem of an experience, one that you’ll be addicted to and one you’ll want to play anywhere you go.
6. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Average Play Time: 59½ Hours (Main Story)
Ratings: 84 / 100
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla takes a different approach to stealth assassination and approaches an RPG genre in the AC series. Following the RPG genre from its predecessor, the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, AC Valhalla puts you in the boots of Viking Eivor, in search of a new home for their people.
You will travel and explore historical sites of England, fighting alongside the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok to take over England from King Alfred.
The game comes with 3 DLCs to date: The Wrath of the Druids, The Siege of Paris, and the most recent one, Dawn of Ragnarok (released on March 10, 2022).
7. Ghost of Tsushima
Release Date: July 17, 2020
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Average Play Time: 24 ½ Hours (Main Story)
Ratings: 83 / 100
Ghost of Tsushima is set in the year 1274, where Samurai warriors– legendary defenders of Japan, are protecting the local population of the island of Tsushima from the fearsome Mongol invaders.
You will be following the story of Jin, one of the last surviving samurai that rose from the ashes to fight back. The story follows a trail of disgrace, redemption, and revenge. To be victorious, Jin is forced to leave traditional fighting and move beyond a new way of fighting, one that’s beyond the samurai tradition– the way of the Ghost.
Despite being initially released on PS4, it still presents stunning visuals. With the PS5’s new hardware, Ghost of Tsushima is truly a game you should check out.
8. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
Release Date: April 10, 2020
Developer: Square Enix
Average Play Time: 33 Hours (Main Story)
Ratings: 89 / 100
The remake of the Final Fantasy VII Remake Integrade is an upgrade done right. It already looked great on PS4, but even more so with the upgraded visuals and better resolutions on the PS5 console.
If you’ve played the game before, you’ll undergo a roller-coaster of emotions as you control the famous Cloud Strife, who signed up for a job that’s way bigger than he expected. Your journey will cross-paths with some of the really iconic characters in the franchise.
The DLC also includes a bonus, where you will be playing as Yuffie.
9. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Release Date: January 16, 2020
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Average Play Time: 45 Hours (Main Story)
Ratings: 86 / 100
Apart from Ghost of Tsushima, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is another Japanese game on our list. This RPG game follows the story of a long-running Yakuza series and shifts its combat system into a fully party-based turn-based system. If you were fed up with the frantic brawl combat system in previous titles, this change will surely be a more relaxing one as you’ll have enough time to think of your moves.
This game was also initially released on PS4 but has had a major upgrade on the PS5 platform. You will meet new characters in the series and eventually know them and their backstory as you venture into the criminal underworld of Yokohama, a city south of Tokyo.
10. Disco Elysium
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Average Play Time: 22 Hours (Main Story)
Ratings: 91 / 100
Disco Elysium’s initial release was on the PC platform in early 2019. The game was a hit on PC and was incredibly praised by players who have played it. Unfortunately, the game didn’t quite reach a wider audience, that is until the game was released for PS5 as Disco Elysium: The Final Cut.
The game carries on with its main strength, writing. There are certain game dialogues written for just about everything, as well as letting you choose from multiple options for what responses you will say or even actions you will do.
Even though the game has dialogues for just about everything, you will only see a fraction of all the writing in a single playthrough. Sounds like reading a book? You’re not wrong as the game is packed with a ton of reading. What makes it even more shocking is how Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is able to miraculously voice every single line of dialogue in the game.
Don’t get me wrong, the game isn’t just about talking as it has a mystery at the center you need to solve. How you go about is totally up to you. Because of this, we can easily say that there is nothing else quite like the Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, and it’s unlikely that you’ll find another one like it again.
More RPGs for PS5 You Can Play Today
In this list, you’ll find PS4 RPGs you can grab for PS5. Since the upcoming gaming console is backwards compatible, you can play these titles with ease. And it’s expected that you’ll play most of the game with fewer (or even no) hitches because the PS5 is considerably more powerful than the PS4.
11. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt
Release Date: May 2015
What defines The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is its richer graphics and storylines that involve intrigue and romantic drama compared to the previous release. There may be a few glitches you may experience, but other than that, the open-world map of the game is too big to explore in one sitting.
Flashes of greatness are spread all over this title, as you begin the story with a multi-continent search for the long-lost lover of Geralt, Yennifer. The riveting story makes a lot of players drool for more. It feels exhilarating to explore the open world with all the creatures and the side quests.
The good overwhelms the bad, and with this one, there’s far more excellent dialogue and emotional payoff from its scenes than the bad glitches. So overall, this game is still worth checking out.
It’s an added pleasure to know that you can get the full-on game experience without feeling shortchanged. It’s a standalone game that’s not dependent on the previous release. That’s something gamers who don’t have too much luxury of play time can appreciate,
12. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: November 2011
If you want a massive world to get lost in coupled with great characters to play, then The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the game to grab. It’s got all the responsive combat and interesting menial tasks you need to spend your vacant hours away. You’ll also love this game if you want to feel like you’ve outsmarted your foes. Plus, it’s a great pick if you want to live the life of Dragonborn, the main star, in extracting justice and defeating Alduin, the World-Eater.
There’s a lot to explore, too, in the game’s weapon and armor crafting, as well as in maximizing the strength and skill build in your character. You’ll enjoy the entertaining premise of this story that revolves around the events happening at the northernmost province of Tamriel in Skyrim.
The lovely visual universe and the incredible value package in the game will definitely make you overlook some of the bugs and the inferior PS5 version that this game has over its PC alternative. This game is still definitely like Skyrim, and that’s both a good or a bad thing. There are hundreds of hours of entertainment with this title. And the bizarre, outlandish plot and visuals you encounter makes you want to get more hours of play.
There may be inferior rewards compared to the previous Skyrim release, but the journey is reward itself. You may even wait for 50 hours first before you begin to feel like the game’s worth it. Slow burn at its finest.
13. Kingdom Hearts III
Developer: Square Enix Business Division 3
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: January 2019
The first thing to appreciate about Kingdom Hearts III is its graphics — it’s one of a kind, amazingly a stand out. The title boasts of a massive world that seems to defy all the rules that govern physics. Plus, it has combat explorations and keyblade transformations like nothing else.
You may love the concept behind the game that began as far back as 2005 when it was just released in Japan. The game’s plot is set after Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. You’ll play the returning protagonist Sora, who will be joined by other interesting characters, such as Donald Duck, Riku and King Mickey.
Another interesting part here is its ability to pull off integrating the worlds of the strictly restrictive intellectual property rights of Disney. As you may know, Disney and Pixar intellectual properties are tight with their legal ownership. But, you’re able to play some of their characters in this game at your child’s delight. The fun gameplay options you can have will get you to explore hidden Mickey emblems. In addition, you can discover details of a world that allows you to pilot your own ship on the high seas.
14. Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition
Developer: Square Enix Business Division
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: November 2016
Varied combat scenes in Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition will be full of lovingly-detailed levels that’ll make you feel you’re a kid again. However, there’s something lacking and lackluster in the technical improvements made in this release resulting in stagnant pacing. The plot is also filled with slow dialogue. But, that’s nothing compared to the level of visual resolution you get that’s just pure-on delight.
The game happens in a fantasy world called Eos and a place called Lucis. This kingdom is dominated by the Niflheim empire who wants to conquer and control a magical crystal protected by the Lucian royal family.
You explore the game around this mess, with a visually engaging battle system that’s based on an action-based real-time format. This system is called the Active Cross Battle and it makes the title a consistently-fun RPG game. The urgency of the storyline around the characters in the game, including Noctis Lucis Caelum, the main protagonist, makes Final Fantasy still worth checking out.
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: March 2015
If you’re looking for a fun, challenging gameplay in your RPG that has great visuals and plenty of value, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than Bloodborne. Sure, the watered gameplay of the plot needs some work and the occasional bugs leave it wanting. But, if you go over these and explore the interesting portals in the game, it’ll be more than compensating.
There’s a newer style of gameplay in Bloodborne from the previous Souls series without losing the core components that make the predecessors fantastic. The challenging gameplay comes very well with the side content supplemented in the storyline. Overall, in terms of gameplay, graphics, audio and replay value, you get the game you deserve with Bloodborne.
16. Dark Souls 3: The Fire Fades Edition
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release Date: April 2017
Dark Souls III is a game that seems to be designed to get you hooked into solving puzzles you almost want to give up on. An hour later, you’re back into the game. You try with luck and perseverance to solve it, and once you get it finally right, fulfillment becomes your reward.
There’s an array of visual treats to expect here from gargantuan castles around a place called Lothric to the thrilling tasks you get from being the Ashen One. As a previously-deceased entity now revived to defeat the Lords of Cinder, you get an accessible game that can elevate your RPG experience like never before. It’s safe to say that few games out there come nearly as rewarding as Dark Souls.
17. Horizon: Zero Dawn
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: February 2017
If you’re looking for a game that can relive the adventure of Diablo and Far Cry Primal, Horizon: Zero Dawn is one title to opt for. It’s a familiar RPG format to most gamers, with robots and storylines that are simple but full of complexity that reward you the feeling of beating strong foes.
The game keeps fights interesting by testing your knowledge and execution. You should understand your foes including their weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The highlight is your ability to disarm your enemies and use their own weapons against them. Cool, right? 1
18. Fallout 4
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: November 2015
Fallout 4 may have a problem with the lousy conversations and storytelling, but that’s nothing compared to the engaging, well-detailed, and realistic setpieces it showcases from start to finish. With a stunning visual imagery of Massachusetts, you can grab this game to experience how to defy Physics.
An interesting premise is that the game is set in 2287, ten years after the events of Fallout 3. You navigate the game across a catastrophic nuclear devastation all over the US. We can say that radiation-infected monsters (and even pets) roam the ransacked lands. And, you must up your game to defeat your enemies in the form of hideous creatures.
Equipment tweaks aren’t the only items you can craft. You can customize settlements to your liking. Once the locals start to like you, managing entire villages, towns, and huts will be another task to accomplish. You can even handle their defenses and food supplies.
The beauty of Fallout 4 is in its variety. Apart from completing the main storyline, you can go for side quests which had me looking for the lost cat of a poor girl. Overall, you’ll find the visuals and uniqueness of the game intriguing.
19. Cyberpunk 2077
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt
Release Date: November 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 may be a sad space for young kids, but for adult gamers, this is an art piece to live an experience like no other. You live in an alternative America that’s darker, more aggressive, and just full-on depressing. Don’t worry, though. The beautiful graphics and storyline will redeem you back to your default love for this RPG.
20. NieR: Automata
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: February 2017
This role-playing game is a proxy war against aliens and robots. You can play as a combat android where the game becomes more intense as you work on it for longer hours. The storyline is set thousands of years from now when humans have gone to the moon. Aliens have already taken over the Earth.
Sometimes, it can be frustrating to play this title. The open-world can be difficult to navigate. But, it’s still downright ingenious. Systems and setpieces can be both delightful and weird, in a good way. Overall, you can knock yourself out with NieR: Automata’s complex gameplay and story elements that you see nowhere else.
How to Decide What Game to Buy Next
Along with the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles is an endless stream of games released. These games may range greatly in various aspects but they all offer next-gen experience and a more immersive experience. Because of this, it can be difficult to know what game to buy next.
To help you sort your decisions and keep you from buying games you’ll end up refunding in the next few hours, we’ve rounded up a list of ways that will surely help you decide what game to buy next.
Look Up Game Reviews
Despite being subjective, reviews are still helpful as they provide you with a single player’s insight and first-hand experience of the game.
It is essential to sift through the reviews to find whether the game is in line with your taste or not. If the reviews fit your taste and a handful of people recommend it, then you will likely enjoy the game, too. Check out the score and game ratings on MetaCritic.
Gameplay Videos Are Powerful Resources
Probably the easiest way to tell whether you’ll like the game or not is to watch gameplay videos from gaming video streaming platforms like YouTube or Twitch.
Don’t base your judgment solely on trailers, because even though they give you an idea of what the game is about, they are mostly edited to make the game look as enticing as possible. Gameplay videos don’t, as they give you the actual feel and experience of playing the game.
Both YouTube and Twitch should give you all sorts of gameplay videos that range from Let’s Plays, Walkthroughs, Compilations, Things You Don’t Know About, and more. Check them out before making a decision to see if the gameplay fits your taste.
Checkout Twitch Streamers
In addition to watching gameplay videos on YouTube, Twitch gives you a more personal experience. Apart from watching people play the game live, they are also more likely to engage with the audience, so try talking to them in the chatbox and ask them anything related to the game. Engaging in the chatbox should give you a better idea of what the game is about.
Your Friends are a Great Recommendation Source
Apart from your close friends, PC Game stores like Steam and Epic Games allow you to meet new people, make friends with them, and even play with them through easy invitation buttons featured in their respective chat boxes.
If you have friends who play the game you like, you can ask about their experience. As friends, they should be able to give you an idea of what the game feels like or even tell you if it’s in line with your taste or not. Moreover, if they live near you, you can give them a visit to try the game yourself.
Another bonus in having a friend you can ask recommendations from is you can both play and share your experience together if it’s single-player. If it is a multiplayer game, you can both enjoy and grind together. Our list of the best 2 player PS5 games might help if you’re interested in multiplayer games.
Know the Developers Behind the Game
Not every developer is known to produce great games. Some developers are known to have always produced quality games. Among the names we can drop as an example are, Valve, Rockstar Games, and Naughty Dog.
If you happen to love a game so much, see who developed the game and look at their other games. You might be surprised to see more selections you’ll love. Of course, not every game may be as good as the one you loved but chances are you will like a handful of their other games.
Is the Game Long Enough?
Games today (especially new releases of game titles) lets you sink hours– even hundreds of hours into if you are after a trophy achievement, like Red Dead Redemption 2, The Witcher 3, or Dark Souls. While it may seem great to get hundreds of hours of gameplay from your purchase, it doesn’t always appeal to most gamers. If you only have a few free hours per week, you might feel overwhelmed and fed up. Unless you are dedicated to the franchise and are willing to spend thousands of hours, then choose games that don’t take long to complete.
However, you want the game to last, check websites like How Long to Beat to see how many hours it takes to complete the game. The website has a huge database of games on how long it took them to finish a game title, from the main storyline to the completionist goal.
Recap: Best RPG PS5 Games You Can Buy Today
Best RPG PS5 Games You Can Buy Today
- Elden Ring
- Horizon: Forbidden West
- Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
- Mass Effect Legendary Edition
- Demon’s Souls
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon
- Disco Elysium
More RPG PS5 Games You Can Play Today
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Kingdom Hearts III
- Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition
- Dark Souls 3: The Fire Fades Edition
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
- Fallout 4
- Cyberpunk 2077
- NieR: Automata
Overall, the upcoming PS5 RPGs you can grab are ranked high based on their gameplay and amount of hype. Typically, the higher the hype, the better the game seems to be. But, it’s not always the case. Usually, these titles already have a following based on their previous releases.
On the other hand, the top PS5 RPGs you can grab today are excellent choices if they offer cross-generational and cross-platform versions. Our list has titles that can be played either in co-op or single-player mode.
As gamers would agree, it’s more fun when it’s more than one. Knock yourself out with these amazing titles! Make sure to share this with your gamer friends so you can simply enjoy (or talk about) these RPGs with some company.