Best JRPGs of the Last Decade | Top 10

Are you a Japanese Role-Playing Games(JRPGs) fan? You love chilling stories full of suspense more than anything else? Are you looking for a game that would take you on a thrilling adventure as Japanese do in their animes?

Well then…, here we are. You have landed in the perfect place. We’ve just finished our list of top ten best JRPGs of the decade. This took a lot of time and hard work, and of course arguments with other teammates, but at last we’re able to list 10 best yearwise games, specifically JRPGs. These games are full of gripping and hair-raising stories that will make you stick to your gaming machine for quite a while.

Some of these games have pixelated graphics, isn’t it obvious? Some of them are more than six or seven years old, but if you are a story lover, if you focus on the best stories more than anything else, you can ignore that as I did. In the end, you will be grateful (to me hahaha) that you completed these games and now you have something to talk about with your friends. Maybe you will even ask your friends to play these games, then you all can have a full-on discussion, with arguments of course.

So without any more hubbub, here’s our final list of the best Japanese Role-Playing Games(JRPGs) of the last decade. How many of these beauties have you played?

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

DeveloperLevel 5
PlatformNintendo DS
SeriesDragon Quest
GenereRole Playing
ReleaseJapan: July 11, 2009
North America: July 11, 2010
Europe: July 23, 2010
Australasia: August 19, 2010
Dragon Quest IX
Image Credit: Level 5

Dragon Quest, a really notorious series especially in Japan. The love, particularly for this series, isn’t unreasonable; Dragon Quest is one of the grandfathers of the Japanese role-playing game genre. Adding to that, the franchise has had great success in the United States as well.

In Dragon Quest IX, you begin your adventure by creating your hero(Character) choosing its size, face type, hairstyle and more. After that, you enter the world as a member of the angelic race of guardians that watch over the mortal kingdoms and collect the manifestation of their thankfulness and faith(glowing seeds of light) that are then given to the great tree Yggdrasil. The guardian’s goal is to entice Yggdrasil into bearing fruit.

Unfortunately, when Yggdrasil finally bears fruit, Something goes terribly wrong and the hero is cast down to the mortal realm. Players are tasked with wandering around in search of answers and a way to back home and that’s how this game secures first place in our best JRPGs list.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology

PlatformNintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS
GenereRole Playing
ReleaseNintendo DS
Japan: November 3, 2010
North America: February 22, 2011
Nintendo 3DS
Japan: June 29, 2017
North America: February 13, 2018
Europe: February 16, 2018
Radiant Historia
Image Credit: Atlus

Radiant Historia is developed by Atlus is a brilliant RPG and second in our list of best JRPGs with an excellent story. It was an attempt in 2011 to walk the line between a traditional and something brand new, and the result is quite engaging.

You take the role of stock, a quite and pondering warrior, and the world’s fate prevails on his shoulders. In the ghastly war between the empires of Granorg and Alistel, along with a sweeping and terrifying plague that’s turning people to sand and turning once plentiful land into desert, Stock must use White Chronicle to travel to the key points of time and discover a correct path he must follow to lead the world out of this doom.

It’s A classic RPG with a unique battle system and a multi-faceted time travel mechanic. Considering the time when it was developed, it’s a wonderful game.

Xenoblade Chronicles

Monolith Soft
Nintendo 3DS
Wii U
Nintendo Switch
GenereAction Role Playing
ReleaseJune 10, 2010
Xenoblade Chronicles
Image Credit: Monolith Soft

In Xenoblade Chronicles, you play as a young orphaned hero who is the only one(for unknown reasons) capable of saving the world from a strange evil. The evil is so strong that the hero needs an ultimate weapon to defeat him, and yes, there exists such a weapon with untold power.

You wander a giant world in a team of three, following a story punctuated by enough cutscene to make the Godfather Trilogy look comparatively brisk. But this is one of the freshest most innovative JRPGs of the past decade.

If you can ignore its look (like it’s from the past generation), it’s an impressive game with more than 50 hours of story. The boss battles are so long that it takes an hour-and-a-half at several parts and an abundance of side-quests. It will keep you busy by offering such selective things to do, never forcing you along a rigid story path.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

DeveloperLevel 5
PlatformNintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
SeriesNi no Kuni
GenereRole Playing
ReleaseJapan: November 17, 2011
North January 22, 2013
Europe:  February 1, 2013
Australasia: January 31, 2013
Ni No Kuni
Image Credit: Level 5

If you are coming to Ni No Kuni for the first time, consider yourself lucky. Originally released in 2011 for PlayStation 3, Level-5’s highly admired RPG has been remastered for PlayStation 4 and PC, while also being released on the Nintendo Switch.

It’s not a game where you will be a man wielding a sword three times his size or having a badass weapon to burst his enemies. Instead, it’s a story of a very kind kid with a very pure heart and just wants to do what’s best.

You play as Oliver, a young kid who lives in Motorville, suffers a tragedy very early on. The little Oliver doesn’t know what to do, and after weeping for three days, the teddy his mother made for him comes to life. It turns out that this teddy is from another world where evil Shadar has literally been breaking hearts there, and he needs Oliver’s help.

Tales of Hearts R

DeveloperNamco Tales Studio
PlatformNintendo DS, PlayStation Vita, iOS
GenereRole Playing
ReleaseNintendo DS
Japan: December 18, 2008
PlayStation Vita
Japan: March 7, 2013
North America: November 11, 2014
Europe: November 14, 2014
Japan: October 9, 2013
Tales of Hearts R
Image Credit: Namco Tales Studio

The plot of Tales of the Hearts R revolves around a young man named Kor and his friends. The four members of the squad are Kor, a young girl named Kohaku, Kohaku’s brother Hisui, and a mysterious man named Gall.

It centers around Kohaku, who is attacked by a which, shattering her Speria — the manifestation of her heart and soul. — and scattering her emotions to the winds.

The task falls to Kor Meteor and an increasingly large company of friends. Of course, the witch has a darker purpose than merely attacking a single maid. This game surely deserves a place in the list of best JRPGs.

Trails in the Sky Second Chapter(SC)

DeveloperNihon Falcom
PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
SeriesThe Legend of HeroesTrails in the Sky
GenereRole Playing
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows
Japan: March 9, 2006
WW: October 29, 2015
PlayStation Portable
Japan: September 27, 2007
North America: October 29, 2015
Europe: November 10, 2015
PlayStation 3
Japan: April 25, 2013
PlayStation Vita
Japan: December 10, 2015
Trails in the Sky Second Chapter(SC)
Image Credit: Nihon Falcom

The coup d’état that threatened to shake the foundation of the Liberl Kingdom has now come to a close and Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday celebrations are in full swing throughout the streets of Grancel. During that same night, a boy who vowed to make amends for his past disappeared before the girl he loved. Clutched in the girl’s hand was the one thing he left for her to remember him by: a harmonica. Now her journey to find him begins…

The tale of Estelle and Joshua concludes in this engaging narrative twice the size of its predecessor. Partner up with either Schera or Agate on over 70 hours of core gameplay to thwart the growing evil that threatens Liberl.

The meticulously detailed land of Liberl awaits your return with new quests, new mini-games, new collectibles, and new and familiar locations to explore populated by hundreds of unique NPCs with their own stories to tell.

Bravely Second: End Layer

DeveloperSilicon Studio
PlatformNintendo 3DS
GenereRole Playing
ReleaseJapan: April 23, 2015
Europe: February 26, 2016
Australasia: February 27, 2016
North America: April 15, 2016
Bravely Second
Image Credit: Silicon Studio

The Bravely Second: End Layer is a turn-based RPG–the successes to Square Enix’s Bravely Default game. In this standalone adventure, Agnés Oblige has been imprisoned, and as a knight in her service, it’s up to the hero, Yew, to save her. Create the ultimate squad and incomprehensible strategy, then risk it all in this fast, fresh RPG.

In this game, you get a unique turn-based combat system. That means the character can make multiple moves in one turn, but then they may be unable to move for a while. Win a battle in a single turn and you can instantly start a more difficult encounter to earn better rewards.

When you develop a very unique recipe with an impressive combination of the great story plus impenetrable strategy plus adorable characters, and for garnishing, you add a turn-based combat technique, you get a delicious meal Bravely Second: End.

Tales of Berseria

DeveloperBandai Namco Studios
PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3
GenereRole Playing
ReleasePlayStation 3
Japan: August 18, 2016
PlayStation 4
Japan: August 18, 2016
North America: January 24, 2017
Europe: January 27, 2017
Microsoft Windows
WW: January 27, 2017
Tales of Berseria
Image Credit: Bandai Namco Studios

This is one of the best JRPG I have played ever. With a solid thrilling story, the 45+ hours of my gameplay, it was just unspeakable, amazing experience.

You are roled as Velvet, a young woman whose once kind demeanor has been replace and overcome with a festering anger and hatred after a traumatic experience three years prior to the events within Tales of Berseria. Velvet will join a crew of pirates as they sail across the sea and visit many islands that make up the scared kingdom of Midgand in an all new adventure developed by the team behind the TALES OF series.

“With the best story since Abyss and best cast of characters since Vesperia, TALES OF BERSERIA is the best entry in Bandai Namco’s flagship franchise for years.” via RPG Fan. That’s why it’s one of the best JRPGs I have ever played.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

DeveloperSquare Enix
PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 4,
Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
SeriesDragon Quest
GenereRole Playing
ReleaseJuly 29, 2017
Dragon Quest XI
Image Credit: Square Enix

DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age follows the dangerous journey of a hunted hero who must uncover the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charismatic cast of supporting characters. They embark on a quest taking them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world.

DRAGON QUEST XI brings a massive, gorgeous world to life in a style that blends stylistic cel-shading with photorealistic detail.

Engage in a turn-based battle system that eases players into combat with an accessible experience, featuring mechanics simple enough for novices but with enough depth to satisfy long-time fans.

DRAGON QUEST XI features tons of side-quests and mini-games that provide enough content to keep you playing for well over 100 hours. One of the longest JRPGs.

Trails of Cold Steel 3

DeveloperNihon Falcom
PlatformPlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
SeriesThe Legend of Heroes
GenereRole Playing
ReleasePlayStation 4
Japan: September 28, 2017
North America: October 22, 2019
Europe: October 22, 2019
Australasia: October 29, 2019
Nintendo Switch
Japan: March 19, 2020
WW: Q2 2020
Trails of Cold Steel 3
Image Credit: Nihon Falcom

DRAGON QUEST XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to longtime fans and franchise newcomers alike.

The young hero sets forth into an unknown world on a journey to unravel the mystery of his past… but the welcome he receives is far from warm. Upon revealing his identity to the King, the hero is branded as “The Darkspawn” and hunted by a relentless army.

In addition to its captivating narrative, DRAGON QUEST XI features tons of side-quests and addicting mini-games that provide enough content to keep you playing for well over 100 hours. Again, one of the longest and vast JRPGs. You will face insurmountable odds and an evil force of unimaginable power… but while the stakes are high, there are many fun distractions to find if you know where to look.

Best JRPGs of the Last Decade | Top 10

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