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The Final Fantasy series has spanned decades, with the 16th mainline title announced, plus dozens of spinoff titles across dozens of consoles. The series was one of the first to establish many of the conventions JRPGs would be known for and also revolutionized those systems with nearly every installment. It isn’t just the combat that made this series so popular for all this time, though. The story, worlds, and characters have kept players invested for hundreds of hours.

While Final Fantasy remains the biggest name in the JRPG market, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other high-quality games that have a similar feel to these classic adventures. Whether you like classic turn-based battles, more action-focused titles, or just want a gripping story to sink dozens of hours into, there are more options than you might think there are outside of this series. If you’re looking for something similar to scratch that itch, or perhaps find a new series that can hold you over until the latest entry drops, we’ve rounded up the best games like Final Fantasy you can play right now.

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  • The best RPG games you can play right now
  • The 10 best JRPGs of all time developed by Japanese studios
  • The best Final Fantasy games, ranked from best to worst

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition

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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Square Enix
Publisher Nintendo, Square Enix
Release September 27, 2019
Back before the merger, the two main rival JRPG developers were Square Soft and Enix. Square Soft obviously had their Final Fantasy series, while Enix’s crowned jewel was Dragon Quest. Unlike Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest didn’t take off in the west until much later, but if you asked us to point at the example of a traditional JRPG series, Dragon Quest would be the one. Dragon Quest 11 is the newest entry in the series, with the updated version including even more content and coming to more platforms. If you like your stories about traditional heroes gathering an eclectic group of unlikely saviors to protect the world from evil and your combat systems the purest form of a turn based system, this is the perfect game for you. Every character and monster, ever since the series began, is also designed by the legendary Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball fame, giving the game a beautiful and unique identity.
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3

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Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Monolith Soft
Publisher Nintendo
Release July 29, 2022
The series began as a Wii exclusive, but the third entry has hit the Switch and is a masterful blend of old and new. Rather than pitting heroes wielding swords and spells against monsters, the conflict in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 lies between men, politics, and fate itself. There’s no need to have played the previous games, and the battle system is based on real-time positioning and chaining together your party’s attacks and abilities. As ambitious as previous games were, the Switch allows this massive game to run great, look fantastic, and add new quality-of-life improvements.
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Lost Odyssey

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Platforms Xbox 360
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Turn-based strategy (TBS)
Developer Mistwalker, Feelplus
Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
Release December 06, 2007
This game is basically a Final Fantasy title in all but name. Created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the original creator of the Final Fantasy franchise, along with Nobuo Uematsu and writer Kiyoshi Shigematsu split off to form Mistwalker studios and create this brand new game that is a clear spiritual successor to their previous games. Unfortunately, being made as an Xbox 360 exclusive in an attempt to market the console to a Japanese audience ended up backfiring somewhat, leaving this incredible gem of a game stranded on a console whose primary player base wasn’t interested in JRPGs, no matter how fantastic they were. This is another classic turn based style game with a mostly traditional medieval setting, though hints of more advanced technology does appear. What makes this game stand out, at least among those who played it, is the story and writing. Many consider this game to be the best written JRPG of all time, with characters that you will actually care about and moments, specifically the “A Thousand Years of Dreams” sections, bringing many gamers to tears. Don’t let this one slip under your radar.
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Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package

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Platforms PlayStation 4
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer (Archive) Square Enix Business Division 3
Publisher Square Enix, Disney Interactive Studios
Release January 29, 2019
Okay, we’re slightly cheating with this entry since it isn’t just one game but a full collection. Still, if you haven’t played the Kingdom Hearts series, there’s never been a better time. As Final Fantasy moves more toward the action RPG side of things, Kingdom Hearts has been there the entire time providing varying styles of that combat system. This is another Square-Enix series, helmed by Final Fantasy veteran Tetsuya Nomura, and even includes many Final Fantasy characters throughout the series, such as Cloud, Squall, and Auron. This collection bundles in Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance HD, Kingdom Hearts 0.2 A Fragmentary Passage, Kingdom Hearts 3, and cutscene compilations of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts Re: coded, and Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover. While that all may sound overwhelming, the game lays itself out in the order in which you should experience the games, making it simple to play them in the correct order. While each game is slightly different, they do all tend to lean more on the action side of things and are a bit lighter on the RPG systems. If you liked Final Fantasy 7: Remake, for example, these games will be a great next step to take. If you can get invested in the story, this collaboration of Disney and Square-Enix properties is a rabbit hole well worth falling down.
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Chrono Trigger

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Platforms Wii, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Super Famicom
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Square, Tose
Publisher Square
Release March 11, 1995
We’ve already had a few other Square-Enix, or SquareSoft, developed games on this list, but hey, who better to go to for a game like Final Fantasy than the people who made it? Chrono Trigger is seen as a timeless, pardon the pun, classic for all the best reasons. The music is outstanding, the characters completely unique and fully realized, and the writing dynamic in ways most JRPGs don’t even dare to replicate. The plot revolves around saving the world, no big surprise there, but with a time travel twist that actually makes sense and doesn’t break its own rules. It isn’t an overly long game, either, and never asks you to really grind or waste time on meaningless side quests. There are side quests, to be sure, but they’re actually somewhat deep and worth getting invested in. What really pushes Chrono Trigger over the top in many player’s eyes is how flexible the game is. Most people’s first playthroughs will look fairly similar, but once you go into new game plus  you realize just how much the game takes your actions into account. You probably won’t realize it, but you can challenge the final boss essentially any time you want, and the game will have unique endings for every point in the game where you manage to beat it. It may be an older game, but the pixel art is still beautiful to this day. Seriously, don’t let the hype turn you off of this one.
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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

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Platforms PlayStation 3, Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Level-5
Publisher Level-5, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Namco Bandai Games
Release November 17, 2011
Chrono Trigger and Dragon Quest both took advantage of the artistic skills of Akira Toriyama to give their game’s a unique style, but Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch went straight for the kings of anime and brought on Studio Ghibli to animate the game’s cutscenes. The in game models, while not quite as appealing as their 2D counterparts, are still oozing with Ghibli charm and wonder. The studio also lent a hand in writing the story of the game, which is another tearjerker just to warn you, but with a lot of heart. Needless to say, if you’re a Ghibli fan, this is an easy recommendation. In terms of gameplay, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has elements of a Pokemon game in the form of familiars you can use to fight for you, or you can fight with Oliver, the main character, himself. Either way, you directly control the character in a 3D battlefield using attacks, spells, and abilities like you would expect. You will take on quests, side quests, and just explore the fantastical world. The entire map is open right from the start, letting you explore to your heart’s content. This is a cozy, heartwarming title fit for gamers of all ages.
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EarthBound

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Platforms Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Wii U, Super Famicom, New Nintendo 3DS
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Turn-based strategy (TBS), Adventure
Developer HAL Laboratory, Creatures Inc., Ape
Publisher Nintendo
Release August 27, 1994
Another old, but classic JRPG from the SNES era is the cult hit EarthBound aka Mother 2. Like Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles, most people were probably first introduced to Ness, the main character of EarthBound, through the Super Smash Brothers games, where he has appeared in every entry. This JRPG still stands out as being one of the most unique in the genre for its setting alone, which is a twist on modern day suburban life. The battle system is also one that no other game has really tried to replicate, using turn based battles that use a kind of ticker system for health. When you take damage the ticker for your HP will obviously begin ticking down, but if you can manage to use an item or win the battle before the ticker goes all the way down, you won’t take the full damage. That means attacks that deal more damage than you have can be survived if you act quick enough. EarthBound’s major influence has been its writing. The clever ways the game breaks the fourth wall has inspired many future games, including the hit indie Undertale, which the creator actually made ROM hacks for, and cites the game as a goal he wanted to hit in terms of emotion, humor, and sense of wonder. While we may never officially get the next game in the series, the GBA game Mother 3, EarthBound is still an experience that more than stands on its own among the best JRPGs.
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Bravely Default II

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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Clay Tech Works, Team Asano
Publisher Nintendo, Square Enix
Release February 25, 2021
We’ve touched on games with very strong ties to Final Fantasy, but Bravely Default 2 takes things to the next level by being a game so much like Final Fantasy that it was originally planned to be a mainline title. It eventually grew into something so different that it became its own franchise, with two other games in the series so far, but the roots of it can easily be traced to the classic Final Fantasy games it was meant to be a part of. The main holdover from those early plans is the story, focusing on four elemental crystals that will immediately scream Final Fantasy to anyone who’s played the early games in the series. Where Bravely Default strikes out and makes a name for itself is in the battle system. It takes the best aspects of turn-based battles and the job system from Final Fantasy, adding in the titular Brave and Default actions. The amount of Brave Points, or BP, a character has determines how many actions they can take on their turn, with some more powerful attacks costing multiple BP. Default is a mix of a normal defend move that allows that character to build up extra BP for their next turn. You can also spend more BP than you have, but you will then lose future turns until the debt is paid off. All of this leads to an immensely satisfying battle system that makes every fight dynamic and engaging.
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Live A Live

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Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG)
Developer Square Enix
Publisher Square Enix
Release July 22, 2022

This game is a lost gem from the ’90s that most people never even heard of when Nintendo announced it was bringing it back, giving it the HD-2D treatment, and putting it on the Switch. This was the clear inspiration for games like Octopath Traveler, as the story focuses on seven distinct characters in their own mini-stories set across time and space. Each one plays very differently but culminates in a fantastic conclusion that ties all their stories together.

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Persona 5 Royal

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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Atlus
Publisher Atlus USA, Atlus
Release October 31, 2019
What do you get when you combine the framework of a Final Fantasy game, throw in a dash of Pokemon’s monster catching formula, light life sim elements, and give it some of the most striking visuals and design of any game out there? Persona 5: Royal is the answer. Another updated version of a game for the list, this time adding even more content to a game that could already take up 100 hours of playtime, and yet we were more than happy to jump back in. The story, thanks to strong characters you can really get to know through social links, is very grounded for a JRPG that involves summoning spiritual monsters to fight for you and deals with issues in a surprisingly mature and delicate way. Battles, meanwhile, are turn based affairs where exploiting enemy weaknesses is the key to victory. The press turn system means that any time you hit an enemy with their elemental weakness, their turn is skipped, allowing you to follow up with another attack. If you hit every enemy with their weakness before they can recover, your entire team can rush them for a powerful all out attack. But be aware that you and your party are just as susceptible to elemental weaknesses too. The entire Persona series has been improving and evolving, getting more and more attention, and with this latest entry is looking to be just as major of a JRPG series as the likes of Final Fantasy.
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Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release January 11, 2019
If Final Fantasy sits at the top tier of JRPG series, at least in terms of popularity and exposure, then the Tales of series would sit somewhere two or three notches below that, at least for now. The series has been steadily growing its audience with each game, and the newest Tales of Arise has become the series’ breakout hit. Perhaps due to a few less favorable entries in the series, or confusing naming convention, it is still somewhat of a hidden gem in world of JRPGs. But, just like any great JRPG, its the characters that really make Tales of Vespiria Definitive Edition worthy of picking up. Vespiria isn’t the newest game in the franchise, that’d be Tales of Bersaria, but this upgraded version of one of the best rated games in the entire series adds in two more characters, more quests, costumes, and of course brings it to modern consoles. Most games have similar action based combat, though with their own unique twists and additions of course, but its the characters and their interactions where most players draw the line on which they prefer more. And there’s no real reason to worry about the titles. Each game stands alone so pick whichever one seems most interesting to you, as long as you have the platform to play it on, and give it a shot.
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I Am Setsuna

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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Tokyo RPG Factory
Publisher Square Enix
Release February 18, 2016
This small title developed by Tokyo RPG Factory wears its SNES JRPG inspirations on its sleeve. I Am Setsuna is so close to one of those old school games in almost every way that it feels like a game made in that era that was just rediscovered and released. The game is set in a land locked in a never ending winter and features a party lead by a mercenary and the maiden Setsuna he is responsible for protecting. Similar to Final Fantasy X, and spoilers ahead for that game, your role as her protector is to help her sacrifice herself to keep a force of evil demons at bey. Along the way you will encounter new party members with their own motivations and personalities, but this game’s main theme is wrapped in melancholy. Of course the battle system also borrows from JRPGs of the era, and I Am Setsuna adopts one of the most popular: the active battle system, or ATB for short. You travel around overworlds from an isometric perspective, and enter combat by contacting enemies on the map without switching to a new screen, just like Chrono Trigger. From there, battles will feel like second nature to JRPG veterans. You que up attacks, cast spells, unleash Tech attacks, again borrowing from Chrono Trigger, but the twist is the Setsuna gauge. When this meter is filled you can trigger a momentum change that buffs your character’s actions, such as being able to attack multiple times, healing, and getting guaranteed crits.
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