50 Best Japanese games

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The best 50 Japanese games daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 40 000 video games across all platforms for Android, IOS (iPhone / iPad), PS4 (Playstation 4), Xbox One, Switch, PC Windows, Mac OS, Linux and 3DS. The order in this selection is not absolute, but the best games tends to be up in the list.

The latest addition in this selection are The World Ends with You: Final Remix released the 26 September 2018 and ranked #13, Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk released the 18 September 2018 and ranked #14, Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country released the 13 September 2018 and ranked #5.

1# Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age - 2018

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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 Nintendo 3DS version features a different style than the PlayStation 4 version, showcasing 3D graphics on the top screen and 16-bit styled sprites on the bottom screen. Before entering battle, players can also toggle between the 3D and 2D graphical styles. The game features the series' traditional turn-based battle system.

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2# Persona 5 - 2016

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Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled high school students - the protagonist and a collection of compatriots he meets in the game's story - who live dual lives as Phantom Thieves.

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3# Valkyria Chronicles 4 - 2018

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A Continent Engulfed in the Bitter Flames of War! Commander Claude Wallace and his childhood friends set out to fight in a desperate war, but bone-chilling blizzards, waves of imperial soldiers, and the godlike powers of the Valkyria stand between them and victory.

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5# Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country - 2018

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Guide a group of legendary warriors on a journey through the tragic history that doomed a kingdom and drove a hero down a dark path 500 years before the events of the Xenoblade Chronicles™ 2 game. Defend yourself from Malos and his forces using all the fury of this refined battle system, allowing you to fight as both the artificial lifeforms known as Blades and their masters, the Drivers. Expansion Pass only playable with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game (sold separately).

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6# Octopath Traveler - 2018

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Step into the shoes and live the stories of each of the eight travelers and freely explore the world of Orsterra. Store Boost Points with each turn and then spend them at strategic times to strengthen abilities, chain attacks, or provide aid. Visuals inspired by retro RPGs, brought to life with modern touches and a rousing, dynamic musical score .

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7# CHRONO TRIGGERA - 2018

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Screenshot of the video game CHRONO TRIGGERA
Screenshot of the video game CHRONO TRIGGERA
Screenshot of the video game CHRONO TRIGGERA

The timeless RPG classic returns loaded with upgrades! Journey to the forgotten past, to the far future, and to the end of time.

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8# The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - 2015

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At Thors Military Academy, Erebonia’s best learn everything from the art of war to liberal arts. First year Rean Schwarzer learns he’s been selected to join the controversial Class VII, and they’ll need to deal with more than just class warfare--they’ll need to safeguard their country from chaos.

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9# NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition - 2017

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The tight controls and incredibly fluid combat are simple to learn for newcomers while offering plenty of depth for more experienced action gamers. Players can perform high-speed battle actionscombining light and heavy attacksand switch through an arsenal of weaponry while evading enemies with speed and style. Elements of an RPG Players will obtain a variety of weapon types, level up in battle, learn new combat skills, and customize a loadout that caters to their playstyle.

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10# Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA - 2016

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Ys returns with a brand new adventure for the first time in 8 years! Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island.

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11# Fernz Gate - 2018

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Take advantage of the Secret House and dispatch buddies to collect items or place them on stands to gain special-effects. Grow parameter-increasing fruit, upgrade and customize weapons, take on variety of sub quests and enjoy plenty of content! Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service and applicable privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service & playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy).

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12# Battle Chasers: Nightwar - 2017

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar is an RPG inspired by the classic console greats, featuring deep dungeon diving, turn-based combat presented in a classic JRPG format, and a rich story driven by exploration of the world.

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13# The World Ends with You: Final Remix - 2018

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Now he and his partner must fight to survive a life-or-death game in this twisted tale with more turns than the urban labyrinth of Tokyo they're trapped in. This definitive version of Square Enix's RPG classic brings the dark story to life on the Nintendo Switch system along with an extra chapter, exclusive two-player combat, and some killer, new remixed music. In the crowded chaos of Tokyo, players of the Reapers' Game must complete daily missions or face total erasure.

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14# Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk - 2018

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From Nippon Ichi Software, creators of the Disgaea series, comes Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk. In this dungeon RPG, you play as the Tractatus de Monstrum, a living book owned by the conniving Dusk Witch Dronya, and confront the dangers lurking beneath the quiet town of Refrain. Assemble an army of up to 40 fully customizable puppet soldiers and wield unique skills, deadly magic, combination attacks, and powerful weapons to annihilate terrifying monsters and conquer the labyrinth of Refrain!

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17# The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - 2016

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Civil war has broken out across Erebonia. After his narrow escape from Trista, Rean will take up his sword again on a journey with his Divine Knight, Valimar, in search of his friends from Class VII and a way to end the conflict before its price becomes far too dear...

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18# Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology - 2017

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This beloved classic is an expanded from the original Nintendo 3DS™ game and contains a great deal of added gameplay/story content, updated presentation, and new ways to experience the adventure! The continent of Vainqueur is plagued with the spreading desertification, laying the land to waste by turning it slowly into sand. With an exciting positioning-based battle system, memorable characters, and thrilling time-travel mechanics, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is essential for JRPG fans.

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19# World of Final Fantasy - 2016

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CAPTURE, CUSTOMISE AND EVOLVE! Embark on a magical journey with siblings Reynn and Lann as they explore the vast land of Grymoire to rediscover their past and save the future.

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20# Earthlock - 2018

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Earthlock is an indie developed, adventure RPG inspired by the classic 3D RPGs of the late 90's, with a fresh take on turn based combat and character progression.

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21# .hackG.U. Last Recode - 2017

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.hack//G.U. is back! This collection includes all 3 original .hack//G.U. titles, Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption, all fully restored and remastered. As well as an all new 4th Volume: .hack//G.U. Reconnection.

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22# Tales of Berseriaa - 2016

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Players embark on a journey of self-discovery as they assume the role of Velvet, a young woman whose once kind demeanor has been replaced and overcome with a festering anger and hatred after a traumatic experience three years prior to the events within Tales of Berseria.

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23# Tales of Berseria - 2017

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Players embark on a journey of self-discovery as they assume the role of Velvet, a young woman whose once kind demeanor has been replaced and overcome with a festering anger and hatred after a traumatic experience three years prior to the events within Tales of Berseria.

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24# Lost Sphear - 2017

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A young man, who suffered a phenomenon that he had never seen, faces an ominous power that threatens the fabric of reality. Awaken the power of Memory to restore what was lost!

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