Steam has a massive library of JRPGs, including highly acclaimed titles like Final Fantasy XIV Online and game remakes of popular animes like Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered. Indeed, it's not easy choosing a game to play, especially considering genres vary from MMORPG to cute pixel art simulators.
In this regard, we've done all the heavy lifting by compiling a list of some of the top-rated JRPG and anime PC games available to play on Steam. While we've done our best to be liberal and feature universally adored games, some of these titles might not be to your liking.
Best JRPG Games for PC available on Steam
The game titles indicated below are ranked in no particular order. Also, it's worth noting that this list of the best JRPG and anime games to play on PC reflects the author's opinions.
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NieR: Automata tells the story of Androids 2B and 9S, who have been sent to Earth as humanity's last hope to reclaim the planet overrun by powerful machines. In a final effort to reclaim the Earth, the Human Resistance sent a force of android soldiers to destroy the invaders.
Now, war wages on between android and machine that could soon unveil a long-forgotten truth of the world. There are 26 different endings to the game, which players can unlock through consecutive playthroughs. NieR: Automata is a hack and slash game with Very Positive reviews on Steam.
Tales of Arise
The new action-RPG Tales of Arise by Bandai Namco comes from the insanely popular Tales franchise, released on 10th September 2021. The story follows protagonist Alphen aka Iron Mask, an amnesiac man who can't feel pain, on his quest to defeat his oppressors with his Blazing Sword.
He is the only warrior who can wield the sword since it's incredibly volatile to anyone who touches it. The story goes that the inhabitants of Dahna are enslaved by the planet in the sky, Rena, which has subjugated Dahna for over 300 years, pillaging its resources and its people's dignity. It's now up to Alphen to free Dahna from its slavery and end 300 years of tyranny.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered
If you're a fan of Studio Ghibli movies, Ni no Kuni is the game for you. Studio Ghibli has teamed up with Bandai Namco to bring to life one of their much-loved Movies, Ni no Kuni. Released in September 2019, the game has attracted Very Positive reviews on Steam, thanks to its charming yet tragic storyline.
Ni no Kuni follows the journey of Oliver, who goes on a journey across parallel worlds to become a master magician to bring his dead mother, who died from heart problems after saving him from drowning, back to life. On his journey, Oliver encounters many helpful allies who tag along to explore the vast parallel world and battle enemies.
Persona 4 Golden
Another much-loved anime JRPG is Persona 4 Golden. This murder mystery adventure game features multiple endings and is set in a visual novelesque sequence that makes the storytelling easy to follow. The story follows high school protagonist Yu Narukami, who recently moved from the city to a rural Japanese town in Inaba.
He quickly becomes friends with the local teenagers in the area, and they soon begin investigating the rumors surrounding the town using "Personas." Follow the group on their quest to unearth the mysteries surrounding the unexplained murders in the city.
Monster Hunter Rise
Monster Hunter Rise is one of the top-rated anime JRPGs currently available on Steam. This MMORPG was released on 12th January 2022, and featured a fantasy hunting setting where players can track and hunt down an array of monsters.
The recent Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion also adds a slew of new features and additions that makes the game more exciting. We have a ton of guide content available, which you can check out in our dedication Monster Hunter section.
Disgaea 6 Complete
If you're looking for an Isekai game, Disgaea 6 is the game for you. This JRPG is a single-player strategy-based game. The lead protagonist Zed is a boastful zombie who wallows in the lowest parts of the Netherworld, along with his sister Bieko.
When a God of Destructions their way of (un)life. Zed must then learn to harness his super Isekai (reincarnation) ability to defeat the enemy. The game's core mechanics is a tactical strategy; you will be able to customize settings such as Auto, Retry, and Replay. If things turn for the worst, you can use Super Reincarnation to try again.
Honkai Impact 3rd
Honkai Impact 3rd is a free-to-play JRPG available on Steam. It's an action, adventure, post-apocalyptic game. Honkai Impact 3rd is set in an alternate version of Earth, plagued by catastrophes resulting from "Honkai" (Chaos). It is viewed as a malevolent force that's able to corrupt and turn humans into undead monsters and creatures.
Some of these creatures can evolve into individuals known as "Herrschers," which can trigger apocalyptic events. In Honkai Impact 3rd, you can control a team of three characters known as Valkyries. These have three types of attacks: Mech, Biologic and Psychic. You can move and switch between each character freely in real-time combat.
Final Fantasy XIV Online
Final Fantasy XIV Online is part of the insanely popular Final Fantasy Franchise by Square Enix and has been rated as one of the Top Sellers on Steam ever since its release in 2014.
Since then, it has attracted several awards such as "Best MMO" and "MMORPG Of The Year." If you enjoy open worlds, character customization, and adventure, then definitely give this game a try.
Scarlet Nexus is basically about BRAINS! But it's not a typical zombie game. Instead, you can choose between two main characters, Yuito Sumeraigi, an energetic recruit from a prestigious political family. Alternatively, you can play as Kasane Randall, a mysterious scout whose power and skill have gained great notoriety amongst the Other Suppression Force (OSF).
In Scarlet Nexus, scientists have discovered a psionic hormone in the human brain, granting people extra-sensory abilities. Unfortunately, as time passed, deranged mutants known as Others began to descend from the sky with a hunger for human brains. As a result, extreme measures needed to be taken to preserve humanity.
Touhou Mystia’s Izakaya
If you're looking for cute chibi waifus, Touhou Mystia's Izakaya pixel art restaurant simulator is the fame for you. Experience a laid-back game by playing Mystia, the owner of a small Izakaya.
Touhou Mystia Izakaya is enticing because all the characters are a type of youkai (supernatural entities or demons). The core gameplay of this izakaya simulation is: during the day, you will collect ingredients all over the town of Gensokyo, learn new recipes, and collect or buy beverages. However, you will serve your customers in the evening based on their preferences, budget, and favorite dishes.
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