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Best JRPGs for Xbox One, Series X and Series S 2022

Yakuza Like A Dragon Source Sega
Yakuza Like A Dragon Source Sega (Image credit: SEGA)

The Xbox platform has come a long way when it comes to JRPGs. Previous Xbox consoles saw very few JRPGs for their systems, but nowadays, we're spoiled for choice. Where do you start? We've put together a list to help you decide what to purchase. Here are our chosen titles that make up the best JRPG-styled games in our roundups of best Xbox One games, and best Xbox Series X, Series S games. As a bonus, the Xbox One games on this list are backward compatible on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon (opens in new tab)

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Once a series of beat 'em ups, Yakuza has now transformed into a traditional, turn-based JRPG with its latest entry, Yakuza: Like a Dragon. It tells the story of Ichiban Kasuga, an ex-yakuza seeking to rebuild his life after his former clan betrayed him. He must form a party of other misfits like him, explore the city of Yokohama for jobs to earn a living, and kick yakuza butt to discover why he was betrayed.

You finally have a lot of JRPGs to choose from

As you have seen, what defines a JRPG is pretty loose these days. Some are traditional turn-based JRPGs, some play like action games but with JRPG mechanics attached, and some are not even made in Japan but are inspired by classic JRPGs of the past.

There has been plenty of trepidation regarding Yakuza: Like a Dragon's (opens in new tab) genre shift from beat 'em up to turn-based JRPG leading up to its release. Thankfully, it not only stuck the landing but also managed to retain the fun brutality seen in prior games. It also retains the series' dramatic storytelling, tight characterization, bizarre humor, and a huge amount of side content waiting for you to complete. Don't miss out on Ichiban's fun, insane quest to become the hero of Yokohama.

Final Fantasy IX (opens in new tab) may be an old game, but it has aged like fine wine. The story is timeless, the characters are unforgettable, the combat has just the right amount of challenge, and the world is filled with enough content to keep you busy for weeks. Thanks to the remaster, it looks even better than before with upgraded character models, HD cinematics, and quality of life improvements to speed up battles.

Despite having a rough launch, Final Fantasy XV (opens in new tab) has managed to come out as one of the best Final Fantasy games in years. It has a strong cast of characters to root for, one of the best villains the franchise has seen in ages, the combat system makes you feel like an anime superhero, and it has a ton of challenging sidequests with worthy rewards. Tthe Royal Edition comes with new areas, new scenes to flesh out the story, the ability to switch characters mid-combat, and all the DLC side-stories packaged together. Now's a good time as any to help Noctis and his royal guard save the kingdom of Lucis.

Alexander Cope is a writer for Windows Central and iMore that has been gaming since the 16-bit era.

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