Are you itching for a new JRPG while you wait for Kingdom Hearts 3? Have you already played the entire Persona games ten times?

If you’re looking for new JRPGs to spend your time on, it might a good idea to look back in history.

While many of these games are old, knows these will provide you with unique experiences and plenty of fun.


While most JRPGs go into the fantasy realm, Xenosaga went straight into sci-fi. A spiritual successor to Xenogears, this game got really weird really fast.

Set in the distant future, Xenosaga covers an intergalactic conflict and the journey to find out the secrets of the universe.

The protagonists are Shion, a researcher, Kos-Mos, her robot, and Chaos, a mysterious boy. Together they face off against a sinister, centuries-old plot.

Combat is turn-based and focused on building up combos and interrupting your enemies. Oh, and there are mechs too.

The game is dense, and those who want a game where the story doesn’t matter should avoid it. It delves into themes of philosophy and religion heavily.

But for those looking for a game that challenges the mind, and demands you pay attention, there’s a lot to like.

From the likable characters to the intriguing ideas and unique battle system, people with a taste for unique games should check this out.

Xenosaga 1 is available for the PS2 and received two sequels also on the PS2.

Skies of Arcadia

For those who like their games a little lighter, Skies of Arcadia might be better. It’s a game that focuses on air pirates!

Very little about Skies of Arcadia is new or revolutionary, but that’s the charm. It’s like coming back to your favorite food.

Follow Vyse and his friend Aika as they discover a mysterious girl named Fina, and the secrets she holds to an ancient civilization.

The gameplay is basic in the best way. You choose attacks and charge energy for super moves while exploring dungeons.

The gameplay is simple but compelling and addictive. The story and characters are traditional but charming and fun.

The main focus of the game is to be fun and take you on an adventure and giving you an airy feeling of exploration.

Sometimes the best kind of game is one that goes back to basics, and Skies of Arcadia excels at that kind of atmosphere.

Skies of Arcadia was available on the Dreamcast and Gamecube.

Shadow Hearts

For those who want their games in a bit of a darker edge, hunt down Shadow Hearts. It’s a JRPG with heavy horror themes.

Set in 1913, you play Yuri Volte Hyuga, who follows a mysterious voice telling him to rescue a nun.

From then on, Yuri goes on a dark adventure that takes him through history, with lots of historical references.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, then this is a must play. It’s filled with historical references and you even get the famous spy Mata Hari to join your party.

The gameplay is also unique, combining turn-based combat with rhythm games, with you trying to hit a timer within a specific part of a spinning ring.

One of the best parts of the game is the moody atmosphere and tense story, which takes you through a dark, gothic romp through pre-WW1 Europe.

Shadow Hearts is available for the PS2 and had two sequels also on the PS2.

There are a plethora of forgotten JRPGs to look forward to from that era, but with these as a primer; you can spend plenty of time with unappreciated classics from an older era.