50 Best Japanese games

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The best 50 Japanese games daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 33000 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.

This is not a "all time best Japanese games list". There is no hard limit on the age of a game but our results are mainly games released in the last 2 to 3 years.

The latest addition in this selection is Battle Chasers: Nightwar released the 3 October 2017

1# Persona 5 - 2017

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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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2# LiEat - 2016

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A world where dragons, born from the wishes of man, each have a unique power to match their human's desires. One mysterious stranger travels with a young dragon graced with the talent of seeing and eating lies. Together, they seek information for profit and knowledge.

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3# Xenoblade Chronicles X - 2015

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The next massive sci-fi role-playing game from Monolith Soft, the creators of Baten Kaitos and Xenoblade Chronicles, comes exclusively to Wii U. Riding and controlling a weaponized mech, players can explore every inch of the massive open world displayed in gorgeous high-definition graphics. Players can customize everything about the main character's appearance, including gender, shapes, height, skin color, voice and tattoos.

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4# Bravely Second: End Layer - 2015

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Bravely Second™ : End Layer A pre-launch prelude to the main adventure focusing on the Three Cavaliers – Yew Geneolgia, Janne Angard, and Nikolai Nikolanikov . Team up with heroes and returning characters to rescue Agnès Oblige from Kaiser Oblivion's Skyhold .

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5# Xenoblade Chronicles 3D - 2015

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Xenoblade Chronicles plays as a role-playing video game (RPG), where the player controls one character out of a party of three using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk or the Classic Controller. While exploring, the player may choose to take on side quests from various non-player characters that inhabit the game's world, as they commonly involve locating certain items or killing a certain number of enemy characters. Xenoblade Chronicles has a real-time action-based battle system, where the player manually moves the current lead character in real-time, and party members will "auto-attack" when enemies enter their attack radius. Health may be restored by the player by using healing Arts in battle, or the player may let characters' HP regenerate automatically outside of battle.

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7# Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA - 2017

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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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8# Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey - 2016

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The second entry in the 'Mysterious' saga follows the adventures of the enthusiastic Firis Mistlud and her loving older sister Liane Mistlud. The sisters have lived their entire lives in the isolated town of Ertona, where Firis uses her unique ability to see where crystals of materials are buried.

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9# Radiant - 2014

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Take your stand against the alien horde in a pure arcade space shooter. * 100+ Levels * 10+ Boss-Fights * 6 Upgradeable Weapons * 12 Special Power-Ups * 3 Difficulty Options * Global On-Line Hiscores * Signature Sound by Kubatko "From the deliberately pixelated graphics to the tinny sound effects, there is something profoundly artistic about its mix of knowing aesthetics and stubborn lack of compromise."

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10# 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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11# Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls VS VS SEGA - 2016

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A collaboration project between ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko and SEGA, the Sega Hard Girls are made up of various Sega consoles, including the Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, and Mega Drive! These anthropomorphized consoles are girls with an array of personalities and spunk, and this time they are teaming up with Neptune and IF for an...

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13# Dragon Quest Builders - 2016

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Rise as a legendary builder in a tale of epic proportions and explore a vast sandbox world to gather materials, craft items, and build everything imaginable. Build for fun. Build for adventure. Build to save the world!

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14# The World Ends with You: Solo Remix - 2012

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Square Enix's fresh-faced hit The New York Times called one of the best role playing games ever designed for anything has busted onto iOS in a big way, with a slick and addictive new combat system, eye-popping HD art, and (of course) plenty of zetta awesome reasons for longtime fans to double dip. - Redrawn art and Retina display support Enjoy the game in full HD on your Retina-enabled iPhone 4 or later device.

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15# Tales of Berseria - 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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16# Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch - 2013

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a heart-warming tale of a young boy named Oliver, who embarks on a journey into a parallel world in an attempt to save his mother. Developed by LEVEL-5 with animation by the legendary Studio Ghibli, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch combines beautiful animated visuals, masterful storytelling and a sweeping score into an epic role-playing adventure like no other. All-Star Production - LEVEL-5's mastery of the RPG genre is combined with Studio Ghibli's world-class animation and music composed by the renowned Joe Hisaishi Another World - Stunning visuals, made possible by utilizing the full capabilities of the hardware, create the world of Ni no Kuni and immerses players into Oliver's journey within this vibrant, animated world Captivating Story - A charming and tragic tale unfolds including animation storyboarded and created by Studio Ghibli with English and Japanese voice overs Role Playing Mastery - New and traditional RPG elements expertly crafted and designed featuring dozens of locations to explore, hundreds of creatures to battle and a wealth of quests and secrets to uncover throughout the sweeping journey Dynamic Fights - Freely switch control of characters and familiars in an exciting battle system that combines real-time and turn-based tactical elements

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18# Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past - 2016

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Restore forgotten lands and battle an unknown evil in this classic DRAGON QUEST adventure, completely rebuilt from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS system. In DRAGON QUEST VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, you'll explore an ever-changing world filled with mystery, intrigue and danger, featuring character and monster designs from acclaimed artist Akira Toriyama. Expand and share your adventure even more with the StreetPass™ feature—send and receive traveller's tablets to explore new dungeons that contain rare monsters and unique equipment.

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19# Fairy Fencer F - 2015

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Long ago, the Vile God and the Goddess waged war with each other. Equally matched, they were sealed away in another world… Now a lazy young man named Fang somehow finds himself a key part of this war he’d really rather not deal with, but fate beckons in this uncommon RPG!

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20# Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky - 2016

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Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky is an RPG where Kanata and various others have been imbued with pieces of the dark god, Yamatoga's soul and are sent to Protolexa, for reasons unbeknownst to them. Battle enemies and the armies of Chasseur as you search out for your other teammates, complete quests and side events, and learn the truth of why you have been chosen. Licensed to and published by Aksys Games.Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky is an RPG where Kanata and various others have been imbued with pieces of the dark god, Yamatoga's soul and are sent to Protolexa, for reasons unbeknownst to them.

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21# Monster Hunter Stories - 2017

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Venture into monster nests to collect eggs and hatch a wide array of species with uniquely powerful skills. Form teams, battle alongside them, crush opponents with combo attacks, and ride into the sunset a champion. It's the perfect entry point into the popular Monster Hunter universe and a game unlike anything else in the series!

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23# Tales of Zestiria - 2015

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In a world torn by war and political skirmishes, accept the burden of the Shepherd and fight human darkness to protect your world from Malevolence and reunite humans and Seraphim.

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24# Xenoblade Chronicles - 2012

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Discover expansive environments and deep character customization options as you delve into an epic conflict between the Homs (humans) and Mechons (robots). Explore the game's unique upgrade system, battle system, and relationship-building system as you fight to change the future with trusty allies and the ancient Monado blade.

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25# Ys Chronicles II - 2016

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After a hard fight to recover the six sacred books in Ys Chronicles I, Adol is back for a sequel! Use your sword skills, wield new weapons, and for the first time discover magic to free the legendary city of Ys from evil. Featuring an epic, enchanting soundtrack, a rich, poetic atmosphere with beautiful artistic direction, and a deep story, Ys II uses the same BUMP system as its predecessor, requiring you to attack enemies by pouncing on them.

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