Contrary to other beliefs, the PS4 isn’t just home to some of the best JRPGs ever made, or single-player games, but also home to some great anime games. A lot of the games showcased are already available on various platforms in case you feel like owning them elsewhere.
The list will include games based on anime, manga or even novels. I’ve also included games that went on to receive an anime or manga adaptation. Unfortunately, the list doesn’t feature titles with an ” anime ” style as these are not really considered anime games in my book.
There is a wide range of anime games to choose from on the system. What’s more, these anime games are diverse in the way they play and feel. You may be disappointed with the massive amount of traditional fighting games, but thankfully there exists a number of RPGs, beat ’em ups and even third-person shooters.
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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 was the apex of the series as it brought an epic conclusion to the entire Naruto saga. However, that left many yearning for a follow-up with Naruto’s son, Boruto.
The former is an excellent adaptation of the anime. The developers have treated the manga with care to deliver one of the best love letters to the franchise. The impressive character roster, cel-shading art style, and soundtracks were all executed perfectly.
What makes the Naruto Storm franchise recommended is the fact that even if you aren’t familiar with the anime or the manga, you can still play the franchise. CyberConnect2 has made it easy for newcomers to get into the franchise by making the story as faithful to the anime as possible in a way that is worthy of praise.
The Fist of North franchise has enjoyed a number of video games adaptation, but for the most part, these adaptations haven’t done justice to the source material. It was until 2018 that Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, the developer behind the Yakuza series, would go on to deliver what is considered the best Hokuto no Ken game so far.
Lost Paradise features a similar gameplay style to the Yakuza series and has you playing as the titular Kenshiro in his quest to find his beloved, Yuria. An entertaining action RPG where you encounter thugs in the streets, defeat bosses and take on a series of fun and memorable minigames. We can only hope that the success of the game may push SEGA and the developers to deliver more action RPGs based on the franchise.
Scarlet Nexus may look like a typical NieR: Automata clone at first glance, but thanks to its fast-paced gameplay style and the art style, the game manages to carve an identity of its own. Although short on the story side, Scarlet Nexus manages to pull off an enjoyable action RPG experience.
Released back in 2021, Scarlet Nexus is an action RPG in which you get to play as either Kasane or Yuito. Their story doesn’t differ much as they always end up meeting each other, which leads to the same final boss battle regardless of the decisions you’ve taken. The gameplay has you battling waves of foes with help of your friends. While these characters are equipped with melee weapons, they also possess a psychokinesis ability. Kasane or Yuito can use their ability to lift an object and throw it at an enemy, dealing massive damage. Likewise, their friends also possess certain psychokinesis abilities such as water, freezing time, fire, thunder and more.
What starts as a button-mashing gameplay feast quickly turns into a fast-paced action experience when the game introduces the ability to use your friends’ powers to your advantage. This proves crucial against invisible enemies as you’ll have a hard time dealing with them.
Kimetsu no Yaiba’s anime success was bound to spawn a video game in the future, and here it is. The Hikkomri Chronicles is a 3D fighting game based on the Demon Slayer anime franchise. The game puts you in the shoes of Tanjiro Kamado who’s on a quest to turn his sister Nezuko, who has become a demon, back into her human form.
The story follows the events of the first season of the anime and the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train. The events are told through several cutscenes, and similar to the Naruto Storm series, some boss battles may reveal special cutscenes that tie up to the story. Part of me wishes that in the future fans of the franchise could receive a hack & slash or an action RPG based on the anime. One can only dream.
Since the game was developed by CyberConnect2, you know pretty well that the game isn’t going to be a disappointing experience.
Attack on Titan was bound to be mentioned on the list sooner or later, right? Omega Force is often known for the making of one the best selling Musou titles such as Dynasty Warriors, but the company amazed everyone with the release of a video game adaptation of Attack on Titan and its sequel.
Based on the massively popular Shingeki no Kyojin manga, this is a fantastic action RPG. The game allows you to create and customize your own character which you’ll use throughout the entire course of the game. While featuring the original cast from the manga, the story veers from the former in some places. Yet, despite the noticeable difference, Attack on Titan 2 is still an enjoyable experience on the system.
The gameplay has you swinging from one corner to the other thanks to your mobility gear and slicing down titans left and right. Featuring RPG elements, your character will level up, acquire new equipment, and enhance stats. All of which makes Attack on Titan 2 a recommended game for fans of the series.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is the best Dragon Ball game to date along with the Budokai Tenkaichi franchise, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot brought a new life to the franchise thanks to its open-world RPG treatment. This decision has elevated the game’s franchise to higher heights, and we can only hope that Bandai Namco may consider making a follow-up.
Experience the adventures of Goku like never before with this astounding open-world role-playing video game that takes inspiration from several Dragon Ball titles like Dragon Ball Z Sagas and Ultimate Budokai Tenkaichi. The gameplay is smooth, the graphics are superb, the soundtracks are memorable, and what you can do in Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is more than enough to suck you into the game for hours.
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is an attempt by the developers to emulate Kentaro Miura’s fabulous manga into a linear hack and slash experience. While the Berserk game on the PS2 remains the best game entry, this particular entry in the franchise is somewhat decent, although suffering from several issues that hinder it from pleasing manga fans.
The game plays like other any other Warriors-style game with the player confronting waves after waves of mob on-screen. As Guts, you hack and slash your way through, swinging your blade and slicing enemies to bits as you see blood spill all over the ground with parts of enemies torn apart. Swinging the Dragon Slayer feels smooth and satisfying, and with each enemy you kill, you can activate a devastating blow that sends your enemies away.
Berserk and the Bank of the Hawk covers the Golden Age Arc up to where the 2017 anime left off. It is still quite a shame that the developers have skipped the Lost Children Arc because that particular holds the potential as a single-player hack and slash entry.
Catherine is a puzzle video game that was surprisingly developed and published by Atlus, a name that is known for the making of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise.
Breaking away from the usual JRPG story style, Catherine’s plot is pretty cringing, to say the least. You take on the role of Vincent who is haunted by surreal nightmares after being involved with a woman named Catherine. He is then sent into this nightmarish world in which he has to solve various puzzles to progress.
The gameplay is divided into two sections: daytime and nighttime. In the daytime, Vincent interacts with various characters at the Stray Sheep bar to build relationships. At nighttime, Vincent has to go through a series of puzzles; climbing on top of blocks as quickly as possible before Vincent falls to his doom. Thankfully, players can rewind time back to solve the puzzles.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven is by far one of the most underrated video game adaptations of the franchise. While Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star is still regarded as the best video game adaptation in the eyes of many, Eyes of Heaven deserves some praise as well.
Developed by CyberConnect 2, Eyes of Heaven is an attempt to transform Hirohiko Araki’s legendary manga into a full-blown 3D fighting game, and the result is decent. The cel-shading art style adds a uniqueness to the gameplay, with every blow you inflict on your enemies, colourful effects begin to appear which in return makes the game memorable and entertaining.
The game’s story takes place after the events of the Stardust Crusaders Arc and features a wide range of characters from the manga to choose from.
Steins Gate was riginally released on the xbox 360. Years later, the game would go on to receive a remake titled Steins Gate Elite. The particular is a remake of the original game and is a part of the Science Adventure line of games. Visual Novel aficionados may want to check out this one as isn’t only faithful to the anime but also blends footage from existing anime along with new-made animation by White Fox.
Even if you haven’t watched the anime, just by being into the Visual Novel genre you will love Steins Gate; Elite. The game is newcomer-friendly and it features footage from the anime. The story is quite interesting if you’re into sci-fi, and if you’re the sensitive type be ready to be swarmed by a wave of feels.
The Sword Art Online franchise has enjoyed a myriad of video games adaptation, ranging from typical Japanese role-playing games, and visual novels, to cash-grab mobile games. However, Fatal Bullet breaks the dreadful pace by bringing a third-person shooting experience with RPG elements to the table.
In Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet you take on the role of your fully made character who ends up joining Kirito’s guild and his friends to go on an adventure. The gunplay takes a bit of time to get used to, but once you do that, you’re in for a treat. My only gripe with the game is that it quickly turns into a grind-feast early on, forcing you to make sure you’re well-levelled before breaching into an area with stronger foes.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 remains one of the best entries in the Pirate Warriors saga. Along with Pirate Warriors 3, the fourth entry is a blast to go through, flourishing with a huge character roster to choose from and great visuals, it’s what every One Piece fan would wish for.
Even if you’re unfamiliar with the anime or the manga, you’ll find yourself sinking hours upon hours into this one. The 4th entry has improved a lot over its predecessors but that doesn’t mean it’s prone to issues. Pirate Warriors 4’s story covers a large amount of the anime and features some of the best chapters from One Piece.
Persona 5 is always mentioned in every anime games list. And while many do not consider it an anime game, and more of a JRPG, I think it deserves a spot on the list as it has received both a manga and anime adaptation under its name. Games such as Persona 4 received the same treatment, and if you’re interested to know more about the entire franchise, you can read all about it from here.
Persona 5 revamped the visuals seen in previous titles and instead opted for a full-blown cel-shading art style, and the result is fascinating. The art direction suits the vibes of the game, adding a layer of perfection with bright colours and vibrant effects.
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is a spiritual successor to the Japan-exclusive PS2 game and a love letter to the Captain Tsubasa fanbase. Back in the 90s, the show was pretty popular, ending at the 128th episode, and spawning 4 films. When all hope was lost for a faithful video game adaptation, Bamco surprises the world with Rise of New Champions.
The game’s story mode is based on the 2018 anime and not the original. Featuring a myriad of characters and teams from the anime, the game is wild. The controls may take a bit to get used to as the game attempts to emulate the original feel of the anime.
Onee Chanbara Origin may not be considered an anime game, but since the franchise has received a manga adaptation titled Onechanbara: Kurenai, I wanted to include it on the list. Onechanbara: Origin improves by miles over its predecessors. Doing away with the annoying blood curse in the original title, Origin felt fresh and incredible to play. What’s more, the ability to execute combos, slice zombies to pieces as you see their parts shatter, and switch weapons on the fly, made the game much better.
Onechanbara: Origin’s story is pretty bland and nothing mind-blowing for you to experience. However, the art style on the one hand is incredible. There’s also a handful of sound scores to listen to here, and if you can afford to buy the DLCs, you get to listen to previous soundtracks from previous entries in the franchise. Only buy this game if you enjoy warriors-style and zombie games. Huge plus if you’re also a fan of games such as Nightshade, as this game will be right under your alley.
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