PlayStation’s ‘Big in Japan’ event had me drowning in collection of cheap anime games for ps4. Here is a list of best Japanese style games that have a kick ass anime series or just boss anime graphics.
J-stars Victory VS+
Enjoy the ultimate beat them up game for fans of the Weekly Shonen Comic Manga. J-stars lets up to four player duke it out on a 3-D battle field as the most popular Shonen characters. With a plethora of manga characters that have made the leap over to anime such as :- Assassin Classroom, Bleach, Beelzebub, Dragon Ball, Fist of the North Star, Gintama, Hunter x Hunter, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Naruto, One Piece, Reborn!, Rurouni Keshin, Saint Seiya, Toriko and Yu Yu Haksho. It’s like the ultimate anime beat them. There are also characters from popular manga stories that haven’t made been made into an animated series yet.
There is three main story mode that follows popular manga characters that team up to explore this shared universe.
If you’ve ever wondered who’d win a fight between Luffy, Goku, Ichigo and Naruto this game is how you find out.
Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment/ Hollow Fragment /Lost Song/ Hollow Realization
If you are unfamiliar with the Sword Art Online Series, it is an anime series that follows an online game that go terribly wrong. The game’s creator decides to troll his players by hiding the log-out button trapping them in the virtual world. Death within the games also means death in the real world. It is based off an amazing light novel series I highly recommend as it is more expansive than the SAO animation. Sword Art Online light novels by Reki Kawhara contain whole arcs and events the anime skipped over spread throughout the volumes. There is an amazing SAO abridged parody by Something Witty Entertainment that maybe slightly better than the original series.
These Sword Art Online games are a long series of games that develop in a parallel universe from the Sword Art Online anime and light novel universe. In this series timeline, the players of SAO are still stuck in Aincard after Kirito defeats Heathcliffe due to a bug. Hollow Fragment contains the previous game Infinity moment and includes a new higher hollow area you can teleport to. Lost song takes place in the Alfheim world and involves aerial combat, whereas Hollow Realization returns you to an open world, not level based Aincard.
(Screenshot from Hollow Realization)
SAO games are action – based RPG’s that allows the player to gain a lot of different sword arts in a lot of different equipment styles. There are loads of areas to explore, an endless list of in game achievements to complete to unlock new skills, and lots of support characters from the anime to adventure with and romance. The combat is fast, and addictive – though the cut scenes can be excessive.
Check out Lost song if your looking for an open world game for the PS4
Now all we need is a game made on Gun Gale Online from SAO.
Attack on Titian: Wings of Freedom
If you are unfamiliar with the anime-series it is set in a dystopian world where humanity is beset by giants that enjoy nothing better than biting humans in two. To prevent the encroaching giants from feasting on the whole of humanity walls are erected, and new style of combat is adopted to combat the giants through swords and a grappling hook system. Think a drunk spider-man with big swords. The giants smash down the wall and chaos ensues.
AOT follows the anime canon pretty closely and as such it is a great game to pick up if you are a fan of the Attack On Titan series of anime. All the events take place in Season One of Attack on Titan. It’s a hack and slash that allows you to fight in the air and titian forms. The game can get a tad repetitive like all hack-and-slash games, but it is fun and must buy for fans.
You can play as all your favorite anime characters who all have slightly different play styles.
Accel World Vs Sword Art Online
This is another cross over franchise between two light novel series revolving around online games and were later developed into anime series. It’s an action RPG that see Kiritio from SAO venturing into the gaming world of Accel world to challenge the seven kings of color to find his A.I daughter Yui. This game takes place in the Alfheim saga of Sword Art Online which plays well with the Accel World Burst system.
Accel World takes place in cyber-punk future where humanity implants technology into their body. An underground game fighting game is being played. Winning points in the game gives the player greater abilities in reality.
The game allows you to play as key characters from both franchises and the cross-over story is done extremely well. Although Accel World only had one series and a subsequent movie the characters in are extremely interesting and it’s well worth a watch.
Fate / Extella: The Umbral Star
Fate / Extella is an action based on the Fate / Stay Night visual novel which has spawned a plethora of anime series and movies dedicated to different paths and endings in the novel. I think Fate / stay night unlimited blade works is the best. The anime follows a group of magicians competing for the holy grail by summoning hero servants to fight for them. It has some nice twists. The franchise has several anime sequels, pre-quels and distant cousins such as Fate/Zero, and Fate/Kaleid liner Primsa Illya.
This game itself is set in an alternative timeline to the visual novel and follows on from a previous game for the PSP, Fate / Extra. I know, I’ve watch most of the anime series and even I get lost with the alternative paths. The game offers in-depth scenarios and characters from across all the light novels, anime series, manga and games of the sprawl franchise. The story is told through the eyes of three servants all of which have unique skills and abilities.
Arslan – The Warriors of Legend
Arslan follows a boy prince who loses his kingdom and his farther to battle against an theocratic state that likes to kill heathen cultures. The anime series follows Arslan’s struggle to rebuild an arm to free his country and reclaim his throne.
Arslan sticks close to the anime reboot of the novel and is muso style game that plays very much like an old school Dynasty Warriors title. Old school, as it subtler and not as over the top as the latest titles from the DW series. It’s a hack and slash game where you slash your way through literally hundreds of enemies to achieve victory.
Limited features and little replay value will let you purchase this game at a bargain. For the price it is well worth the invest to play, just don’t expect much. A definite must for both DW fans and Arslan fans.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1 – 2
You have most probably heard of the Dragon Ball franchise of anime. If you haven’t it’s a series that centres around Son Goku and his friends as they search for the dragon balls and fight off evil doers with energy blasting martial art techniques. The one thing I never got is why they don’t simply wish for a mission or more readily magic device to bring people back from the dead…
The Dragon Ball Xenoverse series of games of fighting games are based off the Dragon Ball franchise of series. Rather than playing as an established character you take control of a time patrol whose race and appearance you can choose. Their mission is to protect and restore the true time line. There is a main story that you can follow to unlock character from the show, as well as their clothes and appearances. Each fight has different goals and hidden triggers to special events. As your complete fights and missions, you level up and spend more attribute points on your character.
The both games mostly extend from the Sayian Invasion arc to the Super Dragon Ball Gods of the Universe arc. Though the villains and mission in each game differs. The roster of playable characters is astounding and there are loads of side missions and an online mode to play.
If you are a Dragon Ball Z fan you might want to watch out for the release of Dragon Fighter Z later this year, a 2D fighter.
One Piece Burning Blood
The One Piece Anime follows Straw-hat Luffy on his quest to gain the One Piece and become the pirate king. Luffy has eaten a Gomu-Gomu devil-fruit that gives him the ability of a rubber-man that allows him to stretch and gives him immunity to blunt attacks.
It is a straight 3 versus 3 fighters where you assemble a three-man team from the 34 characters in the games roster. The game even includes Haki attacks, and transformation such as Luffy’s Gear Fourth.
The story mode is based in Marineford during the War of the Best (Or Paramount War). You can play through the battle in Story Mode and experience the war from four different perspectives – Akainu, Whitebeard, Luffy and Ace.
Saint Seiya : Soldier’s Soul
Saint Seiya is an anime series that follows guardians who draw the power of cosmo from constellations and clothes as they protect the goddess Athena from other Greek gods such as Hades or Pallas.
The game is a versus beat them up which has extended and improved up on the fighting systems of previous games to give it a quicker and more dramatic feeling to the combat. A lot of the combo’s connections and executions have been improved too.
The story mode for the game mainly takes place from the 12 Houses arc to the Hades Arc – there are also a splattering of what if scenarios, which are always fun to play through. A lot of fans of the series hail this as the best Saint Seiya game as it is faithful to the anime and improves dramatic on previous titles.
Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventures: Eyes of Heaven
Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure is an anime series that stretches across generations of a single family – the Joestars. In the original two series, the Joestars battle vampires through a breathing technique called Hamon that allows them to focus energy. The latter series change the power to a technique known as Stands that allows users to summon spiritual entities.
This is a 2 on 2 fighting game that plays very similarly to Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm. The game takes place after the events of Stardust Crusaders. After Jotaro Kujo defeats Dio the heroes are attack by fallen comrades and go on a journey through time and space. As time travel is involved you get to play as character from the early eras of the anime as well as future characters.
There is an impressive amount of people on the roster and eight chapters of story mode to play through. There is an online battle mode it does have a tendency to lag.
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 : Road to Boruto
Naruto follows the adventures of a hapless ninja on his quest to become the chief ninja of his village – the hokage. There are two anime series that follow his journey from a boy into the ultimate badass. Boruto is the third series in this universe but follows the adventures of Naruto’s son – Boruto.
This game is the fourth in the series and takes place during the fourth Shinobi World War. The allied Shinobi Force are battling against the mysterious Tobi and his forces. This is the final game in the ultimate ninja storm series and concludes the series with the resolution of the war and the start of Boruto’s journey.
The Road to Boruto includes all DLC for the Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. It is a fighting games the encapsulates the anime as it allows you to use chakra to climb walls and take battles to the side of the arenas.
If you want to try all four games Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy is being released later this year and is a collection of all storm games.
God Eater 2: Rage Burst
The anime series God Eater was technically inspired by the game – and as such is kind of a cheat, but is an amazing series. When I first watched it, I wasn’t even aware it was a game. It’s set in a dystopian future where humans have been destroyed by monsters known as the Aragami. It follows a new recruit in an organisation that struggles against the creature’s incursions as society struggles to come up with a plan for survive.
Technically this game is two games in one, as it includes the original game – God Eater Resurrection, but also all the DLC of God Eater 2. As the game is often reduced it allows you to pick up tons of playable content for a very low price. It is an action-RPG that plays Monster Hunter or Devil May Cry. There are a range of weapons for you to master.
Danganronpga 1 / 2 Reload and Danganronpga Another Episode : Ultra Despair Girls
The anime was inspired by the game on this title too, but god what an amazing game series this is. It is like a fusion of Battle Royal, Saw, and Miss Marple. People are locked away in various locations by a sadist robotic bear, and are pressured into murdering each other. Unless the surviving members can figure out who the murder is they all die. If found out the murderer is executed in weird manners like having to ride a motorbike so fast they get turned into butter…. Erm yeah.
The characters are really well thought out, the game-play is fun, and the setting is as bizarre. The game gives rise to some really messed up situations too. It also has some of funkiest music I’ve ever heard in a game.
I think most of the anime adaptions are set between the games or offer pre-quel or sequel information about them, although there is an anime based off the first game.
Danganronpa v3: Killing Harmony will be released later this year.
Beserk and the Band of the Hawk
The Beserk anime follows the story of Guts, a warrior who wields an impossibly long sword. Even Cloud would feel some sword envy. He joins a group of mercenaries and recounts his growing connection to each member of the mercenary band before it is slowly torn apart by both internal and external struggles.
The game follows the Golden Age Arc of the Manga which recounts Guts intial meeting and joining of the band, and his connection to Griffiths. The game offers a very faithful reproduce of the original anime series, although issues of sexual abuse have been toned or cut out unlike the original man. It is a hack and slash Muso game like DW where one man destroys an army of thousand. You can play as a range of characters, each with their own play style and feel.
It is a great game for Beserk or DW fans alike.
Pyscho-Pass Mandatory Happiness
Pyscho-pass is set in the future where public sensors continuously monitor the emotional and mental states of individuals in society. This is used to give them a criminality score that predicts how likely they are to commit a crime. Threats are dealt with by a special group of police inspectors and criminal enforcers who use special weapons are deployed to prevent crime or disturbances to society. It is an amazing anime and concept.
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness is a visual novel video game. Control two characters as you explore the events from the first 12 episodes.
The list is seriously lacking a Bleach title for the PS4, although with the conclusion of the series maybe that is only to be expected. If you could make any anime / manga into a game what one would you do? Would you love to see a History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi fighting game? A Hajime no Ippo boxer? Or a World Trigger RGP? A fairy tail DW hack and slash? Get in touch and let the world know what your gaming life is missing. I think my top two choices who be a Cowboy Beebop game or Ergo proxy.
The Best Anime Style Games to Check Out:-
- Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed
- Persona 5
- Anima Gate of Memories
- Dragon quest Heroes: The world Tree’s Woes and the Blight Below
- Yakuza 0
- Tales Series
- Under Night In-Birth exe: late7
- Cyberdimension series
- Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2
Top Upcoming Anime Games for ps4 2017,2018:
- Killing Bites
- Bloodstain Ritual of the Night
- Code Vien
- GranBlue Fantasy
- Nino Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
- South Park: The Fractured but Whole
- .hack//G.U. Last Recode
- Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash
- Blue Reflection
- Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon
- Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA
- Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth
- Kingdom Hearts 3