Anime Video Games That Are Actually amazing
You know how sometimes you finish an anime and feel lost after?
You loved the plot, the characters and you even have a new favorite waifu.
This happened to me so many times. Ill binge watch something straight through and just want MORE. Honestly in some cases, like with Attack On Titan, I’ll just immediately re-watch from the beginning.
But sometimes that isn’t enough. You want to immerse yourself in the world and really get to know the characters better. Lucky for you, you can!
Most popular anime’s these days have a video game that’ll let you play as your favorite characters. Only problem, is a lot of them suck.
You see, large gaming companies know they can skate on the popularity of some of these titles and will just put together a total piece of crap in order to make a quick buck. They’ll throw in a lackluster plot together with graphics from 1990 and slap a $60 price tag on it.
Why? Because some people will still buy it. Just because they love the anime so much. And honestly? I don’t blame them. I’ve fallen victim quite a few times to this myself. And while the disappointment is very real, I’ve also played some that are REALLY solid.
And when I do, O BOY do I get hyped.
So search no further because I’m going to share my favorite Anime Video Games that are actually amazing.
6: Naruto Shippuden Ninja Storm 4
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Character Selection: 9/10
Available on: Switch, XBOX, PC, PS4
Publisher : Bandai Namco
So to be honest I don’t particularly love fighting games. I’m just not very good at them. And I HATE remembering combos.
But that doesn’t apply here. The fighting is incredibly basic, but also somehow…not.
Basically you have one melee button, a dash, and a kunai throw.
However you can use the “jutsu” button to alter how these work. It keeps it really simple. But where the game gets really interesting isn’t in remembering combos, its in the resource management of your Jutsu and your replacements.
You only have a set amount of jutsu. Kind of like an energy bar or mana pool in other video games. Every time you use jutsu the bar depletes. It’ll come back slowly over time, but you have to be really careful not to “blow your load” too early. Otherwise, you will definitely get punished for it.
Then aside from the Jutsu you get a set number of “replacements”. If someone is catching you with a lot of hits you can press this button to disappear and reappear behind them. I really love that they added this because its so popular in the show, and it makes you feel like a real ninja.
The game also has a HUGE character selection for you to unlock. You can get them by playing matches or playing the story.
Which by the way, the story pretty much follows the Anime to a T. It’s fantastic. It’s like re-watching the anime except you get to PLAY the fight scenes.
This is definitely one of my favorite anime video games, and I would suggest it even for people who don’t watch anime. The fighting is fantastic and there are tons of flashy moves and different characters to keep it interesting. 100% worth the buy.
5: Attack On Titan 2: Final Battle
Overall Rating 7.8/10
Gameplay Combat 8.5/10
Publisher Koei Tecmo
There aren’t a ton of attack on titan games out there. But of the few, this one is by far the best one.
In this game you play as a bystander in the anime. You get to play through the events of season 1-3 as a “side character”.
It’s actually pretty cool because you seemingly stand alongside Eren, Mikasa and Armin in their fight against the Titans.
And the combat is everything you want it to be.
Swinging around on ODM gear and slaying giant Titans with swords is exactly what you’ll be doing in this game.
The ODM gear works extremely similar to the spiderman web swinging if you’ve ever played those. You get to traverse the world within the walls, and swing from trees.
While it isn’t quite as smooth as I wanted it to be, it is incredibly fun and addicting. They really nailed the feel of what it would be like to use the ODM gear.
And the combat is awesome!
I was really skeptical at first because in the show so many characters die IMMEDIATELY trying to fight these things. So how would they make the combat feel difficult enough but also fun?
Honestly, they did a great job.
You have to use the ODM gear mechanics to swing around and find good angles to kill the titans. It’s not super easy either, which adds to the fun for me.
And once you find that sweet point… SLICE SLICE BABY. Seriously, going in at the giant titans with your swords is so fun. And there is plenty of blood and flying limbs to spice it up.
As far as replay value goes, I would say this game can definitely keep you interested for a while. To start, there are a ton of different game modes and missions you can go on.
But that’s not all.
The game kind of works like an RPG. There’s a central hub in the city where you can buy all sorts of new gear like swords and horses. And the way you kill Titans will reward you with bonus crafting materials as well.
All in all if you’re a fan of AOT, or just looking for cool combat this game deserves your money.
4. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Overall Score 8.5/10
Available on: Everything
Ever since the anime came out there have been a TON of Dragon Ball Z games. Most of them are your standard fighting game.
The gameplay has always been pretty solid, but if you’re not super into the anime they can be a bit lack-luster.
Don’t get me wrong I had fun with all of the budokai games back in the day. But as a fighting game itself, the only one renowned as being a masterpiece was “Fighterz”.
Quick side note : If you really like old school fighting games like Streetfighter and Tekken, then Dragon Ball FighterZ is known as one of the BEST among all fighting game fans.
DBZ Kakarot is my favorite of the Dragonball games. It plays just like an RPG in terms of collecting, exploring, and leveling up.
You get to fly around the Dragon Ball world as all of your favorite characters and play the ENTIRE story all the way through Kid Buu.
And I mean the WHOLE story.
While most of the DBZ games let you watch cutscenes and bits and pieces of the story, its mostly just revolved around fighting.
You watch a short clip of the next “boss” and then you play the fight.
But in DBZ Kakarot you LITERALLY play the whole series. From searching for DragonBalls to cooking Goku 400 plates of rice for dinner.
The fighting is PHENOMINAL on top of all the side stuff. Unlike the old school 2D fighters, you get to fly around in the air and have full control over your character and camera angles.
You get all the KI blasts and melee moves you can imagine. Plus the RPG element lets you level these up to have better damage and effects.
Sure there are some things that get a little repetitive, but overall this is a fantastic game.
They probably could have done a little more on the graphics end, and there are certainly ways they could have helped “immersion”, but mostly I have nothing but praise for the job they did.
3. Naruto Shinobi Stiker
Overall Score 9/10
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Available on: PC, PS4
This is by FAR my favorite anime video game ever created. And it DID NOT get enough attention from the public.
If you’re looking for a single player story then scroll along because this isn’t for you.
This is a multiplayer PVP focused game and it is AMAZING for both Naruto and PVP fans alike.
In this game you pick your own Ninja. The character creation isn’t all that great, but it gets the job done. You won’t spend a ton of time here, but you’ll be able to make your ninja look different enough that it feels like “your” ninja.
The world acts as a giant central Hub. You’ll see a lot of familiar faces that will hand out missions, upgrade your gear, or allow you to change costumes.
But the real fun is the PVP matches.
There are four different “classes” you can play as. Healer, Ranged, Attack and Defense.
Everyone gets a melee button, a “ranged” button and 2 jutsus.
The cool part? You get to pick from a HUGE list of jutsus to bring into battle.
The different classes you can pick will all use different style weapons, and its own unique set of powers available to only that class.
There are however some moves that can be used across any class.
When I say the combat is amazing, that is an understatement. As a PVP game it is honestly one of the best I have ever played. EVER.
There are a few types of game modes including Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and “Dominion” (everybody remembers that from Modern Warfare) but Its called Base battle or something like that.
You get to use a grappling kunai to swing around and traverse the area. You can quickly throw kunai or dash at people from a distance too in order to knock them off the side of a wall or building.
This game has everything you could ever want from a Naruto PVP game. My only complaint is that I wish they would get rid of the classes and allow bringing 3 Jutsu into battle instead of 2. I think that would really spice the game up and add a ton more diversity to the fighting.
P.S. DON’T buy this game on steam. For some reason its not Cross-play and the game just never took off on PC. But even in 2021 there are plenty of people on the PS4 servers playing that you’ll never wait more than a minute or two for a match.
Also it goes on sale all the time too. I think I got it for $8 bucks or something. But I would gladly pay full retail in order to play this masterpiece.
2: My Hero One’s Justice 2
Overall Score 7.8/10
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Available On : Everything
Remember how I said I don’t really like fighting games? This is the other exception to that rule.
My Hero Academia is one of the most popular anime’s in the west since its release. And what’s not to like?
You have a ton of superheroes’ with unique powers and an amazing cast of characters. From the sweet and adorable Uraraka to the complete psychopath yandere Himiko Toga, this anime really hits different.
And all of that is brought into this game as well.
It plays really similar to an arena fighting game. You pick 3 people to bring into battle (like the marvel v capcom games).
But there are 2 areas where this game really differs from the standard arena fighter that make it amazing.
The first is the uniqueness of each character. Just like in the show, each character has different powers, known as “quirks”. In most arena fighting games the powers always seem more/less the same. For instance, Spiderman’s web and Iron man’s hand cannons, basically do the same thing. It doesn’t really FEEL different while you’re playing.
This is not the case with One’s Justice 2.
Each character really FEELS totally different. On top of that there are different styles of characters that are better at certain things. For instance, you have some characters that are better at dashing in and closing the gaps, others that are great for defense, and some that are great for big hits.
The other area where this game differs is in the “simplistic diversity”.
Similar to ninja storm 4 (which is why I like it) the combat doesn’t seem overly complicated. There isn’t a whole lot of that “quarter circle turn up right down left” bullshit that I hate about so many fighting games.
The controls are pretty straight forward, but the diversity comes with the unique powers of each character.
On top of the great gameplay the graphics are pretty solid and the roster is pretty large. If you’re a fan of the anime you can’t go wrong purchasing this game.
1. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
Overall score 7.8/10
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch
If you like the Dynasty warriors Hack and Slash games, you’ll want to pick this one up.
One Piece is the longest running anime of all time now. Also, interesting fact, it’s about to take over superman as the #1 sold “comic” (manga) of all time.
This game delivers exactly what you’d expect from a hack and slash game.
Plowing through tons of weak enemies at once really makes you feel like the main characters. What this game does better than most is the constant change of scenery and bosses.
In the previous One Piece game the lack of scenery made me lose interest pretty fast. I felt like I was doing more or less the same thing over and over again (which is the case with these types of games to begin with).
But in this one they really improved that a lot. You never really stay in the same area for long, and the number of bosses and mini bosses helps to make the fighting feel fresh.
The other great aspect of this game is the character powers. In most of the hack and slash games I never particularly thought there was much reason to change characters. Sure maybe someone has a different sword or a slightly different power.
But its typically the same thing over and over.
This is totally not the case with One Piece.
Each character has a unique set of combos and skills that TOTALLY change the gameplay mechanics. Couple this with a roster of 40 playable characters and a talent progression tree and you’ll stay interested for hours on end.
This pretty much concludes my favorite video games that came from an anime. There are definitely a ton of REALLY good games that are “anime -like” but I’ll save that for another post.
As far as video games that were an anime first, these are certainly the top ones out there. Supporting games like this that are ACTUALLY GOOD will hopefully inspire publishers to do more in the future.
Im gonna end this by saying again that SHINOBI STRIKER is honestly one of the best PVP games I have ever played. I really cant commend that game enough.
With a few minor tweaks I bet they could make a sequel that would spread through the internet like wildfire. PLEASE make the second one.
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