Having been an avid anime watcher for about the same length of time as I have been a gamer, I absolutely love when anime is adapted into a game. Here is my personal take on 5 of my favorites. Counting down from action packed to horror, join me in this journey. As always be mindful that there may be spoilers ahead.
5. Dragon ball Xenoverse
Dragon Ball Xenoverse is the first installment in the Xenoverse series that is currently on consoles and PC. This was released in February 2015 and follows the story of a custom made character. The player must travel through time and visit key moments from the dragon ball saga to ensure that they are being played out correctly.
Being able to customize your own character was an exciting feature of the game for me. You could choose from a range of races that are from the dragon ball anime: Human, Saiyan, Majin, Namekian, or Freeza Race. In my first play through I picked a Majin female character. Each race has different attributes, skills, and outfits which allows you to play again if you want to experience the game from a different race.
As a Dragon Ball fan myself, some of the more enjoyable key moments of the game were reliving the Frieza saga storyline and fighting the main antagonist of the story, a villain named Mira. The combat compared to its sequel is slightly “clunky”, but being able to carry out certain moves from the anime such as a Kamehameha and Galick gun redeems this.
In terms of multiplayer for the game, it involves versus battles and playing as your favorite characters from the anime. The arenas from the fights were locations from the anime leading to some fun competition with your friends.
Overall, I came very close to adding the sequel to the list due to its fluidity in combat, a bigger lobby area, and a more refined multiplayer system that involved doing missions cooperatively. However, due to me spending many more significant hours in Xenoverse, I have chosen to add this one. Check out the trailer below and let us know in the comments your favorite moments from the game!
4. Attack on Titan 2: Final battle
After spending many hours playing the First Attack on Titan game for the Playstation four, I was excited for a sequel. I have decided to include the sequel instead of the first one due to most of the moments carrying over into the second one.
The game starts at the fall of Shiganshina, your custom character is witness to the death of Eren Jaeger’s mother and Eren’s speech on the evacuation boat. The official gameplay starts in the military training arc from the anime and has the player learning to use the Omni directional maneuvering gear (OMD gear) to slay cardboard titans. This allows the player to meet key characters such as Eren, Mikasa, and Armin.
The story follows the anime right up until the clash of titans arc where Eren is kidnapped. Without giving too much away the story finale is a perfect testament to the character that was built throughout the game play.
Furthermore, gameplay in comparison to the first installment is a lot smoother. Players can traverse using the ODM gear and slay real titans. The ranking system for each attack depends on finesse, timing, speed, and angles. Thus, allowing the player to really think about their combat and approach to certain bosses and enemies.
Another point is Building bonds with key characters allows for players to have conversations with their favorite characters from the series. Building bonds with characters in the game enhances game play. For example, improving bond with Levi Ackerman allows him to teach you a twirl slash skill. This skill is a well known skill that Levi uses to take down titans in the anime.
To conclude, I would recommend this game to any fan of Attack on Titan. Reliving the anime through a game is a certain way to have hours of fun! Check out the trailer below.
3. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Four
Most anime fans will have at some point watched Naruto, read Naruto, or know of Naruto. This particular anime has released over 41 related games. The games have featured on a range of consoles and other platforms. I have decided to include Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 as this is the one I have had the most fun on.
This game is the fourth and final installment in the Ultimate Ninja Storm series and starts in the past with the first Hokage and Madara Uchiha fighting to the death. This is followed by a time skip afterwards and the game does follow a good chunk of the Naruto Shippuden story and leads it to the end of the anime.
The gameplay is not overly different from the other three with players still battling each other in arenas based off of the locations from the anime. The roster for this game featured 106 fighters from the universe. Of course, there were duplicates and different styles, but it still made for an exciting opportunity for players to check them out and battle with friends or story characters. With the ability to have a team of three characters it’s good to cycle through and see which characters best fit the players personal fighting style.
Any fans of Naruto, anime, or fighting games should check this game out. As always gameplay trailer is below so you can form your own opinions.
Gust Co, LTD took on the task of releasing a game from the Fairy Tail brand. Fairy Tail is a very popular anime and this game is really for those who are familiar with the anime as it starts after a significant time skip. The game takes place at the end of the Tenrou island arc and finishes at the end of the avatar arc.
The gameplay is a fun mixture of elemental interactions, reliving key characters abilities, and traditional turn based combat. There is a hint of strategy and planning, but this is easily picked up on. I found that once I had progressed and my characters had levelled tremendously the battles became quite simplistic and easy. However, some boss fights like the S class wizard trials had a difficulty spike that encouraged grinding and reinforcing strategy planning.
For me, being able to interact with characters in the Guildhall, hear stories, and accompany them on missions was a great feature. Although the game had conditions for some quests that meant you had to be a specific character, for most battles you could choose from an exciting and full roster of fairy tail characters.
Overall, if you’re looking for a game with countless hours of turned based fun and enriching Fairy Tail story. This game is a must. I recommend it to all fairy tail fans. Trailer included below.
1. Corpse Party
Corpse Party is a horror classic. I played corpse party before I watched the anime and was captivated by its haunting atmosphere and gory elements. Corpse Party poses as a 2D survival horror game. Once more, the player dives into the world where that turns out to be horrific. Join a band of students as they try and navigate a school that is ruin. The game is not for the faint heart with themes in the plot of murder, occult, and cannibalism.
The puzzles in the game are thought provoking for the player. Although at times they can seem simple, consequences for some puzzles may result in the players death. Each chapter has different endings usually featuring a different character. The personalities for each character are unique and leaves a fresh perspective for each time characters change.
In terms of visuals and audio, I could not fault this game. I enjoy the background visual to set the spooky atmosphere of the games. The portraits of the characters are unique and detailed. Audio wise, the soundtrack and spooky nodes are perfect for headphone wearing players, like myself.
I have played both original PC and PS4 upscale version. In my opinion the original PC version will hold a place in my heart. However, the upscale version brings a unique and well received enhancement to the fold.
Overall, if you watch the anime you will be familiar with the cast and story. Playing the game brings a different perspective with more character development and interactive story time. My love of horror and anime has led this to be number one on my list.
Thanks again for joining me in another top 5. My love for anime and games always has me excited for the next anime game adaption. Feel that there’s any I have missed out? Please feel free to leave a comment.
26, Indie Game connoisseur. Also a hamster mum, fiancée & working in the addiction field. Gaming and writing are my escape and comfort for when the world gets too much!