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15 Games All Anime Fans Should Play

15 games all anime fans should play.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (2013 – PS3, Android, X360, PC)

The Ultimate Ninja Storm series sets out to adapt the wildly successful franchise Naruto. By tapping into the colorful world of Naruto Uzumaki, Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 faithfully adapts the source material and immerses you in a world where you’ll be regulating your chakra flow and unleashing powerful ninja techniques called Jutsu. With a story mode that recreates the best moments from the anime and a considerable number of playable characters, Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 provides a comprehensive Naruto experience ideal for any fan.

 

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (2007 – PS2, Wii)

The third Budokai Tenkaichi game draws from the world-renowned Dragon Ball anime and manga, a tale revolving around the 7 legendary Dragon Balls and their wish granting abilities. Amassing a spectacular cast of 161 characters, Budokai Tenkaichi 3 pits them against one another with its dynamic combat system; your favorite warrior will unleash a flurry of aerial attacks one moment only to release a cinematic ki blast out their palms the next. Budokai Tenkaichi 3 stays true to its roots with its diverse combination of Ultimate Attacks, unique characters and swift combat which seem to be lifted directly from the anime and manga it’s based upon.

 

Digimon World (1999 – PS1)

Immersing players in a digital world, where creatures known as Digimon reside, Digimon World embraces its setting and grants players the opportunity to raise a virtual pet. Players are tasked with raising a Digimon from their fragile egg state to their powerful ultimate form. To achieve this, players are required to feed these virtual pets, engage in battles to strengthen them and even take them to the bathroom when required. This amalgamation of combat and development results in Digimon World producing an enchanting Digimon experience for the original PlayStation.

 

One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 (2016 – PS3, PS4, PSV, PC)

Join Monkey D Luffy and the rest of the straw-hat crew as you start off at the beginning of this swashbuckling pirate adventure. Showcasing all the characters from the popular anime and manga, Pirate Warriors 3 sets out to capture the essence of what makes One Piece a success. Luffy’s zany adventures are imbued with hilarious antics and presented in a polished package featuring improved character animations and action-packed gameplay. This all comes together splendidly and upholds Pirate Warriors 3 as the definitive One Piece video game experience.

 

Attack on Titan (2013 – PS4, PS3, PSV, PC, XOne)

Step into the bleak environment of Attack on Titan, a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is pushed to the brink of survival. Threatening humanity are the colossal humanoid creatures called Titans, which survive on a diet of human flesh. The Attack on Titan game perfectly captures the anime’s aesthetic and presents this dire world with remarkable cell shaded visuals. Players are granted control over the iconic Omni-Directional Mobility Gear which allows you to scale buildings and dart around the level at incredible speeds. As you familiarize yourself with this equipment, Attack on Titan pushes you to the frontline and challenges you to strike back against the Titan onslaught in this accurate recreation of the anime and manga.

 

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS (2010 – PS3, Arcade)

This 3D arcade fighting game puts players in the pilot seat of some of the most iconic giant robots. You’ll dash around the battlefield using a range of Gundam units as you release powerful combos and impressive Burst Attacks on your enemies. This frantic action tests your skills as a pilot as you strive to defeat your opponents, proving Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS is a thrilling fighting game which encapsulates the essence of Gundam warefare.

 

Bleach: Dark Souls (2007 – DS)

Utilising the power of the Nintendo DS, Japanese anime and manga Bleach finds a home on this mobile platform, which turns out to be the most polished Bleach game released. Showcasing a diverse roster of characters from the series, while introducing new ones, Dark Souls has you engaging in impressive 2D battles on this portable device. The striking animation, endless swordplay and precise combo mechanics construct a fighting game worthy of the Bleach name.

 

Sword Art Online: Lost Song (2015 – PS3, PSV, PS4)

The premise of Sword Art Online sees its characters enter an immersive virtual reality using a helmet which hooks directly into their brain. Using this virtual reality device, the Sword Art Online anime characters participate in a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (VRMMORPG). This concept seamlessly transfers to the video game, Lost Song, which is set in an alternate timeline but retains the concepts established in the main series.  In Lost Song players enter the world of Sword Art Online and are soon drawing into its role-playing mechanics. You’ll establish parties or raid dungeons as Lost Song attempts to recreate the Sword Art Online experience in this authentic adaptation.

 

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (2013 – PS3)

The generational adventures of the Joestar family certainly earn the label “bizarre” as this series does not shy from vampires, psychics and even Nazis. As fate twists and turns the Joestar family, they soon discover they have unique abilities and this is where All Star Battle shines. Adapting the unusual abilities of its characters intro several battle styles, All Star Battle allows them to take centre stage in this 3D fighting game. Fans of JoJo will discover All Star Battle is a flashy fighting experience full of exceptional individuals with extraordinary abilities, much like the anime and manga it’s based upon.

 

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (2008 – Wii)

This fusion of Tatsunoko and Capcom sees the two go head to head in this tag team fighting game, Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. With classic Japanese personalities from the cast of Yatterman, Science Ninja Team Gatchaman and Neo-Human Casshern, Tatsunoko’s golden age of anime is brought to life as its cast chains together combos and unleashes stunning special attacks. Implementing the classic crossover fighting style Capcom’s versus series is known for, the Tatsunoko and Capcom characters fight their way to supremacy in this robust fighting game.

 

Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex (2004 – PS2)

Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex offers players an absorbing action game based on the cyberpunk world of the Ghost in the Shell franchise. What players get is a PS2 game which stays faithful to its source material, while exploring this fictional world further. Packaged as a cyberpunk 3rd person shooter, Standalone Complex offers explosive action sequences and a gripping narrative fans of the series will appreciate.

 

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn (2014 – PS3)

Layering the familiar Dynasty Warriors hack and slash formula with the science fiction of the Gundam series results in an amalgamation that will have you embracing its mechanized combat. You’ll handpick your favorite Mobile Suit as you prepare to engage in the frantic Gundam combat, across land, sea or air. As you tackle hordes of enemies, firing rockets or slashing them with your sabre, Gundam Reborn offers an exciting experience which condenses the history of the Gundam into this entertaining package.

 

Astro Boy: Omega Factor (2004 – GBA)

Taking the beloved android Astro Boy and accurately adapting his multitude of adventures for the Gameboy may not have been an easy task, but Omega Factor proved it was possible. Not only was it possible but Omega Factor took Astro Boy, and his rocket powered boots, and crafted a charming beat ‘em up which features all of the iconic character from the anime and manga. You’ll dash past bullets, fire back with lazers and traverse the varied levels of Omega Factor in this refreshing adaption of our favorite android.

 

Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness (2016 – PS4, PSV, XOne, PC)

In a futuristic world where your mental state is rated and if the probability of you committing a crime exceeds a threshold an elite squad is dispatched to either apprehend or execute you. Mandatory Happiness plays on this tightrope of mental stability and portrays it in a visual novel style. Placing an emphasis on its captivating narrative, Mandatory Happiness places a gravitas on your choices where the wrong one may have dire consequences. This structure makes room for some tense moments which magnificently serve to immerse you in the world of Psycho Pass.

 

.hack//Infection (2002 – PS2)

Set in the .hack//Sign universe, .hack//Infection is the first video game in the series, with the premise of a role playing game within a role playing game. This multi-layered premise serves as a counter balance to the anime and manga by letting players delve deeper into the world. Upon release, Infection emulated the concepts of an online game, despite being completely offline, and presented this with a familiar MMORPG formula. Players would explore vast areas, meet new anime characters and gradually uncover the complex narrative of the. hack world which makes this game ideal for any .hack//Sign fan.

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