Video game adaptations happen for just about every form of media, from motion pictures to comic books and everything in between. Anime is no exception to getting the video game treatment, and just like with all other forms of video games, there’s a mixed bag in terms of quality. There’s a long list of anime video games, with many of them being forgettable, but plenty that is good to great.
In terms of the ones that are great, there are a few that really stand out due to replayability, storytelling, and overall quality of gameplay. These are the five best video games of all time that are based on anime. If you haven’t tried any of these out, it might be time to get a console or PC to try them.
5. Dragon Ball FighterZ
Based on the popular Dragon Ball series, Dragon Ball FighterZ is one of many Dragon Ball video games as well as one most loved by fans. The game was developed by Arc System Works and initially released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It sold over 8 million copies as of 2021.
The action-packed fighting game allows you to form a team of three Dragon Ball characters, with one assist for each character, then placing you against an AI or online player. You fight it out, using combo moves and special attacks until all members of one team are depleted.
4. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is the sixth and final game to come from the Naruto Ultimate Storm series. It was developed by CyberConnect2 and released for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2016. Later being released for the Nintendo Switch in 2020.
The game follows the journey of Naruto and Sasuke during the Fourth Shinobi World War. The game gives you three teams of fighters that can assist each other through boss fights, quick events, and hidden scenes.
3. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R was developed by CyberConnect2 and released for multiple PlayStation and Xbox consoles in 2014 and PC in 2022. The popular anime fighting game can be played as single-player, or multiplayer.
Players can pick from characters from the fan-favorite anime and fight against other players, or AI in different locations taken from the series. Use your fighting skills to deplete the other player’s stamina, or possess more stamina than your opponent(s) when the time runs out.
2. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
One Piece- Pirate Warriors 4 was developed by Omega Force and released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2020. The game follows a similar storyline to the previous One Piece games, with new variations and modifications that take the game down an exciting path.
It features characters Cavendish and Bartolomeo who are out to free the Straw Hat crew. New enemies like Blackbeard and crew are introduced, who you must defeat along with Big Mom, and Kaido’s minions. Afterward, you’ll be challenged with the biggest fight of all, the boss fight against a morphed version of Kaido himself.
1. Persona 5 Royal
Persona 5 Royal is the most popular Persona 5 video game among fans of the anime series, rated 10/10 on multiple platforms. It was released in 2020 for the PlayStation 4, then released in 2022 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
It’s the fifth addition to the Persona 5 series, with Persona 5 Royal being a more enhanced version with more content, gameplay, and an added Phantom Thief character, Kasumi Yoshizawa. The game follows a crew of vigilante students from a Tokyo High School with supernatural powers, who steal ill intentions from the hearts of nefarious people.