Video games inspired by anime and manga have been around since the earliest days of gaming, and the following are the 10 best anime games released so far.
A lot of anime is filled with over-the-top action and quirky characters, lending the medium well to video game adaptations. The gaming industry has seen a large number of anime-based titles over the years across a wide variety of platforms, with anime’s influence present since the early days of video games.
Some anime games are cheap cash-ins, whereas others are genuinely quality titles in their own right, channeling the best of their inspirations and adding strong gameplay elements to make them as entertaining as possible. For those looking for high quality anime games to try out, these 10 are Game Rant’s picks for the best anime games available to-date.
Astro Boy: Omega Factor
Astro Boy: Omega Factor was released in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance, and is widely considered one of the best-looking games on the system. Astro Boy pushes the GBA’s power to its limits, featuring slick, fast-paced animation and intense, over-the-top boss battles. A beat ’em up at its core, Astro Boy also features minor RPG elements to shake things up, giving fans of the anime series plenty of gameplay variety to sink their teeth into.
Attack on Titan
One of the most popular anime franchises of the last few years is Attack on Titan, an action-packed series about huge, naked Titans that eat people and terrorize villages. The people of these villages form a military specifically equipped to battle these Titans, and the Attack on Titan video game allows players to experience what it’s like to use the military’s unique “vertical maneuvering equipment” to fight these monstrosities. The incredible action of Attack on Titan translates well to video game form, giving fans of the series a lot to be excited about in both the game’s single player campaign and multiplayer mode.
Bleach: The Blade of Fate
With Astro Boy: Omega Factor, Treasure had already proven its ability to create a strong anime-based title for handheld devices, which is a legacy it cemented with Bleach: The Blade of Fate on Nintendo DS. Bleach: The Blade of Fate allows fans to battle it out as their favorite characters from the series in a well-received fighting game that won numerous awards back in 2007 for its polished gameplay.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
One of the most celebrated anime fighting game franchises is Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, with the third game offering the most bang for one’s buck. All installments in the series feature similar 3D fighting game mechanics, but Budokai Tenkaichi 3 boasts online multiplayer (when played on the Wii) and the largest roster of playable characters out of all Dragon Ball Z video games. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 laid the foundation for more recent Dragon Ball Z successes like Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II
The first Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku game for Game Boy Advance wasn’t well-received, but the followup earned more positive reviews due to its myriad of improvements over the original. The Legacy of Goku II incorporates more elements of the anime series into the gameplay, with players able to use scouters to assess the power level of their opponents, as well as transform into more powerful versions of themselves. It also helps that The Legacy of Goku II largely focuses on the Cell Games saga, which is generally considered one of the strongest storylines from the show.