The best anime games can be hard to find. Hundreds of games are out there; not all are worth your time or money. But if you’re looking for some great anime games that will keep you entertained for hours on end, look no further than this list. Here’s our pick for the ten best anime games to play.
1. Dragon Quest XI
Dragon Quest XI is, first and foremost, a role-playing game. You take on the role of a character who has been summoned from another world to save Erdrea from evil forces. This game is set in the world of Erdrea, which you may be familiar with if you’ve played previous Dragon Quest games. It’s also the first game in this series to feature 3D graphics and voice acting.
This title was developed by Square Enix and published by Square Enix, and it shows. The graphics are astounding for a small development team (just over 100 members). The music is also fantastic, so much so that there has been talking about recording an orchestral album based on some of the tracks featured here.
2. Astral Chain
Astral Chain is a beautiful action game with a great story and gameplay. It mixes action with some RPG elements, but more importantly, it’s inspired by anime, which means you’ll get an incredible experience if you like anime. The game is set in Tokyo, where your character has been given a cybernetic arm that allows them to fight enemies and protect humanity from the invading forces of alien beings called chimeras.
3. Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball FighterZ was developed and published as a fighting game by Arc System Works and Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on January 26, 2018. In Dragon Ball FighterZ, you can play several characters from the popular anime series with unique fighting styles like Goku or Vegeta. You can also fight in a 3v3 tag team battle with friends or other players online.
4. Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a free-to-play MMORPG that was released in 2013. It’s an evolution of Final Fantasy XI, a successful game that has been running since 2002. FFXIV has received numerous awards and critical acclaim as one of the best Japanese role-playing games ever. The game features thousands upon thousands of quests, pieces of equipment, armor, jewelry, and food (which players can cook for each other). The graphics are stunningly beautiful, and there’s even an option to play online with friends or strangers.
5. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2
In this game, your character is a time-traveler who can go back in time to interact with the Dragon Ball universe. The gameplay is similar to other fighting games like Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom. You fight against opponents by pressing buttons on the controller or keyboard to perform attacks and combos.
You can also use special moves that are unique to each character. The more you fight, the more experience points you earn, which allows you to level up your character’s health bar and strength levels and unlock new skills by completing challenges or unlocking achievements in the game.
6. Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is a Japanese anime and manga series that tells the story of Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackermann, and their friend Armin Arlert as they join the Survey Corps to fight against the Titans—large humanoid creatures who devour humans seemingly without reason. The gameplay is similar to Dynasty Warriors but with more advanced mechanics like grappling hooks and air dashes.
There are 15 playable characters from both seasons of the anime: Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackermann, Armin Arlert, Jean Kirstein, Sasha Blouse, Connie Springer, Bertolt Hoover/Friederich von Riebenburg aka “Bertl” (depending on which version you buy), Hange Zoey Kurz Weber/Nakajima Shinozaki (again depending on which version you buy), Reiner Braun/Ymir Krista Lenz Rivaille ( depending on which version you buy).
7. Doki Doki Literature Club
Doki Doki Literature Club is a visual novel that tells the story of a young man joining his school’s literature club, only to discover it’s not what it seems. The game starts as your typical dating sim, with each girl having her distinct personality and route to pursue. However, as you play through the game, you’ll start noticing some strange things.
You might see unsettling messages in the margins of your screen or hear strange whispers in the background music. Eventually, these elements take center stage and cause you to question whether everything is really what it seems and whether there’s something more sinister at play here than just some high school drama.
8. Tales of Berseria
Tales of Berseria is a JRPG that takes place in the world of Eizen. It follows Velvet, a pirate-turned-mage, and her friends on their journey to discover why a demon destroyed her home village. Tales of Berseria has a darker tone than previous games, but it still maintains the same colorful aesthetic fans have come to know and love from the series.
The developers also decided to make Velvet’s gender ambiguous so that players could feel like they were playing as either male or female, a first for the series. This game has battle mechanics, where you can now switch between two party members during the battle at any time. This allows players to strategically plan their attacks while keeping an eye on how much damage they’re taking or giving out (and making sure they don’t fall behind).
9. Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact is a 3D action game developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Spike Chunsoft. It will be released in February 2020 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The story follows a mysterious young woman named Ayumi who has lost her memory after the incident occurred; as she explores her new surroundings, she finds herself caught up in a conflict between two rival organizations, the United Nations Space Force (USSF), which seeks to maintain order during this time of crisis; and the terrorist group known as Freedom Force 17 (FF17), which aims to overthrow USSF despite its efforts toward a peaceful resolution.
10. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a tactical role-playing game set in a fantasy world where you control a customizable avatar. The game is the first in the Fire Emblem series to feature a customizable avatar, and it’s also the first Fire Emblem game available on PC. The story takes place in Fodlan, a fictional land where the Church of Seiros is the dominant religious force. As commander of the elite Officer’s Academy, you lead your students on their journey to become heroes who will shape history through war and peace alike.
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