Best Anime-Inspired Video Games
The term “anime” has exploded in the last two decades in the form of television or films, especially in the West. As a matter of fact, anime has escalated to the extent where fans of this particular animation genre are heavily into games based on their favorite anime. But why is this the case? How and why has anime grown to the level that it has as of this writing?
Well according to what the Japanese Animation Industry report stated – that the association of Japanese animations compiled – the Japanese animation industry earned over 2 trillion yen in 2017 (which is equal to $18 billion USD), all thanks to overseas sales.
Why are Anime Games Incredibly Popular These Days?
Even though the international interest in anime is owed mainly due to the success of anime movies like Spirited Away from Studio Ghibli, as well as television shows like Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball, video games have equally contributed to the growth as their counterpart formats. And as most gamers are aware, Japan has a huge line of popular and successful video game titles since video games came to be. Some of the Japanese games that we’ve known throughout our lives include Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, and so many other titles.
When it comes to anime-inspired video games, there are dozens of genres that intrigue gamers from across the world especially if it includes epic adventures, cool-looking heroes with unique hairstyles and attires, and awesome superpowers or abilities unique to a particular anime’s universe. Some of the most popular genres in anime games include fighting like Dragon Ball, My Hero Academia and Naruto, action-adventure like One Piece, or RPG titles like Dragon Quest and Project QT.
In this article, we’ll have a look at some of the most popular anime-based video game titles that both gamers and anime fans alike can get their hands on.
Best Anime-Based Video Games in 2020
1. Project QT
This one’s a bit of a naughty number out there for those with a guilty pleasure for monster-themed anime girls. Project QT developed by adult-based video game distributor Nutaku is a free-to-play Android game that brilliantly blends a mix of puzzle game mechanics with RPG combat where you can upgrade your heroes and get an eye full of fanservice as well.
The story of Project QT revolves around a world that was put into disarray due to an experiment that went horribly wrong in the Arctic, thereby resulting in the release of a dreadful virus nearly decimating all of mankind. To stop the infection, you need to arm yourself with a cute monster girl and constantly upgrade their skills to handle the rising difficult levels as you progress throughout the game.
Each character starts from one star and can be upgraded all the way to a five-star ranking. The more upgrades you get, the stronger your characters will become, and the sweatier things will get.
2. Tales of Symphonia
Now this one is a true classic that was released 17 years ago on the Nintendo GameCube. This title would be exclusive for over 13 years before finally being released on the Steam platform and immediately garnering success thereafter.
This game is an epic blend of adventure and fantasy, which unlike the well-known final fantasy titles, features a real-time, tactfully complex combat system. The game is also praised especially for its cell-shaded visual art style. Although players of other Tales games won’t like the plot that much, there is plenty of fun to be had with this game otherwise.
The game still enjoys popularity even almost 20 years after its release.
3. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
The Dragon Quest video game series is one of the most beloved of all time and the latest title by the name of Echoes of an Elusive Age is another strong entry in the series. It is critically regarded as one of the best modern JRPGs of all time and is especially praised for its classic turn-based combat, visuals, characters, and plot.
Like other Dragon Quest games, Dragon Quest XI lets players control the main protagonist to explore various worlds and fight a variety of different monsters as well as explore high areas. Unlike previous games, this one allows players to toggle between 2D and 3D graphical styles whenever they like. Much like Dragon Quest IX, the game’s battle system on land includes no random encounters and displays every enemy on the overworld.
4. Dragon Ball FighterZ
If you’re all about pure adrenaline and action, then that’s exactly what you’re going to get with Dragon Ball FighterZ. Based on the popular manga and anime series of the same name, Dragon Ball FighterZ has been cited as one of the best fighting games of the 8th video game console generation and has been especially praised for its astounding fighting system, visuals, character roster, music, and story mode.
At base, the roster features over 21 playable characters from the series, including the main protagonist Goku, his son Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, Yamcha, Vegeta, Trunks, and much more. Developer Arc System Works, known for developing other renowned fighting game franchises including Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, are said to be huge fans of the infamous series and by the looks of it, they most certainly have done Akira Toriyama, the series’ creator proud.
So whether you like non-stop action games like Dragon Ball, or want to play it strategically with role-playing titles like Project QT or Dragon Quest, there is no shortage of anime-based games that you can find out there for yourself.