The popularization of animes started at the beginning of 80’s when the genre has started to, both culturally and artistically, shape the modern days in Japan. A bit later, as the Japanese gaming industry evolved and made a breakthrough globally, the whole world got the chance to play games based on their favorite animes. Meanwhile, we are close to the 2017 and the grow of this subcultural phenomenon is unstoppable.
Back in the days, anime-based games were created mainly for Japanese consoles. Nowadays, many of them are available for Windows PCs; And they are getting better with every sequel introduced.
In that manner, we prepared a list of the PC games based on popular anime series. So, if you’re a fan of this genre, you’ll definitely find something of your liking.
Best anime games for Windows
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Dragon Ball (and its sequels) is one of the most popular anime titles of all time. If you consider yourself a fan of this series, the second installment of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is the right game for you. Albeit, even if you are not accustomed to amazing Dragon Ball history, this game will help you catch up.
Just like its predecessor, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is a battle RPG game placed in, you guess, the Dragon Ball universe. You take the role of the Time Patroller, two years after the first part ended. With your fully customized character, you travel trough time to stop Past and the Future of the Dragon Ball world.
Furthermore, there are five selectable races, each with its perks and abilities. Additionally, new main in-game hub, Canton City, is 7 times larger then Toki-Toki city from the first game. And, adding on to the free-roaming segment, you can fly around if the ability is unlocked. Additionally, there are several modes besides the standard, story mode. Few of them add on the past game and are a brilliant solution for multiplayer versus/co-op battles.
DmC: Devil May Cry
If you are a fan of action hack and slash games, you should be familiar with the Devil May Cry series. When Capcom created the first part in 2001, on basis of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, no one expected such a revolutionary game. 15 years and 4 installments later, Devil May Cry is the household name in the gaming industry. The fifth part, the one we are presenting in this list, is actually the reboot of the first part. So a great start for getting into the storyline.
You take the role of the Dante, a half-demon-half-angel. He is on his road of vengeance, trying to kill Mundus, the demon who killed his mother. Dante is accompanied by his twin brother Vergil. As in all past games, you can use your trusty sword, dual pistols and many other weapons that can be upgraded. In addition, there are two special abilities: Angel and Devil mode. This two have special impact in combat. The game scenery is modern Limbo city.
DmC: Devil May Cry is great title pumped with action and the great story. Highly recommended.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
One of the fan favorite animes. Like Dragon Ball, it is pleasant for all ages and makes you fall into that ninja world, pleasurably consuming your time and attention. Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is the final installment of the STORM series and brings the story surrounding Fourth Great Ninja War. The battle game with great visual experience and action-pumped battles. The story mode is breathtaking and will satisfy both manga fans and newcomers.
You can choose from as many as 61 characters to fight in online mode and try out your fighting ninja abilities against the fight against other players.
After you finish Story mode, at your disposal is Adventure mode where you can do quests and find collectibles. This game will take good 25 + hours and you won’t be unsatisfied.
This game is a primarily great addition for series fans, but, to the newcomers will serve as a great intro into Naruto universe.
Tales of Zestiria
A lot of amazing RPGs get out of Japanese studios and Tales of Zestiria is far back behind, for example, the Final Fantasy series. This colorful action RPG brings the whole repertoire: valid battle system, anime-like graphical scenery, and a quite good story. You take the role of Sorey, carrier of the Seraphim power, on the fight against Helion, evil creatures that possess the land of Glenwood. Sorey is accompanied with various characters throughout the game, but his best friend, Mikleo, is there from the beginning.
The battle system is true to the series, with a few innovations added. Battles are now played in the same free-roam scenery, and the world is larger than in the past games. Also, two characters can fuse into a single entity and produce special attacks.
The story is long enough to take the hefty chunk of your time so you will enjoy this game for long.
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is a hack & slash game that utilizes ‘button mashing’ gameplay and innovative movement with special gear. It closely follows the storyline from the original manga series. Players can select from up to 10 characters with different pros and cons, and the main goal is, well, slaying humanoid giants. Did I mention that Titans favorite food are humans? So, we have a war till extinction and few heroes that are going to stay between fragile humans and hungry Titans.
Fighting is fast paced and players can easily get to know it. But, as the game progresses, some tactical approach is needed against tougher opponents.
Interesting concept that is worth a while. And a good way to get to know a story of the manga.
These were the games we enlisted for you. Even if you are not the big admirer of anime culture, you may find them interesting and move. What is your favorite anime-based game of all time? Please do tell us in a comment section.
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