What are the finest and worst games based on anime that are available on the PlayStation 4?
In the lengthy history of anime, there have been several sequels and video game adaptations. Dragon Ball and Naruto are two of the most popular video game franchises, and anime adaptations of visual novels are prevalent.
Some of the best anime games can be found on the PlayStation 4, allowing fans to immerse themselves in the worlds of their favorite characters. Of course, there are a few films that should never have been made among the fantastic adaptations.
The focus is primarily on PS4 games based on anime licensing, rather than just titles with an anime-inspired look.
1. Best: One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
You can find a wide variety of anime Musou games on the PS4 that are all about demolishing armies of fodder adversaries, whether it’s Arslan: The Warriors of Legend or Gintama Rumble. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 builds on the success of its entertaining predecessor and is the most polished and content-rich of any of these titles.
Omega Force’s game features an extensive roster that fans of the series will appreciate, and the One Piece universe matches the over the top mayhem that distinguishes the “Warriors” titles. A cathartic experience is provided by the simple but enjoyable combat, whereas the story mode is too simplified to be of much use to newbies to the series.
2. Never Made: Jump Force
With its lifeless animation, especially in cutscenes, Jump Force has become a laughing stock and should never have been created in this particular style. Jump Force has a decent combat system and tale that seeks to emulate the sagas featured in its shounen properties, whereas J-Stars Victory V has the best aesthetics but the worst story and gameplay.
Unfortunately, the game’s positive aspects are overshadowed by its dreadful aesthetics. Jump Force is a difficult game to recommend due to its repetitive and imbalanced gameplay during the game’s lengthy single-player campaign.
3. Best: Attack On Titan 2: Final Battle
Attack on Titan 2 does a wonderful job of emulating the high-flying action of the anime by improving upon the mechanics of its predecessor. A.O.T. 2: Final Battle compensates for its repetitious mission structure with its intrinsically exciting and intuitive combat systems, retelling the tale of the first three seasons, with the third originally published as DLC.
Even if you’re not familiar with the anime, the campaign does a good job of reproducing major scenes.
4. Never Made: Berserk And the Band of the Hawk
However, it’s important to note that the focus here is on games that shouldn’t exist in the first place, not necessarily the “worst” on the PlayStation 4.
If you like your games to be tough and brutal, then Berserk and the Band of the Hawkis will be just up your alley.
Even though Kentaro Miura is known for his comics, this gameplay approach fails to capture the manga’s dread and inescapable danger. Berserk and the Band of the Hawk places Guts in a world that looks like but doesn’t feel like the one from the source material, save from the boss fights, which are generally fine. Band of the Hawkturns and Berserk Berserk has become just another “Warriors” experience, erasing what made the original so revolutionary.
5. Best: Fist of The North Star: Lost Paradise
Playing as a mix of gangster films with classic beat-’em-ups and anime, the Yakuza series is one of the best PS4 games. This is an action RPG that has a lot of fun combat, fun mini-games, and a great story that is faithful to the original material, but it doesn’t quite measure up to Yakuza 0: Lost Paradise.
Lost Paradise: Fist of the North Star bridges a long-running anime series with a well-received video game.
6. Never Made: Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time
Chamber of Time is a side-scrolling RPG based on Trigger’s cute Little Witch Academia. Akko, the go-getter who wants to be a witch despite not exhibiting much love for magic, mistakenly unseals a chamber that resets the first day of summer.
Just because Chamber of Time looks and tells a good tale doesn’t mean it isn’t a good game. Unresponsive combat, complex RPG mechanics, and a game that recycles so much information that it becomes tedious very soon are just a few of the negative aspects of this game. This could have been a simple anime sequel.
7. Best: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burstis still the best video game adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto’s beloved manga, despite its release in the seventh generation of consoles.
Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Bursti is one of the most enjoyable and accessible arena fighters on the PlayStation 4. It has a massive roster of around 80 characters, a deep story mode that removes the fluff to focus solely on the sound battle system and epic boss battles, and visuals that look almost as good as the anime.
8. Never Made: New Gundam Breaker
Only a few of the many games based on Gundam have been worth playing.
Because Gundam Breaker 3 was so close to being one of them, anticipation for the third installment was high.
New Gundam Breaker went in a completely different direction than its predecessor, which robbed the series of much of its fun.
A (cliched) visual novel, New Gundam Breaker pits players against each other in boring 3v3 battles while they collect upgrades for their Gundam. Because of New Gundam Breaker’s poor launch, the gameplay loop is tedious. The game’s technical aspects were improved by subsequent updates, but little else could be done.
9. Best: Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball finally gave us a fighting game that was good enough to compete after what seemed like an eternity of games. DBFZ is Arc System Works’ most beginner-friendly offering, but it still has enough depth to keep hardcore gamers delighted.
The multiplayer mode of Dragon Ball FighterZ is worth the price of admission, but there is a lengthy single-player mode that revolves around Android 21. It’s a grind, but the sights and gameplay are amazing, making it worth it.
10. Never Made: One Piece: Grand Cruise
One Piece: Grand Cruise, a virtual reality game for the PlayStation 4, barely counts as a game. Players are transported on the Straw Hat Pirates’ famous ship, the Thousand Sunny, via virtual reality wizardry. An epic fight with either a Navy ship or the Kraken ensues after only a few chambers have been explored and a few characters have been interacted with. It doesn’t matter either way you play; you’ll be button hammering to shoot cannonballs.
A $10 discount doesn’t make One Piece: Grand Cruise any better. It’s shallow, short, and low-effort. As soon as the first thrill of being on board the Thousand Sunny wears off, the game offers little else to keep the player entertained.