Anime games



The best anime games around offer up a variety of different experiences. Some can take you on big sprawling quests across fantastical lands, while others will see you get stuck into puzzle-solving or sweep you up in a moving story. Much like manga & anime series, the best anime-inspired games range in tone and dip into many genres, from horror to kích hoạt and more.

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Whatever your tastes, you"re almost certain to lớn find something you like in the wonderfully diverse niche of anime-inspired clip games.

10. Doki Doki Literature Club

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Available on: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PS4, Nintendo SwitchIf you aren"t at all familiar with Doki Doki Literature Club, you probably have a lot of questions. And I can tell you that whatever you might think of it given the name, Doki Doki Literature Club probably isn"t anything like what you"re expecting. Even looking at screenshots, you"d probably imagine you"re dealing with a run-of-the-mill, anime-inspired dating sim, but you"d never guess the horrific psychological nightmare waiting for you just beneath that shiny harem surface.

Doki Doki Literature Club is a violent, genre-busting psychological horror game & interactive visual novel that"s now on more platforms thanks to the recent release of the Plus edition. Final warning: Doki Doki wears xinh đẹp clothes, but the plot deals in shockingly heavy themes and subjects including depression, suicide, insanity, and the grotesque. If you can stomach it, Doki Doki Literature Club tells a story worth hearing, well worth the scary trip.

If you"ve ever wanted to lớn inhabit the most powerful heroes of the long Ball universe and exact revenge on any one of their many foes, dragon Ball FighterZ offers that satisfying, almost cathartic experience. Of course, you can also embrace your inner-villain và fight Goku as Frieza, Buu, Kid Buu, Beerus, Cell, và Captain Ginyu.

It"s hard khổng lồ live up lớn the sheer energy that"s drawn so many viewers khổng lồ Dragon Ball over more than three decades, but rồng Ball FighterZ is easily the most successful fighting trò chơi at doing so based in the series" universe. It"s fast, punchy, visually awesome, & most importantly, makes you feel like Goku - or Cell, depending on your moral compass.

8. Tales of Berseria

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Available on: PS4, PC

If you"re looking for a traditional JRPG with a heavy anime bend, Tales of Berseria fits the bill và then some. The combat, if not entirely innovative, is challenging enough khổng lồ engage through the roughly 60-hour campaign, but the real highlight is the emotionally-captivating storytelling.

Bucking so many trends we aren"t soon khổng lồ miss, Tales of Berseria follows a relentlessly badass female protagonist - a first for the series - in her journey to avenge her brother"s death by killing his murderer. It sounds formulaic enough, but Tales of Berseria will surprise you at every plot-turn, và in-between keep you satisfied enough with its battling khổng lồ see what happens next.

7. Astral Chain

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Available on: Nintendo Switch

If the anime you prefer are of the stylized, global, and awe-inspiring type, Astral Chain is right up your alley. & if you"re at all familiar with PlatinumGames" other IPs, like Bayonetta and Nier: Automata, you"re already largely familiar with Astral Chain"s vibe.

The combat is frenetic, the visuals are bright and busy, and boss fights are brilliantly inventive. Better yet, and sort-of surprising for the genre, Astral Chain tells a well-crafted story well worth paying attention to. For a little bit of everything, including smartly-designed side quests, platforming, and puzzle-solving elements, Astral Chain is your most stylish and categorically shonen choice.

6. Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999)

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Available on: PS4, PS5, PC

999 is another oddball sleeper hit with a unique game play flow structured around a surprisingly captivating story. Also lượt thích Catherine, the story branches into different paths based on your choices, although in 999 reaching the "true ending" requires multiple playthroughs.

Playing through the stressful, at-times violent story requires sitting through something of a visual novel, interrupted by sequences of puzzle-solving lớn escape situations. The plot is nothing short of a dreadful situation; you wake up on a cruise ship with eight other captives, và your goal is to lớn find the door marked "9" before time runs out and the ship sinks. Worse yet, disobeying commands in "the Nonary Games" causes a bomb placed inside your stomach to lớn detonate. Needless to lớn say, the stakes are high in 999, and you feel the intensity from the opening sequence through khổng lồ the end.

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5. Catherine: Full Body

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Available on: PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch

Catherine deserves more attention, but the game itself is to lớn blame for its niche appeal - its subversive and sexually-charged moralizing is almost impossible lớn package neatly into its inventive puzzling RPG format for mass appeal. Catherine tells the story of a young commitment-phobe trapped in the clutches of a succubus, struggling khổng lồ survive nightly attacks & reconcile his faith in his relationship.

The only real game play here takes place while Vincent is asleep, and it"s all about moving around blocks khổng lồ climb a structure & escape the giant trùm cuối clawing its way up from the bottom. The under-pressure puzzling at Catherine"s core is engaging enough, and the story told by day is equally gripping, ensuring you"re never bored. Catherine isn"t just weird, it"s incredibly well-done, và the new-and-improved Catherine: Full body toàn thân is the best way lớn experience this wild story.

4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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Available on: Nintendo Switch

The latest release in the acclaimed Fire Emblem franchise lives up to, & even exceeds its name in plenty of ways. With a large, highly-explorable base hub, emotionally-gripping story, và dynamic characters & relationships, it"s easy to lớn forget you"re playing a turn-based strategy game, & a damn good one.

Indeed, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a complex, class-based strategy game at its core. It"ll take some time to lớn learn complete mastery of its combat, but once you do, the result is as rewarding as it gets for the turn-based strategy genre.

3. Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

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Available: PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom marks more than one departure from its excellent predecessor, but stands on its own as an ambitious, rewarding JRPG with a massive heart in its center. Studio Ghibli wasn"t involved this time around, battling is no longer turn-based, & there"s a whole new thành phố management game play loop and skirmish battles. For my taste, the frantic, kinetic battling is an improvement over the first Ni No Kuni"s traditional turn-based combat, but I"ve never been much for the latter.

It"s true Ni No Kuni 2 wasn"t graced with Studio Ghibli heading up the art direction, but you might not know it at first glance. Characters have that same Ghibli look and environments look hand-brushed, but a closer look reveals some discrepancies. Namely, Ni No Kuni 2 benefits from some of the most diverse, enchanting towns I"ve explored in a đoạn phim game, và that charm bleeds through the entire experience.

2. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the trắng Witch

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Available on: PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch

Whether you"re an unabashed Ghibli-aficionado or you"ve never heard the name Miyazaki, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the white Witch can"t be missed for fans of anime, đoạn phim games, or happiness. Ni No Kuni bleeds Ghibli, from the exceptionally beautiful art lớn the emotional storytelling. As you might expect, game play fits rather neatly into the JRPG mold, with an overworld for you to lớn grind through và traverse towns, cinematic cutscenes, và turn-based gameplay.

No matter your preferred anime genre, there"s an anime-inspired trò chơi for you. The thing about Ni No Kuni that separates it from most JRPGs is how expertly-crafted each element is. The story is profoundly moving, the exceptional Studio Ghibli-drawn art has aged wonderfully (especially with the PS4 remaster), & progressing through the story requires minimal grinding - even less if you take on sidequests.

1. Long Quest 11

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Available: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Nintendo Switch

The latest adventure in the veteran dragon Quest series is exactly that, an adventure. It"s vast, colorful, ridiculously charming, occasionally quite touching, & ultimately satisfying."s đánh giá of the recent Switch port called it "one of this generation"s finest RPGs."

The anime-inspired 3 chiều environments are lavish, evocative, và distinctly Akira Toriyama. Và indeed, the famed long Ball and Chrono Trigger character designer was responsible for rồng Quest 11"s art design.

There are a few genuinely heavy, even heartbreaking, chapters, but for most of the ride you"ll be so charmed by the world và its characters that you"ll wish they were real. And the game play loop is challenging enough lớn demand some grinding, but by no means excessively. Rồng Quest 11 is a traditional JRPG in almost every way, and the fact that it stands so tall among literally decades of genre classics says all you need khổng lồ know about it.

If you"re on the lookout for more adventures, anime or otherwise, kiểm tra out our danh sách of the best visual novels.

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After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked in - *shudders* - content management while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, trò chơi Revolution, và MMORPG. Now, as"s west coast Staff Writer, I"m responsible for managing the site"s western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, và writing about whatever horror game I"m too afraid khổng lồ finish.