Top Anime Games
Here's my list of 10 highly recommended anime games. Some of these games are only available of specific platform, mostly on PS3.
Listed in no particular order.
1. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm series
The Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm series features many gameplay elements of the earlier Naruto games. However instead of the traditional 2 dimensional fighting game, the Ninja Storm series features three-dimensional environment, where the player battles in a small map with destructible objects.
Another new feature is the ability of some characters to enter the "Awakening Mode". Each character’s Awakening Mode is different, some strengthens a character's basic stats, and some allows them to use new skills. The series retains the use of 4 selectable ninja tools, each having different kinds of effects. Like other Ninja Storm series, the game's single player campaign follows the canon story of the Naruto.
The latest installment of the series is the Naruto Shippuuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, which includes brand new support system and up to 118 playable characters.
2. One Piece Pirate Warriors series
One Piece: Pirate Warriors features the many gameplay elements of a Dynasty Warriors game. The player chooses a character for a mission where the player will face a large number of enemies. The game allows the player to choose multiple support characters that can provide the player's characters a buff or a support attack. The first Pirate Warriors features many quick time events, where the player must input the button displayed on screen in order to perform an action. In Pirate Warriors 2, this feature is completely removed. The first game follows the plot of the anime and manga while the latest installment features a completely new storyline.
3. Mobile Suit Gundam VS. Series
The Gundam VS Gundam series is a crossover arcade action game that features a lot of mobile suits from the different Gundam Eras. Combat is focused on the use of four buttons that allows the Gundams to: Shoot, Melee, Jump and Search. Each Gundam displays different kinds of abilities and weapons. Each Mobile suit has a regenerating Boost Gauge which allows them to fly or dash.
At the start of every mission, the player is given 6000 resource points. These points can be used to choose a Mobile Suit and is constantly depleted whenever the player’s Mobile suit is destroyed. If the player’s resource points are completely depleted, the mission will fail. The cost of each Mobile Suit varies, and can range from 1000 up to 3000 points. Expensive suits are more powerful but consume more resource points when destroyed. The opposite applies to the cheaper Mobile Suits. Multiplayer mode features up to four players in a classic battle.
The Extreme VS sequel features two new gameplay mechanics: the Extreme Boost and the Awakening mode. The Extreme boost allows the players to interrupt their own or their opponents’ attack which gives them enough time to perform a counter attack. The Awakening mode grants the player's Mobile Suit boost in stats and the use of brand new abilities. This feature is present on the subsequent Gundam VS Gundam sequels.
4. J-Stars Victory VS
The game features 4 player battle royale using gameplay mechanics very similar to the Dragon Ball Z games. The characters are given free movement in a 3d environment. The player can choose from up to 52 characters from 32 different Shonen Jump titles. Only 39 of these characters are playable, while 13 of them can only be summoned for support attacks.
The win condition is completely different from a traditional fighting game. In order to win, the player must fill the "WIN" gauge at the top of the player's HUD. Each gauge is filled whenever an opponent character is defeated. A defeated character will come back to life after a set amount of time. Each character features 4 types of attacks; basic attacks, power attacks, area based attacks and finishing moves.
Single player features a story mode divided into four campaigns in which the player is given freedom to explore the map, battle opponents and collect in-game power up cards. Another singleplayer feature is the Victory Road, a battle mode where the player must accomplish specific objectives while in battle. Multiplayer features a free battle mode and can support up to 2 players for local multiplayer and an online battle that supports up to 4 players.
5. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
The game is heavily focused in a team battle that allows the player to do battle on both ground and air inside a large 3d environment map. The game features a special energy meter called the Genki gauge, which can be filled whenever the player attacks the opponents. Once filled, the player can then unleash a character's ultimate attack. Various team-based gameplay mechanics has also been included, such as the Synchro Rush, Meteor Chain combos and some support skills like Revive Soul, which can be used to revive a fallen teammate. There are four types of attacks which includes a regular melee attack, that can be used for continuous combos; the Ki Blast attacks that enables the player to perform a number of long range attacks that consumes the Ki Gauge; Support skills that allows the players to boost their teammates stats and the Interfere, which allows the players to interrupt an opponent’s attack.
The game features game modes where the player can play the solo campaign or team up with other player online to do various Co-op missions or Team battle.
6. Persona series
The Persona games primarily features the gameplay element of summoning a Persona to do battle. Each player character is allowed to have up to 3 Persona. The player can also create a more powerful Persona by combining spell cards, dropped by certain enemies, in the Velvet Room. Completing certain events in game can also transform a Persona into a more powerful form. Most of the Persona titles retain the turn based battle gameplay. The games series also features role playing simulation gameplay where the player can interact with different characters in game.
The latest Persona video game features the mix of a traditional fighting game with rpg elements.
7. Valkyria Chronicles
Players can choose to activate a mode that gives them an overhead view of their units, which will give them a chance to effectively place their units in various positions that will give them great advantage over the enemies. The player is given a complete control over a character’s aim. The environment is also a big part of the combat mechanics. Certain paths and buildings can be destroyed by a Tank to open up new paths. Characters can also take cover on buildings to reduce the chance of being spotted by the enemy. The player can also issue an Order for artillery strikes, medics and improving morale. Money and Experience points are awarded to the player after a successful mission.
The game features specific roles for each of the characters ranging from a scout up to the Tank Commander. Each character has specific abilities and strengths that the player must take into account when deciding their placement during battle.
8. Fate/Stay series
The original Fate/Stay Night game requires little interaction from the player. Instead the game presents the player multiple reading texts that can be either dialogues between characters or the protagonists' inner thoughts. There is also a decision mechanic, where the player reaches a decision point sometime in the plot. The player is required to choose from the choices in order for the story to move on. The game can be repeated multiple times in order to unlock the different and alternate plot points and ending.
The subsequent Fate series games follow the traditional mechanics of a fighting game where the player chooses from different characters to do battle.
9. Bleach Soul series
The gameplay primarily involves controlling a character in a third person perspective in a 3d environment. The game features different kinds of attacks like regular attacks and spirit attacks, which consumes the spirit gauge. A special attack meter called the Ignition can be filled by continuously attacking the enemies. When full, the player can use it to transform into a new form, which boosts their character’s stats and allows them to use new abilities. The player's health regenerates over time however the more damage the player takes, the slower the health bar regenerates.
Certain routes and paths are blocked whenever the enemies appear so the player is required to defeat all of the enemies in order to advance the stage. Enemies drop various orbs and power ups for the player to collect.
10. Pokemon series
At every start of a Pokémon game, the player is given three Pokémon to choose from. These Pokémon are commonly called the Starter Pokémon all of which can evolve into 2 forms and are always a fire, grass and water types. After choosing a Pokémon, it’s the rival’s turn to choose and he/she will always choose the Starter Pokémon that have the advantage over the player’s chosen starter.
Player can enter the battle by encountering wild Pokémon or by challenging npc trainers. Players can carry up to six Pokémon at a time. Each Pokémon can also be given different items that have different kinds of effect. The player’s Pokémon gains experience after every battle and with sufficient experience points, the Pokémon can level up and allows them to automatically learn new skills or even evolve. If the player defeats an npc trainer, a monetary reward is received.