What are the best anime games on PS4? With this list, we wanted to highlight our favourite licensed anime titles, available on PlayStation 4 (and PlayStation 5 via backwards compatibility).
Now, the reason we say "licensed" is because this list only includes games based on anime or manga properties. It does not include games like Persona 5 Royal, for example, because that didn't start life as an anime or manga — the game came first.
Fortunately, there are quite a few anime games to choose from on Sony's systems — and a lot of them are quite good (some are even excellent). What's more, there's a lot of diversity in how these anime games actually play. Some are traditional fighting games, while others are full-on adventure games or turn based RPGs.
Best PS4 Anime Games
Below is a list of the best PS4 anime games, as determined by our editorial team. We've narrowed this list down to 15 games.
Arslan: The Warriors of Legend is a Warriors-style hack and slash game based on The Heroic Legend of Arslan — a reasonably old fantasy novel series that was adapted into a manga by Full Metal Alchemist author and artist Hiromu Arakawa in 2013. An anime followed in 2015, and this game was pushed alongside the property's resurgence. As far as Koei Tecmo action titles go, this is a rock solid slice-'em-up, boasting some cool characters and pretty visuals.
The Warriors of Legend covers the opening story arcs of the original work, so newcomers won't be lost. In fact, it means that the game has the potential to be a gateway into the larger world of Arslan.
14. Fairy Tail (PS4)
It's a little rough around the edges, but this turn based RPG does a good job of adapting the popular anime and manga property that is Fairy Tail. Developed by veteran role-playing studio Gust, the simply named Fairy Tail is an enjoyable, colourful adventure, with loads of characters to recruit and level up, each with their own unique abilities.
Dedicated side stories help to establish the cast, while the plot itself is based on the events of the original work — although in the game, things pick up quite deep into the overall narrative. As such, newcomers may find themselves a little lost, but there's still fun to be had if you're into RPGs.
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The awkwardly named Berserk and the Band of the Hawk attempts to transform Kentaro Miura's legendary manga series into a hack and slash action title — and the result is decent. This is easily the bloodiest Warriors-style game on the market, with Guts and co. ripping and tearing their way through hordes of enemy soldiers and demonic beasts. It's not the most polished Warriors game out there, but swinging the Dragon Slayer is satisfyingly visceral — especially when tens foes explode into severed body parts with every hit.
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk covers the opening story arcs of Berserk, making it quite welcome for newcomers — even if it does take some liberties with the plot itself.
In the 80s and 90s, the Captain Tsubasa anime was massive in certain parts of the world. And decades later, it would be revived through Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions — a faithful video game adaptation of the completely over-the-top soccer action. Featuring loads of teams and characters from the anime, Rise of the Champions comes close to being the complete Captain Tsubasa package, even if the stop-start gameplay grows a bit stale over time.
The game's story mode covers the original plot, while other modes let you make your own footballing hero, or play freely with the game's many spiky-haired superstars.
There are a handful of Sword Art Online games on PS4, but for our money, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is the most polished of the bunch. It's an action RPG where you play as your own custom character, who ends up joining the ranks of series star Kirito and his pals. The game's structure is based around a hub, where you accept missions and upgrade your gear before heading out into reasonably open maps to shoot monsters, farming experience and loot in the process. The shooting itself takes a little getting used to, but a surprisingly enjoyable grind awaits those who embrace the game's combat mechanics.