Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is the most faithful retelling of the original Dragon Ball Z story that you'll find on PS4 — and perhaps in gaming as a whole. This is an open world action RPG, where you play as Goku and the gang. It's got side quests, plenty of reasons to explore the map, and is, generally, a lot of fun. The combat's a bit cheesy at times and there are some odd design decisions here and there, but if you're a big Dragon Ball fan, there's a whole lot to like about Kakarot. And, even if you're totally new to Akira Toriyama's seminal series, then this game might prove to be a gateway into what is one of the most popular entertainment properties on the planet.
Please note that some external links on this page are affiliate links, which means if you click them and make a purchase we may receive a small percentage of the sale. Please read our FTC Disclosure for more information.
As of writing this article in the summer of 2021, Dragon Ball XenoVerse 2 is still receiving updates and DLC — five whole years after its original release. This is now a gigantic Dragon Ball action RPG that boasts a ridiculous amount of fan service. The core of the game sees you create your own custom hero, before setting off on all kinds of timeline-saving missions — most of which are based upon the events of Dragon Ball Z. If you're looking for an anime game to really sink your time into, XenoVerse 2 has got to be high on your list.
Steins;Gate Elite is a fantastic visual novel, adapted from the popular Steins;Gate series — which deals in all kinds of science-related strangeness, like time travel. It actually uses animation from the anime itself, making for a high quality experience. It even features original animation for scenes or scenarios that don't feature in the aforementioned anime — stuff that's brought about by the game's branching player choice system.
It's fair to say that Steins;Gate Elite is one of the very best visual novels — or interactive movies — on PS4, but it's obviously not a genre that's for everyone.
Attack on Titan 2 is a super satisfying action RPG that's based on the immensely popular Attack on Titan manga and anime property. Its main story mode has you create your own titan-slaying hero, who ends up fighting for humanity's future alongside the main cast of characters from the original work. As such, the plot does deviate quite heavily from both the manga and the anime in places, but this is still a thoroughly enjoyable adaptation.
This is mostly thanks to the gameplay, which is just fantastic fun. Utilising the omni-directional mobility gear, you zip across huge, open maps while hunting down titans. It feels great, and an abundance of RPG systems (levelling up, acquiring new equipment, improving relationships with your allies) makes Attack on Titan 2 a very moreish experience. One of the most robust anime offerings on this list.
We reckon One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 is still one of the best Warriors-style games that money can buy. Boasting a brilliantly fun character roster and some refined combat mechanics, Pirate Warriors 3 is an absolute blast, even if you're unfamiliar with the unstoppable anime and manga juggernaut that is One Piece. Some great maps, a solid story mode (which covers a large chunk of the original work), and an addictive gameplay loop kept us playing Pirate Warriors 3 for a long, long time.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is also worth a mention here — another solid Warriors game — but with a combat system that feels like a step back, and some lacking secondary modes, we just don't think that it's on par with the mighty Pirate Warriors 3.