5. Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost ON (PS4)

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost ON (PS4)Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost ON (PS4)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date: 30th Jul 2020 (USA) / 30th Jul 2020 (UK/EU)

When it comes to anime properties, the importance of Gundam cannot be understated. However, despite being the most successful mecha franchise of all time, Gundam has always struggled to produce high quality video games — especially outside of Japan. But Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost ON is a different story. This is an extremely robust arcade arena fighter, featuring hundreds of mobile suits and nods to the gigantic Gundam media empire.

Boasting loads of single player, co-op, and multiplayer modes, there's something for just about everyone. For most players, the only obstacle to enjoyment will be the game's steep learning curve, which demands precise execution of what is quite a complex control scheme. But develop your piloting skills just a touch, and you'll discover a supremely satisfying and deeply rewarding Gundam experience.

4. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date: 2nd Feb 2016 (USA) / 5th Feb 2016 (UK/EU)

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth itself isn't based on a particular manga or anime, but it's obviously tied to the Digimon franchise, which is perhaps best known for its multiple anime productions — many of which were huge in the 90s and early 2000s.

In this turn based RPG, you get to raise your own squad of elite digimon, which forms a devilishly addictive gameplay loop. The game's original story has you take on the role of a rookie detective, who solves cyber crimes with the help of their digital pals. All told, this is a great Japanese RPG that's worth checking out even if you're completely unfamiliar with Digimon.

3. Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise (PS4)

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise (PS4)Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise (PS4)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Yakuza Studio
Release Date: 2nd Oct 2018 (USA) / 2nd Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

A Fist of the North Star game that's structured like a Yakuza game — this was always going to be pretty good, wasn't it? It's undeniably rough around the edges, but Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is a thoroughly entertaining action RPG. Playing as the unshakeable Kenshiro, you use your head-busting martial arts to bring justice to a post-apocalyptic wasteland in the hopes of rescuing your kidnapped lover, Yuria.

In typical Yakuza fashion, there are crazy minigames to master and an abundance of street thugs to deal with. Intense boss battles also form a key part of the package, some of which are even more insane than what you'll find in the relatively grounded adventures of Kazuma Kiryu. Lost Paradise is a perfect example of what can be done with an anime property when it's handed to an established and passionate developer.

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2. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4)

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4)Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: CyberConnect2
Release Date: 9th Feb 2016 (USA) / 5th Feb 2016 (UK/EU)

The best Naruto game out there, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is an excellent adaptation. One of the most impressive jewels in Japanese developer CyberConnect2's crown, it's a brilliantly made arena brawler, and the pinnacle of the Ninja Storm series. Its huge character roster is packed with well defined fighters, and in terms of presentation, Ultimate Storm 4 is damn near perfect.

Indeed, its story mode — which covers the last arcs of Naruto Shippuden — is still a feast for the eyes five years after the game's release. CyberConnect2's passion for the source material bleeds through every cutscene and super attack animation, making for what we believe to be one of the best anime games ever made. Sumptuous stuff.

1. Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4)

Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4)Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Arc System Works
Release Date: 26th Jan 2018 (USA) / 26th Jan 2018 (UK/EU)

Not only is Dragon Ball FighterZ a downright stunning adaptation of Akira Toriyama's legendary work — it's also an absolutely top tier team-based fighting game. When Arc System Works was handed the Dragon Ball license, you just knew that the end result was going to be something special. From the combat mechanics to the flawless presentation, FighterZ is a phenomenal anime game, and pretty much sets the bar for anime adaptations in general.

Of course, fighting games aren't to everyone's tastes, but even if you're a total newbie, there's still so much fun to be found in FighterZ at even the most basic level. An accessible auto combo system keeps the action flowing even if you're just starting out, while those who wish to dig deeper will find an incredibly rewarding experience.

What do you think are the best PS4 anime games? Do you agree with our list, or have we missed some obvious winners? Let us know in the comments section below, and check out our other Best PS4 Games lists if you want to know more about our top picks, including Best PS4 RPGs and Best PS4 Fighting Games.