As manga anime viewership keeps hitting new high, game developers are eagerly publishing games building onto the story plots of some of these top-selling manga and anime. Which are some of the very best anime and manga games for the latest Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox systems? Find out here!
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4 / Xbox One/ PC Steam)
Upon the completion of the manga series (although the anime is still running), this had to be the last game for Naruto. The world of the Naruto Shinobi world is filled with many interesting characters and Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 consist of the largest roster to date (make that 101 characters).
For the story wise it covers all the way till the goddess Kaguya is defeated and can easily clock in ten hours plus of gaming (of course just like the manga series, Sasuke will be the actual final boss). DLC will also add in a couple of more hours to make sure you get the best bang for buck. They will include Shikamaru’s tale as well as Naruto’s “Seventh Hokage” in DLC pack 1, as well as Gaara’s story and Sasuke’s “Wandering Shinobi” costume in the 2nd DLC pack. Each DLC will include special ultimate Jutsu as well.
You will be able to see your familiar ninjutsu in action here. And get to fight seriously huge opponents such as Ten Tails and Wooden Jutsu summon. This easily equates to EPIC battles of various sizes (literally). Also feast over the various transformation and costume of the various characters. Ranging from the Fox-powered Naruto to Hokage-attired Kakashi.
The game has absolutely stunning graphics with the ability to swap characters during battle (remember Marvel vs Capcom?) Who you choose in your team will determine the Team Ultimate Jutsus as well.
Is this game a must buy? – This is the best Naruto game so far. Period.
J-stars Victory Vs+ (Playstation 3 & 4 / PS Vita)
Highly rated if you want a crossover between all of the most popular characters from Weekly Shonen Jump manga. Some of the mangas that are included: One Piece to Naruto to Bleach as well as the older generations like Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, Hunter x Hunter and even Fist of the North Star.
It is interesting to use characters you would never have thought that a game would be created for it. The characters usually consist of one to two good characters and one enemy from the “larger” anime and manga series (example: Dragonball’s Goku + Vegeta + Freeza and One Piece’s Luffy + Ace + Akainu).
The gameplay is action fighting in a 3D world with your familiar slight Musou style environment (just without with hundreds of thousands of enemy soldiers). Each character have their own special moves such as Ichigo’s Getsuga Tensho or Goku’s Kamehameha. You can even have a triple combo using the players in your team.
There is also the story mode where each arc consist of roughly the same plot. The only difference is the different set of anime manga characters to will be used that the arc which you select. You then fly around in the world map for challengers and completing the storyline.
Is this game a must buy? – J-Stars Victory Vs+ will prove a lot of fun for those manga fans who loves the various main characters from the different famous comics. Just imagine how it’s like to see a battle between badass such as Naruto’s Madara vs Bleach’s Aizen. However, if you want a very in-depth selection of a particular manga or anime series, say for example Naruto or One Piece, it may be better for you to buy that individual anime manga game.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (PS 3 & 4 / PS Vita / PC)
The One Piece game built on the famous Musou (aka Dynasty Warriors style) format, where you get to beat up zillions of enemies. And man! Judging by how the manga is going, when the game reaches the final set, the character roster list will be an unbelievable sight to behold.
Currently it is already squeezing in tonnes of characters into each game, and that’s already counting up to 37 playable characters (excluding 27 supporting roles). There are also 2 more DLCs where each will add on 4 more extra missions as well as four to five exclusive costumes for your favourite and most powerful characters.
There are 3 modes of playable contents: Legend Log bases on original story, while Dream log basically allows you to unlock characters. The final Free log allows you to replay any of the stages from Legend log with any character. You will be able to unlock most of the characters and their costumes in the Legend and Dream log. The game’s main story mode covers all the way till the Dressrosa Arc, and can easily take up ten over hours of your waking life.
The latest feature in this One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 game is the “Kizuna Rush”, where you get to summon up to four other characters at once and they are able to pull off deadly combo attacks and finishing moves. And watching these moves and other special attacks is a joy due to the fantastic graphics powering the game.
Is this game a must buy? – Yes, One Piece fan or not.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (Playstation 4 / Xbox One)
Although the first generation of Yu-Gi-Oh has long ended, the legacy that it has created still last till now. Rank amongst the best card games together with Magic the Gathering, the anime series has extended in its Y series. Just a recap, Yu-Gi-Oh! is the manga anime series that popularized playing game cards.
In Legacy of the Duelist, you get to play with more than 90 Yu-Gi-Oh characters from the various generations, from its first generation Yu-Gi-Oh! To GX, 5D’s, Zexal as well as Arc-V.
In the campaign mode there are 5 storylines across the five generations that you can select from. During the story mode, you get to use your own deck of cards or the ones from the manga and anime line. There are over 6,000 cards to compile your deck with and you get to see your favourite card’s effect in 3D mode.
Is this game a must buy? – For card games, this may be one of the best with both storyline as well as the range of cards that you can select to give you endless permutation to form your deck.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse (PS3 & 4 / Xbox 360 & Xbox One / PC)
Do you know that Dragon Ball is one of the top selling manga of all time (although the number of volumes calculated is less than the top seller One Piece)? Back in the 80s, this anime and manga just reign supreme.
In this game, not only will you see your favourite and familiar key characters, Dragon Ball Xenoverse’s roster is so huge that it spans from Dragonball Z to GT as well as the movies catalog and finally to it’s current Dragonball Super series (including DLCs).
Another of the biggest draw is to create your own playable avatar and character based on 5 different races and clans – Earthlings / Saiyans / Namekians/Majin/ Frieza (yes, the race Freeza is from). Each clan brings their own unique stat points and power. Along the way, new powers and skills will also be unlock gradually. In battles, you will have an ally who fights alongside you, just that your partner usually may not be doing a lot of work. To finish off battles in style, try out the ultimate attacks for each of the player.
Is this game a must buy? – For Dragonball fans or those first time trying out a DBZ game, this will be one of the best Dragonball games till date, both in storyline, gameplay as well as graphics.