There is no shortage of anime to watch and enjoy. Ranging from simple love stories with a unique flair, to jaw-dropping battles with huge robots or giant humanoid monstrosities. Anime’s worlds and stories are full of opportunities for something amazing. Licensed games tend to go for the biggest properties without really caring whether or not the universes are suitable for our consoles and PCs, but leaving the top-notch fountain of animation untapped for some truly huge gaming experiences is a mistake too. often.
With the upcoming action-packed game Attack on Titan in the works from Koei Tecmo, we decided to take a look at what other amazing properties deserve a game that truly captures the essence of their stories, art, and action.
Naruto Open World RPG
Naruto has seen a lot of action in video games since the anime became hugely popular. Fighting games, action games, and even a few RPGs have graced the boy with the fox demon. But there is no real open-world RPG yet. And to be completely honest, it’s pretty weird. The creators put a lot of effort into developing a world full of intrigue and wars, deep lore and amazing characters. The fact that there are an abundance of fighting styles, clans, villages, jutsu, and weapons makes this the perfect setting for an all-new RPG where players create their own ninjas and choose their starting villages.
Ninjas are sorely overlooked in the realm of triple-A gaming, so a solid effort from the folks at Bandai Namco, or whoever else can get the license would be greatly appreciated not only by fans of the series, but also by many other players. .
Another shot at Vampire Hunter D
Based on a series of novels, the anime and movies of Vampire Hunter D showed just how interesting a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world can be when you have a dhampir (human/vampire half-breed) hunting evil beings at night. The deep, dark lore that has permeated the series, the brooding character that is D, the beautiful architecture, and the demonic hordes just scream a great game. Hell, you can’t help but imagine some kind of essence like Bloodborne in thinking about it. But, when an attempt was made, what fans received instead was a horrible PS One game that played like a horribly broken Resident Evil.
Video game technology has come a long way since then, and it’s time to do this hunter justice. With a new CG anime in the works, there’s no better time than now to show just how much vampire hunting has to be done right.
Knights of Sidonia
Knights of Sidonia is an anime based on the manga series of the same name by Tsutomu Nihei. When the series was localized and included in Netflix original programming, it caught the attention of many due to its battles between the knights of their Guards (imagine a really sleek mech) and the Gaunas (aliens that change their form). The tightly controlled society to which humanity has been reduced and the powers that pull the strings behind the scenes lend a kind of mystery to the immense war that no one yet truly understands.
The visuals are already CG, so when you watch the anime, it’s hard not to already imagine it as a game on your PS4, Xbox One, or PC. Imagine a game in the same vein as Zone of the Enders where you attack huge living spaceships with your fellow knights while using speed and precision to win countless battles.
Alright, so One Punch Man may not seem like it’s set up for a very good video game. Here you have a hero, Saitama, who can destroy pretty much any enemy with a single punch. And it’s not that he knocks them out or anything, they explode into pretty visceral pieces. Being this powerful is kind of weird, effectively giving you “god mode” throughout the game, but it can be done.
Take a game like Dynasty Warriors, where the screen is filled to the limit with thousands of enemies to fight as you strive to save the world, all while looking for a suitable challenge. Your ability to put the weight of everyone’s concern on yourself and the strength to fight back would be a driving force in the game, as would the top notch humor that only Saitama’s emotionless face can provide.
Tokyo Ghoul is an anime that revolves around the battle between ghouls (think of vampires as monstrosities that are far more terrifying) and humans (like us) as they both try to exist in the same world. Of course, there are those who go to extremes on both sides of the conflict, resulting in huge battles and lots of bloodshed in the streets.
A game giving you control of series protagonist Ken Kaneki, or even letting you play as a member of the Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG) using the power of current-gen hardware would be the answer to our prayers. The dark visuals often offset by the sudden flashes of light present throughout Japan, the decidedly visceral combat, and the city’s deep underlying lore would make one hell of an action game.
A good Dragon Ball Z action adventure game
Dragon Ball Z has proven to have locked down the fighting game genre. Throughout its many different series, it has shown that it knows exactly how to bring the speed, attitude, and explosive power of anime to your consoles. But, when it comes to 3D action adventures (a space you’d think they’d nail), the series just wasn’t able to impress.
Open worlds filled with tons of destructibility, flight, plenty of storylines, and beautiful visuals weren’t the easiest thing to achieve when Dragon Ball Z: Sagas came out in 2005. But the past few years have shown that developers figured out how to make it happen. Dragon Ball Z deserves a game as good as The Witcher, with spiky hair and blue explosions coming out of your hands. It’s time to FIGHT! TO FIGHT! BATTLE THE DRAGON!
A world where crime can be prevented by simply reading a person’s brainwaves seems like the utopia of our dreams. But what happens when someone finds out how to circumvent this system? It gets even scarier when they learn to take full advantage of it to bring society to its knees.
That’s what the anime is about, and it’s a hyper-futuristic world where humans no longer make their own decisions. The system does. And when you fight for the system, are you really fighting for someone? Deep gameplay with stunning visuals and exploration set in this world would suit today’s craze for what’s next.
Vampires are cool, there’s no two way about it. But you don’t get much cooler than Alucard (read the name backwards and you’ll get it), with his insane powers, incredible restorative abilities and strict allegiance to Sir Integra Hellsing making him an anti -seriously twisted hero. His methods of combat can be as simple as melee with thrown firearms, to mad magic that tears enemies limb by limb.
An action game putting you in control of this evil being would be absolutely amazing. Just imagine being slowly reduced to the original version of the Count everyone fears as you take damage, only to devour the souls of your enemies to return to your red cape and creepy grin.
The devil is part time
Not all games have to be about action and gutting your enemies. Although The Devil is a Part-Timer has its fair share of combat in the anime, the story itself is more about exploring Satan and hero Emi in their daily mortal lives. It’s an interesting look at the dark lord as you uncover the motivations that drive the man who is essentially the king of all evil.
A sim-style game where you manage the life of Sadao Mao (Satan) and/or Emi (the hero Emilia) would be amazing. Saving the day and running late for your shift at MgRonald’s? Or do you stick to your newfound humanity? Tons of choices and moral decisions would suit this anime and can even be done well on the Vita or 3DS.
A new Death Note
Death Note was an interesting anime in the way it tackled good and evil. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” and no one knows that better than Light. But a new game shouldn’t revolve around Light’s battle with L.
Instead, a new book must be dropped off and you, the player, pick it up. What may follow is a world plagued by depravity and crime, and you’re tasked with making the tough decisions of who dies and who lives. Maybe some creative options on how to get people in. At some point, you, like Light, will be sued for your actions and you must stay one step ahead, adding strategy and planning into the mix.
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