What are the best anime games on PS4? With this list, we wanted to highlight our favorite authorized anime titles, available on PlayStation 4 (and PlayStation 5 via backward compatibility).
Now the reason we say “licensed” is that this listing only includes games based on anime or manga properties. This does not include games like Persona 5 Royal, for example, because it didn’t start life as an anime or manga – the game came first.
Fortunately, there are plenty of anime games to choose from on Sony systems – and many of them are quite good (some are even excellent). Plus, there’s a lot of diversity in how these anime games actually play out. Some are traditional fighting games, while others are full adventure games or turn-based RPGs.
Best PS4 anime games
Below is a list of best ps4 anime games, as determined by our editorial team. We’ve narrowed this list down to 15 games.
15. Arslan: The Legendary Warriors (PS4)
Editor: Koei Tecmo / Developer: Omega Force
Arslan: The Warriors of Legend is a Warriors-style hack and slash game based on The Heroic Legend of Arslan – a fairly old fantasy novel series that has been adapted into a manga by Complete Metal Alchemist author and artist Hiromu Arakawa in 2013. An anime followed in 2015, and this game was pushed alongside the resurgence of ownership. As far as Koei Tecmo’s action titles go, this is a rock solid track, with cool characters and lovely visuals.
The Warriors of Legend covers the opening story arcs of the original work, so newcomers don’t get lost. In fact, this means that the game has the potential to be a gateway to the larger world of Arslan.
14. Fairy Tail (PS4)
Editor: Koei Tecmo / Developer: Gust
It’s a bit rough around the edges, but this turn-based RPG does a good job of adapting the popular anime and manga property that is Fairy tale. Developed by veteran role-playing game studio Gust, the simply named Fairy Tail is a fun and colorful adventure, with plenty of characters to recruit and upgrade, each with their own unique abilities.
Dedicated side stories help establish the cast, while the plot itself is based on the events of the original work – although in-game things flow quite deeply into the overall narrative. As such, newcomers can find themselves a bit lost, but there’s always fun to be had if you’re into RPGs.
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13. Berserk and the Falcon Band (PS4)
Editor: Koei Tecmo / Developer: Omega Force
The goofy Berserk and the Falcon Gang attempt to turn Kentaro Miura’s legendary manga series into a hack and slash action title – and the result is decent. This is by far the bloodiest Warriors-style game on the market, along with Guts and co. making 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 feels viscerally satisfying, especially when dozens of enemies explode into severed body parts with each hit.
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk covers the opening story arcs of Berserk, which makes it quite welcome for newcomers – although it does take some liberties with the plot itself.
12. Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions (PS4)
Editor: Bandai Namco / Developer: Tamsoft
In the 80s and 90s, the Captain Tsubasa the anime was massive in parts of the world. And decades later, he would be revived thanks to Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions – a faithful video game adaptation of the completely over-the-top football action. Starring many teams and characters from the anime, Rise of the Champions is almost complete Captain Tsubasa package, although the stop-start gameplay gets a bit outdated over time.
The game’s story mode covers the original plot, while other modes let you create your own soccer hero or play freely with the game’s many spiky-haired superstars.
11. Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (PS4)
Editor: Bandai Namco / Developer: dimples
There are a handful of Sword art online games on PS4, but for our money, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is the more 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 friends. The structure of the game is based on a hub, where you take on missions and upgrade your gear before heading to reasonably open maps to shoot monsters, farming experience, and loot in the process. The shooting itself takes a bit of getting used to, but a surprisingly enjoyable grind awaits those who embrace the game’s combat mechanics.