5 Best Anime PS4 Games (& 5 That Never Should’ve Been Made)

The PlayStation 4 has its share of games based on anime, but which are the best and which should never have been made?

Anime has a long history of producing spin-offs and video game adaptations. It feels like a console cannot exist without at least one Dragon Ball or Naruto fighting game, and it is common for visual novels to be adapted into anime.

The PlayStation 4 is home to some incredible anime games, ones that allow fans to virtually inhabit the source materials’ universes. Along with some great adaptations, there are naturally a few titles that should never have been made.

Disclaimer: The focus is solely on PS4 games based on anime licenses rather than just titles with an anime aesthetic.

  1. Best: One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4

Be it Arslan: The Warriors of Legend or Gintama Rumble, the PS4 has plenty of anime Musou games that are all about wrecking armies of fodder enemies. Building on the success of its entertaining predecessor, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is arguably the most polished and content-packed out of all of these games.

The One Piece universe complements the over-the-top mayhem that defines the “Warriors” titles, and Omega Force’s game boasts an expansive roster that fans of the series will surely appreciate. While the story mode is too streamlined to be worth much to newcomers to the series, the simplistic but satisfying combat delivers a cathartic experience.

2. Never Made: Jump Force

Turned into a laughing stock due to its lifeless animation, especially during cutscenes, Jump Force should never have been made using this particular art style. While J-Stars Victory VS got the visuals spot on but dropped the ball in its story and gameplay, Jump Force actually features the foundations of a solid combat system and a story that tries to ape the sagas featured in its shounen properties.

Unfortunately, the ugly visuals completely overshadow any of the game’s strengths. The gameplay also gets old quickly in the overly long single-player campaign and is too unbalanced to truly be competitive, making Jump Force a difficult title to recommend.

3. Best: Attack On Titan 2: Final Battle

Fine-tuning the mechanics of its predecessor to the point that the first game almost feels pointless now, Attack On Titan 2 does a remarkable job mimicking the high flying action of the anime. Retelling the story of the first three seasons, with the third originally being released as DLC, A.O.T. 2: Final Battle makes up for its repetitive mission structure through its inherently fun and intuitive combat mechanics.

The campaign also does a solid job of recreating key moments from the anime, so this is one game that even the uninitiated can enjoy.

4. Never Made: Berserk And The Band Of The Hawk

Before proceeding any further, it should be clarified that these anime games are not necessarily the “worst” on the PS4, as the focus is on titles that should never have been made. Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is a solid enough Musou game, one that is harder and gorier than most of its contemporaries.

That said, this gameplay style does a terrible job of reflecting the sense of dread and ever-present danger that defines Kentaro Miura’s manga. Outside of the boss fights, which are generally fine, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk puts Guts in a world that looks like but does not feel like the one from the source material. Berserk and the Band of the Hawk turn Berserk into just another “Warriors” experience, completely losing what made the original so groundbreaking in the process.

5. Best: Fist Of The North Star: Lost Paradise

The Yakuza series is among the best on the PS4, and they play out like a blend of gangster films, classic beat ’em ups, and shounen anime. While not quite reaching the same heights as Yakuza 0, Sega’s Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is a similarly delightful action RPG that features gloriously manly combat, entertaining mini-games, and a solid story that is in keeping with the source material. Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is the perfect marriage of a beloved anime franchise and a video game property.

6. Never Made: Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time

Based on Trigger’s charming Little Witch Aca, Chamber of Time is a side-scrolling RPG with a groundhog day premise. Akko, the likable go-getter who wants to be a witch despite not showing much affinity for magic, accidentally unseals a chamber that causes the first day of summer to reset.

Chamber of Time’s visuals and story are perfectly fine, it is just a shame that it fails to deliver in the gameplay department. The combat is unresponsive and cumbersome, the RPG mechanics are tiresome and unenjoyable, and the game recycles so much content that it grows dull extremely quickly. This should have just been an anime spin-off movie.

7. Best: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst

Originally released during the seventh console generation before making its way to the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst is still the best video game adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto’s beloved manga.

With a massive roster of around 80 playable characters, a deep story mode that removes the fluff to focus squarely on the sound battle system and epic boss battles, and visuals that look almost as good as the anime, Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst is one of the most entertaining and accessible arena fighters on the PS4.

8. Never Made: New Gundam Breaker

Gundam has spawned a lot of games over the years, with only a few being worth anyone’s time. Gundam Breaker 3 was almost one of those titles, so there was some hype surrounding the next entry in the series. Rather than building on its predecessor’s work, New Gundam Breaker went in a completely different direction that zapped much of the fun out of the series.

Presented as a (cliche) visual novel, New Gundam Breaker boils down to bland 3v3 battles as players complete repetitive missions while picking up parts to upgrade their Gundam. The core gameplay loop is boring, something that was not aided by New Gundam Breaker’s awful launch state. Subsequent patches did improve the game on a technical level, but little could be done about everything else.

9. Best: Dragon Ball FighterZ

After seemingly a million games, Dragon Ball finally spawned a fighting title worthy of entering the competitive scene. Developed by Arc System Works, Dragon Ball FighterZ is perhaps the accomplished studio’s most beginner-friendly release, although it still has enough depth to keep hardcore players entertained.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is primarily worth purchasing for the multiplayer, but there is a long single-player mode consisting of three arcs centering around Android 21. While the campaign involves a lot of grinding, the gameplay and visuals are fantastic.

10. Never Made: One Piece: Grand Cruise

Designed for the PSVR, One Piece: Grand Cruise barely qualifies as a game. Through the magic of virtual reality, players are teleported to the Thousand Sunny, the Straw Hat Pirates’ iconic ship. After exploring a handful of rooms and talking to a couple of characters, a battle ensues against a Navy ship or the Kraken. Either way, the gameplay amounts to button mashing to fire cannonballs.

Even at a reduced price of $10, One Piece: Grand Cruise feels shallow, painfully short, and low effort. Once the initial excitement of being on the Thousand Sunny fades away, the game has nothing else to offer.

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