In Japan, the culture between anime and games is tightly knit. To be an Otaku, is to usually be someone who obsesses as much about one as the other. Each has in turn, influenced one another, and inspired each other in different ways. So it’s understandable that along the way, there’s been a convergence where anime has been directly adapted into a video game, and even sometimes vice-versa.
We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favourite games based on Japanese Anime. Missed off one of your all time faves? Let us know in the comments.
10. Sword Art Online series
You’d think having a game based on an anime centred around a fictional MMORPG in VR would at least try to create something similar in its own tie-in game. Well, not quite. Whilst we didn’t get a fully fledged Sword Art Online MMORPG game ourselves, we got something which did what the .hack series did, in trying to portray itself like an MMO, without being an MMO.
To be fair, it does a good job at pretending to be one, and the inclusion of multiplayer means that it doesn’t completely deviate from the source material. Whilst you can’t play out your fantasy of playing an MMO similar to that in the game, you can at least play a Monster Hunter style clone, wrapped in the design of one of the most popular anime in the last few years.
9. Gundam series
Robots, or mecha, have been popular in Japan since… well, pretty much since Japan was invented. Gundam, a mecha-based anime, is incredibly popular in Japan, and somehow that popularity has crept its way into the west, too.
With so many Gundam games to choose from, it really depends on what kind of genre you want in your game. You’ve got Dynasty Warriors-style Gundam games, Tekken fighter-style Gundam games, regular action third-person action Gundam games… take your pick, there’s plenty to choose from!