Before I start, I just want to mention that the following names are just my favourites and it doesn’t mean at all that they are the best in this subject.
In recent years, we have seen the emergence of constant new anime adaptations for video games, such as One Punch Man, My Hero Academy, Dragon Ball, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, One Piece, among many other names. In the coming months, we will also see Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions or Fairy Tail. Unfortunately, or as you might expect, not all of these adaptations meet the requirements of the fans, or the most common players interested in them. However, there have been some good surprises and I want to talk a bit about them.
Before moving on to the list, I want to highlight two Naruto titles developed by Ubisoft. They are Naruto: Rise of a Ninja and Broken Bond, which cover the first 150 episodes of the original series. I really liked their world and gameplay. They were my first contact with the video game series, and that also helps me feeling a special fondness for them.
Another game I want to highlight, which I’m still playing (I mean, it’s been stopped since January because other priorities have come up…), is Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise. A game that appeared when no one was expecting it and from whom no one would even imagine! It was produced by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, the company responsible for the Yakuza franchise. In terms of gameplay, the game is based entirely on Yakuza, but it doesn’t take away the brilliance of a name as classic as Fist of the North Star.
Well, without further ado, let’s go to those who effectively delighted me.
Attack On Titan
Everyone knows Attack on Titan, a series that has exploded in popularity like few outside Japan. In terms of history, the various games currently available cover roughly the first three seasons, so there is no shortage of content. The adrenaline rush in combat is catapulted by the excellent way flight mechanics have been implemented in the game. The pleasure of moving around freely, whether in pure exploration or during combat, ends up offering a very different experience than usual in other games. This is, without a doubt, a mandatory game for all fans of the saga.
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk
This isn’t just another musou genre game. It’s a Berserk musou game and that alone demands some respect! For many, it may not be the game of a lifetime (not for me either…), but it’s impossible to deny the pleasure of controlling Guts and blowing up dozens of enemies at once. With lots of cutscenes taken directly from the movies and even covering further more the main narrative, this game turns out to be a good introduction to the franchise, but not only that. For the fans themselves, I think they’ll feel at home with all the present characters, in what it might be the best adaptation of the original work into video games.
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is not a perfect game but, for me, it is the best game to portray the Z saga. Every epic moment in history is present in all its glory. Son Goku’s transformation into Super Saiyan for the first time or Son Goku and Son Gohan’s famous kamehame to beat Cell, are just a few moments that made me return to adolescence and remember how good they were. The world of Kakarot is faithfully represented and we can visit several famous places such as the home of Master Kame, Namek, the arena where the martial arts tournament take place, among others. Although the content outside the main narrative falls short, there is no better way to live in the world of Dragon Ball.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Unlike Kakarot, we don’t have the narrative we all know, but that’s not necessary for a good Dragon Ball game either. Proof of that is FighterZ, an excellent fighting game and quite accessible in terms of combos. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to devote the time I wanted to the title yet, but of the several hours I’ve played, the quality is remarkable. A fighting game is always a genre that fits perfectly into Dragon Ball and FighterZ is currently the best offer in that respect. It should be noted that the game came out at the beginning of 2018 and currently DLC’s are still being released with more characters.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm
Like Attack on Titan, Naruto is one of the most famous anime series, which has been running for over a decade. Its adaptation for video games started very early, but for me it was the various “Ultimate Ninja Storm” entries that won the seal of quality. In terms of responsible studio, we have the same company that recently made Dragon Ball Z Kakarot, which means a faithful representation of the various arcs in the series, whether in terms of locations, soundtrack or cutscenes. If you’ve ever seen the series and enjoyed it, then I strongly advise any game of the many entries that exist.