10 Best PS4, PS5 Anime Games (2022)

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Want to know what the best anime games are for PS4 and PS5? This is the guide for you.

Chances are that you’re an anime fan who has just received their new PS5 console and is looking for a list of games to play on it, you’re in for a treat with this guide.

Although the PS4 is the console that has more anime titles available, the PS5 features backward compatibility, meaning most PS4 games can be played on the PS5. In this article, we’re going to highlight the best anime games for the PS4 and PS5 (in no particular order).

Best Anime Games For PS4 And PS5

Look no further, these are the best anime-based titles to play on your console right now.

1. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

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Available on: PS4

Arguably one of the most iconic anime series of all time, Dragon Ball Z is no stranger to video game adaptations. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot features a story spanning a wide range of notable events from the show, such as the Majin Buu Saga.

There is an “open-world” aspect to the game, and players can hunt/fish and use their resources to create temporary or permanent boosts to their stats.

Though the combat can feel a bit like you’re just mashing buttons, players do need to react quickly to their opponent’s attacks and use their special moves appropriately.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot provides fans of the series with epic showdowns and character development, and makes players feel as if they’re a real part of the Dragon Ball universe.

2. Scarlet Nexus

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Available on: PS4, PS5

Scarlet Nexus is a new JRPG that was adapted on TV shortly after the game’s release.

The game features two separate campaigns, each focusing on one of the two main characters set in a world where the population has discovered a life-altering hormone, granting them sensory powers.

Those with extraordinary sensory powers are drafted to fight against mutants called the Others. While the gameplay itself is packed with action, the story takes the spotlight with deep character development, world-building, and conspiracies.

It will be interesting to see how the future plays out for Scarlet Nexus with both the game and the TV series, but for now, it’s safe to say it has quickly become one of the best PS4/PS5 anime games.

3. Attack on Titan 2

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Available on: PS4

The critically acclaimed Attack on Titan anime received its own video game adaption, much to the delight of fans of the TV series.

Attack on Titan 2 was released in 2018 and follows the TV series’ first two seasons. Players will create their own playable character who unfortunately isn’t very impactful to the story, but players can recruit some of the show’s notable characters to fight alongside them.

The game stays true to the show and features satisfying combat in which the player can hack and slash their way to killing a Titan or perform a sneak attack to inflict a critical amount of damage or one-hit-kill a Titan.

Though there is likely more Attack on Titan games to come, Attack on Titan 2 will suffice as one of the best PS4 anime games you can currently play.

4. Genshin Impact

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Available on: PS4, PS5

Though there isn’t a show for Genshin Impact, the game itself is very heavily influenced by anime. Genshin Impact is a free-to-play “action RPG” set in a world called Teyvat with seven nations ruled by different gods.

The story itself surprisingly takes the backseat to the gameplay, with its deep exploration, unique boss battles, and quests to complete.

The game world is beautiful, and some can draw comparisons between Genshin Impact and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with its player mobility and art style. There’s a seemingly endless amount of content packed into Genshin Impact, and players may find themselves devoting hundreds of hours to the world of Teyvat.

5. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy

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Available on: PS4

The massive mainstream success of the Naruto franchise isn’t limited to the TV series; Naruto has plenty of video game adaptations, with Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy being a collection of the first three Ultimate Ninja Storm games.

The trilogy covers most of the general story arcs from the anime series and manga, beginning with Naruto’s origin story.

Combat sees the player taking control of famous Naruto characters with the ability to use various jutsus in a fast-paced and exciting showdown against their opponents.

Each game in the trilogy features mission modes in which you’ll, well, play story missions, as well as free roam modes. Storms 2 and 3 featured online modes, with 3 having a ranked mode to truly test your skills against other players.

6. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles

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Available on: PS4, PS5

Following the popular Demon Slayer anime series’ storyline, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles has you taking control of a character named Tanjiro Kamado is a retelling of the overall Demon Slayer story.

The arena-based combat is fast, flashy, and most importantly, it’s satisfying and fun. There’s also a versus mode in which players are pitted against each other in 2 versus 2 battles.

While there have been some complaints about the handling of the story, few can deny the fun and excitement players will experience as they engage in epic combat against demons.

7. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4

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Available on: PS4

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is an ambitious retelling of the story of literally hundreds of episodes from the popular anime series.

Though it can become repetitive, the combat system sees the player taking on hordes of enemies as they use up to 4 different special attacks to mow down their enemies.

Pirate Warriors 4 also places a larger emphasis on aerial combat with players being able to easily juggle their enemies in the air. There are many unlockable playable characters and side missions for players to complete which are sure to keep players busy for hours upon hours

If you’re looking for one of the best PS4 anime games that aren’t overly complicated, be sure to give One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 a try.

8. Tales of Arise

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Available on: PS4, PS5

As another entry into the Tales series of games, Tales of Arise landed on the PS4 and PS5 in the fall of 2021 and did a fantastic job of rekindling the love of Tales games.

A series known for its deep storytelling, Tales of Arise doesn’t disappoint with its unabashed touch on topics like war and slavery. Fighting enemies is intuitive and is supplemented by a stellar soundtrack; finishing moves make for an epic end to an already epic action sequence.

Players can take a break from fighting and use resources they find to craft new weapons; you can also cook food to grant boosts to your attacks and defense. Tales of Arise was well received and even so soon after release can be considered one of the best PS4/PS5 anime games.

9. Persona 5

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Available on: PS4

Like a few others on this list, the Persona series of games isn’t based on a show, although it is clearly influenced by anime.

Persona 5 follows a group of teenagers in school who realize they are living in a world of corrupt adults, and eventually unveil their inner powers and enter the hearts of corrupt adults to change them.

Players will find themselves in turn-based combat against their opponents during which you’ll need to carefully plan your moves, lest you find yourself getting a “game over”. The game also allows players to participate in typical high school student life activities such as playing games, going out to eat, and going to work.

Persona 5 was a perfect blend of a captivating story and high-stakes combat and players can sink a countless number of hours into the game.

10. Nier Automata

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Available on: PS4

Set in the very distant future, Nier Automata takes place during the 14th machine war as seen through the eyes of three distinct main characters.

With its unique anime-inspired art style and stunning backdrops, it can be easy to immerse yourself into the game world and story. Nier Automata expertly blends several genres into one, with hack and slash, platforming, and even “shoot ‘em up” elements seen throughout the game.

Some of the action sequences can even feel cinematic and do a great job of giving the player awe-inspiring experiences.

There’s an ample amount of exploration and fighting, both of which reward players with resources that can be used to upgrade weapons and the AI pod that follows your character around, acting as both your guide and a weapon.

Whether you’re looking for a unique and refreshing RPG experience, or for a story-driven cinematic experience, Nier Automata has you covered on both fronts, and is, without a doubt, one of the best PS4 anime games.

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