Video gaming allows for a high degree of storytelling. This is complemented by interactivity, which makes video games unique among storytelling mediums. So it is no wonder that an enormous amount of people are smitten with anime and anime video games.
Some video games had such huge success that they went on to have numerous versions of an anime. Such, for example, is Bleach, that has 5 versions until this day, and considering that the anime is returning this year, we can expect more games as well.
The greatness of video games lies in interactivity, so let’s see some of the best video games released in 2020
Best Anime Game 2020 Picks
DBZ Anime Gaming – Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was released on January 17, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Dragon Ball generated the most buzz in the previous year. The game is based on the manga and anime of the same name. The game outlines the basics of open-world role-playing as if a real anime episode came to life and we just dropped into Son Goku’s latest adventure. The 2020s game is much less a fighting game then it’s predesessent. The player gets a lot more freedom – adventuring in the world of Dragon Ball, one gets to solve side quests, and a free pass at developing the characters to the player’s liking. It almost seems like a role-playing game at first glance.
The player gets pounded with a load of information in the first hour of the game, however, when the player gets past the introduction videos, he is taken to the island of Master Roshi, where the player gets a grasp on the details of the gameplay.
An important step for character development is the interaction with other familiar characters, fishing, cooking, buying and collecting different colored spheres step by step.
As the story unfolds, the player gains more control over everything. All locations are free to navigate, the player can determine who he wants to control, he can choose partners with different abilities, and train as he pleases.
In Dragon Ball, the focus has always been on wrestling, and it’s no different this time either. The fights take place in full 3D: starting in the air, movement is not limited, and the fights are even more spectacular than shown in anime. Huge punches, energy beams, fireballs everywhere, opponents can cut each other to the ground, teleport, untold combinations and the environment responds to the fight. The characters dig up the earth, craters form, basically one can demolish mountains during the fight.
The playing time itself is a minimum of 30 hours, but it can be extended a lot, depending on how deep we get into the extra things next to the story.
Anime RPG Game – Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris
Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris was released on July 10, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
In another remake of Sword Art Online anime, we can reap in real time by guiding familiar characters. According to the story, Kirito meets a boy named Eugeo and they fight together not to lose each other and deliver on a promise.
This game is chunkier in narrative than it’s previous one, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, and it tends to overstay its welcome at times. The game being an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), a player can assemble a four-party group of characters for playing, however, he can only control two of them – Kirito and another character of choosing, the other two are AI controlled.
Fully mastering all the weapons can be a grind, but for starters, the sword art skills can be accessed by pressing the right triggers, with a bevvy of spells being available on the left trigger.
The playing time is 30 hours, if you rush the main story, otherwise it’s about 50-60 hours of gameplay.
Anime Fighting Game – One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 was released on March 26, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
For many, the anime and video game are already cult-classics. The anime is closely following in the footsteps of the manga. We’ve gotten One Piece games before, and although Pirate Warriors 3did not reap undivided success, it developed the musou genre to perfection overall, what’s more, we got a flawless program.
Luckily, the developers have learned from the bugs, meaning we finally don’t have to get nervous about button assignments anymore, and while using a controller is still highly recommended for this type of game, the mouse + keyboard combo is finally working at the right level.
From the very first minute the player is thrown right into the middle of a fierce battle in the desert kingdom of Alabasta, with minimal tutorial instructions. The game mainly focuses on the main events, that way new entrants can catch up, and veterans won’t feel like they are being choked with the same well-known parts again. Incidentally, the story focuses 90% on Luffy, the player can only take control of others in a few missions.
The play time for this game is 10 hours for skilled players, due to the accelerated pace, the playing time feels more.
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I may not always watch the most popular anime on the shelf, but I’m watching what intrigues me and I think that’s the beauty of anime – there’s something for everyone. I came to anime and manga late in the game. While I had occasionally dabbled here and there, I really didn’t start watching with any conviction until I was older. Suddenly, I had the desire to begin consuming more anime. The good ones and the bad ones. New series and classic series. It didn’t matter what it was or it’s notoriety, if the synopsis seemed interesting, I was bound to watch. Please check out my blog: nofilleranime.com