So you like anime? I like anime too but sometimes I play games instead. Here are some games that are like anime or share similar characteristics to anime that you should enjoy or at least be curious enough to try out.
Atelier Rorona 999: Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors
A visual novel type story which you solve puzzles to solve a mystery. It’s got some really good puzzles and characters which makes you think. Plus its incredible repayable because that aspect is woven into the plot. If you have a DS you need to buy this game. Look up the official website if you are interested as it has an in browser demo.
Virtue’s Last Reward
The sequel to 999 and this sequel goes against the trend of terrible sequels and outshines it’s predecessor. Taking place in a remote facility a group of nine people take place in survival games trying desperately to outwit the others in a game of lies. Very fun to play and honestly one of the best mystery stories I know of to date.
The first in a three part series, Atelier Rorona has gorgeous artwork, gorgeous music and super fun alchemy based game play. The game is half story half alchemic creation with some dungeon crawling stat building added in. There is plenty of different ways to play this game whether it be casual or hardcore and the way you choose to play ultimately affects the ending. Poor little Rorona had no friends in the ending I got which was amusing.
The sequel to Atelier Rorona which is better in every aspect. Most notably the 3d character models are greatly improved and the combat is somewhat better. The time aspect is unchanged which can make you anxious at times but if you overlook that then you should be able to easily enjoy the well crafted story and very unique characters. A must play for anyone who likes stat games. It’s a little old but it’s aging well so don’t worry about that when you go to check it out.
Far superior to it’s predecessors in almost every way Ayesha moves the Atelier series in a new direction with a new setting and new characters. Sure the game play is similar but it works much better and the plot actually has an end goal worth striving for which I achieved a little too quickly.
Devil Survivor / Devil Survivor Overclocked
Nintendo DS / Nintendo 3DS
Shin Megami Tensei at it’s best. A solid grid based strategy game which boasts a full story with multiple routes ranging from godly good guy to demonic villain and you can choose any of them. Just don’t expect the ladies to follow you on the path to becoming a villain. In the 3ds version all the dialog is spoken which is an added treat.
Digital Devil Saga
Another game from the Shin Megami Tensei series. If you love persona you should like this. Although it is a bit dated now it still holds up story-wise plus it has some great characters and one has a funny accent. If you have the time pick it up cheap online. It also has a sequel too which wraps up the story well. This game will take many many hours so it is not for the lesser dedicated players out there.
Fatal Frame 3 / Project Zero 3 The Tormented
One of the scariest games I’ve ever played. It’s not the kind of horror where monsters jump out at you it’s more along the lines of you are in a really scary house and you keep seeing ghost. They go about there own thing and just when everything is quiet and you start to feel safe they attack. Plus since they are ghosts fighting them is hard especially if you are in a locking in a corridor. You have to use your camera as a weapon and the closer the ghost is the more damage it takes when you take a picture of it. There is also this ghost that is shows up randomly and is invincible so all you can do is run. There are more games in the series but this is by far the best of them. You don’t need to play the first two to understand the story either which is good. It’s best played alone in the dark.
Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
A nice little game about a boy exploring a post apocalyptic world. His journey is mostly based around trying to find other people and avoid the ghosts from the past. He pursues a girl he meets at the beginning of his journey to a large tower on the distant horizon. Game play wise the game doesn’t have a lot to offer but the exploration and story portions of the game are very well crafted. The characters you meet along the way are fun and cheerful which make the game enjoyable to play. Check it out if you own a Wii.
Muramasa The Demon Blade
A nice little game which unfortunately went by mostly unnoticed. It’s a 2d side scrolling sword fighting game which takes a fair bit of practice to get good at. You can play the story from the perspective of two different characters and each has their own endings depending on how many of the Demon Blades you collect. It has a good art style and I found myself stopping on multiple occasion to get a better look at the backgrounds because you tend to run past them at an alarming pace. The music is also nice too, it has an upbeat feudal Japan feel to it but when it needs to be it can be calming to suit the setting. Definitely get it on the Vita because the Wii version doesn’t do the art justice.
Arguably the best game in the series, Persona 3 has the best story of pretty much any PlayStation 2 game ever. The lead is thrown head first into a dark situation which slowly starts to involve as more and more people get dragged into it. It’s up to you as the player to find a solution to their life threatening situation . The characters are some of the best ever and all interact with each other brilliantly. It also helps that you get to shape the protagonists social life and even pick a girlfriend or five.
Arguably the best game in the series, see what I did there. Persona 4 is well know for it’s combination of dungeon crawling and dating sim elements. It tells the story of a young man who awakens to a unique power which he uses to save the other students in his school from dying by the hands of a mysterious kidnapper. It’s an emotional roller coaster of battles and rescues which uncovers the shocking truth of people’s inner desires. I can’t recommend this game highly enough.
Resonance of Fate
Xbox 360/ PlayStation 3
A nice story presented with a very crazy battle system that has the character firing guns whilst leaping high above their enemies. Sure bullets don’t hurt anyone much but lets ignore that and look at how pretty the character and environment are instead. The whole game is set in a huge clockwork tower with a unique steam punk feel to it which making exploring the whole thing very rewarding.
Shadow of the Colossus
PlayStation 2/ PlayStation 3
You are a hero with loose morals who sets out to take down over a dozen colossus to resurrect his deceased lover. Need I say more? Combat is amazing and the world is beautiful. You must be living under a rock if you haven’t played this yet.
The World Ends With You
There was never a dull moment in this stylus waggling frenzy as Neku struggled to escape from Shibuya. The cast is a group of misfits to be completely honest and it’s clear why after a few minutes alone with any single one of them. At one point Neku gets separated from his partner and I genuinely wanted to save said person which is really saying something about character development and plot. It’s not for everyone as the combat was challenging but rewarding. Even now the game still holds up so give it a try if you are even slightly curious.
Ace Attorney Phoenix Wright
He’s an attorney who should really be a detective with a strong sense of justice out to prove all the murders guilty and keep his clients from being falsely accused or sentenced with crimes they probably didn’t commit. The comedic value as a whole is almost as strong as Wrights sense of justice but it’s balanced very nicely with serious moments and drama and this is all coming from what began as a series of GBA games.