You know we are big time anime fans over here at Retro Dodo. But what are the best anime games on PS4?
Having previously released lists like the 10 Best Anime PSP Games and the 10 Best Anime Fighting Games, we have already given you a bunch of rad games to check out if you are a fan of Japanese animation franchises.
And even though the PS4 is technically considered the past generation of gaming consoles, it still remains very relevant to most gamers.
Most of us who are Playstation gamers are not able to get our sweaty hands on a PS5!
And game devs are still releasing their games on both the PS4 and PS5 until shortages are eventually ironed out.
So if you are like me, and still have to play on that old, decrepit console… let’s take a look together at the 10 best anime games on PS4 in 2023.
10. Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles (2021)
“The Hinokami Chronicles” is a 3d arena fighter game for the Playstation 4 that is a must-play for anime fans.
I also happened to hear about the game before I heard about the anime.. so it had me logging into Netflix to see what the excitement was all about.
This incredible adaptation of the Demon Slayer anime has beautiful cutscenes, amazing battle mechanics, quick-time events, a semi-open world, mini-games and gigantic boss fights.
One of the best adaptations of source anime, in our opinion… you will feel like you are truly living in an episode of the tv show.
So when considering our list of the best anime games on ps4, we had no doubts that Demon Slayer would be on there.
9. Genshin Impact (2020)
Genshin Impact is an open world RPG with ports for Windows, Android, iOS, PS4, PS5, and soon for the Nintendo Switch.
It is a visually stunning game, and is packed full of things to do in the beautiful world they have crafted.
We actually find it hard to believe that all of this was given to us 100% free!
But if you are one of those people who enter your credit card info to buy new armor… this is a dangerous game!
In the first year Genshin Impact grossed over $3 billion dollars, making it the highest for any first year launch.
So obviously this title is still a big money maker, despite being free. Think about that!
8. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (2018)
I mean… any fan of the anime works of Studio Ghibli will need no introduction here.
But if you are somehow unfamiliar.. first of all… go watch a bunch of beautiful films from the studio, then come back and check out this entry for the best anime games on ps4.
“Revenant Kingdom” is the highly anticipated follow up to the classic JRPG Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
Like that game, “Revenant Kingdom” is an action role-playing game played in third-person perspective that takes place in a stunning open world.
Fans of the animated films of Studio Ghibli or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will surely be pleased by the visuals in this game. ← me!
Unlike the first game in the series, Studio Ghibli did not produce “Revenant Kingdom”, but it still had a strong team with Ghibli character designer Yoshiyuki Momose and music composer Joe Hisaishi. So the essence is still there.
We were so happy to be able to be able to finally include this on a Retro Dodo list!
One of the best anime games of all time, and definitely one of the best anime games on ps4.
7. Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020)
The only thing that can make Final Fantasy VII better is to remake it. Okay… that’s a weird statement. Haha. But seriously…
When we heard that they were doing a full modern remake of the classic game, we were very very excited.
The remake is presented in the style of Final Fantasy XV, another one of our favorites in the Final Fantasy series.
We have only seen the first chapter of the episodic remake, so we are dying for more.
But 5 million fans picked up the title, and we were one of em.
Final Fantasy VII is one of the best anime games of all time. And the remake absolutely follows suit, and takes a spot on our list of the best anime games on ps4.
6. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (2017)
Dragon Quest XI by Square Enix is a super cute game that speaks to an older JPRG style.
With wonderful storytelling, beautiful graphics, and that classic battle scene we all know and love.
Having sold over six million units to date, it is entirely a coincidence we also gave it our number six spot for best anime games on ps4. But like.. we thought it was cool.
Dragon Quest XI is a beautiful game, and one we highly recommend for the PS4.
5. Persona 5 The Royal (2019)
Persona 5 is one of the most unique anime games ever created.
It is an absolute joy to play, and packs a ton of diverse content.
All brought to us by Developer Atlus, who also brought us Catherine and Shin Megami Tensei.
And “The Royal” is an enhanced version of Persona 5 that was released for the PS4 and PS5 consoles…
Making an already insane game that much better with new characters, new story lines, new locations, new items, new music, and lots of other new stuff.
Persona 5 has won a ton of awards, sold over 5 million units, and is loved by pretty much anybody who plays it.
(And look at that, I did it again… Persona 5, 5 million units, number 5 on our list. Dang, I’m good.)
If you have yet to check Persona 5 out, the time is now.
4. Dragon Ball FighterZ (2018)
Arc System Works is a game developer who is responsible for a ton of amazing anime games that have appeared on our lists. And it is in Dragon Ball FighterZ where they were truly firing on all cylinders.
I gave it the number one spot on the list of Best Anime Fighting Games. And for good reason…
The cel-shaded graphics are insanely beautiful. Like.. unbelievably so.
And the 3-vs-3 combat is so much fun.
“FighterZ” saw the Dragon Ball fight series returning to 2d… and we love it.
I compare this one to the old Marvel vs Capcom titles. And it is that kind of 2d fighter game that is my particular favorite style.
And if you are a fan of the Dragon Ball animated series… this is the absolute best adaptation, in my opinion.
All of the characters, environments, camera effects and attacks feel straight out of the anime.
No doubt a sure addition to the best anime games for ps4.
3. Tales of Arise (2021)
Tales of Arise is absolutely one of the most beautiful JRPGs you will ever lay your eyes on.
So it is no surprise that it sold over 1.5 million copies since its release in 2021 and won Best RPG at The Game Awards 2021!
Packed with insanely beautiful environments, awesome characters, visually stunning battle effects, and stats all over the screen (which we personally find oh so satisfying!).
This one has been moving up the list of best anime games, and is on its way to becoming one of our favorite games of all time.
A well deserved spot on the list of best anime games for ps4.
2. Guilty Gear Strive (2021)
Guilty Gear Strive is one of my absolute favorite anime fighting games (another one by Arc System Works too).
And it is also one of the most visually stunning anime games out there.
And besides the fact that it has a ton of unique characters, with their own unique fighting styles, some crazy combos, etc etc..
It also has a really deep lore, which makes it all the more interesting to dive deeper into the game.
It’s always hard deciding the number one spot on the anime lists, cause there are so many cool ones. But we usually give number two to Guilty Gear, and we usually give number one to a game you will be familiar with by now…
Our pick for the best anime games on ps4 is:
1. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (2016)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 has found itself at the top of many of our anime related lists, including the best anime games of all time.
So you are probably not gonna be very surprised to find that this anime fighter has found itself at the top here as well.
The Naruto franchise has seen many games over the years, but in Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, we got the absolute best of every aspect of the series.
Action packed 3-vs-3 battles, 106 characters, giant 3d arenas, and an adventure mode.
And with a port for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch… you have a ton of options.
But it is on the ps4 where this game really shines, and that is why it is our number one pick for the best anime games on ps4.
Anthony has been a video game lover ever since he can remember. He became a fulltime nomad in 2018, living throughout most of Asia. He focused his passion in retro gaming and began creating a game for the Game Boy Color while living in Nara, Japan during the 2020 pandemic. He is now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spends most of his time gaming, going on long walks and meeting as many stray dogs as possible.