The launch of the Playstation 5, like most hardware released in the post-covid era, has been rocky.
The console was officially launched in November of 2020. But… like… who got one?!?
I have been unable to locate one here in Asia. Stores just don’t have em… and when they have a shipment coming, they are claimed long before they arrive.
So I have yet to experience the joy of the ninth generation of home video game consoles. *sigh*
But for those lucky enough to get their hands on one…
The Playstation 5 leverages a solid-state hard drive optimized for high-speed data streaming… what that means is you’re gonna get super fast load times and gameplay at up to 4k resolution and 120fps.
If you’ve got a PS5 in your home entertainment cabinet… or you are like me and just impatiently waiting for your opportunity to finally give it a go…
There are some pretty incredible games waiting for players (both new games and enhanced versions of ps4 games).
We have been on an anime game kick lately, we just can’t seem to get enough of them.
You know we had to dive deep and create our ultimate list of the best anime games on PS5…
So the moment we get our shaking hands on one, we have the cue ready to go!
Here are our picks for the best anime games on PS5.
10. Record of Lodoss War – Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth
Record of Lodoss War – Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth is a masterfully crafted pixel art RPG based on the Record of Lodoss War novel series.
Many manga, anime and video game adaptations have been born from those imaginative works…
And one such video game is “Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth”
This was a particularly interesting game for retro fans, as “Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth” is a unique platformer with shades of Castlevania.
The game is actually said to be directly inspired by “Symphony of the Night”, and it shows… in all the best ways.
This short, but entertaining gaming experience is full of puzzle platforming, item collecting, stat building, elemental spirit harnessing and epic boss battling.
A very unique title to come to PS5, with particularly interesting origins… and a must play for retro game fans! What a way to start this best anime games on PS5 list!
9. Scarlet Nexus
Scarlet Nexus is an action role-playing game for the Playstation 5 with a focus on “mental” combat.
Game play mechanics and the combat systems were both heavily praised by fans and reviewers.
And the game has been referred to as “brain punk” by developer Bandai Namco due to its focus on strategy and thinking outside of the box.
The theme of the game is actually based in harnessing and optimizing the power of the mind.
Scarlet Nexus even inspired a 2021 anime series, which received equally enthusiastic support from fans.
A unique gaming experience that should not be missed, and is especially impressive on the Playstation 5 hardware.
8. Neo: The World Ends With You
Neo: The World Ends With You is a unique anime RPG, and is one that is best if you just experience it for yourself. You will not be disappointed!
It is the direct sequel to the 2007 game The World Ends with You, which we recently covered in our list of the best Nintendo DS Lite games.
“Neo” takes TWEWY into full 3d this time around.
So game play is a unique combination of third person fighting and visual novel that feels like an interactive manga.
The game is cool, exciting, and an absolute must have for anime fans (and especially those interested in the visual novel genre).
A fun one, and one I cannot wait to play when I finally get my hands on a PS5.
7. Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles
Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles… we know.. a mouthful. But don’t let that turn you away.
This 3d arena fighter game is a must-play for fans of anime, fighting games, and a combination of the two.. on Playstation 5.
Beautiful 2d cutscenes, competitive battles, quick-time events, open world areas, mini-games and massive boss fights. What more can one ask for?
This one feels like you are living right in the source anime, and it had me loading up my Netflix account to watch the show straight away.
So it was a must on our list of the best anime games on PS5.
6. Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact is a beautiful open world RPG originally released in 2020.
With ports for Windows, Android, iOS, PS4, PS5, and soon for the Nintendo Switch… there’s really no excuse to not have it already.
The game play is very immersive and there is just a LOT to do in this beautiful world.
And packed full of the quirky Japanese anime content we all love.
Oh, and did I mention it is 100% free to play?!
But as we all know by now, free doesn’t necessarily mean that a game can’t make some pretty impressive profits.
In the first year alone, Genshin Impact grossed over $3 billion dollars, making it the highest for any first year launch. EVER.
Anytime you start using the word “ever”, you likely have a hit on your hands. Genshin Impact is no exception.
A must play game, and why not.. it’s free! Unless you happen to be the type who ends up typing in your credit card number for that new armor… in which case, it could cost you ALOT.
Download at your own risk!
5. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
Final Fantasy VII is one of the most beloved JRPG video games of all time.
It easily made an appearance on our list of the best selling PS1 games of all time.
When Square Enix announced a full modern remake, in the style of Final Fantasy XV, fans were ecstatic.
The 2020 release was a modern retelling of the first section of the original game, and was praised for being faithful to the original while introducing new mechanics.
Universally, the main complaint was that the episodic nature of the remake was just not enough to satisfy the hunger of the adoring fans.
But that did not stop over 5 million fans from picking it up for the Playstation 4.
Once the Playstation 5 was officially released, Square Enix delivered the enhanced version: Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.
This enhanced version introduced a new playable character, new storyline and many gameplay additions.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake is a game that you absolutely must experience. And the enhanced version for the Playstation 5 is the definitive experience.
Probably at the top of my todo list when I get a PS5!
Took the same spot on our list of the best JRPG games of all time as well!
4. Tales of Arise
Tales of Arise is probably the most beautiful JRPG to come to the Playstation 5.
With its original launch date set in 2020, and ultimately being pushed back to September 2021… fans were foaming at the mouth to get their hands on it.
And once they did… it seemed like the wait was well worth it.
This game is stunning. Beautifully detailed environments, stylish characters, exciting battle effects, and those ever so satisfying stats all over the screen as you rack up those experience points.
Selling over 1.5 million units since its release and taking the crown as the Best RPG at The Game Awards 2021… there is no doubting the might of Tales of Arise.
And I, for one, absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this one for the PS5.
3. Persona 5 The Royal
Persona 5 The Royal is an enhanced version of Persona 5 released for the PS4 and PS5 consoles.
Persona 5 is a game you probably already know and love…
The wildly popular and unique RPG from Atlus (who brought us anime classics like Catherine and Shin Megami Tensei, and the upcoming Soul Hackers 2).
An eclectic mix of action, role-playing, and simulation… all in a wacky Japanese anime style package.
The game won a slew of awards, sold over 5 million copies, and is universally loved by fans.
“The Royal” version of the game features new characters, new story, new locations, new items, new music, and basically just a bunch of other stuff that would start with the word “new” that is sure to keep even the most experienced players busy for hours and hours.
Persona 5 The Royal is the definitive experience for Persona 5, and a must have on the Playstation 5 console.
An easy addition to our own wishlist, and to this list of the best anime games for PS5.
2. Guilty Gear Strive
Guilty Gear Strive is one of the most exciting and visually impressive anime fighting games we have ever seen.
The game scored extremely high on our list of the best anime fighting games of all time, and I honestly have thought about going back and changing its position on the list.
It’s that good.
The 2d animation is masterfully crafted. The story is engaging and very deep.
And really.. it’s just fun, too.
It’s tough always coming in second place, but come on… there is a good reason this game just keeps making high appearances on our lists. It is an absolute must play game, especially for those with a PS5.
1. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
So is it really any surprise that it has made it to the top of our list of the best anime games for PS5?
The game has not had official optimization for next gen consoles like most of the games on this list…
But in a game that is the epitome of GO GO GO… the Playstation 5 is probably the best way to experience “Ultimate Ninja Storm 4”.
Faster load times, 4k resolution and a stable framerate means you are unlikely to experience any hiccups. And that is exactly what you would hope for in the current ninth generation of gaming.
It is 2022.. the world has nearly torn itself apart, many of our lives were flipped upside down, back around, over again, and back again..
So when it comes to the latest generation of gaming hardware, where most of us find refuge from the real world, we hope for full immersion. And that means the fastest load times, no stutters, and nothing that takes us out of the experience.
A game like “Ultimate Ninja Storm 4” is a perfect example of how a masterfully crafted gaming experience is made that much better through the power of the Playstation 5.
And for that reason, we are giving “Ultimate Ninja Storm 4” the number one spot on our list of the best anime games on PS5.
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.