What are the best anime games on PC? Save the world and team up with friends with this list of the best anime games for PC that include online and free anime games for 2018.
The best anime games for PC are just as wildly varied as the Japanese film, television, and manga from which they are inspired. Whether you fancy being trapped in a school with a sadistic remote-controlled bear, defending yourself from gargantuan, naked humanoid monsters, or joining a book club with a dark side, there are plenty of anime games for PC to choose from.
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We’ve got everything from the biggest games based on Japan’s hottest export shows, through the finest JRPGs, to MMOs influenced by the signature anime style. Dragon Ball, Attack on Titan, and Naruto are all present and correct, plus a few other gems you may not have heard of before.
Here are the best anime games for PC:
- Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
- Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Attack on Titan
- Tales of Symphonia
- Doki Doki Literature Club!
- Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst
Whilst you wait for a decent Game of Thrones game, check out ArcheAge, a free-to-play fantasy sandbox MMO from Jake Song and XL Games. Build massive castles, conquer new lands, and create legendary nations that span continents, but be ready to defend it all in massive battles.
What’s more, unlike most anime games for PC, you can fight and take on activities as you ride the waves of the seven seas. Channel your inner Edward Kenway as you traverse the massive oceanic map, ticking off side-quests and hoovering up loot. Singing sea shanties to yourself as you play is optional.
With the Maelstrom update, you can experience the thrills of ArcheAge in PvP arenas with other players and ocean monsters, as well as in PvE and the game’s 40+ player raids.
TERA is one of those anime games that just won’t quit. The high-octane nature of its combat system and huge, breathtaking world of Arborea has kept MMO players coming back since it launched all the way back in 2011.
The developers at Bluehole have not exactly been sitting on their hands, either. The Manahan alternate-reality event server breathed new life into an anime game that MMO fans had already fallen in love with, and added speedier level progression, tougher dungeons, and transformed battlegrounds. Whether you want to tackle some BAMs (Big Ass Monsters) solo or with friends, TERA is one of the best anime games on PC with which to do it.
Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
We looked jealously on as our console cousins enjoyed the whimsical delights of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch but, now, all is forgiven. The sequel might be without the original Ni no Kuni’s Studio Ghibli, but the faster Ni no Kuni II gameplay ensures that Level-5 have finally brought one of the best anime games to PC.
This time you don the finery of deposed child king Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum. The devilish rodent that is Otto Mausinger is running the show in the idyllic society of Ding Dong Dell now and you’re going to need a number of ways to take back your Ni no Kuni II kingdom.
Besides overwhelming your foes in large scale Ni no Kuni II RTS battles, the best way to do this is start a new one. This is where Evermore comes in, your new civilisation that you can build from the ground up by recruiting specialists from across this beautiful anime world. And, Higgledies are the cutest little critters in any anime game, don’t @ us.
Closers is a free-to-play episodic action-RPG from En Masse Entertainment. It is also one of the best anime games for PC. Before you can dive into the thick of the action, however, you need to choose a titular ‘Closer’, your highly customisable avatar with their own branching narrative.
Closers form a team of psychic teens known as the Black Lambs, and it is up to you – and a few online pals – to defend your gorgeously stylised world from a pesky band of interdimensional aliens. Combat is fast, button-mashing fun, regardless of whether you choose to play in co-op or go head-to-head in PvP.
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2
We could not put together an anime list without mentioning Dragon Ball. Xenoverse 2 is one of the best anime games for PC, and a fantastic addition to the famous series. If you are looking for an ambitious MMO-lite title with an authentic, fan-service-filled story that slots nicely into the DBZ canon, look no further than this stellar anime game.
Xenoverse 2 sees you flying around expansive landscapes and taking on quests with other players with a view to building your power. Series favourites pluck you out of the sky to engage in frenetic arena brawls, forcing you to experiment with a wide range of special abilities.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Not only one of the best anime games, but also one of the finest fighting games ever made, Dragon Ball FighterZ is a love letter to the characters of everyone’s favourite show. Its fantastic graphical style makes every punch, kick, and spirit ball look like it was taken straight from the anime, resulting in the most authentic-looking Dragon Ball game to date.
The game features a huge roster of characters, which we run down in our Dragon Ball FighterZ character guide. No matter if Piccolo, Goku, or Buu is your favourite, everyone is accounted for here. And with easy to understand controls, there is nothing stopping you from getting involved.
Attack on Titan
The attractive art style of Attack on Titan sits nicely alongside the best anime games for PC. Fans of the manga and the TV show will feel right at home here as they boost and swing around cities, forests, and the game’s titular Titans.
The premise, of course, is decidedly less appealing, at first. Developers Omega Force thrust you into the shoes of Eren as he and his companions scrap legions of massive, but mindless, naked humanoid giants with a penchant for devouring human flesh – Titans, in other words. The story in this anime game fits well with the established canon as you get to slashing some Titan necks.
Tales of Symphonia
Originally a GameCube title, this anime game graced the PC with its charming presence in 2016. If you missed it, all you need to know is that it is a classic that any RPG fan should take a look at.
Tales of Symphonia is set in the world of Sylvarant, hanging in the balance amidst an overwhelming evil and steadily depleting mana. But legend has it that a Chosen One (in other words, you) will one day rise and bring their homeland back from the brink.
This fifth instalment is not only the strongest in the Tales series, but one of the best anime games on PC. Symphonia’s gameplay is centred on a classic real-time battle system, allowing you to experiment with many and various techniques, spells, and strategies. This is a tale that you will remember long after the end credits.
Doki Doki Literature Club!
There is little more wholesome than a book club. Hundreds of thousands of words – and the odd knock-off DVD – infinitely expand our horizons, transporting young and old to all sorts of new worlds. The Doki Doki Literature Club!, on the other hand, “is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed.”
Do not be fooled by the cute exterior of Team Salvato’s band of bookworms as this visual novel has a number of distressingly dark layers hidden beneath. When Doki Doki Literature Club! hit Steam in September 2017, it quickly became a surprise cult hit, recognised as one of the best anime games for PC thanks to its arresting, emotive narrative – one that is best not spoiled. If you have a free few hours and a hardy disposition, make sure you give this anime game a go.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Most of us, at some point, have wished to be one of those special kids plucked from their ordinary surroundings to attend a famous school. Usually it’s Hogwarts, admittedly. But, for Hajime Hinata – Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair’s protagonist – he realises his dream to attend Hope’s Peak Academy, a prestigious school for ‘Ultimate’ pupils.
It is at this point that this anime game transforms into something far darker: your classroom melts away into what appears to be a tropical island, once you are introduced to your teacher, Usami. Usami is also a pink bunny. Yeah.
Its zany story aside, it is the equally weird set of characters and engaging investigative gameplay that puts Danganronpa 2 up there with the best anime games for PC.
Star Ocean: The Last Hope
The Star Ocean series dates back as far as the days of the Super Famicom but it only made its way to PC in November 2017 as The Last Hope received the 4K remaster treatment. If you are new to this Square Enix series then The Last Hope is a great place to start: this fifth entry is also a prequel, and a great one at that.
Earth is at the brink of destruction in this anime game, following a disastrous World War III and the use of devastating Weapons of Mass Destruction – we assume the premise was intended as sci-fi futurism rather than a gritty documentary about the present day.
Anyway, this is where you come in: as one of nine playable characters – including the astonishingly named Edge Maverick – it is up to you to find a new home for humanity. We wish you better luck than the folks of the Andromeda Initiative.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst
Naruto Shippuden is the ultimate manga superhero fantasy, with books, TV, and anime games galore. That said, you will have a hard time fully grasping the story of Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst if you do not have a wide knowledge of the canon. But, if you take the time to dive into this sprawling anime series – or just like punching things as an incredibly cool ninja – you will find one of the best anime games for PC.
This Bandai Namco fighting game is similar in structure to its predecessor, Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, so you can expect to scrap your way through a 12-hour story that explores classic Naruto themes such as friendship and brotherhood. In an interesting spin on the wider narrative, ‘Ultimate Decision’ moments are forks in the road that allow you to either follow or diverge from events lifted from the canon.
Either side of fighting you can engage in some JRPG-lite objectives like taking on side-quests, shopping, and item collecting. In what is undoubtedly the most complete Naruto game, this is an anime game that is not to be missed.