Admittedly, 2020 has been a strange year for everyone, with the corona-virus pandemic, and more controversial issues. Nevertheless, the gaming community continues thriving and releasing new games, especially anime games. Below is the list of 9 of the must-play PS4 anime games of 2020 that you ought to know. There is a wide variety of genres, from hack & slash, 2D fighters, to dating sims. So no matter what genres you are looking for, there is always something for everyone. So sit tight, strap up, and let me guide you through what the gaming community has to offer in 2020.
9. Project Sakura Wars
Released Date: April 28, 2020
Developers: Sega, Sonic Team
Genres: RPG, Dating Sim, Visual Novel, Hack & Slash
Sakura Wars is, at its core, a Dating Sim in the disguise of an Action Role-Playing Game. Throughout the game, players are offered various choices and interactions with different characters in the goal of obtaining their romantic interest in return. Indeed, the options given by the players are plenty, and without micromanaging all those interactions, Sakura Wars quickly becomes a challenge of a play-through.
In addition to the flexibility of the players in terms of story and heroine choices, the story is a solid work. Featuring similar story-telling methods as most Visual Novels, players are able to experience the vast and diverse world of Sakura Wars, and learn about the multiple side characters that the game has to offer.
Surprisingly, in terms of gameplay and fun, Sakura Wars boasts a quite rewarding hack & slash combat system. In short, the euphoric effects of debris and explosions flying around as the player utterly annihilate the enemy lines prove to be… well, a little bit too addicting. You will find yourself hacking away like no tomorrow.
8. Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories
Released Date: April 7, 2020
Developers: Granzella Inc, Irem Software Engineering, Inc.
Genre: Adventure RPG
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories is a story-rich, adventure RPG that centers around the choices made by players. Simulating a natural disaster event, the game allows players to explore the surrounding environment and interact with NPCs while progressing linear story-line.
Throughout Disaster Report 4, along with the main storyline, players also get to experience multiple mini-stories with different side characters. Each present themselves with a vast majority of choices to choose from. In short, these mini-events allow players to craft their own stories.
Additionally, Disaster Report 4 provides a quite entertaining storyline through its crafty and cheesy screenwriting. As players traverse the disastrous world of a natural disaster, these silly lines of scripts and occasional outrageous scenarios will definitely serve its comedic values. In summary, the game is a blend of dark and relaxing themes that will ensure players hours of entertainment.
7. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Released Date: January 16, 2020
Developers: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Cyber Connect 2
Genre: 3D Action RPG
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a 3D fighter incorporating multiple elements of an action RPG into its core gameplay. Through its story mode, the player is able to experience the vast story of Dragon Ball Z, while taking on different quests and enemies.
The combat in Dragon Ball proved as challenging for even the most seasoned fighter gamer. Additionally, the character controls feel great and extremely responsive due to its animation cancellation mechanics.
Not only is the combat a plus in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, the game also proves to be visually entertaining to players. One can expect top notch animation, as well as fancy explosions and colorful hit markers. In summary, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot would be the perfect pick for those looking for hours of relentless entertainment.
6. Granblue Fantasy Versus
Released Date: March 3, 2020
Developers: Cygames, Arc System Works
Genre: 2D Fighter
Adapted from the original Cygames mobile JRPG game, Granblue Fantasy Versus is a 2D fighter incorporating 16 playable characters – including DLCs. Granblue Fantasy Versus features cool and visually engaging moves that will get its players hooked at first glance. Each character has their own unique attack animation and patterns, encouraging players to choose their own play-styles.
Unlike other side-scrolling fighters, Granblue Fantasy Versus boasts an easily manageable combat system for beginners. The tutorial, surprisingly, easily allows new players to grasp the fundamentals of its mechanics, and helps to illustrate more advanced concepts.
5. Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]
Released Date: February 20, 2020
Developers: French Bread, Arc System Works
Genres: 2D Fighter
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late is a 2D anime fighter that features fast-paced and competitive gameplay. Integrating smooth combat and animation mechanics, the games will definitely hook anime fans, as well as fighters fans alike.
Combat wise, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late could be described as challenging for some. Having said that, the game does boast an extremely beginner-friendly tutorial that would certainly help players as they’re starting out. There is, in fact, a high skill cap ceiling in this game. And though there are merely 20 characters to choose from, the game still succeed in providing a wide range of play styles. Competitive wise, Under Night will provide players with an immersive and fun PvP experience.
Aside from Under Night’s combat mechanics, the game also features a story mode that furthermore enrich the player’s perspective on certain characters – though not required. Additionally, placed throughout the game are unlockables, galleries, and much more. In short, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late is a great time-killer where players can embark on a fun and endless fighting adventure.
4. Trials of Mana
Released Date: April 27, 2020
Developers: Square Enix
Genres: Action RPG, Hack & Slash
Trials of Mana is the remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, a classic JRPG hit in 1995, with everything revamped from advanced 3D graphics to a fun hack & slash combat mechanic. Once again, players are able to traverse the magical Mana series and embark on a challenging yet rewarding adventure.
There are multiple characters that players can choose from, in which each character has their own unique subtle differences in the story line of the game. In addition to the main plot, players are additionally provided flexibility in their gameplay. The variety of sub-quests and mini-events furthermore increasing interactions with NPC and subsequent side characters.
Not only does Trials of Mana contains a unique storytelling mechanic, but it also offers players an infinite of play styles. One can upgrade the skill tree, change their classes, and even unlock high tier equipment. In short, the world of Mana is vast. So vast that one is able to freely pick their own immersive adventure.
3. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
Released Date: March 26, 2020
Developers: Koei Tecmo Games, Omega Force
Genres: Hack & Slash, RPG
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is the ultimate sequel of the One Piece: Pirate Warriors series. Incorporating story arcs from the original One Piece series, the game delivers a fast-paced hack & slash gameplay featuring visually stunning and satisfying effects.
Pirate Warriors 4 ultimately fixes many of the nuances players occurred in its previous release, Private Warriors 3. Such are improved graphics sharpness, more polish combat mechanics, and overall a wide array of characters to choose from.
In terms of playability, the variety of characters would definitely impact the play styles of a certain level, giving One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 a great diversity in gameplay. In short, it definitely does not feel as grindy/chore-like as Pirate Warriors 3.
2. My Hero One’s Justice 2
Released Date: March 12, 2020
Developers: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Genres: 3D Fighter
Adapted from the anime series, Boku no Hero Academia, My Hero One’s Justice 2 is a 3D fighter that features intense and fast-paced combat. Surprisingly, My Hero One’s Justice 2 is quite beginner-friendly for a seemingly high-capped skills fighter. In addition, it also boasts some extremely smooth combat mechanics, as well as visually stunning anime graphics.
The game also offers players a wide variety of characters to choose from. For fans of fighting games, this will definitely provide a vast diversity in gameplay and competitiveness amongst its player base. In short, My Hero One’s Justice 2 will be a delightful purchase for fans of the anime series and fighting games alike.
1. Final Fantasy VII Remake
Released Date: March 2, 2020
Developers: Square Enix
Genres: Action RPG, Hack & Slash
Originated from the classic hit, Final Fantasy VII, in 1997, Final Fantasy VII Remake is a complete revamp of the old JRPG. From graphics, character models, to core gameplay mechanics, Final Fantasy VII Remake provides players with a nostalgic hit of the old game, in addition to signifying a new era of Final Fantasy.
The skill cap of Final Fantasy VII Remake is rather high, featuring real-time hack & slash combat. Players must be able to dodge enemy attacks while dishing out high DPS combos. There is a catch though, and that unlike other hack & slash genres, button smashing won’t get you far in FF7 Remake. Therefore, having proper understandings of a character’s ability will definitely pay off more in the long run.
Story-wise, Final Fantasy VII Remake follows the original quite closely, except for few minor changes here and there. There are new side quests, mini-games, and a change in the original story’s chronological order. Overall, players can still expect to relive the original storyline of FF7.
And that concludes the list of 9 must-play anime games on PS4 as of 2020. Again, there is a wide range of genres for all types of fans, whether it be hack & slash, 2D fighters, or dating sims. So what are you waiting for? If you happen to be sitting at home, unknown of what to do next, then consider picking up these games on your PS4 device now!!
For the avid-gamers out there, were there any 2020 PS4 anime games that you would love to see on this list? Perhaps you would replace a game on this list? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!!