Successful anime series not only enjoy high ratings and critical acclaim but can also receive a catalog of spin-offs, movies, merchandise, and videogames. For this reason, Playstation has created a massive catalog of anime video games for their consoles. The list below focuses on the handheld Playstation Portable and fifteen of its most popular games you should try out.
1. Fate/unlimited codes
|Release Date||September 3, 2009|
A 3D fighting game, based on Fate/stay night, that retells the events and story from the visual novel through the lens of each character by battling against mages and spirits. The game received positive sales and reception in Japan and in the West upon release.
2. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact
|Developer||Namco Bandai Games|
|Release Date||October 18, 2011|
Jump into the epic fights from the anime in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact. Rise up the ranks of the shinobi and prove to be worthy of the title of Hokage by using masterful Jutus to battle your way through challenging enemies in the story mode an multiplayer. Play with a friend in Tag Battle to cooperatively complete the twenty co-op missions. Customize one of the twenty characters and battle other players in Versus Mode.
3. Soul Eater: Battle Resonance
|Release Date||January 29, 2009|
Based on the anime of the same name, Soul Eater: Battle Resonance is a fighting game available on Playstation Portable and Playstation 2. The ultimate moves and super moves of each character rely on the power gauge that charges as you and your opponent fight each other. A soul resonance can be performed when this power gauge has gained enough power, allowing you to perform supermoves. The ultimate attack can be activated when the power gauge is full.
The game features four game modes.
-Arcade Mode: Battle a series of increasingly difficult oppopents to reacht he next stage. Defeat Medusa, the last boss of the mode, and complete the mode.
-Versus Mode: Via WiFi, connect to the mutliplayer servers and battle other players.
-Team Battle: Choose characters to create a team and fight against a computer-generated team.
-Adventure Mode: The story mode of the game. Complete specific objectives while battling the enemy before moving on to the next battle.
4. Hunter X Hunter
|Release Date||September 20, 2012|
The first action-adventure video game to be released based on the anime, Hunter x Hunter Wonder Adventure follows the adventure of Gon and Killua. The Hunter Exam is underway and these two must do everything in their power to pass this exam to prove their strength and rise up the ranks. Switch between the two styles that each character has. Such as, Gon uses either his signature rapid-paced fighting style or giant fishing rod to fight with. Build up the Tension Guage to release a devastating special move.
|Developer||Type-Moon and Imageepoch|
|Release Date||July 22, 2010|
Initially only released in Japan in July 2010, Fate/Extra made its way to the North America region on November 21, 2011 with three editions available for purchase. The PAL region eventually got their release of the game in January 2012. Based in a parallel world of Fate/stay night, a visual novel, Fate/Extra is a dungeon crawler role-playing game that features two game modes- Arena and Academy. In Arena, the players fight against waves of enemies, while Academy is the storyline mode of the game.
6. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan Saisen
|Release Date||March 10, 2011|
Released to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the classic anime series, Rurouni Kenshin: Meji Kenkaku Romantan Saisen is a fighting game exclusive to the PSP.
The game features a full roster of characters from the manga, including the final antagonist of the series that did not make it into the anime series. Set in the 11th of the Meiji period, the story focuses on Kenshin Himura, a famous assassin. However, each character’s story has a chance to be told in between fights and fulling in details of the main story of Rurouni Kenshin.
|Release Date||March 4, 2010|
.Hack//Link is an action role-playing game released exclusively in Japan. This game is considered to be the last entry of the .hack series in chronological order. Over 130 recurring characters return to this game as well as 33 partners you can recruit for journey.
You play as Tokio Kuryuu, a high school student and the only playable character, who is sent into The World R:X, a video game, by a weird transfer student called Saika. In a plaza of Mac Anu, Tokio stumbles upon a group of frozen Twilight Knights and Fluegel, the person responsible for freezing them in stone, almost does the same to Tokio. However, Tokio is narrowly saved by Kite who tells Tokio what he must now do- become a hero.
8. Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment
|Release Date||March 14, 2013|
Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment is a single player role-playing game based on the popular light novel series and anime. It takes place in an alternative story to the ending of the original story; in which Kiritio and other players of Sword Art Online have defeated Heathcliff but a glitch causes them to not be able to leave the VRMMORPG game. Now they must work together yet again to find the cause of their imprisonment and to escape Sword Art Online once and for all.
9. Initial D: Street Stage
|Release Date||February 23, 2006|
Initial D: Street Stage is a racing game based on the Initial D anime series. This game in particular is a port of the console version, Initial D Arcade Stage 3. There are a variety of cars that the player can jump into the race with. For example, the Skyline 25GT Turbo, Lancer Evolution lll GSR, Civic Type-R are a few of the performance cars that can be driven. The game features 8 race tracks with a difficulty of Easy, Normal, Hard and Expert.
10. Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team
|Release Date||September 30, 2010|
Jump into the planetary powerful battles as one of your favorite characters of Dragon Ball universe in Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team. You will not go bored quickly at all with a roster of over a whooping 70 characters to play and customize to your desires. Play in various single player modes that’ll have you on the edge of your seat for hours and hours. The Dragon Walk Mode will put you through the entire Dragon Ball Z saga. Relive the most famous battles from the anime and new fight scenes in increasing difficulty in Battle 100 Mode. Once your ready for the real competition, head over to multiplayer and face some of the worthiest foes possible.
11. The Idolmaster Shiny Festa
|Developer||Bandai Namco Games|
|Release Date||October 25, 2012|
The Idolmaster Shiny Festa is a collection of three rhythm videogames (rhythm game is a genre of videogames that revolves around music and dance) that feature many songs and characters from the main games of The Idolmaster series. The three games are as follow: Honey Sound, Funky Note, and Groovy Tune. You play as a producer of 765 Production, a talent agency, and your agency is requested to perform at a large music festival. During a song, the player must match the corresponding button with the notes as they align with each other. The timing and accuracy of the player’s performance will be judged when the song is over. The four ratings the player can earn are: Bad, Normal, Good, and Perfect. Different characters and songs will be performing depending on which of the Shiny Festa games is currently being played. For example, Haruka Amami and Azusa Miura, and the songs they perform, only appear in Honey Sound.
12. Persona 3 Portable
|Release Date||November 1, 2009|
The fourth main entry of the popular, role-playing Persona series, Person 3 is originally a Playstation 2 game released in 2006 before the PSP version released in 2009 under the name of Person 3 Portable. Play as a young high school student with a troubled childhood who learns of his ability to summon a Persona, the true representation of a person’s inner soul. He is recruited into a group of Persona controlling students called SEES, short for Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad, who investigate the Dark Hour and the tower of Tartarus. Learn the secrets of the Dark Hour in order to defeat the many Shadows feasting on the minds of humanity before it’s too late.
13. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
|Release Date||November 25, 2010|
|Platforms||PSP, iOS, Android, PS Vita, PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X|
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc originally released in Japan in November 2010 under the name of Danganronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair for the PSP. Since then, the game has been re-released for this current generation of gaming consoles.
The story centers around the sinister events of Hope’s Peak Academy, Japan’s best high school. Play as Makoto Naegi who is trapped, along with everyone else, in the Academy and forced to participate in a killing game against other students. She must work with others to figure out who has set up this insane game and escape before everyone is killed.
14. Saint Seiya Omega: Ultimate Cosmo
|Release Date||November 29, 2012|
Based on the anime of the same name, Saint Seiya Omega: Ultimate Cosmo is a 3D fighting game allowing players to play as the Saints, Martians and Mariners from the series. It features a first to 3 round system along with an innovative ultimate and special attack move system.
15. Fairy Tail: Portable Guild
|Release Date||June 3, 2010|
Fairy Tail: Portable Guild is a fighting game, based on the Fairy Tail anime, that features single player and multiplayer game modes. The story is a stand-alone, original storyline and explores mange story arcs such as Galuna Island, Loke Arc, and Lullaby Arc to name a few. Create a team of four characters to complete requests of the guild.