Sunday, September 11, 2011

Anime-based Video Games

I'm here today to talk to you all about a fantastic game. It may not have the best graphics, or even perfect gameplay, but it is a very solid fighter that a lot of time and effort went into. The game I am talking about is Dragon Ball Z Budokai.

Originally released on the Playstation 2, then later released on the Nintendo Gamecube, Dragon Ball Z Budokai is a perfect example of what should be done with a video game based off an anime. The cutscenes and music in this game are fantastic. They get right to the point and the sweet guitar riffs just intensify the action.

There hasn't been a single DBZ game since this one to get the cutscenes right. Some of them were close, like Burst Limit for example.

But these games just didn't quite have the spark that Budokai had. Mostly from lack of animation. I swear, they stand in the same place doing the same gestures for like 5 minutes at a time. The battles in Budokai are pretty fun too. Simple, lacking all of the complicated button combos of more recent titles, the battles are still fast-paced and action packed. Clean.

Another example of an anime-based video game well done is one I mentioned in the earlier days of my blog, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Now I know what you're thinking. "Narutoooo? But that 's that silly kids show about angsty teenagers beating each other up with magical ninja attacks." Well, even if you're not a huge fan of the show, this game is fantastic. The cutscenes are incredibly detailed, the animation fully fluid in HD 1080p graphics, and the battles are also really fun. A must-buy for any Naruto fan, and even a pretty potential buy for those who don't even like the series.

Wouldn't it be awesome if they could do this sort of thing with other anime? I know one series I would love to see a properly made game after.

Now if only these other companies could afford those production values...


  1. not the "Best" games out there, but they are definitely fun to play :D

  2. Looks better than that Bleach game that was released for the Wii.

    Ugh, the voice acting hurts my ears.

  3. Dragon ball z is my favorite games.Great list you have shown above. I have bought when its released.