While the Xbox One has ceded the flagship console title to the Xbox Series X/S, there are still a lot of different gamers that own the console. Of course, there are plenty of different Xbox One owners that love playing anime-oriented games that don’t have the same kind of hardware demands that the other types of games have.
The thing about anime-style games is that these games follow the same kind of anime art style that we see in anime series. But that’s not the only appeal of these games, as anime games also have storylines that are similar to the ones we watch in our favorite anime. In that regard, we have a list of the 25 best anime games on the Xbox One console.
25. Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (2015)
While not the most popular anime game on Xbox, Arslan: The Warriors of Legend does have a niche market for those who love games that follow the flow of a manga series. This is one of the most compelling titles you could ever play on Xbox One because it makes you feel like you are going through an entire manga as you proceed through the story because it is based on the best-selling novel that was released during the 1980s.
Arslan is all about the prince named Arslan, who is forced to leave the Pars Kingdom when the king is betrayed. As such, Arslan now has to form his own army to fight the overwhelming forces that ousted his entire family out of his kingdom. On top of that, he needs to regain his rightful place on the throne and unite the country against a common enemy.
24. Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae (2013)
Another interesting Xbox One anime game is Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae, which is one of the older titles on this list but still promises to give fantastic entertainment for those who love games that tend to fly under the radar but are still very much compelling in terms of gameplay and storyline. And while it does follow the usual anime trope of action-packed fantasy, it does stand on its own quite uniquely.
Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae follows the story of a girl named Misa, whose best friend named Suzuka got possessed by a demonic sword. As such, her quest now involves finding a way to destroy the sword as it tends to drain Suzuka of her blood, and she has to do it to prevent the Demon King from resurrecting as he seeks to destroy the entire world. This is a fun hack-and-slash game that wasn’t too popular during its time but is still very much a great piece for those who love anime games.
23. Onigiri (2014)
One of the things that have become quite common in anime-themed games today is that they tend to be MMORPGs. Onigiri is one of the games that started the entire MMORPG movement in anime-styled games, as this is one of the most entertaining MMOs you could ever play on the Xbox One if you’re into anime games.
Onigiri is quite entertaining because of its fast weapon-changing system, which will allow you to seamlessly switch between weapons in the middle of a fight. You also get to travel with 8 NPC companions to battle Youkai throughout this game, as it is actually a very simplistic experience due to how easy it is for you to understand its controls and storyline.
22. RemiLore: Lost Girl In The Lands Of Lore (2019)
Another hack-and-slash anime game that you may want to try is RemiLore: Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore. Unlike some of the earlier titles on this list, this is actually a pretty recent game, even though its gameplay and graphics might suggest otherwise. Nevertheless, it makes good use of the Xbox One’s power and is great to play for those who love hack-and-slash games.
RemiLore follows a rogue-like gameplay that has become quite common in many games today, despite the fact that it might not have the best graphics or the most unique gameplay. But this is a pretty colorful game where you have to hack your way through mechanical monsters while using a large variety of melee weapons with their own advantages.
21. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (2018)
Valkyria Chronicles stands as one of the most underrated anime-themed games around, as this is a series that has spanned four different games and has captivated gamers with its unique storyline and great art style. But while Valkyria Chronicles 4 is the only one that’s available on the Xbox One, it still is something that you should try playing if you want to get to know what this title is all about.
We do recommend that you play all of the first three Valkyria Chronicles games before diving into the fourth one, but this is still a game that is pretty much self-contained in the sense that you’ll still understand it without playing the first three. And this is a great RPG title where you get to see some guns and tanks in action, as that is quite rare in anime-themed games that tend to focus more on swords and magic.
20. My Hero One’s Justice 2 (2020)
My Hero One’s Justice 2 is the sequel to the My Hero One’s Justice game that was pretty much popular for those who love the My Hero Academia anime. And this is a game that only serves to improve the mechanics, gameplay, and graphics of the first My Hero game.
Unlike most of the other anime fighting games, My Hero One’s Justice 2 is a 3D arena game that allows you to make full use of the different quirks that the characters possess. And you get to fight different opponents across large arenas in this unique and fun game.
19. One Piece: World Seeker (2019)
You could say that One Piece: World Seeker is the ultimate game for the biggest fans of the One Piece anime, as it allows you to take on the role of someone who is actually experiencing the life of a true One Piece character in an action-packed adventure game that lets you travel the entire world.
Unlike other One Piece games, World Seeker is an open-world game that lets you experience a kind of adventure that you normally don’t see in anime games. This is your opportunity to live your One Piece dreams on the Xbox One.
18. Scarlet Nexus (2021)
Scarlet Nexus is an anime-styled game that eventually earned itself its own anime series as this is one of the few anime games that was released on the Xbox One during the time when the Xbox Series X/S had already become the flagship console of Microsoft. Nevertheless, Scarlet Nexus is a fun game with its own unique quirks.
The story of Scarlet Nexus revolves around Yuito and Kasane, whoever of the two you decide to choose. They are both elite psionics that has their own psychokinetic abilities that they use in battle. And what you need to do is to unlock all of the stories involving the characters to unlock the mystery behind this unique storyline.
17. Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy Of The Duelist (2015)
There is no anime card game more iconic than Yu-Gi-Oh!, and that’s why we have Legacy of the Duelist on this list of the best anime games available on the Xbox One. And this promises to be one of the biggest Yu-Gi-Oh! games of all time because of the fact that it includes characters and cards from the first series all the way to VRAINS.
Fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series should be able to find this game to be more than entertaining enough to keep them busy. That’s because of the fact that there are a lot of different possibilities in terms of the different decks and styles that you can play in this game. And the fact that you get to relive stories from all of the different Yu-Gi-Oh! series is an added bonus.
16. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! (2021)
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus might look like an innocent game. But trust us when we say that this is actually one of the most compelling and horrifying games you could ever play on the Xbox One console, as this is a psychological horror game that tends to mask itself with its lighthearted dating sim approach.
While the original game could be played for free, this Plus version is available on the Xbox One system for a price that is more than worth it. The game follows a traditional dating sim style that allows you to unlock different endings and cutscenes involving the different characters in the game. And we promise you that this is actually a thrilling and horrifying ride that you might have to prepare for.
15. Jump Force (2019)
One of the biggest games in terms of its overall roster is Jump Force, which is a game that includes some of the most iconic Shōnen Jump characters of all time. Yes, this includes the likes of Goku, Naruto, Luffy, and a lot of the other shonen characters that are usually featured in Shōnon Jump.
The story of this 3D fighting game revolves around the Shōnen Jump universe colliding with the real world, which got invaded by different mind-controlled villains. As such, you need to recruit and join forces with many Shōnen Jump heroes to defeat the villains and keep the real world safe. And even if you don’t want to play the campaign mode, it has a pretty entertaining versus mode that allows you to play with your friends.
14. Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (2018)
While Gun Gale Online may not be a part of the entire Sword Art Online universe, it still is one of the most entertaining arcs of the SAO anime, as this is the only time that we follow a story that’s more about guns rather than swords and magic. And Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet lets you live in the Gun Gale Online world of SAO.
The world tends to be quite realistic in the sense that it makes you feel like you are in an actual anime world. Of course, you also get to play as a real anime character that battles opponents using customizable weapons and abilities that you can take advantage of in this aesthetically pleasing game. And the best part is that it tends to take advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware capabilities really well.
13. Code Vein (2019)
Code Vein is basically a Souls-like game that uses anime art style to make it seem like it is not so difficult, but it actually still is. While it isn’t as difficult as a Souls game, it still is going to challenge you more than any of the other anime-like games on this list, as this has a difficulty that matches the dark fantasy world it is set in.
Set in a distant future, Code Vein follows the story of how the world has collapsed. However, a few people survived in the form of Revenants called Vein, who fight to survive in this hellish world as they are blessed with powerful capabilities that they obtained in exchange for their memories. Of course, the catch is that they have a thirst for blood.
12. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (2020)
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a compelling Dragon Ball game that lets you step in the shoes of none other than Son Goku as you retell his story all the way from the start to the latest stages of the Dragon Ball anime. In a way, this is an RPG version of the classic Dragon Ball games that are almost always fighting games.
This game looks a lot like Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 in terms of its graphics and gameplay but follows a more RPG-like storyline and theme instead. In that regard, it’s like playing through the entire Dragon Ball anime as you follow Goku’s storyline. But instead, you are the one in control of the iconic Saiyan warrior.
11. Dragon Ball FighterZ (2018)
It has always been the case that Dragon Ball games follow a 3D style that also reflects the actual power levels of the characters in the game. But Dragon Ball FighterZ is different because it is a 2D game that focuses more on your skill rather than on the actual character that you control. This is why fighting game purists tend to love this game.
Dragon Ball FighterZ follows the same Dragon Ball format in terms of the fact that the characters are taken from the anime. However, you need to focus more on your skills than on the actual powers of the characters you use because this is like a Street Fighter or Tekken style of Dragon Ball game that uses a unique 2D art style that should be a treat for fans.
10. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (2016)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is the sequel to the hit Xenoverse game. It is one of the best anime fighting games you can play on the Xbox One console, as it allows you to step into the shoes of your favorite Dragon Ball characters. You could also create your own character so that you would know what it would be like to fight against some of the most iconic characters in the entire Dragon Ball series.
Xenoverse 2 follows the usual 3D gameplay that has always been prevalent in Dragon Ball games. It also borrows the most iconic characters from all of the different Dragon Ball series and movies in a game that will allow you to pit your favorite Dragon Ball characters against each other. Of course, considering that this is a 3D game, it allows you to roam around freely on the screen and take advantage of all of the space to make it seem like you are in an actual Dragon Ball fight.
9. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (2012)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 may have been released in 2012 and was released for the Xbox One after the console was released, but this is still one of the finest One Piece games that you could ever play, regardless of how old it might be. You just have to bear the graphics to appreciate just how good of an anime game it is, especially because it takes on the classic “warriors” kind of approach in its gameplay.
The story of Pirate Warriors 4 follows Luffy and the Straw Hats as you get to journey through different islands while searching for the elusive One Piece treasure. Of course, you get to choose from different characters that you can use to take on tough opponents in some of the most iconic moments of the One Piece anime.
8. Attack On Titan 2 (2018)
Arguably the biggest anime of the last decade is Attack On Titan, and it’s only right that you get to relive the entire story in Attack On Titan 2, which promises to allow you to play like a member of the Survey Corps in a battle against massive titans that are out there to eat you. And that means that, if you’re not controlling a titan, you are spinning and gliding through the air while hacking your way through these creatures.
Attack On Titan 2 originally follows the first two seasons of the anime series. However, a paid DLC is available to allow you to play the third season of the anime, as this is one of the most enjoyable games you can play if you’re an anime fan.
7. Attack On Titan (2016)
Before the second game was released, Attack On Titan was the video game that allowed people to relive the entire first season of AOT as you get to relive some of the most iconic moments during the earlier part of the anime. And that means that you have to use your Omni-directional mobility gear to fight massive monsters on a battlefield that can change at any given moment.
What we love about this game is the fact that it has a fast pacing that is truly able to leverage the hardware of the Xbox One. Of course, it is just as graphically beautiful as any other anime game out there, as Attack On Titan will allow you to feel what it’s like being in the shoes of a member of the Survey Corps.
6. AI: The Somnium Files (2019)
Despite the fact that it doesn’t come with the fantasy-style gameplay that some of the games we have on this list come with, AI: The Somnium Files is still a great anime game to play because of the fact that it is unique and has one of the most compelling storylines on this list.
AI: The Somnium Files follows the story of a detective named Kaname Date as you play the character while trying to solve the case of an elusive killer. This is a great sci-fi murder mystery game that will keep you glued to your seat as you await what’s to come next.
5. Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night (2019)
While it might not come with the same kind of graphics and high budget that some of the games on this list have, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is more of a throwback to the days of the Castlevania era because this is actually a game led by Koji Igarashi, who used to be the series producer of the Castlevania games before he left Konami.
Of course, Bloodstained comes with the same kind of Metroid-Castlevania gameplay that classic gamers will love, as this is a title that may not come with the same kind of graphical capabilities that some Xbox One games have but is still pretty much entertaining due to its amazing storyline and classic gameplay. So, if you’re a fan of the anime art style and the retro gameplay, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night should be right up your alley.
4. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (2016)
There have been plenty of Naruto games that have been released over the past decade, but Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm stands as our favorite among the ones that were released on the Xbox One. That’s because this is the game that truly embodies what the entire Naruto series is all about, even though it doesn’t improve a lot from the previous title of the series.
Nevertheless, Ultimate Ninja Storm promises to allow you to step into the shoes of your favorite Naruto character as you dive into a new battle system that will give you some of the most epic ninja fights of all time. This fighting game has a huge roster that will only keep you experimenting for a long time to find your favorite character.
3. Tales Of Arise (2021)
Tales of Arise is one of the newest games on this list and, as of this writing, is the newest game in the longtime JRPG Tales series. That means that, while it isn’t connected to the other Tales games, it follows the same gameplay that has made the series so popular among JRPG fans throughout the long history of the franchise.
The story of Tales of Arise follows a slave with no memories as he meets a cold noble girl who keeps her distance from people. They end up joining forces against aristocratic leaders that try to take advantage of the inhabitants of a conquered planet so that they can end up becoming the next leader of their own planet.
2. Tales Of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (2019)
Tales of Vesperia is arguably the greatest Tales game of all time, as most fans of the Tales series tend to rank it at the top. While it was released on earlier consoles, it was re-released on newer consoles in 2019 so that it would have a graphical appeal that fits the power of the Xbox One, among all of the other consoles it was released in.
The story of Tales of Vesperia follows a rogue swordsman who loves to make trouble in a kingdom that he used to work for as a knight. However, when he meets the princess of the kingdom, he gets intertwined in a larger web of conspiracy that threatens the destruction of the entire planet. In that regard, you get to meet a lot of colorful characters that join the party in a storyline that’s as beautiful as it is fun to play.
1. NieR: Automata (2017)
While it may come off as a bleak and sad game, NieR: Automata is one of the greatest anime-style games of all time because it combines all of the best elements of a great JRPG. That means that NieR has the graphics, story, gameplay, and characters that make it compelling. And the fact that it follows a confusing and bleak yet hopeful story makes it one of the best anime games we have ever played.
NieR: Automata follows the story of a pair of androids that work together to fight and defeat rogue machines on a ruined planet Earth, where humankind has gone extinct thanks to the events that happened during the earlier NieR game. And the androids discover that there is a larger conspiracy that makes them question their own existence as they travel the wasteland that used to be a paradise where humans lived.