6 Anime Games We Can’t Wait For In 2020

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6 Anime Games We Can’t Wait For In 2020

Hello, you’re watching Access, I’m Elle
Osili-Wood, and today, I’m finally fulfilling my secret aim – taking over the channel with
anime. That’s right, 2020 is a bumper year for
anime games, having already kicked things off with the release of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
Bringing together pretty much every single saga in DBZ history, the RPG title was a dream
come true for fans, and it’s safe to say, whet our appetite for everything anime. So, here are the six anime games we can’t
wait for in 2020. And of course, the rule for this video – yes, rules make things fun
– is that each game needs to have been an anime or manga before it was a game, so no
comments asking for Tales Of or Final Fantasy, please. Alright, first up – One Punch Man: A Hero
Nobody Knows. Frankly, I could not be more excited for this 3 vs 3 fighting game, since
it’s the very first title based on what has to be one of my favourite shows of all
time – and, given the reaction its announcement received, I’m clearly not the only one. Of course, there’s an obvious question – how
do you make a fighting game based on the guy who can defeat enemies with a single punch? Well, the answer is that the game won’t
be focused solely on Saitama. Don’t feel too sad, though – instead, you’ll be able
to create yourself as an aspiring superhero, training to earn your spot in the National
Hero Registry. Now, whether that training includes 100 sit ups, 100 press ups, and 100
squats – plus the 10km run – who knows, but you will be able to work your way up through
the Hero Association ranks. And, more importantly, choose your own hero name – sorry, Caped Baldy. Speaking of Saitama, he will be showing up,
though – there’s no way we could have a One Punch Man game without anime’s most
hilarious hero. Plus, it seems like the game has perfected the show’s humour, since to
stop him from being overpowered, Saitama will be characteristically late to every fight.
You can even see a live feed of him running over, and the better you fight, the faster
he’ll arrive – so, you need to try to stay alive long enough for him to save the day.
While you’re waiting, though, you’ll also need to keep an eye out for special events,
like supervillain interference or asteroid crashes, which adds a new element to the time-honoured
tactic of turtling. So, if you think you’ve got what it takes
to claim an S rank spot, One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows is set to land on Feb 28. Next up is My Hero: One’s Justice 2, the
sequel to 2018’s smash hit 3D arena fighter based on My Hero Academia. Packed with fan-fave characters like Deku,
All-Might, and Shigaraki, the game sees you assemble a 3 person super squad to fight your
way through gorgeously cinematic showdowns. And yes, don’t worry – Mina’s made it
on to the roster this time. During battles, you’ll control one main character, with
two sidekicks on hand to provide support as you fill up your attack meter to unleash some
seriously epic Plus Ultra moves. However, it’s the quirks that really bring
the My Hero Academia universe to life, with spectacular animations and effects that make
you feel deliciously powerful. It’s clear that the designers love the show, as they’ve
truly captured what makes each character unique. Safe to say, using your favourite hero to
smash through the destructible stages is extremely satisfying. Of course, it isn’t just set in the arena
– story mode lets you play through iconic scenes from the show, as a hero – and then
as a villain. In fact, the ability to play as villains adds an extra layer to the game
that you don’t get from the show, since this time, you get to see both sides of the
story. Also, admit it, who hasn’t secretly wanted to wreak a little chaos A quick warning, though – if you aren’t
up to date with the anime, please make sure to catch up before you dive into the game.
My Hero: One’s Justice 2 is set to arrive after the end of season 4, but story-wise,
it starts in season 3, and ends in season 4, so will most definitely contain spoilers.
Once you’re all caught up though, you’re free to play the second the game hits shelves,
on March 13. Next on the gaming calendar is One Piece:
Pirate Warriors 4. Of course, One Piece is an anime OG, so it’s no surprise we’re
on the fourth installment of the action adventure Pirate Warriors series. As ever, it’s a
musou title, so you’ll get to enjoy outrageously fun crowd combat, taking on wave after wave
of enemies to progress. Plus, Pirate Warriors 4 features some big new changes that are set
to make combat even more satisfying, like adding new attacks, improved skillsets, and
– most excitingly, the ability to execute attacks in the air. It’s also going to be
the biggest installment yet, with more characters than ever before, including new additions
like Charlotte Katakuri and Luffy’s alternate Gear Fourth form, Snakeman. In addition, to celebrate the One Piece’s
20th anniversary, you’ll be taking Luffy and the gang on a journey through their entire
story, right from the start – the team have confirmed we’ll be able to play through
both pre and post timeskip stories, so get ready to relive some of the most iconic scenes
from the show. In fact, it’ll even include the current
Wano story arc, but don’t worry about spoilers – they’ve gone for a creative “retelling”,
which means it’ll be an original story set in Wano country, with a new deadly threat.
However, they’ve also announced that Kaidoh and Big Mom will be playable characters, which,
if the Reverie Arc is anything to go by, means we might just have a little storyline crossover.
Either way, we’ll have to wait until March 27th to find out, when One Piece: Pirate Warriors
4 is released. Also arriving in 2020 is Sword Art Online
Ali-sigh-zation Lycoris, which is a video game about an anime about a video game. I
know – we’re getting meta. While this isn’t the first Sword Art Online game, it is the
first time you’ll be able to play through the anime storyline – it’s set in the show’s
Alicization arc, so you’ll play as Kirito on his journey to find Alice, joining forces
with Eugeo as you explore virtual reality in the underworld. However, while the plot will follow most of
the Alicization storyline, it won’t include War of Underworld, instead setting up an entirely
new story, just for the game. We’re also getting new characters, including one called
Medina, alongside fan faves like Cardinal, and Administrator. Plus, we’ve had the appearance
of the Integrity Knights confirmed, including Deusolbert Synthesis Seven and Eldrie Synthesis
Thirty-one. Of course, the combat is what I’m really looking forward to – the team
have promised we’ll be able to relive some of the show’s most memorable scenes, with
“highly evolved action features”, which frankly, sounds amazing. Thankfully, we haven’t
got long to wait, with Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris hitting shelves on the 22nd May this
year. Alright, I promise that the next title isn’t
just a fever dream – Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxiboost ON is finally, FINALLY, coming
to PS4. I mean, somehow, the wait was actually longer than the name. This version of the 2 v 2 mobile suit combat
game has long been an arcade exclusive, so there’s a good chance most people outside
Japan haven’t even played it – meaning it’s all the more exciting that you’ll be able
to get your hands on it from the comfort of your very own home. Featuring over 183 playable mechs from 36
gundam iterations, this is pretty much a must-play for any gundam fan – and since it’s up to
four player co-op, what better way to uh, encourage your friends to join the religion
that is mech anime. Of course, there is a single player mode too, just in case you weren’t
quite as persuasive as you thought. Plus, let’s face it – it looks spectacular, with
more than 300 deliciously detailed suits to feast your eyes on, once you include NPCs.
And, as if that’s not enough, we’re getting every single stage from the arcade version
– in fact, with the arcade team working on the PS4 version, it’s safe to say this will
be an incredibly faithful recreation. Unfortunately, we don’t have a set release date yet, but
Bandai Namco has promised it is arriving this year. So, I guess we’ll just have to wait. And finally, the last title on our list is…
Digimon Survive. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Digimon Anime, this tactical RPG features
an entirely new story, set in a mysterious world. We don’t have many details yet, but
we do know there’ll be an entirely new team of characters – a group of teenagers who get
lost on a camping trip and end up in the Digital Universe. To get home, they’ll need to battle
their way through the world – and with over 100 digimon in the game, we’re set to see
some seriously great combat. Plus, we’re also getting entirely new Digimon, including
Labromon: A beast-type, dog-like monster, and Falcomon: A bird-type monster from the
High Mountains. Sadly, this is another title without a set date yet, but it’s definitely
arriving sometime this year. So those are the 6 anime games we can’t
wait for in 2020. Let us know in the comments which one you’re most excited about – I
will also accept, you know, all of them – and make sure you’ve subscribed, and hit the
notification bell, to stay up to date with all our videos on everything PlayStation.


SupaVibraniumGuy · February 22, 2020 at 5:40 pm

I still need to get the Attack on titan games im behind😩

Eriknimo · February 22, 2020 at 5:40 pm

We’re all gonna miss you! I hope we see you again someday!

Shadow S. Korosu · February 22, 2020 at 5:41 pm

Out of all these you listed, I would say the SAO is the one I'm most looking forward to. Though I'm also interested in the MHA and OPM games.

Gus Medina · February 22, 2020 at 5:46 pm

you always sound like you´re short of air..

NasChaos25JXF · February 22, 2020 at 5:51 pm

Only one I’m looking forwards to is Digimon survive especially cause of the passion put into by the devs

MsManjuEm · February 22, 2020 at 5:52 pm

I've been looking forward to that Digimon game since I saw the opening movie and teaser trailer last year!

Insecdroid-Games and Other Crap · February 22, 2020 at 5:54 pm

The new SAO Game's graphics are amazing looking.
Edit: Persona 5 Royal. It may not be based off an anime, but it has Anime cutscenes and an Anime based off it.

David Brown · February 22, 2020 at 5:59 pm

There are quite a number you didn't mention (which I am more excited by) eg Fairy Tail, Gran Blue Fantasy and Project Sakura Wars

otterpoet · February 22, 2020 at 6:03 pm

Going to miss that beautiful voice and enthusiasm.

KP · February 22, 2020 at 6:08 pm

I’m going to miss Elle 😢

bottemofthecup · February 22, 2020 at 6:20 pm

Can't believe the lack of love for Fairy Tail, aye sir!

Flux's Art · February 22, 2020 at 6:20 pm

Where is fairytale?

Putt-Putt · February 22, 2020 at 6:23 pm

Did I miss the part where Persona 5 Royal was included ?🤔 P.S. it’s also a manga now

aaron chapman · February 22, 2020 at 6:24 pm

Hi could you not mention fairy tail it is hands down the anime game i am most excited for it looks so good

Philip Thompson · February 22, 2020 at 6:36 pm

You can tell she doesn't care anymore..

Sarapyon1228 · February 22, 2020 at 6:41 pm

I actually got my hopes up that Fairy Tail might be in this list, but it didn't T^T

Michael Coffey · February 22, 2020 at 6:44 pm

@Elle thank you for all your work and best of luck, tho we will miss you. For me and us in this house the Blue protocol mmo can not come out soon enough from Namco Bandai

Richard .J. · February 22, 2020 at 7:08 pm


jojohaj1087 · February 22, 2020 at 7:10 pm

Good luck Elle gonna miss you!!! =(

Dan Dan · February 22, 2020 at 7:11 pm

All these games are gonna boom

FinalFan7 · February 22, 2020 at 7:11 pm

No love for fairy tail? That probably looks the best out of all the video games based on anime.

Ji-LiLovesGamesAndBooks · February 22, 2020 at 7:11 pm

Fairy Tail, Digimon Survive, and the SAO ones this year are what I'm interested in most.

Depressing Cow · February 22, 2020 at 7:13 pm

How could you not include fairy tail

Raganui · February 22, 2020 at 7:33 pm

I already knew about Digimon Survive, I am glad to see more on it. But for most excited… well now that I know of it, it is totally Gundam. I love Mecha games and Gundam makes me very excited.

fat and ugly · February 22, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Elle is still hanging around Access office. Awww

Mark Hutton · February 22, 2020 at 7:42 pm

I would love to see Ghost in the Shell/Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop and Appleseed

xLuigi97 · February 22, 2020 at 7:49 pm

I already knew about It and can't wait to play maxi Boost on, i really Hope the access team Will try It out and make the game more known

William St Pierre · February 22, 2020 at 7:49 pm

Captain Tsubasa

Melon Tart VA · February 22, 2020 at 7:53 pm

I'm most excited for SAO with hero aca as a close second

Deetsitmeister · February 22, 2020 at 8:06 pm

It's weird being here longer than an actual staff member….

Viridiann · February 22, 2020 at 8:07 pm

All of them

Mario mario · February 22, 2020 at 8:39 pm

Damn you're leaving. Gonna miss you Elle! You just got here!

Jefshadow · February 22, 2020 at 8:47 pm

I'm excited about Digimon Survive.

Gyro Gyro · February 22, 2020 at 8:54 pm

PS Access and anime, two of my favorite things. God bless this day

Otaku lord · February 22, 2020 at 8:55 pm


benjamin sheppard · February 22, 2020 at 9:03 pm

Fairy Tail Forever!!!

Henrik Hetland · February 22, 2020 at 9:18 pm

Elle You said Acadeeemia… ee? Ree!

Diamond Moss · February 22, 2020 at 9:22 pm


JustAName · February 22, 2020 at 9:43 pm

How had I not heard of the One Punch Man game before now?

Wrath_ the_Bloody · February 22, 2020 at 9:43 pm

What about Fairy Tale? Lol

DoumC 35 · February 22, 2020 at 9:44 pm

Gundam looks soooooo good!!! Sword Art Online also does, but I'm still 2 games behind…

Big Fat Al · February 22, 2020 at 10:18 pm

Not a FairyTail fan then. That's the Anime game I'm looking forward this year.

P21Pinky · February 22, 2020 at 10:23 pm

Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris
Definitely can't wait for that to come out

Deon Spates · February 22, 2020 at 10:33 pm

Where is Fairy Tail Elle!!!!!

ErosLikesGames · February 22, 2020 at 10:37 pm

It's a good year for Anime games

Zet and Peli Gaming · February 22, 2020 at 10:37 pm

Definitely intrigued by the Sword Art Online Game! Great little list of stuff to look forward to 🙂

MusouSteven · February 22, 2020 at 10:40 pm

One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 for me because I like Musou games.

Goat · February 22, 2020 at 10:54 pm

Should have made it 7 games and included fairy tail, im pretty hyped for that (although most hyped for pirate warriors 4)

Ghost · February 22, 2020 at 11:34 pm

I'm a simple man, I see SAO, I click

Ghost · February 22, 2020 at 11:38 pm

Where did they announce the Elle would be leaving Access?

Primal Lionheart · February 22, 2020 at 11:50 pm

Captain Tsubasa is what I'm most excited for followed by the SAO game and Fairy Tail

Geek Meets Otaku (GMO) · February 22, 2020 at 11:54 pm

OI! Why did you guys snub the Fairy Tail RPG?!?

Dominik Makówka · February 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

I am looking forward to the unannounced Bleach game thats probably coming out next year for the 20th anniversary. We got soul resurreccion for the 10th anniversary and it's probably gonna be what cyberconnect2 is working on

Brad Reed · February 23, 2020 at 12:22 am

Ahh no perdona 5 royal based on the rules lol. Seriously persona 5 is great so if you’re still on the edge play it! The base version is cheap, royal will be longer and full price though

Remnant 84 · February 23, 2020 at 12:27 am

Here's an idea for your team. Find a game for £5 or less and review it under the heading games so cheap and so good it's almost like your stealing them. 😁 find us a bargain we may have missed .

Sekruez Zwei · February 23, 2020 at 12:47 am

I love me some Gundam Game

Tall King · February 23, 2020 at 12:49 am

Wish we could get a Hunter x Hunter RPG.

Luís Bita · February 23, 2020 at 12:54 am

Cpts 💙🕹

Lightning Burn · February 23, 2020 at 2:21 am

Keen for the One Punch game, I like how you have different options between your own character and the known heroes and villains

Heather Monshall · February 23, 2020 at 2:54 am

SAO cant wait

Maigeru · February 23, 2020 at 2:58 am

Are you serious!?!? Why isnt [insert game] here!?!?!

ram the awesome cute with youmu and Ethel konpaku · February 23, 2020 at 3:15 am

I'm mainly excited for sao alicization lyricoris i own every other sao game

JJ Garcia · February 23, 2020 at 3:20 am

I really hope we get a proper Yu-Gi-Oh! game someday for the PS4 or PS5 with a physical release just like the Tagforce games on the PSP

Kyimo · February 23, 2020 at 3:24 am

Digimon Survive and Sword Art Online are the only ones in the list that i'm interested in.

bit odd that you didn't put the Fairy Tail RPG in the list.

shadow13azul · February 23, 2020 at 3:41 am

What no Dan machi

Red Dog 13 · February 23, 2020 at 4:11 am

I am looking forward to the Gundam game because I got a chance to play it here in the States!

We are gonna miss you!

Aaron Z. · February 23, 2020 at 4:53 am

Dreaming of an Mass Effect 2 style Outlaw Star game.

Velin Caroline Huang · February 23, 2020 at 5:20 am

Wow I Love Anime!!! 😍😍😍

Snakethzero · February 23, 2020 at 6:24 am

Who is elle?

Khodexus · February 23, 2020 at 7:03 am

"Which is a video game, about an anime, about a video game." Yeah except not really. SAO has one of the worst concepts for a fictional video game in the history of fake video games, barring those that are used only as background elements and have no relevance to the plot.

Tabea Tamm · February 23, 2020 at 7:17 am

Sad to see you go! We'll miss you.

Артём Севрюков · February 23, 2020 at 8:24 am

They said that there won't be Enel in PW4.:(

Katsudon96 Gaming · February 23, 2020 at 8:49 am

6 games… 9mins… 3mins just on One Punch man…

Iltffny · February 23, 2020 at 8:56 am

pls dont go… man this is sad

Zaid Aqeel · February 23, 2020 at 9:04 am

What about fairy tail!!!!!!

Sven Boeckmann · February 23, 2020 at 9:44 am

You forgot the Fairy Tail Game 🙂

Undefined Error · February 23, 2020 at 12:23 pm

One punch maaaaaaaaan 😀

Curtis Philip · February 23, 2020 at 12:25 pm

We're going to miss you Elle.

the204cool · February 23, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Elle's voice sounds like smooth butter

wang onn · February 23, 2020 at 2:50 pm

All of the game is by bandai namco 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

Riph Anggraynoh · February 23, 2020 at 3:55 pm

Can't believe Fairy Tail RPG didn't make it to the list. A new breath towards anime-based game rather than fighting.

princessthyemis · February 23, 2020 at 5:40 pm

One Punch Man game sounds awesome!!

Mark Diplock · February 23, 2020 at 7:24 pm

Games based on anime are great and all but I find I'm happier to create my own character and get to go on the adventures with the heroes.
It's much more engaging for me personally so off this list I'll be more inclined to play the One Punch Man title.

Sweet & Sour · February 23, 2020 at 7:31 pm

Nah sorry. This feels like a bandai release list. I love bandai but my anime game of the year is Fairy Tail!

Zach Callicutt · February 23, 2020 at 10:45 pm

Play she sounds very plastic talking about all of this

Camber126 · February 24, 2020 at 12:32 am

Gundam, no contest

Diogo Vieira · February 24, 2020 at 1:22 am

I also can't wait for Fairy Tail

Wasabi Sushi · February 24, 2020 at 6:14 am

I HAVE A FEELING those 6 games is gonna be bad.
it can be visually looks nice but the gameplay as always for anime adaptation to games

brandon sowells · February 24, 2020 at 12:20 pm

I have to get the one punch man game!!!!

SC de F. · February 24, 2020 at 1:53 pm

We're going to miss you Elle!!

Jarvis Sensei · February 24, 2020 at 2:10 pm

I'm still holding on to hope that now Kakarot has shown how successful an anime rpg can be, that we will get a Naruto Rpg too.
So bored of fighting games.

Jake Kirk · February 24, 2020 at 4:21 pm

I have to go with the my hero academia game It’s one watching it I’ve always wanted to be able to play

stratos boy · February 24, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Hmm, was w
Expecting to see fairy tail on this list

Gonçalo Almeida · February 25, 2020 at 1:30 am


Frye_SnipeR · February 25, 2020 at 8:21 am

It's kinda sad how they treated the Tokyo Ghoul re game that released in November 2019. I love Tokyo ghoul (One of my favorite animes) but the game is just TrAsH. I also find it sad how they're making SAO game better than the Tokyo ghoul, BRUH. ISEKAI TRASH, To be fair though SAO Alicization is what the Aincrad and Alfheim arcs should've been

Ferbtastic Vibez · February 25, 2020 at 12:38 pm

Can’t wait for one punch man and my hero ones justice 2 😫💙i preordered

Ajes R9 · February 27, 2020 at 6:49 am

I'm looking forward to the Captain Tsubasa Game.

RedHoodAssassin · February 27, 2020 at 8:33 am

No Fairy Tail?

Jake Weiland · February 27, 2020 at 11:15 pm

Is Rob going to do the emperor Velo time trials in nitro fueled?

M Green · February 29, 2020 at 9:14 am

6 games Bandai-Namco bought more exposure for.

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