5 Possible Anime-to-Game Adaptations

The summer gaming season has come and gone, but the sheer amount of awesome content introduced to us lucky gamers means we may still be dipping our toes in adventures such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or Batman: Arkham Knight. September is about to open the door to an onslaught of releases, but gamers have already been treated to a wide variety of titles, such as the recently released lonely, but impactful, Everybody Goes To The Rapture, to the dark, punishing Bloodborne. With such an impressively wide breadth of games to take up space in our catalogues, I was thinking of which anime adventures could play like some of my favorite games thus far in 2015.

5) Deadman Wonderland
Could Play Like: A Telltale Games Series: Game of Thrones Series

Did you know some of the characters in Game of Thrones died? The series is famous for treating readers to death after death after death of characters both big and small. Deadman Wonderland was built after a mysterious event wrecked Japan and is the only privately operated prison that doubles as a theme park where the criminals are killed or maimed for entertainment. A Telltale Game series could, just like the anime, focus on the perspective of different characters, but we could play each episode unaware of who is about to get the axe.

4) Cowboy Bebop
Could Play Like: Batman: Arkham Knight

The smooth, accessible, and varied combat system of Batman: Arkham Knight would work perfectly in a Cowboy Bebop game. Spike Spiegel, the main character, is a former assassin with some of the most unorthodox ways in catching bounties. Spiegel, Jet, and the gang could hunt down bounties on three separate planets, similar to Arkham Knight’s different islands. The combat system could allow Spiegel to quickly transition from gunplay to hand to hand combat, as an assorted collection of jazz music plays in the background and adds to Cowboy Bebop’s iconic atmosphere.

3) Eden of the East
Could Play Like: Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture

Eden to the East is an anime filled with lots of people, unlike Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. However, just like the small, personal stories found amongst your experience in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, you slowly begin to grasp a better understanding of the world. Eden of the East requires a better understanding of the world that can be achieved through intimate storytelling. You could play as one of the Selecao in a new quest to become Japan’s savior.

2) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Could Play Like: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The alchemists in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are met with varying degrees of affection, ranging from admiration and appreciation to fear, loathing, and disgust as their talents and abilities can often lead to peace, impressive and important scientific endeavors, or destruction as they are used as instruments of war. They are outcasts, just as witchers, sorceresses, and the majority of Geralt’s companions are in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Whenever I play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it reminds me so much of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, with the magical element, the importance of signs, and the combat itself. I imagine a FAB game where you are playing as Edward and Alphonse, helping people and taking contracts along the way. FAB’s overarching story was also epic, as it contained multiple thrilling arcs of betrayal, love, loss, and growth.

1) Lupin the 3rd
Could Play Like: Telltale Games’ Tales from the Borderlands

Lupin the 3rd is an eccentric, but popular anime that revolves around Lupin the 3rd, one of the best thieves in the world. Lupin’s trademark charisma and attitude can also be compared to Rhys and Fiona’s search for The Vault. There is a level of humor that is not usually seen in video games and this humor is very necessary in order for Lupin the 3rd to stand out amidst the crowd. Lupin could bumble around like Rhys and Vaughn as he travels the world in pursuit of the perfect diamond and the perfect girl.

Are you a big fan of anime? Which ones do you want to see adapted like your favorite games? Sound off in the comments below!


Liam Crossey enjoys Twitter  for its many things to retweet, and is nearly always stressed about the U.S Men’s National Soccer Team.