Comic-Con and Catherine got me in the anime mindset last week and this week Bleach: Soul Resurreccion drops into stores and I started thinking about some of my favorite recent anime/manga/comic inspired games. You know an anime title easily. The comic look with cell shaded graphics and the way story is told has inspired many great games over the years. Let's take a look and then chat about your favorites on my Twitter account @gamernextdoor to tell me what you like.
Bleach: Soul Resurreccion
Let's kick the list off with Bleach: Soul Resurreccion. If you don't read the manga and haven't seen the movies or the TV show, Bleachfollows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, who is a character similar to the Grim Reaper. It might be worth boning up a bit on the back-story before jumping in to the game.
This month has yielded a lot of great anime titles. Tim Burton's movie was okay, but this twisted take on the classic fairy tale was crazy. I guess it's kind of on the border in terms of making this list, but I think Alice counts and deserves to be there.
Dragon Ball: Origins
This Nintendo DS title that came out in 2008 packs a big punch (or should I say a "big kamehameha") for such a small package. Mostly puzzle solving and defeating classic DBZ enemies, this DBZ sits among the best Dragon Ball: Origins Dragonballgames and the best anime games.
There's no way to really separate the Xenosaga series into one great game. All make my list. This series from the PS2 keeps you locked in and craving more. From start to finish the story captures and takes you for one hell of a ride. It's very comic book-esque graphics were ahead of their time and it helps the game still feel current today.
Between the picture-in-picture cut scenes and its cell shaded graphics, Afro Samurai makes me feel like I'm actually playing a comic. The controls weren't perfect, but I ended up with a lot of respect for this game. Plus, the game has Samuel L. Jackson and you really can't go wrong there.
Let's chat anime and what you want to see next week on Twitter! Send me a tweet to my Twitter account @gamernextdoor.