7 of the Best JRPGs and Anime Games in 2019Nov 24, 2019 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate The year 2019 saw a huge number of JRPGs and anime games dive into the fray and provide us with a multitude of adventures. Let’s take a good look at some of the best examples.
Japanese developers are arguably the leaders in producing beloved and cherished video games. After all, Nintendo and Sony are Japanese companies along with SEGA.
Every year, we’re treated to a plethora of Japanese games, may they be JRPGs or anime-based titles, that provide us with outstanding adventures and stories and memorable characters to journey with. This year is no different: 2019 is full of them that made waves that could be remembered as timeless classics in the future.
With that said, let’s take a look at some of the best JRPG and anime titles released this year:
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Undoubtedly one of the best games this year, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the first Fire Emblem game released for the Nintendo Switch. It features the classic tactical turn-based strategy gameplay the franchise is known for, but with a twist. You’re tasked to teach and lead students in a land consumed by war, and bond and interact with them to know their stories and motivations. All of which are well-written, fully-voiced, and are absolutely memorable.
The game has four different story paths, each with different endings that will decide the fate not only of the characters but also the entire continent of Fodlan. If you have a Nintendo Switch, it’s definitely one of the games you need to play.
Trails of Cold Steel III
Technically, Trails of Cold Steel III was released in 2017, but it was only brought to the west this year. It is the 8th game of the Legend of Heroes franchise and the 3rd game in the Cold Steel series. Without diving deep into spoilers, it covers the arduous post-student life of the now history instructor and Cold Steel protagonist Rean Schwarzer as he leads and teaches the new Class VII.
You’ll travel across the Erebonian Empire, performing quests and battling monsters using the franchise’s deep turn-based combat system and strengthen your party using orbments. Most importantly, you’ll not only meet and interact with returning characters from the previous Cold Steel series, but also with those in the Crossbell and the much-loved Sky series.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout
Fanservice in games is usually just a complementary factor. The same can be said in Gust’s Atelier Ryza, but we can’t help but say that it’s undoubtedly one of the main reasons why the game is a commercial success. Why? Well, just look at Ryza’s physique.
Appearances aside, the game features a new world in the Atelier series where you fight, gather and craft materials, and go on adventures. Compared to traditional RPGs where you’re fated to save the world, you’re just here to have an adventure and live the life of an ordinary girl.
Pokemon Sword & Shield
Though Pokemon Sword & Shield has been mired in controversies, it promises to be the most innovative game of the series. It’s set in the new Galar region, patterned after the United Kingdom and has a plethora of new features. For example, the Pokemon League is now an actual tournament. Moreover, there are also sprawling regions where you can roam, fish, set up camp, and encounter powerful Pokemon called wild areas. There’s also the Dynamax feature and a plethora of other multiplayer elements like co-op raid battles.
God Eater III
God Eater III is the third entry in the God Eater franchise and the first game primarily designed for home consoles, not handheld. Much like the first game on the PSP and the 2nd on the PSP and the Vita, it’s an action RPG where you take down large monsters called the Aragami in a desolated and post-apocalyptic world.
The series has always been closely compared to Monster Hunter. God Eater III deviates from this comparison thanks to its improved weapons system (called God Arcs) and its focus to hack ‘n’ slash. It has co-op and assault missions that accommodate four to eight players. Though it’s one of the more “under-the-radar” titles, it’s arguably a must-try if you’re looking for a decent ARPG.
Code Vein and God Eater are cuts from the same cloth with both being set in dystopian post-apocalyptic worlds and being published by Bandai Namco. Though both games are quite dark in nature, Code Vein takes it up a notch. Players play as one of the Revenants, a corpse brought back to life by implanting a parasite to the heart. Thing is, they require human blood as nourishment or they’ll end up mutating into the Lost, out-of-control cannibalistic beings that would kill on sight.
Anyway, Code Vein is like God Eater and Dark Souls merged into a seamless formula. Apart from the open world and challenging combat, you’ll be able to forge friendships with some of the characters, adding depth to the already rich and action-packed gameplay.
Though Jump Force’s reception is mixed and the gameplay is average at best, it is a culmination and celebration of Shonen Jump magazine’s series and characters. It’s a crossover fighting game featuring extremely popular characters like Naruto Uzumaki, Son Goku, Monkey D. Luffy, Jotaro Kujo, and Izuku Midoriya. In any case, if you’d like to see and experience how the likes of your favorite anime characters would fare against others in other series, give it a shot.