The Anime industry has thrived and survived for a long time now, getting better and growing even bigger with time with fans from everywhere around the globe. The growing hype is opening new ways for creators to earn them nice money and videogames is surely one hell of a way and most anime viewers are apparently gamers so its win-win!
However the games we have so far seen in the genre quite frankly suck. That in my opinion is because the games really aren’t made with passion and for passion but just for the sake of earning some bucks. The work done in the final form as game is often seen as something that would need a huge amount of work for it to work. Being profit driven isn’t as bad as it might sound but if money is all that developers care for then we really don’t have to expect anything good coming out of the genre.
The main problem according to me is that all the games of a specific series are just the same. The generic repetition of elements becomes a headache at some point. I mean I could name a hundred anime games that only include fighting in some kind of arena for example the one piece series, the games based on it differ so slightly that its all the same playing any of the game in the series. Needless to say that these types of games are bad but the repetition makes it all seem so boring and not so fun.
The only successful anime games are the ones that followed a nice storyline and were mostly role-playing like Persona 5 Strikers or Genshin Impact account and this is because most anime fans will want to feel and play through a story they have seen and they will definitely love what it feels like to be in the shoes of the character. I mean who would like to play being absolutely nobody who was just thrown into the game.
Outsourcing kills the very soul of the games. Developers do so to save money and make better profits. The result is the whole concept of game being handed over to companies who know nothing about anime and the parent developers don’t cross check either which results in a disaster.
We have also noticed super ill timings of the releases when it comes to videogames. I mean what is the point of releasing a game of an anime that was popular a decade ago.
All these reasons collectively make up the list of reasons why anime games aren’t as popular as the mainstream games. If only a little passion was involved and developers were more into making good games than good profits, the story could have been totally different. It sucks to see a good number of awesome anime series getting games that don’t live up to the standard of the series itself. Let’s hope it changes soon as I would personally want to play through an anime story and be able to control it myself, wouldn’t that be fun now.