Alongside watchable and readable media, anime and visual novels have recently gained a lot of popularity in the world of video games. There are countless great options for fans to indulge in, including both established franchises and originals.
While technically a separate genre, visual novels are closely related to the anime space, thanks to their narrative-heavy nature. Now that the Steam Winter Sale 2022 is live, fans can get plenty of anime and VN games for cheap.
Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinions of the author
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 and other great anime/visual novel games to check out in Steam Winter Sale 2022
1) Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles ($29.99/INR 1899 with 50% discount)
One of the most popular anime in recent times has spawned a spectacular game from developer CyberConnect2.
Released last year, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles is a 3D arena fighting game. It’s in line with the studio’s other efforts, such as the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm series.
Players must engage in heated battles as and against memorable characters from Demon Slaughter throughout the anime-authentic story mode and multiplayer. These range from Tanjiro, Nezuko and Inosuke to Rui, Akaza and Kyojuro Rengoku.
The base game is available at a 50% discount, and the Digital Deluxe Edition is discounted by the same 50% value. This brings the price down to $34.99 from $69.99.
The Digital Deluxe Edition includes:
- Basic game
- Kimetsu Academy Character Unlock: Tanjiro Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Inosuke Hashibira
- In-Game Costumes: Butterfly Mansion Patient Wear for Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Inosuke Hashibira
- Different avatars
- 8000 Kimetsu Points
2) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy ($14.99/INR 1249 with 50% off)
Originally released in Japan for the Game Boy Advance and officially brought to the West on the Nintendo DS, Capcom’s acclaimed Ace Attorney series has received a graphical update on PC. This remaster includes all three games in the DS trilogy:
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Lawyer
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations
Players must step into the shoes of defense attorney Phoenix Wright and deliver justice in court while dealing with bizarre cases with equally strange NPCs.
From strange murders to hilarious outcomes, there’s plenty to uncover as players engage in investigations and gather clues to present to the judge.
3) One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 ($11.99 with 80% off)
There have been a number of video games based on it One Piece, one of the most iconic and long-running anime/manga series of all time. Among these is One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 from Koei Tecmo, which combines the shonen series’ setting with the studio’s renowned Musou combat.
Players can engage in large-scale hack-and-slash battles against hordes of enemies as one of the various popular characters through a recreated Wano arc. From Luffy and Sanji to Whitebeard, each character has different attacks.
4) AI: The Somnium Files ($7.99/INR 439 with 80% discount)
A VN original, AI: The Somnium Files from Spike Chunsoft is a unique dive into the human psyche.
As detective Kaname Date, players must explore a near-future Tokyo in pursuit of an elusive serial killer. With the incredibly advanced AI called Aiba aiding his efforts, Date must delve into the suspect’s psyche and examine dream worlds for clues.
Players can navigate bizarre fantasy worlds and solve small puzzles to break down mental locks and find out what the individual is hiding. But with limited time available to mess around in other people’s heads, players must be as efficient as possible and use their wits to come to a conclusion.
5) Dragon Ball FighterZ ($8.99/INR 524 with 85% discount)
Dragon Ball FighterZ combines Akira Toriyama’s beloved sci-fi anime with ArcSystemWorks’ fighting game expertise. In this 2.5D, 3v3 tag team fighter, players will control different Dragon Ball characters in bombastic battles that stay true to the series in terms of flow and spectacle.
The attention to detail trickles down to the eye-catching celshaded art style which is almost indistinguishable from the 2D show rendering. Players can duke it out as Goku, Broly or Android 21 against villains like Cell, Freeza and Buu across different locales to emerge victorious in either single player or multiplayer battles.
FighterZ and Ultimate Editions are also on sale at 85% off, at $14.24/INR 829 and $16.49/INR 960 respectively.