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10 Video Games That Feel Like An Isekai Anime | CBR – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Isekai anime often feature protagonists who come from one world and are transported into another, instantly becoming one of the most powerful or most important people in that world. It doesn’t make sense, but it isn’t designed to–it’s meant to be an escapist power fantasy that people can indulge themselves in.

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But what about people who aren’t in the mood to watch something, but rather play something? Well, video games have plenty of titles that feature some powerful isekai traits. Several of them feature characters who are outright teleported to another planet. Others feature traits that are reminiscent of what happens within an isekai series.

10 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age Sees A Chosen One Travel Across The Planet To Save The World

Dragon Quest is the classic J-RPG series. It undergoes changes now and then but largely it’s been the same franchise for decades because it’s never a good idea to mess with perfection. With Dragon Quest XI, the protagonist is the Luminary, a chosen one sent to save the planet itself from evil. As the chosen one, all sorts of characters join him as party members to help save the planet. The protagonist even gets falsely accused of being a great evil, causing him to go on the run, which is similar to another popular isekai many people love.

9 Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Is A Fairy Tale Story About A Prince Trying To Rebuild His Kingdom

Ni no Kuni II Revenant Kingdom

Ni no Kuni II was the long-awaited sequel to the original Ni no Kuni, a game regarded as one of the best J-RPGs of the PlayStation 3 era. In Ni no Kuni II, the goal is to build a brand-new kingdom after the protagonist loses his own. Working together with a young man named Roland, Evan Tildrum travels across the kingdoms of Ding Dong Dell to build a new country. The entire game has a fairy tale styling to it, but there are also isekai elements. One of the protagonists has very clearly been taken from his own world and teleported into a new one.

8 Grandia Has A Young Man Traveling Across The Country To Become A Great Adventurer

Grandia HD Collection

The original Grandia on PlayStation started one of the better Japanese RPG series for the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2 era. As Justin, players go on a major adventure to travel to the so-called End of the World. This adventure leads him into countless dungeons and even sees him eventually saving the world. While on that adventure, Justin saves the universe alongside his two allies, one of which is a woman Justin has always looked up to for her status as a great hero.

7 Fire Emblem Features Plenty Of Waifu And Husbando Type Characters

Dorothea leans forward and smiles

Fire Emblem is an amazing strategy RPG series, but it’s a fact that the series had declined in popularity. The franchise was largely done in America after only a few years, and was seemingly finished in Japan as well.

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But then Fire Emblem started adding more waifu and husbando-type characters. Along with that, they get to surround the main character and remind them how special and important they are. This sort of thing feels like something that happens in many of the most popular isekai anime.

6 Final Fantasy X Has Its Lead Character Transported To A New World And Trying To Go Home

Final Fantasy X Tidus and Yuna

Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy X is essentially an isekai. The protagonist is Tidus, a blitzball player from an entirely different planet who gets teleported to Spira. While there, he’s asked to team up with Yuna and a bunch of other heroes to go on a quest to stop Sin. It’s Tidus’ hope that the journey will allow him to return to his home Zanarkand. Unlike most isekai storylines, Tidus isn’t always the most overpowered character in the game. And while it’s common in a lot of isekai anime, he doesn’t have every woman in the game constantly stumbling over themselves to date him either. Still, this is a must-play for anyone who’s looking for a great isekai experience.

5 Star Ocean 2 Has A Futuristic Lead Character Trapped On A Fantasy World Not His Own

Star Ocean Second Evolution

Star Ocean 2 isn’t an isekai, but it contains many of the same tropes that your average isekai anime have. The protagonist is Claude C. Kenni, a member of an intergalactic space force. On a mission gone wrong, Claude ends up getting mistakenly teleported to the planet Expel. There, Claude is considered to be the fabled “Hero of Light” because of his unique weaponry. Though he’s unsure of what’s happening, Claude decides to aid the woman who found him, Rena, in saving the planet Expel.

4 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Sees A Group Of Heroes Taken Away To Ivalice

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Final Fantasy Tactics never got a proper sequel, even though it’s arguably one of the greatest Final Fantasy titles ever. However, it did get a spin-off in the form of the Game Boy Advance titles Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.

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In the spin-off, a collection of characters from the city of St. Ivalice are taken away to another Ivalice after finding a magic book. Though their lives are better, the group has to decide whether they want to go back to their homeworld or remain in the Ivalice they created.

3 Xenoblade Chronicles X Sees A Nameless Protagonist Waking Up And Immediately Being Made The Lead Character

The Xenoblade Chronicles games all have outlandish stories, but Xenoblade Chronicles X in particular begins with all of humanity traveling to another alien world after their own is destroyed. On this new planet, their goal is to build a new world they can live on in peace along with many other alien races that found their way there. The protagonist is a nameless guy who lost his memories but is eager to help the organization BLADE. Much like other isekai worlds, he finds himself constantly elevated to new positions not because he’s qualified, but because men and women like him so much.

2 Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Sees A Famous Adventurer Given Special Powers And Asked To Save An Island

Ys IX Monstrum Nox

Falcom has been making money off the Ys branding for years. They’ve created a fantasy anime based on it, and they’ve even done quite a few remakes to bring new fans in. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is another new game but has the approachability for new fans. Though Adol is a legendary adventurer already, isekai fans will find a lot to love with this game. The character goes to a location called Prison Island and gains special Monstrum powers that make him one of a handful of people capable of fighting the threats on that island.

1 Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Has A Lead Protagonist With Strong Isekai Traits

Legend of Heroes - Trails of Cold Steel

Trails of Cold Steel might have been better if it were an isekai. Protagonist Rean Schwarzer is the closest thing to an isekai protagonist without actually being one. He’s amazing at everything he does—from academics to swordsmanship to piloting giant robots. He’s even got a very special and very secret role to play in one of the biggest plot points in the series, which elevates his importance even higher. The game also has dating elements, which cause every woman to fall all over Rean.

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