With Evangelion having dropped on Netflix, plenty of newcomers will be itching to see just what all the hype surrounding the series is about. Evangelion packs in a lot of themes and caters to a bunch of different tastes, which is probably why it has sustained its popularity for so many years. Whether you enjoy it on a thematic level, or purely for stylistic purposes, the show will leave an impression on you.
While many other anime have drawn inspiration from or comparison to the series, the same can’t be said for games. That makes sense seeing as they’re two different mediums. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find some titles that are at least somewhat similar. Be it thematic, narrative, aesthetic or a mix of either, these ten games are a must-try if you enjoyed watching Evangelion.
10 I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream
This 1995 point and click adventure may seem like a bit of an odd choice here, but is perfect for those looking for a dark and well-executed narrative. Based on the Harlan Ellison short story of the same, I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream takes place in a dystopian world where humanity has been wiped out save for 5 survivors. An artificial intelligence has been keeping them alive for 109 years and torturing them by putting them through scenarios based on each of their fatal flaws.
The subject matter of each adventure is pretty heavy and goes into some pretty wild issues. Among the things covered are insanity, genocide and paranoia. It’s an intense experience that’s perfect for gamers looking for something to think on.
9 Spec Ops: The Line
A third-person shooter may not seem like the best suggestion here, but Spec Ops: The Line is routinely mentioned as having one of the best narratives in gaming. The narrative isn’t the only factor here, as the fast-paced combat will be a plus for many.
The game is seen by many as an underrated title, though that probably isn’t the case anymore after so much coverage. The way its plot unfolds will have you hooked in every second of the way, and the gameplay – though not anything special – is fun enough to keep you coming back for more.
8 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Though a lot of what goes on behind the scenes in Eva is hidden from the viewer throughout the show, you wouldn’t exactly associate the show with the mystery genre. Danganronpa has you guessing throughout its entire narrative, and is filled with plenty of unexpected twists and turns.
It maintains a serious tone with some light-heartedness sprinkled in there. Fans of Eva will appreciate its ability to tell a compelling story while focusing on individual characters motivations and relationships as well.
7 Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
Virtue’s Last Reward is yet another narrative driven game that this time has a much heavier focus on solving puzzles. The game is challenging without being too difficult and thanks to its branching plotline offers a lot of content to go through.
This is yet another game that has a strong focus on how you interact with others within a life or death situation. There are stressful decisions to be made, mysteries to solve and a whole lot of twists that you just won’t see coming.
The Muv-Luv series is considered to be one of the greatest visual novel franchises out there. The reasons why it’s on this list shouldn’t be all too surprising. Muv-Luv is a gripping character-driven story with mechs. Sound familiar?
Though the first game came out in 2003, Western audiences only got an official release in 2016. Though initially released as a raunchy title, the game’s contents were toned down in favor of putting more focus on the narrative. That’s made it accessible to a much wider audience and is great for the game overall.
5 Titanfall 2
There’s no questioning why this next game makes the list. If watching Eva has gotten you hyped up for some awesome mecha action, then look no further than Titanfall 2. The game offers a fresh take on the genre that makes it different enough to appreciate as its own thing.
Combat in Titanfall 2 consists of piloting your Titan as well as individual combat. This allows you to mix playstyles and gives the player a decent amount of variety in regards to what the game throws at you.
Xenogears is a game that many Eva fans have compared to the show. The 1998 JRPG was certainly an ambitious project, and while it does share some superficial similarities with Evangelion the two are their own individual products.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t elements in the game you can draw similarities from. Xenogears is seen as one of the best games of its generation. Even without the similarities to Eva, you should do yourself a favor and play the game.
3 Zone of the Enders
There are a lot of things that will draw you into Zone of the Enders, regardless of whether or not you’re even an Evangelion fan. The game is produced by Hideo Kojima, and that alone is enough to raise some eyebrows.
The game is part third-person shooter and part hack and slash. These two gameplay elements go hand and hand and honestly make the combat some of the most addictive and enjoyable you’ll get out of the genre.
2 Persona 3: FES
Though it may no longer be as popular an entry in the series as it once was, Persona 3 is perfect JRPG experience for Eva fans. The game may not have the massive battles that some of the other titles on this list do, but it has some pretty amazing character development and interaction.
The game is much grimmer thematically when compared to its successors. Dealing mainly with the eventuality of death, it hits on some pretty nihilistic tones that Eva fans should be more than familiar with. Though the game’s outlook is a little more overtly optimistic, it’s a great experience nonetheless.
1 Nier: Automata
If you’re looking for a great story and engaging game then look no further than Nier: Automata. The 2017 title throws a lot of things your way and does pretty much all of it exceedingly well.
The gameplay is solid, the music phenomenal and the story is fantastic; dealing with various themes and characterization in a way that doesn’t take too much focus away from the gameplay. If you’re only going to play one of these games, Nier is a pretty strong contender.