Show me cool 90's sci-fi anime aesthetic games!

Hallo there! First time poster, long time lurker here!

I'm trying to research games that have that cool 90's sci-fi anime aesthetic. Saturn, PS1, Dreamcast era stuff that maybe took inspiration from Eva etc. I'm talking specifically UI, character/vehicle design etc, not necessarily game play.

The only one I've come across so far on Saturn is Bulk Slash which is super cool. I love the green maps, big anime portraits of the different pilots that pop up, all the kinda wireframe targetting effects and things and the weird S for your speed meter. Also so many blue skys 💖

Rad maps![Rad maps](https://www.dropbox.com/s/me41uistyoua2si/Bulk%20Slash%202022-06-30%2001.14.42.png?raw=1)
Wireframes![Wireframes](https://www.dropbox.com/s/87z2yur6ficu58e/Bulk%20Slash%202022-06-30%2001.13.54.png?raw=1)
Anime!![Anime!](https://www.dropbox.com/s/09yehkvnpn5a7v4/Bulk%20Slash%202022-06-30%2001.13.51.png?raw=1)

Anyone able to recommend other games of this era with similar vibes? I've been slowly going through the list of western Saturn releases but finding very little that is hitting that spot. Ghost in the Shell on PS1 is on my list to check out (if i'm remembering correctly, it's been 20 odd years since i played it and that was only a demo disc). Were they all cool Japanese games that we didn's get in US/Europe?

ps, bonus points if they have that awesome anime music with cool slap bass, stabs and jazzy electric piano (like the IC podcast music)

Sidenote, this is an excellent thread of rad mechanical stuff from eva https://twitter.com/Foone/status/1004504262389297152

Thanks!

(ps, as this is my first post, please let me know if ive done it wrong or not conformed to some community guideline or something. so many threads are very broad, keeping one topic in one place rather than a lot of small more specific posts so I'm not sure if this is a good post 😅)

Oni went for that exact aesthetic, not sure how well they succeeded. I may be the only person that likes the game

https://youtu.be/iHGu_gukCFg

epidemic, a 1996 ps1 shooter (which i haven't played) seems like it hits that spot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cM_2Zuq5YY

also the n64 evangelion game!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUAE-VGvcsw

I’ve been digging into the PS1 library on the ol MiSTer lately and the games that immediately jump out at me are Love and Destroy and Ghost in the Shell. GitS has obvious inspirations but Love and Destroy has some really wild animations. Very evangelion-esque enemies and stuff.

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@“empika”#p76117 I’m not sure if this is a good post :sweat_smile:

can confirm it's a good post !

Aah these all look great! Love and Destroy in particular looks bonkers!!

Will take a closer look at all of these in the morning :+1::+1::+1:

One day I‘ll have to break out the list of stuff that I’ve favorited on my Raspberry Pi, but for whatever reason Download on the PC Engine comes to mind (you'll find a lot of this on the PC Engine in general):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=502rwzIgYas

And it wouldn't be the Insert Credit forums if someone didn't say Valis -- you can get good versions of the first three easily now on the recently released Fantasm Soldier collection:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx_mBMUXqJ4

EDIT: Whoops, I forgot the sci-fi part on Valis, it's more 90s Japan/fantasy world. I'll say Telnet's Psycho Dream instead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlKH1_estpw

Serial Experiments Lain and Soul Hackers are both good examples of more subdued 90s sci-fi anime aesthetic. Soul Hackers has a very cool vibe but Serial Experiments Lain has lots of cool UI that probably fits what you‘re after. A more tenuous example is the Silver Case as the UI shares some similarities with what you’re after but probably doesn't go far enough.

https://youtu.be/u-uUiL1vkC0

https://youtu.be/3P1QG6wRMRU

Thanks for all the suggestions folks. Got a bunch of stuff to check out now!!

I‘ve been having a poke at Love and Destroy this afternoon and it is 100% mad and rad. I have no idea what is going on, but I’m a mech and a giant ball with eyes is after me!

This game has some super nice effects too, something else I'm kinda researching at the moment.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ui65f0owrwgl2gq/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.28.27.png?raw=1![https://www.dropbox.com/s/ui65f0owrwgl2gq/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.28.27.png?raw=1](https://www.dropbox.com/s/ui65f0owrwgl2gq/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.28.27.png?raw=1)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/snvcy8brvih1qwx/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.30.37.png?raw=1![https://www.dropbox.com/s/snvcy8brvih1qwx/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.30.37.png?raw=1](https://www.dropbox.com/s/snvcy8brvih1qwx/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.30.37.png?raw=1)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yw4bwee03qjake9/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.32.31.png?raw=1![https://www.dropbox.com/s/yw4bwee03qjake9/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.32.31.png?raw=1](https://www.dropbox.com/s/yw4bwee03qjake9/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.32.31.png?raw=1)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gchr5khxn380ncd/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.32.48.png?raw=1![https://www.dropbox.com/s/gchr5khxn380ncd/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.32.48.png?raw=1](https://www.dropbox.com/s/gchr5khxn380ncd/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.32.48.png?raw=1)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/512aikj4ke0bedw/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.34.14.png?raw=1![https://www.dropbox.com/s/512aikj4ke0bedw/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.34.14.png?raw=1](https://www.dropbox.com/s/512aikj4ke0bedw/Love%20%26%20Destroy%202022-06-30%2017.34.14.png?raw=1)

The mech launch sequence it great. The gradients on those chunky pillars!
Also the big explosion in that last screenshot is suuuuper nice for such a simple effect!

Looking forward to checking out these others!

Maybe obvious, but i love xenogears for this reason. Between the character portraits, the gear battles, and the anime cutscenes, theres a good amount of that aesthetic youre looking for. [upl-image-preview url=https://i.imgur.com/nwsE2qk.png]

I also love the character sprites in a 3D dollhouse effect.

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May be a bit of a stretch, but Contra: Hard Corps!

https://youtu.be/15vn-RX8ds8

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Perhaps PSO2?

https://imgur.com/a/AfXfipO


I love the aesthetic of Motor Raid. It's a 1997 Sega arcade racer that definitely takes some anime inspirations and has a great font/UI. It even had its first rerelease outside of arcades with both Judgment and its sequel as an in-game cabinet.

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Omega Boost seems more or less on the money. Although I don't think the music fits the bill

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Virtual On and Virtual On 2. Wham, bam, Ram-a-lam-a ding dong.

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@“leah”#p76124 also the n64 evangelion game!

I wonder how much you'd find by just going backwards and finding mecha anime and seeing if there was ever a videogame adaptation?

Hey look, there was a _Patlabor_ game:

https://youtu.be/IbHrc0zM5YE

Couple more:

Gaiaray, a ps1 knockoff of Virtual On:
https://youtu.be/Sa5CJcP_GG4

Running High, a racing game featuring sprinting robots:
https://youtu.be/ag02VjCaZLE

Also I guess nobody posted Snatcher and Policenauts?
https://youtu.be/9Ij_Oo4zIVI
https://youtu.be/hs3siRo8hQc

Then Gunparade March although it's got a very high language barrier and will probably never get an english translation (if anyone in the future reads this and it has gotten one, please let me know).

Oh man, I loved Snatcher. I played it on my PSP when I was a freshman in highschool. Incredible experience. Great choice.

First thing I thought of is Layer Section/Rayforce just based on the kickass sequence during the attract mode.

https://youtu.be/paO4VsLJmJ4?t=69

And I'm pretty sure Elevator Action returns fits the bill here too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEZzb1T9dsI

90s Taito really nailed this asthetic.

@“Gaagaagiins”#p76451 Oh man! This is actually an excellent idea :+1:

Also, this is an excellent find!! The reason for my “research” is some pre production stuff on my next game and Patlabor is the #1 touchstone at the moment. Though this fighting game(?) is far from the short form j-style rpg im planning it still has vibbbbbes!

@"JCP"#p76391 love the look of this. That turbo gauge is *chefs kiss*

@"Updog"#p76283 i really need to play xenogears. I am a scrub jrpg player 😅

@"tapevulture"#p76400 @"donrumata"#p76456 these look great. Seemingly 3rd person mech games are the one!

@"milo"#p76505 that rayforce font is 💯💯💯!

Love all these suggestions folks! Im going to keep digging, so will try and report back later this weekend 🙌