Japanese culture has a lot of facets with each more intriguing than the last. Akihabara is often at the center of shifts of interest, especially in games, anime, comics, and other avenues of geek pursuits. It is a city that is constantly shifting to meet the whimsical needs of its people, with whole buildings being removed and rebuilt regularly. Advertisements change often as well, giving the city...[Read More]
Earlier this week, video game publisher XSEED Games unleased a new teaser trailer for its upcoming ACQUIRE developed JRPG, Akiba’s Beat, which is due out for the PlayStation 4 and Vita in the middle of May.
With the way games are published today, more and more obscure titles reach world wide audiences. With the market clearly hungry for Japanese culture in gaming, what with sales of the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy reaching the top of the charts on occasion, there has never been a better time to be a fan of JRPGs. There are so many to choose from with a vast array of sub-genres and styles. Fairy Fe...[Read More]
Aksys games and Nihon Falcom have announced that Tokyo Xanadu is coming to North America and Europe with a new localisation on the Vita. Even though the Vita continues to struggle to make a hefty dent in sales, more and more games seem to find their way to the system. As someone who really enjoys the Vita and even collects a bit for it, this is exciting. The Vita is home to a slew of JRPGs, which ...[Read More]
In the wake of a number of recent US localisations of JRPGs requiring Japanese developers to change content specifically related to sexual themes to better fit an American audience, a number of developers have cancelled their plans to release their games in the US. This decision seems to be more of a concern of the mindset of the workforce than financial or keeping true to original content. Earlie...[Read More]
Most people who have ever brought a child into the world would tell you that it is a life changing, magical experience. A lot of people find it to be so transformative of an experience that the very essence of who they are, all the way down to their speech patterns, can change. Phrases that sound like “whats a mattew wid daddy’s widdle man” become just as commonplace as a bottle of pacifier ...[Read More]
Inazuma Eleven is one of those games that on paper sounds absolutely ridiculous, unless of course you’re Japanese. While this type of game is pretty uncommon in the states, the Sports RPG genre is pretty popular in Japan. After playing Inazuma Eleven, I can certainly see why. Inazuma Eleven is a game developed by Level-5. Last time I checked Level-5 was making great games like Ni No Kuni, Rogue G...[Read More]
There is a certain expectation that comes with seeing as NIS loge at the opening screen of a game. As the stalwart hold over for traditional Japanese RPG’s, NIS offers a regular injection for those of us with old school sensibilities. Mugen Souls looked to be a fun, turn based romp that would satiate those that crave turn based combat. It was clear it wouldn’t appeal to a massive audience, but it ...[Read More]
Square (now a part of Square Enix) was responsible for some of the greatest JRPGs (and, some may argue, RPGs in general) that have ever graced our consoles. Having found both critical and commercial success across a variety of titles including Final Fantasy, Xenogears, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, and more, there is no denying that Square knew what they were doing, and did it well. Arguably one...[Read More]
This is actually the first of a critically-acclaimed trilogy released half a decade ago in Japan, finally hitting American PSPs the nation over. But, you see, you can tell they had a trilogy planned right away.
Today I had the opportunity to sit in on a live demo of Atlus’ next big RPG, Radiant Historia for Nintendo DS. I’ve been wanting to sink my teeth into a good RPG for quite some time, and I feel confident in saying that Radiant Historia is going to be awesome.