JRPG

Tokyo Xanadu (PSVita) Review

The Japanese role-playing games genre has had some really high points (Persona 5) and some really low points (Akiba’s Beat) here lately. It used to be my go to pick for buying games, especially on the PS2 and the GBA. Of course, back then I could only get one or two games every quarter, so I had to pick things that would last. Tokyo Xanadu hits that average JRPG mark pretty hard, mashing a r...[Read More]

Persona 5 Review – Take Your Time

Carl Jung described a persona as “a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual.” This idea from 1953 perfectly describes the themes at work in Atlus’ Persona 5 on the PS4 and PS3. For this review, I was asked to take my time, resulting in a wild ride into the strange world of Pers...[Read More]

Atlus Announces Three New 3DS Games

Atlus continues to surprise me as they’ve been making hit after hit for many years, many of which go on to become rare oddities and obscure gems. Even though the Switch is starting to get its bearings, Atlus won’t let the 3DS go just yet as they’ve officially announced three games on the way. All three are role-playing games, each with their signature Atuls style. Plus this is th...[Read More]

Akiba’s Beat (Playstation 4) Review

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]

XSEED Games Releases Story Teaser for Akiba’s Beat

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.

Fairy Fencer F Dark Advent Force (Steam) Review

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]

Tokyo Xanadu and Tokyo Xanadu eX+ are Being Localized

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]

JRPGs Localisations Cancelled by Developers

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]

Review: Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS)

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]

Review: Inazuma Eleven (3DS)

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]

Review: Mugen Souls (PS3)

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]

Review: Chrono Cross (PSN)

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]

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