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Happy turkey week everyone, and welcome to another edition of Go West!, your favorite [somewhat] frequent column about the latest Japan-only game releases. The holiday season is here, which means sales, lots of shopping, and no money. If you’re an import buyer however, it mostly just means no money because hahaha what are sales.

In the spirit of the season however, we can at least window shop and stare at all the stuff we can’t afford, and this week there’s a whole lot of releases. Fantastic!

So come along with em as we explore a new world filled with otome games, visual novels, RPGs, and one very big Nintendo 3DS release that might have to do with hunting monsters of some kind.

Tally ho!

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to your favorite [almost] weekly column about new Japanese video game releases over in Japan. Despite us nearly entering the holiday season, Game releases have slowed down momentarily, leaving us with what could only be described as scraps.

Still, games are games, and so here I am, writing about Compile Heart and FuRyu’s latest offerings.

There’s gotta be some joke inside of all of this. 

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Welcome to a quiet, sleepy edition of Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese games, no games, all the games, and Idea Factory.

If you didn’t already get the picture, let me lay it all out for you: this week’s release list is lonely. There’s not a whole lot going on right now, which is for the best considering how murderous the last couple of weeks have been.

Let’s get right into it then, shall we?

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Welcome, gentlemen and ladies alike, to yet another pain-filled edition of Go West!, your weekly column about the latest Japanese game releases, self-inflicted mental pain, and old friends.

This week: the return of Idea Factory! Glorious Idea Factory and their never ending army of otome games!

And I guess a new Final Fantasy game.

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You know, Compile Heart’s new Vita RPG, Makaishin Trillion comes out on 3/21 and I still feel like we know close to nothing about how it actually plays beyond “it’s an RPG yo.”

That probably doesn’t bode well for its quality, but hey, I’m willing to give it a fair shot.

Here’s the opening from said game. It’s decidedly low budget.


Look, a new Neptunia V-II trailer

You know, as little experience as I have with this franchise, I can’t help but respect Compile Heart for really digging their feet in. As far as I can tell, the Neptunia series is hardly a huge seller, even amongst the otaku niche in Japan, yet here we are with a new PS4 release.

I have it on reasonable authority that this series only got better and more playable with each iteration, so I imagine fans of the series will find a lot to like here.

And hey, at least the special attacks look kinda cool.

It’s, like, so LEGENDARY!

At least that’s what Estelle seems to think.

Here are some fresh English language Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart screenshots courtesy of Idea Factory. No in-battle stuff, so you’ll have to make due with some character portraits of your favorite (?) Neptunia characters for now.

So uh… yeah. Here you go.

Idea Factory has announced that its first PS4 JRPG, Omega Quintet, is headed to North America and Europe this coming spring 2015.

I’ve posted translations and magazine scans featuring the game in the past, but it’s basically a cross between a tradition IF-style RPG and an idol management/rhythm game. You can coordinate the idols’ outfits, produce concerts (there aren’t many tracks), and go fight monsters using the power of music and such.

For all intents and purposes, this is a PS3 IF game at a higher resolution and a better framerate. If that sounds like something you might enjoy, you should probably keep your eyes on this. 

Feel free to enjoy the above screenshots. I’m going to go make some tea or something.

The Neptunia V II feature from this week’s Dengeki. Mostly info already released, but a few new looks at character models and the in-game world + a new CG illustration.

Not much of a fan of Neptunia, but I know you peeps exist out there.

Idea Factory illustrations celebrating their 20th anniversary in the business. Thoroughly disappointed by the lack of Otoge representation.

All illustrated by IF artists, taken from this week’s issue of Dengeki Playstation.