Come one, come all, and welcome to another riveting edition of Go West!, your [semi]-weekly column about the latest Japanese game releases of the week. There are games out this week. Imagine that: games!
I know, this might be hard to wrap your mind around, but we’re finally seeing a string of semi-notable new titles this time, which means we actually have stuff to talk about.
Or get angry about.
I’m not really sure anymore.
Let’s get this show on the road!
In recent years, Falcom has become something of a Ys and Kiseki (known as Trails in the west) machine. As a recent fan of the developer’s games, I don’t particularly mind, especially considering the overall strong quality of their titles. That said, I recognize that there are old school fans who have been patiently waiting their turn for revivals of their favorite Falcom franchises. Xanadu is one such series.
Let me make this clear for the records: Tokyo Xanadu is a lot of things, but it is nothing like the old Xanadu games. It’s an action RPG, but outside of that very general similarity, they are almost nothing alike.
With that out of the way: Tokyo Xanadu combines the storytelling style of Falcom’s Kiseki games with high speed action RPG gameplay, but does this mix of styles work?
Salutations, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to yet another action packed edition of Go West!, your weekly-ish column about new Japanese game releases, my beautiful hair, and rainy season.
There’s not a ton out this week, but there are a handful of notable releases sure to get you guys and gals excited. Our buddies at Idea Factory also make an appearance! Huzzah!
And if they don’t? Well, I suppose you could always just buy Natsuiro High School and suffer like I did.
D3 Publisher is by no means a AAA studio, and that’s OK. Their Simple series has been around for decades at this point, delivering weird, bargain priced game experiences. Earth Defense Force is a franchise beloved both here in Japan and out west for its B-movie aesthetic and feel.
None of these games are polished experiences, and sometimes that’s OK as long as the underlying game is fun.
Their latest release for the PS4/PS3 is the opposite of fun.
It’s negative fun.
Greetings, visitors, and welcome to yet another warm and fuzzy edition of Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese import games, companies going under, and saluting those we’ve lost in battle.
After what seems like an entire month of silence, the Japanese games industry is finally releasing new titles again. This week’s list is full of niche things, but I know that’s exactly the sort of stuff you folks enjoy. I’ll be picking up a few new games myself; one particularly for streaming purposes, the other because I owe it to the developers in question to play their final game.
With that out of the way, let’s get this party started!
Bravely Second is a funny game.
Over the course of my 55 hour return trip to the land of Luxendarc, I found myself laughing out loud more often than I could realistically keep track of. If that sounds like a decidedly different experience than that of the first game, trust me when I say you’re not wrong. While it may share locations, characters, and assets with Bravely Default, Bravely Second forges its own path.
And it’s all the better for it.
Salutations, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to yet another stunning edition of Go West!, your weekly column talking about the new Japanese game releases for the week, and the unfortunate man who keeps track of them.
I was prepared to write a stirring speech about how video games are dead forever and Japan is sinking, but as it happens, there is one significant game release this week.
Very, very significant.
You think I’m joking, but I’m more serious than I’ve ever been in my entire life.
Writer’s Note: For the sake of brand consistency, I’ll be referring to Level 5′s franchise by its localized title.
As those of you who follow me on Twitter are aware, I recently picked up the original Yo-Kai Watch for the 3DS on the cheap. When you have a franchise so big that it actually tears away legitimate mindshare from Nintendo’s Pokemon giant, it’s hard not to get curious.
And so I played Yo-Kai Watch for about two hours.
I explored, I fought, I read, I watched. Perhaps more so than anything else about the game, I was struck by a single quality: the attention to detail.
Salutations, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to yet another riveting episode of Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese video games, defending the Earth, robots, and sweeping vistas.
While the lineup of game releases for this week isn’t nearly as packed as last week’s, there are a handful of super big new titles hitting store shelves.
Not the least of which is Yuji Naka’s long-in-the-making Rodea The Sky Soldier.
Let’s take a look, shall we?