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!
There’s no doubt that Steins;Gate made a bit of a splash when it first debuted on the Xbox 360 in Japan. For all intents and purposes a traditional visual novel, it did fairly well on the dying system against all odds. It quickly developed a devoted fan following, and publisher 5pb decided to spread the love to other platforms, including the PlayStation 3, the Vita, and even mobile.
Western territories would watch from afar in the naive hope that some version of the game would make its way over, but it seemed like an impossibility. Instead, the anime get licensed and released, and was met with a strong, positive response.
One year ago, JAST released Steins;Gate in English on PCs. Now here we are, with official localizations of both the PS3 and Vita versions of the seminal time travel visual novel thanks to publisher PQube.
Was it worth the wait?