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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!

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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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Famitsu’s coverage of To Love Ru Darkness for the Vita.

There’s something hilarious to me about FuRyu developing these anime games, and doing their best to make them devoid of actual content. I’m sure this has slipped by a great number of people, but almost every anime-game not Bandai Namco in recent months has been a FuRyu joint, a most often a menu driven exercise in tedium.

Bad, FuRyu, bad!

At this point, I actually place FuRyu far below Imageepoch ever was, because as bad as IE’s games could get, there was at least a guiding ambitiousness behind them, naive as it was. Every weird game IE put to shelf was meant to be the next big success for them. I’m not sure FuRyu even knows what that kind of ambition looks like.

And so here we are, with another FuRyu piece of nothing.

Koei Tecmo has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming PS4/PS3/Vita Attack on Titan game, and this one features a few teases of actual gameplay.

And it looks glorious.

The art style seems to have made the transition intact, but it’s all going to come down to how the 3D Gear works and whether you can control it reliably and accurately. It seems like the folks at KT understand that, so fingers crossed that this turns out fun.

It’s a brand new eight minute block of action gameplay from Falcom’s upcoming action RPG, Tokyo Xanadu. 

Huzzah! 

Some folks might not be aware of this, but TX is actually being handled by a lot of the younger members of Falcom’s staff, which means it’s not the usual assortment of Ys/Kiseki veterans. I’m very curious to see what the younger generation at Falcom is capable of, and I’ll be there day one.

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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?

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Project Diva X for the PlayStation 4 and Vita.

Vita version hits in March of 2016, with the PS4 version coming later in the fall.

Proceed to get hyped.

Let’s be real here. NIS’ upcoming Vita title, Great Edo Blacksmith, looks like hot garbage. The combat system looks plain, the UI is just kind of there, and the overall production values seem about as low as something like Exstetra.

It feels like NIS wanted to make a somewhat sexy romance simulation game, but couldn’t find a way to expand that content, so instead they threw in a bunch of fluff required to make progress with each girl. 

For those of you wondering, I would absolutely LOVE to  play and write about this, as it looks kusoge as all hell, but unfortunately money is tight this month, so it’s gonna have to wait.