From the land of the rising sun.
In light of recent comical controversy regarding Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 and its lack of western release, I thought it proper to highlight other games of Japanese origin that won’t be travelling the distance and why we need more of them in our lives.
The western and Japanese gaming market has always been spotty when it comes to releases. The Warriors games are a good example of this, particularly Samurai Warriors. We never got Samurai Warriors 3 Empires, but Samurai Warriors 2 and 4 are available/soon to be available, which is odd to say the least. However, having been to Japan, I found the gem that was Samurai Warriors 3 Empires and found myself enjoying yet another conquering Warriors game, if only for a little while as pressing random menu options can only get you so far, unfortunately…
Ever heard of the God Eater series? It’s a brilliant action game about the surviving humans of a scientific apocalypse that fight off and ‘eat’ these monsters known as Gods. The creativity and customisation in this series is a much-desired trait in video games nowadays. The thing is, Japan is teeming with video games we neither hear nor see anything about; it’s a very creative country with boatloads of anime and hi-tech gadgetry literally pouring out of stores. More of these ‘little’ titles could be vital in preparing for the future of video games, either for re-juicing gamers on interesting content, or inspiring developers for bolder creations.
Personally, I love visual novels, a genre that hasn’t really made it to the west yet. Visual novels help to fill in the blanks – there’s people and environments to soak up as well as voices and ambiance to hear. It’s a much more interactive way of telling a story especially when your choices make epic dynamic paths. One of the best visual novels I’ve ever read is Fate/Stay Night, it gave a very in-depth description of its world and had characters you could really get to know. I’ve only ever read Fate/Stay Night once due to its incredible size, but I hope to re-read it again sometime to get a different ending and experience a whole new game. Unfortunately, the sequel and other awesome visual novels like this aren’t available to us in the rest of the world, which is a damned shame.
Someday Japan will open its gaming catalogue to the rest of the world.
So what do you think? Have you read this thinking you have no idea what Japanese games are like and maybe want to research their gaming culture or perhaps they simply aren’t for you? Regardless, I’d like to see more Japanese games over here and think many of the uninitiated would enjoy or potentially convert their gaming desires towards them.
Hopefully, someday Japan will open its gaming catalogue to the rest of the world and maybe people can stop getting offended or making issues out of nothing, too; this dream of seamless coexistence seems so far away now, but in time my brothers and sisters, in time…