2017 is a big year for the Danganronpa series. The first two games made their way to the PlayStation 4, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls showed up on the PlayStation 4 and PC, a tech demo made its way to the PlayStation VR worldwide and the third installment is showing up everywhere in every region this year. This means it is a good time to consider enrolling in Hope’s Peak Academy. School is in session!Read more
When Atlus released Persona 3, it hit upon a formula that resonated with people. Players were doing the typical “save the world” thing, but in a modern environment that required them to also interact with other people and maintain something of a normal life when they weren’t involved in dungeon-crawling and life-or-death battles. In the years since, we’ve seen multiple games that attempt to capture the magic of the Persona series.Read more
Aksys has two big RPGs coming out this year, and they’re both Tokyo Xanadu What? Yes, you read that right. Tokyo Xanadu is immediately available for the Vita, while Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is set to arrive on PlayStation 4s and PCs sometime later this year. What’s going on?Read more
Throughout the announcement and release of Sega’s localized edition of Valkyria Revolution, the company’s been clear — maybe clearer than the company was in Japan — that this isn’t Valkyria Chronicles. This isn’t a sequel. It’s billed as a spinoff, but even that may be generous.
That honesty is appreciated, certainly, but there’s more to unpack there.Read more
The summer months are a great time for a comfort food game, something reassuring in its familiarity and willingness to revel in its repetition. Japanese games are especially good at this, and NIS America’s new tactical RPG, God Wars: Future Past, seems well-positioned to be that game for many. Does it deliver on its aims?Read more
Hey, remember Cladun? It was famous for being a roguelike dungeon crawler that told you right in the title that “This is an RPG!” Well, seven years after the original and six after the sequel, Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! has appeared on store shelves. While it doesn’t do too much to change the formula, it is a solid game that gives more people an opportunity to speedrun through dungeons.Read more
With Tales character designer Kosuke Fujishima and series veteran writer Takumi Miyajima, Dark Rose Valkyrie is clear in its aims and intended appeal. It wants to be a comfortable JRPG for existing fans of the genre, a game about relationships that, while unremarkable, are constantly building.
Of course, those games work because they’re backed by systems and expertise the development team’s been refining for decades.Read more
I’ve always found it interesting how periods of Japanese history and certain figures develop such rabid fanbases overseas and abroad. I imagine it would be like finding out the teenage girls of the United States suddenly had developed an Abraham Lincoln fixation, reading books based on his life and going through visual novels depicting his rise to power. It’s why Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is so fascinating to me. This isn’t just a game for people who adore the Sengoku period of Japanese history, but who also happen to be big fans of the Sanada clan.Read more
Have you read any good games lately? Visual novels are nothing new, but their presence on consoles is often paired with something more closely following the traditional definition of gameplay. Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception is no different, augmenting a dozens-of-hours-long story with strategy-RPG skirmishes. Still, the game’s primary motivation shines through: to tell a very specific story and have you follow along.Read more