Review: Time and Eternity

Controversial game... but we loved it

Review: Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly

The greatest horror game ever hits the Wii

Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

Juliet's so hot right now

Review: Dragon's Dogma

There's not a spark of creativity in this wyrm

Review: Pandora's Tower

Tragic beauty

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Four awesome Chocobo games the west missed out on

Chocobo is a really, really popular character in Japan. He's been appearing in games of his own since the PlayStation era, and although the west hasn't seen all of them, the yellow guy is starting to invade the hearts of gamers over here as well.

So what are some of the Chocobo games that western gamers have missed out on? In short: some really awesome ones. Many of these games are readily available (the PlayStation Network is region-free after all), but unfortunately, most Chocobo games do require a reasonable level of Japanese language skills to properly enjoy.

But, for the curious, here are four really good Chocobo games that you probably haven't had the chance to play:

We love you Chocobo!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Final Fantasy XI ultimate edition to be made available for download

It's nine years old now, but Final Fantasy XI remains a popular game, and from May 16, players will be able to download the Final Fantasy XI Ultimate Collection from Steam, Nexway and Metaboli.

This edition will include all four expansions to the game, as well as all add-on scenarios - so basically it is indeed an ultimate edition.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Manga MMO, Elsword, enters open beta

Elsword, a side scrolling high-action MMO targeted specifically at otaku, has entered open beta stage.

Editorial: Why Japan's games industry is not struggling

It wasn't so much the kick-off point, but when ex-Capcom legend, Keiji Inafune, quit his post, after repeating on multiple occasions that the Japanese games industry is "in trouble;" it was the feather that broke the camel's back.

Now, it's almost canon in the press that Japan's games industry is floundering. Western writers constantly note how few Japanese games appear in the charts. They point to any poor financial results as a portent of doom.

But it's not really the case. The Japanese games industry has its fair share of challenges - but then so does the Western games industry (or did Activision not just shed a whole bunch of staff and IPs?). It's evolving and changing, but overall it's actually quite well placed.

So, in the interest of playing Devil's Advocate, here's a very different reading of what's currently going on in the Japanese games industry.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kingdom Heroes gets new expansion

Kingdom Heroes - the MMO set at the end of the Han era in China, has a new set of content thanks to the new Xiaoshou expansion.


Oh no. Not Lu Bu. Dynasty Warriors horror story flashbacks...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Feature: When Square Enix met Pokemon

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 has just launched in Japan, to absolutely stellar reviews in Famitsu magazine. the reviewers said it was bigger, more challenging, and more interesting than the already-good original, and awarded it a total score of 37/40.

As we await the inevitable release of the game in English, Otaku Gaming takes a look back at the series that, in many ways, does Pokemon better than Pokemon.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 - hhis is going to be massive


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Will we see UnchainBlades ReXX localised?

The 3DS games catalogue isn't stellar right now. There's a couple of nice games available, but it goes without saying that we'd like to see a greater range represented. And right now, the RPG genre is one of the most glaring gaps in the portfolio.

Which is why UnchainBlades Rexx is really, really exciting. It's a turn-based dungeon hack - anyone who has played a Wizardry game, or modern classics such as The Dark Spire or Etrian Odessey games will know what to expect.


Screenshots are scans from Famitsu, 4/28 edition

Square Enix should have translated Nanashi no Game (Nintendo DS)

Nanashi no Game (“No name game”) and its sequel were never translated into English by Square Enix. It’s surprising, because both are reasonable horror games, and channel a similar The Ring movie vibe that has proven to be popular with Western audiences.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dunamis 15: A game you're unlikely to play in English

Dunamis 15 is an upcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 game that you're unlikely to ever see translated into English, but seems packed with really cool ideas.

(below scans are from Famitsu, 4/28 edition)


Friday, April 22, 2011

Guild Wars 2; looking better and better

One of our favourite MMOs here at Otaku Gaming was Guild Wars, and there's plenty of reasons for that: It is free to play, looks great even on primitive PC hardware, and thanks to a range of expansions - was a big, big game.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

RIP Cavia: Retrospective review of Nier

Nier is not the kind of game that will immediately grab you and pull you in, but then neither was Final Fantasy XIII. Both games don’t even start to get going until the 15-hour mark. The difference between the two is Nier is going to be forgotten - a tragic end to a hugely underappreciated developer, Cavia. Tragic, because in many ways Cavia's dark and gloomy style is the superior game.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Retro Review: Why Zelda: Ocarina of Time is still the best (available on Wii Virtual Console)

After all this time, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has still not been bettered. There's a timeless quality to this game that Nintendo has simply failed to recapture since.

The first time we saw this, we were spellbound. OoT's world was pure magic

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Review: Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy

Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy is simultaneously the greatest and worst game I’ve ever played. Somewhere under the whirlwind mash-up of fighting game and hardcore JRPG is an addictive and nearly endless experience, but getting there is like trying to dig through solid granite with a plastic spoon.

Oh c'mon... Vaan? Really? Not Ashe, or even Balthier?

Friday, April 8, 2011

How the hell did Ar tonelico Qoga get through the Australian censors?

A recent release into the Australian market, Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel has proven once and for all that the Australian censors are inconsistent to the point of genuine insanity.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Review: Final Fantasy III (iPhone/ iPad)

Please note: this review is based on the Nintendo DS game. However, we don’t expect Square Enix to mess up the iPhone port (they certainly didn’t with Final Fantasy I and II). Come release date if there is a significant quality difference, we will re-review the game.

Perhaps the least played and understood Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy III (the real Final Fantasy III, not Final Fantasy VI) was a game that had not been seen outside of Japan until 2006, when a Nintendo DS remake finally saw an official translation hit the stores.

It's always about the crystals

Review (Japanese): Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls

In some genuinely awesome news for PS3 owners, it looks like Wizardry is finally making its way out of its modern homeland of Japan, with XSEED to publish Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls for the PS3 in the US.

We're not sure whether it will be available in both retail and through digital distribution for the western release, but it's definately available for download in Japan, which is where this review is coming from.

It's been a long hiatus for Wizardry games out west - although the series has remained strong in Japan thanks to publisher, Aspire, the ultra-hard and ultra-slow style of dungeon hack that had people glued to their TVs in the earlier eras of gaming has fallen out of favour with a western audience more interested in action experiences now. With the exception of smaller, more experimental titles such as The Dark Spire on the Nintendo DS, or more modern takes on the genre such as Etrian Odyssey, it's been difficult to find games of this style in English.

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We'll take what she's offering

Retro Review: Chocobo Racing (PlayStation One)

One of the best things about the PlayStation 3 is that it’s region free – that is, as long as you have a local credit card or PlayStation Network card, you can buy, download and play a game from any region in the world.

Can you name them all?

The Japanese PSN is filled with brilliant games – both new and old, that you can't get on the English-language services (yet, anyway). Chocobo Racing on the Japanese PSOne classics is one example of this.

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Welcome to our newest Website, Otaku Gaming!

As you can probably tell, we're dedicated to all thinks Japanese gaming - from the games that you won't ever see outside of Japan, to the games that do get translated, and the truly weird otherwise!

We hope you enjoy your stay here, and look forward to keeping you up to date with the weird and wonderful world of the Japanese games industry.

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