Friday, April 6, 2012

TOKYOPOP's Titles of Import: April's Best Japanese Games

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll throw your controller at the screen.

Xenophobephobe - Good things come to those who wait, which is great news considering that we've been waiting for Monolith Soft's open-world RPG Xenoblade Chronicles for two years now. It's been available in Japan since 2010, but just made its way to our shores this Tuesday. Don't let its age or graphics fool you - its mixture of sci-fi and high fantasy has aged like a fine wine. Plus, more JRPGs on the Wii? We'll drink to that.
 A Sharp Shooter - We don't always get to play Japanese arcade games, but when we do, we prefer those made by Cave. Their latest offering, Akai Katana Shin, comes to Xbox 360 on April 27th and, in classic Cave-style, it's a frenetic experience with explosions a-plenty and more missiles than the human eye can conceivably process. Better start building up your thumb calices now; you're going to need them.  

 Dead Eye - With all the poltergeists, phantoms and photography, you could be forgiven for mistaking Nintendo's Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir for the video game version of R.L. Stine's Say Cheese and Die. The similarities end there though, because this gritty Nintendo 3DS game is a certified spookfest that will have you wielding your stylus in self-defense and putting the Ghostbusters on speed-dial. Who ya gonna call, indeed?

Deja Boo - Spirit Camera may break you emotionally, but 2D brawler Phantom Breaker from 5pb will break you physically with over-the-top Guilty Gear-esque combat action. With two fighting styles to choose from - quick and hard - you'll have six-pack thumbs by the time you see "KO" on the screen.

 Prinny Penny - Dood, sure you might have already played Disgaea 3, but it's being remastered with new content for the PS Vita. Demon kings? Penguins with peg legs and sassy attitudes? Yes, please!

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