Nioh takes direct inspiration from the Souls series – there’s no doubt about that. While other titles have tried their best to emulate those games, this one builds upon that foundation and creates an experience that is virtually unmatched. While Souls can at times feel slow and plodding, Nioh cranks the energy level to the breaking point while delivering an absurd supply of content to keep you busy.
The story takes place during the late Sengoku era of Japan in the 1600s. The Queen of England is hell bent on obtaining the fabled Philosopher’s Stone to the point that she goes to war with Spain in order to procure it. But there’s something even more malevolent happening. Continue reading
God Eater 2 traveled a similar trajectory that its prequel followed. It started as a game for the PlayStation Portable, received an enhanced release (this time ported to the PlayStation Vita), before finally making its way to the console. While fans in the West received the superior version of the original release with Gods Eater Burst, they were left grasping for air when every form of God Eater 2 came and went in Japan years ago.
In a single season, Bandai Namco has seen fit to release both God Eater Resurrection and God Eater 2: Rage Burst on the Western shores. In my review, I said Resurrection held plenty of content for the low financial entry it commands. But does the sequel justify its full price tag? Continue reading
Attack On Titan re-tells the events of the anime’s first season in a condensed form. While the world was experiencing a moment of peace, the manlike Titans suddenly appeared out of nowhere a century ago. Composed of great strength and the power to regenerate rapidly, humanity has been ill-prepared to face such dangerous beings whose sole focus is the destruction of mankind.
Shortly before they appeared, the citizens built three fortified walls that are now act as a garrison to protect themselves from the cannibalistic beasts. But fate always has something else in mind. One day, a colossal Titan appears practically out of thin air at the outermost wall. With one swift kick, it destroys the wall like it was made out of construction paper. Continue reading
It seems like it’s been ages since God Eater showed its face on our side of the ocean. Previously released as Gods Eater Burst on the PlayStation Portable, the series is billed as Bandai Namco’s attempt at cashing in on the Monster Hunter craze. The developers focused on delivering an interesting cast of characters built around a story of a world creeping towards the edge of annihilation.
God Eater’s core problem boiled down to the timing of its release; it came out too late in the west to make an impact. Sony’s PSP was already reaching the end of its profitability in the west. Sales had tanked, marketing was nonexistent, and people had already moved on.
It was a different story in Japan. The franchise continued to grow thanks to a loyal base who were (and still are) far more interested in games that complimented a growing mobile lifestyle. They were treated to a sequel, an expansion, and even an anime. Continue reading
The Yakuza series has been slowly growing into the public conscience outside of Japan. Despite the fact that there have been several releases already and a handful of spin-off entries (some that were never localized), its fanbase has been swelling to the point where the hunger for the next release has been far more noticeable.
Yakuza 5 is the latest entry meant to satiate the following. Originally announced back during PlayStation Experience 2014, Sega announced its intentions to bring one of the most requested titles to the Western audience.
Granted, this wasn’t announced on stage, but rather a press release on the company’s blog, but no one should look a gift horse in the mouth. Chalk it up to the resurgence of niche titles and Sega’s willingness to cater towards its loyal community of fans as of late. Continue reading