Recently, with a scheduled trip to Tokyo, Japan in my future, I've become obsessed over the video game output of this country. With Persona 5 receiving its PS4 and PS3 release date along with Bloodborne this year, I've become infatuated with Japan's work. Long have titles such as Final Fantasy, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus; Dark Souls and Kingdom Hearts been a part of my life, though Japan's industry has been taking a lot of grief as of late and many feel the country may lose its impact in the West.
I was recently taking a look at Phil Fish's comments back in 2012 concerning the Japanese industry. He rudely and egotistically pontificated his opinions to a fan of FEZ, someone who was asking him about what he thought of his own country's output, Japan. "They all suck!" was his retort. While I understand that Japanese games have a certain form of appeal to them that doesn't always entice the majority of gamers, they are far from worthless.
Persona 5 & Japan's Gaming Industry
Variety is the spice of life. After a whole host of Christmas release dates from the West descended upon me, it's been a tremendous release to be able to dive into the world of Japanese games. Majora's Mask 3D, Demon's Souls, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and the Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD collection have filled up some space in the early months of this year already for me.
Though all from a few years back, each game demonstrates the abundant quality that can be discovered in this country's output. Now with [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985) , Bloodborne, Persona 5, Xenoblade Chronicles X and more getting a 2015 release date, one can hardly ignore the extraordinary presence of this country's output.
But was it that has so many gamers out there criticising the games of this country? Indeed, the country is well known for its long conversations. Their RPG titles are filled with mountains of text, and their games can be rather didactic in how they teach you new mechanics. You'll be taught how every single thing works, generally by a screen coming up and interrupting the flow of the game.
But to be honest, I cherish their experiences. Ni No Kuni was one of the best games I'd played in a while and it was a glorious amalgamation of Japan's cinematic and video game creative output. The game was filled to the brim with charm and was a glorious adventure to interact with for all of the 70 hours I pumped into it.
Now, at long last, this year we'll have Megami Tensei return with another Persona game, Persona 5. It essentially has everything that Japan's critics hate. A lot of text, crazy characters, over the top music and voice acting, and to be honest, all that sounds like the perfect concoction for a tremendous game.
Is it a matter of taste? I don't think so. I feel that Japan's output in the gaming industry has as much claim to the title of "art" as the West's output. And I know I'm not alone on this one! Persona for instance has a dedicated fan base and Persona 5 looks like it won't be disappointing.
Bloodborne & Japan's Future
What are your thoughts on the releases from Japan? Are you a fan of the output of this fascinating country? Or are you someone that finds themselves indifferent to their style and presence? Regardless of your standpoint, one can hardly ignore the esteem that the impending 2015 Japanese releases have.
Bloodborne has got to be one of the most sought after games this year for PS4 owners. Its promise of challenging gameplay, beautiful art design and an engaging world to get lost in, make March 24th a day of great excitement for gamers all over the world.
But what lies in wait for Japan's future? Well, with the likes of Final Fantasy 15 , Kingdom Hearts 3 , The Legend of Zelda Wii U, Strafox Wii U and many more on the way this year and next, I can see some of the greatest gaming experiences I enjoy in the years to come being Japanese.
But what are your thoughts gamers? Do you think that the Japanese industry may eventually lose its appeal int the west? Be sure to let us know if you'll be picking up Persona 5 or Bloodborne on their respective release dates for the PS4! Are you a fan of the Japanese game industry or have an issue with their designs? Then be sure to let us know in the comments and if you're enjoying one of their titles at the moment, let us know what it is!