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Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0


#26461 Batto47  

Posted 26 October 2018 - 11:52 PM

Two of XSEED's producers left today, no reason specified for one, the other left to teach in Japan:
 
https://twitter.com/...862246482468865
 
https://twitter.com/...882547048079360
 
If I remember correctly, Brittany in particular was one of the driving forces behind the Trails games, which doesn't bode well for the remaining entries being localized.


The first thing I thought when I read this news was "XSEED must have lost the Cold Steel 3/4 bid." Either way, not gonna lie, I might have shed a few tears thinking about their departure.

#26462 Covnam   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1248 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 27 October 2018 - 02:44 AM

This isn't my thing, but the Sony censorship is getting out of hand. It's gotten to the point where you literally can only see the character's heads. Something is wrong when the Nintendo version of a game is the less censored version. Not sure what the niche community can do to correct this behavior though... 

Hmm, I wonder then if this recent issue wasn't just a Sony of America thing, but actually from the home office.

Either way, best to just purchase the game(s) on other platforms then.



#26463 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   4222 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Posted 27 October 2018 - 04:45 AM

Hmm, I wonder then if this recent issue wasn't just a Sony of America thing, but actually from the home office.
Either way, best to just purchase the game(s) on other platforms then.


Sony basically moved their main offices to America back in 2016, though.

#26464 Tothoro  

Posted 27 October 2018 - 05:07 AM

What's always baffled me about these censorship issues is how much some games get away with and how little others do. For example, GTAV and the God of War series have some pretty prominent nudity, but anything anime-styled is becoming increasingly censored. Is the art style really that big of a differentiator? If anything, I would reason that more realistic graphics would draw harsher restriction on that front.

 

I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here, it just seems like a weird double standard.



#26465 aerozero   The man from nowhere CAGiversary!   1016 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

Posted 27 October 2018 - 05:28 AM

I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here, it just seems like a weird double standard.

 

Niche games are just convenient scapegoats



#26466 JCAll   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1984 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 27 October 2018 - 06:26 AM

Niche games are just convenient scapegoats

You lose less money making an example of the little guy.



#26467 bappt   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   723 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 27 October 2018 - 07:15 AM

It still seems quite clear to me that they're looking to not have the system feature High School girls in sexual situations. Japanese anime and games love the High School setting, but it also means the girls are definitely under 18. 



#26468 bigstew  

Posted 27 October 2018 - 10:10 AM

Whatever Sony's new policy is, it's hard to think that it had nothing to do with the motivations of these departures. If Sony decides to take a more aggressive approach to altering third-party titles not just in the U.S., but also in Japan, that would mean a lot of issues with XSEED's typical product selections. Onechanbara's remake was the next hot game probably eyed by XSEED, but this suggests they may need to think twice about bothering to release it here.

 

Hopefully, what we'll see as a compromise will be English versions of these games still being released in their original, unaltered states for the Asia market. At least that way those interested can just import them from stores like Play-Asia or sellers on eBay.

 

This may mean fewer titles coming out of XSEED in the West. I suppose those games could migrate to the Switch, but I'm unsure the user-base on that system is large enough for XSEED to bother outside of may be smaller titles or digital only games.

fat chance, their is a vn releasing in jp i believe in dec that sony had heavily censored to match their new policy with the switch version less censored and pc version less censored, seems their going world wide with the smaller companies at least



#26469 NeoMonk  

Posted 27 October 2018 - 03:11 PM

Soul Calibur 6 reveal trailer for Nier Automata's 2B

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#26470 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   7863 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 27 October 2018 - 03:31 PM

It still seems quite clear to me that they're looking to not have the system feature High School girls in sexual situations. Japanese anime and games love the High School setting, but it also means the girls are definitely under 18. 

Yup.  When they cut content from the JP version to the US version that sucks.  But I also don't get all up in arms over "censorship" issues or companies changing their adult content direction.  Simply put, that type of stuff isn't always suitable for America or for them doing proper business over here.  If you are that hard-up there is an endless amount of free porn to stream on the internet and plenty of other ways to get your jollies off.  It ain't like we have it hard these days.  Plus you always have the option of importing the JP game if it is truly that important to you. 

 

America's taboo with "underage" sex related stuff isn't going away anytime soon.  That's another problem entirely.  The issue is not the video game developers that are simply conforming with our laws and societal expectations. 



#26471 deadofnight   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   862 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

deadofnight

Posted 27 October 2018 - 05:18 PM

I wonder if 2B is in the season pass, or if she is her own separate dlc. The season pass isn't mentioned in the trailer. I can't think of a fighting game where a guest character wasn't part of the season pass, but not promoting her as part of the season pass is odd.



#26472 JohnnySako   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   535 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

JohnnySako

Posted 27 October 2018 - 05:51 PM

I wonder if 2B is in the season pass, or if she is her own separate dlc. The season pass isn't mentioned in the trailer. I can't think of a fighting game where a guest character wasn't part of the season pass, but not promoting her as part of the season pass is odd.

It appears she’s part of the season pass, based on this screenshot from the end of the video. e7e5aea44f64fa189789f48be33254bc.jpg


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#26473 deadofnight   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   862 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

deadofnight

Posted 27 October 2018 - 06:26 PM

It appears she’s part of the season pass, based on this screenshot from the end of the video. e7e5aea44f64fa189789f48be33254bc.jpg


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Thanks. I saw the Bandai Namco Europe trailer, and it didn't have that graphic.



#26474 Supplice   Meta CAGiversary!   4863 Posts   Joined 9.2 Years Ago  

Supplice

Posted 27 October 2018 - 06:38 PM

Left Alive Interview — Square Enix on Piloting Wanzers, Making a Front Mission Successor, and More

 

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Gets New Trailer Featuring Aircraft Customization

Spoiler

 

NieR: Automata’s 2B is Coming to SoulCalibur VI

Spoiler

 

Visual Novel Shinsou Noise ~Jushin Tantei no Jikenbo~ Announced for PlayStation 4 in Japan

 

Mario Kart 64 devs on how mini-turbos were originally a hidden feature, cut “no item” racing mode and courses

 

Croixleur Sigma Switch trailer

Spoiler

 

.hack//G.U. Last Recode shipments and digital sales top 300,000



#26475 BlackRockWaifu   Advocate for the Black Friday Champion Fredyyy CAGiversary!   2970 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

BlackRockWaifu

Posted 27 October 2018 - 09:30 PM

That's so awesome! They just sold me on the game + season pass.

 

I also love how both guest characters, 2B and Geralt of Rivia both use 2 swords. Wonder if we'll get like Kratos, or Nero with the Red Queen and Yamato next or something.



#26476 vic_x51   World Warrior CAGiversary!   2147 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

Posted 27 October 2018 - 10:44 PM

i doubt we'd get Kratos since i don't think Bandai will do the exclusive console character thing anymore, unless Sony fronts the bill themselves to produce it.

#26477 JohnnySako   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   535 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

JohnnySako

Posted 27 October 2018 - 11:49 PM

Majima Goro kicking ass with an umbrella in SC6 would be awesome.

#26478 itzd4n   Dank Lean CAGiversary!   996 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2018 - 04:31 AM

Majima Goro kicking ass with an umbrella in SC6 would be awesome.


Nah, it would definitely be with a dagger instead.

#26479 Kaiser499   Gaming Guru CAGiversary!   3987 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2018 - 07:20 AM

All Japanese devs have to go through Sony of America now for content approval, we're going to get a lot more censorship on PS4 and future consoles.

 

http://blog.esuteru....es/9212646.html

 

 

First it was Omega Labyrinth Z, then it was Senran Kagura now it's everything...



#26480 Supplice   Meta CAGiversary!   4863 Posts   Joined 9.2 Years Ago  

Supplice

Posted 28 October 2018 - 07:54 AM

Sony Censorship Policy is Forcing Japanese Developers to Censor Themselves Even in Japan

 

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#26481 The Dead Texan   Rest in Peace, Big Rizzle CAGiversary!   3796 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

The Dead Texan

Posted 28 October 2018 - 10:37 AM

Save us, Switch-sama!



#26482 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5691 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2018 - 10:59 AM

Shame that neither Taiko no Tatsujin have any drum kits to go with them. Also added in Hidden Folks which is a great hidden object game and should also be popular with kids. That's probably the only non-thread related game listed.

Other stuff that released without warning last week or I overlooked it (Assume PC unless otherwise noted):
- Kara no Shojo (Visual Novel / Detective)
- VANILLA - GARDEN OF JUDGEMENT (Visual Novel)

Weekly Releases (October 28th - November 3rd)

Chronus Arc
- Platform(s): PS4, Vita
- Genre: RPG
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: KEMCO Mobile Port. Cross-Buy. Digital only on PS4. Vita supposedly has physical?

Dream Daddy: Dadrector's Cut
- Platform(s): PS4
- Genre: Visual Novel / Dating Sim / Gay
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Digital only. Previously released on PC.

Infinite Adventures
- Platform(s): PS4, PC
- Genre: First-Person Dungeon Crawler / RPG
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Digital only.

Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far
- Platform(s): PS4
- Genre: Action RPG
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: A compilation of the last two compilations. I think it contains pretty much everything to date?

Paper Dolls
- Platform(s): PS4 VR
- Genre: Survival Horror / Adventure
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Digital only. Chinese dev.

Psyvariar Delta
- Platform(s): PS4, Switch
- Genre: Vertical SHMUP
- Demo: N/A
- Online: Local only.
- Comments: Enhanced version of the original Arcade/PS2 game. Pretty sure it has local two-player modes.

Death Mark
- Platform(s): PS4, Vita, Switch, XB1
- Genre: Horror / Adventure / Visual Novel
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A

NEKOPARA Vol. 1
- Platform(s): PS4
- Genre: Visual Novel
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Digital only. Previously released on Switch & PC.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session!
- Platform(s): PS4
- Genre: Music / Rhythm
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Digital only. Different song list than the Switch Taiko no Tatsujin game.

Gal Metal
- Platform(s): Switch
- Genre: Music / Rhythm / Visual Novel (?)
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Has no on-screen button prompts that are typical for rhythm games.

OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes
- Platform(s): Switch
- Genre: Bralwer / Action
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Previously released on PS4, XB1 & PC.

Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San
- Platform(s): Switch, PC
- Genre: Action-Platformer
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A

Steven Universe: Save the Light
- Platform(s): Switch
- Genre: RPG
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Previously released on PS4, XB1 & PC.

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection
- Platform(s): Switch
- Genre: Survival Horror / Adventure
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Contains both Yomawari: Night Alone & Yomawari: Midnight Shadows.

Hidden Folks
- Platform(s): Switch
- Genre: Puzzle / Hidden Object
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Previously released on PC.

Kitty Love -Way to look for love-
- Platform(s): Switch
- Genre: Visual Novel / Otome / Lycanthropy
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A

Transistor
- Platform(s): Switch
- Genre: Strategy RPG
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Previously released on PS4 & PC.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!
- Platform(s): Switch
- Genre: Music / Rhythm
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Digital only. Different song list than the PS4 Taiko no Tatsujin game.

Snow Daze: The Music of Winter Special Edition
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Visual Novel / Smut
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Horror / Adventure
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A

- Comments: Previously released on PSP.

Nowhere Girl
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Visual Novel / Smut
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A

Bonds
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Visual Novel / Bondage
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: Surprisingly seems to have no smut.

MarisaLand Legacy
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Action-Platformer
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A
- Comments: DLSite published.

King of Queendoms
- Platform(s): PC
- Genre: Visual Novel / Smut
- Demo: N/A
- Online: N/A


Past Releases
October 21st - October 27th
October 14th - October 20th
October 7th - October 13th
September 30th - October 6th
September 23rd - September 29th
 



#26483 BlackRockWaifu   Advocate for the Black Friday Champion Fredyyy CAGiversary!   2970 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

BlackRockWaifu

Posted 28 October 2018 - 02:03 PM

First it was Omega Labyrinth Z, then it was Senran Kagura now it's everything...

The end is nigh... I'm scared...

 

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#26484 motaku96   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   1883 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2018 - 04:28 PM

That's so awesome! They just sold me on the game + season pass.

 

I also love how both guest characters, 2B and Geralt of Rivia both use 2 swords. Wonder if we'll get like Kratos, or Nero with the Red Queen and Yamato next or something.

I think Dante from his DMC5 version would be a great addition. But yeah, 2B definitely sold me on getting SCVI, and I think it did so for a lot of other people too. Good choice for guest character.

 

As for the recent sony debacle, I'm hoping it bites them in the ass and more games go over the PC and switch. Steam tried clamping down on censoring games earlier in the year and after a lot of backlash, they did a full 180 and now allow 18+ content on the store. I don't think Sony will go that far but they have to be feeling the hit from small publishers leaving the platform.

 

Btw, there is currently a 30% off coupon at TokyoOtakuMode for all figures. Coupon is DELIGHT72. It makes for a pretty good deal if you get the free shipping.



#26485 Green Card200   The Time Mage CAGiversary!   2380 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Green Card200

Posted 28 October 2018 - 05:00 PM

This doesn't apply if they left for real teaching positions but if they left XSeed to become ALTs in Japan that means their pay was shit.



#26486 triplemint  

Posted 28 October 2018 - 05:08 PM

If Sony isn't putting out a Vita 2 I really doubt they give a damn about the JP niche market anymore.



#26487 keyblader1985   Wait, what? CAGiversary!   3075 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

keyblader1985

Posted 28 October 2018 - 05:34 PM

Not caring and actively taking a shit on them are two different things. Sony has firmly made their stance as the latter.

It's funny; Nintendo has always been my favorite platform, but I still got Sony consoles for things that Nintendo didn't offer. Now that I can get those things on Nintendo, and even as the superior non-watered down versions, Sony just made it all too easy for me to drop them in the future.

#26488 EdJericho   2.5D Seiyuu Fanboy CAGiversary!   822 Posts   Joined 5.7 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2018 - 05:39 PM

All Japanese devs have to go through Sony of America now for content approval, we're going to get a lot more censorship on PS4 and future consoles.

 

http://blog.esuteru....es/9212646.html

 

First it was Omega Labyrinth Z, then it was Senran Kagura now it's everything...

The dialogue bit from the devs working on the game.

 

Visual novel Silverio Trinity coming to PlayStation, hindered by recent Sony regulations

 

Other titles that have been affected by these regulations include:

  • Omega Labyrinth Z (PS4, PS Vita): Banned from release in North America and Europe by SIE. Before that, it was banned from release in the United Kingdom by the Video Standards Council Rating Board.
  • Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: Library Party: A PlayStation 4 version of this game was never announced. A PS Vita version was released in 2015 and a Switch version in July 2018. The game’s developer, August, is reported as saying the following in a Summer Comiket-distributed booklet: “We want to release a PS4 version, but SIE’s regulations have gotten strict, so we are looking into a counterplan.”
  • Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal (PS4): Western release delayed to remove the game’s “Intimacy Mode,” which has appeared without issue in previous iterations of the series. The mode remains implemented in the PC version.
  • Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart (PS4) : The PlayStation 4 version conceals various scenes (links NSFW) behind rays of light, including skin, swimwear, and underwear. The Switch version that launched alongside the PlayStation 4 version was released without these regulations. The PS Vita version released in 2017 is also without said edits.
  • Sakura Sakura (PS4, Vita): The PlayStation versions of Sakura Sakura trims scenes that contain sexual content (link NSFW) with black borders.

 



#26489 Kaiser499   Gaming Guru CAGiversary!   3987 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2018 - 05:42 PM

If Sony isn't putting out a Vita 2 I really doubt they give a damn about the JP niche market anymore.

 

They barely supported the first one, don't know why people expect a Vita 2.



#26490 redman77   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   166 Posts   Joined 15.2 Years Ago  

redman77

Posted 28 October 2018 - 05:55 PM

This censorship stuff is beyond ridiculous. Video games in large part are artistic expression. They are already rated by the ESRB. It's absolutely incredible to think that Sony has no problem releasing movies, dvds, games, and music that contains misogynistic, nude, lewd, ultra violent, graphic, etc content, yet gosh forbid some animated underwear must be censored if it's in a video game. Fan service type stuff is not really my thing, but I absolutely feel that there is a ton of hypocrisy at play here. No laws are being violated in the USA or Japan by the censored content. Sony does not need to by our nanny. I feel bad for the developers and ultimately the gamers who value the types of games being censored. One has to wonder where this will all end. Animated underwear today, what will be banned/censored tomorrow?