Back in the days of cartridge converters and illegal modifications all for the purpose of playing imported games, most American gamers only heard about elusive Japanese games and could only find out about them from rare magazine articles or word of mouth. With the internet and a greater interest in gaming, not only is more information making it to western gamers by way of individual user created videos, but there is a greater number of games being published here as well. Although that is the case, people still import games – and for good reason. Here are at least five reasons why to import a game instead of waiting for it to come overseas.
Available on: PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Namco Bandai Games; Developer: Tecmo Koei; Players: 1 – 4; Released: June 28, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site
Since Dynasty Warriors: Gundam’s original announcement, fans of both Gundam and hack-and-slashers alike have been absolutely giddy about the prospect of cutting down and blowing up thousands of mobile suits. Since then, the games have pumped up the fan service even more and awe practically every Gundam fan in its presence. The newest installment, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 is no exception. Speaking as an enthusiast of the Universal Century stories myself, this is the game I’ve been waiting for yet again.
Not sure if you guys are into anime and stuff like that, but I stopped by Anime Expo 2011 this past weekend to check out some of the games at the show, including El Shaddai and Bleach: Soul Resurrection (more on that later). When I wasn’t playing those games or buying random things with some friends, I took notice of a couple of cosplayers and took pictures of those that interested me. Please forgive the crappy pictures. It’s what happens when your camera sucks and you resort to an HTC Desire Z for pictures instead. Hope you guys will like them, though!
Gamers looking for a quick fix this week are going to get their fill with the Xbox Live Arcade’s release of Half-Minute Hero, which has all the elements of an RPG in less than a minute rather than the usual 50-something hour grind. Otherwise, get in some quick rounds of horde-blasting action with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Personally, since I still haven’t downloaded the DLC for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, it might be time to pick up the disc-based release instead. After all, new artwork never hurt anyone!
No E3 would be complete without an editor’s own picks for his favorite games at E3. Likewise, we have our own list as well. No question about it though, each editor’s own tastes come through with their personal tastes, as I believe you’ll see in mine.
Fresh off our look on SD Gundam G Generation World, we still have a tingling for some more strategy RPG action. Luckily, Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Haikai-hen (or Super Robot Wars Z II) just came out for the PSP in Japan and satisfies our mecha craving even more. Rather than several series from one franchise, Z II includes a myriad of both classic and modern robot series, ranging from Mazinger Z to even Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Robot nerds, look no further for your nerdgasm.
Eye for Imports is a new section we’re starting to inform you guys of some of the interesting games in Japan right now. If we’re lucky, they may even come shore side and we can snag a copy at domestic prices, albeit coupled with ear-rape voice acting.
This week, we introduce a PSP game with a long pedigree before it: SD Gundam G Generation World. For the uninitiated, this strategy RPG features Gundam units in various scenarios from all the most popular Gundam series, such as Mobile Suit Gundam or the recent Gundam 00, or even lesser known series like Crossbone Gundam.