Although the series has made it over to American waters once during the PS2 era, it has since been absent and Taiko enthusiasts have had to resort to overpriced imports for their Japanese drumming thrills. With the yen all but kicking the American dollar’s ass, players have to wonder if it’s worth the game’s price and expensive shipping. The time to make a decision has come again with the latest installment in Japan, Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX for the PSP.
Available on: Xbox 360; Publisher: Namco Bandai Games; Developer: Namco Bandai Games; Players: 1; Released: June 29, 2011; ESRB: Everyone
Back in the day of the arcades, everybody had their go-to games. these reached from multiplayer gems like Street Fighter to recognizable gaming icons like Pac-Man. Arcade goers would be sure to have seen Galaga sitting at one corner of the arcade or another. Galaga Legions DX brings back those childhood memories along with some new designs that may satisfy both older and younger gamers alike.
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.
Available on: PSP; Publisher: D3Publisher; Developer: Namco Bandai; Players: 1 – 4; Released: March 15, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website
Gods Eater Burst stands out amongst its monster hunting, Arcana touting brethren with its anime-like visuals and character designs. Instead of monsters, players hunt Aragami beasts in Gods Eater Burst, which roughly translates to the same thing, so players know what they’re getting themselves into. Beyond that though, the gameplay offers little that players haven’t seen before and is a mediocre game at best.