On a Sunday morning in September, Typhoon Talim was flooding the western part of Japan with a torrential downpour, but at Todoroki Station in Tokyo on the other end of the country, its effects were limited to a light rain. A 20-minute ride south of the city’s famous Shibuya crossing, Todoroki is a sleepy residential…
In a world where Japanese publishers have finally started to embrace global simultaneous releases, and there’s no longer much stress over whether we’ll see niche role-playing games come to the West, one series remains woefully behind: Trails, also known as Kiseki, also known as the best JRPG series out there.
Whenever I wander into houses or businesses in The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, I marvel at a specific detail—the chests which are perched on cluttered, or organized shelves. They’re parts of the scenery of an enriched world, in which sprites’ homes feel lived-in and cozy. These chests are also out of…
During the early years in gaming, JRPGs were one of the few ways of getting a good, meaningful story in games, but as much as fans of the genre adore them, JRPGs have their fair share of problems. The story of the genre hasn’t been the smoothest, and many people’s experiences reflect that, my own included. This is a…
Take a dash of Suikoden’s world-building, add some Grandia-style combat, stir it all in with the setting and social links of Persona, and bam, you’ve got Trails of Cold Steel, which comes out for PS3 and Vita today.
There have been many JRPGs released over the past five years, and many of them are great. Only one can be safely labeled the best.
One day in March of last year, video game writer Andrew Dice wrote out a check for all of his company’s money. He stuck it in the doorframe at his business partner’s apartment in Portland, Oregon, then went back to his own place. (They live in the same complex.) He closed all the windows. Then, as he tells it, he laid…
Games can often offer social commentary on things from politics to opinion to simple observation on the state of the world. Sometimes they’ll even go meta, using a video game to talk about video games. Falcom’s latest action RPG, Tokyo Xanadu does just that.
The PlayStation Vita needs more games like Ys: Memories of Celceta, a Falcom-developed action-RPG that comes out today for Sony's portable system.
Before or after? Sure, what the hey. During? Nooooo. The intro sequence to a video game sets both the stage and the tone of what's to come, and Sen no Kiseki does it in a bad way.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, one of the PSP's best RPGs, is getting an HD re-release on PS3 in Japan.
This is Ys Celceta: Sea Of Trees (also known as Ys Celceta: Foliage Ocean), the next game in Falcom's Ys series of action-roleplaying games.
Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has some screenshots for the newest Ys game, Ys Celceta: Sea Of Trees—a remake of Ys IV that is slated for PlayStation Vita in Japan this September.
In 1987 Japanese developer Falcom released a role-playing game so metal it needed its own in-house band to create the soundtrack. This February XSEED celebrates with the Ys I & II Chronicles Hair Metal Pack for the PSP.
Fans of the Japanese style role-playing game, particularly the long-running Ys series, have XSEED Games to thank for bringing a long list of developer Falcom's games stateside, breathing new life into the PSP.