|QUOTE (Dotseoem @ Saturday, May 11 2013, 03:33)|
| How many Japanese games are you hyped about? |
A long time ago, I was interested in Final Fantasy Versus XIII, mainly because of the aesthetic of the game and its more serious, grounded nature than, say, the normal XIII games (which for some reason have been milked to all hell like Assassins Creed 2's storyline) and the promises of it being a more open-world-y type fantasy game, like the old-school Final Fantasy games back in the day. Well... it's pretty much vapor-ware now. Not cancelled apparently, but there's been no news on it since I don't even know how long. There was no guarantee that it would have lived up to expectations either. But I really liked the ideas behind it, despite not generally being much of a JRPG fan at all.
The Last Guardian also seems interesting, since both Ico and Shadow of the Colossus were good games and it appears to be part of that same sort of... spiritual "franchise", but... that game is basically vaporware, too.
The state of Japanese gaming is nowhere near what it once was. It used to have a huge stranglehold on the videogame market, but no so much anymore. And some of its best series are becoming increasingly Westernized or even completely outsourced to Western developers (like Silent Hill, for instance), usually at a detriment to their quality (like Silent Hill, for instance), which kind of defeats the purpose, as well, while many fully Japanese series have stagnated. It's really a mess.
It's also really no surprise that a lot of people over there want something fresh.