Well, the time has come. It has been a long wait but those of us who love the natural state of things will soon be rewarded. On September 21st, Sony Computer Entertainment America will release the first games on a new service called Imports on the PlayStation(R)Store. For the first time, North American users will be able to purchase games imported directly from Japan. These games will be in their pure, unadulterated form.
You may wonder why some of the great Japanese titles you hear about in the press never make it to Western markets. There are numerous reasons but the biggest is translation. A lot of cost goes into translation thus profitability becomes tenuous for many titles. Remove that barrier and a world of Japanese wonder comes rushing to your screen. Buyer beware: you’ll need to use your gaming instinct and intuition to maneuver your way around the Japanese text. But we’ve focused on titles that are easy to navigate.
Cho Aniki was a title considered just too weird for publishers to gamble on. It is also a damn funny game that borders on sensory overload. The game is a challenging shooter that will “shock and awe” you into laughter. If you’re like me, you’ll wonder WTF were the designers thinking of when they came up with some of the scenes you’ll take on. No doubt, you’ll have something to talk about with your shooter buddies. Take the plunge!
GaiaSeed is for the pure shooter enthusiast. Remember the days when shooters ruled the skies? When you get your hands on this one, you’ll be taken back to that era and she’ll fit like an old glove. Supremely smooth with a silky techo backbeat, GaiaSeed is one of those lost gems that would and should have become a classic. The game is guaranteed to satisfy again and again.
We reckon there’s a pretty good appetite for these classics and we’ve priced them at a reduced rate to keep your impulsive curiosity piqued. Our website has instruction on how to get playing and we encourage our fans to participate on our forum to help each other out. We also encourage your suggestions on titles you’d like to see.
So join us in getting down to the roots of the Japanese game market and playing some of these Imports that should have made it over but never did…until now.