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4:00 PM on 03.10.2014

Go West! Sixty-Five: A Surge of Sacrifices

Welcome back to Go West!, your [yet again not] weekly column about Japanese video games, sushi, and longingly gazing outside at the soon-to-blossom cherry trees. This entry is coming to you folks a bit late, but at least ther...

Elliot Gay


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Go West! Sixty-Four: You got Puyo all up in my Tetris photo
Go West! Sixty-Four: You got Puyo all up in my Tetris
by Elliot Gay

Welcome to another riveting, awe inspiring, and emotionally draining edition of Go West!, your [inconsistently] weekly column about Japanese video games and some masochistic idiot.

This week, the game of all generations hits store shelves. 

Ok, maybe that might be a wee bit hyperbolic, but the reality is that I'm super duper hyped. We also have a handful of other important-ish releases for pretty much all of the major consoles, so hang onto your butts.

It's time to dance.

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Go West! Sixty-Three: Gundam in your Gundam on the Gundam photo
Go West! Sixty-Three: Gundam in your Gundam on the Gundam
by Elliot Gay

Welcome to the latest and greatest Go West!, your [why-do-I-even-try-to-be-timely] column about Japanese games, life in Japan, and Idea Factory. 

Ladies and gentlemen, this week is actually a very special one. The latest in one of Bandai Namco's biggest video game series is hitting the PS3, which means it's time to rejoice.

Self-proclaimed saviors of the JRPG, Imageepoch, have also released a brand new game. I'm sure somebody out there is probably happy about that.

Follow me as I take you for a ride on my hype train.

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Go West! Sixty-Two: Put Your Guns On photo
Go West! Sixty-Two: Put Your Guns On
by Elliot Gay

Welcome, dear readers. Today is Saturday, January 25; a very special day by all accounts. Why is it so special you ask? The answer is as simple as understanding the universe.

Today is the 62nd edition of Go West!, your [pretend this is accurate] weekly column about Japanese video games, new beginnings, and parties. 

Ok. Maybe I lied. Today really isn't all that special.

I still have a bang-up lineup of new games to talk about today, so I suppose that's something, I guess.

Let's get on with the show.

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Go West! Sixty-One: Elliot's Longest Day photo
Go West! Sixty-One: Elliot's Longest Day
by Elliot Gay

After approximately four hundred bajillion hours of travel across the world, I'm back in Japan.

I'm still alive.

That's right folks. Welcome back to Go West!, your one and only [insert-time-frame-here] column about new Japanese video games, bad puns, and a cynical man living in Japan. This week marks the first GW! of the new year, and while I wanted to do something special, the lack of releases leaves me with very few options.

Still, three new games are better than none. This is especially the case when one of them is a relatively high profile cross-media release. 

Let's get this party on the road, champs.

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Go West! Week Sixty: Lightning Returns to Arland photo
Go West! Week Sixty: Lightning Returns to Arland
by Elliot Gay

Greetings ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 60th edition of Go West!, your [inconsistently] weekly column about Japanese video games, a foreign guy in Japan, and Idea Factory. 

When I first started Go West! nearly two years ago, I had no idea what I was going to do with this column or how long it would last.

I still don't.

That being said, I would never have been able to take GW! this far if it weren't for you beautiful people, and for that I thank you all. I'll be sticking with it until I'm dead in a ditch somewhere, buried in Idea Factory otome games.

Let's get this birthday bash started!

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Go West! Week Fifty-Nine: Eating Gods All Day Everyday photo
Go West! Week Fifty-Nine: Eating Gods All Day Everyday
by Elliot Gay

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to yet another edition of Go West!, your [running out of ways to imply not-weekly] column about Japanese video games, a man who has forgotten how to love, and Idea Factory.

This week we feast on gods.

Make of that what you will.

In the meantime, the rest of us will be talking about video games or something.

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Go West! Fifty-Eight: I Hate Everything photo
Go West! Fifty-Eight: I Hate Everything
by Elliot Gay

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another riveting edition of Go West!, your [not-at-all] weekly column about new Japanese games, Idea Factory, and a writer who continuously makes bad decisions.

This week I opened myself up to you beautiful people and was met with monsters who just want to see me burn to the ground.

Let it be known that I will happily burn myself down if it means your joy. 

Flame on.

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Go West! Week Fifty-Six: Root of Blue Equals More Commas photo
Go West! Week Fifty-Six: Root of Blue Equals More Commas
by Elliot Gay

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another riveting edition of Go West!, your [occasionally] weekly column about Japanese video games, an insane man, and awful names.

This week? A somewhat depressing handful of games. To be fair, next week is looking to be pretty huge, so I suppose I can let Japan off the hook this one time.

It's not because I like you or anything, Japan. Tsun tsun.

Ahem!

Let's get this show on the road.

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Go West! Week Fifty-Five: Fairy Fencing Tales photo
Go West! Week Fifty-Five: Fairy Fencing Tales
by Elliot Gay

Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening.

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another rousing edition of Go West!, your [sometimes] weekly feature about Japanese games, Idea Factory, and a man quickly losing his sanity.

A tremendously popular game about hunting small creatures and forcing them to fight one another in deadly battles hits store shelves this week.

I won't be talking about that.

Instead, I'll be addressing the brave challengers. The games that are, against all odds, releasing the same week as the bringer of doom. If nothing else, I hope to bring shine a light upon these noble heroes.

Unless I get distracted and end up playing Pokemon instead. 

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Go West! Week Fifty-Four: The Legend of Heroes photo
Go West! Week Fifty-Four: The Legend of Heroes
by Elliot Gay

Long time no read, ladies and gentlemen.

Welcome back to the one and only Go West!, your [not-at-all] weekly column about Japanese import games and the geniuses at Idea Factory.

I know, it's been nearly two months since GW! 53 went live, and for that I apologize. August and September are extremely busy times of the year here in Japan, and it meant that Go West! had to go into hibernation for a little while.

I'm back now, and I'm here to stay... probably. While you question the truth behind that statement, let's talk about the new releases of the week, shall we?

Time to dance!

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Go West! Week Fifty-Three: Killer is Zero photo
Go West! Week Fifty-Three: Killer is Zero
by Elliot Gay

Fifty three weeks, ladies and gentlemen. Do you know what this means?

Absolutely nothing at all. Huzzah!

Welcome to another edition of Go West!, your [sometimes] weekly column about new Japanese import games, Idea Factory, and high school kids. This week? Nothing all that special, actually.

Let's get this average train moving!

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