Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to a very special edition of Go West!.
It's the holiday season, which means it's time for me to drop a list of the top five import games of the year. 2012 hosted a massive list of Japan-only games, many of which were quite fantastic. Trying to cut things down to ten titles was no easy feet, but after a long and hard battle, I'm ready to present you all with the top five imports of the year.
Follow me after the break as I drop some phat beats in the form of a list. A phat list.
Top five import titles for 2012:
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f (Playstation Vita)
Online Price: 6,750 Yen ($84.90)
For fans of the rhythm genre, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f was a must-have title in 2012. Featuring a list of new songs and modules for your favorite Vocaloids, Project Diva f is a game full of content. Visually, it's the best looking game in the series and the Vita screenshot feature means you can capture every stunning moment. I put quite a few hours into this beast, but don't take it from me, our resident Project Diva fan, Chris, reviewed the game in full.
In a year that featured two Vocaloid rhythm games, Project Diva f comes out on top and deserves your import bucks. There is a PS3 version hitting Japanese store shelves early next year, so if that's your preferred console of choice, feel free to wait it out. Either way, you can't go wrong with Sega's latest.
Time Travelers (Playstation Vita, Nintendo 3DS)
Publisher: Level 5
Online Price: 5,080 Yen ($71.90)
While the rest of the games on this list were about as excellent as I had expected, Level 5's Time Travelers came as a something of a surprise. Coming from the mind of Jirou Ishii (428), Time Travelers tells the story of a group of five unknowing heroes who come together to save the world from an insane group of terrorists. The game plays out much like a visual novel, though with 3D models and many more dialogue branches.
The game can be completed in a brisk ten hours, but in that period of time you'll laugh, cry and feel all the feels. There are some odd moments of Japanese humor here and there, but Jirou Ishii once again proves himself a fantastic storyteller. The only bummer? Time Travelers is text heavy, meaning if you dont have a solid handle on the Japanese language, you might want to steer clear for a bit.