Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another massive edition of Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese games that will probably never get released out west.
This week saw a whopping bajillion visual novels hit store shelves, a few of which are quite high profile. Former Xbox 360 exclusives make their way to the PS3, and one classic gets a remake. Fans of idols also have plenty to be excited about, which four titles ready to worm their way into your hearts. Violently.
With that said, follow me after the break as I take deep breaths and try not to pass out from visual novel overload!
Releases for the week of October 21-27:
Phantom of Inferno
Online Price: 6,582 Yen ($82.90)
Kicking things off this week is a rare Xbox 360 exclusive release, this one a remake/update of an older visual novel penned by the famous Gen Urobuchi (Fate/Zero, Madoka). Phantom of Inferno was also adapted into a two cour anime series a few years back, leading the NitroPlus team to revisit the game. This update features revised character designs and a retooled story that puts it more in line with the anime narrative. Apparently there is a new route/ending that closely mirrors the way things played out in the show. I can only hope that the absolutely contrived final scene got fixed, seeing as the rest of the TV series was so solid.
I'm not one to port beg, but I'm really disappointed this is a 360 exclusive. With more and more formerly exclusive visual novels finally making the jump to the PS3 (see below), I hoped that NitroPlus would had followed as well. I really want to play this, but seeing as I no longer own a 360, it looks like I'll be playing the waiting game instead. Le sigh.
For all you importers out there, keep in mind that this is a visual novel, and thus heavy on Japanese text. Purchase at your own peril.