Welcome ladies, gentlemen and inanimate objects that have felt left out over the last 24 weeks! This is Go West!, your weekly column about new Japanese games and enjoying Elliot's pain and suffering.
This week is pretty slim on big releases, with America winning out via the new Kingdom Hearts game and Growlanser for the PSP. After the last edition and the slew of expensive games that came out, I'm fairly grateful for the lack of releases.
Follow me after the break as I try not to punch my screen while summarizing games that have "Moe" in the title!
Releases for the week of July 29-August 4:
Corpse Party - The Anthology - Hysteric Birthday 2U
I loved the first PSP Corpse Party and so did Chris if his review is any indication. Despite foregoing realistic graphics, it was one of the more gripping and scary video game experiences I've had in quite some time. It's a gem of a title and I highly recommend downloading it off the PSN and putting it in your PSP/Vita ASAP. Unfortunately I've yet to get my hands on Book of Shadows, the PSP sequel. It's surprisingly difficult to find and it hasn't been uploaded to the PSN at this point.
Hysteric Birthday however, confuses the ever living hell out of me. Rather than continue down the path of horror, Hysteric Birthday is a romantic comedy featuring the cast of Corpse Party. It also brings in characters from Book of Shadows and introduces some new ones as well. I have no clue what the CP team is trying to achieve with this game, but all I can do is cross my fingers and hope for a true sequel sometime in the near future.
I wouldn't hold my breath about this one going west. Book of Shadows would be the first sequel to hit English speaking shores if XSEED decides to localize more of this franchise.