Go West! Week Fifty-Nine: Eating Gods All Day Everyday


God eating like it's 1995

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.

Releases for the week of November 10 - 16:

Playstation Vita:

God Eater 2
Bandai Namco Games
Online Price: $57.99 

Folks out west might not realize it, but God Eater is kinda of a big franchise for Bandai Namco.

The original was one of the first games in a post-Monster Hunter world to put its own spin on the then-new genre. Rather than copy the slower and more deliberate gameplay of MH, God Eater went in the opposite direction by favoring fast ground and aerial combat. There was also a stronger focus on telling a story, and it certainly helped that legendary composer Go Shiina handled the score. The end result was a brand-new IP that sold hundreds of thousands of copies on the PSP, and still stands as the most successful non-MH hunting game to date.

Three years later, and God Eater 2 has finally hit store shelves. It's been a long and winding road up until now; the original reveal trailer from 2011 was met with a fairly negative response due to the shift in art design. Project G.E. then went quiet for an entire year. The week of Tokyo Game Show 2012, God Eater 2 resurfaced with a sharp but familiar art style, and the announcement that it was in development for both the PSP and the Vita. 

Since then, Project G.E. has made great strides in terms of reaching out to the community and working with them to make changes to God Eater 2. The large demo launched over the summer served as a way of getting feedback from fans, and it seems to me like it was an effective strategy.

Long story short, God Eater 2 is an immensely fun game. It doesn't appear to be nearly as complicated or as huge a time sink as Monster Hunter 4 is, but I think it does an incredibly respectable job of presenting hunting fans an alternative to Capcom's series. The combat is fast and responsive, Go Shiina's soundtrack is as beautiful as always, and visually the game looks great on the Vita. The story that God Eater 2 has to tell isn't particularly new or groundbreaking, but it's a fun romp with a huge cast of characters. 

If I had one large complaint, it'd be the lack of online multiplayer. I get that that isn't particularly a huge deal for many Japanese gamers; local MP is king here. That doesn't make it any easier to accept for someone like me who wants to play with friends far away. Adhoc Party is still way too much of a pain in the ass to use on a regular basis.

That being said, the developers have stated in interviews that they plan on updating God Eater 2 once a month with new free DLC and changes to the system underneath the hood. Hopefully if things pan out, they'll end up patching online into the game. It certainly wouldn't be the first time something like that happened.

As for the chances of God Eater 2 going west are concerned? I have absolutely no clue. At best, I think there's a chance of it hitting English language territories as a digital-only game. 

Fingers crossed.


Nintendo 3DS:

Seisou no Amazones
Arc System Works
Online Price: $58.99 

Quietly announced, and perhaps even more quietly released, Seisou no Amazones is undoubtedly a game of some kind.

I'm 60% sure of this.

It's a shame that every article I've read about Amazones in Japanese magazines has done a terrible job of explaining what sort of RPG it is. One thing I do know is that it features a cast of female characters, many of them dressed like something out of a bondage magazine. A quick glance at the Official Website reveals that it's a first person dungeon crawl in which special attacks are discharged by rubbing the touchscreen (their bodies). 

Yeah, I don't know either.

I highly doubt we'll ever see Seisou no Amazones go west, so if you're looking to potentially blow sixty dollars, be my guest.


Medarot Dual Kabuto/Kuwagata
Rocket Company
Online Price: $57.99 

You might not necessarily recognize the name, but I can guarantee you're probably a little bit familiar with the franchise.

There was a time when Medarot existed in English speaking territories as Medabots. Yeah, I see you in the corner nodding your head. Don't try to hide it.

At one time a JRPG series for kids, Medarot makes the jump into action RPG territory, not unlike Level 5's Little Battlers eXperience games. The core of it is still intact though; you mix and match from a huge number of different parts to create your ideal super fighting robot. The campaign looks to be quite lengthy, featuring a number of cameos from previous titles. Like all multiplayer action games over here, Medarot of course features 4-player local and online play for story missions, and a host of co-op quests as well. Huzzah!

This new Medarot release has two separate versions, each with their own exclusive bots. This isn't very likely to head west, so if you're looking for some nostalgic action, this might be a good grab.


Model * Oshare Audition Dream Girl
Online Price: $56.99 

I know there are probably folks out there looking at the inclusion of Model * Oshare Audition Dream Girl and wondering if I've lost my sanity.

No worries, I lost that thing a long time ago.

That being said, the reason I included this game is because it genuinely looks fantastic. It's a model simulation title in which you're able to create a super-customized avatar and take her through the world of Japanese talent. You take jobs at TV stations and events, write articles, bond with your co-workers, and find true love. Of course the big draw is the intense customization options for creating new outfits. There are over 5,000 different items you can use to pretty up your model avatar, and over 50 endings available in the game. That's kind of nuts.

Model * Oshare Audition Dream Girl is the sort of game that sneaks under most folks' radars, which is a total shame. If you're into fashion and simulations, I say give this one a shot. You might be surprised.


Playstation Portable:

Arcana Famiglia 2
Online Price: $58.99 

Being a sequel to a fairly popular otome game with an equally popular anime adaptation, Arcana Famiglia 2 is the kind of release that I really don't have much to say about. 

According to the synopsis, Famiglia 2 takes place a few months after the end of the first game. Life returns to normal for the family, and signs of a peaceful winter begin to pop up here and there. A mysterious group of traveling merchants appears at the mansion, and Mondo starts to act strange. Thus begins the tarot cards' tale of the 'lovers.'

Yeah, I don't know what any of that means. I'm just going to assume that series fans can decipher some meaning out of the above. 

If you're a fan of the franchise and have no problems smashing through Japanese walls, import away!

[And that's all for this week folks. God Eater 2 is undoubtedly the highest profile game to see a release on the Vita in Japan, so it'll be interesting to see what sort of effect it has on hardware sales over the next week. November 21 is looking positively stacked, so prepare for a big Go West! Catch you all later!]

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