dark        

J-Games    Anime    Videos    Features   

 
 

#JRPG

FRONT PAGE


Persona 5 photo

Japanator Unboxing: Persona 5 20th Anniversary Edition

Persona 5, one of the most anticipated games of the year, has finally hit Japanese shelves as well as the PlayStation Network. We were blessed with the opportunity to obtain the Persona 5 20th Anniversary Edition which includes the gam...

 
 
Trails of Cold Steel II photo

Grab your ARCUS units: Trails of Cold Steel II is now out

Listen up, everyone: It's time for us to make the best omelet and/or egg soup in the world, because today marks The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II's arrival in North America for the PS3 and Vita. I guess this means that Elliot Cr...

 
 
MangaGamer photo

MangaGamer announces two Rance titles, Sona-Nyl, and more

I may not have gotten the chance to dive into more traditional visual novel titles, but I still enjoy keeping with the stuff that gets announced for the West. That way, I have an idea on which games to jump on when I get the chance to consu...

 
 
 
Final Fantasy XV photo

Despair: Final Fantasy XV delayed to late Fall

One of the most remarkable things about Final Fantasy XV's development isn't its epic length, but how open the process has been over the last couple of years. Since the reins were handed over to director Hajime Tabata (who had previously he...

 
 
Tales of Berseria photo

Jam out to Tales of Berseria's fiery opening theme

With E3 '16 still happening as we speak, Bandai Namco decided to show off a new trailer for Tales of Berseria that shows off the new opening theme by FLOW that's simply known as "Burn." From the looks of it, the song's title suits Vel...

 
 
Trillion PS Vita Review photo

Review: Trillion: God of Destruction

The Final Boss Battle has been a staple of game design since about as long as games have had combat in them, and for the most part, a game is about how players lead their heroes to that final encounter, often plowing through hundreds or tho...

 
 
PoPoLoCrois photo

Review: Return to PoPoLoCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

I never thought that I'd live to see the day when the PoPoLoCrois series would cross over with the Story of Season (formerly known as Harvest Moon in the West) games. Even though the Rune Factory titles mixes raising crops and slaying ...

 
 
Trails in the Sky photo

Rejoice: Trails in the Sky the 3rd crosses the pond

For a second, I wasn't sure if XSEED's tweet about a priest and a nun was important since they might've been in the mood to tell a great joke. Lo and behold, this statement had a higher purpose as the company announced that The Le...

 
 
Japanator Live photo

Japanator Live: Recettear's final bill is about to get paid

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here. Also, I started Danganronpa, which can be watched here.] I may have failed to meet Recettear's goals twice, but it looks like I have one more payment left until I rescue Recette from h...

 
 
Tales of Berseria photo

Let's dive into a sea of Tales of Berseria screenshots

Whenever I hear about something that's related Tales of Berseria, my desire to check out the game continues to go up each time. With Bandai Namco sharing some more details and screenshots of the title, the game's premise continues to intrig...

 
 
Japanator Live photo

Japanator Live: How to run a business the Recettear way

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] No matter how well I do in managing my item shop in Recettear, the game throws in many factors that players have to take into account. One of these elements is the price of certain it...

 
 
Japanator Live photo

Japanator Live: Learn how to overcome debts with Recettear

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] If there's one thing that can cripple many video game heroes, it's having them miss out on paying a huge bill. The debt's damage is worse than any major boss' ultimate attack, as it c...

 
 
Atelier Escha Logy Plus photo

Review: Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky

With games like Persona 3, Persona 4, and many of the Hyperdimension Neptunia games coming to portable systems with new features and improvements, it has been a common practice among Japanese developers, and that includes Gust with their At...

 
 
Trails of Cold Steel photo

Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

It’s hard to believe that we live in a world where The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC and Trails of Cold Steel went West during the same year. This outcome has made me believe that Hell has frozen over, as this series happens ...

 
 
 
Tales of Berseria photo

Awaken your inner beast with two minutes of Tales of Berseria

From day one, I was on board with Tales of Berseria's idea of letting the players sail through the game's world on a pirate ship. However, I didn't expect to see the game's latest trailer hitting us with werewolf-like creatures. Not that I...

 
 
Steam Comiket Sale photo

Go nuts for doujin games with Steam's Summer Comiket Sale

If there's one thing otaku like more than otaku things, it's otaku things bought for cheap, which makes Steam's latest excuse to have a sale especially relevant. Y'see, Summer Comiket is happening right about now, and the otaku world's twic...

 
 
Tales of Berseria photo

Anchors Aweigh: Tales of Berseria enters the high seas

There's something nice about sailing to places in video games. Whether it's Wind Waker's open seas or Skies of Arcadia's vast skies, the idea of exploring vast areas on a ship has always been a thing that I've enjoyed for a good ...

 
 
 
Omega Quintet photo

Review: Omega Quintet

Omega Quintet is a game of firsts. Chronologically, it's the PlayStation 4's first exclusive Japanese RPG (Final Fantasy Type-0 originally being a PSP game). It's also developer Compile Heart's first PS4 game, and by certain logic...

 
 
Humble Bundle photo

Humble Weekly Bundle is Turning Japanese

The Humble Bundle is a collection of games often related to a theme that allows customers to pay what they want for the set. Usually there is an extra pair of games added in if you pay above the average amount. These bundles have been succe...

 
 
Persona photo

Big Persona announcement coming May 2

In a move that coincides with the marketing build up to the second Persona 3 movie, Midsummer Knight's Dream, there will be a live Persona-related stream on NicoNico come May 2, 11:30 p.m. JST. In the stream, there'll be a brief "digest" of...

 
 
 
Persona Q photo

New trailer shows off Persona Q's robust battle system

After weeks of character trailers, Atlus is finally ready to start hitting the internet with full on gameplay trailers for their upcoming RPG, Persona Q. This first one shows off some of the game's Etrian Odyssey-like dungeon exploration a...

 
 
Video Games photo

Drakengard 3 DLC gets a trailer full of crazy

Square Enix's Drakengard 3 is one of the weirdest games I've played in recent memory. It's full of bugs, jank, is graphically unimpressive, and generally feels like a very early PS2 game.  Drakengard 3 is also filled with enthralling ...

 
 
Video Games photo

Japan's 30 most wanted games

Famistu has made a list of the top most wanted games in Japan, and there's a bunch of good ones on it. First on the list, is without a doubt Persona 5. Japan, you aren't the only ones who want this game now! Persona 5 is set to release late...

 
 
Kickstarter photo

Quick, throw more money at Unsung Story

Hey, remember that awesome Kickstarter for strategy RPG-auteur Yasumi Matsuno's newest magnum opus,  Unsung Story, that I told you about a month ago? Well, as of this writing the project still needs about $35K to become reality, with a...

 
 
Mind Zero photo

GameStop leaks the localisation of Mind Zero

Remember Mind Zero? It was an RPG released by Acquire in August of last year, though it never made it out of Japan. Nothing to lose hope over, as games like Bravely Default continue to demonstrate, but news of the game and potential localis...

 
 
Import Preview: Exstetra photo

Import Preview: Exstetra

Every now and then a game comes along that changes the way you think about entertainment. It flips conventions on their head, and tackles common tropes in a way that completely alters the gaming experience. Video games have the power to eli...

 
 
Video Games photo

Unsung Story is basically Final Fantasy Tactics II

Now this is what I call a Kickstarter project. Yasumi Matsuno, famous for creating Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story (also known as THE BEST GAMES EVER) has partnered with California-based Playdek to create a new tactical magnum opus,...

 
 
Monster Monpiece photo

Rejoice?! Monster Monpiece possibly headed west

I like Idea Factory a whole lot. For as much as it seems like I enjoy giving them sass, I think IF does some awesome work in the visual novel genre. Their otome games are super popular and with good reason; they have an attention to detail ...

 
 
Breath of Fire 6 photo

New info from Breath of Fire 6 emerges

I agreed with Elliot's assessment of the initial information and photos from Breath of Fire 6: Guardians of the White Dragon. That initial art looked pretty generic and at least I felt that the BoF franchise deserved better than being jamme...

 
 
Final Fantasy 6 iOS photo

JUMP FESTA shows off Final Fantasy VI Mobile

Square Enix's focus on mobile platforms continues, with the remake of Final Fantasy VI looking closer to completion. It's a shame that it couldn't be a brand new game built with the platform in mind, but hey, VI is certainly not a bad game...

 
 
Video Games photo

Review: Sorcery Saga: Curse of The Great Curry God

I've mentioned this several times before on Japanator, but just for the record, I love dungeon crawlers. Next to a good old-fashioned story-based RPG, the random dungeon genre in particular is my favorite kind of video game. I've played eve...

 
 
Conception II photo

Atlus releases new Conception II images

I remain amused that Atlus is releasing 3DS/Vita title Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars in NA. It's a fun dungeon crawl with an incredibly odd premise; have children with your partners and take them to fight monsters. It's a lot m...

 
 
Persona photo

Persona 4: The Golden sells 700K worldwide

It seems like people just can't get enough of that sumptuous, satisfying mix of dungeon-crawling and subtly manipulating all of your friends and classmates to strengthen your summoning powers: according to The Persona Channel, Persona 4: Th...

 
 
Holiday Shopping photo

Aksys Games holds digital holiday sale

You've got to keep a close eye on the folks over at Aksys Games. When they're not busy trying to raise money to help Typhoon Haiyan victims, they're holding a sale on digital titles in honor of the holiday season. The sale starts today...

 
 
Video Games photo

Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Video Games

Welcome to Japanator's 2013 holiday guide to excellent video games. Just like anime and manga, there's a seemingly endless parade of titles out there vying for your attention, and we're here to ensure you don't swerve off the path into purc...

 
 
One Piece photo

One Piece: Romance Dawn gets US release date

I've been looking for a reason to buy a 3DS and I may have finally found one: One Piece: Romance Dawn, the One Piece RPG, is coming to the Americas on February 11. A European release date of November 29 was previously announced, so...it's c...

 
 




Reviews   filter by...

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms"A beautiful tale about immortality"

 

Batman Ninja Blu-Ray Set"Travel to the Feudal Era"

 

Ponyo 10th Anniversary"Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea"

 

Sound Of The Sky Blu-Ray Set"Moe Girls in the Military"

 

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light Remastered"The King of Games is Back in Theaters!"

 

Yuri!!! on Ice Blu-Ray Set"We Call Everything on the Ice 'Love'"

 

Akiba's Trip: The Animation"More disappointing than I expected it to be"

 

Keijo!!!!!!!! Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set"IN MY DREAM, LET'S FIGHTING!"

 

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection "Epic fights but lackluster story"

 

Mazinger Z: INFINITY"A Hero's Comeback"

 

Mob Psycho 100 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set"Mob? Mob? What do you want? "

 

The Morose Mononokean Blu-ray Set"A Charming Story of Yo-kai"

 

Digimon Adventure tri: Loss"The worst out of the five movies out so far"

 

Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me"Do Not Sleep On Napping Princess"

 

Mary and The Witch's Flower"A Charming Story about Witches"

 

Your Name Blu-Ray Set"Can I ask you your name?"

 

Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You!"PIkachu, I Choose you!"

 

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Ransengan Collection Blu-Ray Set"Four Action Packed Movies In One Package!"

 

Ramna 1/2 OVAs & Movies Blu-Ray Set"A Trip Down Memory Lane"

 
 
 
 
NEXT