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A sign of the future: Will Japan make a great return to gaming?

At the end of each year, game companies blast us with all their big releases. The release schedule is so packed many gamers call the month of October alone Broketober and of course the releases continue into November and December. These games tend to come out close to the Christmas period for obvious reasons, but also many consumers have time to play them. Once the great attack of the games ends and the new year arrives, the next two months can be pretty dry. Few big-name games come out around this time and it can frustrate many gamers, but also give them a chance to catch up on their back log of titles.

2017 came around and made an impact. The year is almost at the halfway point and we have multiple game of the year candidates such as Nier: Automata, Persona 5, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Resident Evil 7. To name other great games that have been released this year, we got another installment in the space epic series called Mass Effect: Andromeda, Team Ninja released its powerhouse action game Nioh and of course not to forget Nintendo’s instant classic, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which came alongside the Switch, their new console.

 

 

“Going Strong”

For the past few years we have seen western game companies be the main players in the industry. Gone were the days of Japanese made games making our consoles that much better. A perfect example of a console that was blessed with a catalogue of high quality Japanese made games is the Playstation 2. There was no shortage of excellent role playing games. Games like Persona 3 and 4, the dot hack series, God Hand and Okami made the PS2 worth owning or buying for those on the fence.

 

“Return to form”

So far, this year we got the chance to play Nioh, Persona 5, Gravity Rush, Yakuza 0, Resident Evil 7, Zelda, Nier, Toukiden 2 and Dragon Quest Heroes 2. The majority of these games were welcomed with critical praise especially Persona 5 and Breathe of the Wild. Aside from critical praise, gamers loved these games and looking forward to their DLC or future releases from the companies. With such excellent games coming from Japan, is this a sign of a return to form? Will the PS4 see the same treatment the PS2 got, giving it a great variety of top notch games and the chance to win over those whom are on the fence about getting a PS4. The Nintendo Switch can also see a great life time with support from some of these companies and escape from following in the steps of the Wii U. The current gaming market is cluttered with western games, which isn’t a bad thing but we need to see new and experience different types of games and currently Japan is proving they have that. In my opinion, I feel that there is a great chance that this will occur and games like Persona 5 and Nier: Automata are great signs of what is to come.

What do you guys think? Do you think were about to witness a great return from Japanese developers? Do you prefer Western games? Let us know in the comments and keep the conversation going.

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