A few days from the start of the Tokyo Game Show Online 2021, the new edition of the most important trade fair in the Asian continent, Sony has well thought of celebrating the productions from the Rising Sun with the new “A Tutto Japan” promotion, which on PlayStation Store offer discounts up to 70% on a wide selection of Japanese games. There are more than two hundred titles on offer and choosing what to buy is really difficult: we have therefore well thought of drawing five different games – two for PlayStation 5 and three for PS4 * – which in our opinion absolutely deserve to be part of every fan’s collection. of the Japanese world.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of a Lost Era Final Edition for PS4 (€ 25.99)
Shaped from the triptych of wonders composed by Yuji Horii, Akira Toriyama and Koichi Sugiyama, Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Ultimate Edition is one of the best JRPGs ever. The narrative plot unfolds in perfect balance between classicism and modernity, staging incredible events destined to leave their mark in the hearts of gamers. The excellent technical / artistic sector, for its part, makes use of a first-rate character design (as always happens in the works edited by the father of Dragon Ball), while the gameplay and the combat system know how to satisfy even the veterans of the type.
Compared to the original edition, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Final Edition offers extra character-specific scenarios, the ability to choose between the original soundtrack and an orchestral version of the music, an option to switch between 2D and 3D graphics modes, a Japanese dubbing switch and much more. If you still have any doubts, read our Dragon Quest XI S Definitive Edition review.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade per PS5 (56,79 euro)
A few months after its launch, it is back on offer Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade per PS5, in other words the re-release of the remake of one of the most beloved chapters of the series, as well as one of the most important and influential JRPG ever.
Of the Remake itself, we have already had the opportunity to talk about it several times in these pages: the team led by Tetsuya Nomura has not only updated the technical aspect, but has also heavily reworked the initial material, expanding the psychology of the characters, the game areas and the story to the point of having to opt for a dilution in several episodes. The adventure of Final Fantasy 7 Remake in fact covers only the section set in the megalopolis of Midgar, but fear not: the areas, the plot and the missions have been enriched enough to be fresh and exciting even for those who have literally consumed the CDs of the ‘original.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade for PS5 represents the definitive version of the remake launched on PlayStation 4 last year. The first thing that catches the eye is obviously the graphic enhancement made possible by the new generation hardware, which presents evident improvements to the textures, the rendering of the haze and the lighting, the possibility to choose between two graphic modes and the inevitable support for haptic feedback and DualSense adaptive triggers.
However, the real novelty is represented from the narrative expansion starring Yuffie, the so-called Episode INTERmission, which sees Wutai’s young ninja and her unedited partner Sonon Kusakabe land in Midgar to infiltrate Shinra headquarters and steal Ultramatter. While not exceeding 4-5 hours of play, the DLC offers a new point of view on the narrative imaginary, serving as a bridge to Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part II, and gameplay innovations resulting from the use of a new character. More details can be found in our review of Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade for PS5.
NieR Automata for PS4 (€ 19.99)
Among the greatest action RPGs of the last generation of consoles, NieR Automata is the happy meeting point between the virtuosity of a team in a state of grace and the eclecticism of Yoko Taro, an unpredictable author.
In the world painted by PlatinumGames, humanity has almost died out completely due to an alien invasion. The few survivors reside in a base on the moon protected by YoRHa, orroids created specifically to defeat extraterrestrial biomachines. You interpret 2B, one of these mechanical soldiers: his job is to sneak into an abandoned factory and eradicate the presence of the remaining biomachines. Helping her is 9S, a male android with the function of “scanner” whose job is to provide support to combat units.
NieR Automata is, in a nutshell, a concentrate of virtuosity and aesthetic suggestions, elements well blended with a solid play compartment that boasts a adrenaline-pumping and spectacular gameplay that never bores, in any of the thirty hours required to complete the four different playthroughs necessary to understand the story in its entirety. Read our NieR Automata review.
Judgment per PS5 (25,99 euro)
In the days when Lost Judgment lands on the market, we cannot but recommend to all those who have not yet done so to play Judgment, the first chapter of the series developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, the legendary team responsible for the series known in the West as Yakuza. It is a detective story that knows how to enchant the senses by offering a vivid insight into Japanese culture, reinterpretata in chiave “pulp”.
Judgment tells the story of the lawyer Takayuki Yagami: Disgraced and tormented by the past, “Tak” attempts the path to redemption by reinventing himself as a detective and investigating a terrifying series of murders in the Kamurocho crime network. In this psychological thriller you are called to follow suspects, uncover clues and bring evidence to court, paying close attention to the dark characters that lurk everywhere. The combat system is very close to that seen in Yakuza 0, and allows you to use two different styles to get the better of every type of opponent.
The PS5 version of Judgment includes all the previously released DLCs and, of course, a must-have graphic and technical reworking, which embellishes the production with support for 60fps, more defined textures, a deeply revised lighting system, a more generous management of the LOD and the almost total disappearance of the pop-in phenomena of the original edition. Read our review of Judgment for PS5.
Persona 5 Royal for PS4 (€ 26.99)
We conclude our review with that masterpiece that responds to the name of Person 5 Royal. In Tokyo imagined by Atlus’ P-Studio, the inhabitants are corrupt: their soul easily surrenders to irrepressible instincts and impulses, which induce the body to commit the worst atrocities. Fortunately, there are Phantom Thieves of Hearts, a singular group of thieves: during the day they are simple high school students, while at night they use the Metaversal Navigator of the smartphone to infiltrate the Palaces, surreal worlds created by the hearts of corrupt adults, to steal their Treasure, the source of their malevolent desires, to cause them to repent of their actions.
We are not afraid to define Persona 5 one of the best JRPGs ever: few games can boast such a layered narrative, capable of blending deep and distressing themes with ease, and the daily problems of a group of Japanese students. The plot is able to keep glued together for tens and tens of hours, but the deep role system e the elaborate turn-based combat system, which always manages to be satisfying.
The discounted Royal Edition represents the definitive version of Persona 5. Compared to the original, it introduces the new member of Phantom Thief Kasumi Yoshizawa, expands the story with the third playable semester and enriches the rest with additional music, a new Palace, a renewed graphics sector, a revised interface, numerous gameplay balances and subtitles in Italian.
* All PlayStation 4 games listed in this review are also compatible with the next-gen console thanks to the backwards compatibility feature. In contrast, the two PS5 titles included – Judgment and Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade – do not include the corresponding PS4 version in the package.