BEST OF THE BEST: Playasia’s Favorite Japanese Games of 2018
The year 2018 is about to close its doors, yet the opportunity for several gamers all around the globe is still wide open for the numerous great game titles that shouldn’t be missed. So, if you are having troubles looking for the best games of 2018 so far, we here at Playasia have prepared a list just for you to determine the best among the best.
So, without further ado, we present you our Top ten picks of 2018 in no particular order.
Presenting, Playasia’s Favorite Japanese Games of 2018!
Let’s get it started!
Monster Hunter: World
Capcom‘s action RPG, Monster Hunter: World sold more than 8 million copies globally, without any doubt Monster Hunter: World is truly a phenomenal hit and one of the most acclaimed titles of the year.
Monster Hunter: World even received tons of positive reviews from some of the most notable and respected gaming websites including GamesRadar and Trusted Reviews. The fifth installment of this outrageously beloved series is considered a triumph and one of the greatest games of this generation.
If you’re unfamiliar with this game, Monster Hunter: World is full of legendary beasts. Hunt all of them to bring knowledge to the masses while you explore as much as you can a new, unblemished territory covered with lush green forests, dark caves, and the deep blue sea. Delve into a cruel world where ferocious bloodthirsty monsters are hidden, and lurking in the shadows. It is a world where these gigantic beings hid to protect themselves and sometimes combat with each other for food, domination or land.
As the first Monster Hunter in there, your mission is – not only – kill these creatures, but also study their habits, and weaknesses in order to let them know in the civilized areas to earn glory, and educate the future generations about them. Do what all is needed to accomplish your explorative mission! Are you ready, Hunters?
Girls Und Panzer: Dream Tank Match
From a well-loved popular anime television series, movie and manga, Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match has successfully made it to a fan-favorite PS4 tank action game last February 27th. In fact, hundreds and thousands of gamers went crazy on buying this game upon launch here at Playasia. Why? Because the Asia version of this game here on our website has English language options for subtitles.
And knowing that there’s no Western release for this game, the only option you have if you badly want this game is to get the Asia version with English subs rather than the Japan version, of course.
For a brief background of the game, Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match features the casts from the Girls und Panzer series. Girls und Panzer is a Japanese anime TV series which was released in 2012. The series showcased the competitions of high school girls who are practicing tank warfare as their chosen sport. More so, it served as a multimedia project which involved a manga, a popular anime series, and even numerous releases as well as merchandise.
Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match will serve as a follow-up game for the “Girls und Panzer: Master the Tank Road” which was released for PS Vita. In addition, the game features the World War II tanks fight in an alternate universe between school-based teams of girls supported by giant carrier-like cities. Also, the game includes customizable tanks and five-versus-five battles for a total of 10 players in a battle at once.
Super Robot Wars X
After over two long decades, the comeback is real for Super Robot Wars! First released in the year 1991, Super Robot Wars made its successful comeback in the gaming world on April 26 of this year for the PS4 and PS Vita as Super Robot Wars X.
Super Robot Wars, or also known as Sūpā Robotto Taisen or スーパーロボット大戦, is a series of tactical RPG developed by Banpresto, which is now a division of the entertainment giant, Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game started out as a spinoff of the Compati Hero Series which has the main feature of having a story that crosses over several popular mecha anime, manga, and video games, allowing characters and mecha from various titles to team up or fight one another.
Super Robot Wars has truly inspired the Japanese animated industry. It actually sparked the interest of gaming fans when it comes to old anime mecha shows. The franchise definitely paved a way for the love of mech in the gaming scene. In fact, Super Robot Wars have been the ultimate inspiration to many anime producers.
Bullet Girls Phantasia
The popular game, Bullet Girls Phantasia, is the latest entry in the Bullet Girls franchise. As we all know, Bullet Girls Phantasia is an ecchi game with a mix of TPS elements. Players take control of the girls in the Ranger Club. And as the majority know, the “Interrogation Training” in the game is the trademark feature of Bullet Girls Phantasia.
If you are getting curious about this, well, you should get yourself a copy of this game, and prepare to meet the charming girls of this game face to face in your PS4 consoles.
Taiko no Tatsuijin: Nintendo Switch Version!
Last July, Bandai Namco Entertainment dropped the Cult classic arcade rhythm game, Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version! It is one of the most highly anticipated music and party games that arrived in Japan for the Nintendo Switch.
If you’re not familiar with this game, Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version! (that really has an exclamation point at its game name) lets players jam to the beat of this cult classic arcade rhythm game with the use of your drum with a wide array of new songs to choose from. Call up your friends and take on the challenge to know who has what it takes to be a Taiko Drum Master. So, unleash your best taiko skills and use the motion controls to enjoy Taiko like never before!
Unlock popular characters to help you on your journey to becoming a legendary taiko drummer! Use the interactive features of the Nintendo Switch to connect, share, and play with family and friends.
The critically acclaimed Capcom title, Okami: Zekkeiban (大神 絶景版), successfully launched last August. It is one of Capcom’s best video games that has been remastered for the Nintendo Switch. So, Switch users, if you still haven’t got a copy of one of the best video games ever made in history yet, now is the perfect time to put it in your collections, as Okami: Zekkeiban is included in our Early Black Friday Sale!
In Okami HD players take on the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess who inhabits the form of a legendary white wolf Shiranui on a quest to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed demon and tyrannical monster responsible for turning the world into a ruined wasteland. Players must use Amaterasu’s magical abilities and the arsenal of items, attacks and Celestial Brush techniques to restore the land of Nippon to its previous glory full of life and color. Along the way, Amaterasu will be called upon to help a cast of quirky and intriguing characters and defeat a bevy of brutal enemies to rid the land of Orochi’s curse.
Meet Amaterasu on Switch! You can watch the trailer below.
Psikyo Collection Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Video game collectors, you all know that it’s always nice to have a physical release of digital-only games, especially if they are arcade classics, right? So, if you are into this kind of collector and classic arcade thing, then Psikyo Collection Vol. 1 for Nintendo Switch is for you!
And what’s great about this game is that it is in Multi-Language! Yes, you read that right. You have the option to choose among the four different language support for subtitles. Its subtiles include Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English, Japanese.
Psikyo Collection Vol. 1 is a compilation of four eShop-only titles into one glorious bundle. The four titles included in this collection are Strikers 1945, SOL Divide, Samurai Aces, and Gunbird. While Psikyo Collection Vol. 2 includes Gunbird2, TENGAI, Dragon Blaze, and Strikers 1945 II.
Kamen Rider Climax Scramble
This game will feature 31 different riders from the legendary Heisei Rider Kuuga to the latest Kamen Rider in Japan, Zi-O. This game guarantees a fun-filled action battle that will be enjoyed by the whole squad and family. With the unique features for the Nintendo Switch, you should get yourselves ready for the big fight! Who is the strongest Kamen Rider out there?
According to the Weekly Famitsu issue (Thanks, Siliconera for the information), last September, this Kamen Rider game is based on Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters that was previously released for PlayStation 4 last December 07, 2017. It takes advantage of Nintendo Switch’s versatility for the multiplayer battle. There are different modes of this game: Story Mode and Free Battle Mode.
The players will take control of Kamen Rider Zi-O. He defeats a lot of Kamen Riders who stand in his path. However, the Kamen Riders see him as their enemy. Battle with them and they will join your team. They will be unlocked on Free Battle Mode. There also monsters to brawl with apart from fighting the Kamen Riders.
So, English-speaking fans, make sure to get yourselves a copy of this Asia English release version of Kamen Rider Climax Scramble which is available (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia) here at Playasia. Share the intense rider battle anytime and anywhere, as this is a Nintendo Switch exclusive game. A perfect game on the go for your best console on the go!
Capcom Belt Action Collection
Do you want some retro games that are compatible with the post-modern consoles of today? Well, Capcom got back on this one, folks. Get ready for the newest retro collection in Capcom Belt Action Collection.
Capcom Belt Action Collection is a compilation of the seven games that tributes to the retro-classic games during the arcade era of video games, that includes:
- Final Fight (1989)
- Captain Commando (1991)
- The King of Dragonbs (1991)
- Knights of the Round (1991)
- Warriors of Fate (1992)
- Armored Warrors (1994)
- Battle Circuit (1997)
Plus, this Asia version of the game is available in Multi-Language! Yes, you read that right. What are the languages available? See it below.
- Traditional/Simplified Chinese
TAKE NOTE: The settings will be in Traditional/Simplified Chinese but you can choose your game either in Japanese or in the English language.
Are you ready for some good old classic arcade games on your PlayStation 4 with Capcom Belt Action Collection?
Are you a fan of Capcom‘s classic samurai adventure, Onimusha: Warlords? If you are, this Capcom classic title will make its huge come back in the gaming world, as a remaster of its first installment in the franchise.
However, Capcom has confirmed that the Nintendo Switch version of the game in the West is a digital-release-only. So for those who would love to keep a physical copy of the game, you can import it from Japan as Onimusha: Warlords will also be released at retail for Nintendo Switch in Japan. Get it here at Playasia!
Moreover, Onimusha: Warlords will take over the world of gaming before this year ends. The game will feature various improvements that include HD graphics, a new soundtrack, analog stick support, and new widescreen display option.
And just like any other remaster that we have seen from the past, we are sure that Onimusha: Warlords will have loads of improvements with unchanged features that the game is best known for.
AND, THERE’S MORE!
We even couldn’t get every game all aboard in the top list as we only need the best 10. However, there’s still a bag full of great games that you shouldn’t miss. Check them all out below.
Have you decided what are the games that you will be including in your collections?
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