22. Jun, 2015 17:42 (HKT)

JULY IN JAPAN: Top 10 Japanese video games releases next month!


PlayStation®3 PlayStation®Vita [Defense] Release: July 2, 2015 [JPN]

Introducing Acquire's upcoming defense game: Zettai Geigeki Wars: Metropolis Defenders - releasing for the PS3 and PSVita!

After much struggle and sacrifice the human race has been able to construct a city that can defend against gigantic life forms that have emerged! Your tactical mind is the only hope for the inhabitants.

Metropolis Defenders puts players in the role of a strategist defending a great fortress city against giant lifeforms. The city itself is is surrounded by rotatable rings which can be turned to fortify the city, this will undoubtedly be a focal point of the game's strategy, forcing players to react to where enemies appear.

Players will be able to progress and develop their city, strengthening it against the growing waves of monsters attacking from all sides. The game takes place in three different phases: Intercept Phase, Victory Phase, and Development Phase.

Zettai Geigeki WarsPlayStation VitaJPN US$ 49.9924h
Zettai Geigeki WarsPlayStation 3JPN US$ 34.991-5d


PlayStation®Vita [Rhythm] Release: July 9, 2015 [JPN]
Taiko Drum Master is a classic Japanese rhythm game first released in arcades in 2001 with gameplay similar to most rhythm games, as players are tasked with keeping up with the various drum beats thrown at them!
Taiko Drum Master: V Version will feature over 80 different songs, including those from anime series, Vocaloids, J-Pop, and video games like God Eater 2 and Freedom Wars. You can find the full track list on the official website.
Taiko Drum Master will also include an intriguing new game mode called 'Donda Quest,' which will reportedly combine gameplay from the rhythm game with fantasy RPG-style battles. The player will control Don-chan, who was pulled into a mysterious book and together with the heroine Maple will fight and defeat an ancient dragon known as 'Revolution'.

Taiko no Tatsujin V VersionPlayStation VitaJPN US$ 79.991w


Nintendo 3DS™ [Adventure] Release: July 9th, 2015 [JPN]

Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke No Bouken (also known as Great Ace Attorney) is the prequel to the Gyakuten Saiban (also known as Ace Attorney) series and it will be released on July 9th in Japan.      

For those who are familiar with this series, this time, players will follow a new protagonist named Ryuunosuke Naruhodou - a defense attorney and also the ancestor of Phoenix Wright to pursue the justice together with the World-famous British detective Sherlock Holmes in London during Meiji period. 

While for those who are not familiar with this series, this game features its courtroom style gameplay and 3D environments. There are investigation and courtroom sessions for each case. Players will follow Ryuunosuke Naruhodou to firstly conduct investigations via examining evidences in various areas, questioning people for clues, and presenting existing evidences from the Court Record for generating new helpful information. Then players will have to use their wisdom to understand the Japanese law system and earn the trust from both the jury and the judge in the courtroom. Players will be granted the chance to interrogate each witness presented by the prosecutor and cross-examine suspicious reactions at the same time for the sake of gaining advantageous testimonies.

Daigyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no BoukenNintendo 3DSJPN sold
Daigyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken [Limited Edition]Nintendo 3DSJPN sold
Daigyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken [e-capcom Edition]Nintendo 3DSJPN sold


PlayStation®Vita [SRPG] Release: July 23, 2015 [JPN]

Compile Heart's new PSVita title Makai Shin Trillion is a grid based SRPG, with real time elements mixed in, that has players train and level up seven different female Demon Lords (each representing a different Deadly Sin) in order to defend against the advancing antagonist, Trillion!

The entire game focuses on your fight against Trillion, who an appropriately massive health pool of 1,000,000,000,000. Gameplay is split into two sections, the first being the "Slumber" stage which allows players to proactively level and advance their Demon Lords in preparation for the "Advancing" stage where players will be expected to take on Trillion!

Trillion's goal, and yours to defend, is to cross the player's defensive line. This will inevitably happen but each skirmish is another opportunity to wear down the HP bar as much as possible.

Trillion might sound like enough of an opponent on his own but he will also be summoning minions to cause players trouble during the fight. The reported types are the following:

  • Rushdown: High attack power and will actively cause havoc
  • Long Distance: Keeps a safe distance from players while attacking from afar
  • Support: A defensive unit that tries to support and heal the other minions
  • Iron Wall: The defenders, can be found hovering around Trillion protecting him

Your defense is not without answers though, as your Demon Lords are accompanied in battle by Booster Demons. Players are unable to directly control the Booster Demons but their 'CAP' can be upgraded too, allowing more of them to join as time goes on. Players also have multiple facilities available where they can train Demon Lords, upgrade their weapons, and buy and sell items to improve their party.

Death in Makai Shin Trillion can be difficult to deal with, but the 'Dying Skills' allows players to use an incredibly powerful ability when their Demon Lords are on the edge of death. However, this will finalize her death. Such abilities include permanently sealing off one of Trillion's body parts and abilities or dealing massive amounts of damage at once.

Makai Shin TrillionPlayStation VitaJPN US$ 49.991w
Makai Shin Trillion [Limited Edition]PlayStation VitaJPN US$ 95.991w


Nintendo 3DS™ [Simulation RPG] Release: July 23, 2015 [JPN]

The strategic simulation RPG series that has laid dormant for 15 years has awakened for a 3DS release! The 3DS release will be a 10v10 strategy RPG, with chibi character design by Hiroshi Kaieda and some new cyberpunk themes being added!

In the world of Langrisser Re:Incarnation Tensei the three forces known as the 'Bright Army,' 'Imperial Army,' and 'Dark Army' are competing for power within the world. Having found the holy blade of Excalibur, our protagonist teams up with mercenaries and other allies to fight alongside accompany him on a search for his little sister, Licorice, who he was separated from at a young age. As players progress through their journey their choices will reveal multiple different endings.

The combat in the game will follow very typical strategy/simulation RPG tropes, a grid layout for turn-based movement etc. The game also employs a rock-paper-scissors style dynamic that remains in effect between foot soldiers, cavalry, and archers.

Expect to interact with a whole cast of wonderful characters, some even returning from the very first 1991 release! You can even work towards confession events, where you can receive love confessions from each of 28 characters. Each event will feature its own illustration and be fully voiced per character. If the confession succeeds, each character will appear in your ending.

Langrisser Re: Incarnation TenseiNintendo 3DSJPN US$ 49.991w
Langrisser Re: Incarnation Tensei [Legend Box]Nintendo 3DSJPN US$ 39.9924h


PlayStation®4 PlayStation®3  [Action]  Release: July 23, 2015 [JPN/ASIA]

Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi is an expansion to the Japanese historic hack-and-slash game Sengoku BASARA 4 and is scheduled to be released on July 23. 

New playable warlords will be added in this title including previously non-playable characters - Ashikaga Yoshiteru and Kyogoku Maria as well as a new warlord named Sen no Rikyu with split-personality; in total, players will have approximately 40 playable warlords. As well, this title will have an upgraded battle system called Battle Roulette System; it will grant gamers the ability to trigger a roulette and win medals in the battlefield.

Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi also introduces a collaboration with Tales of Zestiria in the form of costumes, downloadable costumes will include Date Masamune (Sorey), Ishida Mitsunari (Mikleo), li Naotora (Alisha), and Tsuruhime (Edna). 

Sengoku Basara 4 SumeragiPlayStation 3JPN US$ 34.9924h
Sengoku Basara 4 SumeragiPlayStation 4JPN US$ 74.991w
Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi [Limited Edition]PlayStation 4JPN sold
Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi [Limited Edition]PlayStation 3JPN sold
Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi (Japanese)PlayStation 3ASIA sold
Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi (Japanese)PlayStation 4ASIA sold


PlayStation®Vita [Rhythm] Release: July 30, 2015 [JPN]

Another contender enters the fray for top virtual diva - IA is a Vocaloid starring in her new rhythm game for the Vita! Developed by Kenichiro Takaki who was previously the producer of the infamous Senran Kagura, IA has a definite edge on the competition!

As with most console handheld rhythm games, players will be moving the analog sticks and pressing buttons in time with the tempo of musical notes. More specifically players will use the four face buttons and d-pad in combination with the analog stick to line up and 'catch' the incoming sound. What makes IA/VT different is the dynamic feedback based on a player's performance - colors and more will change accordingly in the most fantastic of ways!

Track wise, there are 60 different songs with some tracks featuring new exclusive music video background footage of the artists performing their songs. There will also be different play modes, with challenge modes, consecutive play, and free play. For the full track listing, click here!

IA/VT ColorfulPlayStation VitaJPN US$ 56.9924h
IA/VT Colorful [Crystal Box]PlayStation VitaJPN sold


PlayStation®Vita [Dungeon RPG] Release: July 30, 2015 [JPN]

Ray Gigant is a new dungeon RPG from Bandai Namco that takes place in the year 20XX where every city in the world us overwhelmed by giant monsters called 'Gigants'. 

With no signs of victory military resistance has been a wasted effort. That is until one boy named Ichiya Amakaze in Tokyo is able to defeat a Gigant with the help of a 'Yorigami,' incredibly intelligent beings that are able to unite with humans and act as a weapon and hold a conversation.

Each of the three protagonists Ichiya, Kyle, and Nil have their own Yorigami that specializes in Short distance, Middle distance, and Long distance respectively, as well as their own chapter in the game told from their perspective in their home city. Each chapter's protagonist will also be accompanied by two different comrades. 

The Gigants themselves are each designed after an ancient god beast, and range in size from colossal bosses to the weak and feeble. They are really aliens that have invading Earth with the intention of eradicating all human life.

The different battle distances will have a direct effect on your viewpoint during battle, with the types of attacks from each distance being very straightforward. Short distance fighters specializes in melee and physical attacks with swords and axes. Middle distance fighters are out of the range of monsters physical attacks and use mid-range attacks as well as assist comrades fighting from a Short distance. Long distance fighters are the furthest away and use long-range attacks as well as assist both Middle and Short distance fighters.

Ray GigantPlayStation VitaJPN US$ 54.991-5d


PlayStation®4 PlayStation®Vita [Roguelike - 'Forced Scrolling RPG'] Release: July 30, 2015 [JPN]

So for those of you who felt like the roguelike genre wasn't unforgiving enough meet Mystery Chronicle where with every turn that passes the screen forcibly scrolls sideways, as the world gets slowly swallowed up by a mysterious light known as the 'Shine Raid.' If the hero touches the light, the game is over.

The concept itself is not new as you need not look any further than PC game One Way Heroics which is considered the inspiration, as well as the base, of the game by producers Yuichiro Saito and Yoshinori Terasawa. 

Outside of the forced-scrolling mechanic Mystery Chronicle will play much like like Shiren the Wanderer and other and Mystery Dungeon titles. So while being chased by impending doom your hero must battle enemies blocking his path, pick up items dropped on the map, and invade dungeons that suddenly appear!

There will be more than 20 playable classes in Mystery Chronicle, which are unlocked by using points earned while playing. Each class has a different set of starting equipment and ability scores, as well as unique skills they can learn.

One really cool feature of the game is the ability to assign game worlds a name, as well as visit past worlds. Before setting out each time a world will be created with the terrain, items, and enemies being generated based on the name you gave it. Players across games are free to either visit the same worlds time and again by entering the same names, or they can choose to set out on a new adventure by providing a different name for their world. 

In order to make your randomly generated world even more unique you'll come across various random events in the game. These events could be anything from meeting new allies and leveling up, to getting ambushed by thieves and temporarily increase item drop rates.

Fushigi no Chronicle: Furikaerimasen Katsu MadewaPlayStation 4JPN US$ 24.991w
Fushigi no Chronicle: Furikaerimasen Katsu MadewaPlayStation VitaJPN US$ 24.991w


PlayStation®Vita [Adventure] Release: July 30, 2015 [JPN]

Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation is the sequel of Date A Live: Ars Install; with novel story line and new added characters, this title will be released on July 30 by Compile Heart.

Follow the protagonist Shidou Itsuka - a second year student from the Raizen High School to conduct his mission to save sprits of girls - mysterious existences coming from bordering dimensions containing unpredictable evil powers. Players will have to balance the time in order to keep the balance of affection points with various characters. While rescuing girls seems not that easy, Shido has to date the girls for the sake of sealing the power. 

Besides Maria Ars from the prequel, this time, it will also include Yamai Sisters, Rinne Sonogami, Miku Izayoi, Marina Ars as well as new added innocent and friendly pink hair girl named Rio Sonogami. 

Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation [Limited Edition] and Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation [Limited Edition 3D Crystal Set] will also be published on July 30. For the limited edition, it will include official drama CD and booklet. While the 3D Crystal Set will also include 3D Crystal (Tohka Yatogami) and Light Up LED Stand besides the drama CD and booklet.   

Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio ReincarnationPlayStation VitaJPN US$ 59.9924h
Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation [Limited Edition]PlayStation VitaJPN US$ 224.991w
Date A Live Twin Edition: Rio Reincarnation [Limited Edition 3D Crystal Set]PlayStation VitaJPN sold

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