After a bit of a rocky start, Japanese games have done a great job adapting to the modern PC mentality of the industry. Steam especially is brimming with Japanese titles you’d never expect to see on PCs five years ago, and to show its support, Valve has launched its first Anime Games Sale.
All weekend, you can pick up games that are either inspired by anime or are a licensed product for up to 75 percent off. Big names like Naruto Shippuden and The Legend of Korra are available cheaply, but the pool of great Japanese games available extends far beyond that.
Of course, you should check out anything from Nihon Falcom. The company makes brilliant JRPGs designed for the PC, and in this sale, you can pick up Ys 1 & 2 Chronicles+, Ys Origin, and The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky for a nice discounted price. Other major games from big publishers include BlazBlue, an excellent fighting series in the vein of the Guilty Gear games, and the Strider reboot from Capcom and Double Helix games.
Naturally, there is plenty to go around on the indie front as well. Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale comes highly recommended as a fan-favorite JRPG in which you play the role of an item shop clerk who must gather her own wares. I’m also a big fan of the bare-bones brawler Mitsurugi Hikae Kamui. Be sure to check it out if you love games like Bayonetta 2 and would like to see them at their absolute minimal design.
Hatoful Boyfriend stole headlines last year for its outlandish concept as a “pigeon dating simulator,” and it can be snagged for cheap. Those who want to be punished by tough gameplay should also checkout the mini-metroidvania Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils or the ridiculous platformer Eryi’s Action.
Needless to say, there are plenty of games to try out if you love anime, so be sure to take a look. I am region locked out of a few, but I snagged up The Sacred Tears TRUE because it looks kind of fun.