I love XSEED, and I think it's doing a wonderful job establishing itself as one of the best localizers of niche Japanese video games in America. At some point though, it seems that the company is torn between genuinely wanting to set itself apart as an RPG powerhouse and clinging to some of the creepier games from Japan under the guise of "niche gameplay."
This year's E3 line-up is a perfect example of the two faces of XSEED. On one side, we have a few great looking titles that go hand in hand in the model I enjoy from them. Song of Seasons, the spiritual successor to Harvest Moon with the entire original team aboard, will make an appearance as I already covered before.
XSEED also has Brandish: The Dark Revenant for the PSP it will be showing off in trailer form. The PSP digital library has found a new home on the PS Vita, and it is just as viable as ever. Brandish is an old-school and all but forgotten action RPG series from Nihon Falcom back it the early 1990s, and it's never really caught on, which is why the choice from XSEED is so great.
Another trailer it'll show off is the popular RPG Maker cult-horror hit, Corpse Party. XSEED already published the PSP game and its sequel in America through the PlayStation Network, but fans have been demanding it on the original PC platform for quite some time.
With a little luck, we might even get a glimpse at the PC release for The Legend of Heroes: Trail in the Sky and its sequel The Legend of Heroes: Trail in the Sky Second Chapter.
Five fun looking games from Japan that nobody else would give the time of day before how poorly they are bound to sell. Well, here are two more games that XSEED is bringing over which nobody was willing to touch for other reasons.
Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed for the PS Vita and PlayStation 3 is exactly what it sounds like. You play as a vampire hunting agent duo tasked with separating the vampires from real people in Akihabara, and the only way to do that is to rip their clothes off down to their undies to expose them.
It's been passed off as harmless fun and a cute detective game, but let's not be naive here, please. Read that title three more times really fast, and I'll get back to you.
The other is the popular Senran Kagura series, which stars an entire cast of high school female ninjas with huge "tracts of land." In the two games XSEED is localizing, these girls will be cooking off against one another in a rhythm based game called Senran Kagura Bon Appétit! and straight up fighting in Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus.
The catch is that no matter the activity these girls undertake, clothing will without a doubt gradually vanish. This was a series that got its official trailer pulled from YouTube for breaking certain user policies, but no, these are just fun games that Americans need to have the chance to play.
I don't want to tell people what games they should play and tell companies how to run a business, but XSEED has done a great job solidifying its reputation with great localizations like The Last Story, Trails in the Sky, the Ys games, Killer is Dead, and other great "non-creepy" Japanese games we would never have had the chance to play. It would seem that now is a better time than ever to break away from these "other" games which question the legitimacy of this classy RPG face it has going on.
Where do we draw the line on this one?