There really isn’t any dodging around this fact: Mind Zero is a clone of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona that adds a dollop of Etrian Odyssey in for good measure. But heck, those are some flipping good games to rip-off, so we’re forgive developer MindDev for their copycatting. Mind Zero is a game with zero originality, a dungeon crawler with turn based combat mechanics and exploration.
Tomodachi Life is a fantastically bizarre game that falls somewhere between Animal Crossing and The Sims and incorporates otaku culture to create an unforgettably unique gaming experience.
At times, Tomogachi Life is downright hilarious, and at other times it’s completely flabbergasting (editor: “flabbergasting”? Heh.). You’re in charge of looking after a bunch of Miis, who need food and water and also like certain niceties and luxuries. They also love playing in minigames and letting you know what’s happening in their lives on their home island via a news desk.
Naruto Ultimate Ninja
Naruto Ultimate Ninja is the first games in the Ultimate Ninja series and is available for PS2. Ultimate NarutoA fighting game with a different battle system that uses special moves and many different fighting styles and techniques to create a new but somewhat familiar experience.
Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online in and light novel series that tells a story about players trapped inside a virtual reality game where if they die in the game they will die in real life. The game based on the series has since divided audiences of two. Fans of the anime think it’s the best game of all time. Everyone else thinks it sucks.
Rune Factory is an open world adventure game with simulation aspects similar to Harvest Moon. In the game you play Raguna, who wanders in search of “Mist,” a property. Ragna has no memory of his life, you must use him to work a farm and to set out on his adventure.
Persona 4 is a role playing game by Atlus and is the fifth installment in the series. The game is set in a fictional Japanese countryside and starts a protagonist whom you can name yourself. The protagonist is a high school student who has just moved into the area. During his stay he has been involved with investigations into murders of a mysterious nature.
Ni No Kuni
Ni No Kuni is a role playing games by video game developer Level 5 for Nintendo DS and Playstation 3. Both versions of the game scored excellent reviews for their unique and beautiful visuals and their traditional Japanese RPG style gameplay.
Harvest Moon has earned itself one heck of a cult following, largely thanks to the fact that it is a hugely original game, combining simulation gameplay with role playing, management and other areas of game design.
In Harvest Moon you will be completing different goals based around the theme of running a farm. The gameplay has changed with each iteration of the series but the basics of Harvest Moon’s game design center around growing crops and managing a farm.
Brave Frontier provides a classic, nostalgia-laden JRPG experience for mobile gamers and adds a collectible card game on top just for good measure. The result is an extremely compelling mobile gaming experience. In Brave Frontier you set out to save a land called Grand Gaia, a magical place full of hidden powers and powerful enemies.
Accel world is a games based around a Japanese anime. It is available for both the PSP and for PS3. There are two games in the series, which follow back to back. For the rest of this write-up I’ll be focussing on the second game, Kosoku no Chouten. This game starts with Kuroyukihime revealing that she’s going to London when she finishes graduation. Much like the original game, this then spirals into a narrative about a fight against Chrome Disaster.