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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Action 22 March 2019

An action-adventure game developed by From Software studio, which takes us the alternate reality of 15th-century Japan. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice focuses on an exploration of complex levels, sneaking and fights that resemble the Dark Souls series. Other features of the game are the grim atmosphere and a high difficulty level.

NiOh 2
NiOh 2

RPG 2020

A sequel to the souls-like game from 2017. It was developed by the creators of the first entry in the series, Team Ninja. In NiOh 2, the players once again assume the role of a samurai who faces hostile men and mythical creatures.

Yakuza Kiwami 2
Yakuza Kiwami 2

Action 28 August 2018

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is an expanded remake of the second entry in the Yakuza series. The game was developed by Sega and enables the player to assume the role of Kazuma Kiryu. The developers left the story from the original version and used a modern engine and improved mechanics.

Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima

Action TBA

An action sandbox game developed by Sucker Punch, the creators of the InFamous series. The player is taken to the titular island of Tshishima, where as a samurai he or she fights the Mongol invaders in order to avenge the death of family and close ones. A direct confrontation isn’t always the best course of action. To effectively eliminate opponents, the protagonist must learn to work in the shadows. During the journey the protagonist will visit various locations – from bamboo forests to mystic temples.

Yakuza 0
Yakuza 0

Action 12 March 2015

Another installment in the popular action game series, known as the Japan’s take on the Grand Theft Auto series. This time, the developers from SEGA created a prequel of the whole series, taking place in 1988, seven years before the events seen in the first installment. The plot of Yakuza 0 focuses on young Kazuma Kiryu, the series' protagonist, as he began his journey to become a legend in the Japanese underworld. During a gang war for the control of Kamurocho, one of Tokio’s districts, Kiryu meets up with mysterious Majima Goro, who searches for an opportunity to return to the criminal underworld. The game is filled with characteristic elements of the series, including a varied story missions, shootouts, chases, and beatdowns. The game world is open, and filled with numerous activities. As per the series traditions, Yakuza 0 retains the suggestive atmosphere of Asian action movies.

Judgment
Judgment

Action 25 June 2019

An action adventure game in which we play the role of a detective conducting complex criminal investigations. Project JUDGE was created by the authors of the popular Yakuza series, i.e. Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. As a former lawyer of Takayuki Yagami, we deal with the prosecution of criminals.

Yakuza Kiwami
Yakuza Kiwami

Action 29 August 2017

A complex remake of the first installment in the Yakuza series. The original title debuted on PlayStation 2 in 2005. The game takes place in 1995, eight years after the events shown in Yakuza 0. Kazuma Kiryu, the main protagonist, is a high ranked member of the criminal clan Tojo. He takes the blame for the murder of the patriarch of Dojima family, who was responsible for kidnapping his friend Yumi. After ten years the protagonist is released from prison. His task is to find Yumi and restore order in Tojo clan, which is at the brink of a civil war. The action in Yakuza Kiwami is shown from a third-person perspective. The player can visit many smaller locations that depict the streets of Tokyo. The gameplay consists of exploration, completing story quests and side missions, and fighting enemies by using four different combat styles. The game contains various minigames and side activities. Goro Majima’s challenges are a novelty introduced in the remake. In addition to refreshing the graphics, the developers re-recorded all dialogues and created new cutscenes.

Samurai Shodown
Samurai Shodown

Fighting 25 June 2019

The next installment of the Samurai Shodown series. The action of the title takes place in Japan at the end of the 18th century, and its history presents many authentic events and characters, which are extend with typically fantastic elements.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Action 17 April 2018

The 6th installment in the series of gangster action games published by SEGA, which is popular in Japan. The titular Yakuza is the Japanese word used to describe local organized criminal structures and its members. In Yakuza 6 the player once again assumes the role of the protagonist of the previous installments of the series: Kazuma Kiryu who since many years has had trouble with the local mafia – more precisely, since the time when he took the blame for killing the boss of the local Yakuza in order to save his friend. The player learns the plot of the game through the cutscenes and dialogues. The game takes place in a fictional district of Tokyo called Kamurocho. Similarly as the previous entries in the series, Yakuza 6 is a third-person perspective action game. The player is traveling through the streets of the city, taking quests from non-playable characters and he participating in hundreds of spectacular street fights. The fights are based on mechanics which require the player to learn various combinations of attacks and blocks. Yakuza 6 offers even larger open world and greater freedom to explore it (now it is possible to climb on the roofs of the buildings).

Yakuza 5 Remastered
Yakuza 5 Remastered

Action 20 June 2019

A remastered version of Yakuza 5, i.e. the production that was the biggest part of this popular cycle at the time of its release. While playing in Yakuza 5 Remastered, we play as five heroes, hitting the middle of the war between the Tojo clan and the Omi alliance. In addition to the fictional Kamurocho, the title is available to us in four other districts located in Osaka, Fukuoce, Sapporo and Nagoya.

World End Syndrome
World End Syndrome

Adventure 30 August 2018

A visual novel with dating simulator features. During the game, the player assumes the role of the protagonist who arrives at the seaside city of Mihate. There, he meets two girls. His fate depends on the actions and decisions made by the players.

Tale of Ronin
Tale of Ronin

RPG October 2019

A turn-based RPG created by Dead Mage Studio. Tale of Ronin features a story set in Japan’s feudal period. As the title suggests, player assumes the role of a ronin, i.e. a masterless samurai, who gets a chance to improve his lot. To make that happen, however, he must embark on a dangerous journey and experience both good and bad sides of the turbulent period of history, such as friendship, betrayal, war and honor. The protagonist starts his journey as a lone traveler, but in time he may be joined by two other companions. Together they visit various locations, make difficult decisions and, most of all, fight with enemies encountered on the way. The most interesting feature in Tale of Ronin is the so-called Sekai System, which is a kind of permadeath mechanic. If the protagonist gets killed in battle or commits seppuku to reclaim lost honor, the player becomes another ronin. In such case, however, you don’t have to start completely from scratch. Instead, you visit a world shaped by the actions of your previous hero.

Onimusha: Warlords
Onimusha: Warlords

Action 15 January 2019

A remastered edition of the first installment of the Onimusha series from 2001. The production, which combines the features of a hack and slash and survival horror, takes us to 16th-century Japan and aims to save the kidnapped princess from the hands of the cunning warlord Oda Nobunaga and his army of demonic servants.

Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger
Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger

Strategy 08 March 2018

The third expansion to strategy game Hearts of Iron IV. Developers introduced new content for China and modified national objective trees for Japan and the Third Reich, allowing e.g. to remove Hitler from power and the German Empire.

SG/ZH: School Girl/Zombie Hunter
SG/ZH: School Girl/Zombie Hunter

Action 17 November 2017

A dynamic third-person perspective shooter developed by Tamsoft studio from Japan. The action of School Girl/Zombie Hunter takes place in the university known from the Onechanbara series. Once Musaku High School gets invaded by hordes of bloodthirsty zombies, five schoolgirls trapped inside rise up to the challenge and face them. Cooperation is the key to success – each heroine has unique abilities, weaknesses, and strengths, so only together they can battle the enemies. They also have different personalities that we get to discover during the campaign featuring dozens of levels. The key element of the title is combat against hordes of zombies with the use of either melee weapons or firearms. The more the heroines get hit, the more naked they become. This can be used as a tactical advantage – the removed clothes serve as a bait for enemies. In School Girl/Zombie Hunter you can play solo or with friends. The title features 3D graphics clearly inspired by anime style.

The Lost Child
The Lost Child

RPG 19 June 2018

A dungeon crawler RPG developed by the Japanese developer Kadokawa Games, led by Takayasu Sawaki - the creator of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. The main protagonist of The Lost Child is a journalist who investigates a suicide committed on the Shinjuku station in Tokyo. As it turns out, beings from another world are involved in the mystery, and the main protagonist comes into possession of a weapon called Demon Gun Gangour, which is capable of enslaving the fallen angels. Players observe from the first-person perspective how the main protagonist ventures through vast underground tunnels and fights the demons inhabiting them. Combat is turn-based and the defeated enemies can be enslaved in order to use their unique traits in the battles to come. Occasionally, the player gets to the surface where they can acquire useful information from NPCs - the interactions have been designed to resemble the form of visual novels. The game features visuals resembling the ones featured in manga.

Yomawari: Midnight Shadows
Yomawari: Midnight Shadows

Adventure 24 October 2017

Yomawari: Midnight Shadows is a horror action-adventure game developed by the Japanese studio Nippon Ichi Software and a sequel to Yomawari: Night Alone. The game takes place in modern-day Japan and tells the story of two girls, Yui and Haru, who can't find the way back home from their trip to the mountains. To make matters worse, they get separated after a short while. In terms of gameplay mechanics, Yomawari: Midnight Shadows will test our dexterity and wit. As we play, we explore a city that drastically changes when the sun came down and try to make the girls meet. The campaign has segments where we will play as both Yui and Haru. Actions we take as one of them influence the fate of the other. Our heroines are practically defenseless, so we will have to do anything we can to avoid any kind of confrontation. The gameplay, however, does not focus only on sneaking around. From time to time we will have to simply run away or defeat ghosts with the help of various items.

World of Demons
World of Demons

Action September 2019

World of Demons is a slasher action game based on a free-to-play model. The production is set in a fantastic version of medieval Japan and allows you to play the role of a samurai, who by means of a skill-based combat system fights battles with supernatural beings. The defeated enemies can recruit and train them to support him in later battles.

Yo-kai Watch 4
Yo-kai Watch 4

RPG 20 June 2019

The next installment of the popular jRPG series dedicated to younger players. The game features anime characters such as Touma Tsukinami, Natsume Amano, Keisuke Amano and Akinori Arihoshi.

Yakuza 3 Remastered
Yakuza 3 Remastered

Action 09 August 2018

A remastered version of the third entry in the popular series of action games that tell the story of the Japanese mafia. The story depicted in Yakuza 3 Remastered concentrates on the character of Kazuma Kiryu.

Yakuza 3
Yakuza 3

Action 26 February 2009

The third installment of a popular series of action games about the Japanese mafia. The story presented in Yakuza 3 once again focuses on the character of Kazuma Kiryu. The protagonist once again finds himself in the middle of the gangster accounts - this time in defense of an orphanage he founded, which attracted the interest of corrupt politicians associated with the title Yakuza.

Root Letter: Last Answer
Root Letter: Last Answer

Adventure 20 December 2018

A detective visual novel adventure game by Kadokawa Games, set in contemporary Japan. The production is extended by a new content of the original remake, which was released in 2016. The re-edition replaced the original two-dimensional illustrations with photographs and films of actors characterized as heroes of the title.

Project Sakura Wars
Project Sakura Wars

RPG 2020

The next installment of the Sakura Wars series, which was born in the mid-1990s on the Sega Saturn console. Like its predecessors, the title combines elements of classic visual novelty and tactical RPG. The action was set in the 1940s in an alternative version of Japan, where young women fight demons using steam-powered mosses.

Reborn
Reborn

RPG canceled

A third person action-RPG created by Elemental-Labs - an independent developer. Reborn is set in an alternative, cyberpunk vision of 2188's Japan. The protagonist is called Musashi Miyamoto, and he is a futuristic equivalent of a ronin. His main enemy are the Nexus Roku corporation and its female CEO who is trying to release an ancient demon. The game world is dark, full of social inequality and rivaling cartels. What is more, the difference between a human being and a machine is getting more and more difficult to judge as cybernetic implants are spreading throughout the world. The story-based campaign comprises a series of linear missions. However, the game offers a character development system based on levels and experience points. This, along with the possibility to use the previously mentioned implants, is what builds the pillar of freedom offered by this game. Inventory-related aspects have their influence on the gameplay as well, for the player gathers equipment dropped by defeated enemies. Although the player encounters many enemies in the game, open combat is not necessarily the only possible solution, for the protagonist can sneak and perform quick retreats - depending on the tactics applied, relationships with NPCs can develop in different directions. The combat itself is very dynamic and the protagonists main weapon is the katana. Reborn offers multiplayer gameplay for up to four players.

Yakuza 4 Remastered
Yakuza 4 Remastered

Action 17 January 2019

A remastered version of Yakuza 4; in addition to Kazumy Kiryu, known from the earlier parts of the series, players play here as three other heroes, whose fates are interwoven with each other. In Yakuza 4 Remastered we have to take part in a gang war, the winners of which will take control over the whole criminal underworld of Kamurocho in Tokyo.

Onimusha: Warlords (2001)
Onimusha: Warlords (2001)

Action 06 July 2001

In Onimusha: Warlords combines elements of slasher and survival horror genre, and during the game we play as a samurai, who, trying to save his kidnapped cousin, confronts hordes of demons.