Let's not beat around the bush here: Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu is no stranger to critical controversy. The publication's incredibly rare 40/40 "perfect" review scores always manage to spark debate, and in the past, Famitsu has been accused of being a little unethical. After all, this is pretty much the biggest gaming outlet in...
First ever Sony game to achieve accolade
Japanese magazine Famitsu's review scores have long come under scrutiny for being, shall we say, less than honest. Nevertheless, it's still a big deal when the legendary tome dishes out one of its top scores. Death Stranding is the latest recipient of the publication's infamous 40/40, making it the 26th title...
Ever since we first went hands on with Monster Hunter: World we’ve been waxing lyrical about the title, and our collective enthusiasm has only grown with subsequent betas. It’s no surprise, then, that the first review of the game is particularly high: 39/40 to be precise. But yes, there’s the caveat: this comes courtesy of Japa
The Witcher 3 is number 20, apparently
Persona 5 is the greatest role-playing game of all time. At least, that's what readers of Japanese publication Famitsu believe. The magazine recently asked its audience to vote for the 20 best RPGs ever made, and Atlus' latest release came out on top. Okay, so we can just about live with Persona 5 being...
Long in the memory
Famitsu, the famous Japanese gaming magazine, is celebrating its 30th anniversary – and it's asked readers to vote for their most memorable games per console as a consequence. A whopping 2,921 people responded, with the rules stating that participants could only pen one title per platform. We've included the top ten titles for...
Cerny you saw this coming?
The PlayStation 4 is nearing its second birthday in Japan, and while it hasn't got off to a flying start, it's still managed to accrue an install base nearing 2.5 million units. But with the Eastern market waiting patiently for Final Fantasy XV and Dragon Quest XI, what's been the console's biggest software drivers so far?...
Yakuza Ishin restores enthusiasm in PS4
Japan may be receiving a free copy of Knack in order to compensate for the PlayStation 4’s meagre delay, but it can’t seem to buy a good review score at the minute. Fresh from being stomped by much of the Western media,
Either the quality of games is improving or Famitsu's getting soft
The Japanese bible has dished out a perfect score to Square Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2, just a week after it awarded a similarly "rare" 40/40 to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Perhaps importantly, the magazine notes that Square Enix has managed to straighten out any creases found in the original Final Fantasy XIII,..
What has happened to Japan? Only last week Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 toppled Ni No Kuni in the region's sales charts, and now Famitsu has awarded the Western developed Skyrim a perfect score
It's the 17th game to be awarded top-marks from the publication, joining the likes of Ocarina Of Time and the original Soul Calibur.
Famitsu's dropped the bomb on another pool of PlayStation Vita content earlier this week
New games include Luminous Electric Symphony (presumably the Vita's previously announced Lumines title) and a few unannounced games. The unannounced titles include GameArts' hunting action game Ragnarok Odyssey and D3's Dream Club Zero — the latter being a...
With Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's Ni No Kuni just weeks away from its Japanese release on PlayStation 3, Famitsu has revealed a new PlayStation 3 hardware bundle to celebrate the release of the game
Entitled the 'Magical Edition' the special hardware package comes in white and gold. ¥33,780. [Thanks Andriasang]
ChunSoft has confirmed to Famitsu that the team behind the hugely popular Nintendo DS title, 999, is working on a successor for the PlayStation Vita
Very little was said about the game itself, other than its existence. In addition to the 999 follow-up, ChunSoft also confirmed that a successor to Night of the Kamaitachi, entitled True Night of the Kamaitachi, is also in development for PlayStation 3..
It's funny, hop on any video game message board and you'll note posts berating the PlayStation Vita's third-party software offering
The concern — as we understand it — stems from a lack of title announcements in one deft stroke. At E3 Sony focused on it's first-party content, at GamesCom it focused on very specific brands. There's a perception that third-party developers aren't adopting Sony's..
Travis scores a touchdown
It's been a long time since we've heard anything about Konami's No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise, but Siliconera has unearthed a few details about extra content in the game's Japanese release, titled No More Heroes: Red Zone Edition. Famitsi (via Siliconera) reports the game will feature 10 missions cut from the Wii version...
If the PSP is a muted success globally, it's a rip-roaring Goliath in Japan
Sony's first portable gaming system is frequently the most purchased gaming system in Japan, despite waning support worldwide. So it's little surprise Japanese gamers are hyped for the console's successor. In a reader poll published in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, 76.2% of Japanese gamers stated they wanted the..
Japanese team working on motion title
The name Crafts & Meister might not mean much to you – a small development studio set up in 2004, it's yet to release a game for home consoles, its only title so far being arcade brawler Super Dragon Ball Z, although Wii adventure Earth Seeker is set for release soon. Studio director Noritaka Funamizu, a...
Ex-Street Fighter producer Noritaka Funamizu has revealed to Famitsu that he's working with Sony's new magic wand, the PlayStation Move
The producer, who worked on most of Street Fighter's 2D releases, didn't drop too many details, but did have high praise for the Move controller. Im actually working on a PS Move game at the moment, he told the Famitsu. The title hasnt been announced yet,..
There are scant details regarding the new PlayStation 3 Yakuza game at the moment
Much of SEGA's marketing muscle is going into the upcoming PSP title, which is due much sooner than its PlayStation 3 brethren. Hence why this morning's Famitsu magazine is so shocking. Building up to the game's full reveal at next month's Tokyo Game Show, SEGA's placed a mysterious advert in the Japanese Gaming..
We've no idea who Catherine is, but we're assuming she's a character from Atlus' new game, erm, Catherine
The game's been revealed in this weeks Famitsu and is the first HD project from the Persona team. Apparently the game follows Vincent, an insomniac plagued by nightmares of never-ending staircases (stay with us). Siliconera reports that the game is an action/adventure horror title intended for..
Famitsu's got a huge blow-out on Platinum Games' Vanquish this week, and AndriaSang
com's</a> got your back with all the meaty details. The third-person shooter, being developed by Mr. Resident Evil Shinji Mikami, begins in space on a cylindrical colony known as Providence. This colony is America's 51st state, and has been created in order to gather solar energy. The energy is converted into..
Japanese video games bible Famitsu have been number crunching
They've been working out the percentage of each video game's library that has earned a prestigious "gold" award from the magazine. A gold award is given to those games which score 32/40 or higher. The magazine's deduction works on the basis of ratio — the higher percentage of gold awards compared to titles released for the..
What's that you say? The brazen British boxer Dudley is set to make an appearance in Super Street Fighter IV? Excuse us one moment
Rushes to Amazon, pre-orders Super Street Fighter IV. Sorry about that, it's jsut, the dude is absolutely our favourite character from Street Fighter III. Dudley'll join Makoto and Ibuki as new characters in Super Street Fighter IV. Initially, we'd decided not to buy..