Which Xbox 360 Games Does Famitsu Recommend?

By Spencer . May 26, 2009 . 7:15am


Major video game magazine Famitsu published a list of recommended games as part of a “We Support Xbox 360” ad campaign. Last year the titles would have been easy to pick since there was a heavy line up of RPGs like Tales of Vesperia and The Last Remnant. This year the Xbox 360 has a light selection of JRPGs.


Since Magnacarta 2 is the only (partially) Japanese developed RPG slated for release this year it’s on the list. The other games are: Bayonetta, Dream C Club, Time Leap, Memories Of 6: Next Relation, Tayutama: Kiss on my Deity, and Gears of War 2. The common thread between these titles and their genres is they have captivating characters.


About half the games on Famitsu’s list are visual novels. Not sure if this is a good sign since it shows niche Japanese developers are taking an interest in the Xbox 360 or if this is a bad sign since there isn’t anything else on the market for Famitsu to recommend.

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  • Symytry

    I dunno about Gears2 having captivating characters. They’re all the same guy in slightly modified character with lame personalities. But then, nobody plays Gears for the characters or story. It just looks really good ;)

    • thaKingRocka

      i actually don’t like the unreal engine 3. i don’t like the lighting or washed out colors every game that uses it has. i love gears though. i play it because it’s one of the most enjoyable co-op games of all time, and the control is just spot on. tons of fun.

      • daizyujin

        Play Bioshock and you will see that it is possible to have a game look quite colorful with the Unreal Engine. On the whole though you are right. I think it has more to do with the types of games that used it rather than a limitation on the engine. Still, it is starting to show its age.

        The thing I have noticed on almost all games that use UE3 is that there seems to be a slight lag between when a level is loaded and when all the textures are applied. It is very noticeable in UT3 when you are waiting for a match to start. There is about a 2 second pause where the textures are still not mapped yet. It don’t really hurt anything, but it just seems odd that they have not been able to do much about it yet. Other than the problems adapting the engine to the PS3 in earlier games, it has worked out pretty well.

        • thaKingRocka

          i played through bioshock … on a 4:3 crt because of the issues with the limited FOV in widescreen, but that’s another story.

          lost odyssey was colorful, but i didn’t find that out until i pumped the color setting on my tv up to about 94 out of 100. most games and menus call for a color setting of anywhere from 55 to 80. beyond that, red often runs too hot for my tastes. however, as soon as i pop in an unreal engine game, i just crank the color to get the game to approach the normal level of color expected in a game.

          that texture pop-in is definitely annoying. the transitions in GoW and GoW2 were especially noticeable for me. even with the full install, it had that texture lag.

  • Shuyin

    Isn’t Magnacarta a korean rpg and not a japanese one?
    I’m pretty sure the developer behind the Magnacarta series is korean.

    • jarrodand

      I’m pretty sure Banpresoft has a hand in the console versions directly and that they did Magna Carta PS2 inhouse and are co-developing Magna Carta 2 360 with Softmax.

    • Yeah, Magnacarta is Korean developed. Softmax is developing the game and it has a lead Korean artist, but the Banpresto division inside Namco Bandai has some say in it, which is why I put “(partially) Japanese”.

  • jarrodand

    Rough list imo, 360’s JP support seems to be on a bit of a decline after the recent RPG overload.

    Also surprised they didn’t mention Biohazard 5, is this only for upcoming games?

    • Rciwws

      Biohazard 5 isnt an exclusive 360 title so i’d assume they wouldn’t include that on the list.

    • I’m pretty sure this is a forward looking list relative to Japan where Gears of War 2 isn’t out yet.

  • Is there also a “We support Nintendo Wii” and “We support Sony PlayStation 3” campaigns coming out of Famitsu? If not, there’s some hard-working advertising dollars at work! Hope it all just equates to more games. More games = more fun, after all.

    • This is the first campaign I’ve seen like this so it’s pretty unusual.

      And yeah more games = more fun! Memories Of may not be my thing, but it’s someone else’s.

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