Famitsu Reviews Round-up: Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Edition

So, we like to keep tabs on the happenings in Japan, which includes checking Famitsu review scores regularly. While the outlet is hardly what it once was, in terms of journalistic integrity, it’s still the leading gaming publication in the Land of the Rising Sun. Thus, we give stock still to their commentary on the state of Eastern gaming. Today’s latest Famitsu has hit the interwebs and carries with it the breakdown of a few big titles. This week’s particularly interesting games include Theatrhythm Dragon Quest, Rodea: The Sky Soldier and Terra Formers. While the former two fared well, especially Dragon Quest, it would seem the latter 3DS game, based off the hit manga and anime series, left something to be desired.

The real news here, of course, is Dragon Quest. We were worried that the game would simply feel too similar to Curtain Call to warrant a full, retail-priced purchase, but it would appear that our concerns were unfounded. After checking out some of the recent gameplay, we’re not too surprised, as the title is doing quite a lot different in order to separate itself from the pack, while still maintaining the formula that makes the Theatrhythm series such a success.

And although Rodea scored a respectable 30/40, we actually expected more from the game considering its pedigree. Developer Yuji Naka has been a pinnacle figure in gaming history, what with working on NiGHTS and Sonic especially, therefore we were expecting his latest outing to be a real gem. Though, from what we understand, the 3DS and Wii U releases were not his original vision; it’s said that to see Naka’s work, one has to play the Wii iteration (which comes packaged with first-print copies of the Wii U version in both Japan and for the upcoming North American release). So, in some ways this was to be expected.

Nevertheless, here’s the breakdown of scores:

  • Theatrhythm Dragon Quest (3DS) – 10/8/9/8 (35/40)
  • Norn9: Norn + Nonette Last Era (PSV) – 9/8/8/8 (33/40)
  • Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair (PS4) – 8/8/8/8 (32/40)
  • Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Tengoku-hen (PS3/PSV) – 8/8/8/8 (32/40)
  • Hell Divers (PSV) – 8/8/7/8 (31/40)
  • Rodea: The Sky Soldier (Wii U/3DS) – 8/7/8/7 (30/40)
  • Tengami (Wii U) – 8/7/8/7 (3/40)
  • Terra Formars: Fierce Battle on the Crimson Planet (3DS) – 7/6/7/6 (26/40)
  • Deadman’s Cross (PSV) – 7/5/6/7 (25/40)