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- Infinite SpaceNintendo DS(Interview with Hifumi Kouno of Nude Maker)
ONM: The game's story is very quirky, with lots of funny moments. Was humour an important part of the design process?
HK: The overall story is something very serious. However, the more serious situations become, the more it tends to become humorous when you look down at all those serious people. I think that point of view is very important and it is something that I always keep in mind when writing a story. Another important part would be the excellent translator that Sega provided us with. The translator understood this subtext and provided us with an excellent translation. I can't express my gratitude enough for this.
- Yakuza 2PlayStation 2"All the dialogue here is in Japanese, with no alternative options. Everything is subtitled (bar the odd utterance as you run around) so you wonValkyria ChroniclesPlayStation 3"As I said, the game's story is one of its most important aspects. What starts off as a relatively small-scale fight for your home town turns into a fantasy epic, with a love story mixed in for good measure. Cutscenes come in two flavors -- fully animated episodes and talking-head dialogues. All really well written and full of heart. Characters are brilliantly realised and they grow throughout the course of the game."
Across AgeiOS / Android"The story of Across Age is standard fare for the genre, falling cleanly into a long line of RPGs in which the goal is to save the world from an evil magician. Unlike certain other similar games on the App Store, however, the writing and translation is extremely well done..."
Yakuza: Dead SoulsPlayStation 3"Regardless of how familiar you are with the series, characters like the delightfully unhinged Majima are charismatic and likable, rolling gamely with whatever improbable plot twists come their way. A flavorful localization is also an asset, letting a lot of humor come through."
Binary DomainPlayStation 3 / Xbox 360"In the end you are entering into a game that achieves a goal not commonly found in titles this gen. Witty, well spoken dialogue, an engaging storyline (if not a little cheesy), and the perfect blend of difficulty mixed with action."
Infinite SpaceNintendo DS"The characters and writing are also pretty good. Usually, RPG characters are all full of angst and confusing dialogue relating to bards and their respective spoonyness. However, the localization team nailed this one, making characters that are believeable and do and say believeable things. Kudos."
Yakuza 5PlayStation 3"While this doesn't often get brought up in games I would like to give a shout out to the localizers. Everything is pretty much authentic to the original Japanese release, including the excellent Japanese voice actors and the translation is enviously good. This is just what Western audiences have been dying for."
Valkyria ChroniclesPlayStation 3"The story manages to keep you entertained, even though at times it can be predictable. One of the main reasons you will want to stick with it is due down to how well Sega have crafted the characters. Their attitude and character are so well portrayed that youGuardian HeroesXbox Live Arcade"For this new iteration, Guardian Heroes HD, Sega has had the narrative relocalized. The new translation is clear to follow and frequently funnyYakuza 2PlayStation 2"...an amazing storyline, loaded with brilliantly well-developed characters, great translation (And yes, the use of the F-word was toned down a bit here from its sometimes excessive use in the first game,) and shocking plot twists."
Infinite SpaceNintendo DS"Yuri is destined to shape the universe around him, but his character isn't set in stone. At key points throughout the game you'll steer him "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style down a path all your own. The well-localized writing in this text-heavy adventure carefully balances between violent, humorous, and thought-provoking themes."
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's TreasureNintendo 3DS"It's also smartly written, skilfully blending light and shade, character and plot, humour and emotion, in a manner reminiscent of the Professor Layton games."
Yakuza: Dead SoulsPlayStation 3"The writing is as self-conscious and goofy as ever -- aided by a strong localisation -- and it provides a rare comical experience. The balance between serious and silly is just right, and it encourages you to anticipate whatBinary DomainPlayStation 3 / Xbox 360"Throughout the ten-hour single player campaign, every single character is remarkably brought to life through the use of spectacular cut scenes and witty dialogue, with hysterical quips thrown at each otherYakuza 5PlayStation 3"We found ourselves more invested in its cast than ever before. Perhaps that's because the game has been able to lay the narrative foundation over the course of the aforementioned quartet of titles, or perhaps it's a testament to the quality scriptwriting in this particular entry and the subsequent stellar localization efforts that drew us into its gritty yet relatable world."
Resonance of FatePlayStation 3 / Xbox 360"What makes this story engaging even before your ultimate goal becomes clear is that the characters are well-developed and easy to relate to. ... Resonance deals with weighty issues, but many of the cutscenes have a comical, lighthearted tone. The most memorable of these cinemas is one in which Vashyron is so overcome by the beauty of his employer that he cannot keep his dancing desires bottled up. This mix of silly and serious helps keep things interesting, and the solid voice acting and believable dialogue mask the story's exceedingly slow pace."
Yakuza 2PlayStation 2"All the dialogue here is in Japanese, with no alternative options. Everything is subtitled (bar the odd utterance as you run around) so you wonValkyria ChroniclesPlayStation 3"Each character (including side characters) is given a distinct voice and personality no matter how small of a role they may play in the title. This is something other RPGs should take note, as it makes the game world that much more believable."
Yakuza: Dead SoulsPlayStation 3"Seeing how the characters cope with the day-to-day issues of the zombie apocalypse makes for some entertaining dialogue and writing, both which are stellar."
Across Age 2iOS"RPGs and time travel plots are convoluted by nature, and Across Age 2 does a superb job of keeping the story interesting and easy to follow... The makers of the game seem to like their characters, and even the most cartoonish get good lines and heroic moments."
Yakuza 5PlayStation 3"Walking through Yakuza 5's towns, you will overhear snippets of conversation - some of which alert you to potential sidequests. But these worlds are also full of incidental characters with much more to say, their own little quest arcs to explore, and it's where Yakuza 5's script really takes off. This is a wonderful localisation: frank, funny, and jam-packed with little human surprises."
Infinite SpaceNintendo DS"Along the way the plot snakes, twists and turns every which way, with enough betrayals, revelations and sudden plunges into comedy and tragedy to keep things engaging. This is fuelled by possibly the largest ensemble of characters in any RPG to date, with over 100 possible crew members available to recruit for your ship over the course of the lengthy 50- to 60-hour story. While having a large cast is one thing, it would be pointless if they only acted as 'numbers with a picture', but the way in which Infinite SpaceYakuza: Dead SoulsPlayStation 3"Dead Souls still has the great story, acting and sense of humour that made previous games in the Yakuza series so endearing... Characters old and new are dropped in for cameos, the translation is still among the best out there, and it's got a lot of charming Japanese madness about it, from cross-dressing to UFO catchers and bizarre jokes."