Something About Japan: Black Ops II beats Animal Crossing; Warfighter praised; Metal Gear Rising latest

Something About Japan: Black Ops II beats Animal Crossing; Warfighter praised; Metal Gear Rising latest

This week we’re tackling Japan’s take on the genre that’s come to define this console generation, in the west at least: the military FPS. Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Medal of Honor: Warfighter are both out now in Japan, and we’ll be investigating their critical and commercial results. We’ll also take a glimpse at Platinum’s uncompromising attitude to working in the Japanese game industry as we listen to what the Bayonetta studio has to say about working with Kojima Productions on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance: Platinum and Kojima Productions give Raiden his chance to shine

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As we sit on the outer edge of a stark white preview room somewhere within Kojima Productions’ Tokyo Midtown office and play Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Raiden doesn’t seem like much of a problem. He’s lithe and responsive in his movements; he’s stylish and deadly in his attacks. But Raiden is a problem – or at least he has been.

Inside Platinum Games: we chart the history and future of the studio behind Bayonetta

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One of the world’s most magical stories gets underway when Charlie Bucket finds a golden ticket. This slip of paper contains the promise of secrets and wonders untold: a visit to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Charlie’s thrill of anticipation at what lies behind those gates is palpable. We’re in Osaka, about to enter the Umeda Sky Building, and it feels like we’re holding a platinum ticket. This is the home of Platinum Games, a studio that in just five short years has made some truly spectacular titles.