PlayStation Big in Japan Sale: here are our top picks, but what are yours?

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
PlayStation sales are back in force this week, with the Big in Japan offerings lining up a great selection of the best games from the east. Everyone is super busy with reviews this week, so Kes has picked out three he would like to play in the future by seeking advice from the TT community! Of course, your own suggestions are super important to us, too. If you have a game you would like to shout out, leave a comment below for a chance to be featured next week!

13 Sentinels

So, the Big in Japan Sale is currently active on the PlayStation Store. You kind also find the sales listings in our wonderfully customisable tables for the EU and the US.

13 Sentinels Aegis Rim

13 Sentinels Aegis Rim is developed by Vanillaware, a team that also made the beautiful sidescrolling adventure Dragon's Crown. Even since its launch back in 2019/20, I have always been interested in how the developer would take on the sci-fi setting after the melodramatic hyper-fantasy world of Vanillaware's former title. Apparently, this bad boy has 13 interwoven narratives, which sounds pretty complex, and gets all kinds of crazy. I know that the game has used the same sidescrolling template that allows the magnificent artwork Vanillaware is capable of making to the fore, and that they have made mech battles an RTS fight. I continually hear that this is the magnum opus of the studio and a masterpiece, so I am struggling to resist picking this up. Have any of you played it? Is it just hype, or do folks speak the truth? Let me know!

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Vanillaware, the storytellers behind Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown, craft a sci-fi mystery epic spanning thirteen intertwining stories in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. With a Metacritic score of 86, 13 Sentinels has won the praise of critics all over the world.

Uncover the truth and delve into a 2D sidescrolling adventure featuring gorgeous art and environments. Then, battle the kaiju in fast-paced, top-down combat. Customize the Sentinels with an arsenal of mechsuit weaponry, and fight to defend humanity!

Danganronpa 1+2 Reload

Okay, so I know what I'm getting with Danganronpa 1+2 Reload. I've played the first game on Vita and adored it, but not quite as much as the fairly similar Zero Escape: The Nonary Games. However, I am chomping at the bit to get another slice of Monokuma the sadistic teddy bear killing off poor souls in a dramatic fashion. The problem is, publisher NIS delisted Danganrompa 2 from the Vita store and the cartridge costs around £80. So, maybe I should give it up and play the pair on PS4? I know the Danganrompa fans are out there in the TT sphere. So, let me know if the PS4 is the right place to play them!

Danganronpa 1/2 Reload

Danganronpa 1/2 Reload

Hope's Peak Academy—home to the nation's best and brightest high school students...and your new prison. You and your classmates have been trapped here, forced into a winner-takes-all killing game. You'll have to solve the mystery of the school to survive, but be careful what you wish for—sometimes there’s nothing more deadly than the truth...

You and your classmates at Hope's Peak Academy have been brought to Jabberwock Island by your teacher. It seems fun at first...until Monokuma returns to restart his murderous game! Solve the island's mysteries to escape!

This product supports the following languages: English

Gravity Rush 2

The reason I haven't picked up Gravity Rush 2 yet, even though I really should have, is because I have amazing and perfect memories of playing the first game on my lovely, gorgeous, perfectly-formed Vita. Gravity shifting for combat and traversal was a nifty game mechanic, and the story was surprisingly good. It didn't quite get all the puzzle pieces aligned to create the perfect whole, but damn if it didn't nearly manage it. I'm slightly worried that heading back to Kat's journey on a bigger console might destroy the magic, even if I'm heading to the very different universe of Jirga Para Lhao. I've also just read that the developer, Team Gravity, was shuttered last year which is not exactly happy news. Are you guys Gravity Rush fans? What did you think of the sequel?

Gravity Rush™ 2

Gravity Rush™ 2

Another mind-bending adventure awaits gravity queen Kat as a new danger emerges to threaten the fabric of the universe itself. Still searching for clues behind the mystery of her origin, and with the powerful Raven at her side, Kat must master three unique gravity attack styles as she takes on enemies and massive bosses.

Gravity-Based Action –The franchise’s famous gravity-based action mechanics have evolved with two additional styles, each with their own unique attacks.

Vast Open World – Enter a bright and bustling floating city, bursting with life. Manipulate gravity with the motion sensors of the DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller to soar and traverse a vast and detailed open world.

Signature Art Style – French “bande dessinée” comic book aesthetic is artfully blended with Japanese manga and anime influences to create a unique and beautiful atmosphere, with cityscapes and characters and brought to life in stunning detail on PlayStation 4.

The online server shutdown for Gravity Rush 2, previously scheduled for January 18, 2018, has been rescheduled to take place on Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 10:00 PM PT. Only online functionality will be affected there will be no impact on offline gameplay.

Upon server shutdown, the following features will no longer be accessible:

• Sending/receiving challenges
• Access to rankings
• Receiving/posting treasure hints
• Receiving/posting/reviewing photo ghosts
• Acquiring Dusty Tokens and rewards

So, that is what we have for you this week. Hopefully, it wasn't too self-indulgent! Really, we are dying to know what you guys are thinking of picking up in the sale. If you leave us a comment, we will try and feature them next week. See you in the comments!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Hey, I'm Kes! I'm a Staff Writer, and I've been here since 2021. What do I like? The Outer Wilds is top notch. The Witcher 3 blew my mind over the course of five years completing it. I want Burnout back — I really miss crunching mechanical wonders into walls to the sound of Guns N' Roses. Cool, now we are acquainted, I'll see you around.