The Xbox One has never exactly taken off in Japan and a result of that, there's an understandable shortage of Japanese titles available on the console. Differing in their approach to both design and themes, many of the country's biggest games stand out against the western library. We've rounded up our favorite Japanese games available on the Xbox One today!
Updated May 31, 2017: Added new Japanese titles hitting the Xbox One, including the Phantom Dust remaster and Tekken 7. Bayonetta has also grabbed Xbox 360 backward compatibility support, pushing ReCore off the list.
Phantom Dust first released for the original Xbox in 2004, as one of the few games developed to push the console in the Japan. Although produced in-house by Microsoft Game Studios, the game never really took off in western markets. Phantom Dust has now been re-released for Xbox One and Windows 10, while also gaining a range of upgrades in the process. The biggest of these include a bump to 1080p, 60 FPS and a 16:9 aspect ratio, as well as Xbox Play Anywhere support. Best of all, the game is entirely free on both platforms.
Set in a future where Earth is a dust-ridden wasteland, humans have submerged themselves underground to survive the depleting conditions. You play as an "Esper" – one of the few humans who have the power to survive the harsh conditions. Over the course of the game, you'll uncover what lead to the downfall of humanity and attempt to rebuild your legacy.
Tekken 7 is the latest entry in the legendary fighting series, marking the 20th anniversary for the series. Unlike its many competitors in the genre, the game revives its legacy as a single-player driven title rounding off the Mishima storyline.
In traditional Tekken fashion, the game goes back to the core of fighting games, pitting over thirty characters in one-on-one battles. Also introducing new mechanics such as Rage Arts, Rage Drives, and Power Crushes, the game is accessible to fighting veterans and franchise newcomers.
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV takes Square Enix's flagship franchise to the open world, following Noctis Lucis Caelum and his three companions on a road trip across the Earth-like world of Eos. With a new set of characters and surrounding world, the game is a great way to get started with Final Fantasy games.
The game departs from previous entries to the series, with new action-based combat, a gorgeous open world and an unrivaled level of depth in its environments. The rich, diverse world of Final Fantasy XV is packed with places to visit and enemies to slay, making for one of the best Final Fantasy titles to date.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
As the last Metal Gear game made by the series creator, Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain brings together thirty years of experience into a final farewell. Melding a traditional action/adventure experience with tactical espionage, The Phantom Pain stands out with its own distinctive gameplay traits.
Taking place in a range of realistic and dynamic sandboxes, players will learn to adapt on the fly. Whether using Snake's stealth abilities or blasting your way through with pure firepower, Metal Gear Solid V takes places on a unique and memorable adventure.
If you're yet to play a game from the Metal Gear franchise, it's recommended you played the game's short prologue, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, to have a basic knowledge of the game's backstory and mechanics.
Mega Man: Legacy Collection
Bringing together all six of the original entries in the franchise, Mega Man: Legacy Collection is the ultimate package for anyone interested in the 8-bit classic. With all six games remastered in full HD for an extra layer of clarity, this bundle is inviting for long-time fans and the new generation.
For first timers, you'll be getting the whole reworked Mega Man package, including each of the games refined for use on the Xbox One. Veterans will also be in for a treat, with a new museum packed with additional content and information on the game's creation. All wrapped up for $14.99, the game is a must-buy for fans of arcade classics.
Dark Souls 3
The Dark Souls franchise is renowned for its unforgiving difficulty, punishing players for the slightest errors in combat. Dark Souls 3 is no different, bringing refined combat and other general improvements upon its predecessors to be the best entry in the series.
After FromSoftware's venture with Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3 inherits several its strengths to create a deeper but more consistent experience. Huge leaps have been made in the game's combat systems, bosses, and world depiction, making a truly complete Dark Souls package.
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
Dark Dreams Don't Die (commonly abbreviated to D4) is an episodic graphic adventure, taking place in an equally wacky and unpredictable world. Through this psychedelic adventure, players take on the role of David Young – a young private detective searching for his wife's killer.
As of right now only the first season is available, which includes a prologue and the first two episodes. The game's creator, SWERY, has hinted of feature installments, but after going into early retirement, further episodes are looking unlikely. The game also fully supports Kinect, if you're among the few who own the controller.
Resident Evil for the Xbox One gives players the opportunity to return to the 1996 classic, which arguably kick-started the survival horror genre. When a special forces team is deployed to investigate a number of unexplained murders, they soon come to learn that not all is as it seems.
With reworked HD graphics for current-generation consoles, Resident Evil's remaster is simply the best way to experience the cult classic. Available standalone or alongside Resident Evil 0's remaster, the package is a great way to get started with the Resident Evil franchise.
Stranger of Sword City
For diehard Japanese RPG fans, Stranger of Sword City is a refreshing dungeon crawler, with strong ties to its Japanese origins. Although not one of the most accessible titles for those new to JRPGs, the game has a distinct playstyle and art direction in comparison to other Xbox One titles.
The localized version also comes with a brand-new art style, which takes a departure from the cast's original design. However, to still offer an authentic experience, the art style can be switched out to the player's liking.
Bayonetta released for the Xbox 360 back in 2009 and has now gained support for Xbox One backward compatibility. The first-person action game is generally regarded as one of Platinum Games' biggest hits, featuring smooth combat and controls, large-scale battles and an iconic soundtrack.
Players assume the role of "Bayonetta," the last survivor of a witch clan who was put to sleep hundreds of years ago. After being awoken, an army of angelic forces rise once again, leaving the lone witch fight back the light. While owners of the original physical disc can play the game on Xbox One, Bayonetta is also available for purchase on the Xbox Store.
What are your favorite Japanese titles for the Xbox One? If you have any recommendations, make sure to let us know in the comments!
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