Shiki-Tei has the guts to tackle an issue that most games shy away from: gardening. Shiki-Tei, which translates as “Four Seasons Garden” in English, is a PS3 gardening simulator that allows you to pick and choose plants and decorations to create the ultimate Japanese garden. As your garden grows, you’ll be able to unlock additional plants and options.
Although Shiki-Tei is certainly playable with a limited knowledge of Japanese, learning all the intricacies of the game’s features requires some patience and experimenting. Still, if you want to try your hand at hardcore Japanese gardening, the Japanese PSN is the only place to get this game.
Nintendo isn’t the only one with TurboGrafx-16 titles anymore. Previously, these games were only available on Wii’s Virtual Console. But earlier this year, several memorable TurboGrafx-16 titles were released on Japan’s PSN, including Adventure Island and Devil’s Crush. The titles will all play on both your PS3 and PSP. To sweeten the deal, the PSN versions of these games also allow for players to save and load states anywhere in the game, making them an excellent choice for PSP gaming on the go.
Above: Devil’s Crush (known as Devil’s Crash in Japan) was the most badass pinball game ever
Above: Warning - Words like ‘radical’ may creep into your daily lexicon if you download Adventure Island
Square may be best known for its role-playing games, but it also released one of the most memorable side-scrolling shooters of all time. Set in a fictional future during a war between Earth’s government and a renegade Moon colony, Einhänder featured stunning 3D graphics, a fantastic soundtrack, and silky smooth controls. The game’s oldschool difficulty and gameplay combined with its amazing visuals helped make it a cult hit.
Due to its popularity, used retail copies of Einhänder are rare. But with access to Japan’s PSN, there’s no need to hunt down copies as it is available to download for ¥600 ($6), a fraction of what it usually goes for on eBay.
Better known as Resident Evil 2 in the states, Biohazard 2 continues to be one of the most downloaded games on Japan’s PlayStation Network. That’s because the definitive survival horror game still kicks ass over a decade after it originally released in 1998.
Certain menus and the storytelling memos discovered throughout the game are in Japanese, but the game is completely voiced in English. So don’t let a lack of fluency discourage you from downloading this PlayStation classic.
Above: Even if you’re not fluent in Japanese, Biohazard 2 is very playable
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