GTAIV Tops LittleBigPlanet In Famitsu
Perhaps you didn't know, but Grand Theft Auto IV didn't release in Japan back in April when it arrived in North America and Europe. Nope, it's only just coming out in Japan; the franchise has never been as popular in the Land of the Rising Sun as it has been in other territories.
However, the latest edition of Famitsu boasts a small surprise: while the critically acclaimed LittleBigPlanet scored an excellent 38/40 (10, 10, 9, 9), the other Game of the Year candidate, GTAIV, beat it with a score of 39/40 (10, 10, 9, 10). Typically, this isn't something we'd expect from Japan's leading gaming publication, but we've seen a certain swing over the past years that has indicated a small shift in gaming preferences. The Japanese will always love the likes of Monster Hunter (while we'll basically ignore it in this country), but previously unimportant titles like GTA are starting to become blockbusters in Japan. We have to admit, something like GTAIV should be considered a universal masterpiece, but we remain surprised it would top Media Molecule's top-notch platformer. Now that's a game we'd figure the Japanese would absolutely adore - it's like a DS game on tons and tons of creative steroids! - but hey, guess they're adopting a few more Western traits over there.
For our part, both games in question are definite must-owns for any PlayStation 3 owner. But like Famitsu, we place Grand Theft Auto IV slightly ahead of LittleBigPlanet...although nothing tops Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. See, right there, you're looking at Game of the Year candidates, and Resistance 2 ain't even out yet. Jeebus. What a year!:)
10/22/2008 Ben Dutka