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Most gamers love Japan, but not every gamer can speak or understand Japanese. Whether you’re a foreigner living in Japan, or just a fan looking for imports, this series will give you the lowdown on the latest (and not so latest) releases in Japan and the English options available to them.

Green: Full English support (by default, optional, setting your console region, etc.)

Orange: Some English (voices, menus, subtitles, etc.)

Red: No English available (Japanese release only, no English support, etc.)

Spider-Man

Holy mother of hype.

Platforms: PS4

English Level: Green (Confirmed by Insomniac Community Manager)

Japanese Censorship: Unconfirmed

Anyone who has been craving an open world Spider-Man game since Spider-Man 2 on Gamecube had to pick their jaws up off the floor after seeing previews of the web slinger’s latest game in action.

Marvel’s Spider-Man launches throughout the world on September 7th and promises to be an open world beat ’em up in the same vein as the Batman: Arkham series. Developer Insomniac Games has estimated the main story will take over 20 hours to complete, and that’s not even including all collectibles and unlockable Spidey costumes.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

YEAH! GO SPORTS TEAM!

Platforms: PS4, Xbox 1, Windows

English Level: Green (Full English support)

Japanese Censorship: None

Also launching this week is the popular football series Pro Evolution Soccer 2019. Known as Winning Eleven here in Japan, the game is, well, it’s soccer. What more do you need to know? It uses the Fox Engine developed by Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear fame, boast sultra 4K HDR graphics, and Konami has partnered up with numerous clubs and painstakingly scanned players and stadiums that any super fan should appreciate. Which is great and all, but, ya know Spider-man.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (2017)

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Platforms: PS4, Windows, Switch (TBA)

English Level: Red

Japanese Version Censorship: None

Localized Version Censorship: None (Source)

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was released in Japan back in 2017. With the localized version releasing this week to stellar reviews (including one of our very own that you can read here), you may be interested in picking up a used copy of the original Japanese release.

Unfortunately, there are no English options in the Japanese version of Dragon Quest XI. Moreover, while the localized version features a fully voiced cast of characters, Square Enix chose to keep the game close to its roots (i.e., save money) by making the game text only. The localized version also comes with new features such as a photo mode and a new difficulty mode.