Brian Ashcraft

Brian Ashcraft is a senior contributing editor at Kotaku and has been writing about video games for The Japan Times since 2007. He is also the author of two books, “Arcade Mania!” and “Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential.” A graduate of Cornell University, Ashcraft has called Osaka home for over a decade.

For Brian Ashcraft's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

An onslaught of new arrivals

| Feb 25, 2018

An onslaught of new arrivals

'Metal Gear' is a survivor When Hideo Kojima , the creator of the original "Metal Gear," left Konami, it seemed like the action-adventure series was over. Yet here it is again — this time in the form of "Metal Gear Survive," which introduces zombie attacks ...

Beloved games get bigger and better

| Jan 21, 2018

Beloved games get bigger and better

'Dissidia' breeding' In the "Dissidia" games, "Final Fantasy" characters get together and beat the crap out of each other. The latest entry is no different, but that doesn't mean it's just another "Dissidia Final Fantasy." Developed by Square Enix, the first "Dissidia Final Fantasy" debuted on ...

Gaming is on a winning streak

| Dec 24, 2017

Gaming is on a winning streak

The gods are back "Okami" is one of the most beautiful and imaginative games ever made. It first came out in 2006 on the PlayStation 2 and was dubbed the best game of that year. Over a decade later it is still wonderful. "Okami" is a ...

Getting your money's worth in the game world

| Nov 26, 2017

Getting your money's worth in the game world

The power of the Xbox One X It was an amazing sight. On the morning of Nov. 7, it seemed the impossible had happened: A sign outside the Yodobashi Camera electronics store in Tokyo's Akihabara district read "Xbox One X Sold Out." What happened? It turned ...

Fun with zombies, kaiju and Mario in your living room

| Oct 22, 2017

Fun with zombies, kaiju and Mario in your living room

Hungry for a new PSVR experience? For those who haven't yet purchased the PlayStation VR, Sony is releasing an updated version, model number CUH-ZVR2. Unlike the original PSVR, the new one has a new processor unit, integrated stereo earphone cables and a slimmer connection lead. In ...

Better games for serious hardware

| Sep 24, 2017

Better games for serious hardware

Get the Playstation 4 revved "Gran Turismo Sport" is Sony's long-running "Gran Turismo" game's PlayStation 4 debut. The first "GT" was released in 1997 on the PlayStation 1, and 20 years later, "Gran Turismo" is still going strong, holding on to its title as "the ...