Nippon Ichi Software’s New PS Vita Horror Game is Cute and Cartoon-y

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We’ve finally gotten a look at Nippon Ichi Software’s new PS Vita horror game, titled Yomawari (Night Watch in English), via the game’s official website.

The story takes place when a young girl is out to walk her dog. The dog mysteriously disappears, and the young sister returns home with just a leash. Following this, her older sister runs out to find the dog, only to disappear as well.

The protagonist, her younger sister, ventures out into the night, only to find it completely different from the town she knew during the day.

Players will have to explore around the town in order to hopefully find the protagonist’s older sister, and dog. The town is now enshrouded in a veil of darkness, with some things unable to be seen unless you direct your flashlight onto them.

The game isn’t quite a terrifying experience, moreso something like an eerie and creepy walk through a darkened, mysterious town.

There might be ominous shadows ahead of you, or strange and unexpected noises in the distance – the developer says that revealing said things might be harmless, or potentially dangerous.

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Yomawari is going to launch in Japan right in time for Halloween, on October 29th.



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  1. Tyrannikos
    July 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Jesus, could that ominous teaser be any more off the mark?

    This cute little game here looks like it could have potential for minor creeps and eerie scenarios, but that teaser was legitimately spooky, albeit in a somewhat cliche sort of way.

  2. Mr0303
    July 2, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    After Hotaru no Nikki I’m a bit skeptical of their cutesy games.

    At least the looks of the game makes sense. I can’t see a first person horror game working on the Vita.

  3. NinEnix AtArt
    NinEnix AtArt
    July 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    This is way different than the game teaser, but I like it :D

  4. Cred
    July 2, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    looks kind of unique, I’m interested
    odd blend of some atmospheric suspense and cute artstyle with an isometric view

  5. Lex
    July 2, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    J-Horror is leaps and bounds better than Western horror. I am excited for this.

  6. Nonscpo
    July 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Maybe there going for a Corpse Party style game!

  7. Nonscpo
    July 2, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Looks promising, let’s just hope it is, always nice to have something to look forward to in the localization bin.

  8. dsadsada
    July 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Huh. Cuter than I was expecting.

  9. bgrunge
    July 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Unless ghosts don’t scare you, in which case J-Horror has nothing to swing with. Given that western horror would include the works of John Carpenter, I’m inclined to favor it.

  10. Fenrir007
    July 2, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Never forget that Silent Hill is a japanese series, and a benchmark in the industry for horror.

  11. bgrunge
    July 2, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Silent Hill 2 is one of the all time great horror games, no question. But the only other genuinely scary Japanese horror games that I can think of are the Fatal Frame games and the gamecube Resident Evil (which was done in a western horror style anyways, but fair is fair).

    On the western side… well, System Shock 2 is probably always going to be number one on my list of horror games; Undying and the marine side of the 1999 AvP are definitely top 10 entries as well. The Thing for Ps2 is also severely underrated, and lets not forget more modern horror entries like Outlast and the Amnesia series. Oh, and the first F.E.A.R. I’m sure others could add to this already impressive list, as well.

  12. Fenrir007
    July 2, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I think Japanese games tend to be more on the eerie and unnerving kind of horror games instead of relying on jump scares. A lot of them do deal with ghosts, though, I’ll give you that.

  13. bgrunge
    July 2, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I consider System Shock 2 to be one of the most unnerving experiences I have ever experienced. I highly recommend it if you haven’t played it. It really has no jump scares; it’s all atmosphere, story, and environment.

  14. Siveon
    July 3, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Might be good.

  15. Nick Narco
    Nick Narco
    July 3, 2015 at 6:35 pm


  16. Viredae
    July 4, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Your assumption that the effectiveness of horror has anything to do with the monster itself PROVES that J-Horror is superior to Western horror.

  17. bgrunge
    July 4, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Um, no it doesn’t? Your logic is kind of suspect here. Also, are you saying that horror films operate completely independent of their antagonists? I’m genuinely curious. Because I don’t think swapping in zombies for Michael Myers would’ve really worked in Halloween.

  18. Viredae
    July 4, 2015 at 2:07 am

    My logic’s not faulty, I just know how horror works (which you clearly just proved you don’t), and yes, they DO run independent of the antagonist.

    First off, “zombies” are not a horror antagonist, they’re a set-piece, proof of that is how Romero movies are seen as allegorical more than other movies.

    A more apt analogy would be Michael Myers or Jason, and immediately you see how stupid your question really is, because the important part here is the setup, it’s the atmosphere and lull; even a jump-scare is completely ineffectual if there is no setup for it, however minute.

    In that regard, J-horror is playing the long con, while Western horror is fleecing idiots on the corner.

  19. bgrunge
    July 4, 2015 at 2:50 am

    You might want to look up what logic actually is before claiming that. Even if my “assumption” as interpreted by you was wrong, it has nothing to do at all with the inherent superiority or inferiority of J-horror. The two subjects are not connected.

    And you’re just spoiling for a fight, aren’t you? You must be a hit at parties. Well, let me roll up my sleeves here: First, zombies absolutely are a horror antagonist; they can ALSO be used as a set piece, but collectively or individually are very antagonistic. The best (and by far, the most frightening) Romero film was Night of the Living Dead, and the most frightening scene is the whole “little girl zombie in the basement” sequence. She is not a set piece, she is a specific antagonist.

    Secondly, reach outside the box a little. All Jason was was a poor imitation of Michael Myers, so yes, he could be susbstituted. But, a zombie or zombies would not work as a substitute for Micheal Myers, and neither would Pinhead, or a xenomorph, or the slugs from Slither. All horror antagonists, and all completely different in the specific fears they prey on.

    My analogy was intended to illustrate that antagonists are very connected to the stories they inhabit; to think otherwise is naiive, and demonstrates a grave ignorance of the genre. For example, the horror in “The Thing” comes from an alien that can imitate-paranoia is the main source of fear in that film. You could not replace that alien with Michael Myers; Michael Myers cannot absorb and imitate people, and cannot therefore fulfill the requirements of the story. If you cannot replace any antagonist with any other antagonist in all cases, horror movies as a class cannot be stated to be absolutely antagonist-independent. So take a seat.

    Thirdly, claiming that J-horror is playing the long con is absurd-as if the majority aren’t just long chains of jump scares by little girls with obscured faces and pale skin making death rattles. There’ve been a few exceptions- some Japanese forays into body horror come to mind- but the vast majority are depressingly predictable and non-frightening.

    I mentioned Carpenter early on because he is an absolute master of the “long con”; his best films spend the majority of the time building tension- (see Halloween, The Thing, Mouth of Madness) to the point that it becomes almost unbearable. Multiple times I’ve had friends get up and leave the room during the testing scene in “The Thing”, because they could not handle the tension. Never had that happen during a screening of Ringu, though. Also, Dario Argento is western as well, you know? Is Suspiria “fleecing idiots on the corner”? Or how about Alien? Or The Exorcist? All of those movies have their souls steeped in tension, and they are all very western.

    If I were to make a list of the best horror films I have seen (which easily numbers in the hundreds), I wouldn’t have a single asian horror film in the top ten, sadly.

  20. Viredae
    July 4, 2015 at 3:21 am

    >says I’m spoiling for a fight
    >makes a 2000 word essay about how I’m wrong.

    Sure cool story bro, write me a tl;dr and I might then consider telling you why you know jack shit about horror.