The annual Golden Week will start in Japan on April 29, 2021: Several national holidays are in close succession – and of course many people use this to take the bridging days in between and turn them into a great vacation week. In this country we have far less to laugh about in 2021 – in our country May 1st falls on a Saturday. Lucky, because then we don’t have to do without work …
But before you grind your teeth jealously: The Japanese Golden Week brings us a nice candy too. The big one Steam Golden Week Sale! And it has already started.
What is the Steam Golden Week Sale?
As part of the Golden Week, numerous Japanese games are heavily discounted on Steam. This not only affects JRPGs, but all kinds of offers from Japanese studios and publishers. We have listed some particularly exciting offers and recommendations for you:
NieR Automata – Death Is Your Beginning – PS4 Launch Trailer
Genre: Action-Adventure | Release: March 17, 2017 | Price: 20 dollars (reduced by 50 percent) | Offer is valid until: 6.May 2021
In Nier: Automata you slip into the roles of android 2B, who has to fight against overpowering machines at the side of her android companions 9S and A2. Sent by an underground human movement, the android team tries to stop the mechanical superiority.
Nier: Automata is characterized above all by its fast-paced action fights with different weapons and its complex and dark story, which you can only understand in several runs. But there is also enough variety otherwise, because Nier: Automata keeps switching between different genres and camera perspectives.
The Steam version is currently struggling with some bugs and problems. However, following fan criticism a few weeks ago, the publisher announced on Twitter that a patch is already in development. Even if the patch is not yet online, it may be worthwhile to buy Nier: Automata for the offer price of 20 dollars.
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Nier: Automata in the test
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition
Monster Hunter: World – Test Video: An almost perfect grind feast for the PC
Genre: Action RPG | Release: January 9, 2020 | Price: 35 dollars (42 percent reduced) | Offer is valid until: 6.May 2021
What could be nicer than roaming the wilderness with a heavily armed cat (or, alternatively, heavily armed friends) and hunting down the resident monsters to forge their horns and skins into nice armor? Just.
In Monster Hunter: World, that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re just trying to study an ancient dragon that goes on an elder migration every ten years. Because as monster hunters we not only kill the poor animals with one of the 14 different weapons, we also catch and study them in order to learn from them.
Together with the expansion Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, which takes you into the icy lands, you get several hundred hours of playtime for around 35 dollars in the Master Edition, which you can share with up to three other friends in co-op, alone in solo mode or spend with complete strangers in online mode.
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne im Test
Persona 4 Golden
Genre: JRPG | Release: 13. June 2020 | Price:14 dollars (30 percent reduced) | Offer is valid until: 6.May 2021
Inaba is actually a small, idyllic town. But when a series of murders suddenly shake the city, nothing is as it was before. As a nameless exchange student, we try to get to the bottom of the mystery with our friends.
What do the nightly TV shows on the Midnight Channel mean and which dark secrets and fears do our friends hide behind their otherwise carefree facade? This is exactly what you want to find out, but time is against you.
Persona 4 originally appeared on the PlayStation 2, but was only ported to the PC in its Gold Edition last year and is now bringing the Persona phenomenon to the PC as well. In a race against time you have to fight your way through the different TV worlds with your personas, while at the same time you have to get your school life and your social life on the line.
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Anyone who has always heard of Persona and wants to try the JRPG for themselves cannot go wrong with the 14 dollars for the gold edition.
More exciting offers in the Golden Week sale
In addition to these three recommendations, there are of course many other noteworthy offers in the Steam Sale. We have listed some of them for you in brief:
- Devil May Cry 5: Dante and Nero are back. With them you slice your way through hordes of demons in the Hack’n’Slay action-adventure and have your fighting moves rated by style. (20 dollars, reduced by 20 percent)
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot: Re-enact the events of Dragon Ball Z by fighting as Sayajin with well-known opponents and friends like Vegeta. At the same time you can explore the open world, catch fish and discover secrets. (24 dollars, reduced by 60 percent)
- Final Fantasy 15: In the Windows Edition you can now experience Noctis Adventure on the PC. In addition to your campaign of revenge against Niflheim, you can let yourself be distracted by all sorts of exciting side tasks. (18 dollars, reduced by 50 percent)
- Jump Force: Create your own heroes and fight alongside Luffy, Naruto or Son Goku against all sorts of powerful opponents. Alternatively, you beat up your friends in online mode. (12 dollars, reduced by 80 percent)
- Octopath Traveler: In the skin of eight travelers you will learn the story of each individual member, whose paths keep crossing. In addition, you prove yourself in turn-based battles against powerful opponents. (30 dollars, reduced by 50 percent)
- Street Fighter 5: Sometimes you have to let your fists speak. Here you fight in 2D style with 16 different characters online or offline against your opponents. (8 dollars, reduced by 60 percent)
- Tekken 7: The long war in the Mishima clan will finally come to an end if you can decide it for you with your fists. (6 dollars, 85 percent reduced)
Our GameStar comment
Mary Marx: I’m not exactly sure what it is, but Japanese games have a magic and fascination on me that is difficult to put into words. They hold me under their spell for hundreds of hours, surprise me again and again with incredibly emotional stories, powerful cutscenes and exciting gameplay, which I like to miss in one or the other western game. I would especially like to recommend Persona 4 to everyone who just wants to dip a little toe in the JRPG pool.