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Reader Discussion: Operation Rainfall In Retrospect

by Joe Juba on Aug 24, 2012 at 06:15 AM

Operation Rainfall was a fan-driven effort to bring three Japanese role-playing games to North America. Now, a year later, two of these games have released, and the third seems doomed. Looking back on Operation Rainfall, did all of the work pay off?

On one hand, we got Xenoblade Chronicles, a game that was well-received by critics and fans in the RPG community. We also got The Last Story this month, which I found disappointing. The game that never made it over, Pandora's Tower, has gotten mixed reviews overseas.

Operation Rainfall was successful in getting two of three games localized for North America, which is commendable. But was the crusade worth fighting? Were supporters really fighting for these games specifically, or was it just a "grass is always greener" scenario in which gamers wanted something because they couldn't have it? Is it all worth it if we get to play just one great game that wouldn't have been brought over otherwise?

What do you think?