A lot of gamers love playing as giant monsters, known as kaiju, while others love battling against kaiju. Well, what if a game decided to take a completely different route by having you play as a small little civilian trapped in a city being overrun by kaiju? That’s essentially the premise of Bandai Namco’s City Shrouded In Shadow, also known as The Giant Shadow Over The City in Japan, or 巨影都市.
Bandai Namco announced that the survival action-adventure game is currently available in the Japanese region of the PlayStation Store. You can pick up a digital copy of the game right now for the PlayStation 4 for only ¥8,856.
Unlike a bunch of other games where you play as the hero of the story, Bandai and developer Granzella’s hook for City Shrouded In Shadow is that this is your story and it’s about the decisions you have to make in order to escape from danger.
At the start of the game you have to make a number of choices to basically shape your story, choosing between a male or female, even going as far as being able to select your waifu or husbando.
You can get an idea of what the gameplay is like and how the game plays with the trailer below, courtesy of atsukiFE3.
The gameplay is like a mix of Disaster Report meets Yakuza, with the added side-order of Sleeping Dogs.
Essentially the game is played in parts, where your choices early on will determine what direction the story takes for the character you’re playing, and ultimately it determines their fate as they attempt to either escape the city on their own, attempt to get to a loved one trapped somewhere in the city, or trying to save their child.
It’s also pretty cool because there are a ton of Toho creatures and heroes featured in the game, along with cameos of Gundams, and other giant monsters, including the king of all monsters, Godzilla.
The game really is about the choices you make and how you can develop and design the narrative as you play, giving you plenty of reasons to play through the game and then play it again just to experience a different kind of narrative.
If you have a Japanese PlayStation Network account you can purchase the game right now for the PS4. Hopefully Granzella’s title does well enough to warrant a proper port to the West, because the PS4 is in desperate need of fun games that aren’t copy-cat FPS clones, me-too Soulsborne games, or recycled RPGs.