The creative director of Assassin’s Creed 3, Alexander Hutchinson, says that certain elements of Japanese games are flawed including the storylines, but he says journalists don’t seem to take this into account when reviewing the games.
“I think there’s a subtle racism in the business, especially on the journalists’ side, where Japanese developers are forgiven for doing what they do.”
“Just think about how many Japanese games are released where their stories are literally gibberish. Literally gibberish. There’s no way [a western developer] could write it with a straight face, and the journalists say ‘oh it is brilliant’.
“Then Gears of War comes out and apparently it’s the worst written narrative in a game ever. I’ll take Gears of War over Bayonetta any time.”
“I just think the simple question should be; is the story any good?”