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Dragon Quest director and Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino picks his favourite PS4 games

The Japanese games industry veteran talks us through his games library

Hi everyone! My name is Akihiro Hino, president and CEO of LEVEL-5 Inc. Since founding my company in 1998, I have had the honour of sharing my creations with gaming fans around the world.

While acting as General Director on my most recent project, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, I was blown away by the power of PS4 and the level of flexibility it gave our team in crafting our vision.

In selecting my top picks for my favourite games, I chose titles that similarly built a synergy and balance in their design, story and gameplay while maintaining an overall feeling of fun and excitement.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

The way they went into detail creating the game made it very immersive, and there’s a great sense of adventure and exploration with how they hid various treasures within their open world. I enjoyed the previous series, but I felt this game brought a new sense of fun with its reinvented gameplay system.

Final Fantasy XIV


I’ve been playing the game ever since the services went up, and I’m sincerely amazed at how they were able to make the online game world so open and available for exploration. I also found it very interesting with how there are so many players shared videos to help navigate and give tips for playing the game.

Final Fantasy XV


The details they put into the visuals made it very stunning, and the game definitely pushed the envelope on their previous series by adding expansive maps and by making the game action intensive, which brought about a new layer of challenge.

Dragon Quest XI


I’m actually a die-hard fan of the Dragon Quest series, and I feel like this new entry brought about the sense of adventure they’re known for and expected of. Needless to say, I’m quite happy to see a lot of Dragon Quest fans and newcomers enjoying the game.

The Witcher 3 Complete Edition


Each and every one of the quests were well-designed, and they really put a lot of thought and effort to make the characters feel like actual people within the game.

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Carnivius_Prime 15 May, 2018 @ 23:06 Edited
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Ok well it was interesting to read but I didn’t care for any of these games so am probably not his target audience

Maker of bad game has equally bad taste in games, got it.

MiseryPrincess 16 May, 2018 @ 17:14
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Dear Akihiro Hino, firstly, and most importantly, you should soo get Square Enix to release Dragon Quest VIII on the PS4.

Now that’s out of the way, I’m not sure how anyone could possibly use the word “challenge” in describing FF “hold circle to win” XV. Unless you mean the challenge of sitting through the terrible story and putting up with the utterly bland yet annoying characters.

“Expansive maps” and praising the not exactly outstanding graphics is a bit heavily questionable too. But I suppose someone must like that game somewhere, or you just picked it as it makes almost any other game seem better..

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