Assassin's Creed 3 creative director Alex Hutchinson believes Japanese games are rarely critiqued properly from a narrative standpoint because game journalists are racist.
“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. I think it's condescending to do this,” said Hutchinson.
“Just think about how many Japanese games are released where their stories are literally gibberish. Literally gibberish. There's no way you could write it with a straight face, and the journalists say 'oh it is brilliant',” he continued.
“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.”
"It's patronising to say, 'oh those Japanese stories, they don't really mean what they're doing'."
Hutchinson then called for a proper assessment of a game’s narrative, regardless of its country of origin.
“I just think the simple question should be: is the story any good?”