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Video games with references to the Philippines


How many games do you know have references to the Philippines? Probably not a lot. If you read the article I wrote last time (which most likely nobody read), then you'd know one of them. That game is Yakuza 4 (or Ryu ga Gotoku 4 in Japan). Apart from this game, I could only think of two others.

The very first game I can remember that had some kind of Filipino content is Front Mission 3 for the original PlayStation. One of the missions depicts an attack on a military installation in Taal Lake. I bet the developers had gone to Taal Vista Lodge Hotel one day, looked at the view of Taal volcano and said, "hey, we can put a mech/naval base right there!"

Here's a video of someone's walkthrough of that mission:



The second game I've seen with refrences to the Philippines is Katamari Damacy. I was a bit surprised at this one as the reference happened just a moment after I popped the disc into my PS2. Before you start a level, the King of the Cosmos starts talking to you about random nonsense, and it just so happened that the very first thing he said was "Magandang tanghali po!" After seeing that I wondered, could this be a Filipino version of Katamari?!

Below is a video of that moment in Katamari Damacy, and as you will see, the King of the Cosmos continues by saying "Have you ever been to the Philippines? We stopped in the day before yesterday."



And that's pretty much it. Those are all the games I know that mention something related to the Philippines, though you could probably also add the other games in the Katamari Damacy series, as they usually have stages in which you as the Prince must roll up every country in the world, one of which being our wonderful nation.

Yakuza 4 has arguably the most "Filipino content". There are two sub-stories in the game about Filipina characters, and the developers even went as far as to creating a special CG cutscene for one of them. There is also an area in the game called "Little Asia" where only those who can speak other Asian languages such as "Chinese, Korean, and Tagalog" can enter.


Other games that may possibly have references to the Philippines are likely any games set in the Pacific theater of operations during World War II. Unfortunately, I haven't played much of those games. Oh, and no, Anito: Defend a Land Enraged doesn't count; that was made locally.

If you know of any other games with some interesting references to the Philippines, I'd like to hear about it.
Video games with references to the Philippines Reviewed by JM Taylor on 7/14/2011 12:26:00 PM Rating: 5

11 comments:

  1. i wish there would be more quality graphics and story line in this game.

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  2. Yeah... i dunno if you played crysis... but the first installment of that happened in an island located on the philippine sea... there are others out there i just forgot... :D

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  3. Hey, thanks for your comments Crabones.  Yes, I've played Crysis before and totally forgot about that.  It was set in the fictional Lingshan Islands, east of the Philippines in the Philippines Sea.  Thanks for the info!

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  4. In Grand Theft Auto 4 the radio stations PLR and another talk show have two ads that mentions the Philippines.

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  5. Hi tech84, thanks for your comments!  I think you're right, I seem to remember a reference to the Philippines in GTA4.  I'm still trying to look for it though.

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  6. One of the radio stations in GTA:SA also mentioned about the Philippines and one of the missions in Medal of Honor: Rising Sun for the PS2 is Fall of the Philippines 

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  7. A big one you've missed, probably because it's a Japan-only game: "Yarudora Series vol.3: Sampaguita".

    It's a game with strong Philippines themes (the game's title for one is a straight giveaway, it's the name of the Philippines' national flower, and said flower plays a key part in the storyline), and has 3 Filipino characters: Maria Santos, the main heroine (and love interest of the Japanese main protagonist, aka the player); Boy, the other main male character and Maria's not-linked-by-blood brother; and Randy Santiago, one of the supporting characters who helps the protagonist in his quest.

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  8. Talim From Soul Calibus is Filipino

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  9. Talim from sould calibur is filipino

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  10. Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine, Medal of Honor: Warfighter

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