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Hi-Fi Rush’s success can be understood by looking at its lead designer’s previous games | we are xbox

Hi-Fi Rush has been, in recent days, an important part of the conversation within the world of video games, and no wonder. The Tango Gameworks title already enjoys an energetic and positive reception that, in the offing of 2023, positions it as one of the best rated games so far this year. In other words, it is a success by whichever way you look at it.


Names like John Johanas or, of course, Shinji Mikami usually accompany the conversation, and not in vain, the first being the director of Hi-Fi and the second the executive producer of Tango. Now, to understand the success of Hi-fi Rush, it is necessary to delve a little deeper, since its successful direction does not lie in a dyad of names, rather in a triad: To this pair of names we have to add that of Masaaki Yamada, lead designer of the recent work of the Japanese Xbox studio.

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Hi-Fi Rush's success can be understood by looking at its lead designer's previous gamesThe success of Hi-Fi Rush can be understood by looking at the previous games of its lead designer, Masaaki Yamada.

To locate the first brushstrokes of the Japanese designer in the industry we have to go back to 1998, the year in which, as event Manager, would work in the emblematic resident Evil (nineteen ninety six). Yamada, in general, during the early stage of his working life, did not function as a game designer, worked as a planner (*text muted* May Cry, 2001), systems planner (Resident Evil 2, 1998) and planning consultant (Okami, 2006). However, between 2004 and 2005 he managed to occupy the position of director in two projects: Viewtiful Joe 2 (2004) and Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble (2005).

It would not be until 2009, with the beloved Bayonetta, that the creative held the position of designer. Since then, he has worked as a designer (Vanquish, 2010), a visual effects designer (The Evil Within, 2014), and now as lead designer, Hi-Fi Rush. This is the man in charge of designing this new IP that exudes personality and charisma.