May 29, 2014

Drakengard 3 (Almost Complete) Review

Posted in video games tagged , at 7:09 am by riulyn

I’ve unlocked Branch D, which is the final bit of the game. However, I am nowhere close to getting all the weapons in the game, which is the requirement for actually starting it. I am woefully short on money so grinding needs to happen (why did I spend all that money on weapon upgrades that I didn’t need…) and this part is going to be a drag, since I don’t think the battle system is fun enough for many hours/day of battling. It’s no Ys or Muramasa in that department.

So instead of waiting like weeks/months for me to actually give you a complete Drakengard 3 review, let me tell you what I think now. I have expectations for Branch D based on vague musings by others on the Internet as well as the infamous Ending E of Drakengard 1. Branch D is probably not the reason most want to play the game, and for people who won’t like the game, they will hate the game long before Branch D. Therefore I feel pretty comfortable putting my review up now.

TLDR: Drakengard 3 is not one of those games you should buy if you know nothing about Drakengard’s reputation. It is NOT NieR part 2. It is aimed at a certain crowd and it does a decent job matching expectations. It doesn’t exceed them though and in a sense that’s a bit disappointing.

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May 27, 2014

Recent & Upcoming Games I’d Buy If I Had The Money

Posted in video games tagged , at 9:09 pm by riulyn

Before I give you my more complete thoughts on Drakengard 3, I figured I’d entertain you with some thoughts on games I’m not dying to play but would love the opportunity to play. I’ll focus on games that came out recently (within the past year) or are scheduled to come out this year or else this list would be incredibly long.

RECENTLY RELEASED GAMES

  • Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (3DS). I liked the demo and have only seen love for this game. I also want to play all the previous Ace Attorney games before getting this one. Maybe I shall celebrate getting a job by buying the games in this series that I have missed?
  • All the Atelier on Vita. Atelier games are great for putting in an hour or two and messing around in. I think I would love them on Vita. I really enjoyed doing alchemy in Atelier Iris and I believe they are better in the later games. Plus it sounds like there are character endings which could be interesting.
  • Child of Light (All of the systems except Nintendo ones). At this point I shouldn’t be spending money on games so I’m going to wait for the Vita release, but everything I’ve seen and heard about this game makes me want to play it. I just didn’t anticipate it as long as Drakengard 3 or Tales of Xillia 2 so it didn’t happen to make my auto-preorder list. However it’s probably the game I want the most out of games I have not preordered.
  • Demon Gaze (Vita). I don’t know why I knowing that this dungeon crawler has ridiculously bad innuendo makes it sound more interesting than just any other dungeon crawler, but at least I have heard that it has good gameplay. Maybe because I feel like even with the innuendo I’ll at least get moe? Who knows?
  • Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Girl (3ds). I liked the demo and the class system seems really interesting. I also am very attracted to the story mode, since it seems like the game takes place in a very interesting setting. I’ve played enough games with dungeon crawling and enough games with class systems that I know personally that I can’t do a game solely about those things. Atmosphere, plot, characters, or something else executed in a way that I like has to be there. Otherwise I’d probably give a lot more love to SMT IV…
  • Guided Fate Paradox (PS3). I’ve heard a lot of good things about this game. Even though it’s not amazing or a masterpiece, it’s something that’s different and will add variety to my RPG playing life. Plus now it’s relatively discounted and will probably stay this cheap or be cheaper by the time I get it.
  • Inazuma Eleven (3DS). It might not be a great game but Inazuma is super popular in Japan and has lots of doujins. So I’m shallow and I kind of want to see why there is shipping (and then maybe get doujins when I next go to Japan). Also, I used to watch a lot of soccer/football so I do enjoy the sport, even if Inazuma Eleven is not really soccer…
  • Sweet Fuse At Your Side (PSP). I want another otome localized to English after playing Hakuouki. Added bonus that the main character is supposedly awesome.
  • Toukiden Age of Demons (Vita). I’m not even sure I’d like a Monster Hunter-like game, but I feel like this game has at least a good atmosphere going on. I feel like if I were to take on a MH game it would be on the Vita anyway, so it kind of works.

UPCOMING GAMES

  • Disgaea 4 (Vita). Because I’m already convinced that Disgaea is better on Vita. Maybe because my Disgaea 1 playthrough on PS2 is stalled since I keep being distracted by other things even though I was having a good time. Maybe because everyone else says so. Plus all the PS3 DLC is included. (Also, what other SJRPGs are coming out soon?)
  • Fairy Fencer F (PS3). The concept sounds interesting enough to me though it’s been a while since I looked into it. Maybe because I kept seeing its name when I used to browse Siliconera that I want the game? Who really knows.
  • Mind Zero (Vita). Why am I thinking about getting a Persona clone when I still have Persona to play? Maybe because even if older Personas may have good stories, I feel like I will not be able to deal with their mechanics. Hence Persona clone seems more reasonable. Besides, I feel like I want to support a Persona clone for some reason, since it’s not really done so often. Hopefully it exceeds expectations.
  • NAtURAL DOCtRINE (PS4/PS3/Vita). Okay, I kind of want it because the game has a ridiculously spelled name. Actually I’m just putting this on the list because it seems interesting but I’m definitely going to wait for a bit more info before buying.
  • Soul Sacrifice Delta (Vita). Like I said about Toukiden, I’m kind of attracted to this Monster Hunter-like game with an interesting universe. Delta is supposed to be a better version of the game, so I might as well get this version when I finally get around to buying.

In conclusion, I plan to give my Vita a lot of love in the future. Let’s see if that actually happens…

May 23, 2014

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review

Posted in video games tagged , at 5:10 pm by riulyn

When did my blog just get filled with reviews? I guess that means I’ve been gaming too much and not paying as much attention to music. Except the music in Ni No Kuni is REALLY GOOD. Besides the normal battle theme, the music works really well with the game despite sounding like the music of a Ghibli movie. Joe Hisashi compositions are magical, that’s all.

TLDR: Game is overall a mixed bag. Had a lot of good ideas but the execution was not great, besides the music. Definitely not recommended for casual RPG players or people who cannot deal with terrible AI.

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May 12, 2014

Sol Trigger Review

Posted in video games tagged , at 8:58 am by riulyn

I beat another game in Japanese! And this time I have mostly positive things to say about it.

TLDR: if you have a PSP and want a solid RPG experience, you can’t go wrong with this. There is even an English translation patch out there? It’s not amazing/life-changing/super creative, but it doesn’t go wrong really anywhere. However, it does have a bit of a feeling of underdevelopment or cut corners. With a bit more polish this could have been really good.

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