January 20, 2018

2018 so far – quick updates

Posted in video games tagged , , , at 9:48 am by riulyn

It took me a few days into January to finish off Tokyo Xanadu eX+. Then I conquered the rather fun rogue-like (or whatever the genre is) game Z.H.P. And now I have started on Phantom Brave as the game I take around or play a bit while watching tennis streams. The PSP port of course, because my PSP backlog is still large. Though the PS2 one is too.

Anyway, quick thoughts below

  • Tokyo Xanadu eX+ fixes the plot hole induced by the true ending of vanilla Tokyo Xanadu. So I guess I’m okay with it. Still think they could have brought that to the vita version… Ah well. It does look nice on PS4. The Aksys translation is…stylish. I was a bit annoyed with how they translated some things, but nothing was completely out of character… I feel like I hadn’t noticed that in a Aksys translation before, but maybe it’s a sign my Japanese is getting better.
  • Z.H.P. is great fun, especially if you give in to grinding. I had some spectacularly bad dungeon runs and my equipment was crappy pretty much the whole time. I think it’s now time to get back to Guided Fate Paradox.
  • Phantom Brave’s plot is terrible. But the gameplay is incredibly good so far. Too many classes to play around with, though, so I’m taking the long route/grindy route. Whoops. Out-of-bounds is an annoying feature though.
  • .hack//G.U. Cannot imagine the original version. I enjoyed volume 1, but I don’t really care for the battle system and cannot think how I would deal with needing to grind levels. Also a cliffhanger-ish ending to volume 1? Thankfully I don’t have to wait.

Speaking of not waiting, I think I’m going to grab the PS4 versions of Sen no kiseki 1 & 2 this year and play 3, hopefully all before 4 comes out in the fall. Gonna really work it and finish the series! I will probably finish English version Cold Steel 1 before I play Sen no kiseki 1, but have not decided about 2…

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