May 9, 2017

A lot of cute girls in games I’m playing right now

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

It’s Gust gaming, all right. But not just Gust.

Still, let’s start off with Ion, the cute main character of Ciel nosurge. If you don’t like her “cute” clumsy, straightforward in an innocent way but yet frustratingly indecisive (unless you are really patient with characters), just wanting everyone to be happy, being more optimistic than she should be… I don’t know if I’ve captured most people’s “complaints” about her, but I think she’s supposed to be the “moe” type that has been in vogue for a while. While I flip between like/dislike for her, the actual plot in her memories is quite intriguing to me. So I rushed through that and am now stuck synthesizing for days/weeks until I can get the items needed for the ending. If I didn’t find her annoying as often as I did, maybe I wouldn’t have rushed through the game and actually played it like the life simulator it was supposed to be, instead of treating it like a visual novel with some periphery stuff…

Gust’s recently released “Blue Reflection” is basically cute high school girls as wanted by otakus, in a RPG. The main character is a girl who just started high school who had to stop doing ballet due to a knee injury, but after getting the power to fight things (I’m too lazy to translate what they are) in a “cognitive/unconscious” world (yeah not doing that translation) that has 4 areas based on different emotions and there are beings that you have to fight in them but you are really there to collect fragments from girls and hear their true feelings that they are trying to express but can’t because they are “distorted” until you get their fragment? And this is important because these fragments power you and your teammates up and you’ll need to get powered up to fight some being that wants to destroy the world? Yeah lots of little moving parts but nothing really deep so far? It’s like the game took plot elements from like Persona and Exist Archive and kind of gave it maybe a bit of Atelier flavor/style? It’s not like the plot is hard to follow along, but I guess I’m not caring about the main/overall thing yet to actually remember the name of things. Then again, I think the appeal is meeting more girls and going out with them. Yes, the game calls the outings “dates”. Though sadly I don’t think they are supposed to be romantic. But yeah, no boys so far (as far as I know, which is Chapter 3 currently). I seriously hope there aren’t any boys. We have enough of the light novel type “male MC who solves all the problems and gets his harem” RPG (Persona [except P3P female], Tokyo Xanadu come to mind for me, Exist Archive is even a little this, Ar tonelico is this for Gust games) so why not the “female MC who solves all the problems and gets her harem” RPG? I’m all for it. Especially girls helping other girls and not just a special two girl friendship, which is usually only as far as most JRPGs go…

But strangely, the most “serious” of the games I’m playing right now, Ao no Kiseki Evolution, is also really driven at times by a cute girl named Ke-A. She’s very special and if I say more it is spoilers galore. Thankfully she is not a forced love interest type but instead the “forced” cute younger sister type. Except she doesn’t feel forced, she really is cute! But also the teasing everyone does of the Crossbell Police Special Force (I think that’s what your party is called), calling them her “stupid doting parents” is pretty great. But yeah, I really, really enjoy the main party characters in Zero and Ao no Kiseki. They are why the games are so great. Also the plot of Ao is pretty darn fantastic (and I haven’t even gotten the ending, though got to the final chapter! Epic!).

I think I’m going to play FFXV later this year. Final Fantasy Bros still sounds amusing to me (and I enjoyed what I saw of my brother playing the game), but it’s going to be weird to play a game without a ridiculously cute girl in it. Okay, 2B of NieR Automata is probably really stretching the “cute girl” part, but Persona 5 has Futaba who’s legit cute in my opinion. I expect a cute girl or 10 in Fire Emblem Echoes. Maybe Iris (in FFXV) can be considered “cute”? Umm…

March 25, 2014

I’m loving myself some PS2 Gust

Posted in video games tagged , , , , , at 7:55 pm by riulyn

Except I’ve run into a bit of bad luck the past few days with different games freezing on me. I don’t think Atelier Iris 2 ever froze on me, but Atelier Iris froze on me once late in the game. Atelier Iris 3 froze on me one time randomly after exiting my workshop (I had just saved right before that). Ar tonelico froze on me the first time you see the song “Ar Tonelico”, which if I say more will be a spoiler. Ar tonelico 2 froze on me today during a screen transition as well, and I was only about 1-2 hours in (and thus switched to playing Atelier Iris 3). The last three freezes have occurred in this past week, but I’ve also been putting a good amount of hours into these games.

I’m just over 20 hours into Atelier Iris 3. It’s not really a great game (the first two are significantly better) but it’s amusing enough and kind of soothing to play. I have a tendency to listen to podcasts while collecting all the items and slashing things in Alterworlds. The game is still too quest-heavy for my tastes, but finally something cool happened in the plot today. Even before today I was enjoying the interactions of the main cast. I think that’s why I don’t mind dungeon crawling so much in this game compared to something like Dark Cloud.

I also got Misha’s first ending in Ar tonelico and I am currently working on her second. Even though Misha will still be my preferred girl (I’ve dived up to level 7 in Aurica so I feel safe making this statement), I am definitely interested in doing Aurica’s path. I’ll be using that save file from before you make the choice, since I don’t think I need to rehash the beginning any time soon. The beginning wasn’t bad but the later parts are just so much better! Also, maybe the final bosses will really have me using my full arsenal of song magics, but right now I barely go through any of them and usually just use each Reyvateil’s first song. Anyway, I got the first ending at around 25 hours. If my PS2 allows me to play more of the game, I think I’ll get the second ending around 40 hours. So far going for that second ending has brought up a lot of interesting things and has already been worth my time. Of course, while the gameplay is fun, I really play this game for the characters and story.

I hadn’t heard as many nice things about Ar tonelico 2, but so far I am intrigued. I found myself pleasantly surprised by the battle system changes. I didn’t expect a ton at first since the graphics quality is not great and my experience with the Atelier Iris trilogy made me think not too much would change. However, I was immediately challenged by the quick battle system, which I will fail to describe adequately. Basically you have a certain amount of time to hit buttons to make your characters attack in real time. That means a character can perform multiple attacks in one turn if they can finish one attack before the timer runs out. So far I believe each character has three types of attacks, which can be performed by hitting the appropriate right-side button (aka square or X) with the left-side directional buttons (aka up or down). In the defending phase, you protect the Reyvateils by hitting the appropriate character’s button (such as square) at the right time as the attack hits. I’m terrible with timed hits and you need to be able to hit both square and X at the same time if necessary. I’ll probably get better at it but at some point if I just keep failing I might even have to drop the difficulty! Which seems crazy since I usually think of doing that only for action games. I guess I need to invest in some rhythm games too.

The other major impression was Cloche’s introduction. She is definitely a character and brings out a lot of life in the other characters, including the main character Croix, who looked to be boring otherwise. He certainly seems smarter than Lyner (the charming idiot main character of Ar tonelico). I’m sort of amused that Croix’s already traveling around with a “harem”. Compared to other games where girls seem to be lacking, Gust games don’t care if everyone but the main character is a girl. And later on (one day I will get to them!) Gust even makes the main characters female. As long as Gust games cooperate with my gaming systems and don’t crash too often (they tend to have a lot of save points so crashing doesn’t make me lose too much progress hopefully), I plan to keep playing them. Though I don’t think I’ll catch up any time soon…