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So it's been a while and seeing how it's Spring break for me, I finally have the time to do a new blog post. I received alot of stuff from Amiami so let's get started~
Shin Sangoku Musou 7(Dynasty Warriors 8)
As some of you guys might have known, I'm a big fan of the series. I couldn't wait for the next installment so I skipped over DW7 Empires and decided to get this...I have no regrets . Anyways, I actually got the "Treasure Box" edition of the game so let's see what it comes with:
First off, it coms with a soundtrack CD and an LED light display:
It looks alot more impressive in person, but I have a pretty bad camera so oh well...anyways it alternates between 4 different colors representing each of the kingdoms.
Next there is the artbook, and I'll just show you my top 3 fave characters sections, it's pretty massive too:
I've enjoyed my time with the game when I had a chance to do so, but as much as I enjoy the new changes, I'm not exactly how I feel about many of the officers not being launchable without an EX skill or Musou attack, but I'll see later when I spend more time with it. So far I beat Shu's story mode(my fave kingdom), and gotten part of the way through another.
I haven't started this yet, but decided to get the Valentine's edition as it was pretty cheap(around $40), and heard it was a decent game. Anyways, this is what it comes with:
The DVD apparently comes with some behind the scenes footage, desktop gadgets, wallpapers, cinematics, free dlc, and the instruction booklet for the game has its own exclusive comic book which is pretty cool.
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus
This is probably the game I spent the most time with so far and I even got so into it that I got the platinum trophy is less than 3 days since I opened up the game. This is probably partly due to the fact that during Spring break, I left my PS3 back at my dorm in college, but nonetheless it's amazing. The game is kind of like an ecchi Dynasty Warriors which is why it appealed to me so strongly at first, coupled with the fact that I already knew some of the characters from the currently airing anime. Anyways, this is what comes with my Nyunyu DX Pack edition that I got:
The first thing I got were pre-order bonuses that included an artbook with Yumi on the cover(she was apparently voted everyone's most favorite character on their website's poll), and a non-descript Vita pouch(there is also a zipper on the other side for Vita games). Also I will show off Ikaruga's page as she is tied for first as my fave character in the game:
Afterwards, inside the box I received a soundtrack CD compilation
And lastly, a set of figures with detachable parts so you have to assemble them yourself. They include the 5 girls of the Hanzo Academy
If you're curious this is what the game actually looks like in action(this is the first stage in the game):
There are also special techniques called "ninpo" which are accompanied by a small skippable cutscene, these are some pics from that:
And lastly here are some pics of the convo after a mission, my maxed out OP Asuka(for those curious about her costume, yes those are customizable), and what home base looks like(differs slightly per school)
Moe Moe Daisensou Gendaiban++
I just started this game, but I'm getting utterly destroyed in it since I tried to rush without learning the controls which is pretty bad. Anyways, it seems kind of fun but it will probably always remain as a secondary side game for me. It's basically a turn-based strategy war game where you control girls who represent warplanes in the modern day.
I got a premium edition of it because it was also pretty cheap(for the Vita), and it came with drama CDs and mini posters:
Well, that's it for now. As always feel free to comment
Sadly it's been awhile since my last blog due to me being either far too busy with tests or a delayed shipment. Either way, I'm finally back
I've received alot of games since the last time I posted a game pickup blog back in December.
Resident Evil 6:
I wouldn't exactly call it a "fun" game, but it's decent enough for your first playthrough. However the second you want to play through it again, the repetitiveness and the horrible storyline just makes it nearly impossible to enjoy it fully. Hopefully the next Resident Evil game in the main series will be way better.
Sengoku-hime 3: Tenka o Kirisaku Hikari to Kage [Deluxe limited edition]:
It's pretty cool and came with pins of some of the main characters, a cloth poster, and a drama CD. The game itself is pretty fun, but at the same time probably has the largest language barrier difficulty possible in a game. The strategy feels to be a bit more complex than most if not all strategy games I've played and draws many similarities to how the "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" series plays.
Genkai Totsuki Monster Monpiece [Famitsu DX Pack]:
This edition came with special DLC cards, an artbook, some physical cards used in the game, a wallscroll, and a special Neptune card(from Hyperdimension Neptunia) with a code so she could be used in the game. The game is alot more fun than I expected it to be. It's also surprisingly difficult and I find myself constantly buying cards in-game and changing up my deck constantly in order to keep up with the OP cards that some AI characters use against me. The only sad part is that Compile Heart advertised the game by basically only showing off a minigame which stopped alot of people I know from buying it. It's a shame since Monpiece has quickly become my 2nd favorite strategy game this year after "Fire Emblem: Awakening".
Playstation Vita (Wi-fi/3G model) [Hatsune Miku Limited Edition]
So I finally got myself the Vita I always wanted and will be selling my last one to a friend so all is good. I definitely can't wait to get more use out of this next month when I get more Vita games .
Fire Emblem: Awakening
I recently picked up "Fire Emblem: Awakening" and am pretty happy with it. I wouldn't say it's anywhere near the best Fire Emblem games, but it's still pretty good and I love the fact that they brought back marriage into the series. Sadly I found out that you can't marry DLC characters which was kind of disappointing(no Lyndis!!!), but it's overall been great. I haven't gotten as far as I should have though since I got distracted by playing Fire Emblem 6.
I recently also picked up a Gameboy Pocket online in excellent condition which is pretty nice. It also came with the original instruction booklet, box, and insert ads. Strangely enough it's a Japanese one that was cheaper than its American counterparts even including the shipping. And since I picked up my Gameboy Pocket I also decided to get...
Pokemon GB games Gen 1(JP)
I decided to play through them all again and beat them all. It's also a nice addition to my growing collection of games
Anime & Manga:
I will finally be able to work on my backlog of anime since I just caught up on "One Piece" not too long ago. It took me roughly 4 months without making it take too much of my time away, but it's a pretty decent show so it's not like I necessarily had to force myself through it once I started.
I also recently received "Oda Nobuna no Yabou" volume 1 for free and it will become my little side project to try to read in Japanese as the year goes on.
The last thing that happened recently is the gaming club at my college made me their officer of finance which is kind of cool, and I now have the power to hold tournies and create game nights
...and that's about it. Feel free to comment~
As I said in my last blog post, I have finally made this game of the year post. Sadly it's long overdue, but I've been busy with university stuff so I'll start now.
This game may have been overlooked as it was released very early in the year, January 4 of 2012 in fact. Otherwise, people might have just avoided it because it was "too Japanese", or maybe they didn't like the idea of play a visual novel. In either case that would be a grand mistake as it has one of the deepest and most impactful storylines I have played in a game ever. The game was also an international effort by amateur developers from around the world. Best of all, there is no excuse to skip out on it as it was created and intended to be free and is available for download off of their website http://katawa-shoujo.com.
Without spoiling too much, the premise of the story is about a guy by the name of Hisao Nakai who is afflicted with cardiac dysrythmia which was dormant, but becomes a problem and he can no longer live his everyday life at his highschool. Thus, Hisao is forced to attend a highschool for people with handicaps or disabilities hindering their lives. There he is forced to struggle onwards as he meets people who will change his life forever. The game has 5 routes for different girls in the story which he can hopefully find true love, problem is that he has to help each of them face their fears and accept them for who they are despite whatever affliction they may have. Knowing all of this, even though it has 18+ scenes it becomes pretty obvious that those are far from the main point of the game although some of those are important in exploring some of the characters' insecurities. However, if you have problems with viewing 18+ material, there is an option in the menu for turning said scenes off, and impressively enough, not disturb the storyline too much.
Due to it's amazing art, beautiful soundtrack, and powerfully driven story..."Katawa Shoujo" easily became my number one pick for game of the year in 2012.
The following is a list of the protagonist along with the 5 main girls and their afflictions:
Hisao Nakai (cardiac dysrythmia)
Emi Ibarazaki (legless amputee)
Hanako Ikezawa (severe burns)
Lilly Satou (blind)
Rin Tezuka (armless amputee)
$hizune Hakamichi (deaf)
Anyways, that's it and I'll just leave you some pics of the artwork:
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