Following The General Purpose Japanese Games Thread! Page 12

  • RyanDS 29 Aug 2020 17:41:09 13,325 posts
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    Just finished Raging Loop on the switch. I liked it a lot, but it is really the most Japanese game I have ever played, and a lot of it probably went over my head. Whole plot points revolve around kanji and the nuances of placement etc, and it really presumes knowledge. I am used to needing to know the intricacies of -san or other suffixes but this was a different level.

    Anyway that said. Steins gate is £50 and already played. Anything else on the switch to scratch the itch? Ace Attorney done, and I want something in the vein of a visual novel/999/danganronpa type thing to fill in the time until Robotic comes out.
  • One_Vurfed_Gwrx 29 Aug 2020 19:28:52 4,012 posts
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    RyanDS wrote:
    Just finished Raging Loop on the switch. I liked it a lot, but it is really the most Japanese game I have ever played, and a lot of it probably went over my head. Whole plot points revolve around kanji and the nuances of placement etc, and it really presumes knowledge. I am used to needing to know the intricacies of -san or other suffixes but this was a different level.

    Anyway that said. Steins gate is £50 and already played. Anything else on the switch to scratch the itch? Ace Attorney done, and I want something in the vein of a visual novel/999/danganronpa type thing to fill in the time until Robotic comes out.
    I was really impressed with how well the translator did on the game (and I understand the nuances quite well myself). Enjoyed the story too of course (I take it you did all runthroughs including the NG+ with extra 'perspectives').

    As for other games of the ilk on Switch, there is Ai: Somnium Files (I played it on PS4 though). Also Death Comes True is on eshop by the creator of Danganronpa. It is supposed to be shorter game though and I haven't bought it yet (hoping for a physical release first of course). There is also Yu-no which was apparently oneof the games SG was inspired by and kickstarted the more serious VN story trend (and scifi stuff) but it is very ecchi even in its "all ages" Switch release. I enjoyed it overall though. Collar X Malice and its fan disc (do not buy C X M Unlimited instead of main game as it is the sequel fan disc) are out on Switch now too and reasonably well rated (only just started base game on Vita myself so cannot fully rrview)

    Waiting for RN duo myself too. Need to polish off SG Linear Bounded Phenogram first (playing on PS4 and onto final story). There is also SG My Darling's Embrace but not too sure when I will get that as romancey stuff is less appealing.
  • RyanDS 1 Sep 2020 12:29:43 13,325 posts
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    Good shout on death comes true.

    Short but great fun. AI somnium I completed when it came out. I enjoyed that but it was pretty cringe, with the worst paedo japanese memes. Really soured it with the 12 year old level of panty and porn jokes.
  • Humperfunk 15 Sep 2020 20:01:51 8,279 posts
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    13 Sentinels getting amazing reviews. Really need to hold out until cheap as got so many games I want to play first, but it does sound right up my street...!
  • Scimarad 15 Sep 2020 20:25:58 9,806 posts
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    The trailer looked great from a visual and musical perspective but I've no idea what you actually spend your time doing.
  • uiruki 15 Sep 2020 20:48:10 5,349 posts
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    You walk around talking to people and interacting with objects. It is between a visual novel and a point and click game in terms of interaction.
  • Malek86 15 Sep 2020 20:50:22 10,511 posts
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    Heard there are RTS sections too, which is why I'm wary.
  • dominalien 15 Sep 2020 20:53:33 9,805 posts
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    I just love Vanillaware games. There's good and bad, tedious and exciting, but always better than the sum of their parts.
  • Malek86 15 Sep 2020 20:57:33 10,511 posts
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    Sometimes I wonder what kind of reception Knights in the Nightmare would have got, if it had been released in Europe.

    Not gonna give away my import copy for all the gold in the world.
  • One_Vurfed_Gwrx 15 Sep 2020 21:08:13 4,012 posts
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    I am tempted by 13 Sentinels (and can get it for about 35 quid) but I (foolishly?) feel a bit cheated that the day 1 edition with mini artbook is Game exclusive here for 50 quid... Makes me want to wait for a sale more. Robotics;Note is soon too...
  • uiruki 15 Sep 2020 21:31:35 5,349 posts
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    The battle system isn't RTS, it's tower defence which pauses every time you make a move. It's also easy, and there's an easy mode on top of that.
  • Malek86 15 Sep 2020 21:42:49 10,511 posts
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    I think you underestimate me. I'm legendarily bad at any kind of strategy games. I usually manage to die during the tutorial.
  • uiruki 15 Sep 2020 21:47:10 5,349 posts
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    There's no strategy, you really just hurl your guys at enemies coming in. You upgrade your guys with points you get by going through the story or doing battles. Honestly, there's a story difficulty but story stuff does happen during the battles sometimes.
  • uiruki 16 Sep 2020 11:17:42 5,349 posts
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    Hmm, review by Malindy Hetfield eh? Here's what I said about 13 Sentinels myself, which should make things clearer.

    Outstanding. A great, sprawling sci-fi yarn presented in a way you can only really do in a game, and with a solid, if slightly easy at the standard difficulty, tower defence game attached. Wonderful soundtrack, too. It's a love letter to idea-based science fiction, so dense with references and character that it becomes its own thing.

    This one will be staying with me for a long time. It isn't often a game takes my full attention for 40+ hours but I ended up powering through it as I couldn't stop playing; the structure means that the storyline feeds you new information constantly and doesn't become boring as there's always a new perspective.
  • dominalien 16 Sep 2020 11:24:12 9,805 posts
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    Now that makes sense.
  • Scimarad 16 Sep 2020 12:27:29 9,806 posts
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    I'm kind of torn between thinking it sounds great and thinking it sounds unbelievably monotonous.
  • ZuluHero 16 Sep 2020 12:38:23 9,153 posts
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    I loved Catherine more for it's story than its game play, but 40+ hours is a pretty big investment, especially if there is not much 'game' there.

    Art style looks lovely though - is it the same people that did Odin Sphere? Or that samurai game (that I also loved) but can't remember the name of! :)

    Edited by ZuluHero at 12:39:49 16-09-2020
  • One_Vurfed_Gwrx 16 Sep 2020 12:47:30 4,012 posts
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    ZuluHero wrote:
    I loved Catherine more for it's story than its game play, but 40+ hours is a pretty big investment, especially if there is not much 'game' there.

    Art style looks lovely though - is it the same people that did Odin Sphere? Or that samurai game (that I also loved) but can't remember the name of! :)
    Yes, Vanillaware did Dragons Crown, Odin Sphere, Muramasa (and I think Grim Grimoire).

    I think the EG reviewer had a smaller completion time (or the USGamer review as they are the only two I read bar Uiruki's on here)
  • uiruki 16 Sep 2020 12:56:42 5,349 posts
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    Oboromuramasa? Yep, same people. Dragon's Crown, too.

    It is fully voiced which helped me a lot, as someone who doesn't play visual novels, and the game does keep the plot interesting by actively moving you around characters and presenting developments at a consistent, exciting pace. That's what made it for me; it's something you can put on for an hour and at least two exciting things will happen.

    edit: my completion time was for the platinum, in fairness.

    Edited by uiruki at 12:57:20 16-09-2020
  • Humperfunk 16 Sep 2020 14:20:22 8,279 posts
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    Sounds great to me from that write up, thanks. I've preordered, although doubtful I will get Ghost of Tsushima complete in time but will try!
  • uiruki 16 Sep 2020 15:14:51 5,349 posts
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    There was a demo in Japan a little bit after launch; they would do well to bring that in as it introduces you to some of the characters and leaves you wanting more. That's what sold it for me after being disappointed at the genre choice from Vanillaware as I wanted another Dragon's Crown style action game.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 23 Sep 2020 23:39:56 9,333 posts
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    13 Sentinels is a bit good, isn't it?
  • One_Vurfed_Gwrx 24 Sep 2020 00:32:35 4,012 posts
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    I had wondered if we were going to get the Prologue demo (although I recall it cost money initially in Japan). I do want it but it will have to wait as Robotics;Note double pack, Trails of Cold Steel IV and Yakuza 7 are due soon... (and I am still miffed that only overpriced Game have the day 1 edition with mini artbook)
  • uiruki 24 Sep 2020 09:28:14 5,349 posts
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    Nah, prologue demo didn't cost money when I downloaded it. There was a separate thing that was part of an art book pack thing.

    Currently stopped playing Hajimari no Kiseki even though I'm maybe 2/3 of the way through it just due to the fan noise on my PS4. Hopefully I can avoid spoilers for the next two months and then get through the rest before Galleria arrives!
  • spookyxelectric 24 Sep 2020 18:38:56 142 posts
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    Somebody alert Martin.

    https://youtu.be/AzT7jlw3obw
  • Samildanach 24 Sep 2020 19:52:34 394 posts
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    spookyxelectric wrote:
    Somebody alert Martin.

    https://youtu.be/AzT7jlw3obw
    Also, for Taito's Darius fans, Strictly Limited Games are opening preorders for Darius Cozmic Revelation (G Darius HD and Dariusburst Ex+) this weekend. They'll take bloody ages to send it, but I'm all over that regardless.

    https://store.strictlylimitedgames.com/collections/all
  • uiruki 24 Sep 2020 20:11:57 5,349 posts
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    Ginga Force is out on Steam today for all you Qute and Yosuke Yasui fans.

    Quick impressions: seems good, music is predictably excellent. Not sure about the weapon charge meter but otherwise a nice expansion from Eschatos which was basically what would happen if you tried to make a shooter from first principles (which, in fairness, is what makes it essential in spite of simple graphics). Massive kudos for working properly on my 21:9 display too!
  • Samildanach 24 Sep 2020 20:39:56 394 posts
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    @uiruki
    Looks like it is out on PS4 too. Very nice indeed. The shmup library on PS4 is getting pretty impressive now, though Steam is obviously on another level entirely.

    Söldner X2 Definitive Edition is on sale from Playasia now More of a Euro-shmup I know, but I enjoyed the heck out if it on ps3 at the time, especially its' climatic 3dlc levels they released later.
    Anyway, here is the link for those interested:
    https://www.play-asia.com/sldner-x-2-final-prototype-definitive-edition-limited-edition/13/70dqr9
  • Humperfunk 24 Sep 2020 21:03:23 8,279 posts
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    Rogueywon wrote:
    13 Sentinels is a bit good, isn't it?
    Yep :)
  • One_Vurfed_Gwrx 24 Sep 2020 23:21:49 4,012 posts
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    Samildanach wrote:
    spookyxelectric wrote:
    Somebody alert Martin.

    https://youtu.be/AzT7jlw3obw
    Also, for Taito's Darius fans, Strictly Limited Games are opening preorders for Darius Cozmic Revelation (G Darius HD and Dariusburst Ex+) this weekend. They'll take bloody ages to send it, but I'm all over that regardless.

    https://store.strictlylimitedgames.com/collections/all
    I am wondering how much value the Dariusburst part of this has when I have the PS4/Vita physicals that contain the original arcade game plus new modes... Does it have any different content? I am aware that the arcade release was an update of a PSP original (could have been included too). I think there were two variants of the arcade game too but long time since I played the arcade originals...

    Sucks a little that they appear to have missed out variants of G Darius as I recall a version 2 in arcades too (and they had plenty of Darius II variants in the last pack even if the console selection was missing Darius Plus amongst others...) I did get the Switch CE of the last ones from SLG but this CE feels a lot more expensive for the content comparatively so maybe standard only...
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