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What are you playing this weekend? 2024-07-12
  • How many continents are there total?

    Unless the game pulls up some surprise hidden continent thing, there should be five total. And since I had a lot of free time yesterday I'm almost done with the 4th one now.

    I am thinking about finally starting Trails in the Sky SC

    Didn't remember you had already finished FC!

    Hope you enjoy SC, I think it's one of the best in the series.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-07-12
  • Playing Unicorn Overlord!

    The addiction is real, can't stop playing this one.

    Just finished the third continent and now trying to choose the main character's partner, with the childhood friend priestess and the flirty dark elf as the two main candidates.

    Been crushing the game fairly easily which makes me think I overdid with grinding, but I just can't avoid it due to the "kingdom building" aspect of the game - I NEED to rebuild every single town before moving forward.

    Hopefully I can finish this one soon because my copy of "Trails Through Daybreak" is arriving next week and it'll be difficult to resist playing that one.

  • Tokidoki Bosotto Russiago de Dereru Tonari no Alya-san • Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian - Episode 2 discussion
  • Are they twins? just very close in age?

    According to the manga adaptation

    Blood siblings born less than one year apart, which is why they are in the same school year. Their last names are different because their parents divorced and one went to live with the father and the other with the mother.

    Keeping this a secret is due to some kind of family issue, but I don't think it's been properly explained in the manga yet.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-07-06
  • Not sure if this will make sense for people who haven't played the game, but I when I say "grindy" it's less "keep repeating the same stages to gain XP/Money" and more in the lines of "there's a lot of small optional stages that look similar and you're not required to do... but probably want to because it unlocks extra portions of the map and makes life easier".

    These shorts stages are somewhat repetitive so it's annoying if you try to play them at all at once, but they are optional and their compact nature make them a good option as a break between longer stages or when you only have time for a short gaming session.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-07-06
  • Playing Senren * Banka!

    Slow progress, still going through the second chapter of the "common" route.


    Playing Unicorn Overlord!

    I've been bouncing from game to game the past few weeks trying to find something that catches my attention and helps me relax because my usual RPGs and VNs haven't been working, I'm having a hard time focusing on them due to real life problems.

    I think this one is the best candidate so far. Battles are usually short so it's good game to play in quick bursts (and you can save mid-battle in case you hit a longer one), there's plenty of story but it's fairly standard fantasy stuff so you don't need to pay too much attention.

    It's a bit grindy, which could be a problem on other moments but works well right now, just going around doing short missions and unlocking more characters and sections of the map has been really fun so far.

    A couple things to comment: First, as usual for a Vanillaware game it looks beautiful and it's generally well polished. I think a few menus are a bit clunky, but nothing you can't get used to after a couple hours playing.

    Second, the game has an absurd amount of customization, so much that it's almost overwhelming:

    • You can have up to 10 active battle parties
    • Each battle party can have up to 5 characters, so you can have up to 50(!) characters active at once
    • There's a ridiculous amount of classes (more than 60 IIRC), all with different strenghts and weaknesses
    • Each character has multiple equipment slots, and those not only can provide status boots but also add new skills
    • You can configure the skills and its usage for each character, similar to the Gambit system in Final Fantasy 12

    As you can see above, that's a LOT of stuff to fiddle with. So far I've been only doing basic stuff, balancing the parties and keeping everyone minimally equipped and it's been working, but I can see myself at some point later in the game just sitting down and spending a whole afternoon tuning everything to the max.

  • "Recollection Collection Sale" on eShop

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    Pro Tour Modern Horizons 3 Day 1 -- On Now!
  • The commentary was great.

    And apparently, so is Nadu. 😀 If I'm doing my math correctly it's getting Hogaak-level meta percentage and conversion rates.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-06-28
  • Another crazy week, this time both at work and personal life, but at least this time I managed to sneak some gaming progress.


    Playing Senren * Banka!

    Completed the first chapter, but I imagine I'm still quite early in the game since I haven't even met the last of the main heroines.

    Story continues to be fun slice-of-life mixed with some supernatural elements. Favorite character is definitely Mako, the mischievous ninja bodyguard.


    Playing Sea of Stars!

    I usually avoid playing two longer story-driven games at the same time, but needed something with a bit more gameplay to help me get through this week, so I decided to start this one as well.

    Loving the pixel art and the Mario-RPG style battle system with timed attacks. Too early to comment on the story asides from the fact that the flashback near the beginning dragged at bit too much for my tastes.

    As for characters, the "Warrior Cook" Garl is great but the two main protagonists still feel kinda bland, let's hope we see more of them as the game progresses.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-06-21
  • Crazy week at work so no gaming progress.

    I'd like to resume Senren * Banka during the weekend but we'll see how it goes. Want to get a couple games out of my way ASAP because Trails through Daybreak is coming soon and it'll definitely eat all my free time.

  • Ace Attorney Investigations Collection – Reveal Trailer – Nintendo Switch
  • Hyped to play AAI2, it's one of the highest rated games on the franchise on VNDB, only below PW3 and GAA2 which were both fantastic.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-06-14
  • There's 4 of them on the Switch/PS4, and all of them have an Asian/English version.

    • Super Robot Wars V
    • Super Robot Wars X
    • Super Robot Wars T
    • Super Robot Wars 30

    I personally rank them in this order: V > T > X> 30, but I always recommend people trying these games to look into which anime/mecha series are included on each and get whichever has more series you like.

    You can find this information (along with a lot more) on the Akurasu Wiki.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-06-14
  • Replaying Super Robot Wars V!

    The original plan for the week was to continue Senren * Banka, but I got this game on the mail during the week, decided to try it for a just a bit... and remembered how I'm hopelessly addicted to this series.

    For those unfamiliar with the series, Super Robot Wars games are turn-based strategy RPGs where units from several mecha anime band together, so you can have the Evangelions teaming with Gundams and Daitarn 3 against common foes, with really cool attack animations and a crazy crossover plot mixing elements of all the series involved.

    It's a very old series, the first game was released in the 90's for the original B&W Gameboy, but while there are over 50 games in the series almost none of them were released in the west due to the complex licensing involved. But luckily for the english-speaking audience since the PS4 they started released Asian "multi-language" versions of these games, so we can finally enjoy them properly.

    I had already played this game on the PS4, but could not resist a recent sale and double-dipped so I now have the Switch version as well. Decided to use the female protagonist (Chitose) for this replay since I love her themes, and I'm currently around Stage 20.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-06-07
  • There are three Confidant requirements you need to meet to have access to the true ending and Royal’s extra content.

    You only need one for most of the extra content in Royal. The other two do add a bit more, but are not really essencial.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-06-07
  • Finished 1000xRESIST!

    This game was really good and one of my best surprises in recent years.

    As I mentioned last week, this is a "walking simulator" taking place in a world where human race almost went extinct due to a plague and a new society was created from clones of the last survivor, a girl called Iris. The game has you play as "Watcher", one of the clone sisters who goes through Iris's memories and learns about the past and the history of this world.

    The writing in this game is excellent, in particular for the main characters. The sci-fi backdrop works well, and I found the connections to the real-world very interesting - the developers describe themselves as a "group of majority Asian-Canadian diaspora creators", and without going into spoilers it's very clear they drew from their personal experiences when setting the tone and themes for this game.

    Now, the bad parts: While the visual design is interesting, performance and resolution are underwhelming on the Switch, plus I got a couple crashes during gameplay. Also, navigating the main "hub" is horrible and you will get lost often (developers, please add a map or better waypoint system!), but despite those problems I still highly recommend this one to people who enjoy strong narratives.

    Edit: The newest patch adds a map of the main hub. Definitely a good improvement.


    Playing Senren * Banka!

    First time playing a VN from Yuzusoft, a developer famous for lighthearted games leaning more on the slice-of-life/romance genre.

    Still very early in the game (Chapter 1-3), but so far this has been quite fun. MC goes visit family who lives in a small montain village, and while there decides to try pulling a legendary sword stuck in a boulder.

    Except when he tries it... the sword breaks in half. 😄 But that apparently still counts as becoming the "master" of the legendary blade, so he ends up tangled in a mess involving an arranged married, a priestess cursed with cat ears (?!), the spirit of the sword, ninjas, and even some creepy monsters. Quite curious to see where the story goes from here.

    The production values and polish are great. Great art and voice work, clean interface including an excellent flowchart showing the choices you took and potential branches.

  • "Mega Extreme Fun Sale" on eShop (Lasts until Jun/16)

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    Nintendo games are 30% off, but there are some good discounts on other games.

    It's probably easier to browse on DekuDeals.

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    What are you playing this weekend? 2024-05-31
  • It’s getting pretty repetitive though, and I am getting a bit bored of it. Playing a single chapter of each character, and then for all intents and purposes, forgetting that character in any kind of narrative just feels like waste of time. And after going through the map, recruiting 7 characters, my highest level character is level 21. So, even if I hadn’t recruited them, I would’ve to grind a lot to reach chapter 2.

    That's exactly why I ended up dropping Octopah - the stories being too disconnected didn't look good to me, and the game felt way too grindy. It's interesting that I also dropped it on a similar timeframe, I finished all initial chapters but barely started the second batch.


    Finished Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice, part of the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy!

    Case 5 was interesting but flawed. It's broken into two halves, starting with a a civil trial where Apollo and Phoenix are defending different sides - a novel idea but the writing of this section was just bad. Feels like everyone except Apollo has an "act stupid" debuff applied (in particular Phoenix) which hurt a lot my enjoyment.

    The second half as much better, and gave us a nice conclusion to the arc in Khura'in. However, while the stakes were supposed to be higher, it didn't feel as impactful to me as the third case. I think one of the biggest problems is that we didn't have enough time to get attached to the new characters from this side - Nahyuta is underdeveloped and boring, likely the weakest of the "main" prosecutors in the entire series, Dhurke was awesome but got wayyyy too little screentime, same with Inga and Ga'ran. The only character I got really attached was Rayfa, she had a nice development arc over the game.

    Finally, the special case was a nice throwback for fans of the original trilogy - an old-school case set in Japan America with Phoenix and Maya teaming up against Edgeworth, and even the return of Larry. The dynamic of that trio was as good as I remember, and the case was solid.

    Overall a good game, and I hope we see more of the series. Maybe Capcom will give us a package of the two Investigation games? Maybe we could even hope for a new entry? I'd take either option happily.


    Playing 1000xRESIST!

    A lot of people saying good things about this game combined with my love for sci-fi convinced me to give it a shot.

    It's an adventure/"walking simulator" game with an interesting setting: Humanity was destroyed by a plague, leaving behind a single survivor. All the main characters are clones of her, and you play as "Watcher", one of the clone sisters whose role is to relieve and preserve the memories of their "mother".

    Finished Chapter 1, and it left me with an excellent impression. Let's how it goes from here.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-05-24
  • Finished Drainus!

    Early comments on the previous post.

    This is a great shoot'em up and a very good option for people getting started in this genre - it features a (minimal) storyline, saves and checkpoints, and it's nowhere near as hard as the usual "bullet hell" game. There's some fun experimentation you can do with the upgrade system, though I felt the game got quite easy once I unlocked a few upgrades and figured out a good loadout.

    There are some small annoyances including a somewhat clunky upgrade menu and one specific boss, but nothing too detrimental to the experience. Definitely recommending this one.

    Minor storyline spoiler

    The game has 6 stages but you're required to go through them twice to get the real ending, which is a throwback to older games who often featured a harder "second loop".

    And I loved the way they tied this to the storyline.


    Playing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice, part of the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy!

    Well, I was right last week about Maya getting in trouble again. Case 3 was long and intense, stakes felt high, there were some really good twists to the formula and I loved seeing the classic Phoenix+Maya team together again. My favorite case in the game so far.

    Case 4 on the other hand is short and wacky, with Athena trying to solve a murder involving japanese food and Rakugo theather with the help of Simon Blackquill. It's definitely a filler case, but I think it's one of the best short cases in the series.

    Next is final case for the main story (there is an additional DLC Case), but I haven't started it yet.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-05-24
  • Finished Drainus!

    Early comments on the previous post.

    I rank it slightly below my favorites in this genre (mainly the ones from Cave or Treasure), but this is a great shoot'em up and a very good option for people getting started in this style of game - it features a (minimal) storyline, saves and checkpoints, and it's nowhere near as hard as the usual "bullet hell" game. There's some fun experimentation you can do with the upgrade system too, though I felt the game got quite easy once I unlocked a few upgrades and figured out a good loadout.

    There are some small annoyances including a somewhat clunky upgrade menu and one specific boss, but nothing really major, I definitely recommend this game for people interested in this genre.

    Minor storyline spoiler

    The game has 6 stages but you're required to go through them twice to get the real ending, which is a throwback to older games of this genre which often featured a harder "second loop".

    And it's kinda neat how they tied the second loop to the storyline.


    Playing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice, part of the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy!

    Well, I was right last week about Maya getting in trouble again. Case 3 was long and intense, stakes felt high, and there were some really good twists to the formula. I also loved finally seeing the classic Phoenix+Maya team together again, but now older and more more mature.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-05-17
  • How long did it take you to beat Little Kitty, Big City? It looks really fun.

    Didn't track it but less than 5h. Really short game.

    How are you liking Drainus compared to Lodoss War and Touhou? I know they are different genres, but still.

    Liking it less than the metroidvanias, but as you said it's a very different genre so it's hard to compare. Still a great game, I even recommended it to a Gradius-loving friend of mine.

  • What are you playing this weekend? 2024-05-17
  • Finished Little Kitty, Big City!

    This was a fun little game. It takes a bit of inspiration of Untitled Goose Game as you play another small animal messing around in a city.

    However, this one has a lot more focus on exploration and less on trolling humans. There's a lot of places to climb/crawl, plenty of shiny things and hats to collect, plus some animals with funny dialogue to talk around in the city.

    It definitely could use some polish - camera, controls and graphics all feel a bit janky, but it's not too detrimental to the experience.


    Playing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice, part of the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy!

    Slow progress this week, but I did finish the second case which was the good old "someone from the Wright agency gets accused of murder" case we get every game.

    And now it looks like we're going back to Phoenix's misadventures in Khura'in. I wonder if Maya will manage to get in trouble again this game?


    Playing Drainus!

    A shoot 'em up from Team Ladybug, the same developer as the the Lodoss War and Touhou metroidvanias I played recently.

    I feel this one is inspired by the Gradius games, with you being able to configure your loadout with different options for attack, options, missiles and shields, and also the ability to choose the order you unlock these.

    However, there's some interesting twists to that formula. Upgrades are unlocked as you play, and you can adjust your loadout mid-game. When you get hit you lose one upgrade level, and you only die if you get hit while at zero upgrades. There's a "reflect shield" mechanic that lest you absorb energy attacks and send them back to the enemies.

    There's also a storyline of sorts, but I can't comment much on that as I'm still fairly early in the game.

  • ‘My whole library is wiped out’: what it means to own movies and TV in the age of streaming services
  • Either saving on media costs (25GB disc instead of 100GB disc, maybe 1 disc instead of 2 if the game is too big), or even having more time to work on the game.

    Developer makes sure the early stages are properly tested, send the disc for manufacturing including only those, use the manufacturing time to tweak/bugfix/optimize more stuff the rest of the game.

  • ‘My whole library is wiped out’: what it means to own movies and TV in the age of streaming services
  • I haven’t heard of any disc game not being able to be played.

    There's a number of games that don't come with the whole thing on disk/cart, usually including only the early stages and the rest needs to be downloaded.

    Hogwarts Legacy and Jedi Survivor are two fairly recent examples.

  • Top 10 MUST PLAY Visual Novels On SWITCH!

    I bumped into this video in another site, and since according to @[email protected] I'm the community’s "unofficial head of VNs" I figured I should post it here. :D

    I've played most of these so I'm adding my comments below.

    Status: Finished.

    I think this one is more of a point-and-click adventure game than a VN, but it's a really interesting and quirky one.

    You play as a futuristic detective investigating cases with the help of an AI partner residing in a prosthetic eye. Gameplay is split between investigations and "Somnium" sections where you dive into people's subconscious minds to find things they are trying to hide from you.

    There's also a sequel which I liked even more than the original game.

    Status: Finished.

    An amazingly comfy game. You play as a bartender in a dystopian cyberpunk future just trying to make it through the month without being evicted.

    I love how much worldbuilding you get from just hearing the news on the TV and chatting to people.

    It's also hilarious how you can actually affect some characters' storylines by getting them too drunk. :D

    Status: Finished.

    This one is a classic. Play as a very unlucky defense lawyer who gets the worst possible cases and have to somehow prove your client is innocent.

    Personally I think 3 > 1 > 2, but all three games are great.

    There's also a newly-released pack with the second trilogy, featuring new main characters, and a bundle with a prequel duology starring an ancestor of the main character on Victorian ages.

    Status: Finished.

    A very dark story, and it takes a while to pick up steam (I only started truly enjoying the game during the third "door"), but the payoff is amazing and the game is definitely worth playing.

    You play as an amnesiac who after awakening in a mysterious mansion starts exploring "doors" that show you tragic events that happened in that house over the centuries, while you slowly try to figure out who you are.

    The Switch version has a lot of content - besides the main game there's a prequel ("A Requiem for Innocence"), a sequel ("Reincarnation") and a bunch of side-stories.

    While I think the sequel is significantly weaker than the rest of the game (and has a far less interesting artstyle), all the content was worth going through IMO.

    Status: Finished.

    Weird, quirky and dark - you play as students trapped by a crazy murderous bear who tries to pit them against each other with promises of freedom to whoever manages to commit murder while avoiding being caught.

    In some ways it resembles the Phoenix Wright games, mixing investigation sections and courtroom sections, but it's much darker and has a very unique style featuring a lot of minigames during the courtroom sections - as an example, in Phoenix Wright you simply choose the statement that contains a lie and the evidence that proves it, while in this game the statements keep flying non-stop around the screen and you have to manage shooting the lie with a "Truth Bullet" created from evidence you collected.

    Status: Finished the original version on a PSVita, played a bit of Elite.

    This is my favorite VN ever, and while I do prefer the original art this is still absolutely worth playing. A crazy story about a group of nerds accidentally bumping into time travel, and all the mess that comes up from this.

    If you've seen the anime then you already know all the main story (the adaptation was excellent), but the VN has additional routes for other characters and extra worldbuilding, so I still think it's worth reading through.

    One warning though: The true ending flags are kinda annoying, so don't be afraid of using a guide if you get stuck. This tends to a be a problem with most games in the Science Adventure series. :/

    Status: Finished.

    This is one of my biggest VN surprises. A game by Kemco, the company that keeps pushing all those budget RPGs? With an atypical art style? This can't be good, right?

    Well, this one turned out amazing, and it's probably my #1 recommendation for someone who wants to experiment a more traditional VN.

    The story starts with the MC getting stuck in a village in the middle of nowhere with a broken bike, while strange murders start to happen which the villagers claim to have been commited by "wolves" infiltrated among them.

    It's heavily inspired in the Werewolf party game, with a branching storyline and a fantastic cast - the MC in particular is one of the my favorite VN leads ever.

    Status: Playing.

    I've played the first chapter, and plan on continuing it soon. Amazing presentation, I've described it before as a "non-stop stream of beautiful artwork".

    It's part of the "Nasuverse" where the Tsukihime and Fate games happen.

    Status: Playing.

    I heard this is more of a romance story, but so far the things that caught my attention the most were the sports sections.

    The concept of this game is "someone created flying shoes, so obviously people came up with a competitive sport using it", and the story revolves around a group of newbie players that the MC ends up having to train.

    I really enjoyed the lore and worldbuilding around this - the game designer really put some effort into trying to make the sport interesting, including background details such as how the rules for it evolved over time.

    I also like how the OST for the sport scenes feel like they could be battle themes for a JRPG. :D

    Haven't played these two, so can't comment much about them.

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    "Blockbuster Sale" on the Nintendo eShop

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    Score great savings with sales and deals in the My Nintendo Store. Explore discounts and special offers for games, merchandise, accessories, and more.

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    IMO this link on DekuDeals is a much better way to check for interesting games: https://www.dekudeals.com/hottest?filter[store]=eshop

    Personal recommendation: Mr. Driller Drill Land is an excellent, underrated puzzle game that is less than $5 right now.

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