As I step into 2013, I realized that I did nothing productive this year, just like every year before. Well, that’s fine, isn’t it? I played quite a bit of games. Thinking back, it was a good year, and I played some great games that I will remember. Come to think of it now, I failed to make progress in my backlog plans. It’s not like I’ve been pursuing new releases left and right either, though. I’ve been doing whatever suits my mood, and I think that works fine. I think I need to re-work my backlog resolutions for this year, although whatever plans I have will probably be thwarted as 2013 will give us Ni no Kuni, Neptunia Victory, Sen no Kiseki, Disgaea D2 (possibly), SMT: Soul Hackers, Etrian Odyssey 4, and probably some more to-be-announced games.
To keep things doable, Backlog Plan v2013 will consist of one game a month, minus January which is for finishing games I’m currently playing. I probably won’t be able to keep it up since it doesn’t include new releases, but I’ve got a summer to work with too. 11 games in backlog, no order.
- Valkyrie Profile (PSP)
- Star Ocean: Second Evolution (PSP)
- Skies of Arcadia Legends (Gamecube)
- Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii)
- Soul Nomad (PS2)
- SMT: Nocturne (PS2)
- Boku no Natsuyasumi 4 (PSP)
- Summon Night 2 (DS)
- Spectral Force Legacy (PSP)
- Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time (PSP)
- Riviera: The Promised Land (PSP)
Admittedly, I’ve got the most PSP games. Man do I love the PSP. I’m most likely bringing my PS3 to university, so I’m trying to finish off games for consoles other than that.
Here’s a report of stuff I’ve been playing recently:
Star Ocean: The Last Hope – I’ve actually been trying to play this game for the bast few months or so, but I didn’t touch my PS3 much the past semester, so progress has been slow. It doesn’t particularly draw me in, but it’s not as bad as what people like to tell me. The battle system is quite fun.
Tales of Hearts – A very fun 2D Tales of game, with a battle system similar to Graces in that it doesn’t use TP. I love it. I enjoy the characters very much too, and the plot is not bad as well. It has its cheesy parts (plenty, actually), but the characters get their arcs and development so it’s all good. Skits are entertaining as heck, and I like the whole party.
Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru – a rather famous eroge that recently got released in English by MangaGamer. It’a well-known for having a trap protagonist in a Catholic school. I haven’t been too impressed with it so far in the common route, but I’ll give at least a few routes a go.
Full Metal Daemon Muramasa – and here’s an eroge that has been impressing me so far. It’s my first Nitro+ vn, and it’s really great so far. It’s also very long, as I still haven’t finished the first route despite having played for 30 hours, but I’m fine with lengthy stories. The problem is that the language is difficult compared to most vn I’ve read in Japanese, as everyone talks in some roundabout way like they’re in old Japan (justified given the setting).
I’ll eventually get to playing Katawa Shoujo this year. On my to-play list for eroge/visual novels is Konosora, Memories Off 6 (because I actually own it in Chinese), Irosekai, Steins;Gate, and maybe Saihate no Ima. I’ll potentially add Witch’s Garden to that list, since it uses that Live2D animation.