It has been a cursed year so far, but I am slowly breaking that curse this summer and finally getting back to playing some games.
Gnosia is an extremely unconventional work that took a team of 4 people over 4 years to develop. The main concept is a game of single player werewolf, set in a stage fitting for a futuristic space opera, where you loop back to the beginning after every game of werewolf regardless of result. It’s also a download-only title released exclusively for the PS Vita in June 2019, a few months after the handheld’s end of production was announced. Worry not, the developers’ previous game Maison de Maou has been ported to every console available so I’m sure Gnosia will at the very least get a Switch or PS4 port. Far too much time and effort has been put into the game for it to be left alone on a handheld that has pretty much ended its life.
Edit: I forgot to mention the biggest gamebreaking flaw of the game. It has no backlog.
I’m not done with everything I bought or wanted to play in 2017, but it’s almost halfway into 2018 and I just finished up the last “major release” of last year that I was interested in. Not going to write about stuff I already wrote about.
You can tell this is Takumi’s series after all, because it felt like I was playing the original trilogy. There’s something comfortable about the game and the characterization that is reminiscent of the first three games, and the buildup from the lackluster first game paid off here in a very well structured and 王道 Gyakuten Saiban game. Compared to the craziness of Gyakuten Saiban 6 the cases are relatively modest and the final reveals are quite predictable, but the latter is clearly intended due to how well the games laid out clues and foreshadowing.
Entire post is spoilers since it’s impossible to talk about a sequel without spoilers.
In a fictional country that was once threatened by low birth rates and an aging population, a law was passed to enforce marriage at the age of 18. Failure to comply results in the death penalty — if you don’t get married by the day of high school graduation where marriage ceremonies are held nationwide, you are taken to the Bachelor Jail and executed. 結婚主義国家 is a collection of 8 short stories surrounding 16 teenagers who live under this law, in a country where “love” and “romance” are glorified to the point of brainwashing and marriage is a matter of life and death.
Was going to write a legit GOTY post until I realized that most of the games I played this year were not from this year. There are a bunch of games that I intend to but haven’t played yet, so this post is probably pointless anyway. Overall it was a pretty good year, could have been a lot worse.
No repeat “winners” for different categories because the point of this post is to spare me from writing a bunch of other posts.
An all-ages ADV about nine people trapped in the underground part of a lab with a nuclear reactor melting down in the center. Explosions happened simultaneously, the security system malfunctioned, areas are on fire, staircases are destroyed, and the gate that leads to the ground floor is tightly shut. Furthermore, the nuclear radiation level is rising by the minute and the drug that protects users from exposure to radiation is in short supply and has to be re-taken every hour. There are nine hours until the gate is scheduled to open.
Capcom tries new things for the Gyakuten Saiban (Ace Attorney) series, with an entirely new setting and characters. The end result brings something similar to the Layton vs. Phoenix Wright crossover, since we’re now in England in a time period where familiar technology in the main series hasn’t even been invented yet.