I’m late since the game came out in March, but I left it with my Chinese relatives until my dad went back to visit in order to save on shipping costs. This is one of the many different Chinese limited editions, priced at 299 Yuan (~$50 CAD). It’s slightly smaller than the Ys Seven box length*width-wise, but also thicker (as thick as a DS game case is tall).
China sure knows how to care about its female fans. As mentioned in a previous post, the Chinese PC release of Ao no Kiseki will have a limited edition targeted to the female audience.
The limited edition includes a PVC Loewe figure (SD, likely around the size of a nendoroid petite), and is now revealed to come with a dakimura of Wazy and Randy (it’s double-sided).
The page for this limited edition is here.
On another note, the Chinese blog also revealed that certain limited editions from other suppliers (Amazon China and some others) will have a dakimura of Rixia and an unknown character.
Prototypes of the Wazy figure and the store-specific Rixia figure + double-sided Tio dakimura have been revealed, and can be seen here. That limited edition also comes with an SSS badge and Enigma keychain.
Update: Girls’ side LE is also confirmed to come with an SD figure of Olivier. I am suddenly tempted. A release date of March 28, 2012 is also revealed.
I’m sure Endless History has covered pre-release details on the Chinese PC Limited Edition of Ao no Kiseki, but the Chinese developer blog also announced a “Girls’ Version” of the LE, which includes a Loewe SD figure. Further details about the Girls’ Version will be released in October. They are also announcing different limited editions for different retailers like Ys Seven, Amazon China included.
I’ve already got my LE preordered from their Taobao store, but if other retailers offer better versions, I might have to change…I’ll wait to see what else is in the Girls’ Version, Loewe is certainly tempting, but it’ll be hard to sway me from my Tio dakimura (will they have a dakimura for the Girls’ Version!? M-Maybe a Joshua or Lloyd?).
Following up Falcom’s popular story-heavy RPG trilogy Sora no Kiseki is Legend of Heroes VII, which comprises Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki. After the events in Liberl, the focus is shifted in Zero and Ao to Crossbell, located between the Erebonian Empire and the Calvard Republic. Its central city, Crossbell City, is a wealthy, technologically-advance place where crime runs rampant and the idea of justice is warped. Citizens have a rather low opinion of the city’s police force, and prefer to rely on the Bracer Guild for their problems. The game stars Lloyd Bannings, a graduate of the city’s police academy, as he joins the Crossbell State Police Department into a sector established to accept requests and problems from citizens similar to the Bracer Guild (I have no idea how to translate or romanize 特務支援課, its one of those phrases that I can understand and not know how to read, thanks to Chinese understanding). Together with Lloyd are the honour student-like ojou-sama Elie MacDowell, kuudere technology wiz Tio Plato sent by the Epstein company, and the flirtatious and chill (and the ultimate bro) Randy Orlando.
…And now I’m slightly depressed. Playing the waiting game sucks, especially if you’re doing the true waiting game where the next game isn’t even released yet rather than simply not localized. With the way Ao ended off though, at least you know Falcom is working on another game in the Kiseki universe because I trust them to not give us the middle finger. Still, holy fuck I need something to take my mind off the awesomeness that is Ao, because the less I think about the waiting game, the less times I lose the game (I understand the “I LOST THE GAME” concept, finally).
In case you can’t tell, spoilers beyond this point.
I may have the social decency to pretend to be a polite teenager in front of random relatives instead of being glued to my handheld device like how I normally am, but dammit I need games for the airplane ride because how on Earth do I not play games during such a time where the games are begging to be played and my thumbs have to move? Also, because Chinese internet is slow and an ass to foreign sites, I’ll need my games to substitute for the net.
…And look, I’m bringing 6 games for my 2-week stay just to satisfy my terrible attention span! Although with most vacations, I end up bringing a bunch of games and only touching 1 or 2 because I’m hooked to them and a lot less ADD than I imagine myself to be. I’ve got my Ao no Kiseki, but in the case I need a break from that, I brought along Blazing Souls (SRPG I was playing before Ao arrived), Star Ocean (ARPG, in case I’m twitching for action) and Warriors of the Lost Empire (bought for $6 entirely on a whim, saw “hack and slash” on the back and thought this might just be short enough for my airplane trips). Also I’m flying from Canada to China and I highly doubt my PSP is going to last a double-digit amount of hours, so I brought along my DSLite. I’ve got Devil Survivor 2 in case my SRPG needs come up, and Glory of Heracles for a generic, easy turn-based game that I will play when watching airplane movies because I need to twiddle my thumbs.
As you’ve probably guessed, having nothing to do on an airplane trip is my nightmare. There was this one time 3 years ago where I was flying home from China, and my PSP ran out of batteries and so did my DS because I forgot to charge it. Even my iPod died on me, and the airplane movies either weren’t interesting, or I had watched on the trip to China. It was a terrible experience. Trying to sit still without some kind of distraction was a disaster, and I ended up eating 5 cups of instant noodles back-to-back because I was bored.
Because I don’t have a lot to post about recently, I guess I’ll make a report on stuff that I didn’t bother finishing. I’ll be heading to China next Wednesday so I’ll likely be gone for 2 weeks if The Great Firewall of China interferes. I don’t think I’ll be able to post anything while I’m in China anyways. Not even sure if relatives have wi-fi in their house. No consoles for at least 2 weeks, but I’ll be bringing along my handhelds because I never leave the house without them. I don’t have anything new to review since I’ve been going at Ao no Kiseki slowly (I’m trying to make this game last! There isn’t anything out after Ao no Kiseki at the time of writing, so I’m gonna savour this game!) and anything else that’s on PSP has been pushed aside to a pause. Without adieu, here is a list of games that I didn’t bother continuing.
Wild Arms 3 – It’s been like what, a year since I last played it? I couldn’t get into it. I liked the unusual cast and the Wild West setting is pretty cool, but the combat and puzzles didn’t grab me. I got spoiled by the hex system, and possibly the linearity of WA4. The story also hasn’t picked up.
Phantom Brave – I like NIS games. I like SRPGs. But I cannot like this game for some reason. The lack of grids on the maps makes things less organized, and the characters tend to slip or waste their time jumping, so they’ll never move where you want them to. Each unit having a turn limit doesn’t help. I wanted to like this game, but I just can’t get into it. Maybe I’ll give it another try in the future, since I have it on PSP and I’m much more tolerant when it comes to handheld games.
La Pucelle: Tactics – There’s a reason why people tell you to play the Disgaea series in order. The plot and characters are subjective, but the gameplay gets better with each installment. Most people who played Disgaea 2 on the PSP couldn’t go back to the first game afterwards. La Pucelle is essentially Disgaea 0 in gameplay – a less polished SRPG. I think I enjoyed it better than Phantom Brave, but I’ve still put it on pause because I’ve got other games in the backlog I want to play.
D. C. Da Capo – The legendary moe-ge that everybody knows. I didn’t even get past the common route because I found it to be real dull. I’m usually pretty good at pulling myself through long common routes, but in Da Capo it wasn’t even funny or charming so I stopped. The music isn’t outstanding, and the art clearly shows its age. Another reason I didn’t continue is probably because I watched both seasons of the anime long ago, back when harem anime was still fresh (I know, I know) and the scenario seemed original. There are plenty of media that were really good when they first came out, but their age clearly shows now. The only reason why I decided to try it out is because I liked Kotori and didn’t like how the anime went with Nemu, but my love for her died down through the years. I liked the rest of the cast back when I watched the anime, but not so much now. Maybe I would have played further if I could play the vn right after finishing the anime, like what I did with Clannad.
Blazing Souls Accelate – I still like this game, I just put it aside for Ao no Kiseki after reaching a battle where I’m too underleveled to get a move in and have to grind. I’ll be continuing this game after Ao, or when I feel like I need a bit of variety in China.
Oh yeah, and here’s an obligatory currently playing report, because that is what you do when you have nothing to do.
Ao no Kiseki – sdfdsfkdhdhdkghkgfdsflibfdlkadgh;fshgfdof;dsjfldskldsfjdklfskladhf *mashes keyboard uncontrollably* I MISSED YOU, CROSSBELL. ALSO OLIVIER AND KLOSE SFHKDFHKDHKFDKDVNKLDV DFJDFKDFKJFJESHK. RANDY SDKLFKLDSLDS BROS KJSDFDSKSDLF I THINK I’VE TAKEN A LIKING TO WAZY SDFKJDFLLS NOEL YOU FABULOUS MOB CLEANER YOU AND YOUR AOE NORMAL ATTACK DSJFHDSFHDKLSD CAN’T WAIT FOR TIO TO COME BACK KJDNFLKDFLDFSPD
Glory of Heracles – Got this for $5 new, thought you can’t go wrong with $5. It’s okay so far, certainly on the easy side. I’ll see how this continues. I’ve enjoyed some lines like “I found out I was immortal after my dad threw me off a cliff” “That’s some great parenting right there”
Devil Survivor 2 – Will be going at this slowly, I’m always slow with SRPGs. I’ve never found Devil Survivor to be OMFG amazing. SMT will always be better as a dungeon crawler for me.
SMT: Nocturne – Starting this on hard on my first playthrough is probably a bad idea, but I think I was enjoying the fact that I died in the very first dungeon (where you are solo) multiple times. Hopefully I won’t become a masochist after this. Also, starting this right before I head to China might not be such a good idea…