Today, I am here to make a (not) special little post about why you should never buy legit games from China, and you should instead pirate the hell away if you ever find yourself interested in a Chinese game. In fact, the only time when you should buy a game from China is when you are interested more in the limited edition goodies than the game, because those are actually worth your money. (Note: I am generally in support of buying my games if possible, so I’m clearly making an exception here.)
There are several different limited editions of the Chinese release of Ys Seven depending on where you buy it from, each with minor differences.
First up is the box. There’s 5 different box covers. There’s the general cover, which is the default one (has the generic RPG look that includes all characters). The other four are unique to select online sellers. I have the Amazon cover, which looks like this:
The Limited Edition comes with a bunch of stuff, cellphone pictures (bad lighting in my room in China) after the cut.
For only 189 yuan! That’s less than $30 CAD. AND IT’S THE LIMITED EDITION! Look at the stuff you get! Dat artbook! Dat soundtrack CD! Dat free notebook! All dat other useless stuff that I will likely never take out of the box just like my Bracer badge! Yeah…That’s A LOT of stuff compared to North American Limited Editions. No wonder LE’s in China are like more than twice the price of the normal edition, and they are still cheap for foreigners! I honestly just want the 272 page artbook and the CD (mostly the artbook), but I guess having all that other loot doesn’t hurt.
I made my relatives in China pre-order this for me because Amazon.cn doesn’t ship overseas and even if they did I don’t want to see what the shipping cost will look like. My friend’s mom is coming to Canada in like September so I guess I’ll be seeing Zero no Kiseki in two months when she brings it over (cheap person’s overseas shipping alternative). WHY SEPTEMBER? WHY THE GAMES I WANT COME OUT IN SEPTEMBER?? Geeze, Disgaea 4, Persona 2 and Zero no Kiseki all in the same month where I have to start worrying about school. I guess I have free time to play my PC visual novels for the rest of the summer.
Speaking of VNs, my worst nightmare came true: ITH isn’t hooking Rewrite properly so I can’t rely on Translation Aggregator. Time to tackle this thing in raw Japanese!
EDIT: Also, hooray for 20k views on my blog!