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2016-12-07-040553

D3 Publisher, a company whose recent track record in making games hasn’t been very good, decided to make a Danganronpa-inspired game about idols aiming for the top. The concept is very simple: each year, idols participate in the Dream of Dream (D.o.D.) event, where they compete in various idol activities and the winner gets to be the center of a big concert. It’s a huge event that has the entire country tuning in, and good performance in the show leads to an increase in fans. This year, the D.o.D takes place in a remote western-style mansion and welcomes seven participants. The master of ceremony is an obnoxious pink elephant mascot character, and the setting for this year’s D.o.D. is awfully lacking in glamour compared to previous years’ events. The event is held in six stages, each stage having a loser, and the one who survives all stages gets crowned as this year’s top idol. The loser of each stage has to participate in a consolation show that “may” offer them the “chance” for a comeback…

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2016-10-22-033346

(Spoilers…? Not explicitly but don’t read if you’re currently playing the game)

Having played (and enjoyed) Kokuchou no Psychedelica, Haitaka was on my radar but not a priority since my plate is loaded (I finished like 1 game from September when I bought 4, this game not included). I ended up playing this sooner than expected since I read some Amazon reviews complaining about linear plot, lack of romance/糖度, and even a post talking about the game having loads of landmine elements in the context of the console otome game market. I mean normally those things are supposed to deter one away, but story-heavy and linear are actually very appealing elements to me when it comes to a novel game so my interest was piqued.

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Very legit review from a Chinese tourist

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2016-07-23-225909

Wow I slacked off for 3 months because I was playing games and hopping onto a new game immediately instead of writing anything. This is the way life is supposed to be; I was born to play games not write blog posts about them.

Refrain is a dungeon RPG by NIS, developed by the same team who did Majo to Hyakkihei (also known as The Witch and the Hundred Knight in English). I didn’t play the latter (but I sure plan to thanks to Refrain!) so I don’t really have any grounds for comparison.

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Short blurbs about recent reads. I should do this more often because writing legit reviews is too much work and I have trouble writing about stuff I like.

Shoujotachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu
Rakuen ~the case of “never improve myself”~
Mushi no Me
Maitetsu
Kaihou Shoujo SIN
Nanairo Reincarnation
ISLAND
Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shoujo YU-NO

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2016-04-11-182610

It’s obvious the era of Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VII has long past — what is often considered the golden age of JRPGs will never come back in the same form in the world of ever-evolving technology and expectations. Some will go so far to say that JRPGs have stagnated or are dead, and video game sales have reached an all-time low in Japan while the budget required to create a game that matches modern standards is only increasing.

Developed by Square Enix’s new brand Tokyo RPG Factory, promotional material hyped up Setsuna to be “what brings back JRPGs.”

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2016-04-02-135952

Credits rolled at 13:55, whereas Cyber Sleuth clocked in at something like 50 hours since I did most sidequests. This illustrates the type of game Next Order is. Cyber Sleuth is, by all means, a regular monster-collecting RPG with a heavy focus on story. It’s got enough stuff to appeal to people who aren’t particularly fans of Digimon or those who grew out of it as the second half gives strong SMT vibes and the world and characters are really rich. The battles were the regular turn-based business and you could carry around many Digimon with you and stick even more in the farm. Rather than a normal RPG, Next Order is more like a pseudo open-world monster raising game. You can only have two Digimon at once, and you have to care for them like actual digital pets until the day they die, at which then they turn back into an egg and you can start the raising process from the beginning again. I tried describing it to people and they said it sounds like Digimon 1, if that says anything.

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