Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hayate the Combat Butler's 3rd season this fall

This is exciting news for me as Hayate the Combat Butler is one of my favorite anime series and manga.  The new series will be an original story written by the author Kenjirou Hata and will not be based off the original manga.  Many of the original cast members will be returning for their roles from the previous seasons and the studio Manglobe will be animating the series as they did the movie (which I still haven't seen).  The series is set to premiere something this October during the fall season.

Source: Anime News Network

Saturday, July 28, 2012

NIS America Licenses Umineko: When They Cry

Announced during their panel at Otakon, NIS America will release Umineko: When They Cry on two separate Premium Edition volumes on Blu-ray this December.  The 26-episode series originally aired in Japan back in 2009.

 Plot Summary from Anime News Network:
Umineko no Naku Koro ni takes place in the year 1986, during the time frame of October 4 and October 5 on a secluded island named Rokkenjima. The head of a wealthy family named Kinzo Ushiromiya, who lives on and owns Rokkenjima, is near death, and eight of his family members arrive on the island to discuss how Kinzo's assets will be divided once he is dead. Also on the island are three family members who live there, five of Kinzo's servants, and his personal physician. After the eight family members arrive, a typhoon traps them on the island and shortly after people start to get mysteriously murdered.

The anime series is an adaptation of the visual novel of the same name by 07th Expansion.  They have also worked on the previous entry of mystery/horror anime Higurashi: When They Cry.

I hope NIS America will also think about re-licensing Higurashi and its sequel Kai someday.

source:NIS America Adds Umineko: When They Cry Mystery Anime

Thursday, July 26, 2012

NIS America releases Character Chowdown on iOS

NIS America has just released a game that will help you learn hiragana, katakana, and  hundreds of kanji!  The game has a system that will recognize what you've mastered and what you need to work on.  They plan to add some Disgaea characters into the game in future updates so definitely working forward to that.

Character Chowdown is now available on the iTunes store for free, but you need to buy additional lessons in hiragana and kanji levels 1 through 4 for $0.99 each.

Fate/Extra CCC Promo video

The first promo video was streamed today by Marvelous AQL for the 2nd Fate/Extra game.

Fate/Extra CCC is a spin-off of  the Fate/Stay Night series by TYPE-MOON.  It's an RPG where you can choose a male or female main character and a servant of your choice from Saber, Archer, Caster, and new in CCC, Gilgamesh.

The game is offered at 6,279 yen (about US$81.20) for the standard edition, and a limited edition Type-Moon Virgin White Box for 10,479 yen (US$135.50), which includes a Saber bride figma figure, a visual works collection, and CD with 3 songs by Saber's voice actress Sakura Tenge.  It's release date is currently set for February 21, 2013 in Japan.

The original Fate/Extra was released in 2010 in Japan and last year in the US by Aksys Games.  Got the game somewhere in my huge collection, need to play it sometime.

Details from Anime News Network.

Kami Jigen Game Neptune V 2nd Promo Video

A new video detailing the battle system for Kami Jigen Game Neptune V (God Dimensional Game Neptunia V) was recently put up on Complie Heart's official website. (Video is not my re-upload; visit MasterLL on YouTube)

This game is a follow up to last year's Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 which I'm still currently playing through.  The battle system looks to be identical with some improvements to the UI.  Looks like this game is going to be filled with more fanservice than the previous Neptunia games with just as much "moe" otaku filled goodness.  The Japanese release date is on August 30th and will cost 7,329 yen (about US$93) and a limited edition is available at 10,479 yen (US$133).

There are currently no news regarding a US version but I assume NIS America will announce it sooner or later.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Atlus Huge 50% off PSN Sale Ending Soon

One of my favorite game publishers Atlus USA had a huge 50% off sale for many of their games on PSN including the popular Persona series and Catherine during the entire month of July.  The sale will end next week and this is a good chance to get these really great games and JRPGs for a really good price.  I myself have bought their Dept. Heaven series from this sale, and may be thinking of grabbing another game before the sale ends.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Mugen Souls PS3 Limited Edition Figure Set Pre-order announced

Originally saw this during Anime Expo 2012, NIS America has now officially announced the Limited Edition Figure Set for Mugen Souls on PS3 exclusively or pre-order on the NIS America online store.

The normal Limited Edition will include:
• The Mugen Souls Game for PlayStation 3
• An original soundtrack
Online Store exclusive: A hardcover art book (35+ pages)
Online Store exclusive: The Shampuru body sponge and hand towel

The Limited Edition Figure Set features the above items as well as:
Online Store exclusive:A Nendoroid Petite figure set box produced by Good Smile Company which contains a detailed figure of Chou-Chou Infinite (poseable with interchangeable face and arms), Altis (poseable with interchangeable face and arms), and a Shampuru (1-inch figure).

If you were to pre-order the game anywhere else, you don't get any of these items, so if you're interested in the exclusive items, pre-order here from their online store:

Both Limited Editions will not get reprinted once they run out and if like the Atelier Meruru Limited Edition before, it will sell out weeks before release.

From what I've seen, this game looks to be for the crazy "Moe" anime fans.  It's graphics style focuses on chibi models and those "mow" facial expressions.  Its gameplay system resembles that of Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 with the turn based free movement battles, and the ridiculous over-the-top animations and damage from  Disgaea series.  The game just seems to be the fusion of both NIS and Complie Heart/Idea Factory.

Being a sucker for limited editions from NIS America I already pre-ordered at Anime Expo for $100 and got a exclusive pin set.

The game is scheduled for release September 18th 2012.

[Review] Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP)

The Ys series of action RPG games are supposedly a cult favorite amongst RPG fans.  Many have praised its soundtrack and fast placed hack-n-slash action platforming gameplay and after playing this remastered third entry in the Ys series, I would agree.

The story begins with series protagonist Adol Christin and his companion Dogi arriving on the remote island of Felghana to find their childhood friend Elena attacked by wild monsters.  As the prologue unfolds, our heroes learn that the monsters appearance is unnatural and it will be be up to them to figure out where they are coming from and put a stop to it.

The graphics in Ys: The Oath in Felghana features a 3D environment with 2D animated sprites for all the characters.  The game features a multitude of environments from forests, mines, ruins, volcanic underground caves, and a snow covered mountain to name a few.  Most of the monsters are rendered with sprites but all the bosses are large 3D models and they look really impressive.  During conversations, character portraits are displayed and most of the dialogue is voiced, a new addition for this PSP remake.  Almost all the visual effects in the game are presented with a glowing orb, which essentially are just hit-boxes for your attacks or an enemy.

The voice-over in this game is great, as it includes some of my favorite voice actors I recognize from many other JRPGS and anime.  But the music in the game is exceptional.  The game features a remixed soundtrack from the original release, which includes two sets of the old soundtrack.  Most of the best tracks in the game come from the later dungeons and the boss battle themes.  They're all fast paced rock tunes that get you really pumped.

The gameplay mechanics are all relatively simple.  The game is presented with a birds eye view on Adol and combat is simple button mashing with the X button with the occasional magic spell from the square button.  There's also a burst meter that when built up from combat is unleashed with a press from the triangle button which will grant Adol a significant buff and will heal a bit of health.  Weapons and armor can be upgraded once obtained, and their are consumable items which aid you in combat.  Surprisingly the game does not feature health recovery items, and you can only heal at save points, a full burst meter, or health pickups from defeated foes.  With no healing items means that the gameplay is difficult and you have to avoid getting hit, especially in boss fights where you can't even use any items.  The game features a wide range of difficulty modes from very easy to a almost impossible nightmare mode.

This game was very fun and one very classic RPG from the Ys series.  This entry is one of the best in series according to hardcore fans and I'd recommend this game to anyone who loves a fast paced action RPG or anyone interested in the Ys series.  This game also gas a Steam version and it is really cheap right now during the Summer Sale.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: MicroVolts

So I came across this little free to play shooter on Steam a few days ago and decided to give it a try.
At first glance I thought it was some kinda anime shooter(cuz of that anime figure), but it was just a shooter that used toys/action figures as its theme.

It's gameplay is typical of a shooter with the third person perspective, but in this game for most of the modes you have access to seven weapons you can switch to at anytime; melee, rifle, shotgun, sniper, minigun, rocket launcher, and grenade launcher.  The game has quite a lot of maps to play on and several modes including free for all, team deathmatch, and capture the flag gametypes.  There's also an elimination mode where a player has one life per round to kill their opposing team, a zombie mode where a player is chosen at random to be a zombie to infect others, and there's also a single player wave survival mode.

Now as a free to play game, there's a in-game store to purchase new weapons and costumes for the four playable characters.  Most can be purchased with in game money while some are bought with cash.  Weapons in the game have stats, so that means higher level guns do more damage.  Costumes come with stats to increase movement speed or health points.  Now the cash only versions of these items of course offer higher stats than the ones you buy with in-game currency.  Some players may find it unfair or claim it to be a pay to win kind of game.

I've found this game pretty enjoyable and it's great for some casual fun once in a while.  Like every shooter, skill does play an important factor aside from what stats a weapon may give you.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Steam Summer Sale

Looking out for great games to go on sale.  So far I've got Ys Origin for $7.99, originally $19.99.  Bought the Batman: Arkham City collection for $24.99, which includes Arkham Asylum,City, and Gotham City Impostors with all the DLC, Huge savings from that deal as it would normally cost over $130 or so.
Only thing I've got left on my wishlist to go on sale is the GTA 4 collection, hoping for it to go 75% off for the entire thing.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Starting the gaming blog

First post here just to sample how things will look.  Will starting writing some game reviews later.

For anyone who doesn't know my gaming preferences, I play a lot of JRPG's or any kind of game that has anime styled design. There are a select few shooters and fighting games that grab my attention that I'll write up on as well.