Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

Many games are flawed gems, with the quality diminished ever-so-slightly by minor quirks, but still rounding out to be positive experiences. Cyber Sleuth is not quite one of those games. In many ways, it’s a complete mess, but it barely edges out to be worth the time.

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Persona 4: Dancing All Night

For a game that seemed to already be pushing the limits of spin-offs and adaptations, Persona 4’s latest addition takes the cake as the most baffling spawn. If only more turn-based JRPGs had rhythm game spin-offs. Focused on dancing.

Just kidding.

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Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland

After enjoying Atelier Rorona Plus as much as I did (a lot), it was inevitable that I would follow it up with the sequels of the Arland trilogy – Atelier Totori and Atelier Meruru. While Totori feels like a very familiar experience as a whole, it’s held back by a few quirks that weren’t present in Rorona.

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PlayStation TV (Vita TV)

A year after its release in Japan, the PlayStation TV (also known as the Vita TV) is available for the Western market. While the mini-console finally gives players the opportunity to play Vita games on a big screen, its release is held back by a problematic game lineup and absence of some important features.

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Review – Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Following up on the success of the light novels and anime series, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is a spin-off game for the Vita that takes a different approach to the conclusion of the Aincrad arc. While the game lacks an interesting story or characters, it almost makes up for it with fairly dense gameplay and an excess of content.

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Poll – What Upcoming Vita Game Should I Review?

Hello everyone, I just was curious for some feedback on something. There are a few Vita games coming out in the next month or so that caught my attention, but I don’t have the time or money to dish out for all of them (and then there’s Conception II, which I own but need to get around to playing at some point).

So, what would you rather see me review? You can pick up to three options or add your own suggestion.

Thank you very much for voting!

I have two other unrelated reviews I need to iron out before posting, so you’ll hopefully see them within a week.

Update: One person who voted “Other” suggested Persona 4 Golden; however, I’ve already done a review of it. In fact, I did two.

The other “Other” suggested Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward. I own this game, but I have not played it yet since I have not played the prequel, 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors (in fact, I was threatened because of this). So while I may review VLR in the future, it won’t be for a while.

Review – Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland

Alchemy… adventuring… and everything JRPG. These were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect video game. But Professor Gust accidentally added another ingredient to the concoction… moe. Thus, Atelier Rorona Plus was born!

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Revisited – Final Fantasy X HD Remaster

I had an initial post on this game a while back, but now that I’ve gotten much farther along, I felt that an update was necessary – I’ve carried over a bit of info from the last post, so you don’t really need to read both.

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Conception II Demo

This probably seems pointless to a lot of you, but I thought that this might make for an interesting topic. Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is a game that will be released for the 3DS and Vita on April 15th in North America, and later in the year for Europe. The demo is available now for both consoles in North America.

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Final Fantasy X HD Remaster

Even though the game is just being released outside of Japan today, I got my hands on a Japanese copy for my Vita a few months ago. Since I never played the original PS2 version, I figured it would be worth giving this remaster a try. While I have yet to put a large dent in the game, it’s safe to say that it was worth the purchase.

Let me just say this beforehand – since I’m playing the game in Japanese and only understand about half of what’s said (even less when they’re explaining game mechanics), my understanding of the story so far is… insufficient.

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Analysis – Handheld Gaming

My whole life, I’ve been primarily a Nintendo handheld gamer, starting with a GameBoy Pocket in kindergarten, and then eventually getting a GameBoy Advance, Advance SP, and finally a DS, which I’ve had and used for about 8 years or so. On the other hand, the only TV consoles I’ve had are a PS2 and Xbox 360.

With the tide of mobile gaming and people claiming that handheld game consoles will be overrun by phones and tablets, I figured it would be interesting to compare the two primary handhelds – the Nintendo 3DS XL and the PlayStation Vita – against mobile devices.

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Persona 4 – The Game vs. The Anime

Since I actually watched the Persona 4 anime before playing the game, I figured I would re-watch it now that I’ve completed P4 Golden. This isn’t a review of either, just comparing some of the strengths/weaknesses of each against each other. I will be avoiding major spoilers throughout, so don’t worry! 

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Review – Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA-f

A rhythm game was certainly not high on my list for ideas of Vita games to get, yet here I am with a copy of one based entirely on vocaloid music. If you aren’t familiar with vocaloids, they are basically synthetic voices programmed to sing. For an example, check out the below video – it might also work well as background music for this post (and it’s also the opening theme for the game).

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Review – Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God

Have you ever made curry? It’s a pretty simple dish, basically a stew of meat and veggies with a roux added in to bring the flavor of the various spices and thicken everything up. I never could have imagined that I would fail so much at making curry as I did in this game. Not that it actually matters too much, but it is a bit depressing, despondent, and woeful. Continue reading “Review – Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God”

Tidbits – What’s next?

Hello, everyone!

With it being a new year and since I’m still on break, I figured I’d outline what reviews/other things I’m planning to do in the relatively near future.

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10/10 on the moe scale

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Tidbits – Upcoming Stuff

Hello, everyone!

As a result of Christmas, I received a PS Vita and have already gotten a few games, so I may review one or so – there’s one in particular that I’m thinking about. I’ve also ordered BDs of Black Lagoon (which I haven’t seen yet) and Bakemonogatari (curse you and your exorbitant prices, Aniplex!), so I may be reviewing something other than Shinsekai Yori in the near future.

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That is the first and last time I have heard the term “second banana”

Adios!

Update/Clarification – No, I’m not going to do a review of P4G. I might talk about it a bit at some point though, at least to compare it to the original PS2 version. I may also review Kino’s Journey, which I got for Christmas. Here’s a screenshot from what I’m actually planning to review:

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