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Rabbits, crabs and vampires – worst crabcakes ever?

Today I drew a bunch of rabbits, learned you can buy crabs from vending machines in China, and beat my vampiric nemesis in a chess match.

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Continue Reading November 12, 2010 at 6:33 am Leave a comment

Persona 4

Persona 4
The newest in the popular Persona series, Persona 4 is the latest and greatest yet. Set in the rural town of Inaba, our main character unexpectedly finds himself able to enter TVs… but he’s not the only one! This new world is full of violent Shadows, and something – or someone – is throwing other people into the TV world with every intention to killing them! With the police baffled and frustated by a series of murders they can’t possibly solve, you gather your friends and take the fight to the world behind the screen. Just don’t be surprised if your own worst enemy is your own shadow…
Cast of Persona 4
This game is a huge step up from its predecessor, Persona 3. The AI for your team mates is not only better, but you can take complete control of every party member. The card chance after battles offers a much better selection of options, and a secondary card (Arcana chance) has been added, making exploring dungeons more exciting. On that note, each dungeon is decidedly unique, which is especially pleasing to the eye (and the memory). Rather than living in a dorm with all the other characters, you get a separation of “work” and “home”, meeting with your group after school, and then retiring to the house where you live with your uncle and his adorable little daughter. The story is more motivating and intriguing, the main characters are all likeable. The voice acting is similarly well done. And best of all, the music is catchy and addictive!

On the downside, monsters seem a bit unbalanced in terms of powers and weaknesses, which leads certain party members to be favored over others. Additionally, there seem to be some squicky social things going on. You can date a girl that looks like she ought to be in elementary school, there are some pretty unsavory sterotypes (the fat girl, the weird creepy kid, etc), and a light strain of homophobia that goes unaddressed.

All in all though, a very enjoyable game.

August 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

Princess Maker 2

The only one of its series to be translated to English (I believe there are four), Princess Maker 2 is a parenting sim of no small notoriety. This is due to its somewhat ambiguous status as a hentai game (no sex, no naked – does it still count?). The premise goes that you, a warrior, save the kingdom. In return, the King grants you a retainer and a home.

But that’s not all! The Gods have deemed you fit to raise a little girl!
Princess Maker 2
Bam! You’re a father!

So, how will you raise your daughter? You have from when she is 10 years old to when she is 18. You control everything she does and gets – from how much she gets to eat, the presents she gets, vacations, the types of jobs she takes and the people she meets. A robust diet will keep her healthy, but it can also make her fat (and then her skanky dresses won’t fit!). You could buy her a nice doll, or…. pills that make her buxom larger.

Princess Maker 2

Jobs (ranging from grave keeper to hair dresser) make money, and each raise and lower various stats. For example, working at the farm raises Constitution but lowers Refinement. She can also take classes, participate in the competitions at the fair, visit the castle, even go adventuring and fight some monsters!

Depending on how you raise her, your darling little girl could grow up to be anything, ranging from Queen Regent, Archbishop, Divorcee, Farmer’s wife, Nursemaid, General, Crime Boss, Bar Wench, Bondage Queen… you get the idea. Your decisions also impact who she eventually marries. Apart from being a control freak, you can also be a perv – one of the marriage options is you (her adoptive father).

Princess Maker 2 - Possible Endings

With over 70 different endings, this game is both addicting and fun (though shallow and repetitive are also viable options). Sure, it’s a ridiculous premise. And yes, you are a psycho-controling father. So go check it out! It’s easy to find a copy online. And who knows! Your little girl could grow up to be a lumberjack! Wouldn’t that be grand?

May 2, 2009 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

Odin Sphere

Let me preface this with a disclaimer: I have never played this game.
I have, however, watched it being played. But mostly, I just drooled over how gorgeous this game is.

Odin Sphere

This game begins in the midst of a war. You play as five different characters in succession, each starring in their own story – a story that is, ultimately, the same story, simply told from different starting points and perspectives. You start as Gwendolyn, Valkyrie warrior and daughter of Demon Lord Odin, followed by Prince Cornelius of Titania, Princess Mercedes of Ringford, Shadow Knight Oswald, and finally Princess Velvet. As far as I can recall, each character fights with each other at least once.

Odin Sphere Gameplay

For reasons stated before, I really can’t say much about gameplay, but I’ll do what I can. This game is a 2D sidescroller with a linear storyline. Progressing in the game is basically fighting stages and bosses in circular sidescrolling arenas, with various storyline cut-scenes (action-RGP). Each character has their own weapon and fighting style. There is no easy, medium or hard selection. It is a challenging game.

Odin Sphere

But mostly, this game is pretty. The characters have a very smooth stylized way of moving that reminds me of hand painted puppets, and the backgrounds and bit-characters are all just as lovingly crafted. If you can’t play it, by all means, watch someone who can.

January 11, 2009 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment


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