The latest Persona 5 trailer is looking fantastic

Oh my god, get hyped. The first gameplay footage for Persona 5 was revealed and it looks amazing. The art is as stylish as any Persona game before it, with a strong red and black motif. Overall, I think this is going to be a darker game than the previous ones. It looks like the main protagonist (“glasses-kun” as he has been christened by fans) will be the leader of a vigilante group. Thieves fighting the good fight for their ideals against a corrupt establishment? I can totally get behind that! That’d be a really relevant topic to tackle. One of the strong influences seems to be Arsène Lupin, an anime character from way back in the 70’s. He too is a thief and anti-hero with a good heart (checkt out Hayao Miyazaki’s adaptation Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro). Man this is all sounding really promising.

Crucially you can see the “new” in game graphics. I say “new” because this is pretty much the engine and style used in Atlus’ other PS3 game Catherine. I’m loving it. It’s so…next-gen for a Persona game.

Just look at these shots!

Persona 5

Catherine

 

Anyway, I wish I had a PS4…this is going to be a system seller!

More info can be had here: http://www.siliconera.com/2015/02/05/persona-5-producer-shares-thoughts-trailer-characters/

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together Review

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One of the biggest surprises I had after getting a PSP is that long epic JRPGs are the perfect fit for portable gaming. It might be counter intuitive. After all, for a big epic RPG it should be most appropriate to play in front of a large screen in the comfort of your living room, no? But the parameters of my lifestyle have changed and I can’t justify hogging the TV like that anymore. And anyway, with the added responsibilities of being a grown up, there’s simply not enough time to chomp down on a long JRPG with 5, 6 hour play sessions.

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Shadowrun Returns Review Part 2

Continuing on my review of Shadowrun Returns

Visually, it’s very pleasing

It's so pleasing....

It’s so pleasing….

So you might have seen screenshots of the game and thought “DAT BACKGROUND ART THO”, and you’d be right. SRR knows to build an ambiance with the soft, painterly 2D art used for the environments. You’ve got grimy looking cyberpunk back alleys contrasted with huge glowing neon signs next to shamanistic totems. It’s got a very hodge podgey quality, without looking irritating. The only issue I have with the visual aspect is that it all looks arranged like it was built in a level editor. Which it clearly was, but it’s quite blocky. Reminds me of Neverwinter Night’s unnatural looking environments. The mitigating factor is that most of the game’s campaign is set in the city or indoors, where you’d expect straight angles. I wonder what the designers would do if they had to include a forest setting for example. (more…)

Shadowrun Returns Review

Shadowrun Returns

So as one of the first games to be part of the Great Resurgence Of CRPGs of 2012, Shadowrun Returns has naturally been on my list of games to play. At the time I kickstarted Wasteland 2, but somehow missed out on this one.

I finished the first campaign called “Dead Man’s Switch” over a couple of relaxed evenings. I find it hard to give a vague, all encompassing verdict though. There are highs, but there are also gripes that simply dampened my enjoyment a lot.

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Blog Update

Oh man oh man, feels like an age since I last had a look at my blog. What’s up?

I found a really well written blog called “Excerpts from the life of Rao Dao Zao”. Made me wanna continue writing this blog.

So anyway, what’s been going on since June? I had gone on hiatus on all my gaming for a few months due to real life circumstances. Up until the end of the year, I’d played and completed Persona 3 Portable (finally! took me 3 years!). I also played and aborted Wasteland 2, Witcher 1, Guild Wars 2, had a phase of CS:GO (excellent shooter. Best competitive shooter of all quite likely). Oh, I started a YouTube channel as I wanted to dabble in recording gameplay. If I get a good mic, I might even try Let’s Play. I really enjoy Let’s Plays. The url is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaT9cYo049A3v7OZOQvrFwg

I’ve had a really enjoyable iron man campaign as the King of Leon in Crusader Kings 2. Man, that game is a beast.

At the moment though, I’m really enjoying a phase of old-school CRPGs. Currently in the penultimate mission of the “dead man’s switch” campaign. I’m going to pen my thoughts on that in the next blog.

Also, I’ve really enjoyed completing both The Wolf Among Us AND Season 2 of The Walking Dead. I binged on them once I had access to my gaming PC, so that’s why my reviews for TWAU episodes were interrupted. I’m pretty sure I’ll write up a lengthy blog musing on Telltale’s style in general. I’ve really enjoyed episode 1 of Game of Thrones. Reeaaally looking forward to episode 2.

Thanks for reading, and hope to gain more readers this year!

Final Fantasy Type-0 Impressions (Fan Translation)

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So the time has finally come and the fine folks at Sky’s RomHacking Nest have finally released their fan translation of the probably last great PSP game, Final Fantasy Type-0.  I say probably because The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter (such a long title!) is yet to arrive with an English localization. Anyway, being a Final Fantasy fan, I’ve always kept an eye out for any potential Western release, only to be massively disappointed by Square Enix. By all accounts, they already have done the localization work but for some reason decided not to do a release. Not even a digital one on PSN! Anyway, I’ve been playing this game now for a few days, am around 7 hours in so far and wanted to simply give some thoughts. (more…)

Animal Farm Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The following review has rough spoilers

I remember my high school teacher recommending Animal Farm as a sophisticated read, something that was thought-provoking and yet relatively short. It took me more than ten years to heed his advice, but I’m sure that I got more out of it now than I would have as a teenager.

Animal Farm is a novel written by George Orwell, best known for 1984 (this one I actually DID read as a teenager), and widely interpreted as an allegory for the Russian revolution as well as a critique on the Soviet Union. (more…)

The Wind Rises Review

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Something a bit unusual for this blog so far, I want to write a bit about the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, specifically with a focus on his most recent (and presumably last) feature length film. There will be spoilers, so be warned.

The Wind Rises is an anime film based on the man who engineered the building of the Japanese Zero Fighter airplane, used to wage destruction on Japan’s enemies in World War 2. It’s the story of Jiro Horikoshi, a young man with the dream of designing beautiful airplanes. It’s worth pointing out that several creative liberties were taken by Miyazaki on the source material. Jiro’s relationship with Naoko for example is purely fictional. (more…)