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NeoGutsman

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In Topic: Cheap PS Vita Games Thread

03 May 2015 - 12:50 AM

I posted a separate thread about it, but the vita version of Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd is down to $21.97 at Gamestop and Amazon right now.


Would this still be a good game to get even if I thought the prior one was just so-so?

In Topic: PSN Weekly Deals - 4/28: Golden Week + Star Wars Sales!

29 April 2015 - 05:31 PM

DJMax is similar to Rock Band Unplugged but much more difficult. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're already familiar with the series. What you can do, however, is if any of your local Gamestops still sell PSP games, check if they have DJMax Fever. It's like $4 and PSP games are B2G1 until they're gone. (Rock Band is also .99)

Alternatively, hold out for the Vita installment to become affordable - not anytime in the near future - because that one is much easier to get into as it uses the touchscreen.

Rock Band Unplugged had an instrument switching system which the DJ Max games don't.  I am a huge DJ Max fan but didn't dig RBU after playing it for a while.  whitereflection is correct in stating that there is a better jump-in point with the series (if you have a PSP I'd argue that Clazziquai is the best one to start with but that's an import).  Fever is usually cheap and is a mix of many of the songs in the series at the time of its US release.  I won't go into drawn-out detail here but once you get used to the gameplay (there are multiple play difficulties and you can (and should) change the note speed depending on how you improve) move on to the other games in the series if you still have a PSP (I love Clazziquai and Black Square, but I also enjoy DJMP and DJMP2, have a soft spot for Hot Tunes, and enjoy the flawed but fun DJ Max Portable 3 in this sale).  If DJMP3 is your only option then that is okay, too (especially at that price).

 

There was a demo of Fever on the PSN for PSPs but it was not indicative of the actual difficulty of the game (it was haaard for new players and almost turned me off completely).

 

More than other music games, I really feel the songs as I play the notes.  The best note patterns alternate between playing the melody to the lyrics, to the bass, and other stuff.  It's enthralling to play and notice parts of the song you didn't notice in different difficulties (which offer different patterns and use of 4, 5, 6 face buttons and/or the shoulder buttons).

 

Play with good headphones on; you will want to hear the notes as some can be delightfully subtle.

 

DJ Max Technika Tune plays differently and is fun, but I find the smaller Vita screen harder to play on than the arcade version and the iOS version.  It's still worth picking up if you can find a good sale.

 

Sorry, that was more than I intended to write, but I've put in hundreds of hours and thousands of song plays (I average 1100-1200 song plays per PSP version).  I love the series even though they each suffer from little flaws here and there.  It's probably my most played game series ever (and I have absolutely no rhythm outside of these games).


In Topic: Public Service Annoucement: Club Nintendo Platinum/Gold Rewards Expiration Ap...

28 April 2015 - 10:15 PM

I either own or don't want most of the stuff for Plat/Gold, but I think I may go ahead and choose Animal Crossing: New Leaf for my Platinum reward.  I already own it, my daughter has a copy, and now my son (who got a 2DS for Christmas) will own it.  The series has been incredibly engrossing since I first bought the GameCube version.  I adored the DS version and the 3DS version improves upon everything in so many ways.

 

Don't worry about "accomplishing" things because you will likely never do so.  That's a beautiful thing.  I also like that you are never pressured to do anything but are offered the opportunity to try everything.  Ultimately you can play how you wish and make the town just how you like it.  It is, however, heartbreaking when a neighbor moves away and you read their sometimes sad goodbye letters, but that just means someone new to interact with will be there for you to welcome.

 

Anyway, just putting it out there for anyone on the fence.  I think the game is a true joy, and though I haven't played in a while it's always nice to "come home".


In Topic: Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo & Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy (Vita) Giv...

23 April 2015 - 06:41 AM

Both games look interesting.  Good luck, everyone!


In Topic: 3DS eShop Deals - 5/1: Free MH4U Theme, Shinen Spring Sale, KORG Sale, $...

22 April 2015 - 08:48 PM

Thanks for the heads-up on SMTDSO, everyone.  Sounds like it's actually right up my alley after all!