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Draekon

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#14280947 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 14 April 2020 - 02:24 PM

Yeah i need to give those a playthrough soon as well.  What is the order anyway?  The new one > deception > truth?  does zan fit it somewhere or can i continue to ignore it?

 

Prelude to the Fallen > Mask of Deception > Mask of Truth

 

Zan is just a musou game set in the series universe that has nothing to do with the story. Also because Prelude is translated by NISA so I can't comment on the quality of it, however the two Mask games localized by Atlus were terrific.




#14270629 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 10 March 2020 - 01:36 AM

Looks like the Trails from Zero fan translation is finally releasing this Saturday, the 14th. They even went as far as recreating the original trailer in English:

 

 

Oh and the PC demo is out for Cold Steel 3 on Steam. NISA hired the new porting company created by Durante. So it shouldn't be a shit show like other NISA ports. He also released a patch for Ys VIII on PC to fix a lot of the issues a month ago or so as well that includes experimental local co-op. Check out the month old AMA if you're interested.




#14245567 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 16 December 2019 - 07:48 PM

Looks like there's a complete fan translation for the original Sakura Wars/Taisen on the Sega Saturn. Not sure how many are interested, but I wasn't sure anybody else would mention it.




#14179521 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 18 June 2019 - 03:17 PM

My backer copy of Bloodstained arrived yesterday. Looks a bit better than the demo did, but not by a whole lot. Game is pretty good so far, but I do hate one thing. You can't turn the low health indicator off and it's extremely intrusive/annoying. I wish there was an option to disable it or lower its graphical effect greatly.

 




#14178501 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 15 June 2019 - 12:13 PM

I'm really liking Cadence of Hyrule. The music remix choices they've made are pretty popular, safe choices with popular tracks from Ocarina of Time and Link to the Past. They've all sounded pretty good thus far. I think I'm looking at beating the game at around 10 hours I'd wager based on my progress thus far. It's not particularly hard

 

I came across a Nintendo Treehouse video from the other day that does a better job showcasing the gameplay than the videos I posted before. They explain some of the mechanics, but be warned that if you watch too long they'll enter a dungeon (which aren't particularly long) and fight its boss.

 

 

 

 

And while I'm at it since you all have been mentioning a lot of Trials of Mana, here's a Nintendo Treehouse video on the gameplay for it from the other day as well for those interested. Looks better than the Secret of Mana remake at the very least.

 

 

I'm still cautious though. Too many remakes/ports of theirs have been of sub-par quality to make me not question it regardless of how the game itself looks.




#14177012 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 12 June 2019 - 12:56 PM

I still don't know what to think of this.  I think I'll grab Crypt, which is on sale right now on psn for $3, to get a feel for it.

So long as you have a decent ability to move in line with the rhythm, it shouldn't be much of an issue. The main difference between the two games will be that in Cadence of Hyrule, enemies can drop health and the better you are with hitting the beat, the more drops you get. Whereas in Necrodancer, you're very lucky if you get health recovery. Crypt of the Necrodancer should be a much more difficult game than Cadence of Hyrule.

 

Though, I still recommend giving Crypt of the Necrodancer a go. More so since it's on sale. I enjoyed it quite a lot.

 

EDIT: Cadence of Hyrule doesn't "restart" you from the beginning when you die either. You respawn from checkpoint stones.




#14176999 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 12 June 2019 - 12:07 PM

Meh, there hasn't been anything that makes me particularly excited yet. However, I am excited that Cadence of Hyrule releases tomorrow at $25.

 

 

 

Music seems pretty good. Looks like the remixes were done by DannyB.




#14172896 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 07 June 2019 - 12:08 AM

Heh, I was going to mention that since I received an email about it and people were recently interested in gaining some. In the end though, I ended up not playing in the Anniversary event.

 

 

Also, for those who still have Amazon Prime and grabbed the 3 months free of Nintendo Online when I posted it a while back, you are now able to claim the remaining 9 months to complete the full 12 months. I don't remember when the three months passed, but better late than never.

 

https://twitch.amazo...e/loot/nintendo




#14172456 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 06 June 2019 - 11:11 AM

Source: http://www.gunghoonl...pc-coming-soon/

 

Looks like Grandia I & II HD Remaster is coming to PC/Steam. If you own Grandia II Anniversary Edition on Steam, it will be renamed to the HD Remaster, so you won't have to repurchase it. I'm not sure if there will be any changes to it on Steam outside of the name, but it doesn't look like it since it was essentially already an HD Remaster.

 

Also Grandia HD Collection is coming to the Nintendo Switch, which includes both games.

 

Newly added remaster stuff:

 

GRANDIA features
● Enhanced details to UI, sprites, and texture art
● Original cinematic videos receiving visual enhancements
● Widescreen support and customizable resolutions (only for PC)
● Steam cards and Achievements (only for PC)
● Audio: Japanese and English
● Language Support: Original English and Japanese plus French and German translation
● Gamepad and keyboard support with remappable controls (only for PC)

 

GRANDIA II features
● Enhanced details to UI, sprites, and texture art
● Original cinematic videos receiving visual enhancements
● Widescreen support and customizable resolutions (only for PC)
● Audio: Japanese and English
● Language Support: Original English and Japanese plus New French and German translation




#14167386 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 22 May 2019 - 12:59 AM

I suppose I'll get back into Overwatch a bit more for this event. My free box ended up being the new Honeydew Mei costume. Winstons is pretty neat. Been lightly keeping an eye on player built custom games from the Overwatch subreddit. Some interesting ones have come out of it that aren't the typical ones you see.

 

I don't think I've played the latest two or three added maps or the latest new hero (or two).




#14155407 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 16 April 2019 - 02:52 PM

Could the physical media be the SSD? Selling games on that instead of discs? I would rather have full backwards compatibility (ps1-ps4) than 8k and VR because the old consoles are dying.

Nope, definitely not happening. Not unless you want to pay $100+ for each game. Plus resource wise when it comes to manufacturing them likely wouldn't be very sustainable. We already have issues with memory due to all these 'disposable' devices built with planned obsolescence in mind coupled with our shit ability to recycle.

 

Also backwards compatibility with older systems (1-3) that use a different architecture either requires them to build a proper emulator or to include even more hardware into the system, which won't happen. Good luck getting them to make a proper emulator because they're so incredibly fearful of pirates. They'll continue to only do it on a game by game basis like they have been until now more than likely until someone internally kicks them in the ass.




#14153815 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 11 April 2019 - 06:15 PM

Beware of spoilers from the Utawarerumono Zan trailer for Utawarerumono: The Mask of Deception. It hasn't been posted here yet, but I figured I'd give a heads up.

 

One of the few musou games that I feel actually fits the gameplay of a musou game. Here's to hoping it's one of the better ones. I think I'll grab it at some point since it's Utawarerumono and I like the series. Not a big fan of musou games, but I can still get enjoyment out of them from time to time like when I played the first Zelda one.




#14153381 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 10 April 2019 - 04:35 PM

Looks like you can finally change your PSN ID if you want:

 

https://blog.us.play...tions-answered/

 

Seems to cause issues in some games though, so beware and research before doing it.




#14149734 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 31 March 2019 - 08:56 PM

Looks like God Wars: The Complete Legend is being ported to PC/Steam for release this June. They're making it a rather key point that they're adding in mouse and keyboard controls, so I expect them to be halfway decent unlike most other Japanese ports. They're also adding in the ability to re-arrange party members in the formation screen and auto-placement for characters on maps which isn't a bad thing either. I still can't get over the main characters portrait always looking like he's picking his damn nose though. I didn't actually beat it, but it was fairly enjoyable for what I did play of the original PS4 release.

 

 

Also Yakuza: Kiwami 2 was rated by the ESRB for PC, so we'll likely see that on Steam in the not too distant future as well. The first one seems to be rated rather well, so it'll be a nice welcome addition to Japanese games ported to the PC.

 

And finally, I'm a bit surprised that nobody mentioned anything about the SEGA Genesis Mini, but I guess that all went to another deals thread. No I don't need a link, I just don't visit many threads that often anymore.




#14149262 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Draekon on 30 March 2019 - 03:15 PM

Looks like Sakura Wars is coming over to the west next year (No English dub). For those of you who aren't familiar with Sakura Taisen, it's a visual novel dating sim with strategy RPG elements in it. We've only had Sakura Taisen V from the series localized, which was late in the PS2s western life as well as ported to the Wii.

 

 

Looks like the usual series character artist isn't present and is being replaced by the manga artist who drew Bleach? Either way, this is a rather niche series in the west so I figured I'd mention that it's coming over. It is however a rather well known/liked series in Japan.