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#14156646 Limited Run Games Thread - The Switch is on!

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 19 April 2019 - 03:13 PM

I've never even heard of Alone with You before. Why the hype? Are people freaking out because (1) it's vita, (2) it's in a long box jewel case, or (3) it's a good game?

For what it's worth: I'm guessing mostly (1) and maybe a bit of (2). (3) is not the case in my opinion.

I picked it out to play before the sale began to see if it was worth buying physically, and was highly unimpressed. The audio/visual side of things was nice, and the setting and atmosphere was well done, but even as someone who enjoys point-and-click style adventure games (which this is most like) and story-focused games like VN's, I found everything else was lacking. Monotonous and repetitive gameplay, lame and braindead "puzzles" with no challenge at all, plot that is somewhat easy to predict and doesn't go much of anywhere or introduce any surprises (with a brief, unsatisfying ending to boot), characters I couldn't connect with at all because it felt like they were all written exactly the same way, and even the cool-at-first cutscenes and transitions just got annoying after seeing them hundreds of times in the exact same unskippable sequences. The "romance" aspect it bills itself as having isn't a terribly strong theme at all I felt, and having owned a Sega CD myself ever since it was in stores I don't get how it's a "love letter" to that system, or why it needs a Sega CD-style LE. I suppose maybe it's likening itself to something like Snatcher? But it didn't have nearly the charm, suspense, or intrigue of that game. Instead I was falling asleep as I slogged through it, just going through the motions and wishing it would hurry up and either get better or end already.

Of course, more power to anyone who played through and enjoyed it, and bought it for that reason. I wish I could say I had the same experience, I wanted to like it. But I'm glad I didn't make a knee-jerk decision to snag the game based on Sega CD nostalgia or interest in adventure games alone. It disappointed me on both counts.

#13803609 Metroid Limited Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL *SYSTEM* -- PRE ORDER

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 11 August 2017 - 07:50 PM

It's up on Best Buy for preorder, no store pickup option at the moment.



#13605747 PSN Flash Sale ends 1/23 @ 11 AM ET

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 20 January 2017 - 11:41 PM

Anyone know if Nidhogg has a decent single player experience?

Not decent at all, it's just a string of like 15 opponents that are all pretty much the same, and the AI is very random.


There's a trophy for finishing the entire single player without dying at all (one-hit kills, mind you), but if you lose the face-off on a stage you can purposely let the AI win and continue to have your deaths not count and try that stage again. Managed to finish it and get the trophy in like 2, 2 1/2 hours or so, but man was that an exercise in frustration I never want to do again. Trying to let the AI win, and watching him just screw around and fall off cliffs and stuff instead of running in the direction he's supposed to be going, was completely rage-inducing.


Multiplayer is definitely a blast though, worth it for that!

#13605658 PSN Flash Sale ends 1/23 @ 11 AM ET

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 20 January 2017 - 10:20 PM

I'll throw in my two cents on Gauntlet and say it's definitely worth it for $5, especially if you have friends to play it with. All the characters play very differently from each other and have different weapons you can earn that change up their abilities, making them more or less suited to certain roles. I had a lot of fun tinkering with the gear and figuring out which setups worked best for me, and if you're playing multiplayer it really helps to work together and cover each others' weaknesses.


It's not a terribly long game (although there's daily arenas and an endless mode aside from the campaign), but I think it does a great job of channeling old-school Gauntlet while still being new and unique, probably my favorite rendition of the series since Gauntlet IV for Genesis. I got it from PS+ about a year ago, and wish I could pay $5 now to buy it and not have it be tied to my subscription.


YMMV of course, I I know some people really disliked the game. And yeah, it sucks that the Necro character is $5 extra, but just do like I did: pretend that it's the original Gauntlet and it's just the original 4 characters, the Necro doesn't exist. Haven't really felt like I'm missing anything.

#13447193 Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero (PS4, Vita & Wii U) - $29.99 at Gamestop, Ama...

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 31 August 2016 - 08:29 PM

Half-Genie Hero just went up for preorder on PS4/Vita/Wii U on BB finally! Shipping only.


Anyone happen to know whether this will have some sort of outer box holding both the game and the soundtrack, or if the soundtrack will just be in a CD sleeve shrinkwrapped to the game or something? Just wondering whether to be wary of this coming crushed in a bubble envelope or not.

#13286918 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 12 April 2016 - 12:54 AM

I got mine. Did they put the shipping label on your ce box? Mine came like that and I'm kinda upset. It's a sweet looking box, but now it's ruined.

Mine came the same way, and was surprised by that. I wasn't sure if that was supposed to be a special shipping box, or if they just cheaped out and slapped a label on the game's packaging. A quick bit of searching later, I found a post from Vic Ireland on Gamefaqs (assuming it's really him) where he says it's supposed to be special packaging for shipping, unannounced as being a bonus for purchasing directly from them, and meant to get the contents to you intact and "make the customer's experience better" by being a surprise in your mailbox. He seemed surprised that people liked the box enough to consider it a collectible, and suggested just taking a hair dryer to the sticker to peel it off.


I did just that, and the sticker came off pretty easily. The box itself was still pretty scuffed and dinged from the mailing process, but I guess it can't be helped since it's supposed to be a fancy shipping box, and not the actual game packaging. I'll be keeping it anyway, but they should've just made that the game packaging and shipped it in a normal shipping box like CE's from everyone else. Not sure why they thought people wouldn't consider it collectible, or why they bothered with this instead of another bonus with the game or something.


It is unique though, gotta give them that, probably the fanciest box I've ever gotten in the mail!

#13255543 PSN "Deals from the Vault" Flash Sale Ends 3/21 @ 11 AM PT/2 PM ET -...

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 19 March 2016 - 05:41 AM

Anyone know if Final Fight: Double Impact still has the restriction of needing internet connectivity in order to play the game at all, even single player? I couldn't find any info on it more recent than a few years old, and people were saying it still hadn't been patched out, so I'm guessing it's probably still there.


And if it is indeed still there, let that be a warning to anyone thinking about buying it. It was on my list of potential stuff to get this sale, but even for $3 for two classic games I love, I'm not supporting that BS.

#12942681 Official Collector's Edition Compilation IV (No reselling discussions)

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 28 September 2015 - 07:45 PM

Xenoblade Chronicles X SE up for shipping at Best Buy! Seems to be charging shipping though. Placed an order anyway for now, hopefully can get it fixed later. Get in on that GCU everyone!



#12619966 amiibo Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 04 April 2015 - 03:36 PM

I don't claim to know how the TRU preorder system works, but wouldn't this completely undermine the point of the April 27th in-store preorder event? And even aside from the fact that you wouldn't have the preorder card to show on pickup, couldn't they just look at the date on your receipt and know that something wasn't right?


Don't get me wrong, I'd love for this to work too so I could go try it myself, but it just seems too good to be true (or TRU, heh).

#12608215 PlayStation Exclusive Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition Steel Grey PS4 Bu...

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 31 March 2015 - 09:35 PM

They should've kept running with the Batman theme and made the controller like the "Batarang" PS3 prototype controller. It was even silver like this system!

#12536269 amiibo Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 27 February 2015 - 05:59 PM

Not a joke, searching "Amiibo" on Amazon turns up no actual figures, "Amiibos" (with the extra 's' on the end) does. Not sure if it means anything or not, but weird.

#12534728 amiibo Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 27 February 2015 - 01:16 AM

Gold Mario up! Go!



#12515332 Japanese Niche Games Deals Thread: Atlus, NISA, Aksys, XSeed and More!

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 19 February 2015 - 03:46 PM



Oreshika is out March 3rd, digital only for 19.99. Day one buy for me but holy shit they have no confidence in this game whatsoever.

I get that it's easier to release niche games like this digitally, but if they can't be bothered to give it a physical release, then I won't be bothered to buy it until it's on sale for cheap. Unfortunate. Thanks for the info though.

#12509537 PSN Weekly Deals - 9/1: Atlus Sale, PS+ Specials, & 6 New PS+ Games!...

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 17 February 2015 - 08:11 PM

Would be nice if they discounted the Muramasa DLC individually, instead of just the whole pack. Paid $2.50 each for the first two when they were on sale a while back, and even though effectively paying $3.75 each for the last two wouldn't be THAT much more, it feels wrong to buy it when I could've been getting all four for a little under $2 each if I had never bought the first two to begin with! To bite the bullet, or hope for a better deal in the future...

#12411529 New Nintendo 3DS Bundles up for Preorder at Gamestop, Best Buy, Target! (...

Posted by MasamuneNKX on 14 January 2015 - 09:24 PM

I wonder if you transfer FROM a 3ds with a preinstalled game (not purchased), does that game stay on the old system AND move with it, or just move to the new one, or not move at all?

No experience with doing it myself, but according to this link, the preinstalled software would also be transferred to the new system. Not sure if it just gets merged into your eShop purchases or what.