Unbelievable, another week has flown by! Where does the time go, eh? I’m way too busy for my own good, working 4 days a week and writing too, but I’m having so much fun. From time to time I’ll link one of my GameRaven articles in here, alright, as it won’t do to publish an article on both sites. And in the meantime, let’s have ourselves a nice cup of coffee.
Tell me, how was your week? Making the in-depth review for Digimon Story distracted me from my Bravely Second adventure. I checked Digimon for some info for my article, and before I knew it, I was back sleuthing again (is that even a word?) Did you get any good gaming done?
Splatoon in MiiTomo
Good news for Splatoon fans: Splatoon themed accessories will be available in MiiTomo from April 27th through to May 29th. You will find them in the MiiTomo Drop, think Inkling clothing, Squid pins and ink tank rewards.
Ace Attorney 6
Have you ever wanted to like a game so much, that you are willing to try to get into it more then once? Ace Attorney is such a game series for me. I’ve tried playing the first game, and the fifth one, but it wouldn’t stick. Now I see the info and some screens for the sixth game, and once again I wish I liked it. The Multi Angle Indication System shows scenes you’re investigating from the perspective of two different camera’s. You can compare the two video’s to find inconsistencies, so that you have ample grounds to shout ” Objection!”
Zelda Symphony 2016 Tour
One of my gaming friends loves going to concerts for gaming music, like the Final Symphony she visited in Amsterdam. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess adds new dates to their UK schedule. So if you happen to be close, you can enjoy a cool night out!
Yo-Kai Sagokuchi number one in Japan
The cross over game, containing Yo-Kai Watch elements and Romance of the Three Kingdoms elements has been released in Japan on April 2nd. It’s doing very well there, and has been on top of the Japanese sales charts since. I hope this one will be released west too, as it looks like an interesting turn-based tactical role-playing game. But first Europe is still waiting for the original Yo-Kai Watch, which will be released next Friday.
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
The newest Atelier game will come to North America on June 7 and Europe on June 10. The PlayStation Vita version will be a digital release, but there will be digital and physical copies of the PlayStation 4 version of the game. Koei Tecmo has prepared more info about the gameplay leading up to the release. Here’s what they tell us:
“Time is of the essence in Atelier Sophie. Not only can characters get fatigued, but certain materials and missions will only be available during certain times of day or kinds of weather. As an example, a character who spends too long gathering or fighting will run out of Life Points. This will make them weaker in battle, unless they to go Sophie’s workshop to rest. Though, pushing yourself may be worth it sometimes, as some materials and missions will only appear in the morning, afternoon, or evening, or perhaps when it’s clear or raining.”
Is it just me, or is this sounding more and more like a Rune Factory game? Looking forward to it!
Promotions on digital sales in the PSN store
Sony has yet more discounts in the digital store! I don’t know if it’s world wide, but here in the Netherlands I see some interesting games. For those of you, who don’t have Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth yet, it’s 50% off at the moment. Here’s my in-depth review of the game.
So, a question for you: if I want to buy one of the games for my Vita on offer, for which one would you go? I’m in doubt between Atelier Esha & Logy, one of the Sword Art online titles, one of the Hyperdimension Neptunia titles or Tales of Heart R? I’d really like your input!
So, that’s it for today. Thank you once again for joining me, and have a good gaming week!
I wouldn’t recommend one of the sword art online games because I’ve been disappointed by both of them, I bought Hollow Fragment and it felt very repetitive- you pick a partner and complete quests and run around dungeons (which feel very short to me) find the boss room and return to town for a cutscene then go an fight the boss with a party of other ‘players/npcs’. None of the enemies or bosses were a challenge because Kirito is ridiculously over powered, I stopped playing it because I wasn’t enjoying it. Then I regrettably bought Lost Song because it looked amazing and you can fly! But I ended up putting it aside too because I just wasn’t having fun again Kirito is way too overpowered (and I don’t think he’s meant to be level 100 if he’s new to the ALO mmorpg but he is….). I did enjoy the anime but I did not like either of the games
Dang it, I wish I could go to those Zelda series themed orchestras! I love the series, but I never got the chance to see the orchestras sadly. And the Splatoon costume for Miitomo looks awesome!
That PSN sale is not happening in NA. Too bad too because although I have Digimon for the PS4, I would love to have a second version for my Vita.
As far as your question though, I’d probably go for Atelier Esha & Logy or Tales of Hearts R.
Well, I’ve gone for Atelier Escha, that one was bound to happen happen. Pity that you don’t have sales in the US too!
I personally went for Dynasty Warriors, Touch my Katamari and Earth Defense force 2017. I want Atelier Ayesha, but not enough money this month, oh well.
I really think you would really love Touch my Katamari, and it’s so cheap right now, do try it if you have a whim for it. As for the RPGs, I have all the Hyperdimension Neptunia games. They have a really enjoyable battle system and the game is really open in terms of difficulty and when you want to progress the story. The games are also really funny and full of gaming culture jokes, but having an all female cast leads to some shameless fan service moments. I know you’ll get Escha soon, so I won’t talk about that. Sword Art online I don’t own yet, but it’s an pure action RPG, and I believe you don’t enjoy those as much. I don’t have a very good history with the Tales series (I always find their characters annoying and the stories cliché), but it is a beloved series for many. I still prefer the battle system and light atmosphere of the Neptunia games though.
So I guess I reccomend the Neptunia games, if you don’t mind another game with fan service. But be careful, because Hyperdimension Neptunia U is a Dynasty Warriors like game, not an RPG. Otherwise, go for Tales of Hearts.
Thanks for your recommendations! I’m giving Neptunia Re: Birth 2 a try right now. So, Touch my Katamari eh? I will check it out to see if it’s a game I’d like.
Tales of Hearts looks interesting too, but it’s not turn based, is it?
Oh yeah, forgot to mention that. The Tales games are action RPGs, but are much easier than most because I found that you don’t really have to care about dodging (however I do think counter attacks are a thing in this version, but it’s something I always ignore in action RPGs). Just walking up to the enemy and mashing the attack button was enough for me. You almost always have a partner that the AI controls, and if they are a healer they will automatically do that, which is nice. You can also just run off and let the AI partner handle the fighting, but it takes longer. It’s definitely not as hard as other action RPGs like Ragnarok or Sword Art Online, but not as relaxed as a turn based game.
Hyperdimension Neptunia is a mix BTW. You have to walk up to the enemy and can do multiple attacks, but it’s still turn based so you can relax and think about your next move (or go get a drink). Dodging isn’t really that important either and you control the whole party. It might seem odd at first, but I think you’ll like it if you try it.
I look forward to Atelier Sophie and yes sleuthing is a word.
I went to the Zelda Symphony concert last year in London, enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to just about anyone. I’m considering going again this year… we’ll see. Nice that they’ve added extra dates around the country as I know people who might be interested in some of those.
Oh nice, so you’ve already visited the concert? I think it’s great that they expand the gaming experience this way!
Yes, it was excellent. They have a big screen where they show game footage synced up with what the orchestra is playing. Of course it helps to be a fan of the Zelda series but I would recommend it to just about anyone, there is so much beautiful music in those games and the orchestra performs it incredibly well.