i have done a dangerous thing... buying more then one game at once... i tend to only beat one and forget the other title... though muramasa seems pretty quick paced so i'll try not to let that happen.
So PSN is having it's golden week sale, lots of vita and ps3 titles were on sale so i decided i was going to try an atelier game since they look so darn cute.
a friend of mine also convinced me to get Muramsa and for 8ish bucks... it was a good price so i figured why not?
I'm in the very start of both of these games but i still think it's enough to base my opinion on.
This is the second Vanillaware title i have played... the first being Grimgrimoire...
now i have mixed feelings about Grimgrimoire since it was fun but once you unlock the big things (specifically dragons) the game gets WAY too easy... i beat it with a friend in an afternoon... when it ended both of us were really surprised. However the painterly style of the art was truly unique and quite stunning even if there are some oddities with anatomy. (the artist really seems to like characters that have itty bitty heads.)
Still my friend assured me this game was quite fun as long as i didn't play on the stupid difficulty.
So i started playing and yeah... it's fun. The combat on the surface looks like "Mash button then win game" but there is quite a bit of depth to how the fighting works. the voice acting is really well done and the story seems interesting enough for now.
Theres only one itty bitty problem.
Today i went for my test to see if i had carpal tunnel, turns out for now they don't think i do but the test hurt my wrist more then i initially realized... and after i was done with the first boss i had to save and quit and hope that in a few days i could actually play it.
Still really like what i've seen so far and it's on sale for 12.50 unless you have PS+ (which you should have if you have a vita, ps3 or ps4... it's worth it) then it's 7.50
Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland
Immediate first impression: holy crap this is pretty
second thought: hm, with my hair this length i could cosplay totori.... wait is her skirt semi translucent near the bottom? screw that... (also last time i had to sew ruffles i wanted to cry... and that was just for flonne's costume it's not even that ruffly)
Like Muramasa this isn't my first gust title.
I played Mana Khemia on PSP and i seem to be the only being on the planet who loved it... yes it was buggy and yes it froze on me a few times (once immediately after beating a tough boss)... i didn't care i was having fun.
I was told these games don't have much in common with Mana Khemia...
i respectfully disagree.
the combat (while slightly different) immediately reminded me of mana kehmia, the icons over the stuff to gather, the animals that you can hit before battle (yes lots of games do this but still... and in this game they aren't generic blobs of different sizes denoting difficulty so thats a bonus)
side note: when i first saw totori's out of battle pre attack thingy... oh god it's just too darn cute... there are sparkle.... SPARKLES i say!
anyways back on topic... the alchemy is also very similar... it's updated and changed of course but yeah it all feels wonderfully familiar.
also i love gust music... i don't think i could listen to it out of the context of the game but within the game it's just wonderful and happy.
The only thing i'm worried about... is the time limit.
now i'm pretty sure mana khemia had some time limit stuff but i don't think it's as strict as this game is... so i'm a little worried...
but in the end i'll just save more and hopefully it all works out and i don't get a bad endings. thogh if i do i probabyl wont mind playing again cause everything is just so adorable.
oh and the english voice acting is fantastic, i'll check out the japanese voices later cause why not but yeah loving what i've been hearing so far.
It's not as low prices as muramasa but at 28 on sale and 19.60 if you are ps+ it's a pretty good deal. i am greatly enjoying it, i probably wont get the other one now cause... i don't wanna buy too many games at once (this is why my collection isn't terribly large, i try to beat 1 game before i buy more... doesn't always work but i try) but next time it drops in price or goes on sale i'll try to get meruru (or rorona if we ever get that one on vita)
ah but who cares abotu these games.... Ys Celceta is on sale for 28/19.60 (ps+) so everyone should go get that.
and persona 4 golden
and ToS Chronicles (though fun fact, ToS is my least fav Tales of game... ToS2 is better though... but i'm the only one who seems to think that way)
just check out the list yourself if you are in North America http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/04/28/golden-week-sale-celebrates-japanese-games-2/
ok time for more utterly adorable alchemy.