Zvetiki

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  1. Well, I'm not so good at planning ahead; I seem to have spent most of my playing time with Hearts of Iron III on the PC, freeing the world from the evil threats of communism and democracy. Also, my PS time was mostly devoted to an event on another trophy site. But enough with the excuses, on to the report. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is a collection of two games in the Ace Attorney franchise, and my second bundle of the series after the original trilogy in the Spring event. While I already liked the original trilogy, this sequel is an overall improvement. The overarching story serves well to keep the cases together, and the streamlining of some key game mechanics improves the player's QoL greatly. The secondary cast is likeable and the adversaries are not too annoying. Recommended for anyone looking for a light-hearted and easy adventure game. I am currently near the end and have only some trophy mop up to do (which I can't do now because of the aforementioned event on the other site). The Tower of Beatrice is probably widely used as trophy fodder, like many Sometimes You titles, but it really is an actual, honest adventure game. Unfortunately not a very good one. In particular I found it not well adapted to the small Vita screen, and the control system is awkward and clunky. I can't speak for the puzzle quality because after some screens I decided to follow a walkthrough, but I have the feeling that they are not on the easy side. Puzzle fans might enjoy it, but probably more on the big screen (the PS4 control are not much better, though). I am currently sitting near the end (cannot complete until later this month, same reason as above). Adventures of Mana is my second swap for this event, replacing Tamashii. I never played the original Final Fantasy Adventures on the Game Boy, and this is my first entry into what became the Mana series. It's a quite easy Zelda like game, where the main difficulty is not posed by the combats, because the spawns pose no problems at all and levelling up for the bosses is easy. Instead, the problem is not getting lost. Thankfully, nowadays I didn't have to draw a map myself, as there are quite a few good maps available (the original FFA maps are still valid; I used the ones on Gamefaqs). The player should take care to plan ahead for some missable trophies (collectables and level cap); these, in particular the level cap trophies, prolonge the game by several hours of completely mindless farming, unfortunately. Recommend for anyone looking for an easy kind of Zelda and with a tolerance for farming. Flatland Prologue is apparently considered an easy platformer: The walkthrough on this site assigns it a difficulty of 2/10, in line with other sites. I have no idea how such a rating could be justified; if this is a 2/10, you must be some minor god of platforming. Granted, I completely suck at platformers, but even comparing like with like I found it harder than, e. g., Teslagrad. Anyway, I managed to not throw my controller into the screen and actually finish it. At least it's short. Phew. * Song of Memories PS4 (100%) * Flatland Prologue PS4 (32% → 100%) * Adventures of Mana PSV (1% → 100%) * The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles PS4 (0% → 75%) * The Tower of Beatrice PSV (12% → 72%) * Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ PSV (0% → 5%) * Final Fantasy XIII-3: Lightning Returns PS3 (10%) * Tamashii PS4 (1%) Swaps used: 2/3.
  2. I missed the last two iterations. Count me in for this one.
  3. Three weeks already? Slow progress here, was busy on the PC. I started Song of Memories one and a half years ago, but abandonded it due to time constraints and just never got around to finish it. When the (excellent!) guide arrived here, it triggered me to revisit and finally finish it. And it's a good VN; on the list of Best VNs which are not Steins;Gate certainly near the top. All the girls are likeable, and the male protagonist is not a complete doofus. (In some games (Muv-Luv!!) I felt genuinely sorry for the girls that I had to hook them up with the protagonist.) Interesting Sci-Fi/catastrophy story, though it is advisable to tune your suspension of disbelief to 11. PS: Natsume best girl. I consider FF XIII and XIII-2 among the best games on the X360, but Lightning Returns a disastrous ending to the series. The decision to have an open world game with an intransparent time limit is just fundamentally broken, fighting feels too much like button mashing in contrast to the more tactical fights in XIII, and the visuals are a step backwards as well. I tried it two or three times on the X360, and now for the second time on the PS3; nope, I am not forcing myself to the Platinum only for this contest. Replacement: The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles * Song of Memories PS4 (38% → 100%) * Flatland Prologue PS4 (24% → 32%) * The Tower of Beatrice PSV (12%) * Final Fantasy XIII-3: Lightning Returns PS3 (5% → 10%) * Tamashii PS4 (1%) * Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ PSV (0%) * The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles PS4 (0%) Swaps used: 1/3.
  4. Very interesting. You stress the moral dilemmas and argue that the player finds something out about himself. Maybe this was actually intended by the author; or maybe the game was just intended as a puzzle game with a story in a specific setting; I don't know. I happily pursued the various main endings just to see how they play out. I played the role, as it were, of a government employee just following orders so as to not endanger his family, or a dissident hoping for change, or an ordinary citizen merely trying to get out of this mess, respectively. Never did I question my actions; I simply did in the game what that role would have done. The sort of emotional attachment that you feel was completely lost to me. (But then, it is in general rare that I form an emotional investment in a game. Apparently, Brothers is widely considered to be "an emotional ride" as well; never figured out why. 😅) Only one sentence for the master piece that the theme and sound design is? What this game does magnificiently is to create an atmosphere, to make the player feel inside a setting (I think we are in agreement about that.). And the music and sound design forms a major element of that atmosphere. Fire up the game again and listen to the first 10 seconds of the main theme, and you are inside the world of Arstotzka again. Each sound effect seems just right and contributes to the immersion perfectly. The same goes for the visuals. All too often pixel art or retro style are used as an excuse for bad game design. ("You don't like the game? It's 'boring'? Well, sorry for not having state-of-the-art graphics. Now go away and keep playing CoD.") When it's done right, it forms part of an overall design, and it becomes un-noticeable. Thimbleweed Park is pixel art done right. Rabi-Ribi as well, and a few other examples. But Papers, Please is one of the very rare games which simply would not work in another style. I can imagine Thimbleweed Park with modern graphics; I can't imagine Papers, Please in any other style. So full credits to the game for providing a brilliant atmosphere and bringing the setting alive (emotional investment notwithstanding). Glad to see that the scientific investigation comes to the same conclusion as my layman's observations.
  5. My most played games are all PC games: NetHack in its various versions well over 1k, and if we count 3.1/3.2/3.3 as separate, then >400 in each of them. Hearts of Iron 2 and 3, Civilization IV, Europa Universalis 3: Each somewhere between 300 and 400, I suppose. On the console, seven runs through ME1 are what, 250h? Twice Valkyria Chronicles II with 120h each is 240h. Twice Persona 5 (not including P5R), thrice Persona 4G: both well over 200h.
  6. It mostly works. One of my memory cards had to be reformatted recently and I had to download a bunch of games again, no problems with the store. Purchases work as well, as long as there is a sufficient amount of money on your account (no automatic fill-up). So, regarding the problem at hand: It seems I am out of luck, then. The game is still available to download via PS3, but transfer to Vita have been disabled and I canot download directly. I could downgrade to earlier firmware version which allowed file transfers, but I don't think Alphaset is worth that trouble.
  7. It's still/again not downloadable from the EU store on the Vita: The download button is simply missing. Downloading from the download list on the Vita fails with NP-9948-0. It's also has no picture in my download list (not even a broken placeholder picture). I can apparently download it on the PS3, but transfer to Vita fails with NP-9968-2. @luckydonut Is this a known problem? Any workarounds? I installed a bunch of other POWGIs on my Vita yesterday without problems.
  8. Fatesworn raises the level cap to 50. Does this come into effect with the start of the DLC proper, that is, after conclusion of the main story, or are the higher levels reachable as soon as the DLC is installed? (This determines how many side quests I will be delaying until after the main story.)
  9. Well, then I hereby request a review of a game which undeservedly often flies under the radar due to lack of a Platinum: "Papers, Please". (Please note that I have utmost trust in your scientific method to come up with an appropriate ranking, Comrade. Glory to Arstotzka!)
  10. Wow. If someone wants to supply a list with the most absurd Genre assignments, that's a good candidate. That or Danganronpa AE for Erotic, Iron Sky for Historical, L. A. Noire for Sports, Persona 4 for Educational... (I also observe that neither ToL nor D:AE are classified as Erotic on igdb.)
  11. Four more tiles filled: Gives you the Feels: Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition I was extremely surprised to see such a high quality game released so late in the Vita lifecycle (2020), when we used to get only the Powgi and Ratalaika stacks; but it turned out that this was only the EU release, whereas it actually is a 2014 game. This makes more sense. It's a science fiction/mystery VN with quite an interesting and engaging story and likeable and relatable protagonists. On the elusive list of Best VNs which are not Steins;Gate it doesn't get a top spot, but belongs high up. Detailed graphics, full VA, good controls. Unfortunately, I suffered from a glitch and certain scenes did not unlock when they should, preventing me from the Platinum. This could have gone in the "multiple endings" tile as well; but those games are easy to come by, whereas it is very rare for me to form any sort of emotional investment in a game, so I had to put it on the "gives you the feels" tile. Last Aquired: Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Die I bought this in the recent sale without particular expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. The game does the basics of Point&Click just right. The controls are well adapted to a controller and not an awkward implementation of a mouse&keyboard scheme. Screen transition times are minimal, all but one screen are at most two transitions separated from a fast travel point, and all missable trophies are tied to very specific situations, such that the player can write down the necessary triggers beforehand without undue spoilers: This encourages exploration and trying to figure out the puzzles without resorting to a walkthrough. There is no speedrun trophy. All of this sounds pretty basic, but so many Point&Click titles do these things wrong. Story wise, it's vintage Larry; Larry is still desparate for sex and a complete loser. Recommened to all fans of classic adventures tolerant of school boy humour. Customizable Hats: Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Amalur was one of my favourite WRPG on the X360, not least because it was pleasently short, with a completion time of 20--25 hours. Looking back, I have no idea how I managed to rush through the game that fast. I think now I spent 60 hours on the original game content, and 100+ hours including the old and new DLC. It's still good game with a rich setting.The game mechanics seem deep, but actually many talents and abilities are irrelevant. The Fatesworn DLC tries to change this by forcing the player to use certain game elements, but for the main game I played as a Sorceror using just five spells without problems on Hard mode. The graphics are unchanged from the original, but this doesn't distract much. The loading times for scene transitions are irritatingly long, though. Romance: Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly Pychedelica is an Otome game in a mystery setting, with a rather tragic story. Don't be fooled by the "Romance" tile: While the romance theme is constantly present and pervades every part of the story, there is also an underlying theme of death and coping. It is not a happy teenager dating sim. Graphics are nice, good VA, including the protagonist's voice.
  12. I have been an exclusive PC gamer during the PS and PS2 era, so I have no particular wishes regarding these platforms. Regarding the PSP, I make my list very short: (1) Valkyria Chronicles 2 Of yourse, I already own the emulated version on the Vita, but VC2 with trophies would alone be enough to make me subscribe to the necessary tier. (And I hereby donate the remaining four entries on my wish list to the folks who cannot decide on just five game.)
  13. My starting list: * Song of Memories PS4 (38%) * Flatland Prologue PS4 (24%) * The Tower of Beatrice PSV (12%) * Final Fantasy XIII-3: Lightning Returns PS3 (5%) * Tamashii PS4 (1%) * Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ PSV (0%)
  14. While some of the classifications are amusing (L. A. Noire is "Sports"?), assigning Danganronpa AE the "Erotic" tag is... disturbing. Anyway, here is my list: 4X Civilization VI Action Odin Sphere Leifthrasir Adventure Day of the Tentacle Arcade Gem Smashers Business Atelier Firis Card & Board Game Monster Monpiece Comedy Grim Fandango Drama 7'Scarlet Educational Persona 4 Golden Erotic Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry Fantasy Atelier Shallie Fighting Hack & Slash/Beat'em up Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (PS4) Historical The Council Horror Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Indie Waking Violet Kids The Inner World Music IA/VT Colorful Mystery √Letter Non-Fiction Open World Mass Effect LE Party Active Neurons Pinball Platform Teslagrad Point and Click Thimbleweed Park Puzzle Smart As Quiz/Trivia Racing RTS RPG Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars Romance Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly Sandbox Final Fantasy XV Science Fiction Steins;Gate Shooter Under Defeat Simulator XBlaze Code: Embryo Sport Super Volley Blast Stealth Persona 5 Strategy Legends of War Survival Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Vita) Tactical Valkyria Chronicles Thriller The Wolf Among Us TBS Valkyria Chronicles 4 Visual Novel 428: Shibuya Scramble Warfare L. A. Noire
  15. Finished successfully: * Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning PS4 (80% → 100%) * Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly PSV (53% → 100%) * Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy PS4 (100%) * Valkyria Chronicles 4 PS4 (100%) * The Secret of Monkey Island PS3 (100%) * Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry PS4 (100%) * Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition PSV (74%) * Costume Quest 2 PS3 (0%) Swaps used: 2/2 The Fatesworn DLC is well worth its money due to the sheer amount of content. Quality wise, it's mostly "more of the same" with respect to the base game. Amalur fans will enjoy this. Pychedelica is an Otome game in a mystery setting, with a rather tragic story. While the romance theme is constantly present and pervades every part of the story, there is also an underlying theme of death and coping. Otome fans who desire all endings to be happy should not get their hopes up. Nice visuals, good VA. So, this concludes my first Backlog Challenge. Originally I only signed up to progress in the Bingo Bonanza, where one of the subchallenges was to complete a game for another PSNP event . But it was a fun time and I enjoyed reading all the progress reports. Will probably sign up for Summer again.
  16. I think it has been established that this it not possible on a long term plan. You can upgrade your tier for the remainder of the subscription period, but it is no longer possible to upgrade for an arbitrary amount of time, as it was when you could subscribe to PSNow independently. So either you pay the monthly rate for PS+ Essential to be flexible, or you have to commit to the upper tier for a year.
  17. Last intermediate update: * Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy PS4 (100%) * Valkyria Chronicles 4 PS4 (100%) * The Secret of Monkey Island PS3 (100%) * Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry PS4 (0% → 100%) * Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning PS4 (48% → 80%) * Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition PSV (74%) * Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly PSV (29% → 53%) * Costume Quest 2 PS3 (0%) Swaps used: 2/2 I finished the content of the original game and the DLCs in Amalur, need only to do some parrying requiring a reskill or a few more levels for the platinum. I remember that I considered the original game "pretty short" on the X360, about 20--25 hours until 100% completion. I have no idea how I did that back in the day, I think I spent 60 hours on what was the original content this time. Now I am slowly grinding my way through the Chaos Portals in the PS4 DLC. The are multiple reports that the trophies and the DLC gameplay itself are glitched -- Let's hope I don't get bitten by too many bugs. Speaking of glitches, Root Double was abandoned and replaced by Larry Laffer's new adventure in New Lost Wages. This was a pleasant surprise. The game does so much right. It starts with the basic controls: The controls are well adapted to a controller and not an awkward implementation of a mouse&keyboard scheme. Screen transition times are minimal, and all but one screen are at most two transitions separated from a fast travel point: This encourages exploration and trying to figure out the puzzles without resorting to a walkthrough. All missable trophies are tied to very specific situations, such that the player can write down the necessary triggers beforehand without undue spoilers. There is no speedrun trophy. All of this sounds pretty basic, but so many Point&Click titles do these things wrong. It is a pleasure to see P&C on the PS4 just done right for a change. Recommened to all fans of classic adventures.
  18. Small progress in the last weeks due to work commitments. * Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy PS4 (100%) * Valkyria Chronicles 4 PS4 (100%) * The Secret of Monkey Island PS3 (0% → 100%) * Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition PSV (74%) * Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning PS4 (32% → 48%) * Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly PSV (0% → 29%) * Costume Quest 2 PS3 (0%) Swaps used: 1/2 Costume Quest was swapped out. I just didn't connect with me. I wanted to replace it with another non-platinum PS3 game and opted for Monkey Island. My judgement may be clouded by nostalgia, the original having been my very first PC game after all, but I still consider it a good game, though probably rather on the short side by today's standards. (And I'll never understand the purpose of a speedrun trophy in a Point&Click adventure.) I am nearing the end of the main story in Amalur. Just a steady march forward, followed by a bit of a mop up. The PS4 DLC is apparently rather substantial, though. Not sure yet what to make of Psychedelica. It certainly doesn't earn a spot among the top Otome VNs, but at least the characters are not extremely annoying yet, as they sometimes are in those kind of game. Not good, not terrible. Still undecided with what I will be replacing Root Double.
  19. Two more tiles filled: With # or punctuation in the title: Valkyria Chronicles 4 VC2 was one of the best PSP games -- and in fact, the emulated version is probably the most played game on my Vita. Compared to that, VC1 was a major step back, regarding the mechanics, but also the main cast, which led me wondering why the protagonist should even want to interact friendly with several key personnel. VC4 brings back the charm and likeable cast of VC2, and the mechanics are enjoyable as usual. I like those tactical RPGs with small sized, tactical battles. Cult Favorite: The Secret of Monkey Island The recent fuss about the upcoming new addition to the series by Ron Gilbert confirms the status of Monkey Island as a cult classic. The Special Edition modernises the graphics and the interface; though it's not always an improvement, especially regarding the character portraits. The trophy list is easy enough and the trophies can be achievemed with minimal spoilers, if the speedrun trophy is tackled after a first, casual completion.
  20. Half time already? * Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy PS4 (100%) * Valkyria Chronicles 4 PS4 (100%) * Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition PSV (70% → 74%) * Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning PS4 (10% → 32%) * Costume Quest 2 PS3 (0%) * Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly PSV (0%) Swaps used: 0/2 I have to give up on Root Double. Now I followed a Japanese walkthrough to get the missing scenes, but still one ending did not unlock. What a shame. I will decide later with what it should be replaced, will concentrate on the other games first. Otherwise, I am slowly grinding through Amalur, focusing on the faction quests for now. It's still enjoyable, though not visibly improved from the PS3 version -- and they should have spent more work to reduce the loading times for the re-release. Overall, I think I am still on track, or at least not completely derailed. Amalur will command most of my playing time in the coming weeks.
  21. Status Report: * Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy PS4 (100%) * Valkyria Chronicles 4 PS4 (54% → 100%) * Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition PSV (25% → 70%) * Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning PS4 (1% → 10%) * Costume Quest 2 PS3 (0%) * Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly PSV (0%) There is not much to add about VC4. As expected in the last update, it was just a matter of wrapping up. In total, I think I have spent just one hour on genuine farming (mostly money; also actions for three characters for promotion to corporal/squad stories) -- I had to replay several story missions for A ranks or Ace kills because I mostly played without guides or spoilers, thereby reducing my grinding time. A very enjoyable tactical RPG. Root Double was a surprise find. It turned out to be an interesting Sci-Fi mystery drama with mostly relatable characters, and a great visual presentation; I should say it ranks among the best VNs on the Vita. Unfortunately, after following a Steam walkthrough I am missing a few scenes and endings which should have unlocked by now. The developers have release a Japanese walkthrough, but also only for the Steam version, and I suspect that one is a bit different from the PS version. I'll check ps3imports next.
  22. Month 1 of 3 finished, current status: * Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy PS4 (100%) * Valkyria Chronicles 4 PS4 (0% → 54%) * Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition PSV (25%) * Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning PS4 (1%) * Costume Quest 2 PS3 (0%) * Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly PSV (0%) Swaps used: 0/2 I am about 50 hours in VC4, wrapping up A ranks and the remaining skirmishes. Then there will be some amount of grinding for money and expericne, but fortunately the luck based farming for weapons is done, so all remaining grinding will be deterministic with guaranteed progress. Overall, I am enjoying it. It doesn't have the charme of VC2, but certainly a more likeable staff than VC1. Some of the later missions rather coerce the player to use cheesy exploits, but that's nitpicking; certainly among the better tactical RPGs. Unsure about Costume Quest 2. It didn't click with me at the first try. I'll give it another chance -- it's supposedly short anyway, and CQ1 was quite OK.
  23. First completion; have been stuck with Tsushima and GT7 for most of the time, but the Platinum in Tsushima should be just around the corner, and I'm mostly done with GT7 as well. * Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy PS4 (43% → 100%) * Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition PSV (15% → 25%) * Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning PS4 (1%) * Costume Quest 2 PS3 (0%) * Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly PSV (0%) * Valkyria Chronicles 4 PS4 (0%) Swaps used: 0/2
  24. And two more tiles filled: For another PSNP event: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy This is a bundle of three games which were originally released on the GBA or 3ds. I had no prior expectations, but they turned out to be quite interesting courtroom/trial adventure games. Each game on its own is an enjoyable experience, with a reasonable length. The bundle should not be played in one go, because then the gameplay over the three games is just too repetitive. But in small doses stretched out over some months, I would recommend it for anyone looking for humorous adventure games with quite a bit of paranormal activity in such a setting (assuming the player is not opposed to grossly exaggerated characters, to the point that they become mere caricatures). Online Features: GT7. Reviews abound, so I shall abstain from writing about GT7 as a game. For me, buying it was, if I may say so, strictly against personal principles: I don't buy single player games which need online activation. (Yes, this limits my PC gaming choices severely.) But this one time I decided that I really needed a modern racing game, and thus acted against my own rules. Well, the server outage proved that I should have been sticking to my principles. So it's a fitting choice for the Online Features tile.
  25. Some interesting lists in this thread, and I'm happy to see P4G so highly praised. So, here are my top Vita games, with (X) denoting exclusive (within the PS universe) Vita games: Tier 1: My top Vita games, and among the top games on PS: Steins;Gate Persona 4 Golden (X) Danganronpa 1/2 Papers, Please (X) (Steins;Gate and Danganronpa 1 are among my all time Top 10.) Tier 2: Very good games; those alone would justify the purchase of a Vita for me, although only few are exclusives: VVVVVV Danganronpa AE/V 3 Atelier Totori Plus Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f / f 2nd Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition (~X; PS3 only in .jp) Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (X) Tier 3: Honorable Mentions: Monster Monpiece (X) Virtua Tennis 4 Hatoful Boyfriend / Holiday Star Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart (X) Rabi-Ribi IA/VT Colorful (X) If you understand Japanese, probably also Catherine: Full Body. Unfortunately there is no translated release for the Vita