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  1. Anyone else playing Magia Record? I've rejected the very idea of mobile games for years, but it has changed my mind... a bit. I actually wanted to try it when it originally released. However, my phone wasn't good enough at the time. I got a new phone recently, and Magia Record happened to get an English release soon after that. I was thinking about making a thread in the mobile section, but if there's no interest I won't bother.

  2. Shining Resonance Refrain Shining Resonance Refrain Obtained all trophies. A "shining" example of mediocrity. I think half my motivation for platinuming this game was so that I could make that awful pun. Did I need to platinum it to do that? No, but I just hate myself, I guess. I wanted to like Shining Resonance, but there's too much dragging it down; not even the 11/10 voice cast (that's probably where much of the budget went) could save it. That made it far more bearable, though. Mizuki Nana is not only in my top five seiyuu, but also one of my favorite singers. When I finally got Excella's ending, it made it all feel worth it… kind of. The worst part of Shining Resonance is probably the combat system. It's slow, boring, and simply a mess of unbalanced bullshit. Unlike Tales, there is no cool down after using an item. Skills seem to barely do more damage than regular attacks — making them basically worthless. Aspects were a good idea, but are mostly unhelpful. For example, raising attack by 10% doesn't make much of a difference. Most of the good aspects aren't available until late in the game, and will likely require rare drops to make. It doesn't help that the drop rates in this game are ass. All of this is only the beginning; I didn't mention the dumb as rocks AI, cheap boss fights, and inactive party members get 0 exp. And of course, there's a part that requires two specific party members. Didn't level those two guys? You're fucked. Have fun grinding, which of course, is also shit. Now I feel like I'm reliving some of it by writing this, so I'll stop. I don't really care to say more; I'm done with Shining Resonance, I've shelved it, and I'm glad it's over. The platinum screenshot is just a black screen, so instead, here's the most beautiful thing that can be seen in the game(Excella's smile):
  3. I don't care much for spotify, but I got three months for 99 cents so I might as well make the most of it. I've mostly been listening to these two albums for the past week; they've helped me get through the awfully boring grind in Shining Resonance.
  4. I sold the PS3 version (one of them, anyway) and bought this: I think this is the first time I've imported solely due to the cover being better. How the other one ever got approved is a mystery to me.
  5. One day, two completely different albums: Without paying extra for shipping, these both arrived only a day after the release date. Even for amazon (JP) that's really fast.
  6. I said Nurse Love Syndrome was less fucked up than Nurse Love Addiction, but I guess I lied... What is the "the type to put cinnamon on pizza" anyway? A psychopath? I can only imagine how "triggered" some might get by this route, which of course makes me love it even more (Mayuki ending spoilers): Just looking at this picture heals me(Ami ending spoilers): And this(Sayuri ending spoilers):
  7. Nurse Love Syndrome Nurse Love Syndrome Perfection Unlocked all other trophies. I'm glad I read this after Nurse Love Addiction; going in the reverse order would have felt disappointing. Nurse Love Syndrome is so much better that I'm not even sure where to begin. It is a lot longer, and not at all in a bad way. For reference, Nurse Love Addiction is listed as being 10-30 hours on VNDB, while Nurse Love Syndrome is 30-50. It starts out kind of slow, but only gets better from there. I actually got less sleep a few times because I told myself to "quit after this scene" only to go through four or five more. I never thought I'd say this, but I think Sayuri's route is my favorite. It was between her, Nagisa, (even though she has a few screws loose, to say the least) and Mayuki (mostly because of Sakura Ayane). Sayuri was completely unlikable at first; at the time I never thought I'd end up caring about her so much. While none of the bad endings are quite as fucked up as Nurse Love Addiction, The localization has its problems, but it doesn't ruin the game or anything extreme like that. The biggest problem is the text spacing. Seriously, how the fuck did someone look at this and think there were no errors? There are so many text boxes that look like this sentence. How hard is it to hit the goddamn backspace key? Another thing that drives me nuts is the inconsistency. So many localizations have this problem that "localization" and "inconsistent" are practically synonyms in my eyes. Let's look at this scene: If they're going to insist on translating "manga" to "comics", then just fucking do it; don't half-ass it. This is the kind of shit most people won't notice nor care about, but it makes me want to bang my head against a wall. Another thing that pisses me off is how Kaori refers to Nagisa in the text (this isn't something that can be demonstrated with a screenshot). While she actually calls her "Nagisa senpai", the subtitles simply have Kaori calling her "senpai". Isn't this the exact opposite of how localization should be done!? Leaving Japanese in the subtitles instead of making it how people actually talk to each other in English; it's fucking brilliant, really. While I'm complaining, I'd like to add one more thing: first name/last name order stupidity. For fuck's sake, just leave it the way it is said. For example, hearing "Sawai Kaori" and reading "Kaori Sawai" is dumb. I didn't mean for this to turn into a rant, but it's so annoying to see this shit over and over again. Where are all the competent editors? They don't hire them for localization work, that's for sure.
  8. 悪魔城ドラキュラコレクション 新たなる決意、シモン=ベルモンド Castlevania Ⅱ Simon's Quest (北米版)をクリアする "Appaer? Appaer? Does anybody proofread this shit? It only goes to show how much effort they spent on the game when they can't even get the fucking text right." Wow, this game really was just as bad as I remembered — maybe even worse. The most challenging part of Castlevania II is staying awake; it's that fucking boring. I'm glad to be done with it.
  9. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Sekiro All trophies have been unlocked. It's a bit early to say, but so far Sekiro is my favorite game released this year. I liked it so much that I played through it every time for the different endings. That said, I don't have anything against backing up a save to get the other endings. In fact, I did that for one of the endings in Bloodborne. The difference being that Sekiro is worth playing that many times (Bloodborne isn't :p). The hardest part of NG+ was fighting the final boss every time. I eventually got decent at it; on NG+3 it took me about four or five tries, which is better than NG+ where it took 40 minutes, and my first run that took several hours of dying. While there are some similarities, Sekiro is most certainly not a Souls game. Even though I was well aware of this, it was hard to adapt at first. I never liked blocking or parrying in Souls games, and always just relied on dodging. I quickly learned how that doesn't work at all in Sekiro. Lady Butterfly and Genichiro are the two bosses that forced me to learn the game. I think I finally "got it" after dying dozens of times to those two. That doesn't mean the rest was easy, though. As for the rest, I'm going to hide it because of spoilers:
  10. Note to self: Do not drop phones on the tennis court...

     

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    2. Undead Wolf

      Undead Wolf

      I've had my phone for almost four years now and no accidents yet thankfully. *knocks on wood* I don't whip it out in public very often though (:awesome:) so I don't get many chances to drop it like what happened with yours. A case definitely sounds like a wise investment for your new phone if that's something you do a lot, even if it does kind of mess with the form factor a bit.

       

      Haha, even without the cracks, she still doesn't look like the happiest individual, does she? :giggle: I know that's kind of her thing, though. Angel Beats was a great anime. I should rewatch it sometime.

    3. Hemiak

      Hemiak

      I've dropped my phone dozens of times and never had it Crack. Knock on wood I guess. 

    4. Cave_Johnson_

      Cave_Johnson_

      @Undead Wolf I should probably clarify that it fell out of my pocket while I was backing up quickly. Either way, it was still a careless mistake. I've dropped phones before, but this is the first time I've cracked a screen. 

       

      I think there's like one brief moment in the last episode where she smiles, and that's it. I of course had a screenshot, (before my hard drive died) but I think this is it: oLE8Vkf.jpg

       

      Angel Beats is one of my favorites; I wouldn't mind rewatching it. Aside from Sakura Trick I never rewatch anime for some reason. I re-read manga all the time, though.

       

      @Hemiak The trick is not to let the screen hit the ground. Then again, it's never planned, so that doesn't work. Mine fell screen first on the ground hard, making the outcome hardly surprising.

  11. 悪魔城ドラキュラコレクション 血を受け継ぐ者、シモン=ベルモンド 悪魔城ドラキュラをクリアする Now that I've finished the only Castlevania game I'm good at, it's time to die a million times in Castlevania III.
  12. What do these three things have in common? I have no space on my CD shelf for the soundtrack, no space to put the game on any of my game shelves, and no where to put the LE box...
  13. I first heard about Release Hallucination about two weeks ago. I quickly became a fan and bought everything they had on Amazon. From their website: "We are Japanese metal unit “Release Hallucination” A female vocal with Progressive Heavy Metal sound.Hope you enjoy it." I can't even begin to describe how great they are, so for anyone interested, I highly recommend checking out Chronostasis:
  14. Two CGs were slightly altered in the PS4 version. Sure, it's a small change, but that doesn't make it any less stupid or unnecessary. At least you can look up how they're supposed to look online. I'm strongly against censorship, but I bought it anyway because I'm a hypocrite like that. Then again, I got it for about $20 used, so I don't really feel "cheated". There is some occasional lag, but it's nothing game breaking. I never ran in to any bugs, either. Unless it was worse when it launched, then it just sounds like the typical exaggeration you hear online.