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  1. Platinum #192 - Atelier Ryza 2 It seems like Gust has finally perfected the Atelier series, and so did Tecmo Koei with their localizations. They really did an amazing job, this is one of the most fun Atelier game I've played so far! Platinum is as easy/hard as you want it to be since you can choose your difficulty, and no need to follow a walkthrough to the letter since there's no time limit or missables in this game. Whatever you miss can be done in postgame, just as long as you don't overwrite your clear data save. I missed an optional area required for Serri's events (Flowerpatch Cape) but I was still able to view her events in postgame. I'm really happy that Gust has finally freed this great series from its shackles, and got rid of the time limit for good. The whole fun about Atelier games is exploring dungeons and gathering stuff, watching the various character events, taking time to experiment with the complex synthesis system, making some overpowered items and equipment... but adding a time limit to Atelier games just ruins most of the fun and adds unnecessary stress. Enjoyment: 10/10 Difficulty: 3/10 Next game: This should be another really fun game... Fairy Tail!
  2. Platinum #191 - YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World Overall a "meh" VN mainly due to the protagonist being such an ass most of the time that he gets annoying, however it's saved by its great character design and voice acting. Characters are fully voiced, and there's also some animated scenes. Story was also decent with a lot of lewd scenes, which is surprising considering Sony has been censoring everything lately, but it seems like this game was fortunate enough to escape Sony's censorship. This is actually quite a tricky VN to platinum, since there are a ton of choices and temporary "jewel saves" which can only be loaded once. Even by following a walkthrough carefully, I still messed up at some point and had to start over because I missed an item. Fortunately there's a NG+ that allows you to start the game over with all of your items. Enjoyment: 6/10 Difficulty: 4/10 Next game: Atelier Ryza 2!
  3. Platinum #190 - Yakuza: Like A Dragon I was surprised at first when I heard that Ryu ga Gotoku Studios was making a turn based JRPG Yakuza game, and wasn't sure how it would turn out since the action brawler battle system seemed perfect for this series. But it turned out to be incredibly fun, and possibly the most fun Yakuza game I've played so far! It's great that we don't need to master every single minigame this time, otherwise like most other Yakuza games I wouldn't have bothered getting the platinum trophy. But the platinum trophy in this game is very doable, the main difficulty is clearing all the Dragon Kart races which requires both skill and luck, and the final postgame dungeon which is quite a grind to prepare for. The Japanese voice acting is as amazing as in the previous games! There are some returning VAs too, even Nishikiyama's voice actor which now voices Ichiban. While the substories were not 100% voiced like in Yakuza 6, the first and last scenes were usually fully voiced which still made them a lot more fun to clear than in the other Yakuza games where they're mostly voiceless. The story is not quite as epic as in some of the previous games, like Yakuza 0 or Judgment, but is still very enjoyable. It's just more comedy focused, which is still great since a lot of parts made me laugh quite a lot! Enjoyment: 9/10 Difficulty: 6/10 Next game: I was hoping to play Fairy Tail next, but my copy seems to have been delayed in the mail. So I'll play a visual novel for now (YU-NO).
  4. Platinum #189 - Onechanbara Origin Just like every other Tamsoft games: it's a really short, but really fun game. After spending a few hours to enjoy the story mode, the rest of the trophies were just grinding. But since the gameplay was fun, it was a fun grind. One of my complaints about Onechanbara Z2 was the "meh" character design, but they really improved it in Origin. It's so much better now! Overall the trophies were rather easy, since we don't need to finish 100% of the game for platinum. No need to clear all 150(?) survival floors (only 51 required), and no need to clear all 15 quests (only 5). So the game can easily be platinumed in 20-25 hours, I took my time and it only took me 24 hours. Enjoyment: 8/10 Difficulty: 3/10 Next Platinum: Hopefully Fairy Tail, I'm still waiting for my copy which should arrive soon... so in the meantime, I'll just watch some anime.
  5. Platinum #188 - Robotics;Notes DaSH Visually, it's a lot better than Elite due the improved CGs, but I still enjoyed Elite more. If Okabe... err, I mean: Hououin Kyouma was the protagonist in DaSH, my enjoyment factor rating would have most likely been 10/10. But unfortunately they had to choose the worst Steins;Gate character as the protagonist, which made this VN less enjoyable than it should have been. That being said, it's still a great VN and an enjoyable sequel to the first Robotics;Notes VN. Enjoyment: 8/10 Difficulty: 2/10 Not sure what I plan to platinum next. If I receive my copy of Fairy Tail before the weekend, then it should be the next plat I'll be aiming for. If not, then I'll either start Onechanbara Origin or YU-NO, or keep trying to platinum Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
  6. Platinum #187 - Robotics;Notes Elite What a great way to start the year! That was quite a nostalgia trip! I watched the anime series like 8 years ago and loved it, so I was really hyped when I heard there was not only one, but two VNs! The story may not be quite as epic as Steins;Gate, but it's still really good. There's even a character from Steins;Gate in it, as well as some other cameos/references. The voice acting is absolutely amazing! Although there's no Asami Imai in this one, there's Rie Kugimiya... 😍 Considering that this is a visual novel, it's quite easy to platinum, but a walkthrough is a must for knowing what and when to reply to the messages, and finding the hidden IRUO triggers. The Kill Ballad game also requires inputting some combos. Nothing too hard, so 3/10 difficulty sounds about right. It's great to see the mecha anime genre getting more popular again! With some recent great mecha-themed releases like 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Sakura Wars, Trails of Cold Steel IV, Robotics;Notes... and Muv Luv Alternative is getting an anime adaptation later this year Enjoyment: 9/10 Difficulty: 3/10 Plan to platinum next: Robotics;Notes DaSH!
  7. Platinum #186 - Kandagawa Jet Girls Not quite as fun as the Senran Kagura games, but still a fun game. The anime was better than the game though. It also had a lot more fanservice They really went easy on the trophy list. Platinum could have been a lot harder if there was a trophy for getting all SSS ranks, but there isn't, and not much grind is required since we don't need to unlock/buy all shop items. The game also has random freezing issues. It crashed 3 times for me during platinum, all 3 times right before starting a race. Fortunately the game auto-saves often, so it's not too big of a deal, but it's still annoying. Enjoyment: 7/10 Difficulty: 3/10 This is most likely my last platinum of 2020, since I'll be switching to anime mode now, catching up with the new series that are finishing up airing soon. My next game will most likely be Yakuza: Like a Dragon (unless I see a good sale for Fairy Tail or Robotics;Note) but if I do platinum that one, it will most likely be in 2021. That being said, here are the top 10 platinum trophies I enjoyed the most this year: 1 - Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen 2 - 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim 3 - Tokyo Chronos 4 - Maitetsu: Pure Station 5 - Death end re;Quest 2 6 - Azur Lane: Crosswave 7 - Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation 8 - Sakura Wars 9 - Arc of Alchemist 10- Tie between DanMachi: Infinite Combate and Conception PLUS: Maidens of the Twelve Stars Happy holidays everyone, and have fun gaming!
  8. Platinum #185 - 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Wow... what a masterpiece! This is exactly my type of game: Fully voiced dialogue, great Japanese voice acting, likeable characters, nice character design, great soundtrack, epic story, fun battle system... I honestly can't think of any flaws. Epic game! Platinum is quite easy, since there's no missable trophies and the battles can be cleared on the easiest difficulty. Enjoyment: 10/10 Difficulty: 3/10 Next game: Kandagawa Jet Girls
  9. Platinum #184 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Like the previous games, I'd rate this series 10/10 if the dialogue was fully voiced, but unfortunately the dialogue is often only partially voiced or not voiced at all which greatly diminishes the enjoyment factor for me. Which is quite a shame, since the Japanese voice acting is amazing and this series has a great cast of characters! This is without a doubt the most difficult game of the series to platinum due to the really hard pom pom party minigame. It took a LOT of tries and luck to get that trophy. Once that trophy is out of the way though, the rest of the platinum is really easy as long as you follow a walkthrough and do some grinding before starting the Nightmare playthrough (Mainly for U-Materials). Enjoyment: 8/10 Difficulty: 6/10 Next game: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim!
  10. Platinum #183 - Final Fantasy VII Remake This is for sure the best Final Fantasy game I've played so far! Then again, I prefer to play JRPGs with Japanese voices + English text, so the only other Final Fantasy games I own are the FF13 games (Asian undubs for the first two), Type-0, and FF15 which I didn't play yet. SquareEnix definitely put a lot of effort and money into this game! I especially loved that the game is fully voiced, even every NPC and the dialogue from the random citizens we walk by, and the dialogue even changes over time! The first playthrough was really fun, but platinum was a bit tedious since it required 2 and a half playthroughs, and hard mode was a pain... especially since we can't even use items or recover MP, and the max level is only 50. Enjoyment: 8/10 Difficulty: 7/10
  11. 100% - Nekopara Vol. 1-2-3 I've been wanting to play these visual novels for a while now, so the 50% off HK PSN sale was a good opportunity. Enjoyable VNs with really cute catgirls! I loved the voice acting and character design/animation, and despite being the all ages version, it still had a good amount of fanservice. It would have been nice if they made all 3 volumes in a single game and added a platinum trophy, but unfortunately there's no platinum, or even gold trophies. The trophies were incredibly easy though, just enjoy the story normally (there's no choices) and switch the text to English/Japanese/Chinese. Enjoyment: 8/10 Difficulty: 1/10
  12. Platinum #182 - Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate Really fun game, definitely recommended for fans of the anime! The main story is a recap of the anime from Aiz and Bell's perspectives, then in postgame there are a bunch of new fully voiced "dating" scenes to unlock, and some even have their own CGs! This made the postgame grind quite rewarding, it would be awesome if every games had such fun postgame content! The gameplay was quite fun too. The only thing I didn't like is that the enemies just randomly spawn out of nowhere instead of just lurking in the dungeon, and it would have been nice to have a map. Also the last few postgame dungeons can get a bit tedious since they have 10 floors, but defeating every enemy is not required so it's possible to just speedrun through the dungeons and avoid all enemies. Enjoyment: 9/10 Difficulty: 4/10 Now that a bunch of new anime series are almost done airing, time to binge watch a bunch of anime!
  13. Platinum #181 - Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories I never played the first 3 games, honestly I didn't even know they existed until I saw the 4th game during a PSN sale. But the 4th game caught my attention for the VR, since Japanese VR games (with Japanese voices + English text) are so rare. But unfortunately, VR mode was disappointing. It's just a linear path where you look for icons and stuff, we can't even move around freely like in the main game. It would have been awesome if we were able to experience the main story in VR, but VR mode is just a bonus minigame which is entirely optional and has no trophies. As for the main game, it was alright, but a lot of the choices required for platinum were weird since most of the "correct" ones require you being an asshole and scam people, steal from them, etc. since you need a lot of money and immoral points. I'm also not a fan of gameplay mechanics where you need to keep track hunger, thirst, and urge to go to the bathroom (Zanki Zero was also annoying to platinum for this reason) and when the earthquakes happen, you can get randomly killed by debris which is kind of annoying, but realistic I guess. One of the really nice things about this game though is that you can select a male or female protagonist, and there are many choices you can make that will affect the story in some way. Also most of the main story scenes are fully voiced, which is great. Still a decent game, but I wouldn't really recommend it unless it's on sale for cheap. You also need to pay an extra ~$10 for the DLC epilogue if you want 100% trophies. You can still get the platinum trophy without it, but you won't have 100% trophies. Enjoyment: 5/10 Difficulty: 4/10 Back to playing Idolmaster Must Songs, until I can figure out what PS4 game to play next. Maybe buy the new DanMachi game? Check out the Final Fantasy 7 Remake to see what the hype is all about? Say goodbye to my family and friends and start the Yakuza Remastered collection? Hmm...
  14. Platinum #180 - Death end re;Quest 2 It's very rare that I buy games at launch nowadays due the extremely expensive Canadian prices, but I'm a huge fan of Compile Heart's games and loved the first game, so I was really hyped to play this (probably my second "must have" game of the year, after Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen). And I also wanted to own the physical collector's edition. Was the game as awesome as the first game? Absolutely!! Great cast of characters with an absolutely epic Japanese voice cast! I wasn't sure at first if it was a sequel to the first game since it starts with an entirely new cast of characters, but it's definitely a sequel. Although there were less death ends, most were better than in the first game and they even had their own CG. They're maybe a bit more gruesome than the first game, but not quite on Corpse Party's level. They aren't tricky to unlock either, when you get to make a choice it's just a matter of selecting the wrong one. Two playthroughs are required for platinum, but the game is fun to replay since there are many new events to watch in NG+. Platinum wasn't too hard, since I pre-ordered the collector's edition IFI emailed me a code for all the DLC, which includes the best weapons in the game and an accessory to boost EXP, so that made the postgame dungeon a breeze and I was like, level 500+ after clearing it, lol. My only complaints are the long loading times between areas, and the censorship. Nothing has been removed, but they added extra clothing to the glitch costumes which is really weird considering that they were uncensored in the first game. And the game felt too short... but that always seems to be the case with awesome games, lol. It's still a ~40 hour platinum though. Enjoyment: 10/10 Difficulty: 3/10 I also loved the soundtrack, especially the boss theme:
  15. Platinum #179 - Maitetsu: Pure Station Absolutely epic visual novel! Amazing Japanese voice acting, fully voiced characters (protagonist included), loveable/cute cast of characters, awesome character design and animations, a good amount of fanservice, great story... honestly I can't find any flaws. This VN was just perfect, and I took my time enjoying it to the fullest! Can't wait to play the sequel!! Enjoyment: 10/10 Difficulty: 1/10