Exploring vast locations, making new items and equipment, and amicable characters are all qualities of Gust’s Atelier franchise that has attracted and kept me coming back to the series all these years. Mixing together fundamental and traditional RPG mechanics with modern flair, it is a franchise that has definitely changed its approach since its inception for better or worst to widen its appeal to a new audience. However, looking back on the many titles up until now, I do feel like the series has lost much of the traditional and creative life it once had long ago. With Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book – the start of a new entry for the long-running franchise – incorporating many of the lessons and ideas inspired from the earlier titles as well as handful of new ones, it does make for an interesting start, yet also one that falls short of the mark for the very same reasons.
Developed by Uzumeya, Enigma is a visual novel that takes place in a world where most of the mainland has been ravaged by mysterious illness. Chester, a young man that happen to contracted the illness find himself washed ashore on a remote island – one that isn’t even apart of any modern map. The only two noteworthy features: a small village unaccepting of those from the outside world and a mysterious forest that is said to devour people. It’s name is Enigma, the very same name of the disease Chester is infected with and now in the terminal stages – his life nearly at its end and this island likely to be his resting place. Are the two somehow connected?
Developed by LizArts – creator of Resette’s Prescription, Memory’s Dogma is science fiction visual novel that places in an alternative future of earth where humans have gained the knowledge to make the memories of the deceased digitized and interactive personalities. For Kusuhara Hiroki, the memories of his friend, Mizunashi Sorano is the only thing keeping him going. However, there does seem to be more than meets the eye between Sorano mysterious passing and the string of events to follow…
With visual novels (and eroge to an extent) continuing to grow in popularity in English speaking regions, it is something of a godsend that many foreign developers are finally recognizing the potential of such an untapped market and want to jump on the bandwagon. Alicesoft, a company that has long seemed out of reach is the latest to hop onboard with releasing Beat Blades Haruka, a simulation eroge. Of course, while its awe-inspiring that we are finally getting a product from Alicesoft…it is something of a weird selection from the possible alternatives. So is this selection worth adding to your collection?
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Developed by Complie Heart in collaboration with Sega, Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls is the latest spinoff in the HDN brand. And despite Neptune having top billing, IF takes the reins as protagonist alongside newcomer Segami for yet another time traveling misadventure. So how does it measure up?
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Developed by Spike Chunsoft, Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics is a forced side-scrolling rougelike RPG that is actually a re-imaging of the indie PC game One Way Heroics. With the original developer Smoking Wolf giving their blessings to Spike Chunsoft, this version is chock full of new classes, bosses, and a few changes while still retaining the same old gameplay that made its counterpart so engaging, only being marred with what the Mystery Chronicle brand can bring to the table. So does this entry in the series manage to elevate it to greater heights?
Developed by Compile Heart, MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death or Death Under The Labyrinth is the 2nd entry in the companies “Makai Ichiban Kan” or “Number 1 House in Hell” franchise following Trillion: God of Destruction. Where that title has the goal of putting down an absurdly strong foe, MeiQ puts the player in the shoes of 5 girls known as “Machina Mages” on a quest to their world by performing a sacred ritual at the zenith of 4 towers. I can’t say that the outline shouts the most ambitious or even noteworthy of ideas being pitched, but behind the meager synopsis there is an okay product behind it. Sort of…
Unlike most individuals that have the wherewithal to own any the next-gen consoles, Steam has quickly become a champion for those that go without as it continues to collect a few select titles into already overloaded library. Not exactly interested in splurging for any one system or showing much enthusiasm for the games available, Megadimension Neptunia VII has been one that I was eager to play and now fortunate enough to do so. How does it stack up compared to its predecessors?
How in the Underworld do you defeat an evil deity with a trillion hit points? Level grind like there is no tomorrow? Get the best equipment money can buy? Participate in a bunch of random events that have no relevance whatsoever in getting tougher? Well, it appears that you have to do all of that and then some in Compile Heart’s newest endeavor and first entry in the “Number 1 House in Hell” or “Makai Ichiban Kan” series, Trillion: God of Destruction. Bringing together a surprising ensemble of talent like director and designer of Disgaea 4 – Masahiro Yamamoto and the series esteemed music composer Tenpei Sato, it’s certainly a far cry from the usual territory the company is used to traversing. However, for this title and entry in particular – I have to say that I’m mildly impressed of what it has to offer.
With the 3DS seeing a few visual novel/adventure game hybrids released in the North American such as Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward and the ever popular Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, it is somewhat weird and slightly exciting to see something like Petit Novel Series – Harvest December makes its way to English-speaking shores. It’s a pure visual novel! Developed by Talestune and originally released as a 13 episodic story over the course of 4 games for mobile devices, the localization by CIRCLE Entertainment packages them all together into one game simply called Harvest December. What is it about? Is it worth picking up? Here is my humble evaluation…