Sting Entertainment and Compile Heart partner up once again after their last collaboration to create Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, a spin-off the Neptunia franchise. From the minds that brought us Yggdra Union and Riviera: The Promised Land, this certainly isn’t new territory for Sting or Compile Heart that are both known for strategic infused titles, but bringing the two together does make for an interesting combination and use of the Neptunia brand. In a myriad of ways, this little spin-off is better than the main series, but not completely without a few nagging issues.
Developed by Yakiniku Banzai, War of the Human Tanks is a hybrid of visual novel style storytelling and strategic gameplay as you join the conflict between the ruthless Kingdom of Japon (parody of Japan I suppose) and the tenacious Empire of Japon – both using an army of… human-like tanks to do battle? Or are the tanks personifications of humans? Confusing inquiry aside, don’t let the adorable and benign facade fool you, this is actually a very competent title…with a few caveats for consideration, of course.
From the creators of Sakura Spirit, Winged Cloud has concocted another visual novel centering around magical girls, supernatural battles, and lascivious artwork that ties all together to be describe as a “angelic love comedy” called Sakura Angels. Not much of a creative naming convention considering it is unrelated to the aforementioned, but since I have little knowledge of this company other than that they are dedicated to creating visual novels for the west and haven’t had the opportunity to play any of their products up until now, I was very eager to try this out. As far as did my eagerness hold out…well, you shall find out now.
For those of you that celebrated your respective traditions, I hope you had a good one and looking forward to the new year. With the ending approaching steadily, I present to you my last review for this year: Nekopara. A cute and frivolous slice-of-life visual novel of catgirls and their daily misadventures. Is it fully voiced? Yes. Can you play in multiple languages? Heck, yeah! Is it on Steam? Do you even need to ask?
The end of peace is the beginning of a journey for these two heroines. However, where that journey is leading them is the real question.
The collaboration of two very different franchises brings about some fairly remarkable results of what a crossover can be. Although, there are a few shortcomings associated with both parties that doesn’t represent either effectively.
If you never heard of it before, Ar nosurge is a prequel of sorts to the Ar tonelico series and direct continuation to Ciel nosurge. Considering the latter is not even available to the North American region (or any place that speaks English), diving into Akira Tsuchiya’s work centering around the themes of bonds, understanding, life, and relationships is a pretty dense experience in numerous ways. Finally finishing it in all of its entirety, I can say it is whirlwind of a ride, but only a meaningful one for those well-versed in the material.
Other than its mischievous charm and unforgiving difficultly, QP Shooting Dangerous!! offers no more or less of an experience expected from the bullet hell genre. Still, for the fanatics and devotees – that should be more than enough.