Jump ToC Rankings (Issue 35, 2014, Issue 36, 2014, Issue 37-38, 2014)

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The Balance That Was Off

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Well, it’s time that I got to going over the feedback I got recently on the latest build of The Turtle Who Had Wings: The Best Forgery Ever™. There’s a slew of issues, though I’ll exclude things like minor glitches that I’ve already fixed and long-standing known issues that I just can’t quite pin down for good. Continue reading

Rundown the Street (July 2014)

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Slow news month. That said, much of the news we do have is of companies pissing off their fans. Funny, that. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars


Spicate ~7-colored celestial sphere~ (spicate ~7-shoku no tenkyūgi~) by phantasmagoric
(I can’t find the lyrics for this one.)

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Conception 2 CoverIt’s time for another Under Your Radar! Today, I will be covering Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars, developed by Spike Chunsoft and localized by Atlus. It was released in Japan as Conception II: Guidance of Seven Stars and Muzzle’s Nightmare (CONCEPTION II: Nanahoshi no Michibiki to Mazuru no Akumu). It was released for the Vita and received a cheap 3DS port. Despite the title, it has no connection to the original PSP game, which was never localized, aside from basic gameplay systems. I played the Vita release. Continue reading

The Feedback That Was Sought Once More

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It’s been just under 13 months since the last time I publicly posted a build of The Turtle Who Had Wings: The Best Forgery Ever™ for feedback. I figure I may as well do so. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Atelier Rorona Plus ~The Alchemist of Arland~


Falling, The Star Light by Mineko Yamamoto

The star that shines to you
Leading to a faraway, endless future
Sparkling
As the stars shower down

If inside of my heart
Magic is sleeping
I wonder what I would grant
My dreams overflow

The fog that mists you
Inside of a faraway opening in your memory
Makes a grieving commotion
But a light shines and leads you the way
The treasure you lost
During your childhood
I want to hurry and send it to you
Dreams are limitless

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Atelier Rorona Plus CoverSo much Atelier, so little time! Today, I will be covering Atelier Rorona Plus ~The Alchemist of Arland~ for PS3 and Vita, which was released just last month in English. It was released in Japan as New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story ~The Alchemist of Arland~ (Shin Rorona no Atelier: Hajimari no Monogatari ~Ārando no Renkinjutsushi~) last November.

Unlike the Vita ports of other Atelier games I’ve covered, this is a full remake of the 2009/2010 PS3 title Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland (Rorona no Atorie ~Aarando no Renkinjutsushi~), which is the 11th Atelier game, and the first game in the Arland trilogy (before Totori and Meruru). It’s a full remake because the original Rorona sticks out like a sore thumb next to its two sequels. This is why it was also released on PS3 instead of just Vita (though only the PS3 version got a physical release outside of Japan), and why I specified this version in the title of this post. I played the Vita version.

As a fun fact before I proceed, this is actually the final game published by Koei-Tecmo America and Koei-Tecmo Europe before they swapped their name order back around from Tecmo-Koei outside Japan. Continue reading

Did Not Finish: Battle Princess of Arcadias

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Arcadias CoverThis is one I’m really sad to say it about, since I was actually looking forward to it, but this game leaves me no choice. Ladies and gentlemen, I did not finish Battle Princess of Arcadias.

The game is the fifth and final game that was produced by Nippon Ichi Software for their anniversary, but was developed by Apollo Software for PS3. Even though NIS didn’t develop it directly, it empasizes many problems with NIS games and seems to borrow its navigation systems from the old NIS game La Pucelle. NIS America recently released it as a digital-only title. Continue reading

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