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by zinger
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SFC] Actraiser series
Replies: 9
Views: 1134

Re: [SFC] Actraiser series

I also remember having that reaction initially, but enemy and stage designs are appropriately tailored to match that "clunkiness" once you get used to it (kind of like the Makaimuras, or FC Akumajoo Dracula, perhaps?). Actraiser 2 takes a bit longer to learn since the controls are more int...
by zinger
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I like how the SFC Donkey Kong games look too! I also always had a soft spot for some of the games with sprites using pre-rendered graphics on the Neo Geo, such as Pulstar and Blazing Star. Again, not humans though. Speaking of Chrono Trigger, I think that's the only JRPG I've actually finished. I r...
by zinger
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Japanese Film (Live Action)
Replies: 28
Views: 11635

Re: Japanese Film (Live Action)

Don't know if I will bother now that I missed the cinema screening, but thanks for your impressions layzee! Haven't watched a lot of film lately. I did see Ugetsu monogatari (1953 romantic horror drama by Mizoguchi, another classic) and Dare mo shiranai (Kore-eda, 2004) a little while back though. H...
by zinger
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

I haven't played Shinobi either, except for maybe 20 minutes at a friend's house back when it got released, so I couldn't say. I agree about NG being painful in the beginning, but perfectly doable once you've gripped the basics. The doppelgangers and new boss rush at the end of Very Hard in NGB felt...
by zinger
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Nice picks. Also, do the online features do much for the games? I played DkS offline, but only because I don't have a Gold membership (or whatever it's called). I've been playing DDP DFK quite a lot lately. It's fun, but damn... the loli voice-overs are so annoying! Also beat Ninja Gaiden Black on H...
by zinger
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan
Replies: 36
Views: 12688

Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Another one: Shi no Meikyuu got an MD/Genesis cartridge release named Fatal Labyrinth in the West. Meganet and Mega CD (Geemu no Kandzume Vol. 2) only in Japan.
by zinger
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Japanese Gaming Sites
Replies: 18
Views: 3229

Re: Japanese Gaming Sites

CIT already mentioned it before, but Twitter is the best source of information and news on Japanese games that I know of. Tons of Japanese game enthusiasts, historians, news services, arcades, individual developers, game companies, and so on, to follow...
by zinger
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Late to the party as usual, but: Dark Souls, got damn! So satisfying on so many different levels! Especially during the beginning of the game, when you're still low-level, have shit gear, and are still trying to figure out the mechanics; the world just feels so vast and wonderfully dangerous! Art di...
by zinger
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Cool, will definitely try Sayuri and the upgrades in Rising mode after I've 1CC:ed Arcade mode. Well, we'll see how that goes, but I'm making steady progress so far.
by zinger
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Thanks for sharing your impressions. I have similar experiences with Otogi and Metal Wolf Chaos. I guess as soon as action games get too clunky/bulky, it's more difficult for me to get into them -- I always prefer the super-fast and stylish ones. I do enjoy the aspect of mecha games when they manage...
by zinger
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Orta is so beautiful. I never put much time into getting good at it, and essentially only treated it as an action-packed roller coaster. I suspected it didn't have enough depth for it to pay off and it's pretty damn long... but I still wonder if a more dedicated approach would have made it even more...
by zinger
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Starting to consider myself done. ;) There are still a handful of games I really would like to try, most of all Taroomaru. I see what you mean about that vague sense of progress. Garegga, Border Down and Radiant Silvergun are probably the best examples of that; systems that are so convoluted that y...
by zinger
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Wow, that seems awfully... nitpicky. I mean, you can literally just backflip through the entire Stage 1-1 in about 5 seconds. :D Maybe an exaggeration (five seconds sounds like an exaggeration too though?), but I didn't mean that I think it's a game-breaking aspect, and it's still an important crit...
by zinger
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

After clearing that, I started playing Umihara Kawase. Man the graphics are ass — the blocks throughout the levels look like the candy-striped menus from Mother 2. And that ugly upscaled digital photo of a background! I figured I'd put this one down pretty quickly, but I'm still playing it a few da...
by zinger
Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Shenmue (which I recently beat by the way, happy to have picked the Japanese language version which was surprisingly enjoyable and easy to follow) Awesome! It helps significantly that most of the dialogue is common speech with repetitions (i.e., the question "Do you know where X is?" is a...
by zinger
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Man, the learning curve in that game is so mean... it's hailed as one of the great Capcom classics, but it certainly isn't as easy to get into compared to the Makaimuras or Black Dragon. I never got very far. I've spent almost a month now out in the country... Really looking forward to get back home...
by zinger
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Yeah first time for me. Hmm, I don't think replaying the Shenmue games would be worthwhile. I can understand that you would want to freshen up your memory of the story and feel the atmosphere again, but considering they're pretty long, slow (and sometimes quite tedious) games, as well as the fact th...
by zinger
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 215140

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Great picks. I remember being really annoyed with Demon's Blazon for a bunch of reasons, but when I think back on that experience, it still stands out as one of the most memorable ones on the SFC. The atmosphere is just insanely cool. I guess a bunch of games are like that -- Shenmue (which I recent...
by zinger
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: What happened to Treasure?
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: What happened to Treasure?

I've been wondering about this too. I think Iuchi is still working on Ubusuna at M2, but where did everyone else go? Nakagawa? Suganami!? What are they up to now?
by zinger
Sun May 07, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [ETC] Try Tower Akihabara
Replies: 111
Views: 33795

Re: [ETC] Try Tower Akihabara

That's sad news, do you know what will become of the 8th floor? I suppose it can't have brought a lot of income...
by zinger
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PS4/PSV] YU-NO
Replies: 5
Views: 930

Re: [PS4/PSV] YU-NO

Thanks for the pictures and your impressions, looks neat!

And the outer box with that orange border at least looks better than any XB game I own (those neon green plastic cases makes me want to hide them in some drawer). :yuck: But yeah, not exactly pretty.
by zinger
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 1394

Re: [SS] Sega Saturn Power Memory Problems

Many years back when I used the RAM expension for a couple of games, I remember I had to flip the entire console upside down for it to work properly. :roll: Other than that, I mostly used the internal back-up memory, but from what I remember the battery for that didn't last very long which was also ...
by zinger
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Japanese Perspective of "Japan" in Western Video Games
Replies: 4
Views: 566

Re: A Japanese Perspective of "Japan" in Western Video Games

That was hilarious. :) I haven't played any of those games I think, I try to steer clear of Western games with a Japanese theme for this very reason. I guess I expected it to be this bad, but the proof really is cringeworthy; the "Japanese" in those games is definitely just as bad as the w...
by zinger
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [PS4/PC] NieR Automata
Replies: 4
Views: 947

Re: [PS4/PC] NieR Automata

Will definitely get this when I have a PS4! Good to hear the combat is solid!
by zinger
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: On studying Japanese
Replies: 25
Views: 1882

Re: On studying Japanese

I can often manage well enough if I have my denshi jisho at hand (have you considered getting one schadenfreude?) I haven't considered it because these days I try to avoid having electronic devices with only one function. For example, I considered getting a Kindle or a tablet for dedicated book-rea...

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