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Game Stuff 再

March 15, 2011

Disclaimer: you will not fully grasp the meaning of the term ‘clear comic’ from this blog post.

About a day or two ago, I was browsing online to check for book releases when I ran into two books which I once contemplated about buying but ultimately did not when I was in loitering around Tora no Ana back in Japan last year. They were the two volumes of Ar Tonelico 3 Famitsu Clear Comics. The considerations that went through in my head was first and foremost; what is a ‘clear comic’? It says Famitsu so I could easily guess it’s something that was serialized in  the monthly Famitsu magazine but what’s ‘clear comic’? Is it 4coma? Article collections? Commentaries? I had no idea, no way to find out at that particular time, and ‘clear’ neither support nor reject any of my assumptions so didn’t help. However, what I’m pretty sure is that one of them would definitely be very difficult to be imported into my country without me bringing it in myself, if experience are anything to go by[1][2]. But at the end of it all, I still did not pick it up as, well, I still have no idea what it is and I don’t feel comfortable buying things while in doubt. Anyway, those two crossed my sight again online the other day and I just recalled all that and I got curious again about ‘clear comic’, maybe not to find out what ‘clear comic’ really meant since it’s likely another proprietary term created by Japanese publishers, but just to find out what’s really in those two books. Perhaps I might order them if they are good stuff (though I still doubt the second book will get through the customs lol). So what I did was I just went over to Famitsu’s webpage and look around for ‘clear comic’, which brought me to a bunch of free official web mangas. So I have been spending some time reading the Neptunia manga in there since. While reading that, my eyes wandered upwards toward the navigational tabs and by the time I realized it I was in the PS3, PSP and DS section. Oh the volume of stuff… orz well, mostly PSP, which is the worst part because I wouldn’t be able to play them. I’m currently contemplating about getting a new PSP.

That wall of text actually consumed most of my brain juice for the day so I think I’ll just briefly list out the games along with images or maybe some video if there are any… not like I can give much of an encouraging opinion when I know I can’t play them anyway, they all look good D:

Persona 2 Tsumi – Innocent Sin PSP

Great though I can’t help but notice the utter inappropriateness of the semi-Engrish rap-esque theme found from Persona 3 onwards in Persona 2 now. What I felt with the rap all along was that it somehow made the series feel a little friendlier, more easily approachable, less threatening, something like that; a friendly Persona 2 is just downright wrong lol. Especially when best friends gut one another over some urban legend involving cell phones, or divine possessions turning internal organs inside out, or Hitler rising from the grave… imagine an upbeat BGM along with those lol. Also there are new modes and lots of other new goodies as well, typical for all the Persona PSP ports so far.


Black★Rock Shooter THE GAME


While I find the whole phenomenon originating from a single drawing from pixiv being blown into an entire series pretty much just stretching on its popularity, this game looks pretty good in its own right.

It’ll be a different universe from the OVA, but oh wadahek, there never was one proper universe for BRS anyway. Also, awesome WRS Figma with the premium box! It’s shown in the second video too I guess but oh well, awesome Figma!


Saigo no Yakusoku no Monogatari

I really like the setting for this one. The story revolves around a group of knight on the last day of their desperate losing battle defending their land against armies of robotic stuff. ‘Sacrifice’ seems to be the key in this game, in a way. From the looks of it the battle plays much like Wizardry, not sure about exploration though.


BlazBlue Continuum Shift II

When Calamity Trigger got ported to the PSP, it had all sorts of added features which was completely absent from the PS3 and 360 version. I got it on the PS3 so the fact that a port on a portable that came out not too long after the console version having a lot more stuff that didn’t felt too nice, and you’d think BluRay had much more space for stuff than a UMD anyway. So when Continuum Shift got ported onto the consoles from the arcades, I was already expecting Arcsys to release an upgraded port on the PSP in the very near future so I held back. How true that was, now we have Continuum Shift II for the PSP; with all the new features and stuff, it even has all the extra DLC characters included out of the box. I like the feeling when I know I have made the very most correct decision. This one’s coming for both the PSP and the 3DS (many new PSP games are multiplatforming with the 3DS actually, I guess the 3DS  is picking up steam too despite being eye poison)


Gungnir -Masou no Gunshin to Eiyuu Sensou-

It’s a new installation to the Dept. Heaven series by Sting, nuff said.


Valkyria Chronicle 3 -Dare ga Tame no Juusou-

Not a game; Sega’s planning to release two OVAs on Valkyria 3. Arriving first on PSN as a video-on-demand in April, followed by DVD and BluRay in June. Seems like it’ll be about some extra story rather than about the entire Valkyria Chronicle 3. Additionally, it’ll also be coming with all sorts of add-on content for the game as well like extra mission related to the events in the OVA and stuff… ガッデム!


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Busou Shinki Battle Masters Mk.2

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