Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory (PS3): Sweet Victory (Detailed Review)

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory | logo

Note: This was the first review I ever wrote and was put up on GameFAQs on March 21st 2013. It has been edited and enhanced in presentation.

TW: Mentions of sexual assault.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory does not have nearly as high of a budget as most of the best JRPGs of this generation, nor does it have the best design. It does not have the best presentation or universal appeal of such games. Yet despite this, I found myself enjoying this game just as much as said games, and in some ways even more.

I did play and enjoy the first two games in the series. The first game, Hyperdimension Neptunia, was a game that had some really unique ideas going for it, and established what the series would become known for. Unfortunately it was executed in a way that has only a very specific appeal, and suffered from a story that was poorly paced and saved only by its hilarious script. Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 was a lot more accessible than the first game. It had the distinction of being one of the few console JRPGs to focus on simple mechanics, as opposed to nearly every other console JRPG that tried to be as complex as possible. That same simplicity was also its disadvantage as it made the game a bit too easy, and pretty much every non boss battle in the game could be beaten in seconds. Also the plot, while much better told than the first, suffered from pacing issues of its own. Read more

Standard Review: Silenced: The House (PC)

Silenced: The House | Title screen

CW: Gore and violent imagery, murder, death, misogyny, ableism.

Welcome to another edition of “obscure indie visual novels that only eight people on planet earth have heard of and only three including me care about.” I am your host Annie Gallagher and today we are taking a look at Silenced: The House on Steam and Itch.io. I actually may have never even heard of this game myself if it were not for the fact that this game’s developer followed me on Twitter and this game came up in conversation. I was initially planning to ask for a review copy, but after seeing that the game was only $2.00 at full price AND on sale since it just launched I figured I wouldn’t be losing that much by doing so. In hindsight this was a bit of a mistake on my part since

Gotcha!

This game is actually pretty damn good.
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Amazing VGM: Grandfather’s Clock (Nekopara Vol. 3)

Nekopara Vol. 3 | performance

Nekopara Vol. 3 was a conflicting game for me to say the least. Every time I criticize an eroge’s sex scenes I tend to be overly cautious about getting flooded with comments calling me a triggered feminazi. I seem to have avoided that result since starting this blog considering I’ve rarely one to not make my sex positivity apparent, but it may also be because I tend to examine these games on their own merits to a far greater extent that most critics even attempt. Starless: Nymphomaniac’s Paradise was a game that scarred me so badly that it caused suicidal thoughts but I’m still able to name some good qualities. But I’m NOT going to talk about that fucking game again; I’d rather stick to good games here.

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Nekopara Vol. 3 (PC): A Step Up in Story, a Step Down in Sexiness (Detailed Review) (NSFW)

Nekopara Vol. 3 | Maymon on stage

It’s been a few years since I reviewed the first Nekopara title. For those reading this immediately after the ones for the previous three games in the series (counting Vol. 0) then I feel I should note for disclosure’s sake that some of my perspectives have changed in the last few years. Namely I am referring to my newly found radical feminist beliefs. While I am still FAR from sex negative, I tend to be far more critical with erotica than I used to be.

Namely the issue I have is that I enjoy hentai, but I enjoy it for different reasons than most. Eroge tends to have FAR more emotion and genuine artistic expression involved then 99% of western pornography and thus I am able to become more engaged with it. Unfortunately I have very different sexual standards than most do when it comes to porn, and by that I mean I have standards. Read more

Radical Feminism and the Trans Movement: Can we Coexist?

No one is free when others are opressed

CW: Transphobia, misogyny.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE PIECE BEFORE MAKING ANY ASSUMPTIONS!!!!!

As a trans woman, and even more so as a trans activist, there has always been a fascination with “TERFs” that I have held. I cannot remember when it was exposed to this ideology, but I remember I held a serious disgust towards them as many trans people did. Such a perspective was, and still is, only natural given the vulnerable status of trans people as a minority and the often present cruelty and elitism that is often attributed to “TERFs.”

They are often classified with strong words of disdain from people of various sources. The “Westboro Baptist Church of Feminism,” the “Chromosome Crusaders,” there have been many terms attributed to them, mostly negative. TERFs are known for their toxic and predatory behavior and they are almost universally despised by feminists, moderates, and anti feminists alike. Thus, they are so universally scorned that no one wishes to associate with them…

…or so we thought.

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Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 (PS3): Easier to Play, Easier to get Attached to (Detailed Review)

Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 | Japanese cover art

While the original Hyperdimension Neptunia did draw a lot of interest from those that knew of its existence and sold generally well despite being a niche title, it is hard to ignore the many glaring issues it had. At the same time, however, it was a game that was quite unusual in both its premise and execution, so it would only make sense that the sequel would make some changes. Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 can be seen as more of a complete overhaul of the first game’s premise. Despite the fact that they may look similar to some, there is a vast difference in how Neptunia Mk2 is executed and it is much more noticeable. Read more

Site Progress and Personal Update: April 2018

Guardian Acorn | Continue, Don't Quit

I find myself increasingly curious about where I am heading in the future each time I create one of these monthly update posts. I have had a recurring problem  in regards to following through on large ambitions throughout most of my life resulting mostly from my depression and tendency to get easily discouraged or overwhelmed. It is because of this that I feel so elated how far I have come in the last year. I don’t want to completely make HRT out to be some sort of miracle cure and to at least give myself some credit, but there is a reason it’s considered medically necessary. It may take some people an agonizingly long time to get it, but it will be SO worth it. I may still have overwhelming odds against me but I still feel confident in myself that I can overcome them. Anyway here is article recap for March 2018.

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Amazing VGM: Battle 2 (Final Fantasy Mystic Quest)

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest | Pazuzu

Admitting that you like Final Fantasy Mystic Quest… is kind of like admitting you are sexually attracted to trans women. A lot of people will strongly and adamantly deny it to save face… but everyone secretly likes both and it’s more cool to admit you do than to deny it…

…it’s a joke…

…no I don’t support lesbian erasure…

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Fangame Review: Doki Doki Literature Club!!! Our Final Heartbeat

Doki Doki Literature Club! | Just Monika

CW: Mentions of Suicide, child abuse, and images of self harm/cutting.

Given that I specifically mentioned and linked this mod in my review of Doki Doki Literature Club, I think it’s safe to assume that this review was obligatory.

I think I heard that there was a fan mod that DID serve as just that; expanding upon the base game’s story and characters while making it into a finished visual novel that is unlocked after the good ending…

I was half right about this mod. Doki Doki Literature Club!!! Our Final Heartbeat, originally titled as just Doki Doki Literature Club!!! but with three explanation points instead of one, did expand on the base story and provide a more satisfying ending than the original game. However, this mod does NOT turn Doki Doki Literature Club! into a typical dating sim that continues the rest of the in game plotline.

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