Quick Review: Nekopara Vol. 2 (PC/Switch) (NSFW)

Nekopara Vol.1 was a game that I found engaging and intriguing when I read it, despite the fact that it was primarily a fan service game. The reason that I found it engaging was because it put such an emphasis on background information as to why a world with catgirls exists and how such a world works. Furthermore, it had a strong backstory for both our main character and portrayed a strong and well developed relationship between him and his two catgirls Chocola and Vanilla.

Disclaimer: Some versions of Nekopara Vol. 2 contain pornographic content that is not intended for anyone under the age of 18 or whatever the legal age in one’s country is. Additionally, there is an image that will likely be considered NSFW.

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How My Game Backlog Increased by 59 Games in One Month (And What It Means)

If one has been hanging around gaming circles a lot recently, one may have noticed the term “backlog” thrown around a lot, a term is used to refer to the amount of games one owns but has not completed. The fact that many gamers nowadays have backlogs that consist of hundreds of games has almost become somewhat of a meme in and of itself, and is often compared to how girls will buy large amounts of clothes that greatly exceed the amount they need.

I am not going to pad things out by pretending the reader thinks all games are new AAA releases that cost $60, and the first word that likely popped into any experienced gamer’s mind is likely “Steam.” However, one would think that even Steam sales would have their limits, and they would be right. So I decide that the best way to demonstrate would be to take you throw this step by step and show you how this was done.

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Quick Review: Nekopara Vol. 0 (PC)

Nekopara Vol.0 | Title screen

Nekopara Vol. 0 should not really be looked at as its own game since it is only a fan disk of Vol. 1. A fan disk is an added scenario to games, mostly visual novels, that is released after the successful launch of a game. It is similar to added DLC chapters released for more popular titles. As such, one’s enjoyment of Nekopara Vol. 0 would largely be based on how much they enjoyed the first game, and that it is highly suggested that one would play Vol 1 first if there is any interest in this one.

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Impressions & Commentary: Alpha’s Adventures Demo

Alpha's Adventures | Title image

Alpha’s Adventures is an eroge, meaning that some pics will be NSFW. Additional TW for mentions of rape and incest.

Alpha's Adventures | Ttile Image

I pretty much fell in love with Alpha’s Adventures at first sight. I don’t just mean upon playing the demo, I mean upon first discovering its existence. I remember that my first exposure to this game was through the creator’s Twitter account, but I cannot remember how I came into contact with said account. My twitter account is occasionally followed by small indie developers who may be trying to promote their game. I do not know if she followed my account or if I came across her game from somewhere else. I do know that she did temporarily follow me since I linked the Greenlight page for this game, but I don’t remember the specifics.

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Detailed Review: Nekopara Vol.1 (PC/Switch/PS4) (NSFW)

Nekopara Vol 1 | Title Screen

Nekopara is certainly interesting. Despite me generally being a fan of a lot of ecchi titles, Nekopara was the first full blown eroge I have played. For those unaware, eroge is the official term for hentai game. Eroge are not always strictly pornographic though. An eroge, quite simply, is any game that features an uncensored sex scene. However, most of these games will still try to focus on having a storyline or decent gameplay mechanics in addition to erotic content (although Nekopara is a visual novel so gameplay may not really be the right word for it). As such, eroge are not intended solely as masturbation fuel, even if it may be an element of it. The term for something that IS intended solely for pornographic purposes is Nukige. So it should be noted that Nekopara’s storyline can still be enjoyable without its sexual content.

Disclaimer: Some versions of Nekopara Vol.1 are pornographic, and should not be played by anyone under 18 or their countries legal age. Additionally, some images in this review may be considered NSFW.

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JRPG Update: 5/21/2017 – 5/27/2017

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Well, we have got quite a bit lined up for this week in regards to JRPGs and JRPG influenced games. Then again, there is always a sizable about of new stuff available. And to think some say that JRPGs are dead.

Anyway, within the last week, we have seen the release of Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception (PS4/Vita), Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (PS4), Acaratus (Steam), and Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch). So today is looking especially good for SRPG releases.

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JRPG Update: 5/14/2017 – 5/20/2017

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Well, another week has come and gone, and thank god I decided to write out all these announcements as they came up rather than doing them all in one day because I decided I wanted to enhance the presentation a bit, and that took some time to do. Anyway this week had a pretty good news line up for JRPGs and JRPG influenced games. This week has seen the release of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS), Regalia – Of Men and Monarchs (PC), Akiba’s Beat (PS4/Vita), Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy (Vita/PC), and Chroma Squad (PS4/XONE).

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NieR Automata: The Type of Masterpiece that you Rarely See, Especially in AAA Games (Detailed Review) (PS4/XONE/PC)

NieR Automata | title screen

Just a heads up, the reason the review is no longer up  this site is because it is now up on Brash Games, and I figure they wouldn’t want their content hosted elsewhere. There was a lot that I had to say about this game seeing as how it is currently in my top 3 favorite RPGs (or games in general for that matter).

http://www.brashgames.co.uk/2017/05/15/nier-automata-review/

If you would like to play this game for yourself (which you should) it can be purchased here (PS4 Physical), here (PS4 Digital), and here (PC Digital).

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JRPG Update: 4/24/2017 – 5/13/2017

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Since this is the first time I have posted this here, I may as well explain just what JRPG Update is.  The idea is to gather up all JRPG related news that I could and compile it into one place. I usually intend for this to be a weekly update, but this one will contain everything that happened between now and the last JRPG update (which was on my DevianArt account). I didn’t get around to this update for a while since I only recently completed my classes and now have the free time for it. Also one will notice that most sources are from Gematsu. That is because they tend to be the place where one can find news related to Japanese games the easiest, but I will try and look into additional sources in the future for the subject of indie titles or even more niche stuff like eroge.

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NieR: Breathtaking Story, Okay Gameplay (Detailed Review) (PS3/360)

NieR | Cast

My experience with NieR was… really something. While it is pretty weak in the gameplay side of things, it really makes up for it with a very well crafted story, albeit one that has some pacing issues on the first playthrough. NieR was one of the last games by Cavia, a company that has been previously known for the Drakengard series. NieR also takes place after one of the first Drakengard’s ending D.

NieR is pretty much a game that is driven on its narrative, and it manages to hold its own well enough that it will still be a very impactful experience by the time you are done. Yes the gameplay is undeniably bland, but the overall artistry of the game makes it one that is definitely worth playing. Read more