Monday, 11 February 2013

Another day, another Game

Hello, my beloved dreamers!

Do forgive me for writing these later and later at night. I just can't seem to hold a schedule.

But let's forget about that. Today, let's talk about a fantastic work, a game known as




An action RPG game, it stands appart from the rest by virtue of having a unique gameplay:
  • Enemy encounters are OPTIONAL (But you want to fight some, you'll see why in a moment)
The "Scan" screen, where you can touch the red symbols to fight enemies
  •  Dual screen battles! Control your partner with the D-pad/buttons on the top screen, and slash, shoot, bash and yell your way through enemies on the bottom screen!

  • You can adjust your level (which only affects your HP total), where the lower your level is the more chance you have of getting items from enemies.
  • The difficulty level changes what the enemies drop, and even if you don't get the drop for your current level, you still get to run for the next lower difficulty, and on and on until you get a drop. (If you didn't get the drop from the hardest difficulty, it will roll for the next easiest, and if you didn't get that, a roll happens for the next, and most enemies at the easiest difficulty always drop things)

 The yellow bar at the bottom can be slid to change the player's level, and the Difficulty button changes the total HP, attack and endurance of enemies

  • Your HP is shared between you and your partner, but it is replenished immediately upon returning to the overworld
  • Your attacks can level up, increasing in efficiency, number of times that they can be used, recharge time and some even becoming entirely new ones!
 Each attack has its own XP bar, and their own tricks for maxing level or evolving into new attacks


As you can see, the gameplay is quite unique.

And this is just the beginning.

Set in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Japan; the game follows the main character, Neku Sakuraba, as he is involved in something known as the Reaper's Game (or simply The Game), where he is to compete against other Players and try and complete missions every day, and after seven days, the top ranking player is rewarded...


With a wide plethora of characters, each with their own quirks, personalities and agendas, Neku will have his hands full trying to figure out why his memory has been erased, why he is participating in this game, and what the stakes are if he loses.


Onto another aspect, the soundtrack is made up entirely of Jpop and Jrock songs peppered with some rap tracks, along with some chiptunes for the minigames. While truly sometimes the music won't fit the frantic battles ahead, it is something to be beheld.



This game will keep you busy for a while, and keep you returning for more!

Personally, I haven't played the iOS port of the game, but I've heard good things. The original DS version is gorgeous as well, so you have no reason to give this game a miss!

EDIT:
I have played the iOS port now, and it is much easier than the original DS version. Some attacks work differently, the minigame is a little more fun and varied, and is much more accessible than the original (You only control Neku with taps and drags, as opposed to having to focus on two screens). Recommended! It also has an expanded soundtrack, with some songs being forced to play in certain times, so music fits better with the intensity of the battle!


For a game that follows a similar story, where the main character is contained in one of the areas of Tokyo, albeit with entirely different story and gameplay style, try


That is all for now. Keep on dreaming, and see you next week!


Bonus:

This is my gushing area.

Allow me to post my favourite character in the game, a math savant and all-around evil genius. Find out more about him in the game!

So zetta slow!

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