Xenogears is one of my favorite games ever. Crazy religious conspiracy theories, mecha, reincarnation… what more could anyone want? So I was pretty excited about Xenoblade Chronicles X. I probably shouldn’t have been, seeing as how I had played Xenoblade Chronicles before.
Both games have barely anything in common with Xenogears. The gameplay is essentially an offline MMO— you have a limited number of abilities, they all have cooldown times, you trigger them at the right moment.
I spent 100 hours on this game.
It was not time well spent. You have to spend a ton of time grinding. And the combat system isn’t much fun. To make things worse, most of the quests are in the form of “Gather X Items / Kill N Monsters”. Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles X — When Will it End
As you may recall, six months ago I read Mushoku Tensei and greatly enjoyed the experience. So I decided to read another well-regarded web novel, Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, or The Rising of the Shield Hero. From the title, you can probably guess precisely what is doing the rising.
It starts out similarly to Mushoku Tensei— a loser otaku comes to another world. This time instead of starting as a baby and “working hard” to earn his triple loli harem, he’s born as a hero except everyone hates him and everything is oh so unfair. He buys a loli tanuki slave and she’s the only one who truly loves him. Then it’s the same idea as Mushoku Tensei, he builds up a loli army in a loli village and saves the world.
If that were all I would have enjoyed it even though it’s trash. But… that’s not it. Know how I mentioned that everyone hates the main character at first? The lead in all this is the daughter of the king (named “Trash” throughout the book), who is literally named “Bitch” throughout the entire 300+ chapter book. Oh, actually, occasionally the author changes her name to “Whore”. This girl is the epitome of evil. She keeps trying to kill the Shield hero, tries to murder her sister, her father, her mother, sells the country out to the enemy, etc., etc., all by seducing men other than the hero. Then the hero executes her. There is an entire chapter dedicated to this brutal execution, with everyone cheering for her death. Then she comes back to life and she gets executed again, this time by graphically described and in fact videotaped multiple days of rape. As as if that’s not enough, she comes back to life and goes through a similar treatment again. Continue reading I am Trash Part II
Ongoing Series / Sequels: Assassination Classroom, Concrete Revolutio, Gakuen Toshi Asterisk, Gundam UC RE: 0096, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Kyoukai no Rinne, Magi: Sinbad no Bouken, Sailor Moon Crystal, Terra Formars: Revenge, Ushio to Tora
Crappy Shorts: Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game, Hakuouki ~Otogisoushi~, Kagewani Shou, Neko Neko Nihonshi, Onigiri, Pan de Peace, Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou, Usakame, Uchuu Patrol Luluco, Wagamama High Spec
27. Ace Attorney
Wow, what an awful adaptation. I feel such pity for everyone who was excited about this.
26. Ann Happy
This was so boring I don’t remember it at all. Still better than Ace Attorney. Continue reading Spring 2016 — First Impressions