最近気になる作品December 18, 2006
So I’ve got a lot of products on my mind these days, and I just got my bonus today. What should I buy? Who deserves my attention when I’m in the mood to be entertained?
In the order I think of them:
Utawarerumono: A 4-year old Leaf PC game cleaned up, fitted with a new tactics system by Flight-Plan, and ported to PS2. It looks like it could be good, but how many tactical RPGs do I need? And how many medieval fantasy worlds do I want to task myself with keeping track of?
Summon Night: I bought Swordcraft Story, the first English-localized title in this venerable series from Flight-Plan, on a whim. I just thought it was dang cool to find such stuff on the shelf in my home country. I still haven’t even put it in the DS yet. Again, how many tactical RPGs do I need?
Atelier Series: I’m looking forward to Atelier Lise on the DS, but I have pretty much stalled out on finishing Grand Fantasm. I still love GUST.
Ar tonelico: I think I’d rather just play this again than try most games on my to-play list. I’m quite ready for GUST to announce part 2.
Fire Emblem: Serious, high-grade tactical RPGs from Intelligent Systems, the guys who invented the genre. I found Path of Radiance this weekend for $20 brand new, and I couldn’t resist. Should I even bother with the quirky, stylish ones from Nippon1 and Flight-Plan?
Yggdra Union: More quirky and stylish tactical RPGs, this time from Sting. Do I need them? Who knows?
Riviera: While I’m considering Yggdra Union, why not its predecessor, too.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: This visual novel is intriguing and it has become quite a phenomenon. I’d like to get through it, but it seems hard enough to decipher for native speakers of the language, let alone me.
12 Kingdoms: Not a game, but the novels. I’m reading them now, but do I need to? Should I get into another medieval fantasy world that’s barely distinguishable from all the others?
Melty Blood: A PS2 port of a NAOMI arcade port of a tuned revision of a PC doujin fighting game based on a PC doujin visual novel. It looks fantastic, and I’m ready for a new 2D fighting game, but I’m afraid I’d be a bit late to the whole Tsukihime party after all this time, and I am not sure I could convince Jon B to play it seriously with me.
Okay, there’s my psyche-dump for Japanese pop-culture products. I guess I’ll just stick to my “buy them all, try them all, and stick with them as long as you are honestly interested” method. It’s all just keeping me entertained between major milestone playing experiences like Sakura Taisen or Xenogears.