Game Review: Binary Star

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Original Japanese: バイナリースター
English Translation: Binary Star

Everyone who follows me on twitter is probably really confused that I posted this now since I finished playing it weeks (months?) ago. I actually started playing this around the end of 2014, but things just kept coming up so I didn’t end up getting to finish it until this year because I just kept…taking breaks from it somehow. This happened around 5 times+, which is dumb because I honestly like this game a lot. On top of not playing the game consecutively, I also didn’t write the review right away (bad, bad idea) so it got even more lagged. I was originally going to do a more detailed description of plot but it just didn’t end up happening because I wasn’t focused and now I don’t have the drive or the freshness of the game to do it anymore. Therefore, I  decided that it was best to make a shorter post rather than not post something about it at all.

This is mostly a non-spoiler review. I introduce the plot premise but will not go into details about the characters and what happens in the routes/game (although I do give a template the plot generally follows in the first section so if you want no real plot info then just skip the first section).

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Game Review: Period:Cube

 

mainOriginal Japanese Title: ピリオドキューブ ~鳥籠のアマデウス~
(Partially) Romanized: Period:Cube ~Torikago no Amadeus~
Translation: Period:Cube ~Amadeus in a Birdcage~

Since my resolution to try to play more of my games and whittle down my black hole backlog, I came up with a new strategy: any time I start a game, I need to play it a little every day until I finish it. This would be to make sure that I not only finish a game, but I also finish it in a more timely manner. It seems to have worked decently well because the game took me about a week and half to play and well..I’m writing this review, aren’t I?

This is going to be a spoiler review but you can skip down to the Non-spoiler section if you want the general commentary about the game as a whole. I didn’t mean to make the plot descriptions as detailed as they came out so for all you guys wanting the read the Non-spoiler part…I’m sorry, you have a lot of scrolling to do.

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2nd Year Blog Anniversary

I just got informed by WordPress that today marks my blog’s 2nd anniversary (◕‿◕)! I can’t believe it’s been around that long.

Having said that, I would like to apologize by how inactive I’ve been lately. I glanced at the amount of reviews I’ve written since last year and the number of otome games I’ve played and…the count for both is atrociously low. I didn’t count precisely but I’m pretty sure Hana Awase KU-hen and Kokuchou were the only full game reviews I completed (>m<). I’ve been so inactive in this community that I almost didn’t log on today and would’ve completely missed my blog’s anniversary ooops (⌒_⌒;). When I get into things, I fall in head first, but I also get distracted easily (mostly by other hobbies that take all my attention). This past year was a really good example of how much this happens.

On the plus side, I’ve started to be more active in the sense that I’m actually using my Twitter! If you’re too shy to leave a comment on here either because it just kind of sticks around forever or you have more general questions not related to any of my blog posts, feel free to chat with me on there o( ❛ᴗ❛ )o!

Speaking of Twitter, since I tend to tweet pictures of items I receive in the mail when I get them, unless there’s a really good reason, I will no longer do unboxing posts . My photo editing program is apparently going to stop existing soon too so just as well.

Since I’m on the topic of blog changes, I feel that this blog anniversary calls for some resolutions.

Once I’ve finished the Amnesia World reviews (yes, I will finish that eventually), I will try to stick to a shorter style of reviewing in order to intimidate myself less so I can try to post more often. It’s not like I make really long, detailed reviews anyway but I just thought I’d throw that out there.

I have several started games and also have many unopened/unplayed other games so my backlog has become a black hole. In order to dent my collection, my plan is to alternate between starting new games and finishing up old ones to try and keep my interest up. I will still pick and choose which ones I review. This decision will be based on a mixture of personal interest and also how many other bloggers have played or reviewed games I bought. I don’t currently take requests, but if anyone is interested in me reviewing games that you noticed I pre-ordered/am planning to play, I’ll try to take that into account as well.

I didn’t actually intend on this post coming out so long but it somehow happened. I notice that I managed to gain some new followers within the last year despite my snail-paced reviewing. Thank you to everyone for sticking with me and for everyone who gave this blog a try. I can’t guarantee I’ll be super active this year, but I’ll make an effort to get things done instead of sitting on them forever like I usually do.

Thanks again, guys. You’re the best! ヽ(>∀<☆)ノ

Game Review: Kokuchou no Psychedelica

2016-03-07-204533Original Japanese Title: 黒蝶のサイケデリカ
Romanized: Kokuchou no Psychedelica
Translation: Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly

This is going to be a non-spoiler review (except for some CGs. There are definitely CGs in here), minus a section at the end which you can skip if you want to avoid spoilers. This is the first otome game I’ve played in a while so I decided to review it even though I hadn’t had the intention of doing so initially.

A lot of other bloggers did a really extensive and fantastic job of doing more detailed reviews revealing the plot so I’m just going to do a general review on how everything unfolded and how the playthrough went for people interested in the game and wanting to know more about it before they decide whether they want to play it or not.

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Game Review: Hana Awase Karakurenai/Utsutsu-hen

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Original Japanese Title: 華アワセ 唐紅/うつつ編
Romanized: Hana Awase Karakurenai/Utsutsu-hen

So I decided to do a very brief review on this while it’s still fresh and because I tweaked hardcore on this game. I don’t think I’ve ever played a game this fast. It seems like a waste not to write anything about it when I love this series so much but I won’t delve too heavily into plot because I really wasn’t that careful when I was playing through it. I just wanted to continue, to learn more, but in the end I probably missed out on a lot of the small but important details. I feel like I probably shouldn’t use this disclaimer every time I do a review, but my Japanese isn’t perfect so my understanding of things could be off, even more so because I played through this so quickly, so please keep that in mind when reading this.

I’ll still be writing about the plot and I think it’s best to have the freedom to connect this to the previous two games so this is going to be a review with spoilers. The way I’m writing this review will probably make more sense to people who are familiar with the game series. It might be confusing if you know absolutely nothing about the series and haven’t played Mizuchi-hen and Himeutsugi-hen.

However, I do plan on reviewing more about the mechanics of the game/giving more general opinions at the end so you can skip to there if you don’t want to read spoilers. The non-spoiler part of the review will specifically start after the section labeled “End of Spoilers.” What I  would suggest is to scroll really fast down to the bottom of the page to avoid spoilers and CGs and then slowly scroll up until you see the “End of Spoilers” note rather than scrolling down.

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Game Review: AMNESIA World – Criminal World

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So I’m pretty sure 99% of people are 100% done with this game, but I’m going to keep on reviewing it until the end anyway because in general, I like to finish what I start. Sorry it took so long to get this out m(_ _)m. It really took way longer than it should have considering how short it is. I seem to have a tendency to make shorter things long and longer things short, which doesn’t help matters. Criminal World is really fast to play through so that’s probably why the review ended up coming out rather long (like the Music World one).

I wasn’t exactly avoiding my games, but I looked and I hadn’t really touched this game much since I posted the last AMNESIA World review, so I thought it was time to get back into it, especially since I should probably finish this game soon. My Vita backlog is nothing compared to the PSP one, but if I continue to play at this rate it might become pretty monstrous. I already know that I will definitely not be reviewing every Vita game that came in because I got so far behind.

I couldn’t find a CG or something that pretty much compiled everything like the Music World one so nicely did, so unless I find a better one later, I just stuck in the game case’s picture since it shows them in chibi form and they’re in chibi form through the whole thing in Criminal World.

This is definitely a spoiler review so make sure you’re aware of that before deciding to read.

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