Nuclear Union Debut Trailer

A post-apocalyptic, alternate universe, first-person RPG with (apparently) free-roaming, they say. Sound very nice, says I. Looks very promising, hopefully it can go someway to relieving my cravings for another Fallout. Fingers crossed.


Started FFXIII-2

Finally got around to picking up and starting Final Fantasy XIII-2 the other day - I'd put off getting it for a while as FFXIII didn't really suck me in as much as I'd hoped (or was used to with an FF title). Given it a couple hours so far and it feels like a much more enjoyable game thus far - plenty of scope to explore, optional side-quests, access to the party from the get-go and early access to the Crystarium system.

I picked up the Asian Chinese/English edition on import, which comes with Japanese voice-overs and English or Chinese text, mainly because Serah is voiced by 寿 美菜子 (Kotobuki Minako) of K-On! fame (Tsumugi).

Anyway, enough rambling, hopefully the game will continue to grow on me. I really should stop starting new games though - still working on Ar Tonelico 2, Trails in the Sky, Lunar Silver Star Harmony, Hyperdimension Neptunia and Mimana Iyar Chronicle... geh, it almost sounds like work with a playlist like that ;)



I intended to get back into Hyperdimension Neptunia in a big way (so as to justify buying the sequel, which I'm itching to do...) but after giving it a few hours I instead found myself completed wrapped up in the fan-translated Kamidori (神採りアルケミーマイスター or God Catching Alchemy Meister). It's the first Strategy RPG that I've really taken to in quite some time - I keep coming back to it and then find it hard to put down (one more turn, one more map, one more chapter).

Not sure if I'll manage to maintain the rage for a full play-through plus New Game+ but who knows


Suikoden Retrospective at 1UP

1UP.com has done a nice retrospective of the first game in the Suikoden series, which is just about my favorite RPG series of all time. I've lost count of the number of times I've replayed Suikoden, made possible by it being one of the few RPGs not beset by needless padding and stretching of the game to reach some magical number of hours the publisher can then boast about on the cover. As covered in 1UP's article, the game is tightly made and fast - no problems with load times or 30 minute cut scenes here!