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Novelist and RPG fan. [LINK]

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Shin Megami Tensei V
February 21, 2018 02:50:39 PM
And now I can forgive the lack of Persona 5 on Switch.
Joe Dever's Lone Wolf
February 21, 2018 02:46:54 PM
I've barely begun this, but I love the book interface and the dramatic split between narrative and battle modes. The trailers don't really show just how much of a reading experience the game is. Has a properly old-school 1980s adventure feel to it.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
February 21, 2018 02:44:58 PM
I held off on this for a while, but I'm glad I got it. There's a lot going on during battles, and active/realtime isn't my favourite genre, but the visuals and story and worldbuilding are excellent. One of the few dual-language dubbed RPGs that I've left the English voices on. I love Rex's Yorkshire accent, and Nia's Welsh, even if both are toned down a bit.
Octopath Traveler
February 21, 2018 02:02:34 PM
Played all of Olberic, but only the first half hour of Primrose (in case I need to redo those in the full game). Can't get enough of it; the battle system could have been designed for my tastes. I've got Bravely Default arriving tomorrow for the 3DS, which will hopefully help me wait a bit longer for Octopath.
Ace of Seafood
February 21, 2018 01:59:39 PM
Watched the trailer. It's… a novel approach, I'll say that.
The Lost Child
February 21, 2018 01:56:41 PM
I'm here for anything Lovecraftian. No fewer than three volumes of his work on my office bookshelves.
Shining Resonance Refrain
February 21, 2018 01:54:23 PM
Only the vaguest memory of this series, and never played it. The Switch is definitely becoming the PSP/Vita of the day, which is a great thing.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
February 21, 2018 01:52:20 PM
I considered Fire Emblem Warriors, but wasn't familiar enough with the series to spring for it. Given the inclusion of Breath of the Wild character models, I'll be getting this.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
February 21, 2018 01:50:45 PM
Might be my favourite Zelda game, which is a statement I'm surprised to make, given how many ways that it alters the standard elements and tropes of the series. I wrote a more lengthy review of this; you can find it by googling for my username and the game's title.
Disgaea 5 Complete
February 21, 2018 01:48:40 PM
Disgaea 5 is pretty much perfect on the Switch. All the DLC, with bonuses (including 1 million HL), and all the over-the-top crazy anime battles you can handle. Turn-based tactical (grids and movement), with lifting and throwing teammates — including in stacks. It's grindy beyond belief, but that's the whole point. A level cap of 9999, and you can restart a character in a new class afterwards, carrying over some stats. Everything can be levelled, and you enter your weapons etc as randomised multi-floor stages to level them up. Items contain little people called innocents, who themselves have stats that boost items. And if you don't like how the game works, change it by asking the demonic council to alter the game system — though you might have to bribe or fight them to do so. Bonkers. One other thing: the eShop demo is the beginning of the actual game, so you know exactly what you're getting. You could play this for the rest of your life.
I am Setsuna
February 21, 2018 03:23:55 AM
The setting is bleak, but it feels appropriate to the idea of a world long past its peak, where humanity huddles together in small villages against an ever-growing threat; visually, it's all very Nordic. The music (being a score for single piano) has a sense of isolation, but it's amazing how varied it is, and the tunes have stuck with me. The combat seems simplistic at first, but there's a fair bit of depth to uncover, with spritnite/techs (active and passive), talismans, upgradable weapons, cooking, momentum and singularities, and more. I've got it set to pseudo-wait, instead of full ATB mode. The save points are reasonably spaced out, and never too far away — they're distributed on field maps, but on the world map you can save anywhere.

I find the characterisation consistent and interesting, if spare, and it does take its time to present any revelations. I very much like the lack of random encounters: you have to physically approach groups of enemies, which are all visible, to engage them. It means you can choose your time of engagement (sneaking up is possible), or whether to avoid a fight, and it also makes grinding an area more straightforward because all the field maps are like mini-dungeons.

It's all very melancholy, and the dialogue decisions you're presented with for the main character, Endir, are cosmetic, but even they show growth and progress. I've never understood how to answer the question of whether a game is worth its price, but I'm delighted at the existence of Tokyo RPG Factory, and I'm glad that I got a boxed Japanese copy of I Am Setsuna (which plays in English automatically, if your Switch is set to that language). It has rough edges and a few ineffeciencies, but I think the general set of metacritic reviews etc do it a disservice. It's not a masterpiece of RPG design, and the story is by no means epic, but it has a lot of emotional resonance and it's readily and comfortably playable.

I'm not letting myself be turned away from Lost Sphear by the middling reviews and the terrible demo — I have the boxed copy here too, ready to go for when I'm done with this one — and I don't think you should count Setsuna out without giving it a chance either.
Octopath Traveler
February 15, 2018 02:39:52 PM
Take. My. Money. This is a boxed-copy purchase, if at all possible.

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