Rubs, Editor-in-Chief —Still trying to put some serious time into Shin Megami Tensei IV, which I think will be the only current-gen RPG I’ll be playing for the next couple weeks. The new Mario & Luigi game was released today, but given that I’ve hardly scratched the surface of SMTIV and I’ve got Tales of Xillia to worry about, it’s safe to say that I won’t be touching that game in the near-future.
Weekend tech project: My niece’s birthday is coming up next month, and since she fell in love with my SNES, instead of having to loan her my carts all the time, I decided to build her a Raspberry Pi setup with RetroPIE and pair it up with one of those USB SNES pads. I wasn’t going to half-ass it either, so I spent the better part of the weekend drawing up a model of what I’d like the box to look like, which I’m going to have 3D printed pretty soon.
Cheena, Managing Editor— I was finally able to finish a bunch of play throughs for Shin Megami Tensei IV so that is a good thing, I guess. I can finally shelve the game for the meantime and give some loving to my current backlogs. I will come back to it in a few month’s time when they release DLCs or whatever new content though, for sure.
What’s eating my time now is Dragon’s Crown. I’ve played it on local multiplayer with the husband as a sorceress (and him as a fighter). Nothing beats good ‘ol arcade side scrolling action games for co-op! I’ve had lots of fun with it and hopefully I can finish the Sorc campaign by the end of the week and start with a higher difficulty soon.
I’m also looking forward to the PS Vita sales this month and will be adding a few more games to my backlog roster, namely Muramasa Rebirth and New King’s Story.
Shin, News Editor— I don’t think I’d be able to play anything else until I get the platinum trophy on Dragon’s Crown. Seriously , this game is wreaking havoc on my playing schedule. I played nothing else this weekend — I have even neglected my Animal Crossing: New Leaf town. Yikes!
I was playing the PS3 version before release and last week I bought the PS Vita version so I can transfer my save and play it on the go. And because of that functionality at my fingertips, I have clocked in 64 hours on my main so far (I use the Elf) and now trying to beat the ancient dragon on Infernal Difficulty as I write this. I have noticed that It’s easier to play online on the PS3 than on the Vita version. I have to go through a stupid string of errors before I will be able to connect to a random play session on the handheld but on the PS3 it’s pretty much one click. So I use the Vita for single-player on-the-go grinding then transfer to the PS3 when I’m home.
Alex, Reviews Editor and of Things— I’ve been a busy gaming bee for the last two weeks. From reviewing Killer is Dead to unlocking the insane difficulty in Dragon’s Crown and then an unprecedented move coming from someone who never finished a single Tales (Tales of Destiny and Tales of the Abyss were the only ones I’ve played) game in my life, I’ve decided to play and finish Tales of Xillia as my next review because I’ve been hearing some good things about it. So far, all I can say is its shaping up on the gameplay side while the female protagonist, Milla Maxwell could have been taken more seriously from the get go by non-Tales fan if they didn’t go down the usual moe-moe anime character bullshit. It also doesn’t help the actual voice of the character (both in English and Japanese) to become believable dressed up like… I don’t know, an anime fantasy stripper I guess.