Import Briefiew – Macross Delta Scramble

It wasn’t that long ago since I made this top 10 list about japan-exclusive PSP games. The fifth spot on that list went for a game called Macross Ultimate Frontier which I declared my favorite “mech game” of the system. Obviously both of these games are based off the same anime (or anime universe) but, more importantly, they’re created by the same developer.
That may have been the reason why I imported this game for the Vita but, at the same time, it also means that I’ll be expecting a higher standard from the get go. Let’s see how this Macross game stacks up to its great PSP predecessor in this review!

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Briefiew -Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

The Ys series has been around in the world of gaming since 1987 but, even being that “long-running”, among gamers this is still kind of an unknown franchise. It’s a shame that such a good series of games is so overlooked, it definitely deserves more recognition than it gets but again, I’m not the one to talk.
The first time I got to play a game from the Ys universe was with Ys Seven in PSP so as you can see, that was coming pretty late to the party. That being said, I really enjoyed that little game, so much so that it instantly turned me into a fan of the series and made me look for and aqcuire any game in this series that crosses my path ever since. For the Vita alone I have a copy of Memories of Celceta that I purchased with the console itself, last year I picked a copy of the asian release of Ys Origin and, just a couple months back, I finally purchased the last game so far, Ys VIII, which I’m about to review.

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Collector’s Corner – Vita’s a b*tch

For someone out there who may not get the pun, just know that vita also means life in italian… Okay, last time I made a “Collector’s Corner” it was about games that could become collectible in the future, this time around it’s nothing like that at all.
Why’s that? Because I couldn’t really recommend anyone getting into vita collecting although, at the same time, if you’re ever going to do it, the sooner the better. I know this first hand because, silly me, I actually collect for the system. The thing is, collecting for this system isn’t what I’d call “easy”, I’d rather call it frustrating or, at the very least, annoying.
This article is actually about that. The little annoyances you’ll find if you ever try to collect for this handheld.

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Briefiew – Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star

I’m not the kind of reviewer that will pretend to know everything in video games and having played everything under the sun. I won’t avoid the topic either and let longtime fans assume I did. I’ll say it right away, I’ve never played a Fate game before and I barely knew anything else other than it existed. I heard about some games with that “Fate/” prefix appearing back on PSP but I never got the chance to play any of them, then, from reading the wikipedia now I know that it all started as a Visual Novel but that’s it.
Fate/Extella is the first game in this property that I get the chance to play by myself and these are my thoughts on it.

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Briefiew – Neverending Nightmares

Indie creator Matt Gilgenbach’s is the responsible of this game. Unlike many games being developed nowadays this wasn’t just a commission from some higher ups or a project crafted through focus group testing, this was more of a personal tale.
This game was inspired by Gilgenbach’s real-life battle with depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It’s both a therapeutic way for him as an artist to express the “personal hell” he’s been through while also giving awareness to the public of the problems that people with similar mental disorders have to deal with.
That alone would be enough for me to give this game a try and since I’m writting this review, I’ve already did so… here’s my review for Neverending Nightmares.

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Briefiew – Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero

This time around I don’t really have any personal history with this gaming series. Before I got the chance to play this game I had heard about the Shantae series and I had heard very good things about it actually but I had never personally played any Shantae game ever.
So, this was a blank slate for me, nothing particular to expect from the game but this would become my standard as what to expect from the Shantae games in the future. What a responsibility for such a tiny game card…

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Briefiew – World of Final Fantasy

I have to admit that I got to the Final Fantasy party pretty late. The first FF game I ever played was FFIX back in PS1. I liked it so much that I ended buying (or asking my parents to buy me) VII, VIII and a bunch other games in the series but the point still stands, I was indeed late to the party because when I got FFIX I had never played the SNES ones or even VII and, to be honest, back then I barely played any RPGs at all.
I would be lying if I said this is my absolute favourite RPG franchise but, the Final Fantasy games are the ones that got me into this now beloved genre and for that, it holds a special place in my heart.

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3WS – Hunting games on Vita

No, there won’t be any Cabela-branded game in here where you shoot deer with a rifle. What you’ll find here are outlandish weapons, huge boss battles and cooperative-friendly gameplay.
The games I’ll be comparing for this three-way showdown are Freedom Wars, Soul Sacrifice Delta and Toukiden: Kiwami. I am well aware that there are way more hunting games on Vita but I had to pick three and they’re either worse than these (like Ragnarok Oddyssey) or I haven’t played them yet (like God Eater 2). Let’s just dive in.

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Import Briefiew – Joetsu Electronics’s L2/R2 Button Grip Cover

Up until now I haven’t done any “hardware” reviews. Usually when new consoles arrive those big gaming media publications will review them and I always found those quite pointless. I mean, the most important thing about a console it’s the games you’ll be playing on it and certainly the launch lineup isn’t a good indication on the years to come.
This however isn’t a review on a console but more of an accessory for a console and my experience with it during the last couple weeks is more or less as good as it’s gonna get so… let’s start.

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