Short Reviews of Wii JRPGs I own

Decided to do some quick reviews on some of Wii JRPGs I own.

Starting off we got basic descriptions of the game which includes sub genre followed by a quick description of the game and average play session. After that got my thoughts on who should buy the game and type of cake it would be to help compare with other games. Finally the Lowest and Highest scores I would give the game.

Title: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Crystal Bearer

Age Rating: 12+

Sub Genre: Mini Game

Quick Description: Layle is a Crystal Bearer with power of gravity. The world is one huge playground for this ability. As you progress in story you unlock new locations and mini games.

During Play Session: Get story cut scene which leads onto a mini game followed by another cut scene when completed. Once that explore location and mess around with gravity powers.

Who Should Buy it: People who won’t something for a bit of fun and those who wondered what it would be like to have playable cut scenes.

Cake Type: Fun Party Cake

Lowest Score: 60% – Nothing like Final Fantasy or Crystal Chronicles

Highest Score: 80& – Who cares it’s fun to play

Title: Fragile Dreams

Age Rating: 7+

Sub Genre: Exploration

Quick Description: Play as Seto as he explores ruined world where most poeple are long gone. He searches for survivors.

During Play Session: Explore a bit and then head to fire to check items found. Explore some more and then head to fire to check items found. Explore and trigger story event.

Who Should Buy it: People after a story and fantastic place to explore.

Cake Type: A lonely cupcake with pretty decorated

Lowest Score: 50% – Battling and inventory space aren’t great

Highest Score:90% – Really wonderful atmosphere and nice story too.

Title: The Last Story

Age Rating: 16+

Sub Genre: Action, Strategy

Quick Description: A game with heavy focus on story. You play as group of mercenaries who have been hired to take down monsters. Anything more would spoil it.

During Play Session: Cut scene before heading to dungeon. Characters chatter while you explore and fight monsters with cut scenes in between. Finally cut scene before boss battle followed by another cut scene after it.

Who Should Buy it: People after a traditional JRPG feel but not the slow paced combat.

Cake Type: Luxury Chocolate Cake

Lowest Score: 70% – Not enough action and doesn’t last very long.

Highest Score: 100% – It’s a fantastic game and combat is great when you do get to play

Title: Little King’s Story

Age Rating:  7+

Sub Genre: A little bit of Everything

Quick Description: Play as a child who has just become King is setting out to build huge kingdom and rule the world.

During Play Session: Wake up and summon the army. Set off to explore and send army out to defeat monsters. Head back and sit on throne to get money to spend on building Kingdom and hiring more army.

Who Should Buy it: People looking for something different.

Cake Type: Jaffa Cake (wait is that a cake or…?)

Lowest Score: 80% – Some of the requests take ages to do

Highest Score: 90% – It’s so much fun

Title: Monster Hunter Trii

Age Rating: 16+

Sub Genre: Action

Quick Description: Play as a hunter who hunts gain monsters either online with up to four others or offline for added tiny bit of story.

During Play Session: Prepare for a hunt. Select a hunt from list and then set off. Locate monster and start hacking at it. Some time later it you will either kill it or capture it. Take rewards and monster drops to make better armor and weapons.

Who Should Buy it: People who want to hunt huge monsters and maybe those who are just after boss fights.

Cake Type: Chocolate, marshmallow etc random mix cake.

Lowest Score: 60% – Outside hunting monsters there is basically nothing

Highest Score: 90% – Not that it matters most of time your hunting monsters

Title: Pandora’s Tower

Age Rating: 12+

Sub Genre: Dungeon, Love Sim

Quick Description: Play as Aeron who has to cure his love interest by exploring towers.

During Play Session: Get up and check items and talk to Elen before setting off to a tower of choice. Roam around tower and grab some flesh. Head back to Elen to give her monster flesh and maybe some gifts too.

Who Should Buy it: Those who are interested in Elen and enjoy exploring dungeons.

Cake Type: Marble Cake

Lowest Score: 60% – Very occasional camera is an issue and not much outside love sim and dungeons.

Highest Score: 80% – Very interesting mix of genres and chain is fun to use too.

Title: Rune Factory Frontier

Age Rating: 12+

Sub Genre: Farm Sim, Love Sim

Quick Description: Play as Raguna a hero farmer as he builds up his farm and fights monsters on whale island or one of the many dungeons or maybe go after one of the girls.

During Play Session: Wake up do some chores and then either go into dungeon or maybe go fishing to get extra money or maybe go to festival in town or maybe…. And then finally go to sleep to wake next day.

Who Should Buy it:

Cake Type: Cupcake selection with each being different flavor.

Lowest Score: 60% – Runey system is a huge put off and in game days are really long.

Highest Score: 80% – There is a lot you can do though.

Title: Xenoblade Chronicles

Age Rating: 12+

Sub Genre: Action

Quick Description: Play as team of heroes as they set out to defeat the Mechon in a huge world waiting to be explored. Maybe take some time out for huge list of side quests.

During Play Session: Start where left off. Decide to do story or side quests. Go off and explore huge world while doing one or the other.

Who Should Buy it: People after a huge game with tons of side quests.

Cake Type: Humongous Chocolate Cake

Lowest Score: 70% – Not a lot of variety in side quests

Highest Score: 90% – It is a huge game

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Art Book Collection Part 2

These books are imported from Japan and have quite a bit of text. That may influence buying the book.

Rune Factory Official Memoirs

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Rune Factory game series is Harvest Moon meet RPG to put basically. The artbook contains art from 1st game up to 3rd and also includes Frontier. It contains a few new artwork not seen anywhere before. For the most part it is a collection of already available and easy to find art. It does contain monster art as well as.

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It is a really nice looking book though. There is quite a decent chunk of text at back of the book. Going to miss out on details of the characters. If your a fan of the series and art it is a nice collection. Not as good as it could have been though.

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Xenoblade The Secret File

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First things first… This isn’t really an artbook. It does contain a lot of really nice artwork and screenshots form the game but mostly it is text. It really like this book even though it has ton of text I can’t understand.

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I would buy the book of English version was to release though. The book itself obviously contains a lot of spoilers. I have tried not to show many spoilers but I like Melia. I can see this book being really helpful if I could understand it. Even so there is enough art and screenshots to make up for lack of understanding. There are pages of just text though.

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It does show concept art for armor and story boards. In particular the later section on Mechon’s is pretty interesting to look at even if it contains lots of spoilers. That is what to expect from this type of book though.

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Macross Frontier Official Complete Book

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Book is for Macross Frontier two movies. Contains screenshots and artwork from both movies but mainly focusing on 2nd movie. It heavily features the cover art and if you remove sleeve get to see concept of it. It has pull out version and later in book version of it. The book heavily focuses on the two main girls. It does includes bits form other characters though.

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Both Sheryl and Ranka get their own character section with two pages to show them off. Ranka’s introduction page I prefer. The new outfits from 2nd movie are heavily focused on. Older outfits do make an appearance as well. It does show enough detail for those wanting to make costumes of older outfits. Some of the art has been reused though.

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Unfortunately they only show in detail two concerts. One Sheryl and one Ranka concert. It would have been nice to see more details on other concert stages as well. With Ranka they did choose her best concert scene though.

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They do show pictures from the live concerts as well. There are others bits like that. Obviously interviews and bits of information. It does contain a sizable amount of text but if you really like the series (even if your not fan of movie/s) this is a really nice book.

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Art Book Collection Part 1

These books mostly contain artwork. Pictures aren’t great but hopefully give some idea on the quality of the artbooks as well as content.

Ranka Lee Visual Collection

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Most pages consists of promotional artwork. Pretty decent sized artwork although couple of smaller ones in the book as well. Is a section of more fan service type stuff. Thankfully those pages are golden coloured so can just skip them over. The artwork is pretty and had some fan art at back. I’m guessing it’s fan art. It has a decent variety of artwork although some outfits shown off more then others. While most is just of Ranka are some group shots and her with Alto or Brera.

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As I want to cosplay and doing games design a bit disappointed on the concept art section. It didn’t show all her outfits from series and didn’t go into detail on some of her outfits as much as others. However the art is a decent size so ones included you can easily see detail. The one thing that surprised me is there was no concept art for her famed Cinderella Dress and only a few pictures with her wearing that outfit.

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The book includes interview as well as preview of 2nd movie. It also has some black and white pages mostly consisting of interview and screenshots from series and Music Clip. A bit disappointment the 2nd movie preview didn’t contain many Ranka screenshots.

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Tsubusa Chronicles Artbook 1+2

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The artbooks consist of artwork from the manga as well as some artwork used for the movie. The 2nd artbook in particular contains spoiler art for those not far into manga or for those following anime series it won’t make much sense. The books have large variety in costumes and most artwork fills entire page/s.

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If your a cosplayer or into costume design the artbooks provide plenty of inspiration even though you don’t get to see all sides to the outfit. At end of each artbook is mini manga. To be warned the artbook contains a lot of different characters. So if you were expecting main couple of the series to appear a lot might be a bit disappointment or happy to know it’s not jsut focusing on them. Plenty of group shots or ones of other characters.

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Worlds of Final Fantasy – Dawn

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Artbook featuring artwork from Final Fantasy I to IV. Really nicely presented. Showing separate monsters as well as huge page filling artwork and one long pull out one. As fan of artwork nice to see a book containing it.It can be very difficult to find art for earlier Final Fantasy games. Specially decent sized ones.

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Lack of labeling is my only complaint with the book. While some designs are used for multiple games in the series would have been nice to know which one specifically. Only a minor complaint. Artwork itself is really nice and unique. It’s unfortunate of the games don’t look much like the art.

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Galaxy Angels 2

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For those who don’t know Galaxy Angels is a game series which has manga and anime spin offs. The anime takes a comic route meanwhile the manga stays more true to the game series. If ypour interested in cosplay lots of potential outfits in this book. It contains artwork of characters from1st lot of Galaxy Angels as well as 2nd lot. Has chibis as well.

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Contains singular character art, group ones and full page art as well. It’s a big book. While the uniforms are featured heavily some other outfits and fun art included as well. It’s a really nice art book and has lots of pretty art of decent size. Tons of art with characters having wings. Are some fan service pictures well quite a few really as the game is part dating sim. The art has been put into different categories which is needed for such a big book.

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Tales of Graces

It’s easy for poeple to forget something they would rather ignore or perhaps never realized. As such this is one of those times I feel that way. That many have chosen to ignore or simply forget Tales of Graces F is a port of a Wii game. PS3 owners maybe feel it is a PS3 only game since Wii release is unlikely. That would be the same for us in Europe to say Tales of the Abyss is 3DS game only. Just because it hasn’t released on initial console of release doesn’t make it any less a port or remake of that game. Not about to deny Wii has had ports/remakes or older games that released on PS1 and PS2. Okami and Klonoa come to mind.

All those out there writing review of Tales of Graces F if your going to make a comment regarding how long we have been waiting or that it’s best JRPG on PS3 please keep in mind it is a port of a Wii game.

 

Later Ports: Love them or Hate them?

I feel like venting out my frustration regarding Later Ports. Seems to be an ongoing trend in games industry and felt need to share my thoughts on it.

If a game is in demand to be played on another console it wasn’t released on it makes sense to release on that? Well in a way yes but it doesn’t justify adding a ton of extras on top. By adding those extras in it’s insulting the people who brought the original game. There is often no way for them to access new content unless they buy the later port. The extra content also adds further insult to the game. It’s basically saying the game isn’t good enough and needs extras now. If people really wanted the game there should be no need to add extras on to it unless it is a remake.

Another side effect of later ports which isn’t nice is localizing. Those who brought a console in one country expecting the game to localize on that console it was initially released on only to be told it’s releasing on an entirely different console as an exclusive. While it won’t effect those that brought multiple consoles for those that can’t afford a ton of consoles it’s an off putting experience. Especially when company localizing the game heavily hints at possible multiplat release or even releasing game on the original console of release with added extras included.

In my view there are no gains to be had from late ports other then insulting everyone involved. Just my opinion.