Hyper Japan

First time I went to Hyper Japan was last year during Summer. It wasn’t as busy as MCM Expo but it was also less about anime and video games and more about Japan itself. This made it a much more refreshing event. I got to see live concert which I really enjoyed.

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Second time I went to the Hyper Japan Christmas and first time cosplayed at event. Cosplaying is a lot of fun but stressful when trying to get ready. Depending on outfit chosen and character cosplaying as depends on amount of attention you get. I went as Ranka Lee but wore her newish and fairly unknown dress. I wasn’t recognised by many. During event I got chance to play WiiU which was a lot of fun. This time around I feel much more push for market side of things. It was also a lot busier but I think this is because event has gotten lot more attention and there was less competition due to timing of events. Both events could have done with more seats around the stage area. Annoying this time around I couldn’t enter cosparade because of timing of event. I have to leav fairly early to catch train home. If I was to go to another event in London I would probably stay over weekend at a hotel so I can fully enjoy the event.

My loot from this time around…

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Miku Art Book, Vocaloid mini racing figures, stuffed llama, Kingdom Hearts Dream Eater Meow Wow, Final Fantasy Playing Cards, Clamp keyring and badges, Neo Mug, Owls on Moon, Sweets and Drink

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The Miku art book is really pretty. They had others there but this one has some really pretty artwork. Some full-page coloured manga no text but it was really gorgeous. It has some other vocaloids too but it was mostly Miku. The Miku racing mini figures I really cute. There are couple or problems though. The car needs you to cut out the decals so it’s blank white. It was also a huge pain to put them together with their items. Already damaged one but can’t really tell. They are cute and have a good amount of accessories though. Best part is they use same stand parts as my Choco Minto Macross F figures. If I wanted to could use the podium for them instead.

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The drink was really nice. Supposedly Strawberry is best flavour but was sold out. I got Orange instead. Really yummy.

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These chocolates…. If you buy some you won’t like them so send them to me instead. I’ll eat them. 🙂

Review – The Last Story (Wii)

A rare traditional JRPG on Wii. When it comes to JRPGs this game ticks most if not all the boxes for it. It doesn’t really do much outside the traditional JRPG norm. It does have a really interesting combat system.

The Bad

The game is chapter based. There isn’t anything hugely wrong with that alone but like with all chapter based games much content is only available during certain chapters. Miss out and you end up losing out on an event or side quest. Some are easier to miss than others. Specially sick girl story because the character relating to it are hidden around back of Arena which won’t visit a lot. Then they are kids that steal from you that hide around back streets. The game lacks in sidequests that have a dungeon attached to it. Majority are minor ones that take place in the city. Also is very story heavy game. If you don’t like the characters or story you won’t like the game. The characters are very chatty and gameplay is divided through lots of cut scenes. There is a skip button but I enjoy the story so hardly every use it.

Fun extra weapons and special dyes can only be found through online play. Online play is divided into Co-Op monster battle and VS Arena. If you want to get some fun weapons have to go play online. Special dyes can only be gotten through VS mode. It’s disappointing no way of getting those special dyes outside of VS mode.

The Good

Armour alteration is fantastic. Being able to dye parts and remove pointless armour parts that ruin the look is great. It does take a bit of tweaking to get armour from artwork save Calista’s armour. Calista gets her two dresses however her armour is fixed along with knight armour you get. You can’t dye it so while the dress is exactly like the white one shown in artwork its coloured black instead.

The combat system is a lot of fun. It has a strategy side to it so unlike other more action type RPGs this one does require some thoughtful thinking. Being able to shoot monsters with crossbows. Ordering character to destroy parts of building. Can also command character to use different attacks or support which comes in handy with elemental weaknesses.. Although the game is relatively easy. Only final boss may prove too much of a challenge. Second play through passes on levels and armour. Only bosses increase level. The most difficult parts are solo parts and dungeons. Specially on 2nd play through.

The game only has one major city so it’s easy to find where to go next after a while. This is your hub town which changes as story progresses. The city is one of the best hub towns I have seen but I also know many might feel it’s a bit empty compared to other games. It lacks the countless nameless roaming NPCs. The art style is wonderful. While sometimes it lacks colour I feel it works really well with the feel of this being a story. Design of dungeons are well thought out with strategy in mind. You can replay a lot of the dungeons for extra treasure.

To Buy?

If you’re a huge JRPG fan and like the characters and storyline you will love this game. If your only interested in gameplay might want someone else to finish story so you can just do the dungeons at the end.

Looking at Later Ports Extra Content and DLC

This really is just a quick price  look into what you’re getting with a Later Port compared to what it would be worth as DLC instead. I am using Okami Wii as price guide. Some games haven’t been localised so I wanted a game that has been localised to use as a rough guide as if it has been localised. FFCC My Life as a King is being used due to familiarity of the game and it’s DLC. I didn’t want to use a game I wasn’t sure what the extra content actually added to the game.

My Life as a King DLC: 1000 Wii Points = £12.00

  • For extra costumes: £1.20
  • 1 Extra Race: £3.60
  • 3 Extra Race: £9.60
  • Extra Dungeons: £3.60
  • There was a graphics update for free

Add on content full price list: Final Fantasy Wikia

Okami Wii : Rounded to £10

To explain the above DLC pricing. The more it affects the overall game the more expensive the price. An extra costume is just a visual change. It doesn’t affect gameplay at all. It also doesn’t extend the game in any way. The middle priced DLC have some gameplay change and others some extended play. Most expensive offers the greatest change or is a package of several other DLC. Overall visual update is done for free but this is done to highlight new DLC and it also doesn’t change visual style of the game.

Using that as a price guide it quickly becomes apparent many later ports are ridiculously over priced for the additions offered. It would be cheaper for us to buy the original release and pay for the extras as DLC. No company as yet has offered to put up extra port content as DLC on older versions when able to. The fact is if you have a console preference your more likely to pay up extra money to play on console your happy with even if it’s not really worth doing so. Specially if you own both consoles. I have heard of people buying more expensive versions simply due to the controller.  Later ports will probably be around for a long time to come for this reason alone.