Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Giveaway for #NISNovember!

In a first for my monthly Community Game-Alongs, I'm excited to announce a themed giveaway! The wonderful folks at NIS America have offered two copies of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair for the November Game-Along which, as you probably know by now, is centered around Nippon Ichi Software and NIS America games. If you've already been participating, great, but if you haven't, now's the time to start playing those NIS games!

To learn more about Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, be sure to check out my review! If you're not familiar with the Danganronpa series, then Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is the place to start. Grab a copy and celebrate the last week of #NISNovember in style! 

Entering the giveaway is easy! Just sign in with Facebook or your email address below: 

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The giveaway closes on November 30th at 12 am, EST. Two randomly-selected winners will receive a physcial copy of Danganronpa 2. The prize can only be shipped within the U.S. and Canada, sorry! There will be many more chances for international folks to enter future giveaways.

Good luck and happy gaming!

Monday, November 24, 2014

We Love Katamari PAL Box Art Appreciation Post (with Giveaway!)

We Love Katamari is the sequel to one of the most unique games on the PlayStation 2 and among my favorite titles for the system, but the garish North American box art did not do it any favors. Apparently I wasn't the only one offended by MS Paint-esque art style and atrocious purple and green color scheme, either. Little did I know until just the other day, however, that PAL regions lucked out and actually got a very fun cover befitting of the game's quirky style!

A recent trip to my local second hand shop netted me this near perfect copy of the Australian version of We Heart Katamari! Back in 2005 I didn't usually go out of my way to look at game box art on the internet, so I had no idea the PAL box was so nice until I saw this in person. 

The back is equally fun, too, aside from that giant Australian PEGI rating sticker in the middle. At least they matched up the green with the green of everyone's favorite other worldly-prince.

The manual is virtually the same as We Heart Katamari's North American counterpart aside from the lack of text, but the disc art sports a bunch of animals and princes instead of the King of All Cosmos. I really like the crayon art style, and the decision to use it on both the front and back cover of the box as well as the disc makes it so much more cohesive than the North American version!

I imagine the contents of the manual are pretty similar between versions, but just in case you haven't seen it before, here are a couple of my favorite pages. Just flipping through this makes me wistful for when games always came with some kind of manual to look at...

Even a guitar can roll a katamari!

The Katamari games all have such great art! Now I want to go dig up one of my games and roll up some innocent children...

Oh, wait! Before I do that, I'd like to share with you some exciting news: this month's Chic Pixel supporter-exclusive giveaway is going to be this PAL copy of We Love Katamari! All you have to do is donate $5 or more by clicking the Paypal donate button at my supporter page to be in the running. Not only do you have the chance to win a super cool game, but your donation goes a long way to help expand the content on Chic Pixel! Giveaway closes on November 30th at 10 pm EST.

Next month I'll be back at the ranch (which is in no way an actual ranch, but that seems like a pretty cool way to refer to the house I grew up in), and I need to go through a lot of games, anime, manga, and more that I haven't had the chance to bring over to Australia. I'm planning on getting rid of a lot of things through giveaways and quick-fire auctions on Twitter to help raise money for the site, so please keep an eye out for that if you're interested!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Apricotsushi Reviews: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd

Back when SEGA released Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F last August, I was amazed to hear that a Vocaloid game would finally be coming out in English. SEGA only brought over the PlayStation 3 version initially, but six months later the PS Vita version followed due to the popularity of the PS3 release. Now, however, the digital idol Hatsune Miku is literally everywhere, from opening for Lady Gaga to performing on Letterman, so it makes much more sense to see Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd in English only eight months after the Japanese release. And this time, buyers have the option to choose between the PS3 and PS Vita versions at launch!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Idol RPG Omega Quintet is coming to Western PS4s

Idea Factory International has decided that the second non-Hyperdimension Neptunia game they'll be localizing for western audiences is Compile Heart's PS4 RPG, Omega Quintet. Scheduled to launch in North America and Europe in Spring 2015, the game is notable for being one of the few Japanese RPGs on the PS4. Apparently it also makes use of the Move controller!

It's interesting to think that the only idol games we're seeing in English are Idea Factory titles (and Love Live on mobile devices), but there you go! Unlike a traditional idol simulation game, though, Omega Quintet sticks with its musical theme to create a unique RPG where characters utilize systems such as "concert mode" and "harmonics"that harness the power of music to beat down enemies.

Taking cues from games like Senran Kagura, the girls in Omega Quintet will have customizable outfits and take damage to their clothes, resulting in a "costume break" if a certain threshold is reached. It very much looks like a traditional Idea Factory game, but with improved graphics and resolution for the PS4, so if their games are your cup of tea, be sure to mark your calendar for Spring 2015!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, there's at least one male character in the game (the nondescript fellow featured on the Japanese cover above). Because every idol group needs a manager, right? I hope there's an actual rhythm component to the battles, as that would be a lot of fun! Now let's take bets on how long it will take for me to stop writing the name as "Omega Quartet"...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chic Pixel's Holiday 2014 Gift Guide

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and for many people that means it's time to update and circulate wish lists and ready the wallet for impending gift purchases. Whether you're looking for gift suggestions to give to other people or things to buy that special nerd in your life, Chic Pixel is here to give you a few ideas to get you started!