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!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Apricotsushi Reviews: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

Earlier this year, adventure game/visual novel Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc quickly wormed its way into my heart for being one of the most fun and interesting titles I've played in recent memory, let alone this year. While NIS America announced from the get-go that they would release the sequel before the year was out, I had my doubts that it could be anywhere near as good as the original, let alone better, as many assured me. How exactly do you follow up a game that throws fifteen elite high school students into a situation where the only way they can escape is by killing one of their classmates and not getting caught?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Japan Envy: Sailor Moon Tortilla Chips

I've said it time and time again, but I absolutely adore collaborative Japanese food campaigns! There's nothing better than a good themed café, and I'll happily admit that putting one of my favorite characters on any sort of food packaging will increase my willingness to buy said food a hundredfold. It's no wonder, then, that I'm totally thrilled by this new Sailor Moon Crystal tortilla chip campaign... and its hilarious promotional artwork!