Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Persona Q!

So, no secrets here...I love me some Persona. Particularly Persona 4, but that's a story for another day. Persona Q finally came out mid December, after some delays, and then the English version came out after Japanese, but it's here, and more importantly, I have it. I'm not very far in yet, but it seems pretty dope. The music, art, and voice acting are amazing, as expected. I haven't double checked, but it seems like the voice cast is the same (including the most important member, Chie!).
One nice thing is you can play through as either the Persona 3 or Persona 4 gang. This means a minimum of 2 play throughs, as far as I am concerned, regardless of whatever other replayability the game may have. I'm playing though right now as P4 (because, duh, Chie!), but I do intend to play through as the manipulative little sociopath...erm, P3 Protagonist, at a future date.
But it's not all rainbows and lollipops, kind readers. It wouldn't be me if I didn't find some negative aspects to warn you about. And for as far as I am in the game, the only downside I have found is that you can't just come and go as you please. You have to play until you reach a save. I don't like that in general, but it's worse for a handheld title, as you are more likely to be playing it at work or on public transportation or on breaks. Sure you can just close the screen and hope for the best, but I lost power at one point and had to replay a whole segment. I was not pleased.
Anyway, if you like the series, you probably got this before me. It's worth a look as a fun jrpg/vn/strategy game.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Toys For Wargaming - Transformers Jetfire Hero Masher

So, probably everyone and his cousin has realized that the G1 Jetfire is a dead ringer for the Valkyrie from Robotech. As such, it's also quite a match for the Stinger from BattleTech. And since Battletroops is just about my favorite old school sci-fi wargame, I am always on the lookout for things that can act as 'mechs in a 28mm scale environment. And this is about right.

I can't wait to try it out!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gaming With LEGO - D&D KREO Knight's Battle Tower

For some reason, I don't have a picture of the box for this one, so I am approximating the title as best I can. Usually, I photo the box for precisely that reason. In any event, this was yet another acquisition in the big TRU selloff of this lin in mid to late 2014. I got so much of it in fact that I still have pictures on my hard drive of sets we built but never posted.

So here you have it. My wife integrated the tower itself into some massive mega fort she was working on a while back. It was an uninspired construction anyway, so I don't miss it. Where this set was able to shine was the catapult, but since it's the same as the smaller cheaper set I posted previously, all this set really has is that it comes with better figures than that set.

The orcs are kind of cool, and have neat weapons. The knights are rather more generic than I prefer, but I guess that just makes them versatile. They also come with that 2 piece spear I like so much. Bonus.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Terraria Thursday - Eye Of Cthulhu

The Eye of Cthulhu is one of the earliest boss enemies you come across in Terreria. At least, it was back when I was playing it. Who knows how many updates have gone through since then. In any event, it was, and is, a fun boss to fight. It could summon on it's own at night from time to time, or you could use a 'Suspicious Looking Eye' to summon it manually.

Once it arrived, it would fly around, doing damage to you with eye beams, ramming, or with summoned minions which would chase you. After reducing its health below a certain threshold, it would go even more berserk, and change into the smaller, 'maw' variant, where the pupil would split into a mouth and try and bite you.

This version includes both phases, and the smaller version can even be used to replace the head from one of the stock characters, if you wanted to make the creepiest minifigure ever. Also included are a bow made from demon scales (I forget what it's called), a potion, binoculars, and what looks like a shield. A fun set, really.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Gaming With LEGO - Knight's Catapult - D&D KREO

Ok, so this has been in my pictures folder ready to go for so long that I don't even remember when I got this set or what happened to it.

Honestly. It must have been from the big D&D clearance that TRU had like last summer. But I'm not even sure. I think I had my kids build it, and then let them have most of it after I took the pictures, because the only part of it I can find is the catapult.

Which is the only part of the set really worth having. Honestly, that thing throws those little red marbles with AUTHORITY.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Takao Tuesday - Meet The Tsundere Heavy Cruiser

Click for bigger. Holy God, I just realized her spec sheet lists her top surface speed as 90 knots. Gotta love fast girls.
Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio (Arpeggio of Blue Steel) is a great anime (and Manga, though I haven't read that much of it yet). I'm not really going to do a review of it, but suffice to say, it ties in with my love of the Kancolle browser game. In Arpeggio, the world as we know it has ended due to the arrival of the 'Fleet of Fog,' mysterious eldritch supertech versions of World War II ships. Sort of like Mass Effect Reapers, but Naval Vessels. Humanity's last hope is hanging by a thread, and will be snuffed out if the heroes (sort of a D&D party with a submarine) don't get the Magical Macguffin to the States to turn the tides.

Enough backstory. The first major antagonist in this story is Takao, nameship of the Takao class of heavy cruisers. Here thar be spoilers. After being sneakily defeated by the heroes, she comes to the conclusion that her loss was due to not having a crew, and she becomes obsessed with obtaining a captain of her own. It sounds kind of creepy described so briefly, but over the course of the anime (and presumably the manga) it develops into a rather heartwarming journey of self discovery for the previously unemotional artificial being. She has complicated feelings, and often has trouble being honest about them with others. Hence the monniker 'Tsundere Heavy Cruiser,' which even other fog ships call her from time to time.

Takao's just rad. Seriously, it's hard for me not to root for blue girls. Mass Effect has me trained almost to a Pavlovian standard. Plus, it makes for a nice play on words in the title. Honestly, these things just write themselves sometimes.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Minifig Monday - Sabine Wren

Hey all, Counterfett here. I have the day off for MLKJ Day. In previous years, we worked this day, but were given a 'floating' holiday that we could use at our own discretion. Normally I wold say I preferred the floater, but, in all honesty, not going in today sounds mighty fine.

Anyway, holiday or no, it is Monday, so here she is. This is Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels. I wanted a minifig of her sooooo bad. And I finally got it. She is an...uninspired translation to LEGO. It's not a bad figure, per se, it just that unless you know it's her from the package, there's not much to indicate it otherwise. She does have the purplish hair, the orange streaks, and I guess that sort of looks like her chest armor.

I wanted it before it became impossible to find in stores, and was only obtainable on ebay for four times MSRP. Mission accomplished.