Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pre-order GET spotlight – Amazon prime 20% off!

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir has just been released in Japan, which got me thinking of the US release, which is currently scheduled for June. It just so happens that Amazon is running a promotion where all pre-orders for games are 20% off for Amazon Prime members. Ah, but which version to get?

The PS4 will be the only way to get the Storybook version which includes a collector’s metal slipcase, art print, potion recipe t-shirt, premium outer box, and a hardcover version of the 64 page art book. That’s a $20 premium over the standard game-only release you’ll pay to get these goodies. The standard PS4, PS3 and Vita versions can get a softcover artbook at select retailers.

Odin Sphere on the PS2 was “almost” a classic. The main things that held it back for me was the clunky menus, slow loading, overly long food crafting sequences, and the frame rate slowdown when a ton of characters (particularly large bosses) were on the screen. This upgrade addresses many of those issues although I’m curious to see if any menu or food crafting tweaks will be implemented.

The game was gorgeous, as are most Vanillaware games, and the character designs are second only to Dragon’s Crown. To have this game remastered for HD is going to be a huge treat. Honestly, I’d love to see a PS4 remaster series (upgraded gameplay and visuals) for all Vanillaware games. GrimGrimoire, Princess Crown, Muramasa, and even Dragon’s Crown.

For a big Odin Sphere fan as myself, a purchase is a no brainer. It’s tempting to go for the Storybook edition with Amazon discount, but I need to cut back on fancy editions.

Vanillaware recommendations
For those new to Vanillaware, I would say Muramasa is the most accessible and straightforward of the recent catalog. Dragon’s Crown is an homage to the old school Capcom Dungeons and Dragons game (which was basically Final Fight with light RPG elements and branching paths) so it’s more for a very specific hardcore audience.

Out of the three, Odin Sphere is the most epic. A large cast of characters to either play as or interact with, a long and interesting story, and a lot of strategic depth (crafting, growing food, leveling up, etc).

I was a bit surprised to see that it was priced like a totally new game, but honestly, this is one of those games that will be worth it. 

Monday, January 04, 2016

DOA5LR Season Pass 3, DOAX3, and total spending to date

I’m a bit late to the party on this, but just saw that Season Pass 3 has launched for the US. 104 estimated costumes and a new character for $92.99. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that Team Ninja is milking this to the very last drop and it should be noted there would be no Season Pass 3 if the other two Season passes didn’t sell well.

I didn’t purchase the previous two passes, but the addition of a new character does make this a bit tempting. I’m going to bring out my crystal ball and predict the first two season passes will go on sale soon to entice completionists to buy the third season.

Do you really think a company that releases an unprecedented third season pass (at least I think no one has done this before) would leave any money on the table at all by not releasing Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 outside of Japan/Asia?

Dammit, take my money…
I did cave and buy the limited sale version of the Last Getaway set that comes with 24 costumes and four private paradise movies.

AND… despite the fact that I know deep in my bones DOAX3 will get a western release, I did end up pre-ordering the Asian version since the price has dropped on that. If the game is any good, I will most likely pick up the US release too.

Dead or Alive 5 total spend to date
Dating back to 2012 (!), here is my totals spent on the DOA5 iterations and DLC:

September 2012
Dead or Alive 5 PS3 $65

August 2013
Dead or Alive 5 Plus Vita $9.99
Dead or Alive 5 Plus costume packs $12.99

April 2014
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Million fighters PS3 $19.99
All fighters + costumes

March 2015
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round extra characters with DLC costume bonus bundle
PS4 $39.99
Random individual costumes $14

January 2016
Last getaway premiere set $25
4 premier sexy outfits, 18 last getaway outfits, 4 private paradise movies

Total - $187

So roughly $46 per year over the last four years which is a pretty good return for Team Ninja who has just been tweaking mechanics and adding characters and costumes. Aside from my initial PS3 DOA5 boxed copy purchase, all other purchases were bought when on special sale.

The pre-order of DOAX3 breaks my bargain hunting pattern, but it is the first “new” game since DOA5.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Completed! Part 1: PlayStation 4

Watcha been playing? Here’s what’s been completed or in progress at GET central the past year or so:

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – I’m amazing how great this game looks and how sharp it is at 1080p 60p. Really cool armor and weapon upgrades that can be customized further. Took me several months to get through, but I loved every minute of it. CS score – A

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition – After completing Diablo III, I was still in the mood for some top down action. Although not a loot fest, still quite a fun shooter with interesting weapon upgrades. Awful looking armor though. CG rating – C

Dragon Age Inquisition – The first Dragon Age game still had the best story and characters, but this one is a close second. Huge world although it felt like a lot of quests are of the filler variety. Decent costume factor although it was really tough to make an attractive face. CG rating – B

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Onechanbara Z2 Chaos – Much more polished and fun than the last Onechanbara game I played which was Bikini Samurai Squad on the 360. Story is wacky in a good way, but the level design is just awful. The Strawberries and Banana DLC costumes are insane and there are a lot of costume pieces to unlock. CG rating – C+

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 Resident Evil 2 Revelations – The first Revelations was quite good, but I liked this one a lot more. The story and gameplay felt like a return to old school RE and it was cool to see Barry back. The length was just right too and I will eventually go back to play the raid modes. It just needs more costumes to unlock. CG rating – B-

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round – I’ve been fairly conservative with the costumes I’ve purchased. Mostly picked a few here and there for the characters I play the most. Buying costumes still feels unsatisfying to me though. CG rating – Still in progress, but about a B at this point.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday GET!

I picked up three hot items on my wish list thanks to the multitude of PSN promotions, the co-op sale, Black Friday deal, and the 10% off your total order coupon.

Picked up The Witcher 3 ($22.50) , Deception IV: Nightmare Princess ($22.50), and Hotline Miami 2 ($6.75).

Unfortunately it was too early for a Fallout 4 deal. I did decide to pass on Ultra Street Fighter IV. I just would not play it much and SFV is not that far off.

The PSN sales end sometime tonight and the 10% off coupon expires tomorrow 12/1.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ultra Street Fighter IV sale

Even cheaper if you have PS Plus which sadly I do not currently.

Ultra Street Fighter IV, which is one of the games on my black friday watch list, just went on sale along with a host of other PSN titles. There is also a 10% of your total order code that is good till 12/1. I'll keep USFIV in my cart for now and wait for more sale festivities on friday so get maximum discount code value. Come on Fallout 4 sale! You can do it!

I just upgraded to a 2TB hard drive so it's totally ready for a digital download extravaganza. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Black Friday videogame price watch

I should be done with Legacy of the Void or close to it by the end of next week and that means looking out for good gaming bargains!

Fallout 4 PS4 – I’m trying to wait as long as possible so more bugs can be patched. The best thing woul be to wait for a Game of the Year edition with all the DLC, but I’m such a huge Fallout nerd that it’s taken every ounce of will power to have sat out the launch. $30-40 will push me over the top. That will take some of the sting off the season pass. Of all the games listed, this has the highest costume potential although I will eventually end up in power armor most of the time. Haven't decided yet whether to play as male or female. Played Fallout 3 male and New Vegas as female. 

Ultra Street Fighter 4 PS4 – Hoping for a PSN sale on this one since I won’t play it a ton. SF4 is the only installment of the series I don’t own. Guess that's not a great reason to purchase it. Maybe cross this one off then...

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Wasteland 2 Directors Cut PS4 – My kickstarter version was upgraded to the DC for free, but my Mac was already struggling running the game with decent fidelity. I can’t imagine how it will handle the upgraded DC requirements. I think this will be fantastic on the PS4 and it will look a lot better than on my Mac as well. Since this is a double dip, I’m waiting to get this on sale from it’s current asking price of $39.99. Half that and I’m sold.

Image from GameSpot

Deception IV: Nightmare Princess PS4 – I owned this on the Vita, but the small screen size was a huge hindrance for a game where you need to lay intricate traps while keeping an eye on your victim(s). I ended up selling it early enough where I recouped a decent amount of money since I knew I wanted the game on PS3 eventually. The Nightmare Princess is the obligatory PS4 re-mastered version complete with added content. Glad I waited. Now I just have to wait a little longer for this to go on sale. 

Star Wars Battlefront PS4 – It’s been talked to death already regarding the relatively thin content and the outrageous season pass, so I’ll simply just say if this goes on sale for $30 or less I’m totally there.

The Witcher 3 PS4 – I’m actually on the fence about this because I’ve kind of had my fill of fantasy with doing Dragon Age and Diablo III back-to-back. Also the second DLC is not expected until the first half of next year and that sounds about the right time to get into the game.

Any other hot titles folks are waiting for sales on?