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.