Archive for April, 2010

It has been a while since I did a game review. You must be thinking why would I want to write a game review? Well, I want to share my opinions on the game, and you can decide for yourself if you should play it or not.

What I am reviewing today is Strange Journey from the Shin Megami Tensei Series. What’s Shin Megami Tensei(SMT), you may ask? It is a series of RPG games, often compared to Final Fantasy(FF)  games. However, these 2 series are completely different series, and SMT focuses on darker tones in terms of story. FF, however, focuses more on graphics, however…. SMT would lose to FF in terms of graphics. Well, each to his own.

Before I even launch into the game itself, I have to say, this is perhaps the most difficult and challenging game I ever played. All SMT games are challenging, but never have I faced such a challenging game like Strange Journey.

The story begins showing that South Pole has been overcome by some sort of black hole that is constantly enlarging and absorbing at an alarming rate. A investigation team is quickly assembled to dive into the area, named as “Schwarzwelt”, to find out what is causing the problem. You play as the main character(MC), an unnamed UN Soldier that is part of the special investigation team to provide combat assistance if needed.

The team is made up of 4 divisions, each division taking control of a vehicle that is capable of flight and the members are equipped with the latest technology, namely, the Demonica suits, which grants the wearer abilities.

Demonicas here are like iphones. You can customise it with applications to enhance it further, granting you additional abilities.

So, the team dives into the Schwarzwelt. They crash, and 3 other divisions are MIA. You wake up only to find the crew under attack by, of course, demons. It seems that demons inhabit the Schwarzwelt.

After a couple of tutorials, you are pretty much left alone. Your attacks come in the form of skills, which can be changed by the gun you equip onto the MC. The battle system is a simple turn-based form, exactly the same as the recent Persona(PSP). You input the commands, and the attacks are carried out.

In this game, demons are your weapons. You need to recruit demons and also fuse them to strengthen and get better demons. The game quickly gets very hard as your demons are constantly being outclassed by demons in other sectors. You need to constantly update your party and upgrade your skills. When you see the random encounters enemies casting higher level spells than you, it is time to upgrade your skills….

Also, another factor that makes it so hard is the lack of currency. Macca, the currency of the underworld is used as money to buy weapons, apps, etc… Healing too. Many a times when I was cash strapped and couldn’t revive my KO’ed demons or just heal them. Macca is very important here.

As you proceed to sector to sector, each sector gets even harder. Traps, hidden doors…..etc. Many a times I spent hours running around in circles, not knowing where to go. If not for walkthroughs, I would have probably have thrown my DS a couple of times. This is no joke, lol.

The soundtrack takes an interesting turn. Unlike the J-pop like soundtrack in Persona 4, the soundtrack here is creepy and dark, with chanting thrown into the surroundings. At first it may seem weird, but into the game, the soundtrack is actually pretty good in its own unique way.

This game is pretty fun if you can get over the steep difficulty, the story is packed with twists and turns. Gamers who are new to the SMT series may want to give this game a miss and opt for the MUCH easier SMT: Devil Survivor.

If you can tolerate the difficulty, you may want to give this game a try.

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Double HG 00 WIP 02

Posted: April 18, 2010 in WIP

After the HG Masurao with not much painting or work to be done, I dive into another model that needs lot of work. 2 of them, in fact.

Starting with the most important aspects of any GUNDAM, the V-fin! ^^

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HG Masurao WIP 02

Posted: April 15, 2010 in WIP

Well, time to finish this kit up.

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MG Red Frame Kai

Posted: April 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hey guys, I am back!

Murphy from Gunplasg asked if he could deliver on thursday, but he decided to deliver to me today so of course I was fine with it.

At first I thought it wasn’t the 30 anniversary campaign version since it took so long to arrive, but it turns out that it is! Not that it matters to me though, haha. There were some delays in shipment it seems.

Till next post!

Hiatus

Posted: April 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

Not gonna post for a while, my grandmother just passed away. At least she went peacefully.

Be back soon.

HG Masurao WIP 01

Posted: April 6, 2010 in WIP

Back again for another round of posting.

No ninja speed this time, xD.

The standard base in SEED and SEED Destiny HGs, one is included here as well. Good thing!

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XN Raiser WIP 02

Posted: April 3, 2010 in WIP

I almost forgot about this….. T_T

Except for one sword, the whole kit was white, unpainted. So I decided to continue on it. It was a rushed job, so pretty bad job….. never mind though, I still have a spare XN^^

Masked with Tamiya masking tape this time^^

The end result……. You can see spots that i have missed out here and there… Maybe I would touch them up…. Next time. Pretty bad job though 😦

HGUC Zeta Gundam (GWS) WIP

Posted: April 2, 2010 in WIP

I actually built this yesterday, but posting it today^^

Quite a few number of runners for this kit.

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