What Games Are You Playing?

DragoStark

Dandy Guy, in Space
Finally finished up Yakuza Kiwami. Had to take a break as my old RSI flared up again on my wrist (the xbox controller is probably a bit too big for my small hands haha)
I love the Yakuza series so much. I own Kiwami 2 and the rest have popped up on PC now too so will get to them at some point.

As for now, I'm probably gonna take a break from controller heavy games. Might consider Fallout New Vegas next, or Resident Evil 3 if it's not too bad with a keyboard. Haven't decided yet.
 

awadama fever

Za Warudo
I finished A Winter's Daydream.

It's a really sweet visual novel - it's very short (you can finish it off in an hour or two depending on your reading speed) and there aren't any routes (or really much interaction - you just press X to move to the next page), but A) it's only about £5 and B) it's a very nice story.

The writing is simple and not bogged down by too much trivial chitchat or unnecessary details. There are happy parts, sad bits, a few funny lines - presentation wise, the font is a decent size and I don't recall seeing any typos or weird phrasing. It's all pleasing to the eye too - I can't really find any negatives with it TBH (the short length is reasonable, considering the price).

I think the visual style and the story would probably to appeal to a lot of people here, so I'd recommend it to anyone who's fine with short games with not much actual "game" to them.
 

Dai

School Idol
Atelier Firis
This was my third Atelier game, after Iris and Ryza, and it might be my favourite so far. Ryza was great, but I was a little disappointed that the plot turned into a standard defeat-the-ancient-evil scenario towards the end. Firis never goes in that direction, or at least not on the main quest-line. It's structured in two halves: first Firis has one in-game year to gather enough recommendation letters from other alchemists for her to be allowed to take the exam to become a registered alchemist herself. If she manages to pass the exam, the credits roll, and all I expected was a brief epilogue. Instead, from that point it turns into a free-form open world game where you follow quest-lines from various characters. A lot of this starts in the first half, but there isn't time to complete them all while that time limit is in place, and more quests unlock once the time limit has been removed.

There were only a couple of things I didn't like. At a few places in the story, you have to perform 'mass synthesis', which involves creating items on a huge scale so they can be used as components of something unusually large and complex. This is a total grind since you can only create 2-5 of an item at a time, at most, and these recipies call for around 100 items in total, often with some of those requiring other items to be created first to use as raw materials. Fortunately only a couple of these mass synthesis tasks are mandatory. The regular synthesis you perform most of the time is enjoyable, with a Tetris-esque block puzzle used to enhance items.

The other issue was that the game never explains in advance exactly what the alchemy exam entails. Since I didn't know if it would mean going on a lengthy quest, I signed up for the exam with 90 in-game days left on the clock, which was a mistake. I ended up taking the exam under-levelled in both combat and alchemy, and just barely scraped through on my first attempt. Be warned, part of it is an actual written exam! It expects you to memorise things like the hundreds of weirdly named traits of items, and where certain materials are gathered from, and you only have 10 seconds to answer each question, so there's no time to look anything up. I flunked that part badly.

On the whole, I enjoyed the exploration aspect of the first half, and the freedom of the second half. It was nice to play a JRPG that wasn't about saving the world for once, so I'm planning to get more games in the series. I already have Ryza 2 for the next time I'm in an alchemy mood.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
I recently finished Yakuza: Like a Dragon and whilst the turn-based combat is no replacement for the signature gameplay of the other mainline titles I did overall enjoy the story, and Ichiban makes for a great new central protagonist.

The main cast/party members were also solid and my main gripes were having to grind to get all my stats up to unlock some substories near the end game and the part-time hero quests being uninteresting and again very grind-heavy in places. Some boss battles also required a bit of levelling but I found a quick way to do so later on involving a specific enemy.

Next I’ll be likely playing some Rockstar classics in Bully Scholarship Edition and Red Dead Redemption.
 

Ian Wolf

Symphogear
AUKN Staff
My brother and I have been playing Gen 1 Pokemon with our own defined version of Nuzlocke rules. I managed to defeat the champ just now with a team of four: Venusaur, Pidgeot, Snorlax and Lapras.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
I finished up Bully Scholarship Edition. Had some glitches to contend with but this is a short and sweet game with a great soundtrack. A shame the ending feels so abrupt.

I’m now playing through Persona 2: Innocent Sin (The PSP edition) via my PS TV.
 
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NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
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Completed Game #7 | Kandagawa Jet Girls (PS4)

With Sony being more restrictive on fanservice, Senran Kagura creator Kenichiro Takaki eventually decided to leave Marvelous for Cygames but before he left, he worked on one more project with Honey Parade Games called Kandagawa Jet Girls, which is also a multimedia project because there was an anime adaptation also (coming to the UK soon by MVM).

With Senran Kagura focused on being an action/musou type brawler, Kandagawa Jet Girls is a racing/shooter done in teams of two people. One person controls the Jet vehicle while the other shoots at other opponents or obstacles on the path. The idea of this game is actually pretty well executed as the concept works fairly well on the controls and gameplay, it's simple and adds a bit of uniqueness to the mix. I guess in a sense you could argue this is basically an anime version of Mario Kart: Double Dash.

The gameplay does have some flaws however. The level design is not varied enough and while they do offer tons of alternate paths and angles, it's pretty much the same locations and I feel they missed the opportunity to be a lot more wild on the settings. In addition, the difficulty is very easy for the most part against the AI. The controls work for the most part but drifting and turning feels imperfect and doesn't always work at its best. I feel that if the game did manage to get a sequel they should try and make the gameplay more fast-paced and improve its drifting mechanic like Ridge Racer and F-Zero to add extra fun and replayability to the mix.


That being said, the mini-games are super fun and I love them a lot. Fanservice games generally have what I like to call the 'punishment' mechanic which is pretty much why Sony is asking Japan to tone it down a lot - Kandagawa Jet Girls does not have this type and instead goes for different variety like cleaning a vehicle, mopping up puddles on a path, exercising on a machine and doing drift stunt work. There's no prodding anime girls like Senran Kagura had, though the girls' chests do jiggle which is perfectly fine by me. What I'm basically trying to say is that this game is a good example of how other fanservice games should have tackled their mechanics than being super ecchi and risk getting into infamous media mess. Slightly off-topic I know but as someone who loves fanservice I do want a good balance that doesn't make me feel too awkward when playing certain games these days (like Gal*Gun's main gameplay is great but the mini-games does make me question the decision making at times).

Anyway, back on the topic of things, Kandagawa Jet Girls has a nice variety of characters. You have the regular main girl who is cheerful, the rich drillhaired ohoho girl (my favourite), idol girls, foreign girls, shrine girls, gyaru girls and also a chubby girl which is not something you see every day in anime land. Voice-acting for each of the girls is also good and their banter during the race is nice. The story is mostly non-existent but it's short and doesn't overstay its welcome.


You can customise your character in terms of hairstyle, accessories, clothes and also their vehicles in terms of improving their speed and handling. The jet customisation is important if you want to complete the mini-missions in the story campaign. Each race has 3 stars, one for 1st place and the other two can be anything from not hitting a wall, not using the special weapon (Square), shooting a specific amount of balloons, a specific speed and various others. It's mostly doable without customisation and only 60% of the stars are needed for the trophies.

Overall, Kandagawa Jet Girls is not that bad of a game and for the price I paid which was £32 but came with first print items like the OST and artbook it's definitely been worthwhile. The game is short, about 15 hours overall or maybe less, but it's an easy Platinum trophy if you like trophy hunting.

Kandagawa Jet Girls is available to own physically (JP/US) and digitally on PlayStation 4 and also digitally on PC.​

My backlog so far:
#Platform#Game NameGenre
1​
3DS​
1​
Senran Kagura 2: Deep CrimsonAction
2​
3DS​
2​
Tales of the AbyssAction RPG
3​
PC/Steam​
1​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the SkyTurn-Based RPG
4​
PC/Steam​
2​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second ChapterTurn-Based RPG
5​
PS3
1​
Castlevania: Lords of ShadowAction
6​
PS3
2​
CatherinePuzzle
7​
PS3
3​
Drakengard 3Action RPG
8​
PS3
4​
Eternal SonataTurn-Based RPG
9​
PS3
5​
FolkloreAction
10​
PS3
6​
Katamari ForeverPuzzle
11​
PS3
7​
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White WitchTurn-Based RPG
12​
PS3
8​
PuppeteerPlatformer
13​
PS3
9​
Sengoku Basara 3: Samurai HeroesMusou
14​
PS3
10​
Siren Blood CurseHorror
15​
PS3
11​
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus HDPlatformer
16​
PS3
12​
Sly 2: Band of Thieves HDPlatformer
17​
PS3
13​
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves HDPlatformer
18​
PS3
14​
Soul Calibur VFighting
19​
PS3
15​
Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the OverlordTactical RPG / Visual Novel
20​
PS3
16​
White Knight ChroniclesTurn-Based RPG
21​
PS3
17​
White Knight Chronicles IITurn-Based RPG
22​
PS4​
1​
The 25th Ward: The Silver CaseVisual Novel
23​
PS4​
2​
428: Shibuya ScrambleVisual Novel
24​
PS4​
3​
Attack on Titan 2: Final BattleMusou
25​
PS4​
4​
Blue ReflectionTurn-Based RPG
26​
PS4​
5​
Chaos;ChildVisual Novel
27​
PS4​
6​
Code VeinAction RPG
28​
PS4​
7​
Cyberdimension Neptunia: Four Goddesses OnlineAction RPG
29​
PS4​
8​
Danganronpa 1 ReloadVisual Novel
30​
PS4​
9​
Danganronpa 2 ReloadVisual Novel
31​
PS4​
10​
Danganronpa V3: Killing HarmonyVisual Novel
32​
PS4​
11​
Date A Live: Rio-Reincarnation - 1: Rinne UtopiaVisual Novel
33​
PS4​
12​
Date A Live: Rio-Reincarnation - 2: Ars InstallVisual Novel
34​
PS4​
13​
Date A Live: Rio-Reincarnation - 3: Twin Edition: Rio ReincarnationVisual Novel
35​
PS4​
14​
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 FortuneSimulation
36​
PS4​
15​
Dragon's Crown ProAction RPG
37​
PS4​
16​
Fate/Extella LinkMusou
38​
PS4​
17​
Fist of the North Star: Lost ParadiseAction
39​
PS4​
18​
Gal*Gun 2On-Rails Shooter
40​
PS4​
19​
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite CombateAction RPG
41​
PS4​
20​
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of HeavenFighting
42​
PS4​
21​
JudgmentAction
43​
PS4​
22​
LangrisserTactical RPG
44​
PS4​
23​
Langrisser IITactical RPG
45​
PS4​
24​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold SteelTurn-Based RPG
46​
PS4​
25​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IITurn-Based RPG
47​
PS4​
26​
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIITurn-Based RPG
48​
PS4​
27​
Megadimension Neptunia VIITurn-Based RPG
49​
PS4​
28​
Megadimension Neptunia VIIRTurn-Based RPG
50​
PS4​
29​
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant KingdomAction RPG
51​
PS4​
30​
Nights of AzureAction RPG
52​
PS4​
31​
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New MoonAction RPG
53​
PS4​
32​
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3Musou
54​
PS4​
33​
Onechanbara Z2: ChaosAction
55​
PS4​
34​
Our World Is EndedVisual Novel
56​
PS4​
35​
Persona 5 RoyalTurn-Based RPG
57​
PS4​
36​
Punch LineVisual Novel
58​
PS4​
37​
Raging LoopVisual Novel
59​
PS4​
38​
Robotics;Notes DaSHVisual Novel
60​
PS4​
39​
Robotics;Notes ELITEVisual Novel
61​
PS4​
40​
Saint Seiya: Soldier's SoulFighting
62​
PS4​
41​
Sakura WarsAction RPG / Dating Sim
63​
PS4​
42​
Sengoku Basara 4: SumeragiMusou
64​
PS4​
43​
Senran Kagura Burst Re:NewalAction
65​
PS4​
44​
Shining Resonance: RefrainAction RPG
66​
PS4​
45​
Steins;Gate EliteVisual Novel
67​
PS4​
46​
Steins;Gate: Linear Bound PhenogramVisual Novel
68​
PS4​
47​
Super Robot Wars VTactical RPG
69​
PS4​
48​
Super Robot Wars XTactical RPG
70​
PS4​
49​
Sword Art Online: Fatal BulletAction RPG
71​
PS4​
50​
Tales of BerseriaAction RPG
72​
PS4​
51​
Tales of VesperiaAction RPG
73​
PS4​
52​
Tales of ZestiriaAction RPG
74​
PS4​
53​
Tokyo Xanadu eX+Action RPG
75​
PS4​
54​
Toukiden 2Action RPG
76​
PS4​
55​
Utawarerumono: Mask of DeceptionTactical RPG / Visual Novel
77​
PS4​
56​
Utawarerumono: Mask of TruthTactical RPG / Visual Novel
78​
PS4​
57​
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the FallenTactical RPG / Visual Novel
79​
PS4​
58​
Utawarerumono: ZanMusou
80​
PS4​
59​
Valkyria Chronicles RemasteredTactical RPG
81​
PS4​
60​
Valkyria Chronicles 4Tactical RPG
82​
PS4​
61​
The Witch and the Hundred Knight Revival EditionAction RPG
83​
PS4​
62​
WORLDEND SYNDROMEVisual Novel
84​
PS4​
63​
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this WorldVisual Novel
85​
PS4​
64​
Ys IX: Monstrum NoxAction RPG
86​
Vita​
1​
Bullet GirlsThird Person Shooter
87​
Vita​
2​
Demon GazeDungeon RPG
88​
Vita​
3​
Freedom WarsAction
89​
Vita​
4​
Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black HeartTactical RPG
90​
Vita​
5​
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1Turn-Based RPG
91​
Vita​
6​
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sister's GenerationTurn-Based RPG
92​
Vita​
7​
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V GenerationTurn-Based RPG
93​
Vita​
8​
Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action UnleashedMusou
94​
Vita​
9​
MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS ZombiesMusou
95​
Vita​
10​
Muv-LuvVisual Novel
96​
Vita​
11​
Muv-Luv AlternativeVisual Novel
97​
Vita​
12​
Superdimension Neptune vs SEGA Hard GirlsTurn-Based RPG
98​
Vita​
13​
Touch My KatamariPuzzle
99​
Vita​
14​
Valkyrie Drive BhikkhuniAction
Completed Games Collection of 2021:
#Game NamePlatformGenreMonth
1​
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
PS4​
ActionJanuary
2​
GOD EATER Resurrection
PS4​
Action RPGJanuary
3​
GOD EATER 2: Rage Burst
PS4​
Action RPGFebruary
4​
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star
PS4​
MusouMarch
5​
Gal*Gun Double Peace
PS4​
On-Rails ShooterMarch
6​
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
PS4​
Action RPGMarch
7​
Kandagawa Jet Girls
PS4​
RacingApril
Platinum Trophy Collection:
#Game NamePlatformGenreYear
1​
Saints Row: The ThirdPS3Action2014
2​
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star BattlePS3Fighting2015
3​
Hyperdimension NeptuniaPS3Turn-Based RPG2015
4​
Dekamori Senran Kagura
Vita​
Music/Rhythm2015
5​
Steins;GatePS3Visual Novel2015
6​
NieRPS3Action RPG2015
7​
No More Heroes: Heroes' ParadisePS3Action2015
8​
Asura's WrathPS3Action2015
9​
Saints Row IVPS3Action2015
10​
The Darkness IIPS3First Person Shooter2015
11​
Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2PS3Turn-Based RPG2016
12​
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HDPS3Action2016
13​
Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus
Vita​
Action2016
14​
Gravity Rush
Vita​
Platformer2016
15​
Hyperdimension Neptunia VictoryPS3Turn-Based RPG2016
16​
Resogun
PS4​
Arcade Shooter2016
17​
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
Vita​
Third Person Shooter2016
18​
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game
PS4​
Adventure2016
19​
Miracle Girls Festival
Vita​
Music/Rhythm2017
20​
Senran Kagura Estival Versus
PS4​
Action2017
21​
The Wolf Among Us
PS4​
Adventure2017
22​
Final Fantasy XV
PS4​
Action RPG2017
23​
Amplitude
PS4​
Music/Rhythm2017
24​
Root Letter
PS4​
Visual Novel2017
25​
IA/VT -Colorful-
Vita​
Music/Rhythm2017
26​
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Vita​
Music/Rhythm2017
27​
Gravity Rush Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2017
28​
NieR: Automata
PS4​
Action RPG2017
29​
The Silver Case
PS4​
Visual Novel2017
30​
Steins;Gate 0
PS4​
Visual Novel2017
31​
Under Defeat HDPS3Arcade Shooter2017
32​
Tales from the Borderlands
PS4​
Adventure2017
33​
Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD CollectionPS3Fighting2017
34​
Life is Strange
PS4​
Adventure2017
35​
Sword Art Online: Lost Song
PS4​
Action RPG2017
36​
Crash Bandicoot Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2017
37​
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2017
38​
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2017
39​
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
PS4​
Action RPG2017
40​
Corpse Party: Blood Drive
Vita​
Horror2018
41​
Persona 5
PS4​
Turn-Based RPG2018
42​
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
PS4​
Visual Novel2018
43​
Persona 4: Dancing All Night [Japanese Version]
PS4​
Music/Rhythm2018
44​
Marvel's Spider-Man
PS4​
Action2018
45​
Akiba's Trip 2: Undead & Undressed
PS4​
Action RPG2019
46​
Spyro the Dragon Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2019
47​
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage Remastered
PS4​
Platfomer2019
48​
Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon Remastered
PS4​
Platformer2019
49​
Tekken Tag Tournament HDPS3Fighting2019
50​
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy HDPS3Platformer2019
51​
Taiko no Tatsujin V Version
Vita​
Music/Rhythm2019
52​
Utakumi 575
Vita​
Music/Rhythm2019
53​
Jak II: Renegade HDPS3Platformer2019
54​
Jak 3 HDPS3Platformer2019
55​
Ratchet & Clank HDPS3Platformer2019
56​
Ratchet & Clank 2: Going Commando HDPS3Platformer2019
57​
Ratchet & Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal HDPS3Platformer2019
58​
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash
PS4​
Third Person Shooter2019
59​
Kingdom Hearts III
PS4​
Action RPG2020
60​
Zero Escape 3: Zero Time Dilemma
PS4​
Adventure Visual Novel2020
61​
Deadly Premonition: The Director's CutPS3Action Horror2020
62​
Gal*Gun Double Peace
PS4​
On-Rails Shooter2021
63​
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
PS4​
Action RPG2021
64​
Kandagawa Jet Girls
PS4​
Racing2021
 

Furrek

Completely Average High School Student
Oddworld: Soulstorm on PS5. I don't know yet if I like this game, or I just want to finish it and be done with it mostly because of bugs. Sometimes Sligs are facing only one direction and are not moving at all, so I need to either die or load checkpoint to proceed. The worse so far was
the Phat Station, when I was moving with a few Mukodons. The last one following me was catch by camera and it forced all of doors to shut down. Well, I was standing at this right moment at the doors and I was "merged" with the platform above me. When alarm shut down, for some reason my character was moved to a different place (the begin of area) and it forced me to checkpoint at place I was done with. It was so weird and I had to start over.
 
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