24 December, 2010

Looking back at 2010

Well, it's Christmas Eve and I've nothing better to do (haven't gotten round to reading the WA2 novel yet because I'm not in a reading mood) so I figured I'd just write some stuff instead.

So here you have it, a series of *****-of-the-year things.


GUNPLA OF THE YEAR
Megasize Model 1/48 RX-78 Gundam
Gigantic, fun and easy to build, affordable, looks amazing, and did I mention gigantic? The beam saber blades are longer than chopsticks. This thing is just spectacular. Some people complain about articulation but it's not that bad, they can go fuck themselves.


ACTION FIGURE LINE OF THE YEAR
S.H. Figuarts
Great assortment (aside from when the assholes make stuff web shop exclusives for no fucking reason), great accessories (aside from a certain few AGITO AGITO AGITO), great sculpts (aside from the proportions on a few), and what the hell they have Kamen Rider. That sounds like win to me.


LIGHT NOVEL OF THE YEAR
Soukyuu no Karuma / Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai / Full Metal Panic!
Couldn't decide on one, so here, have a tie between three. Haganai is the usual Hirasaka Yomi stuff, so there's not much to say here. Karuma is... unique (in a good way). I've been following Furumeta and been waiting for the ending for ages and it ended wonderfully. So yeah, that's a tie. (Oreimo? Not bad but not good enough to be up here.)


GAME OF THE YEAR (ACTION)
Super Street Fighter IV / Lost Planet 2
Forgot to include Super IV in the picture and couldn't be bothered to go take another. Anyway, yeah, I don't think Super IV needs an introduction. I can't compare it to other games in the series because the last Street Fighter I played before it was Zero 2, but I can certainly say that it was (or rather, still is) horrendous fun. I really ought to renew my gold Live membership sometime so I can play it online again. Had some friends who play the arcade version over the other day and totally trashed them (they said it's because we were using controllers but PERFECT). サイコパワーの前にひれ伏せえぃ!
Lost Planet 2, ever the underdog, slandered by retards spewing shit from their faces. It's a fantastic game, it's just that people can't fucking throw away their preconceptions. It has guns and action, therefore it must be like every other fucking game with guns and action (i.e. Halo and Call of Duty). Fuck you assholes, seriously. Few things are as satisfying as your team working together to get the railway gun working smoothly, or working a multi-seater VS with all the seats actually filled. But unfortunately you're much more likely to just get a game over when some dumbfuck runs ahead and grabs the three-seater VS and runs off with it without letting anyone else get in, gets it destroyed, then charges in shooting at the boss with his crappy rifle and gets trampled to death six times in a row.


GAME OF THE YEAR (RPG)
Fallout: New Vegas / Zero no Kiseki
New Vegas is Fallout 3 all over again, for better or worse. It's lacking in really awesome stuff like Tranquility Lane and Liberty Prime, but it has its share of cool moments, like the Enclave Remnants showing up to help you in the final battle.
Zero no Kiseki was a bit too short but otherwise it was great. Also the next game is due 2011 which makes me very happy indeed. ティオかわいいよティオ


GAME OF THE YEAR (EROGE)
Otome wa boku ni Koishiteru: Futari no Elder
The individual routes and endings were way too short (one might even say abrupt), but it made up for them with memorable and likeable characters and a solid common route. I enjoyed it more than Otoboku 1. Also Chihaya is my wife er wait never mind.


BIGGEST FUCKING DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR
Another Century's Episode R
How the fuck did this happen, seriously? Awesome series, awesome cast, new console with better hardware. How the fuck can you screw that up this bad? Fuck you guys.

22 December, 2010

White Album 2 -introductory chapter-

Finally got round to starting on White Album 2.

It's good. Not that that should be at all surprising, considering how it's Maruto and all (Parfait and Konnyaku would definitely be in my top 5 list if I had such a thing).

Also,
lol wut

Edit:

Well these are annoying.
1) I'm using a fucking laptop, I don't want to stick the disc in all the time.
2) If you want me to leave the disc in then STOP FUCKING CHECKING IT EVERY FIVE SECONDS. This is probably Windows but I'll navigate to a different hard drive and the fucking disc drive starts whirring and clicking. Or I'll do a virus scan and it starts whirring and clicking. Or I start up an entirely fucking unrelated game and guess what, it starts whirring and clicking. If you can't tell, I'm finding it really fucking annoying.
3) Do you guys really think disc checks stop piracy? Seriously? Man, I'm tempted to just go fucking crack this already and be done with it.

Seriously, what's the fucking point of not allowing disc-free play? It's just annoying. Stop it already. Serial keys are enough.

Also, hooray for weird bugs.
At least this doesn't actually do anything too bad. TH2AD on my other, older laptop was terrible, sometimes the text and/or graphics would just refuse to display at all and sometimes it'd just crash, leaving me with no options other than a forced restart.

Edit (23rd December): Cleared the game.

Holy shit that was good.

I was expecting something unfulfilling for the ending due to the whole to be continued be sure to play part 2 thing but it wasn't too bad, considering.

Everything from Setsuna's birthday party to the ending was just wonderful.

I'm actually now pretty glad that I put off playing it for this long because this way the wait for the second half won't be as long. HURRY UP DAMN IT.

Edit: I'm still missing two CGs and was going to start on my second playthrough but I took a look at the novel that came with the game (first edition) and the foreword says to read it after the first playthrough but before the second.
Guess really clearing the game will have to wait for awhile.

Also I'm starting to feel like playing Parfait again.

Also

>>WHITE ALBUM2 ~closing chapter~
>>今冬予定

嘘つき。Leafの嘘つき。嘘つき、嘘つき嘘つき、嘘つき!


Totally unrelated but the results for that Amazon eroge character poll are out.
...I voted for Chihaya.