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Hardcore Gaming 101 / Re: What game(s) have you been playing lately?
« Last post by Eric Roman on June 01, 2024, 09:17:17 PM »
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MegaMix+ all of the time since buying it in January on a lark; I was never one for the Rhythm Game genre, but I'd been aware enough of many things Miku that I figured why the hell not?  It seemed worth passively playing around with it at the very least. 

Then I quickly discovered I really liked it.  Found some new favorite songs with plenty of interesting videos, got good at them, and so began my exploration of the VOCALOID subculture story thus far.

PDMM+ also got me figuring out how to capture video on my Steam Deck, which got me mashing videos from Apple Clips to iMovie (on the phone) until going all-in with Final Cut Pro (on desktop). 

This led to me putting together old videos and putting them out... 

Along the way I figured out some other Steam Deck customizations and most recently figured out how to mod the game and, dude, it's just made so much fun possible

Further evidence how the Steam Deck is the best hundreds of dollars I ever spent and how Project DIVA MegaMix+ was worth every penny. 

I love this shit. 

Game of the Year 2024.
Hardcore Gaming 101 / Re: What game(s) have you been playing lately?
« Last post by Scarlet starlet on June 01, 2024, 05:17:48 PM »
I've been playing The Last Faith lately too.  Normally I hate Dark Souls style games, but this has really grown on me.  It's not nearly as difficult as the actual Souls games, but it thinks it is, and it has a ton of similar mechanics.  It's the pixel art the interested me in the first place, and yet I don't think its pixel art is among the best I've seen.  It's almost like it's so zoomed out you can't see the detail they included.  I do like it though.
Same, in fact I was dropping it out of boredom, then something clicked after reaching Mythringal. Music and spritework (especially the char portraits and environments) really catched me, the midgame maps started being more intricate and interesting, and while the game is way too derivative of Bloodborne at some point I started respecting the crazy passion the developers had towards that game (which I never played, lol).
The bosses were also really enjoyable and I loved how you actually needed to jump to dodge their moves, with roll many times being the wrong choice.
As someone who also played Blasphemous, I hated how it is universally considered superior to this. It is not, lol. I think graphically they are even, from an aesthetic/originality of the setting perspective Blasphemous wins hands down, but gameplay wise I found The Last Faith superior in every way. There's just so many things to do compared to Blasphemous and the various weapons are extremely enjoyable.

During this week I found time to play Odallus. Now I am taking a break from games until summer, probably.
I finished Veteran Mode and I can confirm its a great game.
This one drawed a LOT from Berserk which I didn't know when someone mentioned it here and I loved it.
My only gripes are Veteran mode being way buggier than normal mode for some unknown reason, the camera being annoying sometimes, and the frozen mines level with the damn carts. I wish they put 1 extra level with normal terrain instead, because those were legit 10/10.
I loved the underwater sections though. And how the game becomes less generic medieval and more straight up demonic as you delve further into it (like berserk).
Veteran mode bugs aside was very well made, loved the new enemies and enemy placement. I had to learn how to use the right subweapon at the right time (I didn't bother with them at all in normal mode) and even found super specific uses for the Blood Armor special moves against bosses! I would have never thought that shitty Axe special move would have let me kill 2 bosses in veteran mode. Very badass game overall, I wonder if I should pick up Oniken too.

Some bosses of the bottom 'secret' levels could and should have been cooler, though.
Off Topic / Re: What anime are you currently watching....
« Last post by Inccubus on May 31, 2024, 07:22:17 PM »
A lot...

That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime
The Irregular at Magic High School
The Misfit of Demon King Academy
Wind Breaker
A Condition Called Love
An Archdemon's Dilemma: How to Love Your Elf Bride
Matsume Yujin-cho 5
Date A Live
Viral Hit
Mysterious Disappearances
Unnamed Memory
Log Horizon
Spice and Wolf
I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability
TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy-
Chillin' in Another World with Level 2 Super Cheat Powers
Gods' Games We Play
Vampire Dormitory
The Duke of Death and His Maid
As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I'll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
My Hero Academia
Kaiju No. 8

Yeah, I basically always have something playing on my third screen even while I'm working.
Hardcore Gaming 101 / Re: What game(s) have you been playing lately?
« Last post by Inccubus on May 31, 2024, 07:10:15 PM »
The game I most recently played was ... lemme check my Switch one second ... the demo for Grim Valor.
General Castlevania Discussion / Re: NEW CASTLEVANIA-ISH ANNOUNCED!!!
« Last post by Inccubus on May 31, 2024, 06:21:29 PM »
;D ;D ;D

wait which one was judgement again?

The crappy fighting game featuring character art by the guy from Deathnote because the series with goth warriors fighting the Prince of Darkness some how needed to be more edgy.
Plus some stuff for the lolicons.
I dunno, man.
Metroid Dread seems pretty on point, tho I only played the demo.
I can't say I'm bothered by these cross overs.

On the other hand I feel like I'll finish my own Castlevania fan remake before the next true installment of the series is released.

In the mean time I've kept my addiction at bay by replaying the old games, trying out every romhack I can find, and searching out similarly flavored indie titles.
General Castlevania Discussion / Re: "Translation Request" Thread
« Last post by Inccubus on May 31, 2024, 05:19:50 PM »
Heya! I have one for you guys.

Rather than a simple translation, I'm asking for a bit of a lesson.

十字架を胸に (Jūjika wo Mune, lit. "Cross at Chest")

I was updating the track list for Konami Game Music Collection Vol. 1 over on the Castlevania Wiki and for the sake of posterity and practice I re-translated the whole Haunted Castle soundtrack. I was primarily focused on literal translations and this track caught my attention because I'm not sure I'm understanding the original Japanese wording correctly.

I think I get the use of を as a particle that signifies a location.
I feel like I'm missing the context of the wording I need to be able to actually get the meaning across in a translation.

It seems to have two main interpretations as either "making the sign of the cross over your chest" as in "Cross Your Heart", and the other being the literal one I used of "a cross located your chest". I dunno, I feel like I'm missing something.

There's also the context of this being the theme for the game's first and it being set in a graveyard.

I have a similar doubt about the final stage theme:

夜まで待てない (Yorumade Matenai, lit. "Not Waiting Until Night")

Which I've seen translated as "I Can't Wait until Night" and more commonly as "Don't Wait until Night".
The first one sounds more like it conveys excitement where as the other is more like a warning.
Given that the actual stage appears to take place during the day, I'm thinking it should be something more like "No Waiting for the Night".

Any insight on these would be most appreciated.
A lot of current anime have weird/useless collaborations in Japan and that's fine by me. It satiates the fans and give stuff for the hard core ones to do (like collecting those coasters/ whatever that they give out in collaboration cafes).
If the vania collabs brings in the money, I just hope Konami puts it in developing something new.
Off Topic / Re: What anime are you currently watching....
« Last post by Shiroi Koumori on May 31, 2024, 02:59:24 AM »
My Hero Academia season 7
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