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  1. Haha, I guess mixing other games into the discussion might have made it a bit confusing! Making Lovers is a complete experience, so no worries there!
  2. Yeah, and from what I've heard, the first episode only covers what happens in Midgar, which is roughly 20% of the original game. Considering the fact that it's been five years since the initial announcement of the remake and we're only now seeing the release of the first episode, I'd say we're in for quite a wait. I kinda get the feeling this isn't the right thread to discuss this stuff in, though.
  3. I'm kinda put off by the fact that this is just the first of several episodes, though. We'll most likely have to wait at least 5 years for the entire experience, so I might postpone playing it. (I'd also be able to play it in 60 fps if I wait for the PC release, which I assume will come at some point.) I'll probably just go for Princess Evangile with some Resident Evil mixed in, and then check out Making Lovers once I'm done with those.
  4. It's a wonderful day to make lovers, kill zombies or take a stroll in Midgar; the only real problem is deciding which one to actually choose. I'm not quite done with Princess Evangile yet either, so I guess I should try to finish that first.
  5. Aye, that's probably the case. Judging by everything that happens in the main game, it feels like they were originally intending to include her route there but then decided to use her as incentive to get people to buy the fandisc instead. I imagine there are quite a few people who like her character and would be willing to buy W Happiness just to access her route.
  6. As I expected then! I feel like it would have made more sense to have the Ruriko route in the original, though. She's basically a main character but isn't treated as such, being present in more scenes than some of the actual heroines but automatically excluded from all romantic developments despite participating in every event. (For example, she was one of the five girls who marked her spot on Masaya's map during the stargazing event, but the only one you couldn't pick.) Doesn't matter much in the end, but I feel like they could have handled this better.
  7. I find it a bit odd that Ruriko doesn't have a route in Princess Evangile. I get that they apparently wanted to go with just four routes here and that she most likely has one in W Happiness, but it feels strange how she's constantly being pushed aside whenever there's a choice to make, although she's one of the girls with the most screen time and she's obviously in love with Masaya. (The same goes for Konomi, but not to the same extent.)
  8. An SSD should be fine as long as you have backups, but a lot can happen in a month so maybe you should consider doing it more frequently. I certainly learned my lessons this time, so in addition to the new drive I bought yesterday, I also signed up for a Backblaze account; something I've been contemplating for quite some time. $60 a year for unlimited data backup seems like a relatively cheap insurance in case something like this were to happen again at some point.
  9. Well, 99.99% sure. I've tried various types of recovery software, hooking it up to different slots on the PSU/mobo, using different cables as well as connecting it to a different PC, and the result is always the same. The SSD is recognized at first (I can see it in disk management, along with the drive letter and title) but as soon as I try to access it, there's a timeout and then the computer can't recognize the drive anymore until I reboot. I've found many sources claiming this is common behavior when an SSD dies. Using an SSD isn't advantageous in all regards, apparently.
  10. The problem in this case is that it's an SSD. From the information I've gathered, once an SSD stops responding, it's dead for good (unlike an HDD, where you can usually recover some of the data). Having to download and reinstall all my VNs elsewhere is a bit bothersome, but the worst part is definitely losing screenshots, saves and all the other files I had stored there (like a manga I was in the process of translating as part of my Japanese studies). The saying "you don't appreciate what you have until it's gone" really rings true in this case. :<
  11. Today, I claimed this tag for myself, "un" part included. It all started out well enough. I was reading Princess Evangile for a few hours and then took a break to do some grocery shopping. While I was out on the town, I thought to myself "Hey, maybe it's time I bought that extra hard drive so I can make those backups I've been putting off for too long". Said and done; I got one, went back home and got started. I had finished backing up my first drive and went to make some tea while the backup for the second one was being finalized. I came back, intending to get started on the last one, bu
  12. Almost done with the common route in Princess Evangile. I heard that W Happiness includes part of it as some sort of recap. Is it just a copy+paste or is there some new content mixed in? I'm hoping it's the former, so I can just safely skip past all of it to reach the after stories and whatnot.
  13. Tried changing to Direct3D and that did wonders for the framerate, but it also made everything extremely pixelated; even more so than when I lowered the native resolution of my monitor. This game just doesn't seem to mesh well with my computer.
  14. Are all the characters with sprites supposed to have portraits by the chat box if everything works properly? Rise (the pink-haired girl) is actually the only one that has been showing for me so far. EDIT: I checked some screenshots (was hesistant about doing that, since I've been spoiled that way before) and it seems there usually aren't any portraits by the chat box; not even for other heroines. Not sure what the point of having one for Rise is then, especially if there's the risk of it glitching out like this.
  15. I can't recall hearing anything about something like that either. You sure you're not confusing it with Article 13 and its censorship enforcement for copyright claims on the interwebz?
  16. Started reading Princess Evangile, and man, this must be the worst VN I've played since School/Shiny Days, from a technical standpoint. I've had to lower my resolution to the point where I can clearly distinguish individual pixels from over two meters away, and it's still stuttering whenever there's some sort of movement. Just out of curiousity, is the fact that one person's portrait stays next to the chat box while others are speaking intentional or is it some glitch caused by the godawful game engine? It seems a bit odd. An example: The girl with the pink hair isn't the one spea
  17. Finished a few VNs since my last post here, so here are some impressions! True Remembrance The music and overall ambience of the game reminded me a lot of Symphonic Rain, which is one of my favorite VNs. Also, while it might not matter much to most people, I'm a sucker for movies, games, etc taking place during winter, so that was a big plus for me. All in all, it was a solid read. Our Lovely Escape This one was a bit of a mess. Everyone seems pretty normal at first glance, but then they just randomly start acting really strange out of nowhere. (Like when It's clear that the d
  18. Well, until it has been confirmed, this is all speculation. It would be very disappointing and a step in the wrong direction if it turns out to actually be a case of geoblocking, but I guess you could always find some other way to play the games if you want to.
  19. Whenever their company name is mentioned, I always think of this:
  20. I couldn't resist the urge to create a GIF when I saw this screenshot in Carpe Diem: Reboot.
  21. Yeah, Acting Lessons is better, but I think we'll have to await the full release of Being a DIK before we can really compare the two. I mean, this is just the beginning of the story, so a lot can happen. As for Derek, I also hated him at first, but he grew on me after a while and I expect to see him evolve a bit over the upcoming seasons. (Liam seemed pretty shallow too at first but turned out to be a great character.) One of my biggest issues with the game is the fact that
  22. After devoting my time to a bunch of lenghty VNs lately, I opted to change things up by reading some shorter ones. Here's some input on them, in order of completion: Ambre - a heartbreaking kinetic novel The fact that they're using "heartbreaking" as a selling point in the title made me a bit skeptical, and rightfully so, it turned out. The main plot twist was too obvious, and despite the game only being somewhere between 60-90 minutes long, it still managed to feel repetitive, because you're forced to view the same events all over again after said plot twist has been unveiled. Furt
  23. I'd actually rank Sora last out of all the heroines, mainly for three reasons:
  24. Just FYI, if you've got a PS4, there are a bunch of Japanese games on sale on PS Store right now, including 428: Shibuya Scramble for $9.99, Utawarerumono: Deception and Truth Bundle for $14.99, Chaos;Child for $11.99 and Psycho-Pass for $5.99, among others.
  25. I also went with 428. As a matter of fact, I'm playing it right now and I'm enjoying both the story and its quirkiness a lot. Chaos;Child is great as well, but you should play Chaos;Head first to fully appreciate it. I imagine the same goes for Utawarerumono. At the very least, the only reason I haven't played MoD/MoT myself yet is because I'm awaiting the remake of the original, which will be released in a few months. I haven't played Psycho-Pass yet, but it's supposed to be pretty mediocre, so it's definitely the least interesting title out of the four listed.
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