From JNovel to Wuxia to Xianai Pt1

Posted on January 24th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng | No Comments

Welcome to the first of several posts covering my latest addiction! I’ve split it into several posts because if I didn’t this would be one long ass post 😀

I’ve been getting frustrated with a certain publisher whose releasing a book I’m desperate to read, but for one reason or another its nigh on impossible to get in the UK; for a reasonable price. This tied with the fact the manga I’m into at the minute is only slowly coming, I needed something new to read!

And damn did I find some good stuff!

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Ryu’s Musings – Xenoblade Chronicles X

Posted on January 20th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng | No Comments

xbxLanguage: English
Developer: Monolith Soft
Publisher: Nintendo
Format: Wii U
Type: JRPG

Synopsis:

Fight for survival while exploring the vast expanses of an unknown planet where anything you see is reachable in your weaponized mech, called a Skell. Customize a lethal skill set of combat and defensive skills, called Arts, to strengthen your strategies and defeat enemies efficiently. Attack your enemies from multiple directions using melee weapons, guns, and your greatest asset—your tactical mind.

The next massive sci-fi role-playing game from Monolith Soft, the creators of Baten Kaitos and Xenoblade Chronicles, comes exclusively to Wii U. A terrible intergalactic war leaves just a handful of Earth survivors trying to live in a beautiful yet hostile environment. Players engage in battles against powerful creatures of all forms and sizes using the deep battle system that builds on the triumphs of Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii.

Features:

  • Riding and controlling a weaponised mech, players can explore every inch of the massive open world displayed in gorgeous high-definition graphics. The world is filled with strange and imaginative creatures, from small bugs to giant dinosaurs.
  • As characters improve in different classes, they will learn new combat and defensive skills, or Arts. Players can customise the Arts palette as their characters learn new Arts. All Arts have a ‘recast’ time – once cast, the player must wait out a ‘cooldown’ period before that Art can be used again.
  • Players can customise everything about the main character’s appearance, including gender, shapes, height, skin colour, voice, and tattoos.

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Ryu’s Musings – Oh My Goddess Omnibus Vol01

Posted on September 24th, 2015 by Ryu Sheng |

24467Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: Kosuke Fujishima
Publisher: Dark Horse
Type: Series
Genre: Drama, Seinen, Romance

Synopsis:

College student Keiichi Morisato thought it was a prank when a strange, beautiful young woman appeared in his dorm room one night. But his unexpected visitor is literally a goddess from heaven, Belldandy, come to grant him any single wish of his choosing. When Keiichi wishes for Belldandy to stay with him forever, it’s the beginning of a complicated, cosmic saga of comedy and romance that makes for one of manga’s greatest love stories!

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Series of the Month – Aquarion Evol vols01-03

Posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Ryu Sheng |

Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: Shoji Kawamori (Story) Aogiri (Art)
Publisher: One Peace Books
Type: Series
Genre: Drama, Josei, Mech

Synopsis:

 

Twelve thousand years after Genesis of Aquarion on the planet Vega, Amata Sora meets Mikono Suzushiro. Together, part of the organization Neo-DEAVA, they must defend their planet from relentless invaders attacking from Altair, a sister planet devoid of females. These two unexpected heroes, along with other young men and women, known as Elements, pilot massive robots called Aquaria, in defense of their planet, in a battle against malicious assailants trying to abduct woman from their home planet.

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In the run up to the launch of the new expansion, due to launch on October 27th, I decided to return and make use of the 12x XP for class story missions.

While they have run this event several times before, it’s the first time that I’ve seen it run for this long, almost 5months; usually it runs for a week or so at most. What this told me was that they are putting all their hopes on this expansion, trying to get as many people unto it’s level requirement as soon as possible. Read the rest…

I left SWtOR a few months after the last expansion came out, with a lot of satisfaction. The one thing that BioWare have always been good at telling stories, and that’s what they did. Old Republic was an amazing single player game, but a lacklustre multiplayer game.

I’d pretty much moved on from the game and was not planning on returning, until I saw the new trailer (below). Watching that, and reading the info provided on the game got my urging to play again. Then when I saw the perks for subscribing in the few months to the launch, I immediately re-upped!

As you can see BioWare really did an awesome trailer, this has me drooling so much over the upcoming expansion!

So let’s take a peek at what’s happening, starting with the perks.

1) From now to launch you can get 12x EXP from story missions. This means you can level up all the way to max level just following the story. You don’t have to do side missions flashpoints or operations. Personally I both love and hate it, but it’s an amazing way to quickly level up to be ready to play the new content.

2) You get a different ‘reward’ for each month you’re subscribed between July 31st and August 31st, they are:

a. July 31st Nico Okarr companion

b. August 31st Nico Okarr blaster set

c. September 30th Nico Okarr duster coat

d. October 19th Swoop bike

e. For those that maintain their subscription between July 31st to October 19th get a bonus prize, early access to the expansion.

3) The story looks huge, with 16 chapters in all. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds.

For the first time in a long while I’m eagerly looking forward to playing an MMO again! Something I’ve not been for a long time!