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So since I like anime based games now and then, I picked up Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception today when it launched. (Well, Tuesday.) I do suspect I'll enjoy the game ultimately but there are a couple of things that pissed me off already.

1. I tried searching online to see what the state of DLC is with this game. Only answer I could see was one site claiming it had none. (Given it's been out in Japan already I figger that was their source.) I checked the online store after bringing it home and there's some DLC. -_- I won't be buying it. Apparently a total of 4 costumes for a couple of the characters for some price tag over 10 bucks. I'm going to presume it was 11.99 (canadian) since buying the 4 separately was 3.99 each I believe.

This is a relatively minor issue I suppose. As I said, I won't be buying it. But it's still a demerit if I go ahead with rating these games.

2. Right after starting the game and just before getting to the main menu screen the PS4 popped up a notice that recording was blocked because the game was entering a "protected scene".

Let that sink in for a second.

The TITLE SCREEN was a protected scene. This leads me to believe that the entire game is probably "protected". (Which means people will go back to recording the game the older ways naturally.)

Again this doesn't affect me much since it's not like I have any intention of streaming or uploading videos of any game any time soon. But it reminded me of Persona 5. And yes this is an Atlus game. And since Sega owns them you can transfer some blame to them as well. "Oh it's our masters in japan that's making us do this!" Blah blah blah, don't care.

There's a second game for this coming out later this summer: Mask of Truth. I may end up getting it as well depending on if I ultimately don't feel let down by this game. However I'm thinking Atlus/Sega will be joining SquareEnix on my ban list for the next few years. The Mask of Truth game may be the only exception I let slip through. We'll see how this game turns out however.

(This last one is more about the state of the video game industry as a whole.)

3. The Launch Edition of this game came with Extras! This is a criticism. Why? Because the Extras include a small sized, thin looking, 50 page art book. Seriously if it was just a -little- bit smaller it would have fit snug inside the case. The second extra was... can you guess? No, not a CD. The music is apparently suppose to be awesome in this game so no way you can expect them to give that away for free. (We'll see if the game oavs are sold separately later.)

No, the second bonus they were so proud of that they had to list it as a bonus on the box, was a "collectors slip case".

A paper (ok, good quality paper at least. Somewhere near bristle board in thickness.) sleeve to hold the game case and the art book. There is no artwork on this slip case. It's mostly black, with the title of the game and the names of some of the companies involved. Namely Atlus itself, and Aquaplus. Near the bottom of the case that blackness fades into a wallpapery diamond pattern.

I checked older games I have that had "collectors slip cases" as part of the collector/limited editions. By comparison, in all of those that I have the artwork on the sleeve was like 100% better. Ie: There WAS some artwork. NONE of them tried tooting the slipcase as being part of the bonuses. Let alone 50% of the bonuses. I guess these day's a publisher is desperate to mention anything and everything to fill up room on the back of the box.

You can see the glorified cardboard displayed here. It's that ugly black thing on the left.

This is how far game packaging has fallen. Where including anything at all counts as a "bonus". I suspect by next gen we'll probably be grateful to receive a plastic case to hold the game in rather than some paper insert.

Yeah, not too happy with the state of physical games these days but publishers don't seem to realize that they're not going to be getting my money for digital-only at these prices. Hell, even at 50% off I'd probably pass on most of these games digitally. There's only been one digital game I've bought at full price at launch - that being the Hatsune Miku Future Tone game. And while I don't mind playing that there are a lot of things about that game that make me regret buying it.

Anyway, I'm probably going to start in on this game by the weekend. I started up Shantae after finishing up with Nier:Automata so I might just go ahead and see if I can complete that first.

Persona 5

Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:23 pm
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So I mentioned in comments on Kane's journal that I would be boycotting Persona 5 over their anti-streamer stance. I'm pretty sure 100% of the blame for the restrictions can be rested solely on the shoulders of the original Japanese devs/publishers mind you (Atlas apparently doesn't do this for any of their other games to date iirc.) but that's besides the point.

I was wondering how ironclad my decision was, as it's not like I have any plans on doing any streaming of the game. I've seen the game in stores already and didn't have the urge to buy it.

Then yesterday as I was going around I saw a more attractive physical edition copy. One of those metallic cases that some games end up receiving. I'm generally pretty weak with resisting them unless they cost twice as much (Final Fantasy XV) or are for a series I have -absolutely- no interest in (Most FPSers - that being said I DID buy Doom 3 on the original xbox purely because of the case. ;)

I had the money to buy Persona 5. The case was making me consider it. It all came down to what I felt about Atlus being dicks to the fans. (Sorry, but sticking your nose into a lost cause with the streaming guidelines/threats is very dickish.)

And so I still don't own Persona 5.

Let me state indisputably: The streaming limitations Atlas put forth has cost them an early, full price (79.99 in my case) sale.

I own just about every other game in the Persona series in one form or another, despite only really playing Persona 3 through completely. There's no reason for anyone to say "Oh you'd never have gotten this anyway!"

Will Atlus ever notice this? No, of course not. But with any boycotting decision I put on myself, the point is that *I* notice it. And I notice I have 80 dollars + tax to spend on other things. And I will get along just fine without experiencing the game.

IF I ever pick up Persona 5, it will probably be a digital only copy that's been in a flash sale for 10 dollars. Or a used physical copy that's under 20. I may not change my mind on this at this point even if Atlus does a 180 on their guidelines. But due to this, I may never buy another Atlus game unless I see them explicitly state that they won't be going after streamers/reviewers/etc that don't follow a strict set of rules.

Thanks Atlus.
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It's so easy for me to want games by Atlus and Nis America. Lately tho the releases seem to be by Atlus. The problem is I can't really afford them just now! :P Just saw another DS game released that I wouldn't mind playing, even tho I can't remember the name offhand. It comes with a free CD tho! :P So add this to the growing list of games I'm on the look out for, plus Ar Tonelico 2 should be out any day now. I told my sister if she's going to get me anything for christmas, to get me a gift card for HMV, since that's where I buy my games at least half the time these days. I'll end up picking up a copy of Star Ocean on the PSP with that (although I'm sure I'll still have to pay for half of it myself.)

When it comes to Ar Tonelico 2, I think I'm going to play through the first one again prior to starting 2. I'll try to get all conversations unlocked, although I'll need a couple save games for that since to unlock one girl's conversations completely you miss some conversations from the others according to the FAQs.
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I'm not sure how I got games for myself while christmas shopping, but regardless, I know own Eternal Poison (damn you Atlus!) and Fable: The Lost Chapters. I'm going to assume I don't need the original game for Lost Chapters. >_> I was going to give Lost Chapters to my little sister for christmas since she wanted Fable (which is rated T iirc) but Lost Chapters is rated M. So it's mine instead. ^^

I'll have to pick up the original one for her the next time I'm at Gamezilla it seems. Nowhere else in town that I've been has a copy. (heck, few places even carry original xbox games period anymore. It won't be too long before I expect to see ebgames giving them the push to the curb.) Luckily (for her!) she said she wouldn't mind secondhand games.


After a quick glance at ebgames to confirm the rating, looks like the original is also M. She's already been playing it, which is why she knows she wants it but hm. Guess I'll get the ok from our parents prior to going to pick it up.

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