I actually started this update last week, but since it was light on content (just a few short dungeons followed by some skits with 5pb), I chose to put it with the actual Chapter 9 update. So far, we’ve explored Planeptune, Lastation, and Leanbox, so all that’s left to visit is Lowee. Unfortunately, we’re still no closer to finding any of the Key Fragments than when we got off that first rock, so maybe a change of scenery will be what we need to get this plot moving forward again.
Lovely (and I mean this in the least sarcastic way possible)…now I get to add The Last Story to my ever-growing list of games that I want to play (preferably before the end of this summer). That list now includes:
- Atelier Meruru
- Atelier Totori
- Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2
- Kid Icarus: Uprising (already preordered it)
- The King of Fighters XIII
- Mario Kart 7
- Street Fighter X Tekken (recent Capcom dickery aside, their crossover games usually produce good results)
- Super Mario 3D Land
- Xenoblade Chronicales (damn right I preordered it)
Rhythm Heaven Fever was on this list, but I went out and bought it today since my sister already owns the original (and because I wanted to add something new to the ol’ library after I finished Sonic Colors on Monday night).
Guess who’s at it again? Yup…this time I did a bit of work with SoulCalibur V’s character creator and made Kasumi (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) from the Dead or Alive series. Being a ninja, I gave her Natsu’s fighting style. There’s a problem where her daggers float a few inches off her body. Once I find a way to fix that, I’ll upload another pic.
My college has given everybody the three days off following Valentine’s Day (that’s today, BTW) while the teachers take in-service to do…whatever. The rest of us get to relax and do homework, goof off, or some combination of the two. It seems odd to have this much downtime before President’s Day – when I was in grade school, the teachers only gave us that Friday and Monday off.
I’ve got a few shreds of homework to do, but in-between, I can at least get some workout time in thanks to EA Sports Active 2. I don’t expect it to help me lose weight (by itself), but at least I’ll still find a way to get my heart pumping when I’m not working. I’m starting off with the cardio workout, and I’m about four workouts away (one week’s time) from finishing. I put the damn thing on low intensity because 1) I’m not a professional athlete and 2) some of the floorboards in my room are squeaky, and running and jumping in place generates a lot of noise. There’s also a nine-week-long fitness program, but I’m not going to get started on that until I finish the cardio program.
Also, I bought Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 today because I don’t care that I really ought to know better than to buy a full-priced sequel/update to a game that came out the same year. (On the bright side, I don’t have to pay another $10 to use Jill and Shuma-Gorath in Ultimate since I got them in the original MvC3.)
As for an actual Valentine? It turns out I actually do have one this year. No points for guessing who it is.
I picked up SoulCalibur V on Xbox 360 a couple of days ago. With the exception of Legends (which is a spinoff title, and not a particularly good one, if I’m to believe the reviews I’ve read) I’ve now played every home version of the SoulCalibur games.
I haven’t tried out or unlocked all of the new characters yet, since I’ve only had the game for three days (Dampierre from Broken Destiny is playable, but only for those who pre-ordered the game), although I notice that quite a few of them have styles recycled from other characters – Pyrrha fights like her mother Sophitia, Xiba has Kilik’s old staff and fighting style, Natsu is just like Taki, and Leixia fights like Xianghua. Out of the characters I’ve unlocked and played with so far, I’ll probably stick with Raphael as my main character, with Patrokolos (the new protagonist of the game, along with Pyrrha) and Leixia as my backups. Unfortunately – or perhaps not – I’ve only been able to play two games online so far, both of which I lost rather embarrassingly thanks to my eagerness to jump online and forge a reputation without actually understanding the game.
So far, I’ve finished all paths of Arcade Mode on normal difficulty (and even did a few on Easy, for completeness’ sake). I don’t think there’s anything special if you beat any mode with every character, as it was with the previous games. The character creation machine is just as robust as IV’s was, and you can now put stickers and tattoos on characters’ equipment. You still get to pick out different weapons for your created characters, but the changes are purely cosmetic now – no special benefits or drawbacks, like in III and IV (I still keep those two games in my collection because some of their customization options are different from V’s).