Thursday, April 14, 2016

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Review

Senran Kagura 2 was my 2015 game of the year.  It enhanced everything that made the original game great, refined everything and packed it full of content and polish.  It had a huge assortment of costumes and accessories to play around with, the series first playable male character, an epic story with great enemy designs and the best soundtrack in a Senran Kagura game to date.

I recommend Senran Kagura 2 to any and all Nintendo 3DS owners.  It has some room for improvement, but is still an absolute must-buy.

Such a game is a bit of a tough act to follow, so I wasn't nearly as excited for Senran Kagura: Estival Versus on the Vita, especially since it follows the more competitive aspect of Shinovi Versus.  I still got it, of course, in the Endless Summer Edition that came with a third 2-disc soundtrack, second art book and holographic cards.

That increase in content is indicative of Estival Versus itself, because it's definitely the biggest, fanciest Senran Kagura game yet.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Review

Oh boy.  This game looks like a fun and interesting one that I would like to buy and own.  I shall go to the store and buy it to put on my shelf instead of getting it digitally, because Playstation Vita memory cards are expensive and fully-priced retail games take up several gigabytes in addition to the fact that digital distributors can take the games away at any time.  I am glad that I have a choice and the worst option is not being forced on me by a shitty, shitty company deserving of an eternity of being torn apart by flaming barbed wire on a regular basis.

That's odd.  I've gone to every store looking for the Vita version of the game, but I can't find it anywhere.

What's that?  I can't hold the game in my hand and have to suffer more wasted memory space like with J-Stars Victory Vs.?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

100,000 View Milestone!

For one of the few times in a blue moon, I am not making a 10-page long post due to happenings in my personal life.  I may edit more into this at a later date, but for now, all I have to say is that the Shonen Otaku Corner has officially passed 100,000 views!  Sure that doesn't account for the many bots that register as views to get my attention, but a number is a number.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles Review

I love game remakes.  Classic games of old can be made even better using modern resources and dated aspects can be ironed out for a much better experience, usually more in line with improved later installments, in the case of franchises.

Left: Cheesy.  Right: Scary.
I also love compilation re-releases for the simple fact that you're getting more than one game for the price of one and having them all in one package makes getting previous installments of certain games less of a hassle for newcomers.
With this, the Samurai Shodown Anthology and Orochi Saga Collection, I have 17 SNK games accross 3 disks.
Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP is a combination of both by having three games: A 3D remake of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, the original version of it, and the extremely beloved Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, all from happier times before Konami lobotomized themselves.  Like how Samurai Shodown 6 was first released in America through the Samurai Shodown Anthology, this is the first international release of Rondo of Blood and the only one until a Virtual Console port a few years later.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Senran Kagura Anime Review

Game to anime adaptations in recent years have a pretty good rap sheet, as opposed to movie adaptations.  Viewtiful Joe, Sengoku Basara and Inazuma Eleven all have great anime adaptations that are faithful to the source material and capture their inherent fun.

Senran Kagura had the potential to do the same.  Like Viewtiful Joe or Sengoku Basara, the Senran Kagura games are all about flashy shonen action with a distinctive visual style and a strong story that, if adapted word for word, is practically a good anime already.
Instead, what we got is an embarrassing, insulting failure that drives away fans and newcomers alike.  Anyone I ask who has ever recommended the Senran Kagura anime hasn't watched it and anyone who has watched it is disgusted by it.   It's easily the worst game-based anime I've ever seen since the Art of Fighting anime all the way back in the 90s and as a fan of the games, this trash needs to be addressed.