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Hello! I have a bonus article for you guys this week because I really want to talk about the Neptunia game is coming out August 6 2020 in Japan and 2021 to the west called VVVtunia! I'm just gonna call it Virtualtunia, because how the f**k do pronounce the name? Update: In the west this game is called Neptunia: Virtual Stars.
VVVtunia got announced in November of 2019, with an announcement trailer teasing a new re-design of Neptune, 2 new characters and touting this games as celebrating 10 years of Neptunia and 25 years of Idea Factory. Famitsu and Dengeki Playstation gave us some more details.
In this new spin off game, which makes sense to me, as this game is more different to what the series usually looks at, the 4 goddesses, with pretty cool re-designs, team up with virtual idol team Mewtral, currently consisting of just Yuu and Mii, thought there are some that are not revealed, in order to save Virtualand.
One complaint I've seen with Neptunia is that there are too many spinoff right no, with I get, but at the same time, Neptunia has always been a series to tackle different topics within the Japanese digital space. While the Switch hasn't been covered yet to my knowledge, we may get a new game based off the PS5 and Xbox Series X pretty soon. Plus, E-Ninja Neptune is still in the works, and who know what that will be.
During the November announcement we got some screenshots of gameplay showing Neptune carrying a gun, as well as an room showing off the 2 new idols, Yuu and Mii.
Also, I apologise for the image quality, this is is the best I could get in all the cases.
In December of 2019(and I think uni made me miss this), we got some more screenshots, showing off the VN styled cutscenes, which look to be in 3D this time. I have to say, the graphics are a HUGE step up. Looking at HD quality screenshots, this is a gorgeous looking game. We also got a look all the characters with guns.
In January of this year, the "Guest Connect System" was announced, will feature real V-Tubers! They will become involved in a incident and turned into V-Cubes, and after saving them, you can help them out in battles! This is awesome, Nep usually parody things with references, but the fact they are adding in the possibility to have Kizuna AI, Siro and more V-tubers in the game, is pretty surreal.
On February 14th, 2020 during a stream, we got our proper first look at gameplay, and it looks pretty awesome! The gun gameplay looks to be pretty casual, but for Neptunia that's fine, it's always been more about exploring conspects rather than making them more advanced. YOU CAN SWITCH CHARACTERS IN REAL TIME, ANY TIME. This is a really cool mechanic, which may have been in the Tamsoft games, but to a lesser extent. Did I mention that to me, this game is one the best looking anime games that is upcoming? The worlds looks great, and I can't wait to play this game. EXE attacks look next level, and Nep has some hover boots which I think is pretty cool!
Overall, this is probably on of my most anticipated 2020 games. Due to the way Idea factory international handles releases, it may not ship to the west in 2020, but I'm still really excited. Update: I was correct and this is one of my most anticipated 2021 games.
...this is probably worst it's even been for me being a weeb on this blog. Oh well. Anyways, I did leave some stuff out for the sake of writing convenience, so please check out my sources, Gematsu and Silloconera, there was even a unsubbed behind the scenes video, go check that out.
But for now, thank you guys for reading... and what the hell.
See you guys next time. Take care and keep creating!
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Sorry for the wait! But now we get into the 2nd, and last bulid side movie. Now that Kasumin has obtained his memories and the would is mostly returning to a state of normality, what is the new threat known as Metal Bulid doing in this world?
There was a 5 min short before the start of the film, which basically had Misora and Kazumi go on a "date"... though it was just Misora getting a birthday present for her dad. It's honestly pretty cute. The big thing to note from it is that Grease and the Hokoto trio go to an island, which we will get back to later.
Simon Marcus from the UN is visiting, warning Genktoku and President Taizan of the terrorist organisation called Downfall, lead by Keiji Uraga, another experiment for the lost bottles with a nasty burn on his face.
After showing off some tech to the UN, and Gentoku speaking some Engrish, Downfall infiltrate the government buliding, and while Gentoku does transform, he gets his ass handed to him, and his powers are somehow taken away, as Simon Marcus betrays the Japanese government.
Meanwhile, Sento and Banjo are helping Utsumi get his memories back as he was not inject with the Nebula Gas that the others were injected with. However, a member of Downfall ends up there and takes away Sento and Banjo's powers as well, alongside taking the white Pandora Panel... which turns out to be a fake. Man, don't you just love fake all powerful devices.
Grease and the Hokoto trio sent themselves to an island after the bit movie, and they get back from it to fight a Phantom Crusher who can't take their powers for some reason.
Grease and co went to a hot spring while on the island, which had Phantom Liquid in it. With some help from Sawa and a returning Takumi Katsrugi, they hear that Phantom Liquid was created with Nebula Gas where the 2 earths merged at the end of the series.
Meanwhile, The Hokoto trio go and find Misora, with Grease devastated from being rejected by Misora, and they meet up with Keiji, who uses the power of a spare Bulid driver to become Kamen Rider Metal Bulid, AKA how you do Kamen Rider Bulid Hazard form. The all-black is what make this form so good looking.
Metal Bulid walks through the trio and while Grease puts up more of a fight, he can't break through Keiji's defences, and Misora ends up captured. Grease goes to Sento to ask for a power up in order to save Misora and stop Metal Bulid.
Sento's solution is the Grease Perfect Kingdom device, which requires 3 people's worth of Phantom Liquid, and meanwhile Kazumi takes the white Pandora panel and the Blizzard Knuckle, which Sento still didn't f**king finish. Grease could have died if it wasn't for the Phantom Liquid. To top that all off, Sento is using the energy of the Hokoto Trio to get the Perfect Kingdom Device working, effectually killing them(allegedly).
JESUS CHRIST, SENTO.
Keiji has betrayed Marcus at this point, leaving just Metal Bulid for Grease to deal with. With the power of Grease Blizzard, he's able to fend him off, but Keiji uses the power the white Pandora Panel to become Phantom Bulid. Not a bad look for a kitbash form.
After phantom Build DESTROYS Grease, Banjo shows up to give Kazumi the Perfect Kingdom device, while the others are fighting in the city. Using the power of Grease Perfect, Misora is recused, Phantom Bulid is destroyed and the day is saved.
Grease mourns his lost comrades...only to find they were alive and well and that Sento lied to help raise his Hazard level. Man, emotional power ups, am I right? It's also revealed that Sawa and Gentoku are dating now, and Misora decides go on a date with Kazumin to end off the movie. How sweet.
The ending theme, Perfect Triumph by WAЯROCK is amazing. Rock is really fitting for Kamen Rider, and this is no-exception. The strong guitar is what really makes it sound awesome!
I'll be frank, the story is good. Damn good, esphally since it feels they actually pulled off a slightely darker Kamen Rider plot, and this movie(not counting the starting bit) is only 58 MINUNITYS AND 14 SECONDS. I was scared to see how this film could turn out, but the plot is pretty good, and is pretty dark, without being too edgy or moody. There also a lot of cool moment in this films too, with the final fight and Grease Blizzard fight standing out to me.
Keiji as a villan is sadly not as good as Killbus, but he's pretty threatening and very no nonsense. He walks the paths that he wants to walk alone in order to gain power and not be held down by things he has to protect, which in this case is the exact opposite of Grease, and it works. His power feels earned and fought for, which is nice. I mean besides shooting Simon Marcus, which is a little forced.
Grease's arc in this film revolves around him and the Hokoto trio, their bond and the faith they place in each other. Grease wants to protect the world, but he can only do that if he can protect the ones in front of him. Misora being used as the pivoting point makes sense, as lot of how he because comfortable with the crew revolves around Misora.
Overall, this is a good film. A really good film. I won't say it's great, because it's only an hour long and does have some bad colour grading at points(when you do a part VFX degree, you begin to notice these things), but I think every Bulid fan, and most Kamen Rider fans should Grease's final chapter.
Sorry that this took so long to review! Up next for Rider will be The Heisei Generation films leading into Reiwa: The First Generation!
As always, Thank you guys for reading and I will see you guys next time. Take Care and keep creating!
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Hey all! Sorry for the random 2 week break! I did have plans for the blog, but my uni work must come first. However, instead of jumping right into my Kamen Rider Grease Review, I wanted to talk about an MMO that I have fell in love with that nobody in my circles plays: MapleStory 2.
So with MMO, I don't really care about the story, so I'm going to skip it here, though I will say it depends on your class. As a berzerker, my story involves me never winning against an old man. The gameplay is mostly basic, but also really fun.
It's a standard MMO, you can run, jump and do your basic attacks and using the shoulder buttons and trigger buttons on your controller, you can perform special attacks. You can get custom clothes for your character, a custom house for your character, the works! People may ask what makes me enjoy this game so much and it's a few things. Firstly, the art style for this game is so cutesy and when stepping into a town with so much life, it's just a joy to behold. Furthermore, the controls for the game also feel like they belong in a performer, as you can run and climb up walls. The game takes advantage of this by having minigames that you can play with people online every hour or so, and it's really fun to do.
Secondly, it's just the atmosphere around the town that makes me so good to play. I love just going into town and finding a person playing music. I love going to a new place and just finding out about what I can I see and do, seeing all the cute avatars makes me so happy to see. I think that's amazing to go into my house and work on it if I can. The game's music also makes me feel as I play it.
Overall, I think Maple Story 2 is a great game, that sadly is not played by many. I honestly hope that more people give this game a try with the new expansions coming out. And if your in the Europe server, say hi sometime! Just look for NanaMarfo!
Sorry for the Long wait guys, I just took a lot of time off in order to finish my course work. I think it went well! No results just yet though.
Either way, thank you guys so much for reading, Happy Valentines Day to those who will be celebrating and I will see you guys next time. Take Care and keep creating!
Written by Nana Marfo