Post-Mortem: Demon Gaze

I really wanted to like this game. It had a lot going for it. Developed by Experience Inc., the sadists behind everyone’s favorite cyberpunk dungeon crawling(DC) RPG, Generation Xth: Code Hazard.

It’s not even a bad game! It has good combat, great music, an ‘okay’ story, and a lot of innovative steps for a DC.

What brings it down, you ask?

Tripe like that. Let’s be real: it’s fricking creepy. If a game is on a handheld, odds are, I’m playing it in public. More likely still, I’m playing it at work.

Would you want to see someone wondering why a half-naked girl is plastered all over your screen? Then you best not play Demon Gaze out in the open, because you’ll get a LOT of that.

It’s not just Ms. Underwear Fanatic there, either. Frequently throughout the game there’s lots of awkward content. Barely-dressed hotel managers lounging around in come-hither poses, mercenaries who wear next to nothing, even a basement-dwelling mortician who wears little more than a hoodie and undergarments.

Though in Prometh’s defense, she at least gets some of the most hilarious dialogue in the game, such as her deadpan ‘I’m so excited’ when you bring her quest items.

Fanservice gripes aside, Demon Gaze is a solid DC. Battles are lightning fast, the dungeons have a lot of colorful variety, and best of all, they get music. That might seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of DCs outside of Etrian Odyssey overlook the most important of features. If you’re gonna spend hours in a dungeon, at least have good music. Hell, have SOME music. (Looking at you, Class of Heroes.)

Also, the post-game and end-game bosses are the stuff of nightmares. So the game is worth a shot for the gameplay, if nothing else.

Just play it at home whenever a story beat hits.

Sakura Wars hits 30%!

This update was fun. There’s an animated cutscene with a LIPS choice right in the middle of it. Want to watch Sakura slap the living hell out of Sumire? Boy do I have the visual novel/SRPG for you!

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As you can see the LIPS system still needs work, and this update ends right at the battles. But they are working fine, so I’m not too worried about that portion.

The Sakura Wars [PC] Fan Translation Project

I’ve been waiting to formally announce this, and now it’s time.

For the unfamiliar, there was a PC port of the original Sakura Wars. It was released on just about everything, after all, since it took Japan by storm.

At some point, for some reason, it got a Russian release.

So it was then decided by some adventurous hackers that this would be the ideal avenue for a US release.

Sadly, their endeavors fell through.

Ours won’t.

That’s right, Iwakura Productions has officially taken over ownership of the Sakura Wars Fan Translation.

I’ll be editing, EsperKnight is hacking, and a translator by the name of Nezumi was kind enough to volunteer.

This is a brand new translation as well. No prior scripts are being used or referenced.

We’ve already got the script 1/12th completed. And insertion has begun.

Without further ado…


LIPS prompts will need tweaking, as you can see, but they work great.

Stay tuned. Imperial Floral Assault Troupe is go!

Night Trap – The Kickstarter Support Livestream

As some of you may or may not know, I loooove Digital Pictures’ Night Trap.

I’ve been playing it since it was originally released on the Sega CD. I loved campy films, and interactive games, so FMV was instant joy for me back then.

I’ve replayed it many, many times, and adore the multiple permutations of events throughout the game, as well as the hilariously inept Auger-vampire assailants.


(The Stair Trap, AAAAAAAH)

Also kind of generated some infamy thanks to this innocuous scene:

But I digress. The team from Digital Pictures, including Tom Zito and Night Trap’s director, have somehow got the rights to Night Trap from Hasbro… and now they want to bring it back.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1018579240/night-trap-revamped

As you can probably tell, their presentation is a bit… lacking.

I’d love to see this project happen, so I’ve volunteered my time and adoration for the series to help.

I’ll be livestreaming the red-box OG Sega CD edition of Night Trap today at 3PM EDT(noon pacific) to help drum up interest.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cj_iwakura

Make sure you tune in, and it couldn’t hurt to toss some scratch towards the NT crew too.
Disclaimer: I have no association with the KS. I just want the remaster to happen.

Cause boy is it pretty.

See you there!

Mm, cherry popsicles.

Serial Experiments Lain (PSX) Script release!

I swear this is sheer coincidence, I had no idea this was coming…

http://psx.lain.pl/

A PDF format which translates the entire game’s massive script, including all FMVs and diary entries.

Having played the game, I can tell you that this is no small feat. While it is theoretically possible to incorporate this into the game, due to the fact that the dialogue has no on-screen subtitles or scripting(and most of it is just audio-only), it would be a massive undertaking. This is pretty much the best bet at experiencing SEL for the indefinite future.

If you enjoy Lain’s twisted world, you won’t be disappointed.