This is my blog dedicated to the video games I play, which is mostly idol rhythm games but there are some exceptions. If you are curious to what I am playing check out the "Currently Playing" tab above.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Wading through the tomato sea: LLSIF tiering

About a couple of days after the latest Love Live School Idol Festival event began I decided that I was going to tier for it. Of course trying for T1 is above what I feel I can accomplish and honestly being in T2 is just as good for me as I mainly want the second copy to idolize the card.

I still do not feel quite recovered but at least I can say that I was successful. And I even managed to get some sleep that night. But my arms feel tired from the constant grinding for several nights in a row and I am quite happy to not have to worry about letting LP go to waste.
Tiering was not the only goal I succeeded in as I finally was able to completely clear all the event point prizes for the first time. It was a big help to get those loveca from the prizes as I ended up not having to get into the loveca I am trying to save up to scout for the dancer set.

I am quite happy to have this Umi honestly. She may not be a favorite character but I much prefer her idolized version over her non-idolized version. And one of my favorite sets is the dancer set and her outfit here is the same theme and looks just as lovely.

But Maki is the true prize and I love this card so much. Both versions of it, and with 4.0 I can enjoy both with this whenever I want. I still end up smiling just thinking about having this card and all teh soreness and tiredness feels worth it.

The only events I want to even think about tiering that I know are coming up are the Rin token event and the first two challenge fests that of course feature Maki and Rin. Other than that I want to take it easy with tiers outside of making sure to get into T3 for the ones like the upcoming Chika/Riko token event so I can at least get one copy of each event card.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Photokatsu - A picture worth a thousand words of cute

As I mentioned in an earlier post I have picked up playing Photo Katsu, the mobile game for the Ai Katsu series. I honestly have seen nothing of the anime series for this franchise and decided to give the game a try because it was cute and another idol rhythm game.

This is actually my second try at the game. The first time I just could not get into it, but I am glad I gave it another shot. It felt easier to get into this time around and I got to make it to my first 10+1 scout that gave me what looks to be a lucky draw as I managed to get a PR (Premium Rare), which is the highest card level in the game.

Since then I managed to do another scout and got luckier still with getting two PRs. That said my poor Cute team is languishing behind the other attribute teams as while I only have PRs for Pop and Cool my Sexy team at least has a couple of SRs.

Having the game play be rather different than the other rhythm games I play is something I actually enjoy. Figuring out the system and what all I can do helps keep me engaged and I feel so happy when I figure something out or discover something new.

The art style is on the simple side but thanks to that the quality of the cards is steady so it is hard to come across a card that is aesthetically unpleasant. In fact the PRs tend to be on the beautiful side of things and already I am in love with some of the few I have seen.

Overall this game is just cute which of course is one of my major weaknesses. And it is a game that I do not feel pressured into playing constantly. Sure doing well in the events would be nice but I do not feel too heartbroken if I miss out on some of the higher prizes. And since I am still figuring things out staying on the easier levels is a comfort.

So this game is staying around on my phone this time. It is a good source of cute and is a game I can let myself relax with.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

IDOLiSH7 -For those who don't have enough 2-D boybands to follow-

Soon after getting into the Love Live School Idol Festival mobile game I wanted to see if I could find a male idol version of it and there seems to be quite a few. Went with IDOLiSH7 as I was the most familiar with it as the character designs being done by Tanemura Arina has been covered on Anime News Network. Also as it only focuses on two groups (IDOLiSH7 and TRIGGER) while some of the other games have more and I knew if I was going to get sucked into a game with media release I would not like to go completely broke with it. Especially since I am not done catching up with Uta no Prince-sama releases as it is.

IDOLiSH7 is a rhythm game not too different from Love Live SIF in that the object is to play rhythm games to collect "cards" that have characters that you can upgrade. Of course the specifics differ quite a bit and I7 is only available for the Japanese versions of the mobile stores and not internationally like LLSIF is. But if you can use iTunes then and are using an Apple device it is as simple as having a iTunes Japan account and just switching back and forth whenever there is an update to download as it will play no matter which account is logged in.

The actual rhythm game is a bit deceptive as it looks like it should be really easy, which on the easy mode it is, but with the speed and special orbs it can be challenging on the higher levels. Especially since the orbs gain speed as they near the rings you are to tap. There are only four ranks for taps, Perfect, Good, Bad and Miss. Both Perfect and Good will count towards your combo score but a Bad or a Miss will break it.

For each play you get experience that goes towards your rank, gold, friend points, sometimes you will get a drop like a common card, and then the members of the team used get their own experience points and bond points that unlock special chats with them.

The story mode is an important part of the game, as there is no anime adaption and the manga only has a single volume out so far. So if you want to learn more about the characters and groups then playing the story is essential. That said there is not much to the story mode than reading/listening to scenes and achieving goals to unlock it at times. Thankfully there are fan translations that can found on the tumblr for the game. (This is actually the best source for game information in English in general.)

Since the game only just launched in July 2015 there is only the one story, which is 20 chapters long. Recently some side stories were added to it and at the end of the first story they have a screen for the second story with two new characters which is set to be released sometime after the current event ends later today.

The cards can be leveled up in several ways. By combining matching cards they go up in rarity from N (Normal) to R (Rare) to SR (Star Rare) then up to SSR (Super Star Rare). Normal though is only for the trainee cards, which are characters that are not featured in the story at all. Rare and above are where the main characters start at, with some starting at the SR level while others are SSR only.

Experience for the cards can be earned two ways, playing the games or by using other cards. The second method costs gold and the higher the level the higher the cost. And each time you rank up a card, like a N to an R, the level of the card goes back to 1. There are no bonuses to leveling up the cards to their max level though so there is little reason to keep trainee cards once you have ranked them up. The main cast cards are worth hanging onto as each has a special attribute that helps you play the rhythm game.

The character gallery not only lets you look at everything you have collected so far but also cards that the support you choose for the game has as their main. The ones you have had are lit up with the ones shadowed are ones that belonged to other players. And each version of the card is displayed so you can see the evolution of them.

One of the options when you are looking at your teams is to view the card in full without any of the added design/text that they usually have. I unfortunately do not have any of the sets to show but there are cards that go together that will create a scene. Like the final card on the right has one that matches one that will show the character Iori is looking annoyed at, Tamaki.

I already have the two CD singles that have been released so far on their way with the next Uta no Prince-sama Shining Theater release and will be adding them to my reviews on one of the off weeks from reviewing another Utapri CD. And I want to see about getting the light novel and manga to see if I cannot get the card codes for those. Or I have fallen for this series and this is how I am going to get through the wait for something new for Utapri. Not like I needed another series to get invested in, but I still got one and I am enjoying the hell out of it.