Archive for the 'Japanese Games' Category
Carpe Fulgur the doujin game localization studio will be releasing their next game project RPG Fortune Summoners on January 17th for Gamersgate and Steam for $25 bucks. This is great I really liked their first two releases Recettear and Chantelise. If their previous releases are any indication I think this one will be just as good.
I haven’t posted in a while… My new college life has me a little busy. Oh, and no one told me my upload of Second Age was dead… So yeah, I re-uploaded it… And now I bring to you another mech game:
It’s a basic game, 1 vs. 1 duels from a top down view, but space style. Your mech is heavily affected by the lack of inertia in space as you fly around. Mechs have three weapons, one of which you choose from, and melee. It’s almost, kind of, like a shmup-fighter, too, because there can be lots of missile and bullets flying at you. Melee requires some ace piloting, as you’ll tend to just rocket by your enemies, but of course, it does a lot of damage, especially if you can keep on them, they can die in a flash. But a cool thing also, is how melee blades will clash if you both try. The arcade mode features constant 1 vs. 1s, and at the end, you’ll be greeted by a big boss. There are also a couple of cheats to play as other mechs, just check out the comments on the video.
Get it here: http://www.kit.hi-ho.ne.jp/deepsea/project-gamma/
Well, things have gotten pretty crazy, with me having just started college. Taking a programming class, so who knows, if it’s successful I may make a mecha game. Anyway, today I bring to you one of my favourites, tied with just Silver Knights. Second Age is a mecha space combat game, featuring a cast of 8 unique robots. The video for Silver Knights on my first post here wasn’t mine, but the guy who did it sure made an amazing trailer. From now on, though, I’ll be bringing you all the mecha game video joy! So here’s a video showing some rough gameplay and showcasing all of the robots.
So with that, I’ll talk some about the gameplay. There’s no other way to play other than ‘Practice’, which really should be called something like ‘Skirmish.’ It’s a mode where you fight with up to 8 mechs, and you can split into (several) teams. Actually, there IS a mission mode, but it doesn’t work past mission 1…
So you choose mechs, teams, and from 5 maps. The gameplay has quite a few buttons despite its simple appearance. You move your aim with the directional button, and hold a button to boost in the direction you’re pressing. It works really well, actually, so you can easily aim while moving. You have a shield button, boost, main shot, melee, secondary shot, and shield+backboost. Many mechs have different attacks depending on the direction you’re boosting, and different melee when and when not holding a direction. There’s also special attacks, which are done by pressing certain two buttons at once.
It’s a simple concept, and maybe the graphics will throw you off (I think they’re superb for an old indie game, but others would disagree…), but this game is actually very good and fun. It also has LAN play, but I can’t figure out how it works, because of a language barrier. The rest of the game is totally in English, though. It may be me, the nostalgic music (surprisingly catchy), or the mech designs, but this is definitely one of the best once you really get into it. I may be a little biased, as this was my first (and best) foreign mech game find, aside from Silver Knights, which already had a little English fanbase.
So, you can download it from the website I made for it (Yeah, I really do love Second Age ;-;), or from the main site. Thing is, the main site has a latest version, which is more of a test build and incomplete… While from my website you can pick up an older and fuller version with all the mechs. Also, I made a whole picture manual, with explanations of the game and movelists.
So my fan-site is: http://www.freewebs.com/the-second-age/
Or you can check out the (Japanese) official website, which has actually been abandoned for years, but surprisingly still up… My point is, just try this old little gem.
Hey, hey, everyone! From this point forward, I’ll be a new author here, thanks to Jonathan Sharp who asked me and gave me a chance to write here. So, I go by many names, none of which you will know, except Claxus, so just call me that, alright? Especially because my first name is the same as a certain other someone here. So as what I’ll be doing here? Well, giant robots are my passion, and I love finding freeware mecha games, so that’s what I’m here to share. So let’s super-mecha-fly into overdrive!
I’ll be starting with the basics, which probably most mecha fans know, or maybe not… This one is an obscure little gem.
This is the one that started it all for me. At first, I was thrown off by its subpar graphics, but the gameplay was really the heart. Now, though, the game has developed much more, with more content, and pretty impressive graphics. In this game, you pilot a mech in a 3rd person shooter styles, but you lock on to enemies rather than aim. Each mech has two weapons, and a special function, plus melee, and there’s a lot of’em. Your main form of movement is boosting, in short bursts. Really, the gameplay is simple, yet the game can be really intense.
It’s made up of only a skirmish mode, but you’ll soon realize that it’s all it needs. You can play with up to 8 mechs per game, and there’s many maps to choose from. Every mech has an unique playstyle, like setting up bits that shoot laser beams in sync with your mech, transforming into a plane, a sniper with 4 different main shots and a sniper mode, and a lot more.
But probably the best thing about the game is the ability to play online, it’s just so fun. One on ones against another human player can get really crazy, or you can team up and fight AI mechs together, or have team battles with other players. The game is pretty skill and timing based, despite its simple mechanics.
So if you’re interested, check out the fan-forum. It’s like my home forum… We’re a really small community, but we’ve been active for years, and we really need more mecha fans who want to play this online. Also, this game is actually still in progress, although the creator has taken a break from it, mostly because of lack of inspiration because of the small fanbase. So if you want to see this game grow further, show your support!
Official Webiste/Download: http://www42.tok2.com/home/silverknights/download.html
Oh, and, if you wanna contact me, ask about mech games, or whatever, I’m always on MSN, and sometimes on AIM. My MSN/E-Mail is Axyko@live.com , and my AIM is Audikura.
An interview with Carpe Fulgur [The Publisher of Recettear] about their newest release Chantelise and their upcoming release Fortune Summoners.