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12 October 2008 @ 23:37
I just came back from Tokyo Game Show with aionwatha, dilettantka and kuroe.


This game is so, so good. It's a bit like Quake 3 Arena, except you can run up anything, float briefly in the air and come down on your opponent, explode the scenery and interact with it in ways I probably haven't discovered yet. I was fighting a sorceress and there was a spiral ramp up the centre - I was just getting used to the game and blowing up many of the wooden slats. Then Squall jumped in the air and onto the metal railings that supported them at the sides and 'surfed' his way to the bottom. Plus you can run vertically.

The fighting stylisation is as exciting and dramatic as Advent Children, except you get to control it.

And yeah, it's pretty.

(For those thinking about acquiring it, there's NO critical in-game Japanese. You'll need Japanese to 1) decide if you want easy/hard mode and 2) confirm you want to start with a new character. That, as far as I was able to play and can remember, is all there is. [Edit: Actually, I remember a little more now -- you were also told at the end of each battle what you had won -- gil, daggers, etc. Not exactly critical?])

aionwatha played as Zidane, while kuroe was Tidus, so they might have some different stuff to say about it. We all mocked each other for our choices, obviously.

[Edit: There are only about six or eight starting characters and none of them are Sephiroth. :P As Squall, I could use my gunblade to both shoot and stab. Not sure about the other characters.]

We also attended two Saitou Yasuka (Tenimyu boy) events and he really does have a lovely dress sense. Apparently he watches Kuroshitsuji too. *ahem*

Saitou Yasuka 1 // Saitou Yasuka 2

At the Squeenix goods booth, we saw a whole bunch of new Kuroshituji stuff for sale. Apparently they've brought out high-quality version of the stuff you can buy in Animate, like Ciel's ring (different sizes available!) and Sebastian's lapel thingy. But they're so expensive...

Also got a preview of the Ciel statue and the smaller collectible figures that will be out soon.

Ciel and Sebastian (large) // Madam Red, Lau, Grell, Ciel and Sebastian collectibles // Madam Red, Lau and Grell collectibles

After that, we went for yakiniku and lots and lots of candy. We were just being so dumb and it was FUN. We ordered three five decanters of sangria in quick succession in the restaurant and when the waiter finally told us they didn't have enough left for a decanter, we asked them to bring glasses. WE DRANK GYUUKAKU OUT OF SANGRIA. *laughs* The last picture sums it up -- I'm holding a candy drink, since you asked.

It's a novelty candy drink, okay!?

Here's dilettantka's version of the day. aionwatha's is here, but for a few days only.
キャラ エンスイ: Ryuuta // Uwaahh~!kyraensui on 12th October 2008 11:50 (UTC)
OMG. You are so lucky. T__T I want to play... xD Is Kuroshituji good? I kept seeing it pop up on f-list for weeks now.
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th October 2008 11:54 (UTC)
It's worth it. :) Kuroshitsuji? It's my favourite manga ever, so I'd definitely recommend it. I might even be responsible for half of those posts on your flist. :)
キャラ エンスイ: Saint Beast // Memories...kyraensui on 12th October 2008 11:57 (UTC)
=) You're awesome for playing as Squall. I ♥ him~! I can't wait for its release date.

xD I think I'll give it a shot. Manga or anime first?
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th October 2008 22:31 (UTC)
There are a very limited number of starting characters available (needless to say no Sephiroth. :P).

Manga, because it's better. Anime, because that's what's brand new and everyone is watching right now. It's also a pretty good overview. Anime has more Sebastian x Ciel fanservice, in my opinion, although it's up to you as to whether it's a good thing or not.
susperia1susperia1 on 12th October 2008 14:01 (UTC)
ooo wow these statues are soo cool!!1 i want them LOL!!!!
lol i feel like candy too, and i totally love the novelty candy drink!!! o_O lol, it sure sounds like such a fun time you all had!!!
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th October 2008 22:35 (UTC)
Yeah, I think the smaller ones may be completely random. Grell's face looks a little odd, but the rest are lovely.
Jesshideincarnate on 12th October 2008 22:12 (UTC)
I WANT THAT GAME. I HAVE WANTED IT FOR MONTHS. IT IS THE ONLY REASON I OWN A PSP. Anyday when it comes out? <-time to pre-order! and I mean Japan time as I am in Japan. XD

Those candy drinks look interesting. XD
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th October 2008 22:35 (UTC)
I think it's out in December...? Plenty of time to preorder anyway. :)
Jesshideincarnate on 12th October 2008 22:39 (UTC)
*thinks* Where can I pre-order it...I think if I want to pick it up at a store, I will have to go to Hiroshima. Otherwise it's off the internet for me. Any recommendations?
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th October 2008 22:47 (UTC)
I think pretty much anywhere will stock it (Toysrus, Donki, etc). I don't see many specialist games shops around, outside of Akiba.
(Anonymous) on 12th October 2008 22:44 (UTC)
Whahhh , I 'm so jealous of you. I love Squall XD but I guess I have no chance to play the game, don't have psp and all.
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th October 2008 00:20 (UTC)
There's a long time until it comes out, so you may get a chance anyway. :) Thanks for reading!
凱pyrrhic_victoly on 13th October 2008 16:38 (UTC)

The shinies... And OMG the novelty drink! It's so...hilaruously naughty looking!
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th October 2008 05:24 (UTC)
The drink is actually intended for kids... but there were so many different shapes. :P