Operation Backlog Completion 2017
Nov 222017
 

Finally, we’ve reached the conclusion of the Witcher saga, the final novel before the events of the games take place, The Lake of the Lake.

This is the culmination of Ciri’s quest, Geralt & company’s search for her, and all the machinations that have been bubbling throughout the saga, and it’s an epic conclusion.

Like the previous novel, there’s a bit of a frame story here, although it takes a couple different forms. Ciri telling her story to Galahad is the larger frame, but there is also a fair amount of framing as the sorceresses Nimue and Condwiramurs attempt to piece together the truth of Ciri’s history.

There are so many good moments in this novel, and although I felt a couple parts went on a bit too long (specifically the war section and the ending), it’s a fantastic story.

The section in Toussaint is great (especially Regis giving advice on how to deal with vampires), I love the entire section with the elves (especially when Ciri makes her escape and learns the truth about their world), and the confrontations at the end are satisfying (if a bit heartbreaking).

Unfortunately, I’ve heard that The Witcher 3 doesn’t really do Eredin justice, which is a disappointment because he’s pretty cool in the novel. Are there other Eredin fans out there? He steals the scene whenever he’s on the page!

Click for Lady of the Lake spoiler

Anyway, if you’ve been enjoying the Witcher novels, The Lady of the Lake is where it all comes together.

And of course, the games pick up afterwards. We’ve already looked at The Witcher, but it doesn’t look like I’ll get to the other games this year after all. Next year, however, our journey through the Witcher series will resume!

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Nov 202017
 

When I finished World of Final Fantasy, the one thing I really wanted was a sequel.

Not only was it a fun, cute game (and a new turn-based RPG in the Final Fantasy series), but it also had tons of series potential, especially if you read the Who’s Who character bios.

Well, it looks like I’m getting my wish… although not quite what I want right away.

A mobile game called World of Final Fantasy: Meli-Melo has been announced. It will be out in Japan for iOS and Android later this year. It’s a casual take on World of Final Fantasy gameplay, but it’s unclear whether its story will be the same or not.

While I’m not crazy about a casual mobile game, the Famitsu announcement of World of Final Fantasy: Meli-Melo also said “the World of Final Fantasy series will continue to spread out in the future.”

I hope it spreads out to a full-fledged sequel or prequel next.

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Nov 172017
 

Caligula (localized as The Caligula Effect) is a JRPG that came out for the PS Vita, and now it’s receiving a PS4 remake called Caligula Overdose.

I reviewed The Caligula Effect over at MonsterVine, and while it was definitely a flawed game, it was good enough that I’m interested in learning more about the remake.

Caligula Overdose has a new “Forbidden Musician Route” that doubles the scenario, the option to play as a female protagonist, two new members of the Go-Home Club (the main group), and two new Musicians (the villains).

The story was written by the writer of the original Persona and the Persona 2 games, and it was fairly good. It sounds like the remake’s new route will let the player join the Musicians, which should be interesting.

In my review, I mentioned how the game could have been stronger if it focused more attention on the main party instead of having 500 recruitable characters with generic dialogue (easily the weakest part of the game), and I hope the remake leans more in that direction.

So far, no localization has been announced for Caligula Overdose, but if it does come West (as The Caligula Effect Overdose?), I’ll be interested in seeing what improvements it makes over the original.

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