Operation Backlog Completion 2017

Feb 272015
 

Good news, everyone! I’m going to be involved in the creation of a video game (note: this has nothing to do with my ChoiceScript game, which is a separate project). I’ve joined Ninja Vault, an indie team working on an action RPG/point-and-click adventure game called Parachronism: Order of Chaos.

Parachronism-Order-of-Chaos

Parachronism is about a girl sent back through time, and the chaos that ensues (time travel can be a tricky business). I can’t say much else about it right now, but I’ll be working on the project as a proofreader and editor. Ninja Vault anticipates a release later this year, so stay tuned!

That’s my good news for you.

In sad news, the world lost Leonard Nimoy today. I’m crushed, especially since Spock was always my favorite Star Trek character. I almost dedicated this blog post just to him, but I felt too unhappy every time I tried to start. 🙁

Live long and prosper, everyone.

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Feb 252015
 

Ace-Attorney-logoThrough the power of Google Analytics and other useful website tools, I’ve discovered that a lot of people come here looking for an Ace Attorney timeline. I can only assume they leave in disappointment, since my guide to the Ace Attorney gameplay order just lists each game in chronological order, rather than the cases.

Since so many people come here looking for a Phoenix Wright timeline, though, it’s in all of our interests for me to create one!

Now, the Ace Attorney wiki has a complete timeline that contains births, deaths, and all sorts of other information. Mine will be more basic: I’m just going to give you the timeline of cases and most important events. I’ll try to avoid spoilers.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the style commonly used to number cases, I’ll give the game number and then the case number, such as 1-1 to represent the first case of the first game.

1 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
2 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All
3 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations
I – Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
4 – Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
5 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

Keep in mind that I’m not including Ace Attorney Investigations 2 in this timeline. If it’s ever localized, I’ll add it, as well as any others that come out, such as Dai Gyakuten Saiban.

Ace Attorney Case Timeline

Class Trial (2001)
The DL-6 Incident (December 28, 2001)
The KG-8 Incident (2009)
Case I-4: Turnabout Reminiscence (September 10, 2012)
Case 3-4: Turnabout Beginnings (February 16, 2013)
Case 3-1: Turnabout Memories (April 11, 2014)
The SL-9 Incident/Joe Darke Killings begin (September 2014)
The SL-9 Incident/Joe Darke Killings end (February 19, 2015)
Case 1-1: The First Turnabout (August 3, 2016)
Case 1-2: Turnabout Sisters (September 5-9, 2016)
Case 1-3: Turnabout Samurai (October 16-20, 2016)
Case 1-4: Turnabout Goodbyes (December 25-28, 2016)
Case 1-5: Rise from the Ashes (February 22-25, 2017)
Case 2-2: Reunion, and Turnabout (June 16, 19-22, 2017)
Case 2-1: The Lost Turnabout (September 8, 2017)
Case 2-3: Turnabout Big Top (December 28-30, 2017)
Case 2-4: Farewell, My Turnabout (March 20-23, 2018)
Case 3-2: The Stolen Turnabout (October 11-13, 2018)
Case 3-3: Recipe for Turnabout (December 3-4, 2018)
Case 3-5: Bridge to the Turnabout (February 7-10, 2019)
All the events of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, though they may be non-canon. (Dates are unclear, but must occur before April 19)
Case I-2: Turnabout Airlines (March 12, 2019)
Case I-3: The Kidnapped Turnabout (March 13, 2019)
Case I-1: Turnabout Visitor (March 14, 2019)
Case I-5: Turnabout Ablaze (March 14-15, 2019)
Case 4-4: Turnabout Succession past (April 19 and May 13, 2019)
The UR-1 Incident (October 7, 2020)
Case 4-1: Turnabout Trump (April 20, 2026)
Case 4-2: Turnabout Corner (June 15-17, 2026)
Case 4-3: Turnabout Serenade (July 7-10, 2016)
Case 4-4: Turnabout Succession present (October 7-9, 2026)
Case 5-2: The Monstrous Turnabout (April 17-19, 2027)
Case 5-6: Turnabout Reclaimed (July 20-22, 2027)
Case 5-3: Turnabout Academy (October 24-26, 2027)
Case 5-4: The Cosmic Turnabout first part (December 16, 2027)
Case 5-1: Turnabout Countdown (December 17-18, 2027)
Case 5-4: The Cosmic Turnabout second part (December 19-20, 2027)
Case 5-5: Turnabout for Tomorrow (December 20, 2027)

There you have it a basic timeline of the currently-localized Ace Attorney cases. Did I leave out anything critical? Make any mistakes? Let me know in the comments below, and I hope this helps!

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Feb 232015
 

Edge-of-Eternity-demo

Like Cosmic Star Heroine, one of my most-anticipated games of 2015, the new Kickstarter project Edge of Eternity got my attention because it’s described as a tribute to classic JRPGs. The indie developer is even named Midgar Studio, and while that could be a reference to Norse mythology’s Midgard, chances are good it’s a shout-out to the city of Midgar from a certain JRPG.

Edge of Eternity includes the work of Yasunori Mitsuda, who composed music for games like Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, Chrono Cross, Xenosaga, Soul Sacrifice, and Kid Icarus: Uprising, among others.

I love the idea of a new JRPG like this, although its description of itself as open world disappoints me. On the other hand, some people use “open world” to just mean games with lots of open areas, and I will try an open world game that appeals to me enough.

Best of all, there’s an Edge of Eternity demo available from the Kickstarter page. I downloaded it to see what it was all about, and you can watch my demo playthrough below in three parts.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Edge of Eternity definitely has some interesting concepts, and I enjoy its clear JRPG inspirations. Combat was fun (although as you can see I settled in on the strictly turn-based style), and the environments were beautiful. Until my struggles at the end, it looked like it had the potential for great exploration–but I’m still not sure just how “open” this open world will be.

If you watched my playthrough of the Edge of Eternity pre-alpha demo… first, I apologize for the ending disaster. Second, what do you think about the game? If you’ve played the Edge of Eternity demo yourself, how did you enjoy it?

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