Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Aug 312018

There was a live stream today about the upcoming Wild Arms mobile game, Wild Arms: Million Memories, which included its first trailer as well as new details.

Million Memories stars the main characters of all the Wild Arms games, along with a new character named Brittany Shrewsbury. It will have many other characters, both new and returning, as well.

You’ll play through main quests, sub-quests focused on characters, and limited time events, so it sounds like the basic mobile JRPG formula. They also showed the gameplay, which puts you in control of a party of three characters, plus one support character, for… action combat?

Here’s the gameplay segment of the live stream, recorded by DualShockers.

Why do this? There are popular turn-based mobile RPGs out there, so why make the Wild Arms mobile game action-based?

So you’ll tap to attack, flick to dodge, switch between characters, and build up special attacks. It’s not entirely clear yet if it’ll be a gacha game or not. ARMs sound like the most natural place for gacha here, so maybe it won’t be too bad.

Still, it’s not what I hoped for from a new Wild Arms game. Maybe it will at least pave the way for a full (and turn-based) sequel.

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Aug 292018

Last year, CD Projekt Red announced that the Gwent single-player campaign would be called Thronebreaker and tell a story about Queen Meve.

Now, they’ve announced that it will be a standalone game called Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.

They spoke about the game during a financial results presentation, and a user on Reddit compiled the details they gave about Thronebreaker.

Most interesting to me is that while it uses Gwent to determine outcomes, they’re describing it as an RPG rather than a card game. It will feature 30+ hours of gameplay, and if the original Thronebreaker screenshots still apply, it looks like it will have dialogue choices and an isometric viewpoint outside of Gwent battles.

So it’s an RPG spin-off of a card game spin-off of an RPG.

I’m intrigued by this. I still need to play The Witcher 3, and I’ll admit I was overwhelmed by the standalone Gwent when I tried to get into it, but if this is an RPG, I want to know more about it.

My experience with card-based RPGs has been mixed, since I enjoyed Baten Kaitos but on the other hand never want to play Chain of Memories again. Before this comes out, I should probably give Gwent another try.

…or play The Witcher 2 and 3, like I planned to do this year.

How do you feel about Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales?

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Aug 272018

The World Ends With You Final Remix is coming to the Switch on October 12, and they’ve started to reveal details about the new story scenario (translated at KH Insider).

Unlocked after you complete the main game, the new scenario “A New Day” seemingly places Neku back in the Reaper’s Game for a special “Hard Mode.”

(Note: this is not a Hard Mode for TWEWY, it is the new story scenario.)

It also appears as though A New Day will involve Coco, the Reaper girl teased in the initial Final Remix trailer. While I didn’t realize it at the time, this isn’t actually Coco’s first appearance. She appeared in the Japan-exclusive social network spin-off game The World Ends with You -Live Remix- as the player’s guide, and she managed the in-app purchase shop in the mobile version of TWEWY.

This time, it seems she’ll play a role in the story. The initial trailer showed her using a Taboo Sigil.

In A New Day, there are five different types of missions with different effects, such as one where Neku’s HP gradually decreases and one where Noise can split into more Noise. It also features new enemies, new pins, and a mini-game called Marble Slash. (Update: It sounds like Marble Slash might just be the Japanese name for Tin Pin Slammer, not a new mini-game.)

But what really has my interest is what this means for the overall story. Why has Neku been brought back into the Reaper’s Game?

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I find it hard to believe that Joshua would be in charge of this new “Hard Mode” after what happened, unless he forgot all his character development. The secret ending to The World Ends With You suggested that there might be consequences from the angels that oversee the Game. Did they disagree with Joshua’s decision to spare Shibuya?

Coco’s Taboo Sigil and the potential return of Minamimoto are intriguing as well.

The Secret Reports in the original game opened up the potential for a sequel, and this new scenario feels like it could make use of some of those same ideas. My hope is that A New Day is not only enjoyable in its own right, but helps set up the stage for a TWEWY 2.

On a side note, I wonder if this means Another Day and A New Day will be unlocked at the same time.

Are you planning to get The World Ends With You Final Remix?

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