Gamer's Review - Hyperdmension Neptunia Rebirth1 (First Dip)

Well this is novel idea and can only exist in the Japanese anime/gaming fandom world of what?! This would happens when gaming consoles and the gaming industry in general are rendered as hyper powered girls. Reminds me of my trip to Akihabara...that's anime/electronics district in Tokyo. Welcome to the world of Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth1...where four goddesses rule over a portion of the Gameindustri world, each representing/themed after a gaming console. However as pointed out the opening prologue all is not peaceful as the 4 are fighting over "shares" in the world int he "Console Wars" and a mysterious voice suggests banish Neptune.

I think she's representing PS3

Representing Wii

Representing Xbox

Representing Sega Neptune

Well other then I hope this is not a hentai...based one scene here.....

It's been fun so far....basically gameplay with action-adventure with visual novel elements, navigating around a map with dialogue scenes playing out akin to a visual novel but switching to 3rdperson view during exploration segments. The actual battle is combo of turn based as you are positioning the character and entering in attack combos/skills during the "Turn". The entire art style is basically.....anime kawaii love with ALOT of video-gaming and game industry references/parodies tossed around....I am loving the Mecha Musume style of battle armor these girls don during the fever pitch. Oh what is going to happen next....proving to be cute and hilarious so far.

Gamer's Review - Next Penelope ( First Dipping)

Well this game actually been hiding in my humble bundle cache for a bit but decided to installed it after falling in love with the electronica-retro style soundtrack, and the very unique take on Greek mythology.

Next Penelope is a very futuristic take on the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer with Penelope being charged/threaten by the alien Poseidon to find Odysseus across the galaxy for the sake of her people. Nope Penelope is not sulking at home...she;s taking a spaceship and racing across the galaxy Imagine ancient Greek columns and architecture fitted in a very techno-colour retro-futuristic spacey setting...this is where the art style very much shines. Retro-future mythology hmm? The music is carries out the retro-futuristic style....with some synth mixed and a touch of progressive, You wouldn't even know the game is ancient Greek culture motif-ed.

Now I admit, I haven't played a true racing game in a very long time so I had problems trying to get used to the racing controls...most of it bumping into walls and mis-jumping off a cliff. Gameplay is played top down with Penelope's ship automatically accelerating and you have control of turning/avoiding walls and obstacles that will slow you down and chop away at your ship's energy (eventually you get more weapons)....while a giant alien thing from Poseidon is chasing you as you are racing towards the check point...hurry up!


My Friends Are Djs #64 - "Remix #1"

Well a professional artist friend encourage to doodle every day if possible so I did and during all that doodling I experimented with sketching with one continuous ink line when sketching the plants around me. In this case Ethereal is "remixing" herself using both of her tails to create an art piece of herself....2 continues inky lines were drawn.,,absolutely no breaks in the lines. The background is actually a picture of jelly fish at the Vancouver highly altered to monochrome.


My Friends Are Djs #63 - "Envy"

Well this was made along side the other "hand" demon so because I felt Envy and Pride are similar in that "grab" things for similar reasons. "Fisher" is "siblings" with Invidia of the previous panel....plus all the same mysterious species as Scourage and Lucid. Why the underwater motifs for envy? Tow = Undertow. Yep,traveling in the clubbing and artistic world, I had many encounters with envious stuff. The background was taken by me at the mini aquarium located int he international departure lounge....then highly altered with filters to make it look monochrome green.


My Friends Are Djs #62 - "Recharge"

Well for me atleast, listening to my favorite tracks recharges my mood during stressful times like a long day's work or traveling in another palce or country. It reminds me of who I am, my world and happy moods/feelings to recharge the senses. Klap is just plugged in for the night recharging at his very big station...hehe. The weird-surreal, futuristic background of his room is actually a picture of a bunch of mirrors I took at a visiting circus. The picture was sevrely altered after to make it look mono-chrome colour weird,


My Friends Are Djs #61 - "Prid..."

I wanted to make a slight poke at the pride culture that happens in the music industry,it's grabby nature and slight stab against talented young people being exploited in this industry, by grabby hands. Drawing abit on personal experience on "grabby hands" making attempts on my artistic talent. For the monster, Invidia....its based an old drawing I did of a monster in a nightmare shaped like a hand. Just like the old drawing, I used my own hand and its shadow to rotoscope body. The overall look is meant to be "prideful" with regal shades of purple ad gold. The background is the side of the post office in Steveston.