Catherine Full Body Announced for PS4 & PS Vita

Weeks ago, Atlus’ new studio Studio Zero made an announcement in looking to hire people to make their new game PROJECT Re FANTASY.  The announcement was hosted by Trisha from Catherine.  At the end of the announcement, Trisha gets surprised about getting hired to work on something that people thought was a sequel to Catherine.

A couple days ago, Atlus announces Catherine Full Body for the PS4 & PS Vita.  It’s not Catherine 2 or a sequel.  It’s a remake of the original game as it has a lot of new stuff.   It has new anime events, new gameplay puzzle mechanics, online mode, more sexy events, & more.  It’s pretty much a director’s cut or 1.5 version of the game like how Persona 3 FES is to Persona 3 & Persona 4 Golden to Persona 4. The subtitle Full Body is a wine term.

It also has a 3rd Catherine named Rin.  She acts an a middle point between the 2 other Catherines.  The game is being made by Studio Zero.  If you remember, Studio Zero is formed & made up of some former P Studio members.  P Studio made the original game, so Full Body is being handled almost by the same team.

After the news & screenshots were shown, a trailer later dropped:

The voice cast seems to be the same from the original game.  Vincent seems a little off.  I haven’t played the Japanese game for a long time, so I may be wrong.  But I assume it’s the same seiyu.  I haven’t checked yet.

The animation quality & graphics looks the same as the original.  It may be upscaled a bit.  Hard to tell since it seems to be running off the same game engine.

At the end of the trailer, people seem to think Rin may be transgender based on Vincent’s shocked reaction.  So far, Atlus referred Rin as a girl with no mentioning of transgender.  If they spoiled it upfront in the first trailer like that, you will lose the element of surprise.  If you played the original game & seen all the endings, this surprise isn’t much of a surprise anyways.

The game has a release date of next winter & is 50% completed. In other words, around the December 2018 mark.  I think this is the same month that the original game was released in Japan.  Of course, no North American release date.

If the game does come here, it will probably have the voice work redone since the voice actors for Vincent (Troy Baker) & Catherine (Laura Bailey) seem to be steering away from Japanese/anime based games.  Since not redoing their Persona 4 roles in the newer games, they haven’t done anything anime related games as they have been focused on AAA western games.  Chances are Matthew Mercer & Ashly Burch will replace those two.  Matthew replaced Troy for Kanji in P4 Golden onwards & Ashley took over Laura’s Rise role.

Anyways, I will probably buy the Japanese version of the game again unless the English version (if it does come out) has Japanese voiceovers.  I will buy both PS4 & PS Vita versions for the English release if it does come out.  For the Japanese version, PS4 version it is. If they have LE version, I’m on it.

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Second Trailers For Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night & Persona 5 Dancing Star Night Released

Today, Atlus Japan released news about Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night & Persona 5 Dancing Star Night was shown during their Persona event in Japan.  Although with news of Persona 5 The Animation & the name of Persona 5’s hero, 2 trailers of the Dancing games were shown.  If you remember, the games are being released for PS4 & PS Vita.

First, Persona 5 Dancing Star Night:

In the trailer, Joker’s name is Ren Amamiya.  The name Akira Kurusu is no longer canon as most people think.  The name Ren is being used for this game & the anime show as well.  So, it’s official.  Sucks for me since I have been using Akira as my name for the 1st & currently 2nd playthrough of Persona 5.

Anyways, the game showed the full cast of characters of the Phantom Thieves.  Velvet Room attendants Justine & Caroline are shown in what looks like a story mode.  There was a previous mentioning before that both dancing games will not have story modes since there were concerns about where those games fit in their respective series timeline.  The trailer is narrated by Futaba Sakura & Morgana.

The music has a list of DJs doing the remix of the game’s soundtrack.  There are a couple that I recognize & happy to see.  I’m liking the music so far.

Next is Persona 3 Dancing Star Night:

The Persona 3 Hero’s name is Yuki Makoto.  The same name that was used in the movies.  So, it remains canon & official.  Like the previous trailer, it shows the game’s “full” cast.  Missing from the Persona 3 series are Shinjiro Aragaki & Koromaru.  Reasons possibly being that SPOILERS Shinjiro is dead END SPOILERS & Koromaru is a dog with no human form to dance in.

However, the trailer was narrated by 2 Velvet Room attendants: Elizabeth & Theodore.  If you know your P3 stuff, Theodore is from Persona 3 Portable & appears from the female Hero’s story path & not Yuki’s.  Theodore is not from the canon path officially & yet his voice is in the trailer.  So, it may be possible that there are some characters not shown in the trailer.  Also with the game showing some sort of story/visual novel parts, it could be possible something more there.  Justine & Caroline were shown in the P5DSN trailer & the P3 Velvet Room attendants were not here.

As for the music, the list of DJs is different than P5DSN’s list.  There are a couple that I know & like to see.  The music so far is more uplifting than I thought.  A bit on the fence on it.

Both games are coming out on May 24, 2018.  Both PS4& PS Vita versions will have special edition bundles in what looks like DLC costumes & 4 CD soundtrack (not sure if it’s full or not). The PS4 version will have 1 extra thing I see. It will come with a Persona 4 Dancing All Night download code for PS4.  So a port of the PS Vita game.  Not sure if it will be a redo as I heard the timing of the notes are off which turned off some people from the game.

Speaking of the gameplay, both P3DMN & P5DSN show the same gameplay style as P4DAN.  If it is the same as P4, it may be a problem.  It looks like there are some new mechanics, but I’m not sure as I haven’t played P4DAN yet.

As for the models, they look the same as shown in the previous trailer & they look good; especially the P3 characters.  Dance styles are different for each which I like.  Also, the game logos look nice even though they are simple.

Anyways, there is no North American release date for now since it’s Japan first.  But I’m still hyped for the games.  Of course, the OSTs will be in my CD collection & money will be thrown once preorders are available.

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December 5, 2017’s Haul Is Something That I Nearly Missed Out (DJ Okawari Compress)

I was following this for a long time, but somehow I missed out on it.  I was lucky to get it in time.  So what am I talking about?

It’s DJ Okawari’s Compass.  I got this from CDJapan & at a decent price.  DJ Okawari’s albums come in limited numbers & prices for some of his albums go up in value.  However, some people don’t seem to like this album much.  I have sampled some of the tracks before buying the album & it is very similar to his previous album.  It has some vocal tracks which some people didn’t like from his previous album.  I like the 3rd album, but this one is a bit too similar.  I knew this album was coming out, but I don’t know what caused me to stop tracking it.

More hauls should be coming soon.  I think.

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Hauls From December 3 & 4, 2017 Teaches Me The Lesson Of The Force (Sphero R2-D2 & Force Band)

As you may remember from my previous post, I am stuck with a old laptop & postings on this blog & my main site is very minimal.  But I will continue to post hauls when I get the chance.

So Canada Post is going Christmas mode where they will be doing package deliveries 7 days a week.  I give my praise & support for their hard work during this busy season.  I missed out my first haul which was yesterday December 3.  I was at work & had to pick it up on the same day surprisingly.  Was thinking that I need to pick it up today.  So what came first?

It’s Sphero’s R2-D2 from the Star Wars series.  After getting BB-8, I decided to get this.  I admit BB-8 isn’t too much fun since it’s mainly a Sphero ball with a head & I don’t do much programming.  But R2-D2 is a bit more fun as it is a droid that I kind of grew up with during my childhood.  The Star Wars didn’t make much sense to me as a kid though.  It was mainly the robots & fights that I got me in.  But like BB-8, this thing will probably get old for me.  So, I get this next haul today.

Also from the Star Wars series & Sphero product line, it’s the Force Band.  This came as a free gift from Best Buy.  They got a promo where you buy a Star Wars droid, you get a Force Band for free.  The band is $100 worth from Best Buy & R2-D2 was on sale for $170.  So it’s kind of buying R2-D2 for $70.  I was interested in the Force Band before, but the price threw me off.

Playing around with the Force Band, it is kind of interesting & tough.  It’s got a bunch of other features, but I don’t think I will be doing those things.  Mainly find stuff in an environment like AR & “shadow” fighting with lightsabers & plasma guns.  Pretty much stuff that kids will probably get a kick out of.  But being a guy with low interest, I will probably get bored with these things fast.

I do expect more hauls coming this month.  But the time I will post about them will probably be slow.  Again, lack of equipment.  I could try the apps for tablets & phones, but it will be a bit hard for me since I’m one of those people that prefer physical keyboards for long typing.  And I don’t know how to type.

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November 19, 2017 Haul Will Make Me A Taiko Master! (Taiko no Tatsujin: Session de Dodon ga Don! Bundle Package)

Or maybe not.  So my parents came back from Hong Kong today & got me something that I asked to see if they could get.  And they did.  Too fast.  If they wanted a bit longer, they could have saved about $100HKD.  So here’s a tip when you go shopping in Hong Kong at small retail shops: wait.  Don’t go buying things right away.  You will most likely the item you want a bit cheaper in the next town.  Sometimes, it can be just down the street/block.  So, what’s this item I got?

It’s Taiko no Tatsujin: Session de Dodon ga Don! Bundle Package for the PS4 from Bandai Namco Entertainment.  Apparently, this is the Japanese version.  I thought I got the Asia version since it is the local market item there & usually cheaper.  Nevertheless, I’m happy with it since I don’t need to setup a HK SEN account.

This is a bundle package which comes with the taiko drum & game.  I mainly wanted just the controller, but my dad suggested this since you need the game to play with the drums really.  I wanted to get the digital version & wait it out a bit for a sale.  But this is pretty much the only way to get the drums for some reason.  Then again, my parents aren’t gamers like me & I’m only at the casual level.  I heard there is another version of the bundle package that comes with a DLC code.  Not sure if this one has it.  The DLC is mainly adding more songs.  If I have it, great.  If not, no big loss since I can pretty much buy them later on.

Now for an update.  The reason why I haven’t done much here & on my main site is because my main computer went down.  Judging from the model & the problem, it seems like the video card got shot & it’s not an easy replacement.  My computer is a late 2009 27″ iMac.  The computer is old, so the part for it is not going to be cheaper & easy to get.  It will most likely be used & the price I’ve seen sits at around US$300.  With my computer being old, I don’t know if it is worth my time & investment to fix it.  I managed to get the data out which is the main concern.  I don’t know if I should get a new computer or just stick with this MacBook Pro that I’m using to write this post.  Problem with this MacBook Pro is that it’s a 2009 model & slowing a lot of signs of lag.  I don’t used this notebook much & has little stuff in it.  So, I don’t know if I should go for a desktop or notebook at this point.  Tip when buying computers: don’t buy a desktop & a laptop from the same year.  You will end up spending a lot to replace them when they both go down.

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September 27, 2017: My Fate Has Been Sealed (Mousepad)

So I go to work today.  First day back in a week.  I get an early birthday present which was left behind.  Didn’t know who gave it & what was inside.  Put aside & decided to look later.  When I finally decided to see what’s inside, I was surprised to see this.

When I saw this, I was in awe.  Never would I expect to get a gift like this.  I don’t know if anyone would give something like this as a gift.  Unlike you decide to make it a joke item.

I have been off the anime train for quite some time, but I do try to keep up on some of the latest trends.  Just no time for it these days.  But I don’t think this character is from anything.  Looks generic.  Possible chance it comes from some hentai stuff since it has that 3D model approach.   But it’s one of those cheap knockoff mousepads that got on the oppai trend & stole the image from somewhere.

Don’t know if I plan to use it since the work space area is small.  Got use to free forming my mouse around which made me stop using mousepads for a long time.  I got an official one oppai mousepad from the DOAX 3 LE for the PS Vita & I never used it.  Maybe this one will be the one?  The materials are probably different & the feel as well.

I should stop here.

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Do I Wanna For September 15, 2017’s Haul? (Perfume If you wanna LE)

I kind of forgot about this.  So what is this thing that I forgot about?

It’s Perfume’s If you wanna single.  This is the LE version with a DVD & special packaging.  There is another LE without special packaging.  I think the special packaging has a “case” to hold the discs.  The other LE is a sleeve case which is weird.  It seems Perfume is running out of ideas at this point.  I haven’t heard this single yet, but yet I buy it.  Mainly to show my continuous support like a hardcore fanboy which I’m not since I do have some songs that I don’t like from them.

I don’t think I have anything else coming in this month.  Pretty slow really & I haven’t been buying a bunch of things lately.  Trying to save money on some important stuff.

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