With the Toushin Toshi II remake for the 3DS release date only 1 week away, here’s a very quick round-up on interesting related materials I could find.
(Disclaimer: Materials may be slightly NSFW. So you might want to save this article for later if you’re currently at work or something. Well, outside of the fact that you’re browsing gaming materials at work)
Over at twitter, @RyougaSaotome provides some scans of the game’s promo material in Famitsu magazine. Not exactly readable due to what twitter does to pictures… but still
ImageEpoch themselves have been releasing more videos providing more information on the game. This particular one has a pretty cool chiptune remix of the game’s theme song. There’s also a series of commentary from the voice actors in ImageEpoch’s playlist.
And over here, we have some actual live recorded gameplay footage of TT 3DS in play, complete with commentary from the player! Unfortunately, the commentary is in Japanese but then again, I assume any interested parties would probably have some Japanese ability…
The video should give you a pretty good idea of the new battle and skill system in the game so you can probably tell whether it’s for you after watching it.
As for my personal commentary? I think it’s interesting how all the fanservice is in your face now, so boy is it going to be extra difficult to try convincing people that the original game had a plot worth any merit.
It’s also interesting how a constant bombardment of fanservice is apparently much more commercially acceptable than rare/periodic events of people actually having sex. I’ll leave it to you to determine what that says about society.
Also, most of the music in the remake seems to be remixes of the original game’s tunes, which is cool.
It’s a pretty insightful behind the scenes look at such niche game development, and offers some additional details as to some behind the scene plans: apparently they wanted to implement a party-based battle system for this game rather than 1v1 battles. I would probably have preferred that to be honest, since I don’t think 1v1 RPG battles are very enjoyable but alas.
Incidentally, this is the part of the interview I found most interesting. Make of it as you may.
“All the graphics for the girls have been refined, but there are some that look pretty different from how they were in the original game.
Mikage: From the start we wanted to leave the original game’s feel intact as much as we could, but for the characters that didn’t appear much in the original, they were quite changed. Players’ preferred qualities in female characters have changed a lot since the original game was released, so in general the girls appear younger than before. Girls with no special events in the original game have events now, so they’ve got a lot more volume.”
Finally, let’s take a look at Famitsu’s review scores, provided with other games for context.
- Arabians Doubt (PSP) – 7/7/7/8 [29/40]
- Diablo III (PS3) – 10/9/9/10 [38/40]
- Disgaea 4 Return (PSV) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Full Boost (PS3) – 9/9/9/9 [36/40]
- Rozen Maiden: Wechseln Sie Welt ab (PS3) – 8/7/7/6 [28/40]
- Rozen Maiden: Wechseln Sie Welt ab (PSV) – 8/7/7/6 [28/40]
- Shinobi, Koutsutsu (PSP) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
- Suzunone Seven! Portable (PSP) – 7/7/7/7 [28/40]
- Toushin Toshi (3DS) – 8/8/9/8 [33/40]
Whoa, Nelly! 33/40 isn’t a bad score at all! Much higher than what I’m expecting anyway, so perhaps there’s a chance that the game wouldn’t be the betrayal and decline that everyone has been expecting? Then again, “it’s Famitsu” disclaimer. After all, they gave Diablo 3 a score of 38/40 right there.
My final opinions? Assuming TT 3DS is a success, I do like to see Alicesoft become more well-known and leading to more ports or remakes. Maybe one day they’ll make Kichikuou Rance 3DS. *crickets* Or heck, maybe one day uptight puritans will no longer control what is culturally acceptable and BWAHAHAHA sorry lost myself in a fantasy realm there.
And that’s it! Unfortunately, I’m not rich or lucky enough to own a Japanese 3DS, so I guess like with many other import-only 3DS games, I’m just going to have to live vicariously through others! Have fun, anyone who’s picking up this RPG next week.