Post by nocturnal YL on Apr 29, 2020 15:51:44 GMT -5
The update is out, and I just tried touch play. The touch screen is too sensitive and I keep missing slide and chain slide notes as a result. Still pretty fun though, and once again proving that Nintendo Switch's hardware capability (this time the touch screen) isn't as bad as I imagined at first.
It's also awkward that the system menu does not support touch scren control now that the main game can be played with touch. Project DIVA Arcade has touch control for the menu, so this game (same codebase) really has no excuse not to.
Post by nocturnal YL on Jun 17, 2020 8:10:06 GMT -5
The next set of Project DIVA MEGA39's DLC has been announced in a livestream. Including:
Extra Song Pack Season Pass 2 5 extra song packs including more Future Tone ports and 4 new songs (no original PV, unfortunately), including Bless Your Breath (Music & Lyrics by WADATAKEAKI) and BRING IT ON (Music by Giga Lyrics by Reol). Will be released on 16 July (Extra Song Pack 7th), 20 August (8th, 9th) and 17 September (10th, 11th).
SEGA Song Pack Includes Quartet of Multiple Futures -Quartet Theme-, LIKE THE WIND and AFTER BURNER, plus an extra T-shirt design by KEI (the illustrator, not the musician). Will be released on 16 July for free. …What's happened to Magical Sound Shower? (I know it's a contest submission; maybe that's the reason?)
Extra Song Pack "MEGA39's" Future Tone DLC featuring the base game songs from MEGA39's and the Catch the Wave module. This will be available on 2 July, exactly one year after it was first announced.
In addition, new songs introduced in Extra Song Pack Season Pass 2 will also be available as Future Tone DLC within 2020.
The livestream has also revealed that this game has sold 250,000 copies worldwide.
That's actually a bit better than I expected. I thought a livestream announced a week early would include big announcements, but I didn't expect actual new songs. And I thought the songs based on SEGA arcade wouldn't make it at all. Glad I'm wrong. Now if only we can also get the contest songs…
This song is my favourite in Project DIVA Future Tone DX, a least before Mega Mix came out and brought the new songs to FT as DLC. This song is from the legendary Luka master Otetsu, and what really got me attached is the lyrics. It's an anti-war song, which makes it feel a lot more serious than most of the other songs, which don't really get any darker than deaths of (imaginary) individuals or subjecting a population to oppression in a fantasy setting.
The rhythm game chart in Project DIVA is quite interesting to me. When I started playing the game, I couldn't even survive this song, let alone getting a perfect. As I got better at the game, I started to see this song as one of my major goals. It started to feel like I can have a chance of perfecting it and all I need is just a little extra practice. In particular, refer to the following video:
This person is one of the world's best Project DIVA players. (I may replace this with my own capture when I get the chance.)
EDIT — 9 months later, I finally uploaded my playthrough:
1:30, notes 219-232 — Just a simple set of quick, alternating button presses, but I do sometimes mess up when I'm in a panic.
1:38, notes 248-254, and 3:16, notes 541-560 — Actually quite easy once I know what to do. Take △□×△□×○×□△ for example, I just have to divide it into 3 parts: △□× (input △←×), △□× (same) and ○×□△ (input ○×□△ because there's no time for my brain to think how to alternate), making use of the generally lenient timing of Project DIVA.
1:44, notes 277-289 — The reason why it took me 4 years to perfect this. I'm most definitely not a fan of triplets in this game, and it's surprisingly cheese-proof and I can't just spam right slide and × in quick succession, despite sliders being very lenient. I tried several alternate input methods, like R1 ↓ × R1 ↓ × R1 ↓ × R1 ↓ × R1 and placing my right hand on the controller like it's an arcade gamepad, but in the end it's just a combination of staying calm and luck (I still had a lot of FINEs in this part) that got me through.
With a few near-perfects before, I knew it was just a matter of time and my willingness to keep playing the same song that my brain very much wants to tune out (and I don't play this song exclusively for my sanity's sake). When I saw the combo counter and realised that I got through the tough part, it didn't feel real as I thought my timing was quite off. I managed to focus on the game and avoid messing up the remaining part (happened once before), and here we are.
Naturally, even with this done I still have other songs I want to perfect (Alien Alien EXTREME ★8.5, Greenlights Serenade EXTREME ★8.5, disruptive diva EXTRA EXTREME ★8.5, Remote Controller EXTREME ★8, to name a few). But I can feel at ease now. Actually, I decided to stop all of my other gaming activities (except Switch Sports online test and Kirby demo) to force some progress on DIVA FT, since I've barely touched it after August 2020, with things like Atelier, Ys and Project DIVA Mega Mix eating up my time (if I play other games in between DIVA sessions, said other games will steal my full attention). And it's working.
I may still play DIVA FT for a bit, but now I'm relatively fine with the idea of moving on.
This game includes all 178 songs from the Switch version, plus a DLC pack that raises the total song count to 250. But as the announcement post warns, there will be no new songs, and parity between MEGA39's+, Future Tone DX and Arcade will not be attained. (Future Tone DX for PS4 has 252 songs, and there are 2 Arcade songs that aren't there, meaning that there are 254 songs ever made for the DIVA Arcade engine.)
Kagamine Hachi-Hachi Hana no Kassen, an Arcade song that did not make it to PS4, is now back!
The PV Photo Mode and the original shader are available in the Steam version, but Mix Mode and touch screen play will be removed.
The DLC pack will also be made available for the Switch version at a later date.
Not exactly the kind of news I expect or want, to be honest. I'd very much prefer to see new songs, or maybe a home console port of SEKAI (Colorful Palette developed the mobile game, and if BanG Dream! had a Switch port…), but I'm somewhat relieved to see traditional DIVA not *completely* dead. I thought they'd never look back once SEKAI proved to be successful.
On the plus side, this will be good news for modders. Custom DIVA charts have been a favourite pastime for advanced players, and the game being on PC would be great news to them.
nocturnal YL: I'll be on a trip to Osaka between the 5th and the 12th. I still travel somewhat regularly, but it's been 4 years since I went to Japan in 2020 and 6 years since I went to Osaka specifically in 2018.
Jan 31, 2024 13:29:50 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Riviera: The Promised Land is getting a remaster on Switch. I was wondering what's happened to it after all those other Dept. Heaven games got Switch versions.
Feb 1, 2024 11:07:45 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'll leave soon. Like before, I'll have Internet connection and will check this place, but I won't bother logging in.
Feb 4, 2024 11:07:31 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I just found out that Atelier Ayesha DX has an out-of-bounds glitch, and it's very easy to get. That's the third game I've found something like that, after Meruru and Firis. There isn't much interesting to see, though. You just fall off and respawn.
Feb 15, 2024 12:42:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Almost at the end of Atelier Ayesha DX. Got everything in the base game, but the extras are incredibly difficult.
Feb 18, 2024 14:40:03 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'm not sure if I have enough remaining time to prepare for the extra battles (large amounts of items are involved, and restocking takes time). If I can't do it, I'll just end my playthrough. I didn't miss any story contents as far as I know.
Feb 18, 2024 15:26:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: The synthesis puzzles are fun and a bit difficult, and the time limit is quite tight. It generally feels close to Arland (but more complex). The story and UI aren't good in comparison, but this game is otherwise great. Comparable with Totori overall.
Feb 18, 2024 15:57:20 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Cool. Atelier Ayesha DX has a save data corruption glitch, and now I cannot even start the game.
Feb 20, 2024 12:46:12 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It happened after I reached the ending. Something was off (the end credits did not show), and I looked around the Extra menu trying to launch it, and bam! Game crashed, and Launching the game now results in a black screen.
Feb 20, 2024 13:13:21 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: And I'm 100% sure it's save data corruption. Deleting the save data solved the problem, and restoring it would reinstate the issue.
Feb 20, 2024 13:14:49 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Ironically, I re-joined NSO to protect my Ciel nosurge DX save data, which ended up not needing it. I haven't closed my Atelier Ayesha DX session and have set my save data backup to fully manual. And it's this seemingly stable game that ended up failing.
Feb 20, 2024 13:46:19 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I hope you haven't lost too much.
Feb 20, 2024 15:15:25 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: That's the entire save file, about 70 hours of progress, possibly gone. I wrote to KOEI TECMO GAMES about that, but last time I told them about a Firis DX bug they replied "we could reproduce, but game is too old to reopen development", so I'm not hopeful.
Feb 20, 2024 15:23:25 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I almost 100% completed everything other than the original game's DLC or the Plus features too. Though I guess with better knowledge of the extra bosses, I'll be better prepared in a hypothetical 2nd run. Still prefer a proper New Game+ though.
Feb 20, 2024 15:28:16 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wow, and after you put all that time into it. That would really sour my impression of a game. Do you plan to redo everything?
Feb 20, 2024 18:17:54 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I think I'll most likely move on for now. Maybe I'll get back to it in the future; I'm thinking about replaying everything in the series at some point (since a few games have second-playthrough-only bonuses), which might be years from now.
Feb 21, 2024 9:13:09 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I started the demo for Unicorn Overlord. I've barely gotten into it, but it's already VERY impressive!
Feb 23, 2024 11:17:39 GMT -5