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.)
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.
Shrikeswind: His name is Elliott, btw.
Aug 31, 2022 3:59:08 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Good to hear! Best of wishes to you and to your sister's family.
Aug 31, 2022 8:57:30 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Congrats again, Uncle Shrikes!
Aug 31, 2022 9:18:34 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The Japanese voice actor for Adol (of the Ys series), Yuji Kaji, will be making an appearance at Konami's TGS presentation to "represent the fans." In the past, Konami has showcased Falcom's games at TGS. I wonder if there will be more to it...
Aug 31, 2022 9:23:13 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I'm reluctant to do spoiler discussions because if people are playing the game, they wouldn't want spoilers, and if they're not playing the game, they wouldn't be interested anyway.
Sept 3, 2022 9:00:36 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'm… not sure if I'll read your spoiler discussions. I don't think I'll get the chance to play this, but at the same time, I'm not entirely sure I won't, either.
Sept 4, 2022 11:28:04 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I have yet another pile of games waiting to be played. Due to various circumstances (I'm busy at work, this month's weekends are filled with family events, and Project DIVA Mega Mix just got new DLC), I'm not able to play them yet.
Sept 4, 2022 11:30:56 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'm currently at 34 Switch games played. I've been thinking about my Switch review videos and I'll make another at 36 or 40 games. Leaning towards 36.
Sept 4, 2022 11:38:00 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I actually wanted to remake the older ones as well. I didn't notice that the 2nd video had volume issues in the audio until I have my current PC.
Sept 4, 2022 11:40:15 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: If you're thinking of playing Xenoblade Chronicles 3, then definitely *don't* read the late-game spoilers I posted.
Sept 4, 2022 19:04:34 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: So I assume everyone here's heard the news but for those who haven't, Queen Elizabeth died today.
Sept 8, 2022 14:50:28 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: I learned on the way home from work today - I stopped in at a McDonalds for lunch, was checking the news in line, and...well, there it was.
Sept 8, 2022 14:51:39 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I knew it was serious when I heard the whole royal family dropped whatever they were doing to be by her side.
Sept 9, 2022 8:49:46 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I'm not British, but there's never not been a Queen of England during my lifetime (and indeed, most of a lifetime before that), so even though I knew it had to happen eventually, it still feels a little weird.
Sept 9, 2022 8:50:55 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I guess there is still the "Queen Consort," but I'm talking about how there's a King now.
Sept 9, 2022 9:13:49 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Well, a lot to take in there. I'll post my impressions either later or tomorrow.
Sept 13, 2022 9:47:11 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The English lip sync in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has spoiled me. I was hoping Fire Emblem: Engage would have it, too, but comparing the English and Japanese trailers, it doesn't seem to be the case.
Sept 19, 2022 8:44:03 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wondering if I should create a thread for Fire Emblem: Engage, or just talk about it in the general Fire Emblem thread...
Sept 19, 2022 8:55:44 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Nintendo has had a good rhythm with their releases. When I'm tired of Xenoblade, they release a new Fire Emblem. When I'm tired of Fire Emblem, they release a new Xenoblade. When I'm tired of both, they release a new Zelda.
Oct 1, 2022 8:58:00 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a relatively new game in terms of TAS, so it usually doesn't look as impressive as Super Mario 64. But sometimes we get stuff like this: Cosmic Cove Green Star 1 in 20.58s
Oct 1, 2022 9:29:20 GMT -5