BLOG ANNIVERSARY: 2018 GAMES IN REVIEW

While a ton of gaming companies made some awful decisions, there was a lot of fantastic games to play; sadly, I couldn’t even scratch the surface of most of them. Otomate ditched the PS4 they told you to buy because the Switch is now their console of choice. Despite how many of them advertise English subtitles, many of these “translations” are machine-translated disasters. However, there may yet be hope considering Nightshade was localized for English speaking audiences a few years prior. Whether those same translations were ported to the Switch, I’m afraid I don’t know.

Square Enix decided to add some icing to Final Fantasy XV’s Anniversary by announcing that the director, Tabata, has resigned and that all of the future DLC is now cancelled. Happy Anniversary? 😂

RIP my hopes and dreams for Luna and Noctis DLC but at least there’s Neko Noctis Oujisama in FFXIV. (I’m dead serious – Neko Noctis is all I never knew I needed.) It hurts to see all the DLC just go POOF though…

Tom Howard continues to tell us sweet little lies and I sincerely feel the pain of everyone who were scammed out of lots of money for a nylon trash bag.

I also completely missed my own blog’s anniversary because my life is a mistake.

And now let’s see what I experienced this year!


そのくそげ~


“I Think I’m An Otoge?”: Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly

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Beniyuri is a painfully submissive and generic heroine and the unlock-able sub-stories killed this “otoge.” Why should I care about anyone when their route isn’t complete? It’s scattered about and heaven forbid I saw the wrong episode for someone else! Cue more emotional detachment. And the romance? LOL 


The Decent


“I must find my Oniichan”: 7’Scarlet

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I only liked two routes because Ichiko was a doormat in every other one, but the two I enjoyed were tres ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Regardless of my personal tastes, a ton of people love this game. There was one disgusting, horrid route that left me wishing the FBI had swatted the writers, so look forward to that flaming garbage if you pick this up. 


The Good


“Why Have A Wedding When You Can Have Filler?”: Code Realize: Future Happiness

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I was genuinely surprised by how much care was put into Finis’s story and desperately wish it’d been in the original. But Otomate pulled a Clickbait! There’s only one true happy ending for one lucky ikemen :/ I guess the title holds up though, because that happiness is definitely in the future. Luckily, the second FD has been localized! BLESS THE GODS MY SACRIFICE WAS SUCCESSFUL


“The FanFic You Never Knew You Wanted”: Kingdom Hearts 1

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Better late than never, KH3 I’m almost there! I played KH1 last year and dun Goofied so hard on the last boss that I couldn’t beat his final form (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻  Flash forward to 2018 when I realize, “I didn’t pick up Curaga or Aeroga…” and with the power of friendship aka Donald I said heal me not the boss!! I prevailed. It’s a weird title when you think about how it’s a Disney x FF fanfic, but as rule #34 says but it was really enjoyable. 


Quick Maths: Chain of Memories

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The majority of the community hates the combat system but I loved it! I don’t know why this made so much sense to me but it did and can we talk about Riku’s story? He was a butthole until we see his anime arc unfold. I really liked the story and it’s essential to understanding events in KH2 but some people just can’t with this game so they watch the cutscenes.


Nostalgia Train : Spiderman

The game began pretty meh for me and I was starting to worry I wasn’t going to like it until we meet Officer Davis. Without divulging any further, I didn’t expect the feels to hit me and can we please give a huge shout out to the writers for giving Doctor Otto Octavius a fantastic story? His plunge into madness is tragic and heartbreaking and you feel for Peter because the writers took the time to build a solid relationship between the two. 


BOIIIIIIIIIIIII: Dad of Boi 4

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It’s been a long while since I’ve played a game (that wasn’t a VN) that made me tear up, nearly screech with utter frustration at my inability to get good, and feel so accomplished by the time the I finished everything. It truly deserves the official Game of the Year award of 2018 it received.


OH Shit He’s Hot: Detroit Become Human

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You play as 3 different characters, all of whom are androids. Yes, there’s some flaws because Mr. David Cage is a hack writer, but holy crap did I fall in love with Connor the game. I can’t recommend this game enough and if these annual otoge awards weren’t exclusive to awarding otoge the number one spot, I’d give it to Detroit because it’s pretty much an interactive VN with hot men. You can pick up a copy here!


( ˘ ³˘)♥ THE BEST OF 2017 ( ˘ ³˘)♥

This category will only include ONE otoge or visual novel. The visual novel must include romance to count because this is an otoge blog. 


Do it For Jed: Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk

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The characters struggle to earn their happiness and I really liked that. I adored the heroine! Jed can hold her ground, can fight, is a badass, and even does something messed up to someone. She feels real and not like a simpering doormat like Beniyuri or Kazuha or *insert heroine you felt was severely lacking in personality.* I had a great time with this one 🙂


Confirmed English Otoge for 2019 (so far)

If you know of any more please lemme know thank you~


 A Thank You To My Readers

2018 was an unexpectedly difficult year for me. My dad and dog both nearly died around Thanksgiving and it really hit me hard. I’m so grateful both of them are both alive and well – I don’t know where I’d be if the worst had come true. Classes were a real struggle to keep up with. Yet, in the middle of it all, I had an amazing support system. I can’t thank you guys enough for always being there for me!! Thank you so much for another year and I hope 2019 is even better! 🙂 


 

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18 thoughts on “BLOG ANNIVERSARY: 2018 GAMES IN REVIEW

  1. karin

    Happy new year and happy anniversary, Leafy!!

    I agree so much with your views on Black Butterfly and 7’scarlet. One of them was crap and the other was pretty mediocre but, oh well, at least they had some cool characters which made the experience less painful 😂 I couldn’t finish it for 2018 but I’ll definitely make a review once I’m done. Plus I really want to play Ashen Hawk!

    I still haven’t bought Code:Realize’s fandisk. Is it worth it? I may buy it later on. I loved the first game when I first played it but now that a good amount of time has passed I have to say Cardia and Finis were the best of it all. The LIs are all adorable but for some reason I wasn’t particularly hooked on anyone. Maybe Impey a little bit? 🤔

    Detroit Becomes Human looks sooooo good. If you recommend it, I’ll certainly add it to my backlog. The men are hot and the game itself looks super fun!!

    Great year overall and looking forward to your reviews this 2019 ♡

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Aww Karin, thank you so much and Happy New Year to you too! I can’t believe how fast time is flying by!

      I can’t blame you for not finishing one of them rofl but Ashen Hawk more than made up for BB. It uses the same flowchart but this time it’s done right and while there’s not a ton of romance, I think it was a very well-written story that blended romance into it.

      As for Code Realize’s FD, if you’re not too sure I’d hold off for the moment because next year the new FD is coming out. It’s already available for preorder on both the PS4 and PS Vita. However, the Sony is permanently cutting all support for the Vita now so if you’re worried Future Blessings will go up in price you may want to get it or maybe put it on a birthday list or smt.

      I’d def recommend Detroit! 😀 There’s a huge fandom for the game too haha 😀

      Thank you again and I’m really looking forward to what you do in 2019!^^

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      1. karin

        Yeah, BB is pretty 💩 for me too lmao. Thank god it’s not so long after the main route so I think I’ll be able to finish it soon for my review on it. I guess we’re in the minority though cause’ I’ve seen a lot of people loved it. Our tastes seem to match quite often hehe. Ashen Hawk sounds great!

        Gotcha, maybe I’ll hold off for the moment. The 2nd fandisk does look much more appealing lol.

        Thanks! Let’s both have a great year! 🤗

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      2. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

        Haha I can’t wait to read your review for it I’m so curious xD And yeah we do have very similar tastes! I think that’s pretty awesome haha I know for sure I can enjoy whatever you recommend 😀

        From what I’ve heard, the 2nd FD is what everyone wanted Future Blessings to be haha.

        Yes, let’s have a great year!!

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  2. Riri

    Happy new year/happy anniversary!!

    As a fellow FFXV fan I second that hurt feeling about DLC being gone. ; ^ ; I’m happy they’ll pull through with Ardyn’s at least, but boy was that NOT the anniversary announcement I expected to get…😅

    When I bought the Code Realize FD I expected lots of happy (wedding) content for the main cast and a little additional content for other characters. I feel like I got the complete opposite 😂, though I won’t complain, cuz I personally looooooved Finis’ route and def. don’t wanna miss it. 🥰

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Happy New Year, Riri! Hope you’ve been well 🙂

      Yeah that FFXV announcement took my soul with every word they spoke rofl but I also felt like with the way things were going they were in over their heads.

      As for the CR FD, the second one has the content all of us actually wanted so don’t worry all of the guys get their happy endings for real lol. It comes out in February 2019 for Vita and PS4 ^^

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      1. Riri

        Thanks, I’ve been well, hope you too!

        It’s true. I feel like the game has been cursed all along anyway, I mean look at that development cycle….considering all that it’s probably a miracle we got to play it at all 😂😂😂😂

        Yes, I’ve heard from various people already, but I’m reluctant about getting excited just yet. I might not be the biggest CR fan out there, but I liked it well enough to wanna play the FD so…I guess I’m a little salty that the first one ended up being NOT what I expected. 😂 Though I’ll probably get the second FD anyway, because I want to support Western otome game releases for all the people out there who aren’t lucky enough to import games…oh well.

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      2. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

        That’s great to hear 🙂

        Same I still cry over how XV was treated rofl I’m just glad I loved it so much.

        I’ll be reviewing CR’s 2nd FD as soon as possible so if you’re still uncertain hopefully that’ll help 🙂

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      3. Riri

        CRIES I dumped so much money on that game it’s kinda insane but also SAME!!! I loved it to bits!! No regrets spending hundreds of hours playing the shit out of it.

        Ah I’m trying to not read up too much on a game before playing myself…which might be stupid, but well, I like the surprise. XD But I think I might make an exception for this one, just to be sure I actually want to play it….XD

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  3. Bánh

    Happy new year!
    I thought you didnt have time to make anniversary post (I finished mine waited for yours since Dec 31).
    Personally I would put 7Scarlet in kusoge list. The heroine just horrible and the writing is like “I’ll raise your payment everytime you mension the word protect”.
    I see you have a rough year like mine as well. Hopefully this year will better for us both!

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Thank you Banh! And that’s so sweet omg ❤ Yeah it 2018 was really unexpected but thankfully everyone came out of it alive haha. I had such a hard time deciding where to put 7'Scarlet because two of the routes were really good but the rest was utter poop. And pfft that's a fantastic summary of it xD
      Yes, I hope 2019 is a better year for us both ^^ It's great to see you again

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  4. Eu

    Connooorrr! I was interested in this game when the trial first came out. Sadly, I thought have PS4 so I contented myself with Youtube videos. This, and God of War. lol

    Happy 2019!

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