Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I spent my holiday weekend playing Cladun: This is an RPG, how'd you spend yours?

So, the hubs and I traveled to Vancouver on Saturday--we came home yesterday afternoon--to celebrate our upcoming anniversary. (We were married in Toronto seven years ago--as of July 9.)

Don't worry, I didn't, as the headline above implies, actually spend the entire getaway playing NIS' quirky PSP game; in reality, I only played it while we were in the car. (OK, so I played it for a bit while we were in our hotel room--but only while David was showering or sleeping!)

Still, that was more than enough time for me to come to the conclusion that this is a great little dungeon crawler. Although I wasn't initially too keen on its mix-and-match graphics (the character sprites have a chunky, 8-bit look to them while the backgrounds are more lush, like something you'd see in a 16-bit game), they've since grown on me. The gameplay, which seemed bewilderingly and harrowingly complex at the beginning, has similarly wormed its way into my heart.



Speaking of Cladun's gameplay: It really is, as someone slyly suggested shortly after the title was released in Japan, a combination of Disgaea, Shiren the Wanderer and Ys. (It controls like Ys, features tons of dungeons--one of which has randomly generated floors--like Shiren and, uh, includes humorous story sequences like Disgaea.)

Anyway, that's how I spent my holiday weekend. How did all of you spend yours? Did you play any video games? If so, which ones? If not, how did you spend your time?

24 comments:

Marcus said...

Ooh, happy pre-anniversary! :)

I think Clandun really looks like a cool game. I'd heard the name before but actually never started looking it until right now. Hopefully I can get my hands on it soon.

I barely played a thing over the weekend... Was too busy fussing around with Netflix, haha.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Marcus! Thanks for the well wishes :) It's kind of amazing we've been married for nearly seven years already.

As for Cladun: If you like ARPGs (like Ys and Zelda) and roguelikes, you should love this game. I don't know what it costs in your neck of the woods (you're in the UK, right?), but in North America it's just $19.99.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, I forgot to address your last comment! Sounds like you watched some movies this weekend, eh? Which ones?

You like Netflix, right? The hubs and I are considering ditching cable and going with Hulu+ and Netflix. Not sure how that will work out in the end, but we'd like to give it a try...

Kamiwoo said...

Oh, congrats on the upcoming anniversary, indeed! I've known my fiancée for almost 10 years now, which is crazy to think about! In the good way, of course.

I should pick Cladun up again, I really did have fun with what I played of it. Have you stuck with playing as the pre made characters, or have you made one of your own? I share your feelings about the mixed graphics, by the way. Took me a little while to get used to it.

Funny you should mention Ys, as I picked up a copy of Ys 1&2 Chronicles and have been playing that recently! I've played both games before so it's nothing new, but I am enjoying the new soundtrack and classic gameplay all the same.

Sean said...

Yes, happy almost-your-anniversary!

Looks like an interesting game. Like the simple graphics.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Thanks, Kamiwoo! David and I have been together for 10 years now, too -- or is it 11? Oh, he's going to kill me :P Anyway, when are you and your fiancee going to get married (if you don't mind me asking)?

As for Cladun -- I've mainly stuck with the pre-made characters, although I have made one on my own. I quite like the pre-made ones, though, so I haven't been in any particular rush to make my own.

So, Ys 1&2 Chronicles is good? I loved the TG16 version as a kid, although its bump-n-run gameplay no longer does it for me, if you get my drift. This updated version features more modern (Zelda-esque) gameplay, doesn't it?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Thank you, too, Sean! Yes, the graphics of this one are pretty nice. I kind of wish they were fully 8-bit, rather than somewhat 8-bit and somewhat 16-bit, but even as is they're pretty nice. I think you'd probably like the game if you had a PSP...

Kamiwoo said...

No problem with asking, Bryan, but I don't have an answer to give you yet! We're just taking things slowly... it's fun just being engaged for now, but it's definitely about time we thought of a date ;D

And yeah, I really like the premade characters so making my own wasn't that much of a priority. I did spend some time making my own, but I'm really kind of impatient with that sort of thing, so premade it is! I think Sunday was my personal favorite choice so far, though I am bummed the cat character isn't playable!

This updated PSP version of Ys is basically the same as the TG16 one (forever my personal favorite), so it still has that bumping gameplay. You might be thinking of Ys III: Oath in Felghana, which was updated racially from its original version. That's definitely more on the Zelda side of things.

I can totally understand the bump mechanics no longer doing it for you, and I was actually a bit disappointed they didn't add in a "push button to swing sword" mode myself at first... but ultimately I'm falling for it all over again. The updated Ys III might definitely be something you'd be into, though!

apricotsushi said...

Yay, congrats on your soon-to-be anniversary!

I spent most of my time playing Atelier Rorona, my newest gaming obsession... It's an alchemy-centric RPG with an overdose of Japanese cuteness, but something about the time management and synthesis has really pulled me in! I'm pretty surprised how much I'm enjoying it. I hope to do a post about it at my blog when I'm done :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Happy almost! That's super great! Cladun...WANT! This weekend I played a teensy bit of Zelda...and some Hot Shots Tennis!! I've played three matches (soon to be four or five), and I'm just now getting the hang of the controls. There seem to be unlockables...although I'm confused about the different umpires. What does that affect? Anything?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Kamiwoo: Oh, I shouldn't have asked you that. You probably get asked all the time, don't you? As for setting a date, I say do it whenever the two of you feel like doing it!

As for Cladun -- I lose my patience creating characters, too. I do like that they make it at least somewhat easy in this game to make them. You don't have to start from scratch, for instance, which really helps. Also, I like that you can change the hair/coloring on any of the pre-made characters, too.

That's too bad about the PSP version of Ys 1&2 using the bump mechanism :( I know I've read that some of the later PSP releases got rid of it, so maybe I'll check them out. I know it's kind of lame, but I really don't like the bumping mechanism...

Bryan Ochalla said...

Anne: Thank you! It's amazing we've been together this long -- and things just seem to get better and better, honestly :)

As for the game you played over the weekend -- I've read a lot about Atelier Rorona and definitely would check it out myself if I owned a PS3. Have you played any of the previous Atelier games? I want to do so at some point, but I'm not sure where to start!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Thank you, too, Justin! Ah, so you've played some Hot Shots Tennis and you're liking it? That's great! So, does the PS2 version have a story mode or not? As for your question about the umpires -- as far as I'm aware, they don't affect anything. They just give you something different to look at and listen to. At least that's how they worked in the PSP version.

Marcus said...

Oh, no, I'm in the US just like you! :) $20 doesn't sound like much damage so that makes Cladun look like a nice investment.

For movies, I watched Return of the Living Dead and something else that was a lot of fun. Really though, I just vegged out watching Pawn Stars and Teen Mom lol.

Ditching cable is a great idea. That's what I did and Netflix fills the tv void wonderfully. Hulu is especially great for tv, of course, but Netflix has a fair amount of shows too. Then Hulu has a selection of films but Netflix's is pretty superior for that.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Why did I think you were in the UK? I have no idea... Anyway, yes, $20 isn't bad for Cladun. $10 would be better, but it's hard to be picky at this point.

I don't think I've ever seen Return of the Living Dead. I remember seeing the remake (I think) of Dawn of the Dead a few years ago, though. Really liked that :)

We watched a few episodes of Pawn Stars this weekend -- in between eating, shopping and walking :) I liked it!

Yeah, we'll see about getting rid of cable. I'm all for it, but the hubs seems a bit hesitant. Really, though, Hulu+ and Netflix combined about be about $18 -- compared to about $50 for cable. We should at least try it!

Marcus said...

There's a whole lot of [Blank] of the Dead films out there so at least you got to see one of the better ones :). Return is really goofy... sort of like an 80s take on the more modern zombie comedies.

I suppose it depends what you two watch on cable. For example, I don't think there's much Food Network content on either service which makes me sad lol. However, for most tv series they're either already there or coming at some point!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hmmm, Return sounds interesting. That said, I prefer scary zombie flicks to comedic ones. What's your favorite scary/serious zombie film, BTW?

You know what's funny, Marcus? One of the reasons we've been hesitant to quit cable in favor of Hulu/Netflix is that neither of those services have much, if any, content from Food Network and HGTV! That said, I've pretty much burned out on Food Network, and we've seen so many episodes of House Hunters that there's really no need for us to watch it anymore :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

There's not really a story mode, per se...there's a career mode. Nothing approaching a story...at least not yet. If it's unlockable, I haven't seen it.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Huh. Well, that kind of sucks, esp. since the story mode in the PSP game is/was so charming. Still, a career mode sounds nice. I'll definitely pick up the PS2 version sooner rather than later...

Marcus said...

For serious zombie flicks, I definitely love Dawn of the Dead (both original and remake) as well as the Night of the Living Dead remake. It might be sacrilegious in the horror community to say I prefer the remake, but I do! Zombi 2 is also an excellent zombie film although it is inadvertently rather silly.

Haha, yeah, there's definitely not much or any content for those channels available :(. I really hope that soon there will be, seeing as how popular Food Network and HGTV are.

Bryan Ochalla said...

OK, now I'm going to have to hunt down both the original version of Night of the Living Dead and the remake. I'm pretty sure I've never seen either version -- which I realize is kind of sad for someone who loves horror/scary/zombie flicks :)

Hey, maybe I can watch them after we get a Netflix subscription!

I wonder why some channels -- like Food Network, HGTV and even the Weather Channel (my husband is a huge weather nerd) don't put some of their shows on these services? I'm guessing it comes down to money. Hopefully they work things out soon, because that would certainly make us all the more eager to jump on the bandwagon :)

apricotsushi said...

I love the original Night of the Living Dead! Such a classic (I don't even really like scary/horror movies, lol)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, sure, you've seen it, too, Anne? OK, I'll get on the ball and see it myself soon :)

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