Steam Launches Second Annual Anime Sale

I’ve struggled to name the current season. We have cherry blossoms and warm sunny days here in Scotland, then it snows and I’m lost for words. Help is at hand! Valve have kindly named another season for us. The Steam Winter Sale gave us a word for that cold time around Christmas, the Steam Summer Sale named those months when it’s too nice to stay indoors playing video games, and now we can name this weird transitional phase after Valve’s newly-annualised event: the Steam Anime Sale. We are currently in the middle of anime. It certainly does feel tsundere.

It’s not an anime sale, mind. No actual anime is on sale. But 220 anime-looking-ish items are on sale: RPGs, fighting games, visual novels, mahjong, puzzle games, shoot ’em ups, and many combinations thereof. They’re mostly from Japanese developers, but not exclusively. And somehow a Dark Souls III bundle ended up in there.

This is, unfortunately, something of a blind spot for RPS, so I’d struggle to recommend much. Reader dear, do help out, would you kindly?

So anyway, that time between the warm and Christmas, you know, that bit when it starts off nice with cocoa and mittens and crinkly leaves and bonfires but ends with bitter winds and icicles and you want to never leave the house – it’s yandere, obviously, but what can we name that period? Anime is already taken, so do we take another word from Steam sales and name it Halloween? I’m okay with three months of Halloween.

[News editor’s commentary: this is one of those posts that launches right into a joke that doesn’t quite work but I like too much to let go. Look, it’s got a link to the sale page; that’s all it really needs, okay.]

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    Andy_Panthro says:

    All the world’s a sale,
    And all the men and women merely players;
    They have their wallets and their wishlists.

    • int says:

      To buy, or not to buy…

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        Nauallis says:

        That was not a question.

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        DelrueOfDetroit says:

        Alas poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a man of infinite RAM, of most excellent frame rates! He hath borne me in his guild raids a thousand times, and now, how abhorred in my friend’s list it is!

    • Kefren says:

      They taught me wishlists; and my profit on’t is, I know how to spend.

  2. Llewyn says:

    We have cherry blossoms and warm sunny days here in Scotland, then it snows

    That’s summer. It’s easy to tell as the other seasons lack the cherry blossom and warm sunny days. You should also have midges; in the event of a lack of midges, please consider the possibility that you might have been surreptitiously removed from Scotland.

  3. NetharSpinos says:

    Don’t worry Alice, at least a handful of us appreciated the not-quite-joke.

    As for recommendations, I can’t speak for *every* title but I can point out the following:
    Go for Disgaea if you want grindy rpg with sprites, humour & grid-based battles
    Go for Hyperdimension Neptunia/Fairy Fencer F if you want grindy rpg in 3d
    100% Orange Juice for Mario Party-esque fun
    Recettear for a hybrid dungeon crawler/shopkeeper sim
    Higurashi for a mystery thriller
    Blaz Blue/Guilty Gear/Naruto Ninja Storm for fighty games
    Akiba Strip if you’re…uh…fond of vampires and underwear
    Nekopara if you really (I mean REALLY) like cats
    … and Clannad if you enjoy bursting into tears.

    • Zankman says:

      I mean, some of those games are very heavy on anime bullshit and things like fanservice.

      That should really be noted for any potential buyers…

      • Author X says:

        I think for this sale, potential buyers can assume a high risk of Anime Bullshit for all recommendations.

        • Zankman says:

          I mean, not really.

          I wouldn’t touch Hyperdimension Neptunia or (especially) Nekopara (how was that recommended with a straight face? “If you REALLY like cats”?) with a ten-foot pole, for example… Unless I explicitly wanted to masturbate to ecchi, I guess.

          BlazBlue and Naruto are very much so typical anime; Some dubious female designs and fanservice moments, but, ultimately, nothing very much so untasteful (Street Fighter V is worse in that respect IMO).

          Then you have things like Recettear, Momodora and various VNs that are absolutely and completely fine…

          • Ashabel says:

            Your post is completely bizarre and reads like “extreme bullshit is fine so long as it’s in the game I like”. Have you actually played any of the things you list?

            Hyperdimension Neptunia is on exactly the same level of fanservice and self-awareness as BlazBlue. They both make their business to make fun of anime narrative tropes amidst sometimes surprisingly good writing, and they both fall into the exact same pit of using fanservice to make fun of fanservice. (I mean, you really cannot claim for BlazBlue to be cleaner than Neptunia when the female lead’s derriere and her best friend’s tits are fandom memes.)

            Neither of them are even remotely as bad as either Street Fighter 4 or 5. Yes, the art style in those games is more 80’s, but they’re both chock-full of ridiculous tropes, awkward cultural stereotypes and massive tits bouncing around like a balloon float at a Mardi Gras.

            Speaking in terms of “On a scale from 0 to 10, how embarrassed would you be to be caught playing this game by your significant other?”, BlazBlue and Neptunia are a firm 6 with an occasional 8 in specific scenes, while Street Fighter 4-5 are a firm 8-9 all around.

          • Zankman says:

            I am neutral-to-negative in regards to all of those games, so, no there is no bias.

            I just said what I said based off of what I know.

            Your placement of the games on the “Scale of Embarrassment” is also, I think, wrong. Neptunia is definitely above all of them; Sorry for the overused word, but, I cringe when I look at Neptunia – all of it, not specific parts; The character design, the presentation of said characters, the setting, the plot… The, you know, unabashed purpose of the game.

            SF is just kinda tasteless in comparison.

          • Ashabel says:

            Considering that the unabashed purpose of all those aspects of Neptunia is to make fun of the Japanese game industry in general and console market in particular, you have indeed confirmed that “what you know” is “I haven’t played any of those games, I just looked at the Steam pages and made a whole lot of assumptions”. ‘_’

            Thank you for confirming that.

          • Zankman says:

            Of course I have not played games from the series; Why would I buy something that I categorically do not want to play? What part of “cringe when I even see it” don’t you get?

            What you conveniently ignore is the fact that that doesn’t mean that I have not:

            a) Read about the series

            b) Talked with people that did play the series, on forums

            c) Watched videos about the series

            So, yeah.

            Also:

            >Considering that the unabashed purpose of all those aspects of Neptunia is to make fun of the Japanese game industry in general and console market in particular<

            No, it is not. The unabashed purpose of Neptunia is to shove ecchi in your face while screaming "WE ARE SO SELF AWARE, SO SMART, HAHA, REFERENCES"; Aka cheap sex-sells tactics and tasteless, soulless and hollow fan-service and pandering.

            The game is "anime bullshit" incarnate; It's whole purpose is to be that – and unlike some other games whose whole purpose is to be that, it hides behind the technicality of being "satire" and whatnot; The creators still make them to appease to weebs and make their dicks hard…

            Them adding a "satire/parody/self-awareness" wrapper changes nothing; It only gives ammunition for denial and excuses to certain members of their playerbase – those that lack self-respect and dignity to admit *what* they are playing and *why*.

            I mean, the latest Neptunia game on Steam has little Chibi-style models… Yet it still has a standard anime-style VN portion featuring the same "goods" and, oh would you look at that, sticks giant boobs on the Store Page alongside any and all Promo Art.

            Furthermore, lol, those same Chibi-style models also have those same lingerie outfits for crying out loud…

            The fact that you're still claiming otherwise/denying what the series really is means that you're a bit shallow in your analysis of the game and/or very, very naive and/or lying to yourself.

            Come on…

            Worst of all – I do not mind ecchi and hentai for *what they are*, I mind them on two occasions:

            1) When they get added to Steam (since when is it a Store to sell such things? Why not add real-life Erotic and Pornographic videos then?)

            2) When they pretend to be something that they are not/when dumb fans try to pretend that those games are something they are not (aka denial and self-crutches).

            If you want to play those games, play them and "use them for their purpose" – don't make shit up to save face…

          • Ashabel says:

            Holy wow. Talk about “cringeworthy”. That is a lot of paragraphs where you do nothing but make idiotic assumptions, then judge me based on those idiotic assumptions, then try to use that in order to proclaim how much of a better and more wholesome person you are.

            “The fact that you’re still claiming otherwise/denying what the series really is means that you’re a bit shallow in your analysis of the game and/or very, very naive and/or lying to yourself.”

            Unlike you, I have played the first game and watched the anime series. Unless something massively changes across the board after those two, the series is indeed nothing more than a series of harmless gaming jokes with occasional fanservice thrown in–keyboard being occasional. It’s at no point as enamored with that part of its design as Breast Physics Fighter, or BlazBlue with its constant jokes about Makoto’s outfit and Noel’s lack of cup sizes.

            Hell, you cannot even accuse it of using a relatively harmless game to sell sleazy merch on the side. Neptunia merch is very tame and largely consists of stationery and gaming peripherals.

            I’m of course not surprised that you aren’t aware of that, given that your tone and capacity for holding an argument suggest that you’re a self-aggrandizing embarrassment who largely trolls these posts with “ewwww anime fans and their hobbies” in hopes that it will provide marginal gains to your rapidly fading self-worth.

          • Zankman says:

            So, you think I’m making baseless accusations and assumptions (I blatantly said that I am not, explained myself) and in response you… Do the same?

            But decide to do so on a personal level by slinging insults?

            Calling me a troll and insulting me, oh boy… Just… Why?

            I not even an “anime hater” (or hater of anything so wide, for that matter).

            But, nah, someone disagrees with you and challenges your denial and you immediately start slinging insults and start imagining the worst about that person.

            Just accept what the game is and isn’t and live with it; I really, really have no gain or reason to have this argument for no reason or to lie, I’m just telling you what it is.

          • Ashabel says:

            I called you a troll because your social skills and self-awareness are completely appalling. Rather than make a scene out of feeling insulted by my words, consider that your own language has been abrasive and inconsiderate to the point where you look like a troll on a quest to raise up some stink.

            When you make blind assumptions based on something you never experienced and then start judging and criticising people for it, it makes you look like a total shitbird. Don’t be so shocked when people call you that as a result.

            “Just accept what the game is and isn’t and live with it; I really, really have no gain or reason to have this argument for no reason or to lie, I’m just telling you what it is.”

            Man, don’t even try this one. As someone who never played the game and only has a vague familiarity with its content, you are dreadfully equipped for the task of telling people “what it is” and what they should or shouldn’t accept.

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      DelrueOfDetroit says:

      I noticed Grandia II is also on sale. I haven’t played the PC port but the PS2 version was very good despite Jennifer Hale being at her most obnoxious.

      • Jekhar says:

        As the PS2 port is widely accused of beeing the worst version, you should have no problem with the PC port. I played it back in the day and it was fine. I’m currently playing the Dreamcast version and that’s good too. It even has a slight edge on the PC version control wise (analogue camera rotation).

      • SomeDuder says:

        holy hell i only find out that grandia 2 is on steam due to this single comment.

        loved that game. it, and suikoden 2, have some serious nostalgia value for me, though it might be for the best to never play them again and just leave them as a fond memory of better times.

      • Ashabel says:

        Having played the game in all three incarnations, I can confirm that the PS2 version of Grandia II is the worst one. The PC one has two really bad bugs (which you can thankfully look up workarounds for), but is otherwise the best version you can find these days.

    • Mokinokaro says:

      Recettear is the standout of your list I feel. A fun little shop sim/dungeon crawler without creepy fanservice.

    • AngoraFish says:

      And for people not into anime, you can’t go past One Way Heroics. Fantastic (genuine) rogue-like, well worth the few cents it costs at full price, let alone on sale.

  4. Turkey says:

    Aww. Was curious about checking Dangman Ronpaul out, but it’s only 20% off.

    • Author X says:

      Fortunately the best part of Dangle Ramparts, the name, is free to enjoy.

      • Vacuity729 says:

        Dongle Manparts is the name of Robert Yang’s new game, isn’t it?

  5. Author X says:

    My personal recommendations from the list are Momodora 3, Recettear (of course), Analogue and Hate Plus, and Long Live the Queen.

    I’m planning to pick up Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight (the 4th one), Rabi Ribi, Higurashi, and maybe one of those Umihara Kawase games if I can figure out which one to start with. Though, to be honest, there are quite a few other games in the sale that I previously bought and should get around to playing already.

    • Author X says:

      Oh right, and Danganronpa, which I forgot because it’s not in my library or wishlist (since I played it on the Vita). A bit weird, a bit obtuse, but if you feel like watching a bunch of teenagers kill each-other for unclear and convoluted reasons, then argue about who did it, that’s your game.

  6. Eight Rooks says:

    Most of the visual novels are unmitigated rubbish, but Planetarian is worth pocket change, if you like sci-fi schmaltz. A pretty slight little story, nothing like the punch to the gut fans would have you believe, but it’s reasonably well written and pleasantly melancholy. World End Economica is surprisingly good, despite the dodgy localisation, heavy-handed exposition and (initially, at least) horrendously unlikeable protagonist.

    Akiba’s Trip is also pretty good. Yes, it’s a low-rent knockoff of the Yakuza games with cartoon horror, Benny Hill-esque semi-nudity and moderate smut/kink: if that sounds unforgivably skeezy to you, probably best to steer clear. But it’s funny, quite well-written and far less self-serious than you might think, there’s little if any outright nastiness or malice, and there’s a cheerful equal-opportunity sort of offensiveness to it, a la Saints Row. Plus although it’s a very bare-bones port it runs well, plays very well and is very, very challenging on the harder difficulty levels, unless you really enjoy grinding.

    • Eight Rooks says:

      Re: visual novels… eden* is also much better than the character designs would suggest. Starts out slow, but settles into some quality storytelling and gently subverts a number of tropes in the process. Really, really wastes a great premise on a horribly saccharin ending, though, unfortunately (practically lifted from an entirely different genre).

  7. ROMhack says:

    You know, I have it on good authority that this precisely why we can’t have nice things.

    Well, except dakimakuras.

  8. Mags says:

    Recettear, Long Live the Queen and Hatoful Boyfriend are all worth a shout, if you haven’t tried them yet.

    • Nasarius says:

      I really wanted to like Long Live The Queen more than I actually did. I played a ton of the leaked Princess Maker 2 translation. But LLTQ has this annoying mechanic for skill advancement bonuses, plus a script where (on your first playthrough) you get a bunch of random skill checks thrown at you. I feel like in PM2, there was more opportunity to go out and deliberately apply the skills you had developed.

      Recettear is great tho. One of my favorite games.

      • AngoraFish says:

        Long Live the Queen is a horrible visual novel masquerading as a life sim. Basically, work out which arbitrary ability scores avoid you failing which arbitrary plot development by getting killed, repeatedly, until you have identifed the correct arrangement of arbitrary numbers to be entered into the spreadsheet at the correct time points. Win.

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    Oakreef says:

    So many games about dating schoolchildren. I couldn’t think of a less appealing idea for a story TBH.

    • Eight Rooks says:

      Not sure if “Oh noes, teh weeaboos” or serious observation, but… yeah, this is partly why so many visual novels are trite and forgettable at best. They pick a subject that most people have already dismissed and/or feel has nothing to do with them any more (coming-of-age, adolescent romance etc.), and they fail to invest it with anything bar the bare minimum of button-pushing needed to hook the lowest common denominator. Few, very few, have anything like genuine wit, intelligence, insight or compassion, or even, y’know, seem to take that much pleasure in the more contentious aspects of their design – whether you approve or disapprove of the games with the T&A, most of them don’t seem to suggest there’s anything special about what they’re doing.

      Sadly almost none of the games available on Steam qualify, though, despite what some people will insist. Something like Kira*Kira, for all its flaws, is a far, far better experience in pretty much every respect than a thousand weary Sakura titles. Still, there are some diamonds in the rough, seriously.

      • Author X says:

        It’s from a western developer but I highly recommend Analogue: A Hate Story for a VN that tackles very different subject matter (while also not being a million, billion hours long, which has intimidated me away from other story-heavy VNs on Steam). I haven’t played many traditional VNs to compare, but it involves investigating what happened to a lost spaceship that regressed to a medieval (Korean) society and was found derelict. With the help of one of two AI waifu assistants. Read logs, talk to your chosen AI, they show you more logs.

        It’s got some serious subject matter contrasted with (optional) cutesy-dating-sim stuff in an uncomfortable way, which you can either interpret as ironically creepy to make a point or just regular creepy. Either way, I found it and its sequel Hate Plus to have very intense and compelling stories.

        • Zankman says:

          I mean, all of those positives and interesting bits are negated by the fact that, yes, the game STILL has “anime waifus” for you to date and oogle at…

          So, yeah, just good ol’ fashioned straight-up tastelessness… Uncomfortable/creepy for some, maybe, just “lame” nonetheless.

          Oh and you should probably never use “irony” or “self-awareness” when referring to anime (games). It always boils down to the same thing:

          “Haha, we’re making fun of X trope and Y cliche!”

          “But… You’re still unashamedly using them, just the same… From shallow character designs to cheap sex sells tactics.”

          “NO NO BUT WE’RE SO CLEVER AND WITTY!”

          • nearly says:

            Jumping to quite a few significant conclusions, though, aren’t you?

            I mean, you have literally just said that anything featuring an anime girl/woman is necessarily tasteless and incapable of being self-aware. More specifically, you have said this about a game which is at its core fundamentally about misogyny and cultural sexism. Without knowing anything more about the game than that key visuals are anime girls, you’ve decided that the ultimate goal of the game is to lust after them and that the game couldn’t possibly be highly critical of the types of people that go to that sort of game to lust after anime schoolgirls. Never mind whether or not these particular characters are sexualized or intended to actually be sexually appealing to viewers, which is an entirely different argument.

            You do realize that this is the sort of logic that is intent on policing what girls wear to school because otherwise they might distract the boys who need to get an education, right? I mean, if you can’t look past their appearance, are you really any less creepy than the people that are into that?

          • Zankman says:

            (This works oddly cuz Reply limit but meh)

            I just went with what was given:

            “Anime game, serious themes, thought provoking… But you have two anime waifus, it has a dating element, it can definitely be seen as kinda creepy”.

            I just connected the dots… Based on previous experience with anime games.

            Hence, bringing forth a conclusion.

            You’re right, it definitely was me making assumptions and thus being judgmental without actually knowing it; I won’t say that it wasn’t.

            But, again, I was just going off of what that other person said and prior experiences.

            >goal of the game is to lust after them and that the game couldn’t possibly be highly critical of the types of people that go to that sort of game to lust after anime schoolgirls.

            As I said, almost all of the ironic/self-aware anime *things* I’ve seen in the past have categorically failed at actually being so in any respectful, serious and effective manner.

            >Never mind whether or not these particular characters are sexualized or intended to actually be sexually appealing to viewers, which is an entirely different argument.

            And the same applies here… If this game does it right, great, I’ll have to try it…

            But, as I said, most of these games (or just anime) fail and just end up containing fanservice that borders consumer erotica-level imagery.

            I really, really don’t get your last paragraph; What that has to do with anything or why you brought it up.

            Further, the insinuation that I have such an opinion is frankly insulting.

          • Author X says:

            I mean, yeah, if you want to just assume the execution was done in the worst possible way. But in my opinion, it was done really well, or I wouldn’t have recommended it. Both girls have personalities and complex relationships to the story you’re learning about, and can have a variety of relationships to the player, including getting pissed off and locking you out of the system, asking you to save them from the ship, or falling in love with you. But they aren’t gratuitously sexualized or have any sex scenes. I wouldn’t have even called it uncomfortable if it hadn’t been contrasted with the stuff you’re reading about (and it is a serious story about agency, oppression, and control over women, not just “lolol look at us we’re so self-aware” – except in a joke route in the second game that you have to cheat to get to).

            I just wanted to point out the different elements that are there, because some people (like me) like a good story that combines very different tones about the same ideas, and having that element at all would make other people uncomfortable, but I don’t think it instantly negates everything positive about the game.

          • Ragnar says:

            You’ve clearly already made up your mind that all visual novels are terrible.

            Analogue: A Hate Story is not a dating game. Yes, the character you’re interacting with is depicted as an anime style girl, but not at all in a sexual way.

            And the goal is not to date her, or anyone. You’re researching a mystery, the events that happened abord a space ship. If you’re ogling the modestly dressed anime girl, that’s on you.

          • Zankman says:

            @Ragnar

            As I said, I have not played the game, I am just going off of previous (negative) experience.

            Like, you’re saying that dating an anime girl is not the nor a part of the game – yet I’ve seen games that claim that yet still feature it.

            Dunno about the character design, but, a lot of anime games have dubious female designs; One that serve obviously one purpose.

            Maybe this game is an exception, I dunno.

      • DeepSleeper says:

        I love how you just shut down all discussion. “Despite what some people would insist…” BRILLIANT. There’s absolutely no way anyone can disagree with the Most Holy Opinion of Lord Jackass here. Pack it all up, lads, time to go home. Our work is done. Jesus Rooks has descended from on high to tell us what’s good and what isn’t.

        • Eight Rooks says:

          Given how many times I’ve been told “But but but you can’t jump to conclusions like that” and watched or played something only to think “Hey, how about that, I was right all along”, I’m pretty comfortable on my high horse, thanks. The idea Clannad is some towering dramatic masterpiece fit to have me drowning in my own tears is laughable, for example, unless the game is wildly different to the anime (and I’m confident it’s not). Fanservice, pandering and damaging stereotypes don’t have to be centered around boobs. (And if you do want that, Christ, why would you play a Sakura game/Nekopara et al? Bland, generic art and threadbare, lazy comedy?) Nice try, though.

          • Ashabel says:

            The tone of your posts suggests that your words are a common wisdom as opposed to a personal opinion. This isn’t a matter of being right or wrong, this is a matter of basic politeness, albeit one DeepSleeper ironically botched by being rude in response to your rudeness.

            ‘Given how many times I’ve been told “But but but you can’t jump to conclusions like that” and watched or played something only to think “Hey, how about that, I was right all along”’ is a very weak counter-argument to that because it might as well be you specifically fishing for things that support your opinions instead of trying to challenge them.

            That boring stuff aside, my counter-argument about Clannad:

            You’re absolutely right that Clannad is technically full of pandering and emotional manipulation. For the sake of making this argument more coherent to other people who might read it, Clannad belongs to what Japanese gamers describe a “healing game” – something that presents a slice of Japanese society in a warm, gentle, rose-colored form in order to create a space of perfect emotional comfort for the player. The reason so many of these healing games exist is because actual Japan is a sociological apocalypse with rampant cases of depression, crippled self-worth and emotional isolation, as well as a preposterously high suicide rate. But that’s not the point here.

            On the other hand, the thing with Clannad is that it’s hard to fault for being a healing game because it’s not designed to be one. Clannad is an 11-year old game that was created long before the healing game fad even began. Back in the day when it came out, it was a revolution – whereas most high-school dating sims presented their casts as a morasse of heroines competing for screentime in hopes that the player would choose them, Clannad presented itself as having a single organic cast who all interact with each other. That allowed for a warmer, more emotional story because where most dating sims kick the rest of the cast out of the picture once you’re locked into a route, in Clannad you could have relationships and friendships other than the chief romance.

            Now, the narrative layout Clannad provided did prove to be incredibly effective. Everyone and their mother proceeded to copy it and peel it apart for tropes, eventually leading to the rise of “healing games” with their surgically implanted tropes that attempted to mechanically replicate the Clannad experience. Some of them did it well, some of them did better. That doesn’t matter because in the end, Clannad was the first and the motivations behind creating it were different than behind those of its clones.

            By attacking Clannad the way you’re doing right now, you’re essentially trying to attack Beatles because there are bands who play rock’n’roll badly. It’s not a common part of the culture you’re accusing it to be a part of, it’s the origin point and therefore worth playing because it’s the only narrative in its style that didn’t rip off someone else.

            Also, there is an additional benefit where once you explore Clannad, you have essentially explored the entire sub-genre it spawned and can firmly decide whether the genre is for you or not.

            Note: I didn’t enjoy Clannad a whole lot and consider its genre to be firmly not for me. I still think it deserves respect by the value of being what people describe as a “Citizen Kane” – a work that completely changed how the genre came to be handled since its release.

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        Oakreef says:

        “Not sure if “Oh noes, teh weeaboos” or serious observation”

        A bit of both TBH

    • satan says:

      I’d really like to see more diverse characters/ideas/settings/scenarios coming out of Japan, but the high school years seem almost central to Japanese identity in some quarters.

      • Mokinokaro says:

        Japanese culture romanticizes high school for a very good reason: once folks graduate and move onto post secondary education, they’re expected to be fully devoted to their job/studying.

        High school is their last bastion of freedom before society sees most people as a cog in the machine of society.

        • Eight Rooks says:

          Oh, sure, I get the reasoning, and it’s not like it can never work. But it does lead to a painfully obvious production line churning out these things, regardless of whether or not the creators mean well – I mean, look at most JRPGs recycling the exact same plot, characters, set pieces etc. and IIRC developers explicitly telling interviewers that’s what the audience want, so they have to (only one interview I can remember, but presumably if one says it, more of them are thinking it…?). Not that Western pop culture doesn’t have its own nasty pitfalls, obviously! But still…

        • cckerberos says:

          I’d say that university actually fills that role in Japan more than high school does. High school students have to break their necks to get into a good university, but once you’re in university you’re essentially free until the second half of your junior year when you need to begin the job hunt.

  10. Chillicothe says:

    Recettear is CAPITALISM HO!

    Fortune Summoners is what you use to train your grade school daughter to Git Gud so she’s prepared for she’s old enough for the creepier parts of Souls games.

    • SomeDuder says:

      Don’t actually buy Fortune Summoners tho. Seriously, it may look like a fun sidescrolling adventure/RPG game, but:

      -Controls are a mess
      -Difficulty is… Let’s say Dark Souls is easy in comparison
      -The controls. Seriously, noone can deal with the dumpster fire that are this game’s controls

      Up to the 3rd dungeon was fine, but it got so extremely frustrating after this that I just had to give up in order to keep my sanity. Anyone that’s interested in this title should just watch a LP, like this one for example, with no annoying commentary by the player:

      • Chillicothe says:

        It is EXTREMELY deliberate. Mashing will get you owned.

        Oddly, it’s very KB-specific (doujinshi makers pls) as it rewards clean clicks of cardinal directions over QCF motions especially on a fightstick or analog stick.

        But seriously, bait and punish. If its those Kobolds or Harpies or other nasties, run interference for your caster buddies (which is a problem I had of them flinching out of casting leading to them never going pewpew in some real nasty dustups).

  11. malkav11 says:

    Whether or not any of these games are good, hardly any are on sale for more than like, 30% off. 50% for some of the ones that are $50+ to start with but not many. Some were on better sales quite recently! So nah.

  12. Assirra says:

    Just bought Legend of Korra for 4euro.
    While it might not be the best, it is still Platinum Games and for that prize i can take a gamble no problem.

    • Baines says:

      Just realize that it is a budget game, and you might find it okay. I think it launched at around $15, or a quarter the price of a regular title.

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      SuddenSight says:

      I would strongly recommend the Legend of Korra game, 4 euro is a very reasonable price in my opinion.

      The story isn’t the best and there is some reuse of environments, but it is fun to play. Definitely the best Avatar-based game I know of.

    • brucethemoose says:

      Legend of Korra isn’t anime, but it always gets lumped in that category.

      I don’t hate the genre… but I’ve bounced off every “anime” I’ve ever tried to watch, yet Avatar is probably my favorite TV series ever.

      Anyway, it’s not a great game nor a long one, but it’s easily worth $3.74.

      • Ragnar says:

        I think it’s that Avatar matches the anime style, sort of like a Western developer making a JRPG.

        Not sure why you’ve bounced off anime, but if you’re still open to giving it a chance, I recommend checking out Monster, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Cowboy Bebop. I think those titles are the ones most likely to appeal, and are mostly, if not entirely free of what people term “anime bullshit”.

  13. Xerophyte says:

    I’ll give a hesitant recommendation for DeathSmiles and Mushihimesama if you like shmups. They’re hard as (bullet) hell and the art & story are Cave at their absolute worst — why did you have to devolve so after Progear, Cave? You had a good thing! — but if you want to weave through deliciously intricate patterns of bullet death than they deliver. Though, really, you should by Crimzon Clover: WORLD IGNITION instead even if it’s not on sale; more bullets, less creepy anime bullshit.

    I liked the Grandia II port when it was released, but it was a very cliche jRPG to begin with and it hasn’t aged fantastically. If you want a cliche jRPG in this sale, pick up Tales of Symphonia, which has aged better in at least the plot and visuals. They’re both pretty heavy on jRPG plot nonsense, pace-killing random battles and that sort of thing so only apply if you actually like jRPGs as a genre to begin with.

    Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight is a neat, slow-paced and quite pretty pixelized platformer. Part Metroid, part Dark Souls, all anime. I haven’t played the earlier titles in the series.

    • Humppakummitus says:

      Actually, Crimson Clover is currently very cheap on GOG. Astebreed too.
      link to gog.com

    • Eight Rooks says:

      I can definitely see someone with a low tolerance for stereotypical “anime creepiness” being put off Deathsmiles (I genuinely like the demented fairy tale art design, but the whole gothic lolita thing/idiotic stereotypes still makes me cringe). Mushihimesama, though? It’s barely got a story, or fanservice, other than maybe a couple of the heroine’s poses or the size of her bust. I’m quite prepared for the possibility I’ve missed something obvious (and I have the iOS release, not Steam), but I can’t think of anything.

  14. Det. Bullock says:

    BlazBlue on sale for less than 2 Euros exactly the day my new arcade stick finally arrives?
    It’s almost like a conspiracy against my wallet, well, fortunately I’m too lazy to get more money on the card for the other titles in the series and King of Fighters.

    • Chicanery says:

      The PC ports for the BlazBlue games are terrible iirc. No online for BB, no non XBox controller support, low locked frame rate, and missing sound clips.

  15. geldonyetich says:

    Awesome, I was hoping to get Danganronpa 2.

    Danganronpa a mere 20% off.
    Danganronpa 2 not for sale at all.

    So close, and yet so, so very, far.

  16. lagiacrux says:

    -50% off tales of zestiria is a good deal imho.
    i enjoyed the game even though it got a bit grindy at the end.

    im gonna pick up danganrompa and the latest momodora, since those have been on my wishlist for quite a while.

  17. Jalan says:

    The Mega Man Legacy Collection is in this.

    Not a spectacular discount or anything but it’s somehow in this sale.

  18. DThor says:

    How in the name of all that is sacred is Panzermadels not on sale? Is this some sort of politically correct dick move to keep tank dating simulators out of the Canadian mainstream?

    • Kaeoschassis says:

      Not a dating sim, but War of the Human Tanks is pretty good if you want more anthropomorphised death machines.

      • brucethemoose says:

        That’s what a call a gaming niche!

        • Kaeoschassis says:

          Great isn’t it? I honestly felt so happy actually having an occasion to use the term.

  19. Kaeoschassis says:

    Wow. Regardless of whether I end up getting anything in the sale (probably not) this comments section is pretty depressing.

  20. Faxmachinen says:

    I picked up Christine Love’s Analogue and Hate Plus at 66% off. I hear they’re quite good.