RecSpec Roulette: July 16, 2012

 
 aka Note to Self: Play More Games!
 
The Steam sale is rolling along, and I’ve made a discovery. I like buying PC games more than playing them. I’ve bought about 6-7 games so far, and haven’t touched any of them. I had family in town for the weekend, so it would be considered rude to play games while they were here. But that’s not the reason. I bought the games I did merely to have them, not necessarily to play them. So there will be no Steam games in this roulette, just rhythm games. Note to self, play more games.

Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure


Sega’s next rhythm game is a pretty good idea in concept. If you replace the puzzles in Professor Layton with rhythm minigames, and set it in France, you would have something very close to Rhythm Thief, which I keep calling Rhythm Heaven for some reason.

The story is something strange, Napoleon has risen from the dead to find a legendary treasure. He was resurrected by a mysterious stranger who has a tie to the main character Raphael who is also the master thief Phantom R. This becomes a race between Phantom R and Napoleon to find the legendary treasure. I can’t remember the name of it. To be quite honest, I can’t remember much about this game. Nothing really stands out, characters are introduced and pushed aside quite a bit. You have a dog that helps you out, a cheesehound named Fondue. I remember that!

You’ll go around Paris tapping the screen looking for coins and phantom notes. And you can record various sounds to advance throughout the game. When you’re trying to escape the police, you need to play a sound of a bulldog growling to scare a patrolman off his guard duty. A lot of it is quite easy to figure out, and the path you need to take is ALWAYS highlighted. The game is pretty focused on moving you from minigame to minigame.

The minigames try to use the 3DS in every way possible. You’ll use the touchscreen, buttons, even the gyro controls sometimes. There have been a lot of variety in the games, unfortunately out of the 20 or so I’ve played, three have been repeats. And I don’t just mean the controls are the same, it’s literally the same thing, just with a twist. The songs are even pretty alike. I know repeating is inevitable, but the tenth minigame was a rehash of an earlier one. At least space it out a bit, or maybe change the controls. Yes, I’m going to have to fight henchmen over and over, do I have to do the same minigame each time though?

The voice acting isn’t bad, and a lot of the music is actually pretty good. It’s decent all the way around, but it doesn’t really excel anywhere. Then again, it came out a week after probably the best rhythm game for the system.

Theatrhythm 

 
This game is nightmarish. I keep picking it up and playing it. It has already topped my 3DS activity log, dethroning Puyo 20th. Still grinding away at the Chaos Shrine, trying to unlock all of the characters. I haven’t even tried replaying the songs in Challenge mode yet. Kind of a nightmarish thought. I will probably spend 10+ hours unlocking the characters, and I haven’t even scratched the surface of the game yet! 

Once I unlock everyone, I’ll be done with the Chaos Shrine for awhile, abilities won’t matter much anymore, and I can just play songs for fun. Trying to beat high scores and all of that fun stuff I used to do with Ouendan. I said pretty much everything I wanted to last week, but I have to say this again. If you like rhythm games, this is the one to pick up. Hasn't been one this fully featured in quite some time..  

Future Bets 

Completion percentage of last weeks list is at 0% because I’m awesome! I couldn’t even unlock Seifer in the 20+ hours I put in Theatrhythm. Also, I didn’t beat Binding of Isaac, I bought it for my sister though, and SHE beat it! I’m considering dropping out of the games thing to start collecting Pokemon cards again, I was actually good at those. This games thing? Not so much.

Going back to paragraph format. My goal is to make it through the rest of the sale without spending any more money. I added $50 on Saturday, and it’s already down to $30. Nothing today intrigued me though, so fingers crossed! I might write a list later this week when the sale ends, so I can laugh at how foolish I was.

That’s all for this week. For more of my nonsense follow me on twitter or check out Really Bad Future, I’ve been designing a playing card game for me and my siblings, and it’s based on Triple Triad, because that is the BEST card game out there. Well, it’s the one that requires the least explanation. Thanks for reading, see you next week!
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Posted by RecSpec
 
 aka Note to Self: Play More Games!
 
The Steam sale is rolling along, and I’ve made a discovery. I like buying PC games more than playing them. I’ve bought about 6-7 games so far, and haven’t touched any of them. I had family in town for the weekend, so it would be considered rude to play games while they were here. But that’s not the reason. I bought the games I did merely to have them, not necessarily to play them. So there will be no Steam games in this roulette, just rhythm games. Note to self, play more games.

Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure


Sega’s next rhythm game is a pretty good idea in concept. If you replace the puzzles in Professor Layton with rhythm minigames, and set it in France, you would have something very close to Rhythm Thief, which I keep calling Rhythm Heaven for some reason.

The story is something strange, Napoleon has risen from the dead to find a legendary treasure. He was resurrected by a mysterious stranger who has a tie to the main character Raphael who is also the master thief Phantom R. This becomes a race between Phantom R and Napoleon to find the legendary treasure. I can’t remember the name of it. To be quite honest, I can’t remember much about this game. Nothing really stands out, characters are introduced and pushed aside quite a bit. You have a dog that helps you out, a cheesehound named Fondue. I remember that!

You’ll go around Paris tapping the screen looking for coins and phantom notes. And you can record various sounds to advance throughout the game. When you’re trying to escape the police, you need to play a sound of a bulldog growling to scare a patrolman off his guard duty. A lot of it is quite easy to figure out, and the path you need to take is ALWAYS highlighted. The game is pretty focused on moving you from minigame to minigame.

The minigames try to use the 3DS in every way possible. You’ll use the touchscreen, buttons, even the gyro controls sometimes. There have been a lot of variety in the games, unfortunately out of the 20 or so I’ve played, three have been repeats. And I don’t just mean the controls are the same, it’s literally the same thing, just with a twist. The songs are even pretty alike. I know repeating is inevitable, but the tenth minigame was a rehash of an earlier one. At least space it out a bit, or maybe change the controls. Yes, I’m going to have to fight henchmen over and over, do I have to do the same minigame each time though?

The voice acting isn’t bad, and a lot of the music is actually pretty good. It’s decent all the way around, but it doesn’t really excel anywhere. Then again, it came out a week after probably the best rhythm game for the system.

Theatrhythm 

 
This game is nightmarish. I keep picking it up and playing it. It has already topped my 3DS activity log, dethroning Puyo 20th. Still grinding away at the Chaos Shrine, trying to unlock all of the characters. I haven’t even tried replaying the songs in Challenge mode yet. Kind of a nightmarish thought. I will probably spend 10+ hours unlocking the characters, and I haven’t even scratched the surface of the game yet! 

Once I unlock everyone, I’ll be done with the Chaos Shrine for awhile, abilities won’t matter much anymore, and I can just play songs for fun. Trying to beat high scores and all of that fun stuff I used to do with Ouendan. I said pretty much everything I wanted to last week, but I have to say this again. If you like rhythm games, this is the one to pick up. Hasn't been one this fully featured in quite some time..  

Future Bets 

Completion percentage of last weeks list is at 0% because I’m awesome! I couldn’t even unlock Seifer in the 20+ hours I put in Theatrhythm. Also, I didn’t beat Binding of Isaac, I bought it for my sister though, and SHE beat it! I’m considering dropping out of the games thing to start collecting Pokemon cards again, I was actually good at those. This games thing? Not so much.

Going back to paragraph format. My goal is to make it through the rest of the sale without spending any more money. I added $50 on Saturday, and it’s already down to $30. Nothing today intrigued me though, so fingers crossed! I might write a list later this week when the sale ends, so I can laugh at how foolish I was.

That’s all for this week. For more of my nonsense follow me on twitter or check out Really Bad Future, I’ve been designing a playing card game for me and my siblings, and it’s based on Triple Triad, because that is the BEST card game out there. Well, it’s the one that requires the least explanation. Thanks for reading, see you next week!
Posted by AjayRaz

Rhythm Thief sounds weird, based on how you've described it. would you recommend it to somebody who's been pretty much scared away from their 3DS by now?

Posted by RecSpec
@AjayRaz: Honestly I can't recommend it over Theatrhythm right now. Theatrhythm does all the rhythm game stuff better, and the rest of the stuff isn't really worth playing the game for yet.  
 
Then again, I might pull a 180 next week and recommend it. But as of right now, I can't.
Posted by Chop

Well, it's nice to know someone is getting use out of their 3DS.

*Looks over and grumbles at 3DS*