Too bad we couldn't get @patrickklepek to check this out for us. Thought he was our new Japanese anime game tester.
@demoskinos Thanks for posting all your thoughts, I am still on the fence about this one. I'm just not sure what the wife would say as I'm sitting there playing this one! I think the thing that really threw me on the fence were the micro-transactions. Kind of disappointed they are charging the $30 bucks for the game then trying to get us to drop more coin on it. I agree with you on Culdcept. I picked up Culdcept first on the PS2 then on the 360 and love that game. It's a great mixture of Monopoly and Magic: The Gathering which is a very interesting collaboration but it works great.
Just started playing the other day and
1. Aside from one story specific instance where you have to do the rub minigame (as a tutorial and to unlock the option), you pretty much decide when you're going to do the embarrassing stuff.
2. The game zooms in really tightly on areas and you have to pan around and find "weak points" to tap/rub. It's very pat your head, rub your belly, not fun, and not at all titillating. You're too focused on finding the spot that triggers stars and mining them for as much meter progess as possible before the time runs out to even have it register what you're ostensibly doing. If you succeed, the card "evolves" into a more powerful form with less clothing.
Really important though: As currency for these chances at an upgrade, you earn P.Rub by performing well in combat. Rank SS (highest), you get enough PP to level two basic cards up one level, and it grows exponentially from there. Or fail twice, like I just did on Hydra.
MOST IMPORTANT: I tried reloading my save, the P.Rub currency REMAINS SPENT. That's just messed up.
The plot is sweet and cute though, it belongs more in a kids game. It's basically all-female Pokemon, and Pikachu helps female Ash discover her confidence and her inner strength as a Pokemon trainer.