Natalie Rambles About 2019

Because 2019 is dead… or close enough to warrant a retrospective.
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Rundown (7/29-8/04) Natalie Bought a Switch Part 2!

So remember how I said that I purchased an audio mixer for my Switch?  Yeah, that was a dumb idea, because as it turns out I could just have the audio from my Switch go into my computer via the microphone port and have that play back to me, but then I had to confront the horrors of ground loops, which ultimately led me to buying an isolator.  All so I could most comfortably use the Switch, which is a nifty enough system, except for some weird oversights. So far it is just minor things like, why do I need to hold down the physical power button on the system and then select an option to turn the system off opposed to simply using a menu?  Or why can’t I move around my game library or change the size of the icons. Seriously, this is stuff that Nintendo figured out years ago, and should be pretty basic to implement.
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Higurashi: When They Cry Hou Chapter 5 – Meakashi Review

Another few months have passed, and another chapter of Higurashi has been released.  I have been reviewing this series as the new translated versions have been coming out from MangaGamer, and after reviewing the four part Question Arc, it is finally time to dive into the Answer Arc, Higurashi: When They Cry Kai. Continue reading

Higurashi: When They Cry Chapter 4 – Himatsubushi Review

526490_20170130221745_1Seeing as how I reviewed chapter 3 of Higurashi a mere 2 weeks ago, I don’t really have much of an introduction for this review.  I said a large number of great things about it, and was excited to see how the fourth chapter in this series played out.  So I’m going to cut all pretenses and jump right in. Continue reading

Higurashi: When They Cry Chapter 3 – Tatarigoroshi Review

cg_043bSo, it’s been about a year since I last touched the Higurashi series with chapter 2, even longer since I reviewed chapter 1, and I really don’t have much of an excuse for that.  While the second installment did not captivate me like the first, it was never my intention to give up on the series after I more or less stated that I intended on exploring this series of visual novels in its entirety.  The series simply slipped my mind for several months, and only recently did I so much as purchase the currently released chapters.  So without further ado, Higurashi: When They Cry Chapter 3 – Tatarigoroshi. Continue reading

Higurashi: When They Cry Chapter 2 – Watanagashi Review

2016-02-12_00004A few months ago, I reviewed the first chapter of MangaGamer’s retranslation of the decade-old Doujin darling that is the Higurashi series, liking it quite a lot, and choosing to dedicate myself to see this series through as it gradually releases over the next few years. Once again, I played the game using a fan created mod that adds in new visuals, changes the aspect ratio, and gives the game voice acting, all of which were from a PS3 compilation of these games, but not the PC version. You can find the mod here. Continue reading

Thank Goodness: 2015 Is Dead!

HeroJob It Looks like brains were yanked out this is random and should not be happy awkward shitYeah, this year was really not very good for me.  There was a lot of self loathing, depression, and general bad feelings all around, and on top of everything, I really did not beat a lot of video games.  A total of 29 game reviews went out this year, due in part to there not being a lot of games in my library that I really wanted to play, or games that I could not play very well with my hardware.  I hope to get to more games in 2016 than I did in 2015, but as is customary, here are my top… 4 games I played for the first time in 2015, listed in the order in which I played them. Continue reading

Higurashi: When They Cry Chapter 1 – Onikakushi Review

2015-08-18_00016Higurashi: When They Cry is a series of visual novels originally released at Comiket in 2002, and since then have received fourteen Sound Novels, a 38 volume manga series, a total of fifty anime episodes and OVAs, 21 light novels, two live action films, and more.  Following a particularly poor translation of the eight main titles of this series, MangaGamer decided that while they are porting over quality visual novels and eroge, they could tackle this beast with their workforce.  Oh, but they could not secure the assets from the recently released PS3 version for this PC release.  But, somebody made a mod so you may install the backgrounds, sprites, and Japanese voiceover in order to help enhance the experience.  You can find out how to install the mod in the Steam Community Guides for this title. Continue reading