Sword Art Online – My New Love

Posted by Neko Kyou in Thoughts on July 27th, 2012

Yes, I have a new love. It’s Sword Art Online. There has only been 3 episodes so far, the story jumps forward rather fast with a lot of holes missing here and there but it doesn’t stop me from loving. every. single. moment. of. it.

I love the .hack series. It was, and still continues to be, an awesome series. It marked the beginning of my love for MMORPG related series. That was Accel World had me super excited. Any good MMORPG themed stories would make me squeal with delight.

Then came, from the same brain behind Accel World, yet another MMORPG themed show. This time, it also features plenty of swords – my favourite weapon. I already knew I would enjoy Sword Art Online even before watching it, but actually watching it just made me fall in love all over again with the genre.

From the tiny bits of information I’ve picked up here and there so far (trying not to spoil too much for myself) it seems that Sword Art Online is only the start of a longer series – with the protagonist Kirito venturing into other VR-MMORPG games after SAO has been completed. With the light novel series still on-going, we might be in for a long and fulfilling ride.

But what if you weren’t a fan of .hack or Accel World? Would you still enjoy it? The only thing I can really say is to give it a go. Unlike .hack, the plot (so far) is much less complicated and moves at a faster pace. It also have a heavier atmosphere than Accel World, where true death awaits you even in a game.

Fortunately, Baka-Tsuki have a translation project going on for Sword Art Online which has gone pretty far. I probably won’t be touching that for a while since I want to enjoy the anime a bit more 😀

Sword Art Online Light Novels Translated

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Hellgate: London Beta Screenshots

Posted by Neko Kyou in Random Fun on October 21st, 2007

Another game post!

This time it’s screenshots from Hellgate: London MMORPG Beta. Hellgate: London has been on my watch list since I learned about it almost a year ago. I was finally able to get not one, but two keys for the last Beta in-take. The second key I passed to Dyna.

It seemed that the reason why info on the beta was so hard to come by was because all beta players were under a non-disclosure agreement. But that has been lifted today and we’re all free to blog/post/brag about it.

I could only play the game smoothly in all low settings, and only managed to get 2 screenshots using Windows printscreen function (since Hellgate: London hasn’t got that function in yet… probably because we weren’t allowed to post any images anyway before today).

If you want to know more, head over to this Hellgate: London Beta Hands-On Impression post. Dyna used the highest settings so clearly he has better screenshots than I do 😛

Click on them for full image size in new window.

Hellgate:London Beta Screenshot

First Person View – Feels like FPS…

Hellgate:London Beta Screenshot

Third Person View – Hanging in the Subway

So far I’m really enjoying the game despite the bugs we’ve uncovered in just a few hours of playing. The gameplay feels a lot like Diablo – no surprise there, since it is pretty much a spiritual successor of the game.

There’s another MMORPG that I’m really looking forward to testing out – CabalOnline, which will be making a SEA debut very soon 😀

You can start to pre-order Hellgate: London here.

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