I never really got around to finishing it and discussing it in any real detail, but I played Macross 30: Voices Across the Galaxy after I had pretty much maxed out Triangle Frontier on the PSP. I didn’t really like it as much overall, I think mostly they sort of set out to do different things with the same basic engine- the Macross Frontier games just aim to provide quick fixes of action and re enact moments from the series for fans, while 30 wants to be its own thing and kind of forfeits some of the fanservice in the process (no Destroids, playable SDF’s, limited array of enemy mecha unlockable) and replaces them with a open maps (yay!) and an array of fetch quests and crafting (boo.)
About the best things to come of it in my opinion: Aisha Blanchett, the YF-30, and these awesome roving bandit Zentraedi Battlepods with shark-teeth painted on. The first time one came running up to me in a cave, I just went “YES. THIS IS AWESOME.”
I got a pretty nice price on the follow up to my guilty pleasure game, Macross Ultimate Frontier, so I shelled out for and started Triangle past Saturday as a reprieve from Dark Souls. Tonight, I happened to look up from coloring something and realized that the logo for MTF doesn’t really parse as “MTF” at a glance.
I guess what I’m saying is I have an appropriate graphic to use if I start some series of “WTF, MACROSS!?” blogs. Which I could very easily do in a franchise that includes a robot-piloting rock singer saving the space whales from a giant in a Big Daddy costume.I’ve mentioned Ultimate Frontier before, in passing but never “properly” reviewed it. It’s a really good piece of Macross fan-service, but feels kind of like empty fluff put alongside my other favorite mecha games. You can win a lot of missions just by tapping R to lock onto the first enemy, then keep boosting to the right to circle strafe until the first enemy dies and your lock automatically moves to the next opponent. This works for like 90% of the game. There are some bosses that mix it up and missions that require you to fly to an evac zone, but for the most part you’re just re-enacting classic battles against hordes of alien cannon fodder. In short, it’s not exactly Armored Core. Hell, it’s probably not even as strategic as Liberation Maiden. But if you know what a VF-4 Lightning III is, and would find a game where you can pilot one fun, hit up Amazon in a hurry since i got this for under twenty. After a long, unplanned hiatus, [+/-]’s next strip is about ready. There is a teaser of sorts up already, if you haven’t already looked there (or subscribed to my Twitter or Facebook feeds- the FB feed is probably the one I update the most frequently.) Said ‘teaser’ was originally going to be the intro to the Link Between Worlds review going up tomorrow… later today? Weird schedule here. I hope to update more frequently from here out, but I guess I do say that pretty much every update these days. Hurrr.