Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Speaking of NIS...

     It would be a little unfair of me to say "I am a loyal customer of brand X, but here's two games of theirs that suck..." without at least mentioning some of the games that made me like the company in the first place, so here's some Amazon links to a buncha games NIS either made or imported over here that I really like:

Disgaea Series:
Obviously, there's the Disgaea series, which probably marks the best series of S-RPGs ever made, period.

As you can see Disgaea and Disgaea 2 have made the rounds to PSP, and #3 was NIS' first PS3 game.

Other SRPGs:
NIS has developed a wide variety of different approaches to the SRPG.  While Disgaea was perhaps their best-known attempt, all of these games have fascinating battle systems, well-developed storylines and characters, great music, and loooooooooaaaaaaads of replay value.

Imports of Gust games:  The Atelier Series

On a complete sidenote, I have no idea why some of these are showing up on Amazon as being released by KOEI (EU versions maybe?).  Anyway, all of these games were developed by Gust and released here in the US by NIS America.  The atelier series in general focuses on something completely askance from most RPGs:  Item Creation.  In fact, while the more recent games (and besides Annie, the only ones NIS has shipped so far) actually have an interesting battle system to speak of, most of the atelier series have the most basic battle system you can give an RPG and get away with these days.  And mind you, that's a bit refreshing (it's about as simple as Dragon Quest games).  The main point in these games is typically to go around to different areas where you gather some materials for alchemy (oftentimes you have to visit during a particular season for a specific item), and then you return to your shop and mix them together in a number of different ways.  And of course, your item creation is somewhat directed via certain story sequences (which are controlled by certain event triggers) or simply by keeping track of alchemy requests from the local shops.  Personally, my favorite thing about these games is, again, their music.  Very awesome mix of somewhat techno-ish, somewhat metallish music.

Anyways, there's lots of other games NIS has imported, but I can't speak to many of those (since I haven't played them yet).  I should also mention that the Rosenqueen store (, NIS America's official storefront) offers all of this stuff, often with equivalent or better customer service.  And, one of the other cool little things about NIS America is that Rosenqueen often keeps stock of other small-release niche titles, such as Atlus' Persona games.

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