Saturday, March 01, 2014

Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin DX Pack has arrived!

It was sent from Nippon Yasan inside a box and wrapped up in newspaper. I usually order from play-asia but while I was mulling over whether to get the DX pack in December, pre-orders quickly sold out and I had to resort to Nippon Yasan for the first time. Nippon Yasan has mixed reviews online but I have little choice.

I paid a lot of $$$ for Fedex shipping as apposed to normal EMS. With play-asia I usually receive Fedexed stuff after 3 days. The game came out in Japan on Saturday and Nippon Yasan only sent out shipment information to Fedex on Sunday! No, the Kiryu figure doesn't come with the DX pack. I got it a long time ago and as can be seen from the younger face, is from Ryu go Gotoku 2.

Worse, the game was only picked up by Fedex in Osaka on Tuesday and had to transit through Guangzhou and Singapore adding an extra day instead of the usual 3 days before arriving on Friday. Nippon Yasan is supposed to be based in Matsuyama, Shikoku so either there's no Fedex there or stock was in Osaka. The sake bottle set is a lot smaller than I thought it would be.

Don't expect Nippon Yasan to send stuff straight away if ordering from them and its not worth going Fedex since EMS takes 4-5 days from Japan (from HMV) but then delivery times from Osaka might be slower than Tokyo. In summary, game came out in Japan on Saturday last week and I only got it on Friday.

The game also comes a 15 day PS Plus voucher. Loving the higher res and 60 fps. It really makes a huge difference and for the first time ever, I'm playing on hard.

Loving the history lesson in this game with the class system of the Tosa clan. Takahashi Katsunori plays Takechi Hanpeita who in this story in Sakamoto Ryoma's brother in arms who saved Sakamoto as a child when his family was burned alive by the joushi (upperclass samurai) Its fun looking up what actually happened. In the game, Yoshida Toyo was secretly working against his clan and raised both Ryoma and Hanpeita to set up the Kinnoutou (Imperialism party) and change the Tosa system but according to history, Hanpeita assasinated Yoshida Toyo.

Why can't they have furiganas for the names as well? I can't bloody read handwritten kanji. I've been trying to finish Sen no Kiseki before Ishin arrived but looks like I'm going to have to put it on hold.

Izakaya Hanako 500円 discount.


dgundam said...

sega sux for not bringing the rest of yakuza over here. :(

just went and decided to import yakuza 5 last week since its cheap now XD

man im rdy to throw money at sega but seems they dont want it.

pics look amazing. but looking at it i highly doubt their gonna bring this to NA with all the historical stuff that needs to be translated.

Akiramike said...

You can't blame them when the games don't sell. Enjoy 5 and you're gonna need the Japanese wiki for the manzai part.