Kiryu is helped out by a mysterious man. This is his swanky pad.
Outside a Pachinko arcade. No Sousa marching music though. :P
One of several convenience stores in the area. One of the few places you can buy food to take with you to up your health after a fight. At restaurants, you have to eat it there, unless your health is full, in which case you can't eat at all.
Kiryu's neighborhood. He has a one-room apartment on the second floor of the building on the right.
A restaurant food display.
One of the places Kiryu can play side games. This is for mini car racing! You get a free car, and you can buy or find parts to improve it. One of the few side games I did OK at. Lol.
One of the substories. Rather hilarious. Love his 50's Yankee look.
These guys are part of a singing group that is very popular with delinquents. They look like delinquents but are far from it. They want me to teach them how to pass as badass, so their fans don't realize the truth. Lol. (The leader talks tough on second, apologetic the next, hilarious.)
One of the restaurants you can buy food. On the minimap, they show as orange. The yellow squares are for places you can buy things, like the convenience store. Purple-colored areas are places with games. The Sega Game stores have UFO Catchers! (Something else I'm doing decent on! Yay! Stuffed animals for the win! :P)
First off, Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there!
Mini Movie Review
Men In Black: International - They are back! With more attitude, bigger weapons, and the usual chaos! :P The original theme music is back, so the film had a nostalgic vibe to it. There's even a painting in High T's office of J and K saving the world. :P There's a recurring theme in the film they pound into you hard - the universe always puts you where you need to be when you need to be there. They stretch this out a bit much! And while some explanations on why things have happened are shown, there are others you have to infer from what's been presented. (For example: Why H changed so much in 3 years. And no, it's not the girlfriend. Though if you don't put it together yourself, it's gone :P) Cool effects, fast pace, overall a good ride! Rating: 3.5 out of 4 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission.)
This is another Japanese console game that has been converted for PC. For the most part, they've done a good change over, though I have run into one issue on a keybinding that drove me nuts as it trapped me on a fighting style tutorial. Ugh.
It's 1988 in Kamurocho, a fictional small town/district in Japan. You're Kazuma Kiryu, one of two orphan boys who joined the local yakuza when they became of age. Kiryu is a straight shooter, who's gets set up for murder so the shame can be used against his boss in a tangled political power play.
In the middle of the serious storyline, there are substories to get involved in and mini-games (karaoke, pocket racers, baseball batting, etc.). Some of those are far from serious. Watching Kyriu pose with his pocket racer and doing his "I win!" bit are hilarious. Geek fun abounds!
One of the streets in Kamurocho at night. Loads of clubs and adult entertainment. Following my friend Majima to do some drinking.
The opposite side of the same street. Video stores, pachinko, and more.
Majima and Kiryu. Both orphans raised at the Sunflower Orphanage. It's financed by their boss, Kazama, which is why they both decided to join the yakuza. (He did try to dissuade them, but these two are stubborn.) (I love Kyriu's sideburns!!!!!!!!)
Look at the gorgeous woodwork! Upper floor on the Dojima HQ. (Dojima is the main Yakuza family in the zone.)
Kuze - one of the three top lieutenants in the Dojima family. He's willing to do anything to get a shot at being captain. A position currently held by Kazama, Kyriu's boss, who is currently in jail. (That ceiling is rad!)
Kuze's Yakuza tattoo - the King of Hell (Underworld). Heh heh.
Kyriu's yakuza tattoo - work in progress. He's currently pretty low in the ranks.
I really liked this image — the view from a top floor of one of the buildings in Kamurocho. Tachibana of Tachibana Realty is the man reflected in the window. A non-yakuza group who is also vying for control of the "Empty Lot."
Of course, I forgot to take a shot of the login screen. Fighting skill tree pic is also probably in order. DOH!
The books are still working through the sales channels to become active.
Currently, the Kindle versions of both are live, and the trade paperback for Inner Demons is out there as well. (Some issues with the generated cover template keep holding Crossed back. But it should be available soon!)
Both the trade paperback with Amazon are also part of the Kindle Matchbook campaign where if you buy the trade paperback version you get the Kindle version free. As a reader, I have been thrilled by this feature as it means I can start reading the book before it's made it to my door! Lol.
Here are some links for the ones that have gone live: