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Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!




Ore ga Omae o Mamoru is a DS Metroidvania...ish game released in 2009. As you might have gathered from that title, it was only released in Japan. The finished translation patch I'll be using for this LP was released on May 25 2021 and can be found here. It's been releasing piecemeal for a while now, though. I won't be talking about the quality of the translation much (mostly) since it's fine. Pretty good, not perfect. Mostly

Not immediately obvious from the title screen is that this is technically an otome game. It was published by Otomate Forte who focus mainly on otome games that are not visual novels. This game starts with about 20 minutes of cutscenes. Also the gameplay is... kinda hard at times! I'm not the best at action platformer stuff but this game is very difficult early on. It eases up eventually but the first couple hours are very poorly balanced. It also spikes way up occasionally. It's not so much a difficulty curve as it is a difficulty seismogram.

I don't normally mention it, but this will be primarily a screenshot LP (as usual) but with additional videos sometimes for dungeon delving bits here and there. The core gameplay loop really would not be fun to watch in its entirety. Plus, did I mention the 20 minutes of cutscenes?

Prologue

Into the Ruins
The First Layer
The Inescapable Labyrinth...?
Cerberus
Daekwurm

The Second Layer
Buried in Sand
Jormungandr

Lotus Aura fucked around with this message at 01:15 on Jul 7, 2021

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Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


Might need this later? I dunno, just in case

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


Prologue

Lotus Aura fucked around with this message at 23:23 on Jun 23, 2021

Blaziken386
Jun 26, 2013

I'm what the kids call: a big nerd


quote:

: Hey, you know that cursed magic stone that was responsible for destroying the kingdom in a single night?
: I want it. For no reason in particular.
: Uhhh... are you sure about tha-
: Remember that questioning your king is a a beheading-worthy offence.
There's absolutely no way the king has any sort of ulterior motives. No way at all.

Ben Kasack
Dec 27, 2010


Blaziken386 posted:

There's absolutely no way the king has any sort of ulterior motives. No way at all.

Show me a time where this is true, and I'll think about believing you.

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


Oh, c'mon. It's just a super secret mission to collect a powerful magical item for nonspecific Reasons. There's no way this could ever go badly, that'd be silly.

Simply Simon
Nov 6, 2010

timeless Ned Flanders style


So, this looks interesting, but help me out here a little, op. First of all, I have no idea what an Otome is. You did intrigue me with the Metroidvania part, but what's the selling point of the game beyond that? So far, it looks glacially paced and extremely derivative - in setting, art, and gameplay (you compare it to Monster Hunter, Etrian Odyssey and of course Metroidvanias, but is it more tan just a pastiche?). What's so cool about the game that you decided to LP it, and why did fans translate it?

Cloacamazing!
Apr 18, 2018


Simply Simon posted:

First of all, I have no idea what an Otome is.

Otome pretty much translates to hot anime guys dating sim. Speaking of:

That sure is an outfit our main character is wearing. I don't think that jacket is physically capable of closing.

Leraika
Jun 14, 2015

slime time



I love Charnet's outfit.

SIGSEGV
Nov 4, 2010


Our pretty boy's sleeves confused me at first, but now I get them, they are in fact tattooed sleeves and he hasn't actually got a shirt, he's just got that cape / jacket thing.

Leraika
Jun 14, 2015

slime time



SIGSEGV posted:

Our pretty boy's sleeves confused me at first, but now I get them, they are in fact tattooed sleeves and he hasn't actually got a shirt, he's just got that cape / jacket thing.

He's also got some weird cuneiform looking stuff tattooed over his chest, which is certainly a design choice.

SIGSEGV
Nov 4, 2010


It looks closer to the Phoenician alphabet, a little touch of the Greek one, it's too simple for cueniform syllabic though. The candelabras are also an interesting fashion statement.

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


Into the Ruins

Lotus Aura fucked around with this message at 23:24 on Jun 23, 2021

SIGSEGV
Nov 4, 2010


It's Binomial Powder actually, finely ground equations.

Section Z
Oct 1, 2008

Wait, this is the Moon.
How did I even get here?

Pillbug

Lotus Aura posted:




Past our first pit (and the second slime) we find... a Skeleton! It attacks by throwing bones at you. This sounds very Castlevania-y but don't worry it isn't.



Instead of being an arcing shot that's easy to dodge... it's a straight shot that's easy to dodge. And also it boomerangs back like... the Cross in Castlevania...

I'm my loving god I just realized there is already a "Miss" before you miss with melee. Don't tell me even throwing knives can "miss"

Dr. Snark
Oct 15, 2012

I'M SORRY, OK!? I admit I've made some mistakes, and Jones has clearly paid for them.
...
But ma'am! Jones' only crime was looking at the wrong files!
...
I beg of you, don't ship away Jones, he has a wife and kids!

-United Nations Intelligence Service

Section Z posted:

I'm my loving god I just realized there is already a "Miss" before you miss with melee. Don't tell me even throwing knives can "miss"

Weeeeeeeeeeeeell...

Lotus Aura posted:



Also unfun RPG mechanics: accuracy! Ren starts with 85 Accuracy which I am pretty sure is a flat percentage. 15% of the time his attacks just... miss. This is as fun as it sounds.

Section Z
Oct 1, 2008

Wait, this is the Moon.
How did I even get here?

Pillbug

Dr. Snark posted:

Weeeeeeeeeeeeell...
Oh lotus, you poor bastard.

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


It'll get better.

...and then it'll get worse again for a while but still

Blaziken386
Jun 26, 2013

I'm what the kids call: a big nerd


it's the darndest thing, really. our protagonist is just so good at killin' that he instinctively stabs towards weak points, designed to bypass the skeleton and hit vital organs, killing instantly

...unfortunately, his enemies are just skeletons, so that means he just stabs the air inside their ribcage. whoops.

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


The First Layer

Lotus Aura fucked around with this message at 23:25 on Jun 23, 2021

Rawkking
Sep 4, 2011


Our fellow knight has just disappeared for how long now, and someone betrayed this talking slime as well. Probably related because of how these things go in video games.

AtomikKrab
Jul 17, 2010

Keep on GOP rolling rolling rolling rolling.


That poor slime, abused by our normally dressed friendly


Also has the MC heard of clothing? he does know he does not need to wear rags all the time right?

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


For the sake of readability, any further updates on this page will be on the test poster (as always, thank baldurk). Might also put some of the older ones there, I dunno. This does include today's:

The Inescapable Labyrinth...?

If nothing else, at least we get to learn that talking slime's sad backstory.



I'm completely serious.

Section Z
Oct 1, 2008

Wait, this is the Moon.
How did I even get here?

Pillbug

This is kinda why we'll definitely have more Encyclopedia than we'll ever need.

Okay so it wasn't the internet that killed encyclopedia salesmen, it was mimics.

ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007






The best use of the test poster IMO is to put older updates there. That way you can keep the current update in the thread and still keep the page from being godawful.

Leraika
Jun 14, 2015

slime time



Splendid pelvis

SIGSEGV
Nov 4, 2010


It's a toss-up between the Splendid Pelvis and the Air Feet.

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


ultrafilter posted:

The best use of the test poster IMO is to put older updates there. That way you can keep the current update in the thread and still keep the page from being godawful.

This is a good idea and I'm totally gonna use it as of right now, thanks.

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


Cerberus

Lotus Aura fucked around with this message at 00:16 on Jun 26, 2021

SIGSEGV
Nov 4, 2010


"Squishy Toe Beans". The game is working hard at making you feel bad for getting deeper and deeper in the ruins.

Slaan
Mar 16, 2009

I GAIN POWER FROM EATING PEOPLE, JUST ASSUME I'M ALWAYS VOTING TO EAT PEOPLE





And harder and harder at making us hate Veres

Psycho Knight
Jan 19, 2017

"Being a fangame and not bound to a rating, Pokemon Reborn is able to expand more on topics such as death and the extreme dangers Pokemon could pose. These topics...are treated with the respect such a subject deserves."

Let's throw a Medicham into a volcano and make it give the T2 thumbs up!

Simply Simon posted:

First of all, I have no idea what an Otome is.

Apologies to Lotus Aura if this is butting in, but I did up a basic explanation in one of my LPs for it. Excuse my longwindedness:

"Now, the thing about those two dating-sim titles is that they were mostly aimed at dudes. You know, that kind where one self-insertable protagonist is thrust into a situation where he is surrounded by multiple gorgeous women and tasked with saving the world or some crap. There is no shortage of those kinds of games in Japan.

However, even though most of these kinds of games appeal to men, there does exist a type that targets women: Otome games. Otome (meaning “Maiden”) games are typically dating-sims where the usual situation is flipped, meaning that the protagonist is a self-insertable lady that is surrounded by hot dudes. Alternatively, it involves a hot dude being surrounded by other hot dudes.

Otome (which can include porn/mature games) usually has a more "fairy-tale" like vibe to it. Everything is idealized and dreamy and fantastical. It's marketed towards girls/young women who daydream about what romance is like, so the men all tend to be very pretty and fit into roles like "the bad boy who is secretly very caring", "the flirt", "the stoic one", and "the eccentric one."

Then there's a sub-category called Josei, which tends to be marketed towards adult women. The story tends to be a bit heavier or denser than otome and romances are more grounded in reality. They also tend to have more sex, but it's not as though otome games shy away from that entirely."


In short, one of the reasons why I Will Protect You stands out and was likely picked up by fans for localization is because it's an Otome title that has actual gameplay to it (Metroidvania gameplay, no less). Otome is a niche genre within a niche genre in the West and the only real English publisher of it is Aksys, who mainly focus on localizing Otomate's games. A lot of Otomate's library is visual novel stuff (Code: Realize, 7's Carlet, Bad Apple Wars, Collar x Malice).


Also, hello! I'm following this LP, but I'm mostly lurking.

Psycho Knight fucked around with this message at 17:03 on Jun 25, 2021

mastersord
Feb 15, 2001

Gold Card Putty Fan Club
Member Since 2017!


Soiled Meat

So that's why our protagonist looks very effeminate and refuses to wear a shirt under his cape. I was thinking it was copying the same styles of the first 4 metroid-vanias on the GBA and PSX where they always had a white-haired effeminate-looking main character.

Simply Simon
Nov 6, 2010

timeless Ned Flanders style


Well now I get it

The game looks pretty fun in motion, actually. Are you going for no-hit runs deliberately (most of the time), or are you just naturally careful/experienced? Kudos regardless

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


Bit of both, I suppose. Most boss fights I'll put in the effort to do it intentionally where I can, but for everything else I'm mostly just going with the first take. Some of it is just straight up luck, though.

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


Daekwurm

Lotus Aura fucked around with this message at 07:12 on Jun 29, 2021

SIGSEGV
Nov 4, 2010


Weapon names are always pretty funny in RPGs, I enjoy the stiletto being a medium sword and the seax being a throwing knife.

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


Meant to update last night, but whoops. Doing it now instead I guess

Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


The Second Layer

Lotus Aura fucked around with this message at 16:29 on Jul 2, 2021

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Lotus Aura
Aug 16, 2009

KNEEL BEFORE THE WICKED KING!


Pretty sure next post is a new page. That'd be nice, wouldn't it?

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