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  1. Oh man. Oh fucking man. This was a joyride, a rollercoaster of emotions that had me biting my metaphorical fingernails until the very end of the presentation. No other game has had me as captivated as this game, and Square Enix did a miraculous job with this title. I'll break the game down into several segments, consisting of story, gameplay, quality, and replayability, and judge the game on all of these criteria. Story: "Everything that lives is designed to end. We are trapped perpetually in a never-ending spiral of life and death. Is this a curse or some kind of punishment? I often think about the God that blessed us with this cryptic puzzle... ...And wonder if we'll ever have the chance to kill him." NieR: Automata follows the story of two characters, androids who are fighting machines on the surface of Earth several thousands of years into the future. The story follows 2B, a combat model, and 9S, a Scanner model. Their target: a large massive machine that is classified as a Goliath-class Unit. Being led by several other relative Units, named YoRHa Units, 2B commences a strike on the Goliath class Unit, striking at its weakness. Afterwards, you meet 9S and team up with him to scavenge the abandoned factory for the large Goliath class Unit. The true enemy is swarming all over: machine lifeforms. After quickly dispatching them, 2B and 9S make their way to the very top of the factory where they fight and seize the Goliath class Unit. NieR: Automata actually has a really strong opening that gives you a sense of danger and loss immediately, which pulls you into the gameplay that much faster. It's executed very well, and from that, keeps you on a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences. That, combined with storytelling from multiple fronts (we'll go into detail about that later in Replayability, as there is a lot to cover in that one). As you progress onward, you'll see that the machines start to form feelings of hatred, wanting to have families, conceptuality; almost akin to human emotion. With you, the player, as an android, you are sent to strike down these machines, but you wonder along the way...How did these machines start to develop feelings? Or should they even be allowed to develop feelings at all? Or to even understand what it means to have emotions and feelings? As humanity was wiped out several thousands of years ago, the inhabitants were launched onto the moon and were forced to live there while the fighting between androids and machines continued on the surface of Earth. Remember that as we go along. Yoko Taro blends so many references together in a congruent fashion. You'll soon discover as you play through 2B's "route" (again, refer to the Replayability section), the machines soon become deranged, wanting to fell others to become Gods in their own right. And the mastermind behind this large scale attack? Two machines named Adam and Eve. Yes, the very same names from the Biblical reference. Eventually, before long, you kill Adam in order to quell the machine uprising, which however, throws Eve into a maniacal state and going on a rampage. And that's the end of Route A. And yeah, that's what I thought, too. That's it? That's the whole story? But then the game tells you to play it through again to experience the game from someone else's point of view. Now, you play through the game again as 9S. The very same character that made his first appearance helping out 2B. You play through the story again, but as you play through the game...you realize that machines want to become human, more and more, displaying emotions that machines shouldn't exhibit. 9S however often reports that "machines don't have feelings" and that "the things they say aren't supposed to make sense". You'll see more development coming from Adam and Eve as characters than you did when playing through 2B's route, which gives Eve his motive for...you know, being an asshole. You also discover as you wake up from a strenuous fight one day while repairing your system as 9S that there is a confidential Bunker notice. It is explained throughout the game that YoRHa was established in order to fight the machine threat on the surface of the Earth. A separate subfaction, known as the Council of Humanity, was created to lead YoRHa along the right path. However, in the records established, there is no such thing as a Council of Humanity. Meaning that once 9S has access to this knowledge, he begins to become aware that something heavy is going on with YoRHa and the Bunker in general. I for one personally had a problem with the fact that if something is supposed to be that confidential, what is it doing sitting in 9S' memory banks but whatever. You then kill Eve again, and unlock Route B. And then...whew, the game takes you for a wild ride. Route C, D, and E, are probably where you are going to get most of your "feels" from the game. Route C, D, and E lets you play as the rogue YoRHa Unit, "A2", a defective combat model who was originally in YoRHa, but left. Originally, when playing as either 2B or 9S, you run into A2 during the course of your travels, fight briefly, then she leaves with a very cryptic message. "Command was the one who betrayed you." Now, Route C starts off with 2B and 9S acting as a guerrilla tactical Unit providing support to other squadrons throughout the city, who have gone on a rampage ever since Adam and Eve were destroyed. Their rampage, however, isn't caused by them dying, it's actually from being disconnected from the network, a vast port where machines reside. At least, in theory, it's never really explained that well in the game aside from Archives (refer to Gameplay section). After wiping all of them out, a group of machines comes in, and, to pretty much sum up about ten minutes of backstory, fucking wrecks your shit, infecting the YoRHa battalion and all the androids in the vicinity, leaving 2B with a viral infection that, you, as 9S, have to solve. However, it's not enough and 2B is ultimately left to the fate of becoming corrupted by the virus. She isolates herself by slowly walking her happy ass (refer to CTRL + F and then "pacebreakers") all the way to an abandoned commercial facility where she is ambushed by several corrupted YoRHa models. And this is where you take control of the rogue YoRHa fighter A2. By fighting them off, you are alleviating 2B of the responsibility of being a badass main character and shoving all of that on A2. Oh yeah, also, you kill 2B in the meantime because she doesn't want the virus to contaminate any more androids. 9S, however, is in the distance, and notices A2 killing 2B, and now he swears revenge on all machines and A2 for killing 2B. So edgy. After 2B's death, a giant tower struts up from the ground, mechanical in origin, which is explained later on as an "ark that is used to transport the memories of humanity to space to preserve their knowledge". Now the game gives you options: To fight either as A2 or as 9S. Both of them lead to the same conclusion, it's up to personal preference on how you want to complete it: 9S first of A2 first. On A2's path, you discover machines attacking other peaceful machines who have no desire to fight. A2 originally thought, same as 9S, that all machines need to be destroyed because they are the enemy, but she then quickly realizes and changes her stance when these peaceful machines want to help androids. A2 is a character that comes off as incredibly jagged, almost careless and only pursuing one goal, while 9S however deteriorates into a manic being bent on revenge on all machines and A2 for killing 2B. As 9S, your responsibility is to acquire "keys" which are needed to get inside the monstrous tower. As you do, a girl in red, called the Red-Girl Assassin in the game, calls out to 9S, stating "We cannot be killed. We are infinite, yet we are finite. We are the collective consciousness of all humanity. We are the embodiment of the perfect being." As you play along, A2 and 9S eventually meet up, fight a large Goliath class enemy. The game rapidly switches back and forth between A2's and 9S' perspective in dealing with the huge threat, and eventually the two team up and destroy the Goliath together. I use the term "team up" loosely, because after the fight, 9S wants nothing more than revenge for what A2 did to 2B. And then, depending on who you choose, you get to see two different endings, with humanity's thoughts and logic being launched up into space. As you play through 9S' route, you discover that there is no more humanity. Nothing at all. Not even the people on the moon are real; their collective thoughts are stored on a consciousness on the moon. 9S begins to question the meaning of their existence if there is nothing to protect, as androids were tasked with killing machines and protecting humanity as their only values. Which...becomes the focal point of the story as you play as 9S. What is the meaning of life if there isn't something to protect? Yoko Taro does an excellent job blending so much together in a cohesive fashion, even if the first ten hours or so of the game felt like filler and then playing through Route B again made it all completely impactless and pointless. At the very, very end, though, once you struggle through the entire game, you start to understand and empathize for all the characters: machines because they want to feel as human as possible in a desolate, lonely world, 9S because there is nothing more to protect since his concept of revenge has been shattered, and A2 because she goes from being narcissistic and angry to caring about machines, and even 9S, to protect and preserve his memories. Overall: 8.5/10. Gameplay: Alright, let's get the negative out of the way first. YOUR CHARACTERS ARE THE CLUMSIEST DUMB SHITS EVER. And what I mean by that is they trip over every single object that they can find, or they just run through bushes at 200 miles per hour and stop for no reason. Now, this is one of the biggest gripes I had in the game: Pacebreakers. I didn't care at all about the fact that when I'm trying to get from Point A to Point B that my character that I was controlling stops ALL of their momentum and trips over a bit of rock or sand or goes into a bush and stops all forward momentum. It's irritating. I want to play a game to get immersed into THE GAME. I don't want to have to be constantly watching my feet to jump over every spot of what might be considered a trip spot or a pacebreaker because that's not fun. I didn't want to have to walk at 2 miles per hour when I was controlling 2B when she was infected by the virus because it breaks the pace of the game and makes it much slower than it needs to be. I don't want to be able to lose all my forward momentum when coming off a Glide because that's also a pacebreaker. The world of NieR: Automata isn't as big as I had imagined it to be. Considering we are in an age of JRPGs with notoriously big areas and cascading plains, mesmerizing forests, and big blankets of snow areas, it disappointed me that the world of NieR: Automata only consisted of a few largely inhabited zones, but nothing really more grand-scale beyond that. I would have liked to have just a slightly more tad bit of variety with the maps. The Desert Area, however, was easily my most favorite area, tied with the Forest area. Alright, now that all the negative is out of the way, let's focus on all the things the game does well. The game can be split up into three different types of areas: 1. 2D top-down Flight Unit sections that function similarly to games like Galactica or Space Invaders, 2. 2.5-D Flight Unit Sections that function similarly to twin-stick shooters by using the Left Stick to move and Right Stick to Aim and fire, and finally 3. The RPG aspect of the game, where you are running around killing badass machines that are the size of skyscrapers. And in those RPG sections, you can get 2D environments like this (which I didn't really care for), and other 3D environments which are gorgeous as hell. The amass of enemies you can fight are incredibly vast, ranging from bipedal enemies to large cylindrical enemies that shoot out of all sides, to enemies that crawl around 2D environments like snakes. And then you have chances to fight insanely huge Goliaths in flight Units, making combat exceptionally large-scale. Each character that you play as in the game has their own skillset and moves that you can utilize. As 2B and A2, you have a second weapon which you can equip that you can use with Y to keep your attacks going, and as 9S, you can hack into enemies with the Y button and get into a 2D top down twin-stick shooter portion, where you have a certain limit of time to defeat all the enemies in order to hack the enemy, dealing a shit ton of damage to them. Unfortunately, I didn't like these sections too much because I'm horrible at twin-stick shooters. Don't expect me to be playing Metroid or any other twin-stick game in the future from now on. And the bullet hell when unlocking Route E....uggh. Never again. As for the actual RPG portion of the game, it's quite robust. There's a multitude of Side Quests you can do if you're ever bored out of your skull and want to kill some time. Given the size of some of these quests, some of them take literally like five minutes to do. I think the longest Side Quest was still Emil's Determination, and that only capped out at about thirty minutes give or take. You have a weapon selection system, ranging from Short Swords (Katanas), Large Swords (giant ass Katanas), and Spears (duh). I found Spears to be rather fun to use, but also clunky in some regards when fighting as 9S, but as A2 and 2B, Spears were incredibly fun. Short Swords are all around balanced and Large Swords favor more damage and swing really really slowly. Duh. The kick though is, each weapon comes with its own backstory that you can view in the weapon information tab of your Main Menu. This adds a really flavorful portion to the game and making weapons have sentimental value, instead of them just being static icons with damage values and combo values. I really appreciated that little touch. There's a skill system in the game where you can apply chips to your characters to augment their combat abilities. But to be honest, once you have all the required chips, all of the other ones seem pointless. This is your chip setup for about 99% of the game once you get these chips: Deadly Heal, Vengeance, Anti-Chain Damage, Overclock, and any of the Maximum HP, Short Range, or Long Range Attack Up chips. Deadly Heal makes it so that you heal a certain percentage of your total HP after defeating an enemy, and since the game is pretty much a horde mode game where enemies come at you by dozens, except during Boss Battles, Deadly Heal is pretty much an auto-include. Vengeance reflects all damage back to the attacker, so it's also an auto-include. Anti-Chain makes it so that when you are hit, you are invulnerable afterwards for a brief moment. Overclock is whenever you execute a perfect Dodge, time stops for a brief amount of time, making everything trivial in said horde mode game. All of the other chips are pretty novelties you can collect, like EXP gain, Offensive Heal (where you recover HP when you deal damage), and Auto-Collect Items (Hey, Warframe fans, there's your universal vaccuum). You can also remove your OS Chip and get a bad ending. And the hilarious thing about the chip system is that it works with flight Unit sections as well, so each time you destroy a dinky little ship after taking essentially 2 hits, you recover 50% of your HP, completely trivializing the game. Of course, however, this is all for a Normal Mode setup. On Hard Mode, enemies become much much tougher, and Lock-On is disabled, and in Nightmare mode, you die in one hit. And yes, I'm ballsy enough to try and do a Nightmare Mode run. There's also online functions in the game. For example, if you are connected to the Network, you will find the corpses of all your YoRHa buddies scattered all over the world. You can pick them up and get their goodies, which augment you with certain abilities for a time, depending on what they were wearing when they died. Or, you can alternatively repair them and they can become your ally for an extended period of time. Which is cool. The combat is very fun paced and I thoroughly enjoyed the combat in some regards. The beginning of the game is much much more challenging than the end of the game because enemies scale with you. It reduces the need to grind basically and lets you gather chips you may need in order to completely roflstomp the game later on. Oh yeah, and you also get to fight a huge colossus later on in the game in a sort of 2D fighter fashion- MAN YOKO TARO IS A FUCKING GENIUS. So the overall consensus: The game difficulty is just about right for what the game presents. Fast fluid combat is balanced by expertly dodging and tactfully taking out opponents as they come at you. Or if you have Deadly Heal just go apeshit and kill everything in sight. It nails down some portions of the game completely right, but misses in actually immersing people in the game and WHY they want to play a game: to be able to run around fast and not be distracted by clutter on the ground. Overall: 7.5/10. Quality: Compared to probably about 99% of the dumbass Steam populace that can't seem to get this game to work, I actually had zero problems with running the game. I just wanted to get that out of the way. You all have seen my computer specs. It's a fucking rig. And yet, I'm happy to announce that I had zero problems running this game at 60 FPS. The only time where my game would hiccup is during the City Ruins because it's a high foliage area, but otherwise, I ran everything at max settings and had zero problems. So...git gud. The quality of the game is probably THE BEST part of this game. The game is fucking beautiful, the script and deliverance of the lines in said script is amazing, the characters feel alive with intentions, and the best part is... THERE ARE NO SPELLING ERRORS IN THE SCRIPT. Compared to the last two games I've played, not seeing any errors in what the characters say versus what the game shows us as text is relieving. Each zone you go to feels so alive and beautiful that words like "mesmerizing" and "beautiful" don't even begin to describe it. Especially in the Forest Zone where you see giant castles and giant waterfalls cascading the landscape. You can definitely tell work went into this one, compared to the two previous shitty games I've played that were probably released within two months after the first idea was conceptualized. And here's the kicker. If any of you have watched the first twenty minutes or so of the recently hosted Game Awards show on Twitch, you will have seen that NieR: Automata got the award for the best OST for ANY game out of the year. And rightfully so. Regarding Voice Actors for the game, Kira Buckland completely nailed the part of 2B, Kyle McCarley fluctuating between a respectable Scanner Unit to a ravaging husk filled with revenge and yelling, screaming even, to get the full inflection of his emotions, and Cherami Leigh nailing A2 in it's most professional form. This is the first time I will have ever given a game 10/10 for its quality. Everything it does about Quality, it does right. Except for the people who can't get this game to work. But they should just git gud instead. Overall: 10/10. Replayability: Alright, so, I mentioned before that Replayability was going to be the key of this playthrough. This game forces Replayability on you, and it blends in with the story exceptionally well. So while it's not a replayability versus story thing per se, there is absolutely a reason to go back over and play through the game again. You get a Chapter Select so you can easily go back and clean up any side quests you may have missed. On your first playthrough, you'll probably be playing just for the story, but on your second playthrough, you can go back and get any side quests you may have missed as 2B, plus a few extra on top of that. And on your third playthrough, you finish everything humanely possible. You can pretty much get 90% of what you need done in a single playthrough. The other 10% you need a guide for, since there IS a missable achievement/ending that you can't get one way or the other. And filling out all of the Archives takes patience and time. My finally tally was getting all the endings except for that one missable ending (because I played through without a guide) and getting about 75% of all the achievements? Give or take. But yeah, in terms of Replayability, there is A LOT to have. But be warned if you're trying to 100% the game, the game will force you to delete all of your save data, so if you want to 100% everything, you have to do everything else first before you do that. Just a word of caution. You can go to the fextralife wiki and look up NieR: Automata if you ever need to confirm the location of something, or to get that side quest you need, or that one ending you need, before trying to clear your Save Data. Overall: 8/10. Now, it's time for the final wrap-up. In this section, I'll detail if this game is truly one for you, and if you should decide to play it or not. Would I recommend this game?: Umm. Yes. Just yes. Overall: 8.5/10. Amazing. While definitely not high enough to give a Game of the Year medal or anything like that, this was definitely one of the better games that I was waiting to get my hands on, but wanted it to go for a reasonable price because of all the intense negativity on Steam and not getting the game to work. Also, yes 2B's ass is good. Become ass gods.
  2. Emotions are a very fragile core of our very hearts, but they can also become the strongest weapons if wielded properly. To watch friendships blossom, to have true love and friendship come to life, to have people rely on you and you rely on other people...these are all emotions central to the human heart, and why friendship is such a critical aspect in our lives and why it should never be taken for granted. I'll break the game down into several segments, consisting of story, gameplay, quality, and replayability, and judge the game on all of these criteria. Story: Emotions. They are the basis of a human heart. And Blue Reflection is a compelling story following three girls who help those in their school, Hoshinomiya High School, overcome their emotions and let them fight on. Because I want you all to experience the story the same way I did, sit down in your chair, your bed, or wherever you are currently at right now, close out of other distractions...and put this following song on repeat and listen closely. Blue Reflection follows a girl named Hinako Shirai, a first-year student attending Hoshinomiya High School. When the game starts up, you see her in a very solemn and very lonely state. Hinako originally before was the famous star of a ballet school, almost at the top of her class, but due to an unfortunate injury concerning her knee during ballet class, she would never be able to dance again. After the accident, she switched schools and was made to live a "regular life", as a schoolgoer. She was put into the 1-A Regular Class of Hoshinomiya High School, which has a less strict curriculum than the Special Class, but more about that later. Hinako shortly thereafter runs into another girl, Sanae Nishida, who originally was in the same grade as Hinako in their previous school, has also transferred to Hoshinomiya to work on her cooking. The two bump into each other in the hallway, and Sanae is simply ecstatic. However, this triggers a change in the atmosphere...a side effect of uncontrolled emotions called "rampancy". Hinako becomes teleported to this strange world thereafter with lots of flowers around and a very calming and serene atmosphere. However, a strange entity on the other side of the riverbank, a Demon, as it is called in the game, attacks Hinako and forces her into the river. Hinako drifts downward to a nearby spot, crawls out, and is surprised. However then, she hears two voices in her head that allow her to give her the power to eliminate the Demon. The two girls, Yuzu, and Lime, give Hinako the power of the Reflector: the power to balance human emotions through kindness and understanding. After completing the dungeon, Sanae returns to her normal state, still admiring Hinako, but in a much less over the top way. The next day, Yuzu and Lime appear as classmates of Hinako's, with the intention of collecting Fragments, a collective of human emotions, to bolster the Reflector's power. The game then becomes about the three girls, Hinako, Yuzu, and Lime, as they collect Fragments through the Reflector's power in order to defeat the most menacing of foes in the world: Sephirot. Along the way, you'll find more girls around the high school, such as Sarasa Morikawa, who originally looked up to Hinako as a rival in ballet and aspired to be everything she was, Rin Sanada, a tennis ace with a perfect record, who is amazing at cooking and loves older men (personally, my favorite girl), Ako Ichinose, a news reporter/broadcaster who wants to make friends through videos and sharing her upbeat personality, Shihori Sugamoto, who is a pervert and we don't associate with her, Chihiro Inoue, a cute girl who uses her arts and crafts to charm and make friends with everyone, Fumio Taya, a musical prodigy who works tirelessly to become the best musician, Kei Nariyama, a high school basketball star with pizzazz in sports, Kaori Mitsui, a gamer girl who was originally on the track team, along with Rika Yoshimura, track star who wants to break out of the "normal" nomenclature, Yuri Saiki, a genius girl who is emotionless and the toughest nut to crack, and Mao Ninagawa, a famous actress with dual personalities. Each of these characters brings so much life to the game and makes each character shine as though they were really alive, and not just 2D models in a game. Eventually, emotions within the real world start to become more complex. Things start blending together and human become harder to understand for Hinako as she tries to fight her way to save her friends' hearts. Fear can spill into sorrow, happiness can spill into anger, anger can spill into sorrow, and everything just...comes together so well. The story was so amazing from beginning to end, as we see Hinako fight for what she believes in: her friends, her compassion, and her sense of conviction in doing the right thing. There are many beautiful moments throughout the story that can occur in every day life, ranging from dealing with troubled teenagers spouting rumours about you over the Internet, dealing with a high-class versus low-class daughter who can't follow their dreams, splitting from the track and field team due to not having confidence, not having someone to look up to in your darkest hour, and so on. Through the collection of many Fragments, Sephirot appear to attack the school, and as is your job as a Reflector, it is your duty to reflect them off. However, later on, you get the ability to kill them outright anyway, which kind of makes the first half of the game just plot armor for Hinako. Which is one of the things I kinda didn't like about the game, personally. I would have rather they built up the power to completely annihilate Sephirot in the first place rather than it fall victim to plot convenience, but that's just being very nitpicky of me. Also, Sephirot look fucking cool. As you fight and fight, you discover that the "dungeons" you can go to is actually the basis of the human conscience and emotion. Now, I'm gonna draw a parallel to Persona 5 for a second here, since this game has taken a lot of inspiration from that game. This game has a place called "The Common", the place you go to to find Fragments and fight Demons in order to increase your power. Persona 5 has a place called "Mementos", the place you go to to find Quests and fight Personas in order to increase your power. Seem familiar? Yeah, this game is a lot like Persona 5 in a lot of ways, where emotion and friendships are your quick ways to victory. However, I will say one thing, though. The two games are completely worlds apart. If we were to compare the two games as pizzas, for example, Persona would be a sausage and pepperoni extra large pizza with stuffed crust and a side of cheesy garlic bread. Blue Reflection would be a nice Hawaiian pizza with a side of bread sticks. Simple, but MUCH more casual than Persona 5. Streamlined in such a fashion that makes it feel like you aren't stressed for time trying to do the things you love and balance it out with fighting Sephirot. Now I'm hungry. As you play along, you'll discover the secret of the two young girls, Yuzu and Lime, who they really are, and why they chose Hinako as the source of the Reflector's power. Turns out, Yuzu and Lime are already dead. In a freak experimental accident gone wrong (totally not senor plot convenience, right?), a previous Sephirot wanted to try and merge The Common and the human world together, but failed. Yuzu and Lime were the result of that experiment gone wrong. However, their souls remain in The Common, but their actual identities are masked and no one knows who they are unless they have specifically come into contact with Hinako first, and given a ring to show that they are friends. By the way, if I ever got a ring from being friends with a girl, I'd marry her. Then, the Sephirot who wants to erase all human emotion and existence comes after you defeat all the previous Sephirot. Humans can be so frail and fragile as their bonds with friends crumble apart. Friends go away, relationships and hearts can be broken, people can even die. But that doesn't mean we should give up and lie down. It's in the endurance of the human heart to always persevere, no matter what, and this game has no shame in telling you that. The final boss makes you realize your fear and regret, your sorrow and your anger, and your wish to persevere humanity's wishes, with the concept of "never forgetting the people who made us get here in the first place", even if they aren't really there. The story is easily one of the best parts about the game. GUST has always made games with really really good storylines because they work. Even though it's overly cliche with the whole schoolgirl trope, it still works. Unlike "That game which shall not be named" that I did last time. Overall: 8.5/10. Gameplay: Oh boy, is there a lot to talk about in this one. This game is very casual. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, because it follows a system that is very barebones, but still gets the job done. Unlike Persona 5, where you had to grind to Level Up in missions, in Blue Reflection, all your Level Ups are handed to you as you progress. Meaning, that there is no real way to grind, except by doing missions and getting "Growth Points". So, while it doesn't typically follow the usual RPG trope, it's still a good experience. As you can see here, you can level up individual stats for Hinako, Yuzu, and Lime, and depending on how you level them up, they will get skills based on the different types of "trees" you invest in. There's ATK, which is obvious, DEF, which is obvious, SPT, which stands for Special Time, which effects how fast you go in combat (more on that later), and TEC, which does things you may not normally expect from typical RPGs, like Critical Strikes and Luck, and also getting skills that decrease enemy stats or increase your own. The fact that you can mold your characters to suit any role is actually really really fun, and offers a lot of replayability in how you want to build your characters. To start off with, though, Hinako is generally a Jack-Of-All-Trades good in every scenario character, Yuzu is a tank......which is really strange considering she's the smallest character in the game, and Lime, who is a glass cannon. Every character can learn some sort of healing skill, technical skill, or attack skill that makes them completely not worthless, but not every character will be strong in every situation either. So in that regard, you have to balance your characters through certain trees and make certain that you are investing your points wisely. Now, let's get into the real bulk of gameplay: Battles. Battles are fought as Wait-Time ATB, for those RPG Maker nerds out there who know what I'm talking about. You have your timeline at the top which is incredibly easy to follow: Your turn on the left hand side, the enemies on the right hand side. When a target gets to the middle, they get to take their turn. Incredibly easy, straightforward, and to the point. And there are also attacks that help manipulate the timeline, for example "Bewitching Ivy" for Yuzu, which can knockback a foe on their timeline, and puts two "nodes" on the timeline that, when they get to their turn, knockback the same foe again. So there are lots of clever ways to manipulate the timeline to your advantage. However, with it comes a little bit of a negative I have with the combat. It's too easy. Along the way, you get a skill for Yuzu called "Grape Wave", which deals a shit ton of damage, knocks back foes, and has very little Wait Cooldown before you can take your turn again. Although it costs a lot of MP, you get all of it back anyway at the end of the fight, so all you have to do is spam "Grape Wave" for a majority of your fights, and....you win. And it's like that for a majority of the game after unlocking "Grape Wave", which might I add is a Story Skill, not a skill you get from unlocking and investing Points into trees. If "Grape Wave" were like that, I would have had a MUCH MUCH more fun time with the game, prioritizing strategy and actual thinking, rather than just spamming one single move over and over and over and over and winning constantly. That's not really fun. And because of that, a LOT of other skills during combat aren't really that usable, especially anything with "over time" in it's skill description. There is difficulty select, but all it does is make the enemies more spongy, doubling their health. It doesn't change the attack values for the enemies or increase their loot drops or anything like that, which is really a bummer, because if that were the case, I could have flown through the game on Hard difficulty without even breaking a sweat. Another reason why the combat is so easy. Do you see the Reflect 40% in the corner? That's a special mechanic called Ether Gauge. When it's at 30%, 60%, or 90%, you can use a special ability called Overdrive, which gives up a portion of Ether Gauge to give the turn character an extra action. If enemies didn't die to Grape Wave from Yuzu, the next step would be to use Overdrive on Hinako, use her Attack Up Skill, and then use an attack that hits all enemies and kill them that way. No matter what I did, it seemed like I was always striving for a challenge in combat when it really wasn't there. Even Sephirot fights are ridiculously easy if you know how to use Overdrive, Guard, and other commands at your disposal. There's no Equipment, no money system, or anything of the sort. Everything is done by stats. Which is both kinda positive and negative. It makes it more casual, but it also makes a lot of the game straightforward and one-dimensional in terms of what you can do. So while the combat isn't that great, there's a lot of variety with what you can do regarding skills. It's just a shame that Grape Wave is so ridiculously overpowered, especially in a game where you get all your HP/MP back at the end of the fight. If that didn't happen, combat DEFINITELY would have been a lot more challenging and more strategic. However, onto some of the good things about the game. Like Persona 5, at the end of the day, you can invite certain girls to hang out with you at various locations: The Tomb, The Convenience Store, The General Store (which is kind of the same thing, game. .-.), the Theatre, the Arcade, the Photo Booth, and the Bus Stop. Do this repeatedly, and you'll get special perks in combat when you fight against Sephirot. As you develop Friendship Points with your friends, you can unlock some of their most powerful Fragments. And Fragments are easily the most awesome thing about this game, which is why I'm super frustrated why I didn't take a picture of it when I did my playthrough. Fragments are, in essence, upgrades to your already awesome abilities. For example, think back to Grape Wave being ridiculously overpowered. Now imagine it having a less Wait Cooldown time and always guaranteeing a critical hit with 20% more critical damage. Or a heal-all spell that charges up your Ether gauge and also gives everyone an Attack Up buff. Or my personal favorite, a spell that increases every party member's Attack and Critical Rating, but lowers their Speed, which is then counterbalanced by a ridiculous "target party member gets ATK+, DEF+, SPD+, LUK+". Yeah, there are a lot of crazy synergies you can pull of in this game to make your combat experience even sweeter. And that's definitely one of the high points of the game for me. Grape Wave is still broken though. And each character you are friends with comes with their own set of Fragments, and as you do their Dungeons, you can get some of their most powerful Fragments. Your best friends are definitely the ones that increase efficiency when over 20% Ether, "Changes the equipped Skill", and anything that gives an ATK+ buff, as those are your most powerful tools. As you fight in The Common, you can obtain items from the monsters you defeat, which can then, in turn, be used to craft certain things. And while I couldn't get a screenshot of the crafting menu, the crafting menu is entirely complex, needing materials from three different, sometimes all four zones, and finding all the similar ways to get the items actually is the only real "farming" you have to do in this game, especially if you're going for 100%, like I am. So yeah, while the combat is very bare bones, it's still experimental in some regards. Bottom line, I wish it would have been more challenging, but we can't always have everything great in life. Overall: 7.5/10. Quality: This is both the best and worst parts of this game, strangely. And I'll go into a few details why. This game is fucking beautiful at 1080p. I know the screenshots don't really do it justice but EVERYTHING LOOKS SO FUCKING GOOD AND IT'S LIKE HNNNGGGHHH I CAN'T TAKE ALL THIS BEAUTY. And it runs wonderfully in 60 FPS as well with no frame drops! ....And then there's cutscenes, which look ugly as hell with 480p definition and choppy texture, like it's run through a grain filter from something in the PS2 era. And they're locked to an ugly 30 FPS, which is one of, if not my biggest pet peeve in games. If you're gonna have a game, make it run at either 60 FPS all the time or 30 FPS all the time. Preferably the former. But don't have inconsistencies in your game that ruin the quality experience for viewers. Maps are fucking beautiful and sometimes I just spent my time walking around the Sorrow Area (pictured below) and Happiness Area (pictured above) just taking screenshots because I had nothing better to do. The music is easily the best soundtrack I've heard in years. And that is not an exaggeration. Every track in the game has a beautiful oscillating piano line that is absolutely heart-trembling and amazing. Every track in this game felt vibrant and colorful. The best word I can use to describe this game's soundtrack is....electric. When you're fighting a Sephirot, the music absolutely makes you want to get your blood racing. When you're out in school and the rain starts pouring down on you, there's somber music to go along with it. When you're hanging out with one of your friends, it plays really calm music. Everything about the soundtrack is so incredible and easily one of the highs of the game. Every track fits in with the game so well. Especially in the Fear Zone, which is easily the most unsettling track in the entire game, with off-beat and off-key piano strokes hidden behind a filter that screams uncomfortable. ...*sigh* And then camera angles like this can happen where you're stuck looking at the ground and not being able to take in the scenery of the game. And yes, that's me with the maximum amount of tilt DOWN I can go. And now for the negative, besides the gross looking cutscenes. The script looks like it was rushed and made in two days. There are spelling errors and grammar mistakes all over the place. It really ruins the immersion of the game when there are constant spelling mistakes. Mistakes that can easily be rectified by plugging your script into Microsoft Word, hell, even NotePad of all things! And the port on Steam is riddled with gross and quite often, frequent, crashes whenever a cutscene decides to play. I know TecmoKOEI aren't the best at making ports, given their ignorance to the DW series and Toukiden, but come on, this is ridiculous. I don't want to have to lose 45 minutes worth of progress in the game due to a random infuriating crash. Quality is hit and miss, honestly. Depends on if you're a graphics freak like I am, but infuriating random crashes aren't tolerable. Everything else about it was good, though. Overall: 7.5/10. Replayability: As stated before, there's a lot of different things to do regarding building your characters, and there's a New Game +, but unless you're going to 100% the game the first time, there's really no reason to go back for a second playthrough unless I really really loved the game as much as I did. So ultimately, that's not really the greatest of determiners for a game's replayability value, but honestly, there needs to be a reason to go back through the second time and cherish the game as much as the first time. Overall: 6/10. Now, it's time for the final wrap-up. In this section, I'll detail if this game is truly one for you, and if you should decide to play it or not. Would I recommend this game?: Absolutely yes. However, don't buy it on a whim like I did for the $59.99 price tag when it has glaring issues with the port development, such as lackluster cutscenes and random crashes. Wait until it goes on sale for about $40 before trying to consider this game. It's at least not as bad as NieR: Automata in terms of port development, but it still has glaring issues. Unlike NieR: Automata, there's no fixes for the crashes either. But if you want a casual RPG you want to breeze through while looking at cute girls, then this is absolutely your dream game. If you want to buy this thinking it might scratch your Persona fix, you'll be disappointed as those two games are worlds apart. It's still a very fun game in its own regard, and I highly recommend it. Overall: 7.6/10. Great. Now take the absolute best track in the entire game no questions asked.
  3. Man, Hinako is pretty.

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      If I may, who is Hinako-mima?

      (Sorry, I don't know every single anime/manga character in existence; there's far too many...)

    2. Radiant Arin

      Radiant Arin

      Main character in the game Blue Reflection.

    3. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Cannot say I am familiar...

  4. Well, it's been a while since I've last been on here.

     

    As far as games go, currently have Trails of Cold Steel on the backburner, as well as Vanquish, a Third Person Shooter similar to Warframe, and currently, Blue Reflection, which I highly recommend if you're a fan of Persona 5.

    1. Chaosian

      Chaosian

      I got Vanquish as well, though I have yet to play it.

      Backlog is too big, still trying to 100% Automata.

  5. I'm hanging by a thread, a rope, the noose around my neck. Cause every time I fall in, love falls out of me...

    1. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Oh dear... Though I think bleeding out would be a more fitting metaphor then being hanged to match the last line... Er... Please keep it just a metaphor though, I would be sad if anything happened to you!

       

      Anyway, I don't know if I every really fell in love or just skipped on the surface, but I don't think love should work like that should it? Investing your feelings into things may be a gamble sometimes, but shouldn't you get back at least some small returns before it falls apart at least? I know me blabbing probobly won't help, but I really want to. :/

    2. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Are you perhaps, a fellow songwriter? These sound like lyrics to some hardcore music to me...

       

      But I do second @Kayzee on her concern.

       

      Need a bassist? I'm your girl.

  6. Why the f*** is Harrow so ridiculous?

    1. lianderson

      lianderson

      You play warframe?

    2. Guyver

      Guyver

      Because battle priests are awesome.

    3. lonequeso

      lonequeso

      It's just part of larger plan to drive you insane.

  7. Next In-Game Review: "Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel"! Coming soon in maybe about six months or however the fuck long it takes to get through the game.

     

    But already it's looking better than Tales of Berseria (except for the fact that Alisa exists).

  8. Here's my (archaic) rating system: 1. Dogshite. 2-5. Horrible. 6. Okay. 7. Good. 8. Great. 9. Fantastic. 10. Perfect. Though I've hardly ever given out a perfect score for a game.
  9. Before I officially begin this review, I want to state the following: There are going to be a lot of references drawn to Tales of Zesty, since both the world of Berseria and Zesty are actually connected. That does not mean I automatically think one game is better than the other, or that I'm not treating the game fairly on the basis that it should be its own game, or some stupid shit you people come up with. Since the game is connected to a previous installment of the franchise, however, I WILL critique that based on how well it filled the plot holes left behind by Zesty. Tales of Berseria is a wonderful masterpiece of a story combined with horrific and thrown-together combat that screams afterthought. Berseria should have been a Visual Novel instead of an actual Tales game, considering how unbalanced and cheesy the combat can be. More critique on that later. I know you all are just itching for me to review this game (and by review I mean absolutely destroy and shred it) so let's get into the bulk of things. I'll break the game down into several segments, consisting of story, gameplay, quality, and replayability, and judge the game on all of these criteria. Story: "Why do birds fly"? This is a motif that becomes apparent throughout the game as you play Velvet Crowe. Velvet is a...we'll say "farm girl" who lives with her younger brother, named Laphicet, and her father-in-law, Arthur. The game opens with a dramatic chase scene throughout a forest as Arthur, Laphicet, and Velvet all are running away from daemons. And yes, you couldn't come up with a more unoriginal name. Arthur and crew are then stopped by some daemons along the road. Arthur fights them off with his big heroic giant sword that's seen in every anime thus far and then takes his children to underneath a nearby tree, gives them both an apple, and, to save you ten minutes of pointless exposition, tells them to be safe. Arthur then proceeds onward, but Velvet, being the curious and feisty little shit she is, doesn't listen and trails Arthur. When she arrives to where Arthur is at, she sees her older sister, Celica, floating in air as a sort of sacrifice with two giant needles of light stuck through her body. Then Arthur turns towards Velvet. And it WAS ALL A FUCKING DREAM. Like, seriously, you couldn't put any less thought into the fucking story you lazy shitheads? Anyways, time skip I think seven years later (I couldn't care less because opening with a dream sequence is probably the greatest sin in all of gaming history) where Velvet is now taking care of Laphicet in place of Velvet's older sister, Celica. Velvet completely loves Laphicet, would do anything for him in the world to see him safe and to keep him protected. The setting takes place in a farm village named Abala (If I remember correctly? Like I said I could care less) where everyone is hanging out enjoying their life and is in no way shape or form going to be turned into a monster's den of daemons somewhere in the near future-oops, spoilers. Anyways, farm village girl Velvet is pretty cute. After about an hour of doing pointless hunting that serves no actual purpose to the story, you come home, go to bed, and realize that it has become a "Scarlet Night". This phenomenon happens once every three years, where the moon glows bright red, and that some type of God or something that people worship demands sacrifice or something, I don't really fucking know. Velvet wakes up, realizes Laphicet is nowhere to be found, and, oh wouldn't you know it, the entire village has become a monster's den. I TOTALLY DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING. Velvet runs through the village (You have to, you can't fight them, which is extreme bogus considering what happens in about five minutes or so), goes up to the cliff where the sacrifice is being held, which is the same spot where Celica was sacrificed, and Velvet sees Laphicet hanging in the air, same as Celica, with Arthur standing right below him. And then, SHUNK. That was my best sword impression. And then there's this. Velvet then flies into a complete frenzy and tries to kill Arthur. However, Arthur, being the badass and antagonist that he is, is just no match for farm village girl Velvet. She lunges herself down into the sacrificial pit where Laphicet fell, attempting to protect him, but she gets swallowed up by a huge-ass dragon thing that looks like it came from the Seven Dragonballs. Really cool CG by the way. Anyways, Mr. Dragon man doesn't like that, spits out Velvet, and she comes back with a few extra hormones, her entire body taken over by Edginess, and a fucking badass left arm. She then proceeds to scream four thousand times as you try and fight off the daemons and ultimately Arthur, which, after wiping them all out, Velvet realizes were the other townsfolk, and flies into yet again a complete frenzy, lunging at Arthur. However, he sees past the bullshit and smacks her in the chest and down she tumbles into the bottomless pit. Timeskip three years later. You awaken in a prison island. How you got there is beyond me since on the world map Abala and Titania are in two completely different sections of the world map AND THAT REALLY FUCKING PISSES ME OFF WHY DO PEOPLE NOT KNOW ABOUT CONSISTENCY- You are greeted by someone. A malakhim. Malakhim are...let me simplify this so that it's easier to understand. They're Zesty's version of Seraphim. Pretty much. After a tense fight and a pointless tutorial about how to dodge (I'VE BEEN PLAYING TALES GAMES FOR FIVE YEARS NOW, YOU DON'T THINK I'D KNOW HOW TO DODGE AT THIS POINT-), Velvet takes the malakhim under her control and the two escape through the prison island. Oh, and, you start a prison riot in order to escape. That's pretty cool I guess. During the course of the prison riot, you find a bunch of Exorcists, commanded by Oscar, who are pretty much this game's bad guys. They use Malakhim as tools and have suppressed their free will in order for them to inevitably do their bidding. After fighting Oscar, one of these said Malakhim is like "fuck you bitch" and turns into a dragon. It's explained later on as to why they change into Dragons, but keep this word in mind: Malevolence. So you get to kill a Dragon. Woohoo. During the fight, the Dragon is too powerful to tackle alone so you team up temporarily with Oscar to take him down. Then you eat the girl that was traveling with you or something so you can become stronger or something. And no, not in that way you filthy degenerates. Then you kill a dragon. Woohoo. After that, Oscar runs away like a little bitch. Oh yeah, I forgot you run into Rokurou in the course of escaping from the prison. Also along those lines, you find a witch named Magilou (UGGGGGGGGGGHHHHH) and a sailor named Dyle. You hijack a ship from the Titania Prison Island Docks and set sail. And then you get shipwrecked. And after that you get to hear 40 hours of Velvet whining about "I don't care about anything as long as I get my revenge on Artorious (Arthur, a.k.a.)". Which goes back to a point I want to make: Revenge plots never work out. They always end with suffering and despair and ultimately, there's just a giant pitfall of sadness. With the way Velvet portrays herself in the game, where she doesn't care about anything other than getting revenge, it's honestly hard enough to care, as a player, about someone like that. Eventually, you find Eizen (does that name sound familiar to you? It should, as he's a boss in Tales of Zesty) and he's a fucking badass. Oh yeah, and you also meet a little kid I guess who's named Number Two but after about twelve hours of him being useless Velvet decides to call him Laphicet because FUCK ORIGINALITY AM I RIGHT? Oh yeah, and also Laphicet Version 2 has a giant crush on Velvet for whatever reason. How anyone can have a crush on someone who yells "DIE DIE DIE" is utterly beyond me. Oh yeah, and there's also an Exorcist bitch you come across periodically in your travels named Eleanor who starts out as a nuisance and quite quickly becomes my favorite character in the entire game. Not just in her story and why she chose to travel with Velvet but because she fucking rocks in combat. Despite her being very dramatic and quite a nuisance in the early game, she gradually opens up to everyone and easily becomes one of my favorite characters. Eventually, Velvet finds an answer to the million dollar question that everyone in the game seems to ask like every ten seconds. Why do birds fly? REALLY? THAT'S YOUR RESPONSE YOU STUPID DUMB FARM VILLAGE GIRL? WAY TO MAKE MY 50 HOURS IN THE GAME COMPLETELY WORTHLESS! As you can tell, I didn't really like the story of this game all that much. Not because of the way the story was handled (it could have been done a lot better in my opinion, starting with Velvet not being so much of a bitch, for one), not because of the characters, but because...everything you do just feels pointless. You run around for 40 hours before Velvet finally realizes her quest for revenge will never fully come to fruition, and at that point, the game just takes a dramatic spiral downwards because, yes, it IS all pointless. Revenge is pointless. Don't make it the central core plot device of your game. Game Dev-ing 101 folks. About halfway through the game, after doing a quest where you have to go through an underground water temple or some shit that triggered me because it reminded me of Zestiria's Water Temple, the village along the coast, Haria, turns into a den of monsters, similar to the beginning of the game. Once you escape from the town, you soon realize something. See, there's this "disease" that everyone refers to as daemonblight. The Abbey (the big bad guys) coined this term because when you contract daemonblight, you eventually lose your senses and turn into a daemon. This isn't the case, it's all a lie. There is no such thing as daemonblight. What actually triggers people turning into daemons is malevolence. And you'll see me use this term a lot, because it ties in with Tales of Zesty. The malevolence, ill intention, and hatred that we have in our human hearts is what makes us turn into daemons, not some crazy disease spreading around. In Zestiria, those afflicted with malevolence were called hellions. In Berseria, they're called daemons. It actually sets up Zestiria's plotline really nicely as now, it makes sense. Along with that, we learn that people have started calling Velvet the "Lord of Calamity". Sound familiar? That was the final boss in Zestiria. So in essence, Berseria sets up Zestiria's plot, seeming as how Velvet is technically the very first "Lord of Calamity". Oh yeah, and Laphicet Version 2 at the end of Berseria becomes Maotelus. Maotelus, in Zestiria, is this fictional being that is designed to bring peace to the world by eating Hellions and Seraphim alike. How a little boy of 12 years of age grew to become one of the most notorious figures in Zestiria still boggles my mind, but you know. It's a game. There's also Zaveid. <3 Anyways, I realized I may have went on a bit too long with the story, but don't worry, the gameplay portion will be really really short. Mainly because you'll read the first sentence and I will have wrapped up the entire sum of gameplay for Berseria. So don't worry. It at least had a somewhat better story than Zestiria, bottom line. Overall: 7.5/10. Gameplay: The gameplay sucks. Yeah, you didn't think you would be hearing that coming from a Tales game, would you? The massive pioneers of putting great gameplay before anything else, right? No, the gameplay actually sucks in this game. Granted, it did SOME things right with the actual MECHANICS of the system, like how you're not stuck to a line anymore and can freely move around the battlefield. In a 3D environment. Not like Zestiria did it. Your arte skills are also no longer bound to which direction you push the analog stick, and instead, all four of your face buttons to a different attack. This makes combat a lot more fluid, intuitive, and feel actually wonderful to play. ...Until you get to the actual reason why the gameplay sucks. At the start of each fight, you get 3 souls. They're the little blue diamonds in the corner of everyone's portrait. You can upgrade your souls as you fight by inflicting Power Hits, inflicting Stuns on an enemy, performing a Perfect Dodge and getting Souls that way, or just straight killing the guys. Out of all four of those options, only one of them is really a consistent means of upgrading your Souls. When you inflict a Power Hit on an enemy (using moves that hit an opponent's weakness), they take more damage. If you manage to hit all of the opponent's weaknesses, it starts a Chain. When an enemy is under a Chain, they're more susceptible to being Stunned. However, even if you manage to Stun an enemy, there's no guarantee you'll actually get a Soul for all of the hard work that you put in. It's completely random. Same with getting a Perfect Dodge. As you can see in the screenshot, I managed to Perfect Dodge and a Soul popped out. Yet, it's completely random on how these things work out. So you might be asking why is this a bad thing, you might ask? There are abilities you get throughout the game that take advantage of how many souls you have. By expending a Soul, you unlock a move that is more powerful than the rest of your moves (in the case of Velvet). But you can only use these moves if you have more than 2 Souls. Since you start off with 3, you can only use it once before you inflict a Stun, dodge perfectly, inflict a Chain attack, or beat the fucker to a pulp. Not only that, they are your primary source of healing. Remember that as I move along to this next section. So you might be asking why is this a bad thing, you might ask? There are some enemies in the game who like to start with a certain skill, called "X Break", where X is the most annoying status ailment you can think of given your particular situation. Not only do these incredibly powerful attacks have a wide area of effect and inflict Status Ailments, they Break your Guard if you try to Guard, AND reduce your Souls immediately. Tell me that's not a bogus idea to not only inflict Paralyze, but also reduce your ability to fight and heal for almost every single party member unless you happen to miraculously dodge at JUST the right time. Remember how I said before that Break Souls are your primary source of healing? Yeah, Healing Artes in this game are fucking useless. Oh, here, take this First Aid spell that heals you for 20 damage. ... I don't think I need to explain any more than I already have. Ultimately, the gameplay wears itself down to, if you can get all the enemies in a corner and wail on them with all of your best attacks, accumulate a shit ton of Souls, and spam RT as it is the most powerful attack at your disposal, you'll win and be fine. But take note that enemies can also Stun you just the same as you can to them, and when that happens...well remember this. If you get Stunned, not only do you lose a Soul but you take more damage as long as you are Stunned. And, as if by some miraculous exploitation of Artifical Intelligence, as soon as you are Stunned, ALL OF THE ENEMIES in the fight will run up to you and start hitting you immediately. And then you're dead. That's not fun at all. That's unbalanced. Granted it's unbalanced for both sides as you can get everyone into a corner and hit them like a punching bag, which is what this game's strategy is, but it's also unbalanced because enemies have these particularly powerful and unbalanced moves like "X Break" or Soul Burst (gives them additional Souls while you lose Souls) that you can't do anything about. It ruins the fun and adds artificial difficulty to a game with a broken ass gameplay system. You know, looking back on it now, Tales of Zestiria's combat system was way more fun than Berseria's, even though you were locked to a linear battle system. You know why? BECAUSE IT WORKS. There weren't broken enemies who spammed X Breaks or Soul Bursts or did overly insane amounts of damage. And this is all on Simple mode by the way. I got so fed up with combat that I just said fuck it and blazed through the fights because I absolutely hated the combat in this game. The first time I can say I was incredibly incredibly disappointed with a game's combat system. You get Mystic Artes quite early in the game, actually, at about 8 hours in and like when you're Level 10. And I know that's what all of you came here for, right? To see Velvet's bright and shiny face light up when she does a Mystic Arte? There are some other gameplay aspects I'll go into here but FIRST. Mystic Arte showcase. ... DAMN IT, I DIDN'T TAKE ONE OF SPIRAL HAIL GDI- Needless to say, Eizen's "Perfect Mayhem" and Eleanor's "Spiral Hail" are among the top two of my Mystic Artes in this game. Both of them are just so amazing and I have nearly fallen over out of my chair pretending to stab something as if I'm Eleanor. Oh, and punching the air is pretty fun, too. Like in the previous game, you can upgrade your equipment. The amount of skills and battle prowess you get from upgrading your equipment can drastically change how fights work. For example, if you upgrade your equipment enough, you may get extra BG, which is needed to activate Mystic Artes, or gain extra Souls at the start of combat. However, the shortcoming of this is you have to go into the shop menu to disassemble items you don't want or don't need anymore. From those dismantled equipments you can get various materials used to upgrade equipment. However, if you've been grinding in a certain place for hours on end and you have about 100 pieces of equipment in each category, like I ended up having once, you have to spam the A Button in order just to get through all 100 pieces of torturous equipment. And by that point, your thumbs probably already hurt because you're mashing the buttons in combat just to have a chance. So, while it's a good system, it has quite a few shortcomings associated with it. There's, umm...there's card games. I'm gonna be honest, I spent almost zero time playing the minigames. They're just pointless. And they are extremely confusing to understand, especially Card Heroes, like pictured above. But I guess if you wanna waste your time, go ahead. So the main bulk of gameplay is basically get beat up, die a lot, get frustrated, stop playing the game for about a week, suck it up, do it again, miraculously do 100000 damage in a single hit because what the fuck Velvet is OP, and then fly through combat. Disappointing gameplay. OH, BUT YOU DO GET A SKATEBOARD-I mean, A GEOBOARD THAT LOOKS LIKE A SKATEBOARD! Gameplay: 4.5/10 Quality: This game was rushed. It's painfully obvious and Namco Bandai didn't even bother to cover up that fact. Take the following skit for example: And yes, skits are back as usual. But look at the following text. The voice actor for Eizen, however, ends up saying something completely different, something along the lines of "And what's wrong with having some dreams? It's a great opportunity you have. You all just don't get it." And this just doesn't happen once. It happens A LOT. Like, it's like the script for the game and what the voice actors are saying are completely different. It's like Namco Bandai gave the script to the actors incomplete and just said "Ad-Lib the parts we didn't fill in because we're too lazy for that and it isn't our first priority." Remember when annual games used to be good? However, I can't say that the voice acting in the game was all that terrible. Most of you have probably seen this scene floating around on Youtube, but it perfectly showcases just how well Velvet's VA nailed the character in question. Probably one of the best delivered scenes in the entire game in my opinion. But unfortunately, it doesn't overshadow all of the other problems regarding how rushed the game was regarding skits, scenes, and "lost in translations" the game got. Quality: 6/10. Replayability: Yeah, yay, New Game +. Why the fuck would I want to play through this garbage game again? Replayability: 0/10. Now, it's time for the final wrap-up. In this section, I'll detail if this game is truly one for you, and if you should decide to play it or not. Would I recommend this game?: No. It's not good, honestly. If the combat were to be completely gutted from the game and the story to be the main drive and focal point, with a bit of better execution, I probably would have liked it more. I've played games with a good story with slightly less good gameplay (Nights of Azure), but this game's gameplay is just downright ridiculous. Stay away from this one. Overall rating of the game: 4.5/10. Terrible. Now take some music or some shit, I don't care.
  10. Well, I beat Tales of Berseria.

    1. Nirwanda

      Nirwanda

      Congrats i still haven't played it :(

    2. Nirwanda

      Nirwanda

      So what's your evaluation of the game?

       

    3. Radiant Arin

      Radiant Arin

      Good story, horrible combat.

  11. I'm apparently the leader for the most amount of liked content for 5 days in a row or something.

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Looks to me like Velvet is annoyed by bad music. #SAYNOTODUBSTEP

  12. I have two dogs sleeping between my legs.

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