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The story, dialogue, and language seem to be a turn off for most with this game, yet the craziness of the story and the communication between the main character Zero, and her disciple's is what makes up a good percentage of the game. The story is random and comical, and it does not transition between its serious and comedic moments too well all the time. It starts a bit slow with the dialogue as well as the combat, but as you progress and obtain more weapons, upgrades, and companions, the game starts to shine.
The combat is pretty darn cool, my favorite weapon out of the 4 that you will receive over time will have to be the combat braces. It is a gauntlet on your right arm, and a shin guard on your right leg. It is the fast DPS weapon of the game, and is very, very freaking cool to use. The combos and stamina moves that you pull off depends on that particular set of braces, which is also cool, it gives you a variety of different styles to choose from. There are also Spears (the heavy damage but slow DPS (damage per second) weapon), Chakra's (The medium speed disc-like weapon), it serves as a crowd control kind of weapon that can also take out far away enemies by holding down square and auto locking onto multiple targets at once, and your main weapon, the sword. It is the second fasted DPS weapon and is well rounded and very fun to use, and like I said before, there are different styles of basic combat moves and stamina moves. They can be balanced, aerial, range, or ground based styles.
The dialogue between you and your disciples makes up a good portion of what makes this game funny, you never know what they are going to say to one another next. I do not want to give away too much about them because it is fun to learn about them yourself as you progress through the game and acquire them as companions.
Overall the game is a barrel of laughs, or at the very least, chuckles! I recommend it, worth the rent. Really give it a try, don't be too skeptical of it.
posted by pswilliams986 (ROCKY POINT, NC) Sep 16, 2014
Member since Oct 2011
The presentation in this game is a mixed bag.The visuals are pretty standard for this type of game, but the game feels low budget because of other minor grips such as the same voice over being used in every enemy encounter. In every group of knights you face that same raspy old mans voice is heard. Why even bother giving the faceless enemies voices if you're just going to recycle the same voices over and over? It makes the game feel budget and takes you out of the experience.
I really like that the game doesn't take itself too seriously the game is visually unique in a lot of ways. The game wastes its potential in these two areas however. The game may not take itself seriously, but it doesn't have the same charm something like Borderlands 2, Portal, or any of PlatinumGames' projects have. The dialogue is extremely awkward, poorly voiced and so cringe-worthy that I had to mute the TV out of embarrassment multiple times. "My best feature is my breasts, of course. Would you like to touch them?" Seriously? The character I'm quoting is supposed to be a nymphomaniac, I get that, but this game's dialogue is unable to handle that with any finesse. It sounds like something a horny 13 year old virgin would write and, in my opinion, is damaging to the image of all Japanese games. All of the humor in the game is presented in this same self-awareness lacking fashion.
The games' interesting visuals I alluded to earlier is mostly limited to some of the character designs. Most of the settings and weapons are the same generic troupes we've seen in 1,000 other (better) games.
Not much to say here, it sucks. Unlike the presentation, which I feel has some redeeming qualities, the gameplay does not.The hack n slash gameplay is too basic, it gets repetitive by the third stage. Acquiring different weapons and disciples doesn't change things much either. Dragon combat is even worse, I was getting Lair-vibes from these sections.The camera is pretty terrib
I am among a select few who was a fan of this franchise. They weren't the greatest games ever, but acquiring and leveling the weapons was definitely satisfying, as was nuking your opponents from dragonback and the Panzer Dragoonish flight sequences. It made for a great experience.
This one takes things in a weird direction. The language is a bit salty, and there are a lot of sexual themes in the character development. I don't have anything against that per se but it feels like they're trying too hard to be dirty, like a 13 year old who just learned a new bad word.
Regardless of the plot though, I didn't find the leveling as satisfying. In the previous games your sword would get XP. Instead, you now have to purchase your upgrades with gold, and you are rate-limited by acquiring "upgrade material" which is not readily available at first. While it has one specific advantage- you can grind with a good weapon to earn upgrades for a lesser one- Something about purchasing upgrades is less satisfying. Also, the levels are a bit linear. The previous games were wide open and you'd be throwing fireballs at armies of hundreds of soldiers. Now there are very few levels where you control your dragon, and seemingly none where you can choose to fly or walk.
This game comes after an 8-year gap in the series and in the end I don't think it really feels enough like a sequel, nor does it have enough new material to offer.