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    • the first anime related videogame review

      6 years ago

      Anime!

      well, ive been playing this one since it came out on june 28th and im still not done with it. nonetheless, i feel i know enough about this game to review it. here we go!

      Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3
      this is the 3rd installment of the Dynasty Warriors Gundam franchise and it is the best so far. with many storylines and revamped gameplay, this review should be better than the previous 2, right? anyway, this review will use the same formula cabosetek and dockman use for their reviews with some additions... so here it is.

      Synopsis
      pilots from different worlds and eras all wake up on a planet that somewhat resembles the earth they came from. the last thing any of them remember is following a strange signal and then blacking out. upon discovering that there are other people and mobile suits, most of them pick sides with whoever they find first. to make things more complicated, a strange gundam keeps appearing that looks like a suit of european armor. thus the fighting starts...


      Art
      [ the art of this game moved away from the realisim of it predecessors and moved on to Cell Shading. this is a nice change, because the cutscenes now look more like a massive gundam crossover rather than a futuristic war simulation. with the way it looks now, you actually get more detail an each gundam than before, and if you catch it just right, the suit can actually look sinister... *cough* Wing Zero *cough*... ill give the art an A

      Music
      the music of this game is more like music you would find in the flagship Dynasty Warriors Franchise... that is epic rock and insturmental. now this isnt to say that it is allways good... i find that some missions give me a placid track to fight with... seriously, when im commiting mass murder of Zaku's and GINNS's, i want the music to match the actions... ill give the music a B- for good music, but strange placement.

      Story
      ok, here is where this game kinda looses me... this game starts with 4 different story lines, each taking about an hour to two hours depending on the difficulty. during which, it will make you play as suits and pilots that either completely suck, or ones that are good, but you havent had an opportunity to level up, thus making that mission that much harder. after those four stories are done, everyone splits off into two groups.. thats right, now you have two MORE stories to fight through... and if that wasnt enough, when those two are done, then you get ANOTHER story to do! but thankfully that is the last story missions you have to do... but overall, the story can be good, but sometimes it just feels like a really bad Fanfiction...ill give this a C+ due to intruiging story, but confusing delivery.

      Gameplay
      the gameplay in this game is essentially the same as this entire lineup. however, its not just taking over fields anymore. now they have different special fields that do different things. such as a newtype facility that will increase the fighting ability of your team. or the catapults which can launch you to specified fields. they also have a revamped A.I. that WILL attack you on site. now, to keep up with the new A.I., they aded a new system. this is called the Battle Gauge. because the A.I. is more agressive now, when you die, you will respawn in that field as long as you have some of your gauge left. the same thing applies to the other aces though, and in order to get to the mission boss, you have to deplete their battle gauge. becouse of these additions, the gameplay isn't as repeditive as before. i give the gameplay a B+..

      Overall
      overall, this is a fun game, and definitley worth the $60 i paid for it. the only part of this game that really suffers is the way they did the story. sometimes it wont even complete if you dont select a certain pilot. this game has a ton of replay value, just if you want to complete you mobile suit collection. ill give this game overall, a B-. some elements were a bit off and could be improved, but it is still a good game.

      thank you for reading this, and ill see you guys later with another game!

      ~duhdum~

    • You guys are awesome!

      6 years ago

      Anime!

      well, im aware that we really havent put any new reviews out lately, or doing anything really, but you guys still come in here and join this group! so to thank you guys, im going to try to liven things up around here by doing two things.

      1) ive put up a forum thread here on the group about what good anime you watched over the summer. i dont think i mentioned it in my post, but a reason why would be nice...

      2) im going to try my hand at a review! its not going to be over an anime series, but rather a game! i figured that i might as well give it a shot and ive got the perfect game to start with! im not going to tell you which one, but keep an eye out for it!

      i thought it would be nice to give something back to this awesome little comunity i started here, so this is my step into that!

      thank you for sticking around, and welcome if you're new!

      ~dudum~

    • Another short review!

      6 years ago

      Anime!

      Gasp. Didn't expect one so soon, did ya? Don't blame you. Anyway, with the Fall anime season coming to a close, I had to take the time out to mention one outstanding series.

      Panty, Stocking, And Garterbelt

      Yes, you read that correctly. If you haven't been following any of the new anime out, well. What the hell is wrong with you? I kid. Mostly.

      This has got to be one of the strangest, craziest, raunchiest, and downright hilarious anime I've ever seen. So, let's get this started, eh?

      Art

      The art style is very reminiscent of late 90's, early 00's animation in America. Namely stuff you saw on Cartoon Network, like Powerpuff Girls(you know you watched it. And it was awesome.), Samurai Jack and the like. Nostalgia aside, this series wouldn't have worked had it not been for that unique style. So in the context, I give it an A.

      Music

      Mind equals blown, I'll tell you that. Utilizing house mixes of other songs for certain scenes, like the transformation ones works very well. Here's an example.


      www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2NN7EAzI_I&feature=related


      10/10

      Story

      Other than a crazy monster of the week, there is almost none until near the end. I'd have to say 7/10.


      Overall

      Watch it. Now. Seriously. It will make you say and/or think WTF!? constantly. Be warned though. It's not exactly SFW. While it never shows outright nudity, it does push the boundaries on several occasions.

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    • A short review

      6 years ago

      Anime!

      and I mean short, because there aren't many words that can describe this masterpiece of a series.

      Katanagatari

      A short synopsis

      The 12 episode series, which literally took course over a year, with an 45 minute episode released every month, revolves around Yasuri Shichika, a swordsman without a sword, and the strategist Togame. Togame has enlisted Shichika's aid on a quest to collect 12 unique and powerful blades, called the Perfected Deviant Blades, created by a master swordsmith, Shikizaki Kiki.

      Synopsis over.

      The art style is amazing, and sometimes switches up, in a good way. The music is wonderful as well, with a great mix of vocal and set pieces. Story is grade A, worthy of being called a masterpiece.

      Frankly, you're doing yourself a great disfavor by missing this series. Make a day of it. Watch this series. It's one of those series that you point to when you want to show others how great anime is. It will definitely take a place in your top five, and it already has in mine, right behind Cowboy Bebop, Tenchi, Gurren Lagann, and Black Lagoon.

    • Favorite Series?

      6 years ago

      Anime!

      So, I'm bored, I just finished finals, and I have nothing to review... Also, no time to watch anime because I have to get packed to fly home tomorrow.
      Shh... I'm not procrastinating at all.

      Anways, in lieu of a real review, I figured I'd pose a few questions. For no real reason, except that halfway through my aerospace final I got curious. So, here we go:
      What is your absolutely favorite series of all time?
      What is you favorite currently airing series?
      What would you consider the best anime ever made. Not necessarily your favorite, but the most well done. (I understand, it's a bit ambiguous...)

      I'll go first:
      My absolute favorite is Dojin Work... it's short, inane, but just all around a good time.
      My favorite right now is probably The World God Only Knows. I'm kind of a sucker for romance... but not too much. And this does it in perfectly bite sized chunks... and then it moves along.
      Best ever? Undoubtedly Xam'd. Not necessarily the most entertaining when I'm watching it, but I've finished it 4 times (3 times more than any other series), and every time I learn something new, and I never feel like it gets old. It's really just an awesome story, with nice animation to back it up...
      Although, now that I read what I wrote... It should really be listed as my all time favorite, too.

      I guess my questions fail, but if anybody has any input, feel free.

      Cheers,
      /Docky

    • Oops.

      7 years ago

      Anime!

      So, it seems I forgot to review Drrr (Durarara). So, I guess that means today is your lucky day. Why? Because I've got two reviews to do.

      And, go!

      Drrr:
      You got the preview last time, now, get ready for the real deal!
      It was really damn good. There were times when it definitely got a bit angsty and slow, but overall it was really enjoyable. Granted, it took a few episodes for me to actually get a decent grasp of what was going on, but when I did then beginning suddenly made significantly more sense. After that, it was smooth sailing to awesome town.
      Also, all of my friends that I watched it with pretty much shared the same opinion... so I think that means this may be the least biased review I've done in a long time.
      Rather than 1 person's biased opinion, you get 15 or so people's biased opinions. I think that works out somehow.
      Anyways, go watch this. A+.

      High School of the Dead.
      If I had to sum this up in one word, I'd say zombies. If I was allowed a few extras, I'd end up with "Oh hey, what's up fan service?"
      No joke, the level of fan service in this was a bit ridiculous. I'll qualify that by saying I'm not usually a big fan of fan service animes.

      Regardless, this was definitely a very enjoyable anime. I won't say it was great, because it definitely isn't. But it is fun. It does, however, suffer from typical zombie movie problems. These include: Inconceivably stupid people (This was thankfully minimized within our protagonist group), inconsistent zombie traits (like, ridiculously inconsistent. I won't mention how for fear of spoilers), and just some other things that don't really make sense.
      But overall, it was really fun to watch. My biggest complaint was then ending. It kind of feels like they just gave up halfway through (or they're planning on a second season).

      Anyways, this is really short, so if you're board, or like zombies/fan service/fun pointless shows go for it. B+.

      That's all.

      I'm working through Tegami Bachi right now, but don't expect that to delivered anytime soon (Hah! You'll get the joke if you know what the series is about) as I'm coming up to finals.

      Cheers,
      /Docky

      P.S.:
      Happy almost Halloween.

    • Hey, it's a Review!

      7 years ago

      Anime!

      Of Shangri-La.

      You know, I considered making this a full length review, but in the end, Shangri-La just didn't turn out to be worth it.
      Now, don't get me wrong, it was a decent enough series, but just not amazing.

      It started off pretty well, setting up what could have ended up as a very interesting plot, with latent magic, technology, and overall mystery. Unfortunately, it soon devolved into:
      "I will make everybody happy, no matter what!"
      "I will protect everybody, no matter what!"
      "I am evil and hate everybody alive, for no apparent reason!"

      And left pretty much everything else fairly unexplained.

      So, basically, good premise, poor follow-through. Granted there was a few decent parts, but not really enough to feed the whole series.

      So, yeah, I'm going to go with a solid C+... Maybe a B- on a good day.

      Also, I have recently been corrected. The next series I will be reviewing is actually called:
      Drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

      Or just Drrr for short. Here's a preview: It's a lot better than I expected, bordering on really damn good.

      Also, just a reminder, I do accept request.

      Cheers,
      /Docky

    • When I make a promise...

      7 years ago

      Anime!

      I seldom keep it. However, I have decided to come out of internet hibernation and pretend to give you reviews.
      How do I pretend to do a review, you ask? Well, I make my review about three sentences long. Watch:

      Darker Thank Black --
      Holy shit, it's awesome and may actually be my favorite anime ever, in tight competition with Xam'd.
      It was a bit slow to start, I will admit, but once it broke past that barrier (and I finally started to figure out what the hell was going on) it got good fast.
      So yeah, it gets an A+; watch it.

      See, three sentences. Damn, I'm good.

      You know, I think I might keep doing review like this. It makes things a lot easier for me, and makes it a lot more likely you actually get a review (no matter how terse). Granted, they'll probably get longer again as I go.

      Next up: Shangri-La, Durararararararararararararararararararara...

      Cheers,
      /Docky

    • Review - Black Lagoon

      7 years ago

      Anime!

      'Sup everybody? Turns out I'm not dead... Surprised?

      So, now that I'm back from the dark void of school work and a ridiculous training schedule (Hooray for excuses!), I

      will proudly deliver to you my review of Black Lagoon. Enjoy.

      Y'all remember how I do things, correct? For those hopping in for the first time... Never mind. My reviews are so

      incredible that everybody's gone and read the old ones right? Right?

      Just kidding. Here's the deal:
      Step 1: Establish how awesome I am with my sarcastic egoism.
      Step 2: Actually write the review, after everbody is tired of my pointless banter.
      Step 3: Write some more pointless banter after teasing everybody with the promise of a review.
      Step 4: Promise to start the review, again.
      Step 5: Talk about the plot.
      Step 6: Talk about the animation (the hard part).
      Step 7: Talk about the audio.
      Step 8: Close out with some promise of another review... which probably won't actually happen anywhere close to

      when I say it will.

      And, Part 5:

      Story

      Synopsis:
      While transporting a disc for his typically boring job, Okajima Rokuro's ship is hijacked by the Lagoon Company

      (mercenary types). Revy, one of the members of the Lagoon Company thinks Rokuro might be valuable as a hostage,

      and thus, kidnaps him. Turns out the company really could care less if they got him back, so he ends up staying

      with, and working for, the Lagoon company.

      Review:
      Right from the beginning, this series is a lot of fun. It never shies away from brutatily, violence and coarse

      language (You could read that as "Viewer discretion is advised"), but it never goes over the top. What comes out

      of this is an entertaining, sometimes disturbing (according to aquaintances, I'm sadly twisted...), and fairly

      absurd story that forces you to keep watching.

      The series is organized into several smaller arcs, which are kept fairly separate from one another (although there

      is some interplay). These small arcs do wonders for the pacing, though, as they prevent the series from ever

      really slowing down. In other words, somebody is almost always being shot.

      Another nice thing the series does is face Rock and Revy off fairly often, in some sort of contest between their

      different lives. Rock, the straigh-laced Japanese businessman, and Revy, the vulgar and violent American(I think),

      gun-for-hire. It does a good job keeping things interesting, while at the same time serving to cement a strong

      characterization of both.

      Story Score: A
      It's fun, it's action-packed, and it's worth seeing.

      Art/Animation:
      Just as I said earlier, I hate this part... Because I very rarely find anything to say about it. For the most

      part, it falls into two categories: It was pretty good, or it could use some work.

      This one takes a step beyond. It was really, really good. I love the art style, and the animation is excellent.

      Plain and simply, that's really all I need to say, right?

      Art/Animation Score: A+

      Audio:
      The voice acting is great, especially on Revy's and Rock's parts. It works really well in their portrayal as

      opposite numbers. Although their's really stood out, the rest of it is really good too.
      Until you realize that none of the characters actually 'know' Japanese... And they start doing lines in English.

      Then, it's absolutely hilarious.

      I can't say much for the soundtrack... because I don't remember much of it. Those parts that I do remember were

      quite good, though.

      Opening:
      "Red Fraction" by MELL
      First off, anybody who can figure out the lyrics without looking them up, have a cookie. Turns out, this entire

      song is in English... Who knew?
      Anyways, this song is great for this series: fast, got a vaguely violent but at the same time calm vibe (it makes

      percent sense in my head), and if you can figure out the lyrics, they work well too.

      Ending
      "Don'd Look Behind" by EDISON
      Something fun about the ending? Watch Revy's feet right as the ending starts. Does it not look like she starts off

      walking backwards?
      Anyways... this song... Is boring. Really boring. The only reason it even bears mentioning is for the reason

      above.

      Audio Score: A
      The only thing keeping it from a solid A+ is the horrible ending... The English is funny enough that it's awesome.

      Overall Score: A+
      Watch it. 'Nuff said.

      Within the next year (that's right, setting my sights on a goal I can achieve), I plan to review Darker Than Black

      (I think our anime club is going through an emo phase and picking anything with the word black in it) and then

      Fooly Cooly (even though it seems like I'm the only person on the planet that hasn't finished it yet...

      And I'm out.

      Cheers,
      /Docky

    • Review - Black Lagoon

      7 years ago

      Anime!

      'Sup everybody? Turns out I'm not dead... Surprised?

      So, now that I'm back from the dark void of school work and a ridiculous training schedule (Hooray for excuses!), I

      will proudly deliver to you my review of Black Lagoon. Enjoy.

      Y'all remember how I do things, correct? For those hopping in for the first time... Never mind. My reviews are so

      incredible that everybody's gone and read the old ones right? Right?

      Just kidding. Here's the deal:
      Step 1: Establish how awesome I am with my sarcastic egoism.
      Step 2: Actually write the review, after everbody is tired of my pointless banter.
      Step 3: Write some more pointless banter after teasing everybody with the promise of a review.
      Step 4: Promise to start the review, again.
      Step 5: Talk about the plot.
      Step 6: Talk about the animation (the hard part).
      Step 7: Talk about the audio.
      Step 8: Close out with some promise of another review... which probably won't actually happen anywhere close to

      when I say it will.

      And, Part 5:

      Story[\b]

      Synopsis:
      While transporting a disc for his typically boring job, Okajima Rokuro's ship is hijacked by the Lagoon Company

      (mercenary types). Revy, one of the members of the Lagoon Company thinks Rokuro might be valuable as a hostage,

      and thus, kidnaps him. Turns out the company really could care less if they got him back, so he ends up staying

      with, and working for, the Lagoon company.

      Review:
      Right from the beginning, this series is a lot of fun. It never shies away from brutatily, violence and coarse

      language (You could read that as "Viewer discretion is advised"), but it never goes over the top. What comes out

      of this is an entertaining, sometimes disturbing (according to aquaintances, I'm sadly twisted...), and fairly

      absurd story that forces you to keep watching.

      The series is organized into several smaller arcs, which are kept fairly separate from one another (although there

      is some interplay). These small arcs do wonders for the pacing, though, as they prevent the series from ever

      really slowing down. In other words, somebody is almost always being shot.

      Another nice thing the series does is face Rock and Revy off fairly often, in some sort of contest between their

      different lives. Rock, the straigh-laced Japanese businessman, and Revy, the vulgar and violent American(I think),

      gun-for-hire. It does a good job keeping things interesting, while at the same time serving to cement a strong

      characterization of both.

      Story Score: A
      It's fun, it's action-packed, and it's worth seeing.

      Art/Animation:[\b]
      Just as I said earlier, I hate this part... Because I very rarely find anything to say about it. For the most

      part, it falls into two categories: It was pretty good, or it could use some work.

      This one takes a step beyond. It was really, really good. I love the art style, and the animation is excellent.

      Plain and simply, that's really all I need to say, right?

      Art/Animation Score: A+

      Audio:
      The voice acting is great, especially on Revy's and Rock's parts. It works really well in their portrayal as

      opposite numbers. Although their's really stood out, the rest of it is really good too.
      Until you realize that none of the characters actually 'know' Japanese... And they start doing lines in English.

      Then, it's absolutely hilarious.

      I can't say much for the soundtrack... because I don't remember much of it. Those parts that I do remember were

      quite good, though.

      Opening:
      "Red Fraction" by MELL
      First off, anybody who can figure out the lyrics without looking them up, have a cookie. Turns out, this entire

      song is in English... Who knew?
      Anyways, this song is great for this series: fast, got a vaguely violent but at the same time calm vibe (it makes

      percent sense in my head), and if you can figure out the lyrics, they work well too.

      Ending
      "Don'd Look Behind" by EDISON
      Something fun about the ending? Watch Revy's feet right as the ending starts. Does it not look like she starts off

      walking backwards?
      Anyways... this song... Is boring. Really boring. The only reason it even bears mentioning is for the reason

      above.

      Audio Score: A
      The only thing keeping it from a solid A+ is the horrible ending... The English is funny enough that it's awesome.

      Overall Score: A+
      Watch it. 'Nuff said.

      Within the next year (that's right, setting my sights on a goal I can achieve), I plan to review Darker Than Black

      (I think our anime club is going through an emo phase and picking anything with the word black in it) and then

      Fooly Cooly (even though it seems like I'm the only person on the planet that hasn't finished it yet...

      And I'm out.

      Cheers,
      /Docky

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