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Comic 469 - And another thing

Posted on Wednesday, the 7th of July at 12:00 AM, 2021 in 2021

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DanVzare Wed, 7. Jul 12:00 AM, 2021 edit delete
So yeah, this is a game I played recently, because I managed to get ahold of it for £5. Which is dirt cheap. The best description I've heard used for it, is a Visual Novel JRPG. Because quite literally 90% of the game is visual novel cutscenes.

It took me 30 hours to complete the game the first time. Then the second time when I played it on New Game+, I skipped all of the cutscenes and completed it in 3 hours. So yeah, 90% cutscenes isn't an exaggeration. Although I suppose I also skipped the grinding with that New Game+.

The thing is though, the gameplay is pretty fun. Although it takes about 4 hours for it to really start to open up and become fun. The cutscenes themselves are pretty good too. They're very funny, and if you like my comics, you'll probably like the sense of humour this game has. I was making jokes as I was playing, and then the game was making the exact same jokes. That rarely happens to me, but it was happening constantly with this game. So like I said, if you like my humour, you'll love the humour in this game.

The gameplay itself is simplistic, and there isn't much depth to it either. But there's a button that skips all of the animations, so due to the speed you can play the game at, you never actually get bored of the fighting. To summarize the gameplay, you watch a cutscene, go to a dungeon, watch a cutscene, grind against enemies, get to the end of the dungeon, watch a cutscene, fight a boss, watch a cutscene, go back to the base, watch a cutscene, and repeat. The fighting is turn based combat where each turn your characters can freely move around and attack multiple enemies depending on their area of attack. You can also assign combo attacks (they give the illusion of depth, but there's no reason not to equip only the best ones) and weapons which can affect how much damage you do per attack and how many combo moves you can do (the weapons add a tiny bit of depth). You also have special moves, which are basically what you expect.

Now would I recommend it?
If you enjoy anime, my sense of humour, JRPGs, and you don't hate visual novels, then I would definitely recommend this to you. Especially if you like small-budget games.
On the other hand, if you think God of War, Red Dead Redemption II, the Uncharted Series, and The Last of Us are the pinnacle of gaming, and that The Last of Us Part II was too long, then I really suggest you give this game a pass.
Although if you did decide to play it, since this is the fourth game in the main series (the VII in the title isn't the roman numeral for 7), I'd highly recommend watching the anime first. It serves as a brilliant starting point.

Oh, and if you decide to play New Game+ because of what Neptune says at the end. Then I recommend using a guide for that second playthrough. I had to complete the game four times because I didn't.