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Otaku Review: Fate/ Stay Unlimited Blade Works

Fate/ Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works

I am the bone of my sword
Steel is my body and fire is my blood
I have created over a thousand blades
Unknown to Death, Nor known to Life
Have withstood pain to create many weapons
Yet, those hands will never hold anything
So as I pray, unlimited blade works.

One of my all time favorite anime series. It got plot, characters and is beautifully animated. The anime is an adaptation of a visual novel with unlock-able sex scenes. Unfortunately I can’t stand the insane walls of boring text and repeating names. This is a thing that makes a good anime adaption a gods end. The Fate universe is a complex one with a ton of plot lines and spin-offs. Infinite blade works is the second adaptation, which focus on a different plot line and point of view than Fate/ Stay night. Ultimately it’s the same characters only being used differently. To be honest the naming convention is way to convoluted and confusing. Generally it’s easier to just refer to it all as the Nasuverse. Naturally some die hard fans will disagree with me, proclaiming that the visual novels are superior. If you can get hold of a good translation that is.

Unlimited blade works, follows the path of the sorceress Rin and her summoned servant known as archer. Which both partake in a conflict know as the holy grail war. Where several stuck up and questionable mage families compete for the ultimate price. Which will grant the winner his ultimate wish. Naturally the families participating does their best to summon the strongest and most vicious heroic spirits possible. Essentially when well known heroes of legends die, they will become a part of the Holy grail. Waiting to be summoned by whomever participates in the Grail war.

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The story mainly focuses on Rin whom is a young magician, whose father groomed into becoming a part of the grail war. She is quite skilled and very headstrong, with a soft and sensible side as well. Every now and then she also cracks a joke. This alone makes her leagues above the cookie cutter stereotypes most series cram down our throats these days.
Meanwhile her servant Archer is quite fantastic as well and actually look like a seasoned and buff warrior. With a snarky attitude and an infinite amount of swords to throw around.
Lastly there is Saber; A blond knight, that is so serious that and no nonsense as you can get her and yet have a somewhat compelling personality.

Lastly there is Shirou, whom starts off as interesting as a wash cloth with a traumatic past. Whom eventually he becomes more than a pushover handy man. The kind that has to be stabbed a lot, before he learns his lesson. Which happens a lot, as most of the players in the grail war does not play around much; Nor do they play fair. Even if the characters are fleshed out and very interesting. They still have the nasty habit of beating everyone over the head with a blunt encyclopedia of exposition. Followed by long periods of little action and some shocking plot twists.

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The music score is fairly decent and the voice actors does a splendid job for the most part. Can’t say much about the dubbing. I have no good reason to watch the English version at all. Meanwhile the art style is quite moody with a gradient filter to all. It even makes the odd facial structure of the characters looks good. The backgrounds are not much to write home about. Since it takes place in Japan, there is the generic school, temples and a lot of streets with no names. The animation quality is very good despite many slow and moody moments.

Unlimited Blade Works comes highly recommended and  is quite addictive, leaving the viewer either frustrated, or just craving more.

Njål H Sand

Haven reviews: Dungeon Souls

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The bodies of a slain champions lies before you, with their immortal soul floating above the empty husks below. In order to challenge the dark, dank and dastardly dungeon ahead, one of these poor unfortunate souls has to be resurrected. After that you have to best the horde of vicious enemies. Be especially wary of the candy cane snowman and the REDEEMER! Pick wisely, as each hero, if you can call them that, has an unique set of abilities. Such as the ever so charming necromancer and his army of disposable skeletons. Or the brutish barbarian, with his overcompensating axe. To succeed and proceed, you must touch the magic spell circles on the floor. But be warned, they will spawn savage monsters straight into your unsuspecting face. However should you manage to kill wipe out the enemy, great treasure awaits. All monsters in Dungeon Souls are loaded with gold and valuable trinkets. 20160728164930_1 Thing stuff that can be used to buy items from that mysterious vanishing vendor. Should you somehow get through the first floor, more vicious levels awaits, and they will never have the same layout, ever! Even if the pretentious boss baddies tends to stay the same. Every hero and villain will eventually meet their demise. There is a reason why they where dead in the first place. Meanwhile when down in the dungeon, could you gather materials and look for some item recipes? These remnants are very under equipped and have the worst accuracy ever. Cheers!

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Pick a hero, select a starting skill and start exploring. Dungeon souls is one of those rogue lite games. Where many things are random and death is permanent. The player controlled characters are based on the typical d&d (Dungeon & Dragons) stereotypes, along with several unlock-able ones. Aim in the direction of an enemy and hit attack, or use spells when they are off cool down. Eventually the hero will gain levels where one stat has to be raised. Too bad the game does not pause, when these screens are up. Since some enemies spawn out of no where, or will attack you from outside your vision range. When they die they drop materials and gold, which can be spent on items that gives benefits. Though these items  need a lot of gold and materials, which will stack up after multiple  dungeon dives. Once all of the magic circles on a level is touched, head for the portal in the middle. Stay for too long and a big ass deadly demon will come to claim the hero. There are a lot of traps that can be triggered, such as rolling boulders, too bad these does not hurt enemies. Aiming is rather terrible and you are more likely to miss and some enemies can’t be out run at all. Health can be replenished to random potions and by leveling up. Heroes and recipes to unlock, a lot of levels and several difficulties, makes for a lot of replay-ability .20160728165633_1

The marker for the skill select, could  use a different color, yellow, on yellow, is not very smart. Animations turns weird when ruining against a wall. Music does get a bit boring and enemy attack animations are poorly telegraphed. Most bosses talk too much. Besides that, projectiles are atrocious, so hard to hit anything at all, especially with a gamepad.

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The graphics are made of well drawn sprites, with a lot of effects all over the place and a crap ton of litter. The music is fairly okay, not much to say about it, very forgettable, but quite fitting.
For people whom like these small and charming beat things up and progress games. Dungeon Souls is not a bad game to pick up.

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Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Njål H Sand