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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 Review: Blade Kitten: Episode 2

First up is our disclaimer.  We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.    

headerQuite a while ago the game Blade Kitten came out and was destined to be an episodic title. The company in question, Krome Studios, ended up having financial issues and along the way Blade Kitten‘s existence fell into disarray.

Many years have passed, and at long last the game has found its way back to Krome Studios. They promised to release Blade Kitten: Episode 2 after a much awaited time. Now that we’ve received a copy, it’s time to run through and see what we think.

First up, I do want to say that it’s nice to be able to play as Kit Ballard again after so many years (roughly five years after its initial PC and Xbox release). But in that time frame you’ve got to wonder if the game suffered at all. While the voice acting and dialog are spot on, the episode as a whole felt rushed.

When you think of it, the company has a good moral stance; they knew their die-hard fans wanted to play the rest of the story. But rather than abandoning a game that has pretty much been deceased, they opted to complete the story line. For that they get our admiration. They even dropped the price of the main game to a mere $3 (USD) to attract new players.bladekitten The overall controls and everything are still the same as they were in Episode 1…nothing has changed. However the game play has gotten a bit more challenging, seeing as I was getting swarmed endlessly by creatures who kept re-spawning at such a rapid pace, it made it difficult to progress.

Another issue is that since I last reviewed the game about a year ago, I had problems re-adapting to the playing style, and at one point I couldn’t advance without Steam Community help because I’d forgotten certain controls.

This time I really enjoyed being able to continue the story of one of my favorite characters of all time, and it felt good to be able to finally see the real ending. Although truth be told, the conclusion just felt wrong. It’s one of those finales that felt rushed; added just to finish the game. The best way to word it (and trust me I’m really trying to do this without ruining things) is: “Let’s just press the simple ‘Undo’ button and reset everything to where it all began…that will fix it all.”bkep2_thumb

In summary, Episode 2 a great continuation of the Blade Kitten story, but its ending was the most disappointing I’ve experienced from a video game in a while. However for the price of this downloadable episode, it’s pretty much worth it just for the game play, commentary and all the extra equipment you get.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

Early Access: Shadow Blade: Reload

First up is our disclaimer.  We got this game because we wanted to review it, and as such all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.  SBRBannerShadow Blade reload is a indie platform title that we have gotten a chance to look at while its in early access and so far we have just been greatly impressed with its unique gameplay and need for perfect timing on incredibly complex obstacles.
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The overall design of the game is nicely done with extreme detail done to the mechanics to really enjoy it to its fullest potential. I personally love the artwork and overall design of the game and I am quite happy with how it looks and feels.

The fact that the main character is a Ninja is just a bonus for me. I have played quite a few Ninja games and I don’t feel they really capture the challenges one would have if one was a real Ninja. Given this game doesn’t do that either but it comes incredibly close with its teeth grinding rage moments as you fight your way thru each level.

-Daniel Clatworthy-