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Ni No Kuni - Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
Ni No Kuni - Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
Offered by Netro Enterprise
Price: £24.85

41 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here is a review from a lifelong jrpg fan., 6 Mar. 2013
The aim of this "review" is simple: to list the negative points of this game, seeing as every other review seems to be blissfully ignoring them to the point of ignorance. I should also mention beforehand that I love Studio Ghibli and anime in general, but that doesn't mean I'm gonna suck up.

I'm 73 hours in and somewhere along the line it started to become tedious and repetitive. Yes, the visuals are gorgeous and the return of old school jrpg features such as the world map is fantastic, but that's really all I remember fondly about this game.

One thing I had issue with as I played this game was that it - pardon my language - blows its load too early. At the start I thought, "Joe Hisashi doing a videogame soundtrack?! Yes!!" But then I realized after the first 10 hours there are no new tracks for towns or dungeon at all. The same four or five tracks are recycled over and over again. Granted, there are three or four amazing tracks, such as the World map, secret islands, golden grove and final boss tunes, but as for the rest....unforgettable and bland - especially that battle tune - goes right through my head, and doesn't work at all.

The battle system is dreadful, and I'm not usually picky about this aspect, considering I still play old ps1 turn based combat games and enjoy them; They (the battles) are extremely repetitive and bland, the familiars are boring, in general, and the "special moves" are just unartistc flashes of blue light - it's almost pitiful - final fantasy vii had better attack effects. I recently played tales of graces f, which has an excellent combat system - I'm sure it's not that hard to make a good one, as the tales series have been doing it for years.

As for the "story" it's a real bare bones affair and is similar to watching paint dry. The side quests are simplistic ans refreshing at first then they become depressing. Here's an example: In the first town a guy loses his diary. Oliver recovers it, and completes the quest. Onto the next town and look who's lost his diary again... Rinse and repeat throughout every town, until 40 hours later you'll want to throttle him when he asks you to find it for the 7th or 8th time. What were level 5 thinking with this laziness? Did they think we'd find these quests endearing?

Onto the voice acting, or what little of it there is. Because dont let the opening 5 or 6 hours fool you; there's barely any of it. At some point about halfway through the game, voice acting is only present for about 10% of dialogue. Not that it really matters, all this game talks about is crap anyway. "I will defeat Shadar!" "Mom..." and "The chosen one...Oliver" is all I really remember them ever saying in voiced dialogue.

As for the characters, well they could be worse. But they don't really say or do anything of interest through the whole game. There is really nobody interesting but Pea and Shadar. Oliver is a drip, and Esther is just there to bad mouth Swaine, who is level 5s idea of a teenager/tramp of some kind.

One more thing: I'm not trying to troll. I decided to write this one sided "review" whilst I was playing the tedious final level today after college and, whilst getting assaulted by stupid monsters which can literally be defeated by just tapping x, I realized that I hadn't felt any enjoyment playing this except for the world map. That's sad, in my opinion.

People must really be desperate for old school jrpgs if they're desperate enough to compare this with the classic final fantasies 6-10, because it's nowhere near that level of quality. Also, if you want to play the real "best RPG" since final fantasy ix then go and buy Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii. Now that, is the definition of an amazing RPG with fantasic gameplay, story and music. Google Sartol Marsh Nighttime music and sit back and enjoy.

PS: sorry for not writing a constructive, unbiased review, that actually makes sense. I just want people to be able to see that there are problems with this game and the hype is over the top.

Ultimately, I'll be trading this in one I've completed everything there is to do, so I get my money's worth. But then begins the wait for something I'm sure won't sell as much, but will be considerabley better - Tales of Xillia.
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Code Geass - Anime Legends [DVD]
Code Geass - Anime Legends [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gorou Taniguchi

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic anime!, 10 July 2011
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To start my review i should give a short summary about code geass' story.In the world of code geass there is an almighty milatary force known as the holy empire of brittania.This force has taken over most of the world and has now taken over japan which has been renamed area 11 and the japanese are called 11s.The story follows an outcast britanian prince called lelouch lamberouge aqquire a power called geass this power allows lelouch to command anyone to fully obey when he makes eye contact.Lelouch uses this power to start an 11 uprising.In reality lelouch has his own reasons for hating britania. Well that is the background for the long and extremely complex code geass.Code geass really surprised me as a show,you see people have unfairly compared this to another superb anime;Death Note.The truth is code geass only has 1 similarity with the latter and that is the premise(both shows consist of a young man discovering powers and using it to change the world)There the similaritys end.Ambition,superb soundtrack,top quality animation and visuals as well as a excellent and engrosing story,these are all requirements of a great anime and i am delighted to say code geass has all of the above and more.One thing i should mention is that i am not a big fan of mecha and initally i was worried that the story and show was going to be not to my tastds.I am relieved to say that not only are the mecha neccesary for the show(all the battle are done using humans inside moving mecha)but i think that the mechas actually enhance the show;i genuinly look forward to the mecha fights.My message to people who have avoided this show because they dont like mecha is please give this show a chance!I can 99% guarentee that by the end of the 25 episodes provided you will be dying to see its sequal code geass r2.Thank you for reading this long review!

Bleach - Series 6 Vol.1 [DVD]
Bleach - Series 6 Vol.1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fumiko Orikasa
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £2.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New changes in bleach...and all the better for it, 2 July 2011
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As a fan of the very good season1,2,3 of bleach i was looking forward to season 6.Imagine my surpise when i loaded it up to see in the 1st episode those annoying filler creatures had remained(you know those mod souls or bounts or whatever...)i skipped season 4 and 5 because i hate non canon filler.But this was the only downside to a extremely promising couple of seasons.For those of you who dont know this season marks the begining of what will be known as the arrancar arc(hollows who gain the powers of soul reapers when they remove their masks)also introduced are the mysterious visoreds.The new changes are subtle but noticeable instantly,fight scenes are more intense and explosive;litteraly.Their is a new soundtrack in place which brilliantly accompanies the events.In general bleach volume 6 just seems more epic than previous seasons.The shows trademark humour is still there(kon is priceless).There is significant character devolpment for orihime and a lot more fanservice!.Yes thats right rangiku is the main focus for the fanservice moments;just check out the infamous bath scene in orihimes house on episode 116 to see what im talking about.There is also backstory to ikkaku which is welcome.Overall this is a great start to season 6.

Bleach - Series 6 Vol.2 [DVD]
Bleach - Series 6 Vol.2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Noriyuki Abe
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £5.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shaping up to be epic but sloooowly...., 2 July 2011
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So this is my review of bleach series 6 volume 2.After the dramatic events of the last volume i was genuinly excited to see the next 11 episodes.However i was left feeling slightly ripped off.Why you may ask?Well this boxset is misbalanced episode 121 starts with a bang as grimmjow ends his fight with ichigo.This is a great episode as bleach seems to be getting more and more epic.Unfortunatly that is the standout of this volume.The rest of the episodes consist of ichigo training to control his inner hollow.I liked these traiing scenes as they were humourous and intresting as we get to see more visoreds.My problem with this volume lies in the pacing of the show.At the start of each episode is a 2 minute introduction about soul reapers and arrancas,which i find unneccesary.Also,these later episodes have a tendency to reshow and reuse past clips from earlier episodes aswell as the same old backgrounds from season 1 eg ichigos inner world,the underground traing arena,the same deserted road always seen in karakura town....you get my drift.Finally what loses this a star is the forcefull and unwelcome inclusion of 4 filler episodes.These filler episodes are tedious and annoying....its like they didnt even try.Math time now if excluding the filler episodes i am getting 130 mins of canon material for 16pounds then that is not good value for money.It might seem in this review that i dislike bleach that is far from the case;i thought seasons 1 ,2 and 3 were all 5 stars out of 5.Not to mention that the impending war with the arrancars,orihimes character devolpment,ichigos eventual control of his hollow are all things that i am hugely looking forward too(so much so that i ordered series seven from region1 because it is out now in america).Thanks for taking the time to read this long review!
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Naruto Shippuden Vol.5 [DVD]
Naruto Shippuden Vol.5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hayato Date
Offered by Helen's Goodies
Price: £6.59

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High definition Naruto, 18 May 2011
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This review is from: Naruto Shippuden Vol.5 [DVD] (DVD)
The first few episodes of this set start well.Us viewers get to learn about chakra natures and the various types their are.Kakashi offers to teach naruto a new move,but just as kakashi's training is about to begin along comes.......filler!.Normally this is cause for us Naruto fans to sigh and have nightmares.However it seems some lessons have been learned.While all naruto filler contains similar plot and character eg Naruto meets an angry young man,they clash before becoming friends and then never see each other again,this time it is a little bit different.We get to learn about the 12 ninja guardians and Asuma senseis past.Of course that is the good part.The bad part is that the enemies in this filler set once again possess super abilites combined with preposterous ones eg a female enemy ninja can absorb chakra from a person by kissing them.....how ridiculous.Now the great news,this set marks the begining of Naruto shippuden in high definition from episode 54 onwards.Colour is sharper and brighter(the new opening song "Blue bird" looks and sounds fantastic)for those who watch using a hdtv you will notice the difference.I give this set 3 stars because compared to whats to come in the future this set is simply killimg time until the superb immortals arc which begins from episode 72

Naruto Unleashed Complete Series 1 [DVD]
Naruto Unleashed Complete Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chie Nakamura
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding series!, 20 Dec. 2010
Naruto is one of those rare animes that is consitently excelent.From the first episode i was hooked desperate for more naruto.This show has everything i wanted from an anime;a epic storyline superb characters,fantastic fight scenes,outstanding dialogue,a beautiful and intense music score and more!It is also a bargain for 26 episodes.After buying the 1st season i have since bought all of the seasons.I cannot recommend this high enough. Its the best!

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