Aquarion Logos #21 — Oh No! Not THAT Guy!

November 19th, 2015

 

I'll sure miss him, especially the way he… he… uh… help me out here.

For the interested, Eushully announced its next game. It's kind of a departure, appearing to be sort of like Heroes of Might and Magic, with being able to pick one of 6 different factions, each with their own protagonist (from not-Aladdin the sky pirate, to random angel doing it FOR THE ORPHANS, to fat old rapists, to demon clown girl who tosses defeated protagonists to the orc buffet) and the the goal being to conquer all the rest via resource collecting and building up armies… except that the little they describe of the actual battles involves the phrase "other than attack or retreat, automatically plays itself." Granted, there's some kind of spellcasting system to affect battles, but this already seems like a terrible, terrible idea, and that's on top of an entire game where I'm pretty sure after playing through and raping (or nice-raping in not-Aladdin's case) everyone as one protagonist, you're supposed to switch to another and rape them all again with someone else, including your previous avatar (or their genies/subordinates). I feel like this net they're casting may be a little… wide.

Impressions:

Well, this sure was an episode. If only it actually had the foundation there to make what happened in it actually work, so like much of this show, interesting idea, but the execution wasn't there. Probably most importantly Whose-His-Face dying, although the fact that they split him getting shot and him doing his heroic crap before fading out to the astral face of his girlfriend by 12 minutes of Maia/Nesta nonsense was going to be a problem regardless. If the episode was supposed to be his big send off, we probably should've either given him/them a bit more focus, both here and at any point in the previous 20 episodes, or not been so bloody bipolar about it. He's grievously wounded! But let's cut away. Oh, here he is again, merely a fleshwound. Can't stop his heroic spirit. Wait, nope, dead after all. If you want to be jarring, be jarring. If you want to put together a big fanfare, put together a big fanfare. But don't halfass both or you just end up full ass. Well, and there's also the stink of how they've already unmade everybody's loved ones once hanging over the whole thing.

And for the other half, we have Nesta and her dark robot pals basically stomping around the city, and/or possessing Maia to taunt people and/or induce vomiting. It still has the same problem that last week's 20 minutes of exposition only made worse. Why? Because Destiny. The world said so. Which is shorthand for "the writers couldn't think of any actual conflict so we're just going to say they have to overcome the natural order, which is apparently different from the current order." That's a problem. At the very least, some rule or goal needs to be set down to struggle for or achieve, even if it's something as Disney pithy as "true love's kiss," especially since we've already done the "learn to believe in yourself" schtick two or three times over here, and even that wouldn't cut it. Right now, Nesta is a mix between a petulant child throwing a tantrum about how things aren't how they're supposed to be, which is important because… because! and a surrogate for the writers themselves, there to inflict conflict, but completely unassailable because magic until magic.

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12 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Thea says:

    @Eushully: Welp, not-Alladin will be utterly unbearable. In every way. The Angel at least looks delicious, and surprisingly little overdesigned. Her “personality” will still be annoying. One wonders how she’ll do the sexing, though. Mysteries, mysteries.

  • Aroduc says:

    They have a description on the system page characterizing each faction’s sex scenes along with the army type. Hers basically tells me “too serious for sex herself, so mostly rape bait for everyone else,” and will you look at that, one of the sample CGs is her being chained up, clothes ripped off her, being raped.

    Playing her is also apparently supposed to be the most difficult, so there’s that too.

  • Thea says:

    Right… seeing how they mention the choice to make her “fall” in the description of her own faction, she’s sex-objectified even in half her own story. Great.
    Going by those descriptions, hers is still the faction intriguing me the most gameplay-wise, assuming the descriptions reliable and adding a lot of misplaced hope in their design skills.

    It really reminds of Madou Koukaku. That also advertised diplomacy and freedom of play and such, but in the end we got a choice between railroaded plots and rape-em-all.
    This time, I’m afraid it will be similar. Get railroaded or get no plot. Depending on the faction, we might get no plot anyway. Free play doesn’t go well with the kinds of plots Eushully likes after all.

    Aaand… sadly enough, I can already see too much of the main/true/good plot.
    Protag not-Alladin makes Nakama by addressing their complicated, complicated issues. Half-demoness gets his sausage, Wizard girl gets some independence (and a sausage), Angel gets an earful (with sausage), Vampire gets a hot-blooded declaration of NAKAMA POWER(tm(pirated)) (he has his own sausage, but his hanger-ons might want some). Only recruiting the fat guy might be semi-interesting, or maybe he’s just a henchman to the big bad anyway. We do have a sketch of them all posing together, though.
    Said big bad is… some evil ancient evil ultimately not threating anything really, but it’ll be portrayed like it would end the world. Cue NAKAMA POWER(tm(pirated)).
    The sad thing? I at most read half the character introductions.

    Oh, one last thing about the gameplay: Apparently you can give your individual troops more detailed orders once the battle has begun. But why am I still not regaining any confidence in the game?

  • Aroduc says:

    Because the last time they tried to make an army pseudo-RTS, they released a trial with the AI screwed up so badly that it attacked trees?

  • elior1 says:

    please aroduc do a review about the first movie of digimon tri

  • Aroduc says:

    Please deposit $5,000 to my bank account.

  • jingoi says:

    so its that bad….
    Can’t force myself to bother with it right now. Tons of bitching from fans about taiora/mattora/mimiizzy/whatever and hate on the chosen 02 cast.

  • Aroduc says:

    I have no idea who any of those characters are.

  • algorithm says:

    He’d die of boredom. I almost did for sure.

  • Germanguy says:

    Shirobaco…

    on the Green Shirt, the Logo name.. an Easter egg?

  • Paulo27 says:

    They are the names of ships which sunk long long ago.

  • algorithm says:

    Did you start watching with this episode?