There’s engaging combat to be enjoyed at some point in the game, but getting there is pretty painful
This is definitely one of those titles where I get a very strong “fish out of water” vibe as someone who doesn’t really follow modern anime or certainly this already-established series. Starting pretty dramatic and strong, you quickly get a small taste of the game’s combat, which feels somewhat distinctive and polished. That then cascades into the opening credits which are nice enough and look great, backed by what feels like a pretty standard sort of theme. Then the story begins, and aside from feeling pretty lost pretty quickly with the overall odd situation and characters, it was frankly astounding how long stretches of conversations lasted yet really didn’t often feel like they went anywhere. I suppose the people familiar with the series may be delighted with these deep conversations that last far too long, but for someone new to the party who doesn’t have any connection with any of it I was just hoping for some more cool combat and that’s simply not going to happen for quite some time, let alone opening up completely to let you enjoy that aspect of the game. Just this really feels like a misfire with horrendous pacing, front-loading far too much story it is assuming everyone must be interested in before getting to what I’d consider the fun. Approach only if you have patience or an abiding love of the series, I’d recommend anyone uninitiated consider other options though.
Justin Nation, Score: