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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - Vanillaware's Latest Finally Being Released in the West

j2alg

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The battles turn out to be a very ho-hum affair, if you don't sleep on the job your units won't even get hurt. I was also somewhat displeased with some scenarios.
Overall though it's greater than the sum of its parts and well worth playing.

also
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Carpincho Pampeano

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Had a blast with the tower defense gameplay, that mission where x character starts singing during the battle felt epic, i have a weak spot for that kind of missions. It's probably the greatest Sci-Fiction game out there that manages to put every single trope of the genre into it making it a fantastic homage, you can see that this was a passion project.
 

Talby

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It seems crazy that they'd make the combat this weird zoomed out thing where you can't even see the units. At some point in the development someone said "Vanillaware is known for it's great unique artwork. Let's not include any of that during the actual gameplay." Weird.
 
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It seems crazy that they'd make the combat this weird zoomed out thing where you can't even see the units. At some point in the development someone said "Vanillaware is known for it's great unique artwork. Let's not include any of that during the actual gameplay." Weird.

Vanillaware makes low budget games. This was a lower budget game that Dragon's Crown, which was their biggest budget game, and that was just somewhere over a million dollars. It helped keep the budget down while still looking cool. You do get to see what the moves do during the gameplay, but it's only when selecting the attack.

I am a little surprised those animations weren't used as some kind of pop up you'd see when the action happened. The inspiration for the look of battles in this game are Gunparade March on the PSX and the PS2 Fantavision, (I wonder if Geometry Wars may have been too) and in Gunparade March you do get a little cutscene of what's happening when you do it. The only thing is I guess they'd need to make even more stuff for all the different combinations of interaction, and the way Vanillaware went about it here keeps things moving faster.




 

Talby

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That makes more sense. Bear in mind I'm not saying the game looks bad, necessarily, just that it's a shame you don't see the mech warefare equivalent of the combat in Dragon's Crown. I might still pick this up anyway.

They really need to release their backlog on PC, though.
 
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You do get to see the mech warfare, you'll see what the attacks, it's just instead of seeing it when it happens it's an animation that plays out when you're selecting your actions.

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But all the attacks have them, so you'll see the mech launching missiles, using their saw attacks, deploying drones, using their EMPs, and whatever other attacks and actions they have.

It's probably up to Altus if their stuff comes out on PC, and they're just now toying with PC releases. But not even all of their stuff gets a US release:

 
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Rean

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Anyone emulating this? Yuzu seems better than Ryu performance-wise but suffers from low audio volume.
 

Rean

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This game has 5 hours of music. :P
 

Perkel

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Tried it. Boring after 2-3 hours. Typical shool anime drama + mecha. Front mission it is not.
I liked their previous games and finished them. Dragon's Crown was especially fun.
 

Rean

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True. It's no Star Citizen, so naturally it would fail to meet your high standards.
 
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