Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Psychic Force 2012 - Difficult to Go Back To


I just seem to be finding all the games that are just hard to go back to. I have a hard time coming back to old games I played in the past anyway. I have an even harder time sticking to the new ones.

Anyway Psychic Force 2012. 3D Arena Fighting Game. Very few I know of it's kind. Even fewer I know by name or even seen. An old friend of mine says it's like Dragonball Z. Well...he's very imaginative. But it's different. Probably one of the most balanced fighting games I've played. Although what balance is in fighting games is by definition is has not been made clear.  It's just plain fun. Except it has fallen to time. And is overshadowed by everyone's favorite fighting games. You know the ones.

Story

Well I shouldn't even bother explaining this. But this was when I like fighting game story modes. It has a nice process to it that respects your time, and let's you take a guess at what happens instead of debunking any theories you come up with. Here are the steps as to what I like in a GOOD fighting game story.


  1. Instruction Manual Explains just enough to understand.
  2. pick a character
  3. witty banter between 2 characters
  4. fight
  5. witty banter after you win
  6. next stage or ending
  7. Repeat steps 3 - 6 until you reach the end.
  8. See the ending and wonder what happens in the next game.
Why can't more fighting games do this? Actually why did fighting games stop doing this? Now they just do things that annoy me in terms of explaining the game's story. To the point that I just don't care. And at that point I don't even want to play the game. Things like:
  • Forced to play as characters
  • Incredibly long story telling that doesn't respect your time
  • Only 1 ending (maybe 2)
  • It's more of a cinematic movie than actually playing a game.
These days we're lucky to even have an arcade mode. So I guess I should take what I get right? Well...it really turns me off from the game entirely when I don't have much of a reason to get interested in the characters. And the way fighting games do stories now. I feel like I'm wasting my time trying to play.

The Actual Game's Story

Phew that was a rant. Anyway. This game takes place 2 years after the first Psychic Force game. But before I go into that. I have to give you a gist of what's going on in this universe. 

It's the future and now there are people awakening to new powers called ESP. However only a select few people can even use this power. These psychics were dubbed the name Psychiccers. Humans fear them cause they have all this power and could possibly take over or destroy the world. Psychiccers fear or really hate humans cause of all the discrimination they take. So a group of Psychiccers got together and formed a group named Noah. In hopes of making a Utopia of there own where only Psychiccers exist. Well the Army isn't gonna stand for that and decided to utilize Psychiccers to build better armies. Well Burn the main character doesn't like either side and wants his friend Keith (who happens to be the leader of Noah) to stop his madness.

A different outcome on the same story. If you play as Wendy. I like this style of fighting game storylines. 

This is all starting to sound like X-Men. Cause it pretty much is. Just with Psychics instead of mutants. 

Well Psychic Force 1 despite the many character endings that all added up ends with an epic battle of Burn vs Keith, but it ends prematurely due to an explosion that would try to claim there lives.  Okay I gave you a generally vague explanation of the first game. Now for the 2nd game.

So 2 years later. Noah which was thought to be disbanded reforms to be called Neo-Noah. The Psychic Army is stronger than ever cause it's led by a Psychiccer named Richard Wong. Who betrayed Noah and tried to kill Burn and Keith. Wong is well on his way towards world domination and Keith sits in solitude. While there are a few others that roam around freely. In fact the story pays attention to a new protagonist, named Might. Might has no memory of his past. Just that his mission is to kill all Psychiccers. He doesn't know why. But he was rescued by a girl named Patty who found him badly wounded. Might's mission is to kill all Psychiccers but why he doesn't know. He just does it. So his fights turn crazy especially when it comes to killing Patty.  Might finds out that he's a soldier that Wong created in the future and sent him back to the past to help out his army. Except Might's mission is to kill all Psychiccers. So guess what Wong. That includes you.

I think Might didn't make it to the wrong movie.

That's but one of the character stories. There's plenty other characters. And every ending leaves you on that note of wondering which ending happened. I like this cause you get to know every character in the game. Not just a few characters. You get to decide who's the good guy and bad guy. And should the sequel get released you get to go, "Ohhhhhh so that's what happened." 

Character Cliche

Burn's Hair style. You can't copy that. Well you can but...

The characters and the elements they use are rather cliche. I might be lenient and say they're more than likely totally cliche. Keith who uses ice gives virtually everyone the cold shoulder. Emelio uses Light but has issues with his dark/evil side. Wong controls time and throws out swords as his attack. Not only that but comes off as having all the time in the world to come up with plans and destroy his opposition. Setsuna uses darkness but his power hungry. Genshin uses Magic and comes off as a wise old man.  Patty uses sound and sings. Then heal people. 

See the cliche's here. It's very trope, anime, videogame cliche's going on here. The character's attitude matches there powers. 

Gameplay


I know you weren't here to read about my thoughts on fighting game storylines. If you never played an Arena fighting game before. You might be in for some trouble getting used to the controls.  There isn't really a facing left or right side of the screen when it comes to command inputs. You input your moves based on where you want to launch whatever attack. But if you're not confident in doing that. Then you can turn on Beginner mode and all attacks will be aimed at your opponent.  

Problem is. That this game is more about landing trick shots on your opponent. Playing mind games with them. Forcing them to move where you want so you can inflict a lot of damage. You have a hard time doing that with just beginner mode. 

As for balancing. I would say this game is pretty well balanced. I have a hard time saying that one character is overpowered. Cause once I say that I find that another character can easily beat that character. I think it would be incredibly hard to tier list this game. Although I bet people would do so. And then try to ban the boss/hidden characters. 

While I did put this to a meme. This is an example of trapping your opponent in a setup. 

My issue is. I used to be great at this game. Now come 15+ years later I'm just mediocre. Age does bad things. Not only that but this is one of those games that will probably never see the light of day again. It's overshadowed by games like Street Fighter. And the company that owns this game is Taito. Who used to make tons of arcade games. I looked up the game to see if I could find images of the characters and found out Taito still exist and still own the rights to this game. But they're not doing anything with it. Sad cause this is one of the games I would love to come out on a modern system and play online. But it has a niche audience so finding players would be scarce. Especially when places like Youtube and Twitch are among the main sources of having a game gain any fame. Sad times for fighting games to be honest.

There's also the fact of little replay value. Since today everything's played online. Unless you somehow got this game to run on an emulator and online play. You have Story Mode and Arcade Mode. Both are pretty much the same. Then you have Vs CPU. And Training. Watch Mode. Not much else to do.  Unless you have friends interested this game as much as you are.

Graphics



PS2's Psychic Force 2 Opening

Well first off this game is the version US got on Dreamcast. There's a version of this game on the PS2 called Psychic Force 2. Psychic Force 2 has characters from the first game included on this one. But at the cost of graphics. 2012 has far better Graphics in comparison and better frame rate too.

The character's looks are pretty memorable. As memorable of your typical anime. You won't really see people dress like these guys. They're totally anime cliche. You have the guy that never opens his eyes unless he's about to kill you. The guy with a really weird haircut. A guy that looks like a girl and even sounds like a girl. Short skirt girls. You know the anime tropes. It's just missing a loli.
Setsuna looks like he belongs in Gundam or some other Super Robot Anime.
While the gameplay is in 3D. There are some cutscenes particularly endings that use anime screenshots. You know like in older fighting games. You don't really see this done often anymore. I think Guilty Gear and Blazblue are the only ones that still use that method for stories today. These days it's about 3D graphics cause it's somehow cheaper to render a 3D model than drawing it out. Whatever.
The graphics look good. But it's cliche. I will admit though summoning a giant ice dragon or a phoenix to catch my opponent and explode them is pretty bad ass. And Gudeath's grab is just awesome watch. I don't see fighting game grapplers these days that grab there opponent by the face then drag them across the wall.

Gudeath: We goin for a ride boy!

Music


I enjoy listening to the music on this game. Very much fits a fighting game and there's no song in this game that makes me say, "why is this here?" You can even change the option to listen to the arcade version of the character theme. Although I'm not too fond of the arcade version and prefer the arranged BGMs. 

I don't want to talk about the voice acting too much. It's all Japanese voice acting. My problem with this isn't how it sounds, but in how it's glorified as the best voice acting ever. I always find people saying just watch the Subbed version as it sounds better and that English sucks. I hate subs. I pretty much have to watch whatever episode multiple times cause I'm too busy reading instead of seeing the animation on screen. You might say well just learn Japanese. Well I'm 30 and I don't want to learn another language that I won't make much use of. I rather have my game or anime I'm watching in a language I understand.  And the rare cases of bad voice acting are few and very far between. 

That was another tangent. The issue with the Japanese voice acting for me is that if I ask someone what the character is saying. Or someone else see's the game's story mode. The obvious complaint will turn up saying that someone did a horrible translation. I know this cause I read through the manual and noticed there's a few grammar errors throughout it. Also a few quotes don't sound too right to me. I hear it on other games it translates to something else. So I can't be too sure. 

Overall


Would I want this game to come back and be playable on modern systems? Yes and No. Yes because this is a fighting game series I like. But no cause if there was a remake or a sequel. I feel like the changes made would be to try an attract an audience rather than being a good game.  

Like they would add Goku as a character or put in some crazy mechanic that the game never even needed. Not only that but this game was one of those that appeal to a niche audience. That means there won't be too many people playing. Unless it somehow gained the popularity of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tekken. This game wouldn't be played much outside of Japan.

I still like this game to this day. I think it should be recognized more. Maybe someone could point out it's flaws a lot easier. But for me it's how a fighting game should be. For the most part.

Monday, May 8, 2017

World Bosses - Marvel Future Fight

Finally managed to take down 5 of the 7 World Bosses. Without resorting to the supposed OP characters. Just sort of a brief analysis of what myself and anyone is up against in this game.

What's Great

You can randomly get a ton of great prizes. High Ranking ISO-8's, Dark Matter, Custom Gears, etc. For winning.

What Sucks

You can only defeat each World boss 5 times a day. So you don't spam the world bosses and instantly unlock them. Can't have that. The prizes also range from crap to great. Worst is that you cannot reuse the same characters to fight the boss again.

Of course the main reward is that you gain the biometrics of the defeated world boss. You'll need around 20 of them. And they level differently from the other normal characters.

World Bosses Themselves

Proxima Midnight


I call her pew pew lady. She's got GeminiMan's Gemini Lasers. And pretty much spams them. By Gemini Laser I mean they bounce on the walls a couple of times trying to hit you. She's actually the easiest of the 7 (Arguable). Worst she does is is cover the screen with lasers leaving no safe spot. She only has 3 phases though and doesn't change her game plan much.


Black Dwarf

Haven't beaten him yet

The guy you'll be using so much profanity about. Cause he's built like a tank.  And built with the idea of killing you in just a few smacks. Doesn't help that he adds tons of bleed damage. Even worse his high physical defense. I hate trying to maneuver around this guy since I always get hit for some reason. Worst is that he packs that stupid full screen kill you regardless attack. You can avoid it if he's not in the center of the arena trying to pull it off. Or if you manage to unleash so much damage that you stop him granting you sometime to heavily damage him.

I want this guy but I still can't beat him. His attacks are far too wide to avoid. And being able to knock you out in only a few hits hurts.

Corvus Glaive

Recording the video tomorrow.

Seems simple at first....then you see what he's sporting. Abusing the infinity gems power allowing him to revive granting him 3 lives. He also has bleed damage and burn damage. Then can even paralyze you leaving  you open to his assault. The worst aspect of this guy is his insane dodge rate. If you're not packing Ignore Dodge expect to see the word "DODGE" In bold letters for a lot of your attacks. He also summons minions which fall easily but annoy you while he winds up for his big attacks.


Supergiant



Dumb name. She has the power to mind control people and she brainwashed Black Bolt of all people. While her attacks aren't that great. It's really him that'll annoy you to death and then end up placing you under Fear Status. So you lose control for a few seconds while she whittle away at your HP. She even packs the famous FU screen kill move that you have to stop. Great.

Ebony Maw



Troll. That's what this guy is. A troll. Telegraphed attacks. But his main thing is running away while hopefully you get trapped so he can smack you. It gets even worse when he's low in HP as he'll summon the Nova Corps to make you lose track of where he is.

Thanos


The big man himself. Your typical Action game boss as well. He packs moves that just plain hurt and honestly its like playing Devil May Cry or a similar game. At low HP he'll start doing attacks I swear I can do nothing about in terms of avoiding. So yeah your pissed typical action game boss.

Thanos Infinity

Haven't beaten him yet.

Thanos again just tankier and not willing to put up with your crap. Even my Groot couldn't stand up to the guy. That's how hard he hits. -_- And his HP is through the roof. It's unfair tbh. But this is a mobile game thus mobile game logic.


Looking at this now. I'll be forever behind on this game. As they already released Super World Bosses. A higher difficulty for World Bosses. With more BS added to lesson the fun.

Why Not Use Broken/OP Characters?

I know all about them. I just don't care about them. They are not characters I like. I feel like using/playing with those characters will just ruin the game for me. Not cause they're "Too OP PLS Nerf", but because I feel like I won't be having fun playing the game. It's more satisfying to me to do it with characters I like rather than play tiers. If the character I like happens to be OP, Top tier, or whatever then that's a bonus. I have the same feeling for fighting games and well pretty much every game.

Besides in mobile games there's always a point where they'll invent new things that make the previous OP strategies useless.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - Fun While Depressed


Playlist to be completed soon


I ended up finally plugging this game into my Xbox 360. After forcing myself out of bed, whipping away tears, and trying to not think about killing myself. Did me well I suppose since I'm writing this.

It's sorta a step down from Lego Marvel Avengers but it works. I can't imagine the copyrights and content ID claims I'll have to deal with in this game. The LEGO games are mired in it.


Story

So this is a way to get a crash course on most of the prominent Marvel Heroes and Villians. The main avengers, Spiderman, Hulk, Fantastic 4, etc. But really this gives a focus on the Silver Surfer. If you don't remember his story. He's basically the guy who brings disaster to whatever world he passes by cause Galactus soon comes by and devours said world.

Dr. Doom attacks the Silver Surfer and takes part of his board for his evil plan. But for whatever reason Loki, Dr. Octopus, Magneto, and even Abomination have joined forces. So we need everyone in on this including Shawarma to deliver food to find out what's going on and stop it.

The story has tons of Lego and Marvel comedy while giving us tons basic info on each of the main heroes.

Sound

I actually love the sound here. While you don't have the authentic movie voices of the marvel characters. You do have notable voices. You do have some issues during parts of the game where a character speaks but because they're not on screen they'll sound distant. It's best to turn on Subtitles to rectify this. Even though the subtitles can be rather annoying in size.

The music that picks up during the boss fights is notable to me. Since it actually felt like a good moment for the stage to pick up in pace. It does sound sorta generic but in a good way.

Graphics

Well it's Legos. I mean you can't really expect much outside of Lego. I did find it annoying how the help text would constantly pop up for certain things when I'm trying to do something else. But it's Legos and I appreciate how the entire world loads pretty quickly and no long loading times for such a big world. I was stopped at the border of the world a few times. One side there's some construction workers that tell me I can't go any further cause they're working and it'll take a long time. Likely that's a DLC area or something else. Then if I fly too far to the edge of a map using one of the flight vehicles...well it blows up cause of the invisible wall.

Gameplay

Gameplay is your typical Lego game. You beat up legomen, collect bricks, break stuff, activate switches, if you're stuck then you gotta build stuff with the obvious bricks laying around. The same replay value that exists is around as well. Come back with different characters to collect the things you're missing.  There's side quest as well as a character creator. Although I find the character creator rather lacking.

What I didn't like is the camera at times I couldn't adjust it to where I could see that I'm walking off a bottomless pit. There's no game overs though so it's simple to deal with. I did find the game rather hand-holding since the basic information about characters and whatever object in path would pop-up on screen constantly. I'm not dumb game.

Another thing I found annoying is how certain characters can't use vehicles. I unlocked Rocket Raccoon but turns out he can't use vehicles of any kind and can't even activate switches. -_- So much for a tactical super genius raccoon.

There's a ton of extra gameplay you can do especially after you finish the game. As usual of course. Tons of characters to unlock. Vehicles. Just loads of extras to keep you busy in the game. The games about 15 levels long with around 20 side missions. Not counting the sidequest like races, save the town, etc.

Overall

Good for keeping you busy. If you like Legos. The levels aren't long. Take about 20 - 30 minutes each if not shorter. And you got your classic Lego Comedy along with Nick Fury's love for Shawarma. What's not to like.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Youtube Update April 2017 - Older and Tired

So April 2nd I turn 30. Honestly I can say nothing about it. Just makes me sad. I mean a lot of things in my life if not everything pretty much went opposite of what I wanted. My own fears and views of the world stop me from taking risks. But really there's no one to push me to do things. Just everyone being nice and going all like, "You're doing great. Keep it up." When I'm not.

Well Youtube is just as it is. They keep making changes and you can do nothing but complain and accept them. So youtube removed the option of Fan Funding. Which is essentially google's version of having a Paypal and asking for donations there. What's being removed in the future is Annotations and in it's place is end title cards. Removing annotations is essentially going to cripple a lot of websites that make money through allowing them to make annotations on your videos. They're adding more stuff that I can't really make use of.

Livestreaming

I've been trying to get back into livestreaming. Trying. The mentality behind it though is just ugh.  I stress out every time I try to setup. I read a guide or newsletter talking about streaming and it said to just fake my feelings. But that's something I just can't do. I only thought of livestreaming again to get more publicity. I'd do it on Youtube but it doesn't feel like I'd get anywhere streaming on Youtube and it's setup is just ugh.

I've already explained what I don't like about Streaming. The time it takes. How much I get done versus how much I get done when not streaming, The shoutouts, the chat. Just so much anxiety at this point.

Youtube

While I get comments they're more or less the same. Even more so I'm finding it harder to view comments. Like I get comments but no notifications that someone made a comment. Or I'll get notifications but it's like from ghost often times. My phone beeps off way late when I get comments. It's just hard to respond to comments now.

I haven't improved or did worse in views or subs. I honestly think subscribers don't matter at this point cause what's the point of having subscribers when your subscribers don't respond. In fact I can say that the majority of mine only subscribed for one video. And it's usually a video from ancient times.

I'm very likely repeating myself here. But New/Indie games don't grab viewers. It may cause a sudden increase in viewers but then they'll disappear after a few days and that's me being generous with that number. Game Grumps and pretty much play whatever they want and never have to worry about viewers.  I hate those that always say that I should play New games or Indie games to grab viewers. I understand your trying to help. But you're honestly being presumptuous and you don't even know it.

Where's your proof that this is fact? What are you basing this on? Why does that work? I can't trust it.

Another thing I hate is how Youtube makes my old playlist nonexistent. But if I create a new playlist of the same name then search it they both turn up. The old and the new one. Youtube I've been on youtube for a very long time and I feel like you're trying to kick me out. Why not kick out those other guys? You know the ones that make you look bad, that deliberately go against the policies you set and yet still yield high amounts of views.  Sigh...whatever that's how the world is and I just live in it.


Playthroughs

I still struggle to stay consistent with playthroughs. A big issue now is mobile games. I like some of the mobile games others I don't. I tried to stick to schedule in playing these but daylight savings ruins it. Mobile Games don't bother with changing along with Daylight Savings for one reason or another. Forcing me schedule later. Then there's the whole bit of editing videos I hate Adobe Premiere. It always likes to give one issue or another. I want find something else that's reliable and doesn't give some BS reason to crash or refuse to read files, etc.

Marvel Future Fight



Well this game I'm at a point where I need to grind heavily before I do anything significant. I don't like recording something like a daily quest. It'll be just me doing the same thing over and over again. Nothing significant. I rather wait till I get something to happen. Like I got a character maxed out. Or I beat a world boss.

DBZ Dokkan



I don't really enjoy this game. This is one of those games I rather just look at the nice artwork of the cards and see the animations of super attacks. I rather not play this game. Even if people like it. It's just not fun for me. I'm not up for putting forth my full effort into this game.

Hexyz Force



This is a game I do enjoy despite how long it takes me. I'm trying to do the playthrough like how I saw another youtuber I watch. He records all the cutscenes and boss fights together as a clip. I figured I'd do that for people. I don't know how people respond to that though. There's 2 different stories and a final story. So this game is very interesting to me and I wish I played it a long time ago. I just couldn't get my hands on a copy.

Skylanders: Imaginators



There's still things to do. I just need to go out actually buy them Too bad it's rather expensive and I can't afford it.

Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb



This game reminds me of Ross's quote (From Ross's Game Dungeon) about Old PC Game endings. Where they're very mediocre. And this game pretty much supports his comment. The end of the game is rushed. The ending gives tons of plot holes. But there's an online comic series to continue the story.

You can go here to view it: http://inherittheearth2.com/

Pokemon: Moon



I should've finished this game months ago. But finally got it from Gamefly and Well. Now I have a hard time just sticking to the game. I hate trying to record it. Since one, people complain about the quality cause I don't have a 3DS capture card. Two, the amount of effort I do to at least record the game in the first place. And 3 I feel like I have no time to play it. I try to play it. Get a good run going then the battery is dying and I have to stop. Or something comes up forcing me to stop. Or I'm just at one of those points where I'm bored and don't feel like playing. Or my depression kicks in and I just don't do jack squat but lay in bed all day. Yeah this playthrough is troublesome.

Stuff I Want To Play


Battleborn


I don't care that people say Overwatch is better and Battleborn is crap. Cause everyone I've heard say that has the reasoning of the company's previous game was garbage. Whatever that previous game was. First off I look at Overwatch and I was excited. I was hoping that Overwatch was going to be a movie cause the super long trailer was pretty much a movie. And all the lore and story they put into the game makes it pretty scream that it's a movie. Then I look at the gameplay and it's all the same. Online Multiplayer, Kill each other, get to the payload, kill each other, capture and defend bases, kill each other. No single player. Yet the trailers dump all those story into the game but it doesn't matter at the end of the day.

Yet I see Battleborn, and they have Single and Multiplayer modes. A story campaign. Your classic set of multiplayer modes of killing each other. And interesting characters. So why does it suck again? Oh right Gearbox Software? Wait what's bad about Gearbox Software? I don't know...and I don't care cause very likely I will never play the other games made by them and I'm more focused on this game. Not the company. I'd go more into but that tangent would be another 6 paragraphs of text you won't read.

Freedom Planet 2


I definitely want to play this when they finish it. I almost went out my way to buy the first one on console. Almost. Good thing I'm poor. But yes I can't wait for this to be finished.


 BUCK Game


I played the demo sometime last year. And it's now been released. I was impressed with this game. I was expecting zombies, but got this instead. I'm ecstatic because of that. I didn't feel bored, I felt like wanting to do more. I haven't felt that way about a game since Dust: An Elysian Tale.


Stories: The Path of Destinies



If I could ever get a new video card I would totally play this. I keep looking at this game and reminding myself that I got to get a new video card to play this. I hope that happens one day in my life before I die. Cause this game is apparently great.


That's about everything I can think of to talk about. Hope you guys enjoy yourselves. I'm going to sleep later everyone.

Power Rangers - Legacy Wars: Tarnished My Legacy




I'm pretty sure every one of you out there has had a game that you looked forward to playing when it came out then you play it and your like....ugh. Well that's how I feel with this game. Power Rangers - Legacy Wars is a fighting game for mobile devices. You pick rangers from your favorite series from Mighty Morphin up to the 2017 Movie. Obviously this game was to celebrate/promote the new 2017 movie. But honestly it doesn't do a good job. Lack of gameplay options, not much explanation given, a badly organized character roster, and mechanics make this game really meh at best.

So the concept of this game is that Rita Repulsa (The 2017 Movie One) decides to corrupt the legacy of the Power Rangers. Now it's up to you to recruit characters get rid of this corruption. That's it. From that point onward you get thrown into a tutorial that tells you how to fight. But it doesn't tell you everything. After you finish the tutorial the only thing left is PvP.

What's Good?

I guess I should note what's good first. So I admire the character models. They're pretty well done. Although you could say it's simple to make models like that since the character roster is mostly rangers. But you got the evil bad guys like Goldar or Xandred. I just wish that like in Marvel Future Fight you could take a closer look at the models.

Actual PvP. On a Mobile game that's kinda rare. Usually when it's PvP it's really you vs another players team. But this is actual PvP. So I have to give props for this.

That's it really...

Behold all the characters you can play as right now. It'll be awhile before they add more.

What's Bad


Everything else is bad. Music is forgettable. The combat while I didn't expect much from this is bad. Basically it's 2.5D fighting game on a mobile device and aside from Street Fighter IV and a few others on mobile. This doesn't do a good job. You swipe left and right to dash or backdash. But you select from a somewhat random assortment of cards to attack or block. And you utilize this to hopefully beat down your opponent.

That's all the tutorial tells you. What you're not told is that blocking attacks you can only block for a small period of time. And there's attacks that break guards. Not only that but there's combos. Combos that only work when certain cards are used in a correct order. The only way you figure this out is through playing the game.

There's also only 2 modes of play in the game. Training and PvP. While that's not bad considering your new standard for fighting games is Training Mode and Online Matches. WAIT WHAT AM I SAYING?! I HATE BOTH THESE MODES IN FIGHTING GAMES!!!

You only get these 2 modes to play. Nothing else. No added story to the game. Which you don't really need. But honestly when your opening intro is Rita Repulsa is doing something evil and the world needs you to stop it. I need a bit more story to go along with it. Not only that. But WHY IS THERE NO SINGLE PLAYER?!

So your PvP is ranked by tiers. As you rank up you get access to more characters...I should explain this though cause at first I thought this would be like Marvel Future Fight where I can easily acquire what I need to recruit whatever character. But it's not. Basically the tiers show you what you can randomly earn from it. Which is nice but there's no specific you'll get this character from this stage. Cause when you win or lose a match you get a treasure box that contains random stuff. And just like Marvel Future Fight you need a specific amount of whatever character to unlock that character and level him/her/it up.

These are Leader Characters. Notice the Fancy Boxes?
These are Assist characters. There boxes aren't fancy.

And this is great. The character roster although small. Which likely won't stay small for too long cause it's a mobile game. It's unorganized. I looked through the character roster and found 2 of the same character. Why? Well that's another concept of the game. You have a main fighter and 2 assist characters in your team. Why do I bring this up? Well not all the characters are playable. They're just assists. And to make it worse you can't really tell these apart from one another. The Leader characters have a slightly fancier box then the assist characters. But when I look at the roster they're all jumbled up together. I can't separate them either.

And here's a small gripe I have and experience with the game. I can't change my name. I am now and forever know as Ranger01245641 or whatever. I tried entering my name but it wouldn't let me change it. I thought at first it's because maybe someone already has my name. So let me try something else. Nope. I just can't change it.

Overall

This game is a huge disappointment for me. First off this game wanted me to pre-register. Cause it wasn't out at the time. So that makes me think that there's gonna be something big coming cause I pre-registered. I got nothing. 2nd Seeing screenshots from other people that played the closed beta of the game made me think oh this game will be awesome. It's not in the slightest. I was happy at first but then as I played it my smile went to a big frown. At least when the game updates I can view the other character models cause I'm not playing it.

I can understand keeping the gameplay simple for the kids that will flock to this game. But it's lack of an actual single player mode hurts it heavily. TRAINING MODE IS NOT A REAL SINGLE PLAYER MODE!!! This game makes Marvel Contest of Champions look godlike and that game is a massive paywall game.  Forget this.

Note: I also don't appreciate this game constantly showing MMPR Green Ranger all day for 10 dollars.