Logic's Insight: Soul Calibur V 2/5
Intro: Myth Busters
Before I fully begin this review, I want to take some time to debunk a few myths on why this game's story is "good" or why the game in general is the best in the series.
A) Because it's different from previous games.
No. Different isn't always better, the nail that sticks up is the one that's hammered down. Doing things differently only works when the result is as good or better than the previous method. As we can see with SCV, throwing out the traditional character endings backfires because now we have no idea about who we're playing as. We don't even get to choose who we play in the story mode.
B) Those cutscenes have great graphics.
No! Having cool graphics during cutscenes have come to be expected in games. In fact, having good graphics is just something that's part of making a game's environment and feel. There's nothing special about having awesome graphics because everyone has awesome graphics nowadays. Plus, it doesn't matter how pretty your
Logic's Insight: Soul Calibur V 1/5Logic's Insight: Soul Calibur V 1/52 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Soul Calibur V is the biggest disappointment since my father.
I really can't think of any other thing in my gamer life that issues more feelings of disappointment, anger and utter betrayal when it comes to games that I play. Hell, it's not even the worst game that I've ever played and that's what makes me irk...
While my father has admitted to his mistakes, tried to made strides to not be a disappointment and I've made my peace with him and how he screwed up my life...Soul Calibur V's damage has forever affected me as a player. Halo 4, Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age, Kingdom Hearts...I can't play any of those games without thinking of the betrayal that was Soul Calibur V. It's like a fly that won't go away, no matter how much I swat it or go to another room. It's a pebble in my shoe and my shoe is stuck on my foot.
And if any of you "awesome-whores" under the age of 20 come up and say that Soul Calibur 3 was the worst game because it had dated graphics, then I suggest you stop reading this
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Problem 4: Time Skips and Denial of Important Need To Know Information
Because the developers wanted to do something "different", they threw in a 17 year time skip.
Which was pointless.
Nothing's really changed over 17 years, most returning characters either haven't aged at all (Ivy, Tira, Kilik, reportedly Taki whose absent from the game, and Raphael) or they look exactly the same as they did years ago (Algol, Hilde, Dampierre and Voldo). Others are supposedly completely different characters but they just took on the same name and style as the character that they're "replacing." (Nightmare, Astaroth and Yoshimitsu)
The only characters that actually have legitimately changed are Siegfried, Mitsurugi, Cervantes and Lizardman.
I'm not even really sure why they had a time skip of this many years? Couldn't they have just did 10 years?
I have a feeling that they choose 17 years so that the new game could star Sophitia's children as the new protagonist and antagonist of the new sto
Logic's Insight: Soul Calibur V 5/5Logic's Insight: Soul Calibur V 5/52 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Problem 10: This Game Shouldn't Have Happened
Honestly, if this how they were going to do this game then they shouldn't have made it at all.
I know a lot of fans petitioned for this game to be made because they love Soul Calibur so much, but fan petitions are denied all the time. Also, there comes a time when all things need to end.
Soul Calibur IV was meant to the final game in the Soul Series and it was meant to end the series with a bang. Say what you will about some of it's oddities, but the team really put a lot of effort into that game, it's mechanics and the stories of the characters involved. Everything had a higher stake, character arcs were nearing their close and the developers made a lot of calculated risks with gameplay, aesthetics, content and balance.
Whether or not you liked IV, you have to admit that at least the developers thought about what they were doing.
I don't see that here.
Soul Calibur V was just a shallow fighting game that was designed to look lik
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Problem 7: Unbalanced Cultural Representation
Something else that I noticed about V and I'm not sure if it's intentional...
It's too dominated by Western Styles. There are only 6 characters from the East who represent Eastern Culture or have eastern styles. Everyone else is mostly western and this is kind of a step backwards for a series whose core staple is having warriors from AROUND THE WORLD battle each other for Soul Edge. Did they decide to shave Africa, South-East Asia (present-day Phillipines), Korea, and the Americas off of the map?
For context, let me explain:
When Soul Blade came out, the ratio was relatively balanced. Mitsurugi, Taki, Li-Long, Seong-Mina and Hwang from Eastern Cultures; Sophitia, Siegfried, Cervantes, and Voldo from Western Cultures; and Rock from Native American Culture.
In SCI, we had some cast changes (like Li-Long assumably being killed by Cervantes), but nothing that upset the balance. Xianghua, Kilik, Maxi and Yoshimitsu from Eastern Culture
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Anyone ever met someone who they had a bad feeling about from the start? Maybe they didn't put themselves out in the open as often, seemed like nice people and looked legitimately trustworthy. Even then, they just seemed like someone you could have a good time with. But you had a bad feeling about this person that only grew the more you hung out with them. Eventually you see them for the manipulative jerk that they really are and see signs that they'll cause trouble. But you look around to see that many of your friends don't see what you see until...the person does something.
That would be the best way to sum up the Twilight Saga. While at first glance, it appears to be a teenage love story about a girl who falls in love with a vampire despite the obvious danger. Good or bad, the premise isn't terrible in itself, in short, it's a nice set up for a decent read. Unfortunately, Twilight is much...much...worse...
There is a three word phrase that I can use to sum up my feelings for this se
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I leap and roll off of the train and watch it crash off a cliff.
Things have become so stupid, convoluted and contrived that I no longer care about how the Naruto series ends. Kishimoto has demonstrated that he doesn't give a damn about story consistency and he's just going to do whatever the hell he wants regardless of if it makes sense.
It's his story, so technically he can do that. But that doesn't mean that he should.
When a writer just ignores their own set rules and starts doing whatever the hell they want, then it shows in the story and weakens it. Things like Deus Ex Machina/Diabolus Ex Machina are employed when the writer writes themselves into a corner with no other way out; Handwaves are meant to direct the audience away from plotholes so that they can "enjoy" the show; or even jump sharking just to get a cheap reaction from the audience.
There's a lot of them, but some are just symptoms of the disease or signals from noise. Stuff like Naruto disregarding Hinata's
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Before anyone asks: I have mostly positive things to say about Shonen Jump's Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto.
While Naruto does have some pretty major problems that holds it back, I still regard it rather highly compared to most manga. Most of it's major problems comes from not going as far as it could or should in terms of character development, the setting and themes. But that doesn't make it suck.
I's still pretty good.
So you might be asking, if I like it then why am I giving it a Logic's Insight?
One, as a change to tune. I wanted to change things up a little bit by going over something that I like rather than something that I hate. I'm still going to give it an honest review and point out things that I don't like or don't work. But for once, I want to bring insight into something that I regard positively and expose how it works and doesn't work on a fundamental level.
Two, Naruto has major problems. Forums like Onemanga are ablaze with fans arguing over things like a character
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The Bad Stuff
Now to start with the stuff that made me write out this review.
Most of these are kind of subjective and they don't ruin the manga...I just felt like the manga would be stronger without these problems.
For now, we'll start with situations that I felt caused a lot of headache for the main character for no other reason than just because.
Problem 1) Sakura
I'll just be up front and honest about this: I don't like the character of Sakura.
But for the longest time, I wasn't quite sure as to why I didn't like her.
At first, it was because she was useless in the grand scheme of things. While that's still kind of true, I was thinking more in areas of action and skill rather than overall. But, Sakura is a different type of shinobi from Sasuke and Naruto. Within that field, she's a very good shinobi and even killed one of the most powerful and senior members of Akatsuki after countering a poison that no one had ever seen before.
It's not because she's
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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Pony POV Series
Dark World Part 29 "Give A Reason"
By Alex Warlorn
"…She's…me… my… Nightmare."
"A nightmare? When yer awake? Heh-eh. Kinda funny," Apple Pie said while shivering.
"She feels like you, when… when you almost… Pinkie Pie." AJ couldn't say the full sentence. "Like…Nightmare Mirror did tah meh…"
For a moment, Spike felt like a baby dragon again. Derpy looked at Twilight and the Alicorn at the same time with her wall eyes, trying to super impose them over each other mentally, it was far too easy.
"So you've finally shown yourself."
Twilight looked at Rarity, "You knew?"
"Not in the least. All I knew was that I felt something traveling along with us. Some nameless passenger. Something so familiar it was painful, but I couldn't figure out what…Well, now I guess we know what the Sea Pony meant by the Alicorn witch."
*Everypony! Be on guard!*
"Your statement is of course, as
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Butterflies Optional Canon Ditzy
Written By Kendell 2 and Alexwarlorn
Hello, I'm Ditzy Doo. Or Derpy Hooves, I don't mind being called either. Huh? Do I find Derpy Hooves offensive? No, why would I? Both of my names mean I'm a little clumsy, but I don't find Derpy any different than Ditzy. I don't mind being clumsy or that ponies think I am, why should I be?
Plus, the Doctor says he finds it kind of "whimsical". He has ever sense we met at the Summer Sun Celebration when Nightmare Moon escaped.
I'll admit, I actually did consider changing my name after what Discord did But my psychiatrist told me that'd be giving into the hate he forced into me I'm still not sure
How am I doing? Well I'm doing alright I guess Wait, who are you guys? Oh, ok, just interviewers Sorry, last time something like this happened was was when
Do you know what it's like to be afraid of losing the thing, the one
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Pony POV Series
Dark World Part 20
Second Star To The Right, Straight On Till Morning
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"No." Rancor's front limbs caught the dragon, the shockwave of air visible.
"I SAID OUT OF MY WAY!"
"And I said no!"
Spike swatted the nuisance out of the way and continued on his path. Or that was what was supposed to happen. Instead Rancor caught his claw and judo threw him into the checkered ground.
Spike forced himself up only to get his gut slammed, creating a dust cloud around him. "Cool! You dragons are as nigh-invulnerable as they SAY you are! That would have pulverized a mortal pony's spine."
Rancor was engulfed in flames, "Oh come on! You can't be that dense-" Spike grabbed h
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"Dark World" Part Eight
By Alex Warlorn
My Little Pony
Our world is lost in evil's sway.
My Little Pony
Heroes have fallen one by one
This truly is the darkest day.
So dark none can see the sun.
Cadence/Trixie/Twilight's Parents/Father of All Alicorns/Applebloom:
Fate turns by our choices.
Hope is something only we can make.
If we don't raise our voices.
We'll never see the daybreak.
There's a light in the distance.
The light of hope will reignite.
Ah have found my lost resistance.
And we will grab that light.
Tyrants will finally fall.
We won't hide again.
No longer will we stall.
It's time for salvation to begin.
Cadence/Trixie/Twilight's Parents/Father of All Alicorns/Applebloom:
Fate turns by your choices.
Hope is something only you can make.
If you don't raise your voices...
You'll never see the daybreak.
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At first the rings just formed a straight line but soon she shaped more and more complex patterns. She got better and better and didn't realize or care how much time had passed. Suddenly she had an idea. Fluttercruel landed next to Discord who drew something that resembled a construction plan on a paper.
"Why don't you try it too, dad?"
"Hah! No problem."
Slowly he flapped his wings as his body began to rise into the air and flew up to her rings. Fluttercruel followed him instantly.
"You are not really flying, are you?"
"Well I am in the air. That is w