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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 07:21 pm
For anyone who remembers my thoughts on the Power Rangers Super Legends game, today I decided to test out my new copy of the Power Rangers Samurai game.

My first thought is to sulk, because there is no Antonio. Or Lauren, which I kind of expected, but ANTONIO. -Sulks forever-

The game kind of plays like a badly-written fanfic of the series, with you 'acting out' the fight scenes. A lot of the dialogue is familiar, and I can easily recognize the Nighlocks. Characterization is pretty decent especially in contrast to Super Legends, and the voices are actually right! They even use screencaps at certain points.

It's also surprisingly complex. There's multiple variations of the different attacks, places to swap characters in mid-mission, symbols for different instructions ... You have to collect power symbols hovering around the level to use your special attacks, and the meter for that runs out fast. They even have you copying the power symbols for morphing and the Zord fights - not writing them, but selecting the order in which the lines are drawn.

The Zord battles, though. OMG MY ARM. x.x

The set up is kind of a roshambo: you have your health bar, the Nighlock's health bar, and you each have a bar along the side for your attack level. You raise your attack level by spinning the 'disk' on your touchpad. Whoever fills their bar first attacks; if you're close, you get to hit block very quickly.

What that really means is that I spent roughly five minutes at a time frantically drawing circles on my DS. I made it through two Zord battles and decided I'm done playing for the day. My arm still kind of aches. c.c;;;

All in all, I'm kind of divided over what I really think of it. On the one hand, it's actually kind of fun. Also I find it to be better made than Super Legends was, as it actually seems to have been created by people who at least *vaguely* knew the characters. On the other hand, the story line is boring, the characters are all pretty flat (because they're from early first season, before we had any real development), and it's kind of the same thing over and over.

So far, anyway. I'm hoping it'll get better as I go along.

In other news, I learned that my newest story on AO3, The Essence of Betrayal is the first Wes/Jen/Eric story posted there. I'm both flattered and a little weirded out. I also found out when I was verifying this that out of the forty-three Wes stories on the site, five of them are mine. c.c;;; (I also feel very slightly guilty, seeing as The Essence of Betrayal is centered around Charlie and Sky and the Wes/Jen/Eric part is more of a background thing.)

Obviously the real answer here is that more people should write Wes/Jen/Eric. Because.

Oh, I should probably do something that makes me sound like a semi-responsible moderator, huh?

Power Rangers Appreciation Day Assignments have been sent out! Please be sure to thank [personal profile] rosabelle for this, as I was too busy feeling confused and intimidated by AO3's matching system while she was fussing over making sure everyone got the best assignments possible. If you signed up but can't find your assignment in your e-mail, please be sure to let us know.

Happy Procrastinating Writing everyone! ♥
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
I didn't sign up because I'm in no mental state for a fic challenge. But if folks need cheerleading or beta-ing, feel free to send them my way. :)