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Kafka Hibino vs Rappa



Suggested by Destroyer Rappa and Kafka are both very physical fighters but I think it’s safe to say that Kafka is on the higher end when it comes to strength. He’s blown up incredibly large Kaiju with a single punch and his speed is also unreal. It’s hard to see Rappa being able to keep up with someone like that for very long. He’ll enjoy the fight but it would be his last. Kafka Hibino wins.

Ray (Promised Neverland) vs Oliver (Promised Neverland)



Suggested by Destroyer It’s time for a double debut here for kids who had to try and survive in a rather tough environment. Oliver is a little older which definitely helps him out a lot and additionally he is a little more agile. Ray is tough in his own right but I would say Oliver still has the decisive edge here. This doesn’t give Ray a lot of room for a counter attack and so I think he would lose in the end. Oliver (Promised Neverland) wins.

Gecko Moria vs Rappa



Suggested by Sonic Rappa is an excellent hand to hand fighter but I don’t think he is quite ready to take down someone as powerful as Gecko Moria. While Moria may be lacking in physical abilities a bit next to a lot of the other Warlords, he can still fight when needed. It isn’t his first option but it’s not that he can’t fight, the guy even went up against Kaido once. I think Rappa would ultimately be overwhelmed if these two had to mix it up. Gecko Moria wins.

Kiritsugu vs Akainu



Suggested by Sonic Akainu has powerful magma but he actually isn’t as impressive as you would expect given that he is the fleet admiral. I expect he will get new feats soon but at the moment there really isn’t much of anything that he can do against Kiritsugu. Kiritsugu already has double time which is really handy but Akainu would still have the edge. No, Saber is what gives Kiritsugu the win here because his servant would be more than a match for Akainu. In terms of power it’s a good fight but the speed difference is too great. Kiritsugu wins.

Julius Belmont vs Endeavor



Suggested by Sonic Endeavor is a fighter who burns brighter than most but it’s hard to see him even needing his full strength here. Julius has a lot of good gadgets and is solid at close quarters combat but he really doesn’t have the speed or strength needed to match Endeavor. Julius would just get burned to oblivion if he even got too close to this hero, that’s how wide the gap in power is between them. Endeavor wins.

Nana Asta Deviluke vs Daisuke



Suggested by Sonic Daisuke has the ability to fly once he mastered Dark’s abilities but at the end of the day he doesn’t have any true super strength or speed abilities. Nana can shoot electricity and is also a lot more powerful physically. Daisuke would be on the run right from the start and wouldn’t be given any opportunity for a counter attack. Nana Asta Deviluke wins.

Brandish vs Witchfire



Suggested by Sonic Witchfire has some basic magic to augment her abilities but it won’t be enough against Brandish. While Brandish is hardly one of the stronger Fairy Tail fighters, her size manipulation is dangerous and she has some basic energy projection. Witchfire can’t burn hot enough to overwhelm Brandish in time to claim victory here. Ultimately she will just be on the losing side and just doesn’t have the tools needed to win. Brandish wins.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Review


I bought this game at the same time as Melody of Memory as part of my impromptu music batch but I probably should have played them in reverse. They’re both good games but Kingdom Hearts is just on a different level in virtually every category. This one also doesn’t really have a plot so the gameplay is solid as always but it’s naturally not going to stick out nearly as much. It doesn’t have the same level of content either but if you aren’t comparing this game to another one then it holds up on its own.

The game follows a fairly strict set up which is that every main Final Fantasy title from 1-13 has 3 levels in it. One is a standard rhythm stage where you have to press the buttons at the right time in order to score points and win the level. You have the cinematic levels where there is a cutscene playing in the background and your cursor is moving so it can be a little trickier to get the timing exact. Finally there are the boss levels but they play out the same way as the standard levels, only you see enemies getting blasted in the background as you land the combos.

That comes out to 36 levels and each one is only a few minutes long so it really won’t take you very long to beat this one. I cleared it in around 2.5 hours so you will probably beat it in around the same time since I didn’t lose any levels. Not to say there isn’t bonus content though. You can try to beat all of the levels again in challenge mode or tackle some kind of shadow level set up. It seems like survival mode since there is a ticker for how many creatures you have defeated.

The game also has an internal achievement system that they call trophies so that ought to buy you a bit more time as well. I barely got any trophies during my play through so you probably have to play other modes a lot. My total gem count was also really low and it seems like you unlock more characters that way.

The characters don’t play differently or anything but I suppose it would be fun to play as your favorites. One missed opportunity here though is that the characters all sound like robots. Before each level every character says a line but the sentences rarely make much sense. It seems to me like they have a random word generator and each character says something out of that which is then turned into a sentence. Felt kind of random but also pretty pointless because as a result there is no real dialogue here.

Even the descriptions before each game are so random that they may as well not be there. You certainly won’t get what is happening and for people who have played the game, they didn’t need the recap in the first place. So this is something that could have been improved. In general I feel like the game could have used more polish. It’s really just a way to listen to the classic songs from the Final Fantasy games and it felt like the devs didn’t want to go too far beyond that.

The soundtrack is top tier at least though. Final Fantasy has always had great tracks historically and that doesn’t change here. Final Fantasy XIII still sounds very grand and operatic and Sephiroth’s theme is fantastic. You really can’t go wrong with intense themes like this. Since the game is music based, it would have been a shame if the soundtrack wasn’t amazing all the way through.

It’s actually a little harder to get S ranks then you would think so if you intend to max out the ranking everywhere then you better prepare to put in the work. You can’t just select a single stage after all, you do everything in pairs of 3 stages so that means if you mess one up then it destroys your whole set. I would definitely prefer if it was just the one level for that reason. There were many games where I got S ranks in two out of three but then the three one tripped me up. Not being able to just replay that stage right away is a hit unfortunate. Not that I was aiming to get all S ranks just yet but that immediately makes the trial that much more difficult.

I didn’t talk a whole lot about the gameplay but there are less buttons to worry about here which should help at least a bit in acing the levels. For example, you don’t use the d pad or l and r buttons here. In fact, you don’t use any buttons. Its all on the stylus which means that you never have more than one object coming at you at a time. That’s considerably different from Kingdom Hearts where they routinely would throw 3 items at once. I would say this game is easier as a result and if you put your mind to it you should get the objectives down without too much trouble.

Overall, Theatrhythm is a good game. I feel like it leaves a lot of meat on the table so if this were sold at full price I would probably have been disappointed. I got it for very cheap though which helped a lot. Additionally, I do see this as the kind of game I could go back to and play a lot if I had more time and less games to play. Back in the day I tried to 100% many games like this one on the DS. I feel like it would be a very pleasant ride. I suspect the sequels will do more with the concept but if you’re looking for a title to test the waters before you really get into the music genre then this is a good one to use. Since there isn’t a true story, you can just focus on the gameplay.

Overall 6/10

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Review


Melody of Memory is a game that looked pretty fun when it came out. I didn’t end up getting it day 1 but I’ve gotten low key a bit more into these rhythm type games. I like testing my reaction times and how quickly I can hit the objects at the right time. This looked like it would be a fairly high budget version of that and the game doesn’t disappoint. If you’re going to get a rhythm game then you really can’t do much better than this one. Every part of the game from presentation to gameplay is on point.

The game is effectively Kairi recounting the events from the entire series. This goes from the very first game in the series all the way to Kingdom Hearts III. Additionally at the very end of the game we also get to see some events after 3 which was a lot of fun. They put in a good amount of plot development here which feels like a nice treat after going through all of the recaps.

So why does the game work so well? Part of it is just because of how polished it all is. Right when you launch the game you’re greeted with a lot of great music, top notch visuals, and everything feels very user friendly. You can immediately tell what you have to do and you can also look around in free roam to quickly see how long the game is. There are just so many great tools right at your finger tips and there is a ton of replay value here. Even after beating all of the levels, you can play on different difficulty levels and earn some PS4 trophies.

Obtaining the platinum trophy here would definitely take a very long time but at the same time it feels very doable. It’s not the kind of platinum that ever feels impossible, it would just take a lot of effort. I could see myself going for it someday but right now the game is long enough where I wouldn’t be putting that as one of my higher priorities. The normal game length is already rather solid as it is.

So for the gameplay, it’s classic rhythm style. You have to press buttons at the right time in order to score points and keep moving forward. If you completely miss by pressing the button too quickly or too slowly then you will lose your chain as well as some health. Do this too often and you will lose the level. On both easy and standard difficulties you probably won’t have to worry about losing very much but once you hit critical mode then that starts to be a real concern. I tried to do one level in critical mode and lost quite a few times.

Note that you don’t need to touch critical mode in order to beat the game although if your skills are good enough it can speed things up. See, each level grants you up to 3 stars if you can complete the level while meeting certain conditions. There are a lot of gates that block your way based on the amount of stars that you have. So the more you can 3/3 complete a stage, the less stages you actually have to play in order to complete the game. For example, there were a number of stages I didn’t have to play because I always tried to maximize my stars right from the start.

They don’t start asking you to beat the levels on critical mode until near the end. I mainly stuck with standard so towards the end I had to play almost all of the levels. It’s always a good idea to check what the stars are for before you play the stage. That way you can plan out which stars you want to aim for and which ones you will just bypass instead. There are also different kinds of stages. Most are the standard levels but then you have some boss levels. These add 2 new buttons to worry about which are the analog sticks. You will have to move them in different directions all while pressing the various buttons. The timing really gets tough.

But it gets tough in a fun way. Part of what works about this game is that the difficulty level can be intense but each level isn’t long so replaying it isn’t bad. The series also has a lot of great tracks throughout and so you don’t feel bad about having to get in there several times. It also feels fair even when it’s being very difficult. Like you know that you had a chance and just didn’t capitalize on it.

As you play through the game you’ll find out what works for you and what the most efficient way to land your combos is. For me I liked to just use the X button for all 3 sides when I could and then when 2 buttons were needed I would use L1 if opponents were on the left and R1 for the right. Some may like to keep this a bit more strict and always use L1 for the left to increase muscle memory. It’s all strategy that you can decide on your own since the game really leaves you to your own devices. Again, the levels are short so feel free to experiment and if it doesn’t work out you can just try the stage again.

Overall, Melody of Memory is a very great game. It really was nice that they used the climax as a way to continue the story and we got a cool battle cutscene out of it. Reliving the memories of the other games was also a lot of fun. The only change I would have made would be to have had some of the actual dialogue there instead of Kairi just narrating it all but I suppose that could have taken away a bit from her being the main character. It still made sense to me but that’s probably why they made that move. If you haven’t bought this game yet, I would definitely recommend changing that asap!

Overall 8/10

Jin (Hakusho) vs Freefall



Suggested by iKnowledge Freefall has some good gravity type abilities but they won’t be enough to overcome Jin’s fierce winds. Jin has enough power to stay one step ahead here and his speed is also a lot better than Freefall’s. She won’t be able to keep up and her gravity powers aren’t going to be enough to block Jin’s full powered attacks. He just has too much momentum on his side. Jin (Hakusho) wins.