As some of you might know, I've been VERY excited to get my hands on this thing, & recently it came out on Steam, I updated my account information, purchased it, found some free time, & when the stars aligned, I sat down to play. Due to the confusion between reviews--mostly negatives from professionals & positives from players--I wanted to toss my hat in the ring & update people on how this went, so I thought I'd write a blog about this. I don't exactly know how the format is going to go--I guess if it starts to get TL;DR, I'll make it into a series. For the record, I'm playing the PC version.
Venue: Campus Hub Building
Time: ~10:20-10:35 AM
I'm guessing you're already noticing a problem here: I stopped after just about 15 minutes. It's safe to say that my first experience was very underwhelming. The game ran like a snail, the tutorial was very sloppy--not even telling you how to move, at least as far as I could see, as a lot of the instructions were delivered piecemeal on the side of the screen while you were getting mobbed by enemies--& so of course I had no idea what was going on half of the time. I may or may not be able to fix the running speed by finding the right settings, but sadly, there are more serious barriers to contend with. The game is basically impossible to control with a keyboard, which means I won't be able to play again until I find a control I can plug into this thing & playing on the go is definitely out. Worse yet, I don't really know what the controls are; I missed some things in the tutorial & the keys aren't listed in the settings for some inexplicable reason. Part of me finds myself wondering why this is even available for the computer, but if it wasn't, I wouldn't have ANY option to play it at all, so I guess I can't fault them for that. I didn't see much of the storyline yet, but Shiro Shinobi is still great. "Korra's epic battle with a giant man-spirit-beast thingamajig!" XD
Summary: Bad start, but hopefully things will improve when I find a controller & fix the settings. I don't know why they even bothered with the tutorial, as little as it explains.