A literal year in real time - game time: 35 hours?
Top Ace: Ryoma Nagare 130 kills
I try to do one of these every year, at least one, but I failed by about a month on this one. Too many games, too little time.
So - as the first OMFG actual mainline SRW in English - how did SRW Victory stack up?
Not bad. It's no W - but, as most agree, W is the best Non OG SRW there is. V is kinda around Z I guess? It's good but very very easy and the story is - well let's start there shall we:
3 dimensions and 9? storylines meet in SRW Victory. The main storyline is based around the superb Battleship Yamato, and their attempts to get to a distant system in order to stop a war. It's a great story with great characters and meshes well with every other main storyline bar Eva. Eva has no business being in space but that's kinda offset by how much of a beast Shinji becomes later in the game.
Yamato and Getter/Mazin were the highlights for me - it was also nice to have FMP back again - Kurz is a demon of a sniper. As to other series - Cross Ange was interesting enough to get me to watch it - I can't say that was a good idea given that it comes across as a straight man's idea of what lesbians are - but with mechs and dragons..and prison rape. Look, Ange is just...weird. It was great to have Combattler and Daitarn back again - Banjo is a great character, though the lack of Layzer to tie in to that made me sad.
I think it's time to retire all but Unicorn from the Gundam series - even Skull was tiresome this time, and I'm a massive Kincaid fan. 00 and Seed need to be put in the bin where they belong and the UC stuff needs a long holiday. I even wanted Wing back at moments...which says a lot. Nadesico needs to go as well - it's been used too many times.
I'm happy if FMP stays and there are laws about Getter and Mazin that cannot under any circumstances be broken.
Apart from that it was standard SRW stuff - the addition of the Ex meter (every kill fills up a meter that allows you to spend say, 3 points on an extra turn if you kill in one hit, or 2 points to make your attack crit) made the game faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar easier than needed. Kurz went full rambo in the second to last mission and took out 40% of the map by himself in one turn...and he's in a real not a super. Lottie in Grungust could almost one hit bosses with some spirits. It was kinda hilarious.
Shinji could one hit bosses without spirits in Unit 13.
It was actually kinda scary.
Anyway - as with all SRW games, if you like the characters and series you'll enjoy the game. If not, wait or look elsewhere. I'm really looking forward to X due to Cybuster, Dunbine and a more fantasy based approach closer to my beloved Masoukishin series.
V was good, great in some bits but very convuluted and..Cross Ange...urghhh.
4 'the power of love is a curious thing'/5