Kamen Rider W

Kamen Rider: Memory of Heroez review

Format: PS4 SE Asian edition disc from PlayAsia, non-premium, Japanese with English subtitles

Play time: 10 hours for the story, 20 hours for the platinum

+It's Kamen Rider. It's mostly a W/OOO side story, so it'll have more appeal if you're a big fan of those series. Zero-One is just kind of around.

+Translation for the subs are pretty good. There's a few of our terms in there, which is great. The only real mistake I saw was they mispellIs from Zero-One as Izu. Edit: Actually some lines are missing. Mostly when the enemies are powering up. And attacks aren't subbed either.

-The only original Rider voiced by his actor is Zero-One, who has a miniscule part in this. (I think he shows up in the last third of the game?) We do get M・A・O, Usada Lettuce, Navi from Gokaiger, and a few Kiramager voice actors, but most of the cast aren't really Rider folk. The guy who does Shoutarou sounds good, but the rest are just okayish at best? Most don't sound anything like their original actor.

-It's a cheap tie-in game. It's not bad by any means, but it's only ever just good-enough. There's a lot of niggling little bits that detract from the quality of the game. Sometimes the camera can be abyssmal during fights. The format is entirely composed of "walk three feet, enter a cut scene or a fight, repeat". There's one section that's "a subspace maze" but is really just a bunch of empty combat rooms the developer were too lazy to decorate.

-UI is kind of bad. Luckily they tied the form change to the L1 button so it's easy to swap forms with ease. But to swap characters, to swap equipment ( there's only one equipment slot), or do anything else you have to open up the menu. Also, sometimes they force you to use a particular character, so it would have been nice if they had a "lock equipment to whoever you're playing as" as a feature. They have a stupid name for money and XP in this game, but I essentially had on the equipment that boosted those two gains for the entire game.

-There's an annoying user agreement at the beginning of this game. 1, 2. It looks shitty and they block your ability to stream the game through PSN. One of the main appeals of buying these games for me is to hang out with fans and stuff. I honestly don't know if I'd play any of these new tie-in games if I didn't have an audience.

The combat is alright. It's fun to use Rider moves, but there aren't a lot of enemy variety in the game. The developers clearly like Dark Souls, which is good and adds more combat nuance than before. But the stamina meter is dumb bullshit in implementation at times. The dodging requires stamina and you'll fail dodging often because you ran out. Missing a dodge means missing a chance to riposte which does bonus damage to shielded enemies. Also, some Riders have moves that use a lot of stamina and it doesn't feel good to run out and fail to do moves when you're wailing on enemies.

Sometimes boss enemies have large area attacks that'll hit everything around them. If you have enough stamina to run away or dodge away out of the area, that's okay. But most of the time, you're just going to eat the hit because you're trying to hit the enemy, and your attack animation will lock you in place too long for you to escape. Wah wah. The game's not hard by any means, but these moves do feel unfair in a game where most Rider characters don't have a block mechanic.

There's a parry mechanic where if you dodge an attack late enough, you can hit circle and do a riposte/counter hit that stuns them a bit and allows you to do extra damage. The problem is, the parry window feels too tight and is indicated too far in advance. Most the time, I'd see the ! indicating a parryable attack, and I'll hit R2 to dodge, and then there'd be no way for me to dodge back in to get the counter attack chance. It's like the game wants you to stand there and wait till the last possible second to dodge, usually leading to your character getting hit as a result. I'm no parry god in Dark Souls either, but it feels badly done here.

People have been asking if I recommend the game. Sure, it's pretty fun to play and it is pretty cool to be W and OOO (and other characters). As long as people keep their expectations in check, it is still a moderately cheap tie-in game by Bandai Namco, so the story isn't going to blow your socks off. But the gameplay is fun enough and I did enjoy it enough to grind out the platinum trophy.

I uploaded my local recordings of the streams to this YouTube playlist. In case you want to check out the gameplay or just watch the story vicariously through the videos. I play some random toku songs in the last few streams so feel free to check those out, assuming they're not copyright blocked in your country.

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Commercial Pack Jan 2019

I know these aren't super popular, but they're usually pretty fun. If you just want a bunch of little videos to amuse you, please check it out!

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KR Drive 34 released

Hail TLT!

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W got 4.68, even higher than Gaim, surprisingly! 75 votes too. That's huge!

What did you think of Decade? Yay or onore?!

 

W 04 Blu-ray release

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Remember we're having a W poll right now!

Happy Fourth! W 02 Blu-ray edition released

No Garo this week (think it's soccer?) so have some W instead!

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Kamen Rider W HD 1080 released

From a Blu-ray source. A slow and gradual process of rereleasing this series.

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Dan Tomyuki passes away

Saw on tumblr that voice actor and live actor for the terrifying Isaka Shinkurou, Dan Tomoyuki, has passed away at 50.

Looks like he died at home from a heart attack.

Sad news since he was really good at his job.

Original post: http://arangercrew.tumblr.com/post/6374 ... ed-weather

http://wiki.tvnihon.com/wiki/Dan_Tomoyuki

Kamen Rider W A to Z Theatrical Cut 1080p version released

Bigger and better! Az brings you another 1080p release. Probably no Go-Buster till tomorrow at earliest.

Join the User Group on the forums

What do the names Kabuto, Decade, Accel, Odin, and Chalice evoke when you hear them? Badassery? Coolness? Power and style? Exactly.

That's why I'm starting a new forum group to encapsulate these badass heroes. In case people aren't aware, if you go to the forum User Control Panel, you can go to Usergroups in the side menu. You'll see a list of open groups that you can join. If you set one as your default group, that can sometimes give you a special image above your avatar.

This will be a group for manly men like these. Something that captures the core of who they are and what they fight for...

Their little sisters.

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Terui Ryuu, Kanzaki Shirou, Aikawa Hajime, Tendou Souji, and Kadoya Tsukasa. Entire plotlines for the TV series and movies have been about their relationships with their little sisters. Little sister is power! Cuteness is justice!

Is this little sister apprecation day? Maybe!

And so, Imouto Rider Group, start!

Where is so and so?

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So a few issues on the forums to address. I guess people are having trouble finding files on the tracker for some of the crossover movies. For confusing stuff like that, we have stickied threads in each forum with a list of releases and information about them:

Like for Decade's we have this: http://forums.tvnihon.com/viewtopic.php?f=146&t=9219

It's the same old request to please look for information before making a new post to ask for help.

And if you can't find the crossover movie under one of the series, try checking the other one.

Finally, please don't use release threads to ask for help. Those threads are for discussing the content of the release. I don't want those filling up with useless off topic requests. If you've already looked and can't find an answer, create a new thread and use that if you're going to ask questions. Preferably under the help sections since I think those auto junk dead threads after some time.

The rest of the Kamen Rider W SD batch is up

W crew

If you were in the middle of downloading, just move the incomplete files into the folder and resume it with the batch.

W 33-44 SD batch released

W

Also includes Delusions 1-5, the A to Z movies, the Net movie, the rest of Healing Princess, and some music videos.

So what's the deal with the Eternal movie?

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So the Eternal movie kind of baffles me. In their promo for the movie, they call the movie the "most problematic Kamen Rider in history" with the reasoning being that "this is about an 'evil' Kamen Rider" and that the story would be "evil versus evil". Well, the movie's been out a few days, does it feature evil characters in your opinion?

Eternal movie thread

takenoko cut thread

Eternal HD issues?

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Eternal has TWO audio tracks. The regular and the commentary one. If you're using a program that plays both tracks at the same time, then maybe it's time to download a new video player. My favorite player is GOM player, but there's certainly other options. A new encode that removes the commentary track will not be released, since this is an issue on your end.

I will encode a new Gokaiger 5 HD that will trim the audio. I personally don't think anyone will notice any differences, but doing a new encode will fix any issues that people may have with it.

Kamen Rider Eternal HD released

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There's the HD version

So here's our heroines for this movie. Takanashi Rin (ShinkenPink) also appears in the music video for this movie.

I also completely forgot that we have some other guest actors. There's also Tomita Shou who was AbareBlue:

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And we also have Hitomi Sanae who was the stunt woman for yellows from Boukenger to Go-Onger, plus ShinkenPink (it's a reunion of the ShinkenPinks!) annnnd she was Heat Dopant (it's a W reunion!) plus she was Fire-3 From Rescue Fire. Good to see her in an unmasked role:

Hitomi Sanae

Kamen Rider Eternal SD and takenoko cut released

Gold modeNEVERNEVER

And the SD includes the music video for Cod-E, the movie's ending song.

If you read my post, you'll see that I wasn't really happy about the premise of the story. Just too many contradictions within the plot and stuff. So... I recut the movie and changed the premise. And you can download my version if you want.

HD version will be released once the SD version is seeded.

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