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The Cursed Fate known as Bond: Review of [151023]Kenseiki Alpha Ride

Foreword: So June releases weren’t that great, so I decided to go through some backlog as well as play through games I enjoyed in the past. Good stuff, right? Yeah, it is if it wasn’t for me going full retard and trying to play 6 games at once. GGWP, joyjason. Just fabulously smart.

…And that’s the excuse I give to why this review was delayed more than it should have been really…

Regardless, let’s get to this review. I was mostly intrigued by how this game had two protagonists. If you remember my review from Sorcery Jokers and Ikusa Megami Verita, I did mention that I greatly enjoy games that feature two protagonists because that just adds more complexity to the game. However, this game actually botched up in the sense that while it did feature two protagonists, they never really correlate to each other, so it seemed as if the game was two separate “games”. I’ll do more explaining of this, and why I didn’t think this was a good game, further below.

Title: 剣聖機 アルファライド (Kenseiki Alpharide; Alpharide the The Holy Sword)
Producers: Eternal
Release Date: October 23, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v14325
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=796625
Game Type: Fantasy SRPG revolving around themes of “relationships”

Summary: Kai and Shizuma are both normal teenagers in the real world, but both of them were destined to be brought to this world of war and strife sooner or later.

Kai follows the steps of the mother who has passed away, and acquires new friends and an existence that he wants to protect with all his might, Shizuma defeats his opponents one by one and climb the ladder ranks even to the point of becoming the Commander of the Lujiwada Army.

The two protagonists will cross paths, despite how different their environments and mindsets are.

Story Length: Moderately Long (30 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Very Difficult (Level Grinding)
Comments: So the difficulty of this game stems from the fact you need to grind like hell. Yep, this is going to be a real turn-off for some of you, so I suggest getting a savedata from somewhere (Sagaoz doesn’t have one LOL), OR OBTAIN A CERTAIN WELL-USED CHEAT PROGRAM HINT HINT.

No seriously. Get “Cheat Engine” if you’re going to play this game because otherwise, you’ll probably become bald due to hairpulling from frustration. You’ll thank me.

But with jokes aside, this is very bad design; having a game which forces the player to literally “grind” his units from already completed battles (which are also pretty fucking long, mind you), with no real context on said grinding. I’ll make sure to get into the details about this in the comments. In regards to Choices, however, it is extremely straightforward and simple.