• By: Mohamed Waly
  • Posted on Monday 12th Oct, 2020
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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Review

This time the developer decided to employ science fiction ideas in presenting his story for this part. As everyone can observe through the game's pictures and promotional designs, there are 13 male and female school students, and there are also huge robots. The story of the game revolves around a robot attack that affects the city, and it is up to these children to save it from this strange invasion. Later, you will find yourself moving through time and you will see many science fiction ideas, and these ideas are not new, but there is a lot that we have seen previously in games or maybe anime series.

The game finds its distinction in its way of controlling and displaying information. Unlike other novel games that focus on pointing and clicking, this game lets you fully control the character and experience conversations with others as if it were an RPG. The game does not focus much on long dialogues either, unlike other novel games, as it tries to give you short and clear sentences and focuses on the main matters in the story. There are 13 characters, and each will have its part of the story, but all of them are interconnected, and you see the story from each character's perspective until you create the complete picture.


 
The gameplay system in the story part is very simple, and it consists of successive conversations, and you wander between several areas until you find the next person to talk to. During the game, you will collect some important words in the so-called ideas cloud, and then you will propose these words to the characters to start new conversations. There is no challenge of any kind during the clips of the story, even though the game deludes you to branching out or having influential decisions for you, but everything is linear in the end.

Futuristic combat

What makes this game really different from the other games in the novel is that there is another half of the gameplay, which is a strategic robot battle. This section of the game lets you choose robots with specific characteristics (physical strength, flight, long-range bombing) and fight a group of enemies. When playing the system, the system will take turns, then you can move your vehicles along specific paths on the map. In general, this part of the game is very, very easy at the level of Normal, and I did not find any challenge mentioned in it, and I achieved a grade of S in most of the missions. Therefore, I advise those looking for a challenge to choose Hard as the difficulty level from the start and it can be changed later if you encounter a difficulty.

The strategic combat part was fun and has many customizations, as there are upgrades that can be implemented on the robots that give them additional characteristics and develop their previous characteristics. Unfortunately, what this phase lacks is the diversity in the design of the stages; almost all of them are similar in terms of either the shape or the design of the movement paths. Certainly, the story will be here in the fighting mode as well, where you will witness before and after the battle some additional conversations between the characters.

Distinctive ideas, but!

The game offers an unprecedented mixture of this kind of games, and the story carries an interesting thrill in its entirety. The game will make you move forcibly sometimes between the story and the fighting phase, and sometimes you will find the path of one of the characters is closed and does not open for you until you reach a certain point with another character.

This may bring us to an important point, which is that the story, especially later in the game, becomes unnecessarily complicated. Many characters, places and variables make following the story complicated, and the development team tries to solve this by providing files containing information that can be read to know more about what is going on. But in my opinion, the story had good foundations, and perhaps simplifying it a bit would have made it more coherent.

In the end, this game offers almost 35 hours of exciting gameplay, between a science fiction narration branching out with exciting events, and fun and customizable strategic combat mode. If this combination is what captures your mood, definitely don't miss it.

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