Lightning Warrior Raidy (a Lordlee and Neutral Drow review)

I've yet to decide whether or not this is false advertising.

"Estuans interius
ira vehementi __________Sephiroth!
in amaritudine
loquor mee menti:
factus de materia,
cinis elementi
similis sum folio,
de quo ludunt venti...

Via lata gradior
more iuventutis
inplicor et vitiis
immemor virtutis,
voluptatis avidus
magis quam salutis,
mortuus in anima
curam gero cutis."
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- "Estuans Interius," Carmina Burana
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"I thought this was supposed to be about lesbians..."

- I admit nothing
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Raidy is a wandering warrior in improbable armor, famed throughout the land for her skills with a blade, her noble heart, and her ability to zap the ever-loving snot out of her enemies. Her talent with swordplay and lightning magic fuse in her signature technique, the Thunder Slash, earning her the accurate if rather uninspired moniker of "Lightning Warrior."

One day, Raidy rides through a random town, only to discover the inhabitants are comprised solely of elderly people in low spirits. It turns out that monsters have kidnapped all of the young women of the town and carried them off to a nearby tower, and none of the young men who set off to rescue them have been heard from since. Nervous about the situation, but never one to leave the downtrodden unaided, Raidy sets off for the tower herself.

What horrors await...?
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Lightning Warrior Raidy

Um...I blame Lordlee. Sorry! Or, I would if I didn't suspect that he hates this game more than I did. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's get started.

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Gameplay

This is a first-person dungeon crawler. You walk around corridors and rooms, find treasure, and fight monsters for experience. Each floor has random encounters with three varieties of monster, as well as event areas and a fixed boss fight. The difficulty curve varies wildly between certain floors. And by that we mean "enjoy your third floor."

For a dungeon crawler, customization is limited-to-nonexistent, but the game is short enough that that's never really a problem.

In-combat options include physical attacks, a magical attack, defending, chugging a potion, and hauling ass. Most of these work as you'd expect, with the special case being Raidy's magical attack; Thunderslash uses MP (half of whatever she has at the time), doing damage based on how many points are used, and (most importantly) is auto-hit.

Yes, I'm serious.  That's a wererat.
Wererat. An easy first-floor enemy.

The combat works well enough (HA), with one major gripe. Certain monsters, like Raidy, have magical attacks (spells, breath weapons, and the like) that auto-hit. Unlike Raidy, their abilities do fixed damage and don't decrease in effectiveness with use, meaning your only defense is either running, praying that they don't use their ability too many times before you kill them, or simply having too many HP to kill quickly. Considering that this game's healing (and magic recovery) is limited to potions, the difficulty these monsters pose is often not worth the trouble of fighting them.

This is what I would say really kills the game for me (although that's far from the only problem). As mentioned earlier, the difficulty curve is out of control, and it's mostly because of these special attacks. The absolute hardest part of the game is the third floor, where all enemies have special attacks, and the amount of grinding required by this game as well as the way the experience gain works ensures you will be spending a lot of time with them (as does the size of the floor). The sixth and final floor also has nothing but monsters with special attacks, but there's a crucial difference: by floor 5, the enemies are giving out enough experience to easily grind your way to a level where fighting the last boss is trivial. This means that you have no reason whatsoever to fight the sixth floor enemies, especially since no enemies on floor 5 have special attacks. Making things even stranger is the fact that the bosses of floors 2, 3, and 4 all have special attacks, but the penultimate and final bosses don't. It's less of a difficulty curve, more of a random difficulty SCRIBBLE. I could rant on and on, but I think you understand my point.

Out-of-combat exploration is simple, but well done. Figuring out the general layout of each floor is progressively more difficult, and the puzzles involving items and movement traps are rather challenging to decipher, even after you locate the map for each floor. One thing I couldn't quite figure out was this game's seeming pretensions towards visual novel-style choices. Certain situations can pop up where Raidy can search rooms and question inhabitants, but their only purpose seems to be to trip people up. Not questioning trapped girls enough, for instance, can make boss fights unwinnable, since you won't know their weakness.

Another fine shopping list of things that are wrong with this game. The exploration, contrary to Drow's oddly merciful description, is awful. Everything looks the same (until the last floor), your map isn't filled out as you walk for some god forsaken reason, and there are certain spaces that turn you around automatically (which you are not actively informed of and are very easy to miss). This means that if you aren't using a guide you can very easily wander around in the same grey brick hallways for eternity, and that's a real problem (especially on floor 3). Oh and of course the obligatory loot that appears on each floor (mostly stashes of potions, but there's also new equipment) does not appear on the map. You have to actually step on the square with the chest to even learn that the chest exists.

Hey, I was making my own maps and banging into walls for secret doors in Pool of Radiance when most other kids were cursing at the cheep-cheeps in Mario. I grew up with dungeon crawlers and their foibles, so I'm undoubtedly more inclined to be merciful...

 Lordlee: Pikachu, aim for the horn!
If you hadn't spoken at length with the girl you rescued on the previous floor, you'd be absolutely screwed now.

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Story

Please. I'm trying to forget.

The weird part is, I'm kinda willing to give a passing grade to this story. As Raidy penetrates further into the tower, more and more of the monsters' plans are revealed...and more of the horror is exposed. Long story short, each floor of the tower is run by a head monster devoted to a particular type of sexual torture, all working towards emotionally breaking women (sometimes involving captured men) and turning them over to the tentacle demon at the top of the tower. Why on earth would I approve of such a story?

Well, can you think of any other organization that would more satisfying to violently shatter? What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the adulation of the women they oppressed! Or, as Raidy herself puts it, "I'm going to beat down every single monster in this tower, if I have to do it through sheer force of will!"

Two problems, though. 1) I wish the story wouldn't linger so lovingly on what happens when you lose to any of the boss monsters (you suffer that floor's particular torture), including dedicating the unlockable alternate ending to such a thing. 2) The Good Ending is way too short, with a brief flare of sheer awesome, and an anticlimax afterwards.

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Characters

Um...there's Raidy, there's the boss monsters, and there's the giant tentacle demon. Characterization is sparse, and the only common thread is that I hated the monsters with the fire of a million bunsen burners, to the point where I could almost cheer when you turn their own particular tortures (whipping, insertion, hot wax, enemas, and extreme grinding) against them.

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Technical

I'm willing to give serious credit for this part, though. The artwork is rather good. As you can probably tell, the particular design conceit for this game is that the standard "monsters" are basically girls in absurd(ly revealing) costumes, and they aren't so much "slain" as "driven into sexy poses." Whether this works or not is up to personal inclination, of course. Strangely, from minotaurs to cerberii to Death herself I actually rather liked the design for these most moe monsters this side of moemon.

I would give the skeleton design the most creativity points.

Then, of course, you see the tentacle demon behind the whole thing, who is absolutely hideous. And the other head monsters aren't horrible, but they aren't moe, either.

Oh the tentacle demon. Is there anyone who didn't see the last boss being a tentacle demon coming? I was sort of hoping they'd be a little more creative, like maybe having the last boss be some pretty boy overlord-type. At least that'd be amusing.

The animation quality for the dungeon crawling is excellent, especially compared to the older titles I'm used to, but the best that can be said about the music is that one or two pieces are good, and the rest...aren't annoying.

Personally I cannot hear that title screen song enough, but for the most part the music isn't bad. It is however, very forgettable.

...Oh and one little extra thing that Drow didn't mention: the translation. Now I did not of course, play the original Japanese game, but there's still some bits that are obvious an annoy me. They label the (very obvious) dullahan monster as a medusa, translate "breath" as "recover" and supposedly dropped a line altogether in the orgy scene. Just a note.

Oh, right, forgot about the dullahan (funny, though, they also give her a medusa-like Gaze attack). We're just barely skirting the edge of Safe For Work, or we'd post an image of her, too; there's something irresistibly cute about an armored knight carrying a claymore and its own helmeted severed head...who's armor breaks, revealing the extremely surprised (and perfectly intact) girl within.

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Ero

Good god. I hope you're in to S&M, 'cause that's 85% of the stuff in here. Another 10% is plain rape. The leftover is two scenes, one where Raidy agrees to have sex with a guy who'll give her a useful item (can't kill him, after all, since he's one of the brainwashed village men), and one with a massive and bizarrely consensual orgy on the top floor.

Luckily, his contribution actually helps, or this scene would be a totally pointless excuse for sex.
Raidy's got too much of a moral compass to smack down a guy who isn't actively raping someone.

And that 95%? Yeah...that was plenty to ruin the game for me.

And so we reach the real point of the game, for which all the horrible flaws would be forgivable. I didn't hate it as much as Drow did, but I have some real complaints. First of all, this game was advertised as a yuri game through and through. This makes every bit of het porn a mark against it. By my count, that's 5 scenes if you count the tentacle demon.

But that's not all, oh no. Most of the fetish is... well not "tame" but you aren't exactly going to turn your gaze away in horror and fear either. AND THEN, you reach the fourth floor boss, a dark elf with a fondness for enemas. Suffice to say that yes, the CGs go there.

May Lolth take her soul, the bitch...

Another thing to note (although I'm not sure it's a "flaw") is that most scenes will have 1, maybe 2 CGs to them, cutting further into the payoff for all that grinding, or lessening the horror of the story, depending on where you are sitting.

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Verdict

This would have been a decent little dungeon crawler if not for the sex. That's the sad part. It might be worth a look if you're really curious, but otherwise, don't bother.

I would say the same, except the dungeon crawling was what truly angered me. I definitely would not suggest buying it, or even piracy. Considering how poor it was I wonder if they even updated anything from the original early 90's game. ...HOWEVER it seems like the sequel (already out in Japan and set for a release in the west soon) may actually be fixing most of the complaints both of us lodged today. I might look into that when it comes out.

I think there's two sequels, actually, though I don't know about translation status on the third. Might look into that, too, just to see if there's less bondage. 'Cause dammit, this is what "yuri" means to me!

Oh and one last thing: there's a manga. It's a compilation volume done by various artist and scanned by SaHa. As far as h-manga go, you could do worse, but it varies from chapter to chapter (the dark elf and berserker chapters are awful, as is the last chapter).

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There are two sequels, but yeah I don't know if the third has been greenlit for a translation.

And as for your yuri example, keep your Neo heresy. 100% Genuine Akamatsu, accept no substitutes.

lordlee:
There are two sequels, but yeah I don't know if the third has been greenlit for a translation.

And as for your yuri example, keep your Neo heresy. 100% Genuine Akamatsu, accept no substitutes.

I've been sticking with Del Rey's translation. I hadn't gotten that far. Thanks a ton.

...now, if you'll excuse me.

...SQUEEEEEEEEE!!

NeutralDrow:

lordlee:
There are two sequels, but yeah I don't know if the third has been greenlit for a translation.

And as for your yuri example, keep your Neo heresy. 100% Genuine Akamatsu, accept no substitutes.

I've been sticking with Del Rey's translation. I hadn't gotten that far. Thanks a ton.

...now, if you'll excuse me.

...SQUEEEEEEEEE!!

Would you believe that as far as cuteness goes, there are pactios ahead that are even better? Especially Chachamaru's.

I'M NOT LISTENING I'M NOT LISTENING LALALALALA--!

The "sheer awesome" part really did paint a picture in my head...

Must Think Happy Thoughts...

And also the fact that you can get back at all of the head bosses and tentacle mosnter (Scary mental images are now embedded in my brain) is a plus, but seeing as that fact it's a Japanese H-Game, it won't allow me to finish them off with Dual Beretta's, seeing as that anything from Japan that combines Violence and Sex, will end up being a S&M game or something of that sort...

Honestly, as much as this next paragraph is a little off topic, the only way for Violence and Sex to work is, (NSFW methinks...)

BrotherhoodOfSteel:
And also the fact that you can get back at all of the head bosses and tentacle mosnter (Scary mental images are now embedded in my brain) is a plus, but seeing as that fact it's a Japanese H-Game, it won't allow me to finish them off with Dual Beretta's, seeing as that anything from Japan that combines Violence and Sex, will end up being a S&M game or something of that sort...

...I'm trying to think of anything that combines sex and violence that doesn't in some way resemble S&M.

Honestly, as much as this next paragraph is a little off topic, the only way for Violence and Sex to work is, (NSFW methinks...)

Hey, I had it bad enough with this game. The only robot porn stars I want to hear about are on the lines of Chii and Chachamaru. Especially Chachamaru

NeutralDrow:

BrotherhoodOfSteel:
And also the fact that you can get back at all of the head bosses and tentacle mosnter (Scary mental images are now embedded in my brain) is a plus, but seeing as that fact it's a Japanese H-Game, it won't allow me to finish them off with Dual Beretta's, seeing as that anything from Japan that combines Violence and Sex, will end up being a S&M game or something of that sort...

...I'm trying to think of anything that combines sex and violence that doesn't in some way resemble S&M.

Honestly, as much as this next paragraph is a little off topic, the only way for Violence and Sex to work is, (NSFW methinks...)

Hey, I had it bad enough with this game. The only robot porn stars I want to hear about are on the lines of Chii and Chachamaru. Especially Chachamaru

I'm gonna hate myself for asking..... Who are they......

BrotherhoodOfSteel:

NeutralDrow:
Hey, I had it bad enough with this game. The only robot porn stars I want to hear about are on the lines of Chii and Chachamaru. Especially Chachamaru

I'm gonna hate myself for asking..... Who are they......

Chii is one of the main characters from Chobits, and Chachamaru is a major character from Mahou Sensei Negima. And if you're worried, no, they're not actually porn stars (not even capable of sex, actually...save in some traumatizingly bad doujinshi). They're simply who I have in mind to counteract your horrible, horrible suggestion.

NeutralDrow:

BrotherhoodOfSteel:

NeutralDrow:
Hey, I had it bad enough with this game. The only robot porn stars I want to hear about are on the lines of Chii and Chachamaru. Especially Chachamaru

I'm gonna hate myself for asking..... Who are they......

Chii is one of the main characters from Chobits, and Chachamaru is a major character from Mahou Sensei Negima. And if you're worried, no, they're not actually porn stars (not even capable of sex, actually...save in some traumatizingly bad doujinshi). They're simply who I have in mind to counteract your horrible, horrible suggestion.

Hehehehe.... naughty me.... I did say at the end my feelings on how bad it would be.

But it does sound like an improvement to Transformers 3. I would see that honestly just for laughs.

NeutralDrow:

BrotherhoodOfSteel:

NeutralDrow:
Hey, I had it bad enough with this game. The only robot porn stars I want to hear about are on the lines of Chii and Chachamaru. Especially Chachamaru

I'm gonna hate myself for asking..... Who are they......

Chii is one of the main characters from Chobits, and Chachamaru is a major character from Mahou Sensei Negima. And if you're worried, no, they're not actually porn stars (not even capable of sex, actually...save in some traumatizingly bad doujinshi). They're simply who I have in mind to counteract your horrible, horrible suggestion.

I thought Hakase "improved" Chachamaru at some point? And technically, Chii CAN have sex, it'd just reset her. Well, in the manga anyway, in the anime they never quite say one way or the other iirc.

lordlee:

NeutralDrow:

BrotherhoodOfSteel:

NeutralDrow:
Hey, I had it bad enough with this game. The only robot porn stars I want to hear about are on the lines of Chii and Chachamaru. Especially Chachamaru

I'm gonna hate myself for asking..... Who are they......

Chii is one of the main characters from Chobits, and Chachamaru is a major character from Mahou Sensei Negima. And if you're worried, no, they're not actually porn stars (not even capable of sex, actually...save in some traumatizingly bad doujinshi). They're simply who I have in mind to counteract your horrible, horrible suggestion.

I thought Hakase "improved" Chachamaru at some point? And technically, Chii CAN have sex, it'd just reset her. Well, in the manga anyway, in the anime they never quite say one way or the other iirc.

In the anime, there was some penalty for having sex. I don't remember what, but it would have been a relationship-ender.

(Which totally fucking blows, by the way. I mean, yeah, it's a great testament to his love for Chii, but it still pisses me off a little.)

And yes, Hakase "improved" Chachamaru, but it's sort of up in the air as to whether or not ALL of the suggested improvements were added. Chachamaru seemed to think that the "H-Improvements" were unnecessary at that point (in the last panel that they're mentioned.)

Not spoiling anything: it doesn't matter anyway whether or not she actually got the improvements, considering the fantastically awesome fan-service situation she got into in some of the more recent chapters. Yes, I just used those two words in the same sentence.

lordlee:

NeutralDrow:

BrotherhoodOfSteel:

NeutralDrow:
Hey, I had it bad enough with this game. The only robot porn stars I want to hear about are on the lines of Chii and Chachamaru. Especially Chachamaru

I'm gonna hate myself for asking..... Who are they......

Chii is one of the main characters from Chobits, and Chachamaru is a major character from Mahou Sensei Negima. And if you're worried, no, they're not actually porn stars (not even capable of sex, actually...save in some traumatizingly bad doujinshi). They're simply who I have in mind to counteract your horrible, horrible suggestion.

I thought Hakase "improved" Chachamaru at some point? And technically, Chii CAN have sex, it'd just reset her. Well, in the manga anyway, in the anime they never quite say one way or the other iirc.

For Chii...same thing, really, considering Hideki's motivations. He's the only one who even has a chance with her, and it's established that he'd sooner die than erase her memory.

Hakase did improve Chachamaru (better heat-shields and waterproofing, among other things), but the throwaway gag at the end of the chapter was Hakase offering to add that particular capability and Chachamaru flatly refusing.

EDIT: Nice new avatar, by the way. Where'd you find such an awesome character, huh?

scotth266:
Not spoiling anything: it doesn't matter anyway whether or not she actually got the improvements, considering the fantastically awesome fan-service situation she got into in some of the more recent chapters. Yes, I just used those two words in the same sentence.

More things to look forward to, I guess. Yes, I'm willing to admit PSL for her...and Yuna. Well, it'll take me longer than the rest of the internet (I'm sorry, I still far prefer Del Rey's version to any of the scanlations I've seen), but like with Konosetsu and an apparent Negi vs. Rakan fight I've heard about, it'll be worth the wait.

NeutralDrow:

(I'm sorry, I still far prefer Del Rey's version to any of the scanlations I've seen)

They do a better job than most scanslators, and the extra content makes it worth the wait in my opinion.

Let's just say that you'll know what I'm talking about when you reach it, and you WILL be surprised at how obvious the H-manga parallels are. I just hope they don't censor it out of existence for the American release... they've been good about it so far.

NeutralDrow:

Hakase did improve Chachamaru (better heat-shields and waterproofing, among other things), but the throwaway gag at the end of the chapter was Hakase offering to add that particular capability and Chachamaru flatly refusing.

Nice new avatar, by the way. Where'd you find such an awesome character, huh?

More things to look forward to, I guess. Yes, I'm willing to admit PSL for her...and Yuna. Well, it'll take me longer than the rest of the internet (I'm sorry, I still far prefer Del Rey's version to any of the scanlations I've seen), but like with Konosetsu and an apparent Negi vs. Rakan fight I've heard about, it'll be worth the wait.

She adds a number of things to make her more like a real girl before the magical world arc. No telling the extent though.

I just dug through my FSN collection after you mentioned having trouble finding pics of Assassin. This is the only pic I've got (aside from the one you are using) that would show him clearly in an Avatar.

If you are a Chachamaru fan, you'll love the Magical World arc. If you aren't a Chachamaru fan, you clearly have no soul. You really should get to the scans. Shit and the fan have been getting well acquainted, and there's been a lot of revelations for long-time questions recently. We know who Negi's mom is, for one of many examples.

scotth266:

Let's just say that you'll know what I'm talking about when you reach it, and you WILL be surprised at how obvious the H-manga parallels are.

It shouldn't be that surprising considering that Akamatsu started as a doujin artist. I've only read one of his old doujins myself, a FF7 one called Golden Saucer. It's in English on Doujin Moe and is awesome in every way. Also, phone chords.

I.....no.....what?

Appropriate response not located. Please advise.

Paragon Fury:
I.....no.....what?

Appropriate response not located. Please advise.

"That was a wonderful review. Despite my never knowing of this game's existence before now, I now know several reasons to avoid it. Truly you two are gods among men. If you'd be so kind as to hand over the brain bleach, I'd offer you my sister's hand in marriage."

sigh I really wish i had stumbled upon this sooner cuz i actually found myself playing the sequel and it was horrible.I think its much worse than the first one the S&M was bizarre and disturbing..oh and the enema chick? she makes a comeback

springheeljack298:
sigh I really wish i had stumbled upon this sooner cuz i actually found myself playing the sequel and it was horrible.I think its much worse than the first one the S&M was bizarre and disturbing..oh and the enema chick? she makes a comeback

I'm ever more happy that I resisted temptation at the last Comic Con. Of course, the guy also tried to sell me Xchange 2, so it wasn't particularly difficult to resist (no, the orgy bus making a reappearance in the next game is not a positive), but still.

You did the right thing..
Now i just hope that i can forget that game

NeutralDrow:
That was a wonderful review. Despite my never knowing of this game's existence before now, I now know several reasons to avoid it. Truly you two are gods among men. If you'd be so kind as to hand over the brain bleach, I'd offer you my sister's hand in marriage."

Thank you for that kindly offered response.

I shall take it now for my own.

NeutralDrow:
"That was a wonderful review. Despite my never knowing of this game's existence before now, I now know several reasons to avoid it. Truly you two are gods among men. If you'd be so kind as to hand over the brain bleach, I'd offer you my sister's hand in marriage."

I'd also like to get in on this as my response. While the given box art and official description doesn't really promise much in terms of quality, it certainly doesn't suggest the content be anything as... controversial... as the review lays out either, so it's a most due warning for those who just want a light-hearted dungeon crawler eroge.

You can even choose between 3 (half)sisters!

"Route split"?

I'm so gonna pick this up. I absolutely love the art style. Great review. ;)

 

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