Azure Striker Gunvolt (2014) 3DS Review

Graphics

The graphics in azure striker gunvolt are striking and i just love it’s art style. It really reminds me of a megaman game. Every character is nicely designed and are nicely polished especially copen. The design for the main character is quite impressive and also i adore the 2-D art style and as you can tell i am sucker for 2-D artstyle in games. The game looks very nice on the 3ds XL and overall the graphics look great. 82/100

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Music

The music in the game is outstanding the ost is just brilliant. The Lumen Reincarnation song is a true masterpiece and whenever i am finding a level to be very difficult and when this song starts to play it makes me feel I can do anything. 96/100

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Story

Azure Striker Gunvolt is set during an unspecified date in the near future, in which several people called “adepts” have developed “septimal powers”.[3] These powers enable superhuman feats including flight, the use of powerful energy weapons, and manipulation of the elements like fire, water, and electricity. The world is at peace thanks to the efforts of a world-spanning corporation known as the Sumeragi Group. However, the Sumeragi Group is, in reality, controlling and experimenting on adepts. Gunvolt, one of the most powerful adepts, has the ability to create electrical fields and works for an organization known as QUILL, which is seeking to reveal and put a stop to Sumeragi’s ulterior motives.

The game opens with Gunvolt assigned on a mission to assassinate an adept named Lumen. He is told that Lumen has the ability to resonate with and control any adepts through her singing, and is considered dangerous. However, Gunvolt discovers that Lumen is housed within the body of a young girl named Joule, and can’t bring himself to kill her. He instead rescues her, leading him to amicably defect from QUILL and set out on his own to protect her. He becomes a freelance agent, but still works jobs for QUILL from time to time.

Six months after defecting from QUILL, Gunvolt is offered a freelance assignment by Moniqa, his handler from QUILL, to investigate and take out several agents of the Sumeragi Group. The Sumeragi agents are all adepts as well, but powered by strange Glaives, which house their essences, and are representative of each of the Seven Deadly Sins. The first agent is Merak, a lazy, unenthusiastic adept with the power to bend space for use in his attacks. The second, Jota, is a prideful agent with the power to manipulate light. The third, Viper, is loud and brash, has control over fire, and harbors a jealous rage against Gunvolt for Joule. The fourth, Carerra, uses magnetic fists and waves to draw his enemies close before destroying them with a powerful pulsewave. The fifth, Elise, is a split personality adept: her meek, timid side and her brash, assertive side are at constant odds, but her ability to raise the dead allows for even adepts to come back from defeat. The sixth, Stratos, is a drug-addicted adept with an insatiable hunger for the very drug that keeps what little of his sanity remains in check, and has control over swarms of insects. Additionally, a seventh adept, the bigender and carnal Zonda, attacks and wounds Zeno, one of Gunvolt’s friends from QUILL, but is killed by a human warrior named Copen, who harbors a major hatred for adepts and carries a gun capable of firing bullets that can suppress their powers. Copen warns Gunvolt that they are not on the same side, and after a brief skirmish, retreats.

After defeating the Sumeragi agents, Gunvolt’s apartment is invaded, and Joule is kidnapped by a resurrected Merak. Gunvolt gives chase, destroying Merak for good, and rides a space elevator to a Sumeragi orbiting platform. Along the way, he encounters the resurrected Stratos, Jota, and Viper and fights them all to the death, before finding that Elise herself was also resurrected and split into a third, even more feral and wild personality. This third personality is killed by Copen, and Gunvolt is forced to fight and subdue him. Gunvolt finally encounters the leadership of Sumeragi, a young psychic adept named Nova. He uses Lumen in combat against Gunvolt, before summoning Joule and three Glaives into himself to transform into a monstrous beast. Gunvolt manages to kill Nova and escape with Joule. In the initial ending, Gunvolt runs into Asimov, his father figure and the leader of QUILL, who offers Gunvolt and Joule new places in QUILL, and reveals an ulterior motive: with Sumeragi in shambles, Asimov wishes to use Lumen, along with the Sumeragi satellite, to wipe out the human race as payback for suppression of adepts. Gunvolt refuses his offer, telling Asimov that he is no better than Sumeragi was, and Asimov responds by shooting him through the heart using Copen’s gun (implying that he killed Copen to steal it from him), before turning the gun on Joule and shooting her as well, leaving them both for dead. However, if Gunvolt is wearing a special pendant created by Joule, the true ending will occur and will see Gunvolt be on the edge of death, but rescued by Lumen. He will awaken to find Joule’s body being deathly cold and ultimately comes to realize that, in order to save his life and be with him wherever he goes, Joule forsook her physical form by fusing her mind and personality with Lumen before further fusing herself into becoming a part of Gunvolt’s septimal energy, amplifying it tremendously. After this revelation, Gunvolt chases down Asimov, running into Carrera along the way. Carrera demands vengeance for his prior defeat, but is killed for good by Gunvolt. Continuing onward to the elevator, Gunvolt confronts Asimov, who reveals himself to have the same septimal powers as Gunvolt. With no other choice, Gunvolt fights him to the death. Following this final battle, Asimov warns Gunvolt that he’ll always have to fight for someone or something, and dies from his wounds. Zeno and Moniqa meet the space elevator as it arrives, only to find Asimov dead and a heartbroken, wounded Gunvolt, who offers no explanation and simply wanders away into the morning light to be alone with Joule. 85/100

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Cinematics – N/A

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Content

The game has a small amount of content but the small amount of content is also pretty big at the same time. The main story is quite short it took me about 4hrs approx and the extras can take you another 4hrs but if your one of those gamers who like to COMPLETELY complete a game and find everything this game can take you a good 28hrs. 78/100

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Gameplay

The second best thing about this game is it’s zany and unique gameplay. The gameplay in the game is very alluring and it is very unique and different compared to megaman. While Gunvolt does share a similar weapon to Megaman he does have his own unique powers and abilities and yes it would have been cool if gunvolt was able to copy powers like copen but his electrical abilities are still extremely rad in my opinion and i like the way they made gunvolt his own character instead of a copy and paste of mega man. 87/100

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Controls

The controls in the game is very simple,basic and generic. Each button has a different task and it’s great in my opinion because every task is not locked to one button. The controls in the game may be simple but they create a fun gaming experience. 83/100

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Verdict = 511/600 = 85% = B+ = Smashing

 

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