13 Sentinels Aegis Rim Review: The Future of Humanity Is in Space

Are you a fan of Science Fiction? Mystery? Video games? Think there is more to life outside of planet Earth? Curious about venturing out into the void? Do you have a robotic brain? Those with a mind of an encyclopedia will sure enjoy this game. You know, the type of gamer who enjoys absorbing facts as a hobby. Then this is the game for you. Players will get to pilot a giant robot and destroy aliens called Kaiju. To unveil the story, one must go into battle to obtain Mystery Files to piece the story together! As for me, too many details drive me nuts! This is partially why I dragged my feet to complete this game, but I stick with it anyway because the artwork is just beautiful. No need to go to an Art Museum. I will play this game. It’s more suited for the time we are in anyway. Think of art as a fashion statement for the current human psyche. There are some of us who are terrified of AIs taking control of humanity, but at the same time, technology is just so cool!

I think the idea of robots saving humanity is pretty epic. I often envisioned myself while walking to work (once upon a time before Covid-19 hit) crashing from out of nowhere, piloting a heavy armored machine. I have a need to save humanity…nah I am just an adrenaline junkie (some people don’t deserved be saved. They caused more problems than good on this planet). I like to be in the battleground. It can be exciting especially if it involves some strategic planning. There are some serious firework damage to be done. Those armor suits have some serious guns.

In most games I have played, the game is challenging in the beginning but gets easier once you get the hang of it. This is the opposite. My mind was dozing off when I pressed randomly on any battle command to attack Kaiju in the first few stages. The goal in each stage is to protect the terminal. I was getting S with a star easily without putting much effort until the 3rd wave. Then I was shocked I got a “D”! I started to pay attention to the objectives for each stage (don’t laugh. I can be a bit of a muscle-head). Satisfying the objectives for each stage will reward player Mystery Files. So you have to work to unveil the mystery of this story! Not a bad idea in terms of game design. It forces the player to play the game and not go through the story. After all, aren’t video games meant to be played? But don’t fret! If you are not good at games, you can always play on Casual setting to enjoy the story. It’s a fair game that keeps all type of players in mind.

The story on the other hand, player will get to explore 13 protagonists. They are all unique and different in their own ways. It seems that humans are always motivated by desire to be with someone. The need to protect and love is strong. And yet, it’s all so irrational for AIs. Robots don’t need to procreate, but why do they need to have romantic feelings? Overall, the story is a lot to take in when you are just jumping around like me from protagonist to the next, which is why I highly recommend playing this the game a second time around. Or the best solution is just to stick with one protagonist at a time so the story is easier to follow.

It’s a good game, but it’s not a great game, but it might just be that I don’t have a strong scientific background to enjoy the game. Time traveling, clones, androids–those things are cool but it’s not my field of expertise. Hence, I didn’t enjoy it to its maximum.

In conclusion, I hope I will never meet a clone of myself from a different time. I am afraid of myself more than aliens. It’s just creepy. I wonder though, is it really a bad thing if we can save ourselves in the form of data?

Until next time, bye bye for now.

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I write reflective reviews on video games, films, books & more.

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