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Aaron - MrIrelandish

26 March 2023

ALICE GEAR AEGIS CS: Concerto of Simultrix

Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simultrix is a 3D fighting game filled with action and unique characters. Originally released in Japan by Mages in September of 2022 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. Now published by PQube for its worldwide launch on March 16th, 2023 for the same system.

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In the 21st century, humanity was attacked by Vice, an alien automaton species. To survive, humanity left Earth and boarded spaceships constructed from pieces of the fractured moon known as Shards. After decades of sailing through space, their super AI: ALICE, discovered Emission energy. This energy was controlled by girls with the ability to manipulate it, called actresses. The emission energy was needed to operate the Alice Gears, which gave humanity the power to return to Earth. Three centuries of peace followed, during which a subdivision of AEGIS, responsible for defending the Tokyo Shards, was privatized, ushering in a new era for the actress industry. Narukozaka Manufacturing, a company that has employed a very talented person, that became the captain of the informal Actress Alliance, is one of the beneficiaries of this privatization. Today, AEGIS has completed the first build of their CS System, a computer program that can simulate Actress Vs Actress battle conditions, and you have been called upon to help test it.

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Story mode players choose one of 20+ unique actresses. Day one of the story mode is an introduction of the actress in the visual novel format, fully voice acted. You are then introduced to a hex board which is the story mode. 21 days of either 1v1 fights, 3v3 team fights or items. Players choose one of the hexes on the current day until they reach the end at day 21. First-time players will be asked if they would like to do the tutorial on the first battle that they enter into. In the tutorial, you learn all the basic controls of how to defend, shoot, slash, dash, combat gear, and specials. Winning fights earns the player rank experience and money. The money is used for purchasing stronger gear or unique costumes and accessories for your actress of choice. Costumes and accessories are purely visual and do not change anything about the gameplay. Gear comes in four options that have an element, Firearm, Clash, Torso Combat gear, and Leg Combat gear. Combat gear is the mech armor the actresses use which has two abilities. Each actress has a unique gear option with a unique pose shown in the character select when unlocked.

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Throughout the 21 days, you will also learn about the actress you chose and her motivations for competing. For the completionists out there, you will have to play through each character multiple times, in order to get a 100% on the hex board, but by that point, players will ultimately have the best gear for their actress of choice.

​Playing through story mode, I found it got easier as you acquired better gear, and on following playthroughs it became easier to start a new actress as the money carries on for all. The tutorial did well to explain the controls although it did take going through again to better understand. The combos at times felt clunky and was sometimes really easy to cheese the fight by ultimately just meleeing them.

Free Battle mode players can test their mettle against the CPU AI in 3 different modes, Team Battle, 1v1, and Battle Royale. Team Battle and 1v1 are the same as within the story mode, whereas Battle Royale is timed, and pits 5 AI in a free-for-all. Get the most knocks to win the match. Players can adjust the AI difficulty and time limit.

Online play is also available where you can play Ranked, Casual, or host a local match Team Battle or Battle Royale. I personally did not try it out but I am pretty sure it would be similar to the modes in single-player mode but with friends.

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The graphics in Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simultrix are based on anime-style 3D models that bring the game's unique characters to life. These models are used throughout the game, from the visual novel-style cutscenes in story mode to the fast-paced battles. The attention to detail in each character's design is impressive, with unique costumes, hairstyles, and combat gear that reflect their personalities and fighting styles. The environments in which battles take place are also well-crafted, ranging from futuristic cityscapes to more natural settings, each with its own distinctive look and feel. Overall, the use of anime-style 3D models adds a visually stunning element to the game that is sure to delight fans of the genre.

​The voice acting in Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simultrix is exceptional, adding another layer of depth to the already rich and vibrant world. Each actress has a unique voice that matches their personality perfectly, making the story sequences engaging and enjoyable. The Soundtrack is your typical fighter upbeat sound, that gets you pumped while facing off against the opponent.

Overall, Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simultrix is an enjoyable fighting game that incorporates fanservice elements. While the fighting mechanics can feel clunky and devolve into button mashing, it doesn't take away from the overall fun experience. The game's customization feature is a highlight, as it allows players to personalize their character to some extent, adding to the enjoyment. The game's high replay value may appeal to those who enjoy replaying the story with the same character, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea.

8
10

The Bad

- Repetitive Grind
- Fan Service
- Art Style
- High Replayability
- Exceptional Voice-Acting

- Repetitive Grind

The Good

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