Cardfight!! Online: New Screenshots and Impressions

So, there has been some new screenshots that surfaced in regards to Cardfight!! Online. I happened to visit their website, which you can visit here. And it was vastly different than from what it was before, with the banging header image of Amnesty Messiah, Chronoscommand Dragon and Dragonic Overlord the Ace.

Now I will admit that, in my last post, I was wrong to say that Cardfight!! Online didn’t put out enough to tide fans over the new wait. They still need to put up a gameplay demo to give us a preview of how much they have done as well as show off what it is that people can expect from the game. But with the slew of images that I have found on their website, it seems like I can begin dissecting them and figuring out what we can expect.

This is gonna be a long post, because there is a lot to talk about here. So…

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So this image has to be the top menu. The menu you see when you first come online to Cardfight!! Online. Quite a lot to take in but let’s break things down here.

At the top, you have a avatar picture and your user name display next to what looks like Gold Coins and CP. Changing your avatar is common place. Nothing special about that. As for the Gold Coins and CP, we know for sure that Gold Coins are the in-game currency, which I will touch upon later.

Below that, you have 4 buttons. “Information”, “Inbox”, “DailyQuest” and “Achievement”. “Information” and “Inbox” are inconsequential. Nothing noteworthy. But as I had predicted before, there is a “DailyQuest” system. This is a good step in the right direction, I feel, because in this day and age, daily quest systems is a standard inclusion in most games these days. It makes the game worth coming back everyday to play. But the “Achievement” button is a big surprise. I do realize that it is on Steam and there most likely will be an achievement system, but if completing those achievements allow players to earn rewards, that will be phenomenal. Imagine the rewards you can get for achieving some of the more difficult ones. If they do put a reward system for achievements, this game already blows my expectations sky high.

Moving on now, you’ll see Chronojet Dragon on the front screen, with the “Card of the Day” area and the “Generation Stride” booster pack image. I’m not sure if you can customise your front screen to change Chronojet Dragon to another unit, but one can only hope. The “Card of the Day” is a nice touch, as well as the GBT-01 image. I would gander a guess that they are clickable and you can go to the card information and game shop respectively when you click on them.

At the bottom, we see buttons for “Card Fight” and “Deck Build”. And below them, there’s “Top Page”, “Shop”, “Crafting”, “Profile”, “Community” and “Function”. Self explanatory for each one. But what does “Crafting” mean? Are they implementing a crafting system of some kind? Where you can craft specific cards? Did they actually read my blog post and took my advice in modelling after Hearthstone?! QAQ

Okay, I’ll just put that aside and move on. I can only speculate what “Crafting” could mean, as there is not that much that would lead us to a conclusive answer. Taking it into mind, we can only assume that CP would stand for “Crafting Points”, and if it does, it would play a huge part in “Crafting”.

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Moving on, we have the shop screen. As I said, it is pretty safe to assume that Gold Coins are the currency. One can speculate that you can buy more Gold Coins with real money. It makes the currency system simple, which is good. On the tabs, you see “All”, “Campaign”, “New”, “Pack”, “Pre Built Deck” and “Other”. Now “Other” could mean that purchase of Gold Coins that I mentioned earlier. “Campaign” is hard to guess. One I can think of right now would be limited release packs and/or decks. That raises one of my fears, in the fact that they will sell packs, cards and decks during a certain period of time and if you miss it, you either won’t be able to get it and have to craft it, or have to wait for its next cycle to purchase it. Now that we know that there is a “DailyQuest” system in place, I’m not so fussy about this, but I still wish the “Campaign” tab means something other than that.

Moving on, we see that one of the tabs says “Pre Built Deck” and not “Trial Deck”. I assume it generally means a tab where players can purchase Trial Decks, but it would be interesting to broaden that idea of “Pre Built Deck”, like say being able to buy deck recipes that the anime characters use, from Aichi to Chrono, Kai to Mamoru, Ren to Kanzaki, and so on. It makes the game tie in with the anime nicely, but my guess is that’s not gonna be the case, due to the following…

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Here is the Deck Build screen. Super sleek and neatly designed. It reminds me of the YuGiOh Tag Force games on the Playstation Portable. It does borrow heavily from the 3DS games that are out on Japanese 3DSes, but that’s not a bad thing at all.

We don’t have much of an idea on how many deck recipes we can save, but from what I see here, the UI looks friendly and easy to use to start building your decks from the ground up.

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For this one, I am not too certain what this screen is. Perhaps the “Profile” screen? I’m not certain. The information you see here shows your rank and tournament wins from bronze onwards, your chosen playmat and sleeves, and your fight results, which shows you how many wins you have in specific categories. The self introduction box is unique. I believe that they have that in as a default intro that each player will do once they go into a fight. Which might hint at the notion that there won’t be any sort of chat system, like Hearthstone, where you are limited to certain emotes and such. Perhaps it is limited to the “Community” tab, but like some of the stuff we’ve seen, it’s hard to say.

I find it odd that you can change your “player name”. In this instance, you can change your name from Jaime_Alcaraz to something else with that option. I don’t know the reason as to why they would have that option. Perhaps someone might want their player name to be Soryu_Leon,  but hey, as long as they have their word filter system, the only thing one can be insulted about player names is how uninspired they can be. No offense.

As you can see, there are 4 types of fights you can take part in. “Tournament” and “Rank” as well as two types of “Free Battle”.

Clan Fight and Extreme Fight. Personally, I’m not a big fan of Extreme Fight, but it does give players the option to play they way they want to. If you aren’t familiar with Extreme Fight at all, Extreme Fight is where players can build a deck with any units from any clan. Currently the default fight rule is Clan Fight, where you are limited to using the clan you are building for, with some exceptions, such as the case of Majesty Lord Blaster decks allowing up to 4 copies of Blaster Dark. Extreme Fight rules lifts that restriction and you can build and play as and how you like.

I like how aesthetically pleasing these versus screen are, and how it looks like the screens you’d see in fighting games like Street Fighter.

Now these are the in-game fight screens. I don’t have that much to say about them, except for a couple of critiques, which is that the numbers for Damage, Hand, Deck and Drop are too small and/or can’t be seen with the background being the Vanguard circle. While all of the information you want to know are all on screen and you don’t necessary need to look at that in text, it should be information that you should be able to see properly at a glance. It would work better with a solid background, even though I know you are going with the cyber theme in your look of the game.

I noticed that in the second picture, there seems to be a countdown timer. I assume that it’s a timer that will immediate end the phase or step if you let it expire. It is a welcome addition in a way that it avoids “AFKers” from holding up the game on purpose. I hope that they are generous with the time.

There’s only one image left to talk about, and that is this screen.

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A tutorial screen and list, which all games must have. What’s nice about it is that they reward you for completing the tutorials, so that you can get started immediately after learning the game. This is good for people who are curious on how to play Vanguard. They can easily learn from this for free without any commitments at all. And with the reward being a Trial Deck, they feel at ease investing more time into the game.

Okay well, that’s a doosy of a post I have typed out, but being able to talk about it gets me very pumped up to play it, seeing how well designed it looks and some of the features we can expect from it. Amazingly, it’s shaping up better than I ever expected and the direction it is going ticks every box on my list for this game looking good. If there is ever a chance that Dempster, Leon and/or myself can get access to the beta, we will be sure to talk about how the actual game is, if they let us. And be sure to keep up to date with us on our full review of this game.

Also to note, there will be a Cardfight!! Online Twitter Q&A on November 20th, between 11am to 11:30am Japan Standard Time (GMT+9). During that time, you can tweet them your questions @cfvangaurd_en. We’re not certain if we will take part in that Q& A, but we may be able to pick out certain questions from the Q&A and put them here for you.

Cardfight!! Online has been postponed to Early 2016, but after seeing all of this, I don’t mind the wait at all. Take the time to need to shine it up real nice, developers. We’ll be waiting!

Stand up, my Vanguard and Raizer Power!
– Captain

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Cardfight!! Online: New Screenshots and Impressions

News Update: Cardfight!! Online postponed to Early 2016

As the headline states, let me post the official statement made on the official Cardfight!! Online Facebook Page.

“Cardfight!! Online will be releasing in 2016 instead of the previously announced late 2015. We’re spending the necessary extra time to ensure that we deliver a quality game to our players and fans. We are terribly sorry for the delay and hope for your support.

We know that you’re excited about the beta, so are we. We’re currently making preparations to launch the beta in early 2016. Selected players will be invited to join us during the beta testing phase to help make the final polish for various aspects of the game before the launch. More information will be available when we are ready to head into beta.”

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A bummer for me, as it was getting super close to the end of the year and they had to postpone it. But they announced a closed beta release, so that’s a good thing to know that you have that coming out.

I’m not too fuzzed about it though. Even triple-A titles gets the occasional date postponement from time to time. If it meant that the game will be released much more polished and complete, then I am all for it. It is all that I ask the developers of Cardfight!! Online to do for this game.

However, developers, would you like a heads up? It will be nice for us fans to get a gameplay demo very soon. I like that your latest picture you posted contains different photos from when you initially announced Cardfight!! Online. But it’s not enough to tide us over until the new release date, so here’s hoping that you will have something like that for us soon. (And here’s hoping me saying that will not kill my chances at getting into the beta.)

Anyways, if you’d like to see my previous posts on Cardfight!! Online, from news to impressions and such, click here for all the posts I’ve made tagged with “Cardfight Online” on this blog. And be sure to look out for my review of Cardfight!! Online when it comes out.

Stand up, my Vanguard!
– Captain

News Update: Cardfight!! Online postponed to Early 2016

Video: G-BG04 – Soul Strike Against the Supreme Unboxing

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… and we’re back with the new GBT-04 Unboxing videos.

Please share the video with your friends, if they are looking forward to the BT and do subscribe to us on your Youtube channel, so that you can stay up to date with our new video releases. 🙂

Stand up, my Vanguard!
– Captain

Video: G-BG04 – Soul Strike Against the Supreme Unboxing

Deck Profile: Captain’s Dimensional Robo Deck

Hello everyone 🙂

So I’d like to share my deck profile of my Dimensional Robo deck build that you see in the video below, when Leon and I had a Dimensional Robo Mirror Match.

So my deck is purely focused on the Great Daikaiser build. This deck includes boosts from as far as G-EB01, the latest booster release for Dimension Police.

First Vanguard: Dimensional Robo, Daishoot (GB1)

Triggers:-
4 Dimensional Robo, Daibattles (Critical)
4 Dimensional Robo, Daiwolf (Critical)
4 Dimensional Robo, Daicrane (Draw)
4 Dimensional Robo, Gorescue (Heal)

Grade 1s:-
2 Dimensional Robo, Daishield (Sentinel)
1 Diamond Ace (Sentinel)
2 Dimensional Robo Operator, Yuuka (GB1)
3 Dimensional Robo, Dailion
1 Glory Maker
2 Dimensional Robo, Daimariner
1 Commander Laurel

Grade 2s:-
4 Dimensional Robo, Daijet (GB1)
3 Dimensional Robo, Daidragon
2 Dimensional Robo, Daifighter

Grade 3s:-
2 Super Dimensional Robo, Shadowkaiser
2 Ultimate Dimensional Robo, Great Daiyusha
4 Super Dimensional Robo, Dakaiser
3 Ultimate Dimensional Robo, Great Daikaser
1 True Ultimate Dimensional Robo, Great Daikaiser

Some thoughts will be placed here as to the decisions made for some of my choices.

  • Most of the reasons is because I don’t have more copies of the card. So that’s why Diamond Ace is in there, instead of a third Daishield
  • Daishoot gives a good mid game pressure on Generation Break 1, giving your Vanguard the skill to retire one opponent rear guard on hit to Vanguard. Glory Maker fills in the spot that Daishoot will leave behind, doubling your Vanguard boost power on 4 damage.
  • Operator, Yuuka is a promo card that can be replaced with another Daimariner, Dailion or Daishield. Also a human with Dimensional Robo in her name.
  • You only ever need one Commaner Laurel, even though it’s restricted to one.
  • Stride units I play: (See first point as to why I don’t play 99th-gen Dimensional Robo Commander, Daiearth)
    • Dark Superman, Omega
    • Super Cosmic Hero, X-tiger
    • Dark Superman, Pretty Cat

That’s all I have for you. If you like this, be sure to let us know, and Dempster, Leon and myself will do more of these. We may even get some of our other friends to jump in and do their deck profile.

If you like us to do a video of it and talk more technically, do let us know as well 🙂

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Stand up, my Vanguard.
Raizer Power!
– Captain

Deck Profile: Captain’s Dimensional Robo Deck

VG-G-BT04 – Conquer Divine Spirits Strike (討神魂撃)

Just a few days ago, news about the next Booster in line was released.

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The 4th in the Vanguard G line – Conquer Divine Spirits Strike (討神魂撃 Toshin Kongeki in Japanese) will be released on the 28th August in Japanese, while the English release date has yet to be announced. This set will provide further boost for the following clans:

Gear Chronicle
Royal Paladin
Neo Nectar
Shadow Paladin
Genesis
Angel Feather
Megacolony
Cray Elemental

As you can see, all of these clans have had either some sort of appearance or slated to appear in the anime, the most prominent being Genesis and Angel Feather, following the fight between Team Demise and Team Try3, of which the latter lost due to a bunch of mindeff hoohahs.

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Some of the iconic units return, with seemingly different designs, namely Chronojet Dragon, Altmile and Ahsha. Though not officially confirmed, this probably means that they’ll make a comeback as G-Units, requiring the aforementioned units as hearts in order to activate certain skills.

As per the previous set, Conquer Divine Spirits Strike will contain 2 GRs, one of them (obviously) being Chrono Dragon Nextage.

Personally I feel that Conquer Divine Spirits Strike sounds like a really weird name. I get that they’re keeping as close to the Japanese title as possble, but it’s nice to have a bit of creative variety once in a while. Something like, say, “Battle Spirits Strike”? I’m looking too deep into this, so oh well.

Another thing that I feel might happen is that they will provide minimal but significant boosts to certain clans like Shadow Paladin (since they were heavily boosted in G-BT03) and maybe even Neo Nectar, similar to how Gear Chronicle and Royal Paladin got boosted back in G-BT02 since they already had their respective Trial Decks and large boost in G-BT01. But hey, this is just a speculation on my part so don’t take it too seriously.

More information will be released soon, so keep yourself updated with us!

– Dempster

VG-G-BT04 – Conquer Divine Spirits Strike (討神魂撃)