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Dual Arms Verbatim Part 1

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GRAPHICS INTENSIVE; MEDIUM VIEWING QUALITY RECOMMENDED; SCREEN EXTENSION NOT RECOMMENDED

2 and a half years of work have led to this - my little 14 minute epic. To give fair warning, anyone in the mood for straight up action or comedy will probably be disappointed. But it is my hope that those ready to dive into a new world full of fantastic technology, false words, and rising snow will find much to enjoy in Dual Arms Verbatim Part 1.

Those who would like the fullest appreciation of the story are encouraged to peruse the "World" section of the menu, (I've designed it to have no spoilers, save perhaps slightly in the NAU part of the factions).

If you could spare the time, I'd really appreciate any constructive feedback you guys can offer on my work, so if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions for me, please leave a review. I can't guarantee a response to each, but be assured that I read every one. Thanks!

EDIT 5: Subs finally active and pausable! Note again that due to a bug, subs are reactivated at the beginning of each scene, regardless of whether they were active or not. I have structured the subs to disappear in several dialogue-less areas, so it may not seem this way, but they are there. There is no known fix to this, but I hope it doesn't inconvenience you too much. Just turn them off if in doubt.
If you come across any other bugs, (including typos and such) please PM me with them (don't review just to tell a bug - pm's are easier for me to keep track of). Thanks!
The previous version added an extra's section with some links. Concept Art is also finally active!
ENJOY!

Anyone who wants more Dual Arms after seeing the movie and REALLY cant wait for part II may appreciate seeing the Verbatim Trailer here http://www.newgrounds.com /portal/view/537880

And if you don't mind some...crappy animation, you can also check out the chronological sequel to the Dual Arms Verbatim plot - Dual Arms Precipice http://www.newgrounds.com /portal/view/411273 It was made before starting Verbatim some 2 years ago, and it shows. My skill was even less then than now, and it has sound problems similar to Verbatim (though it DOES have sloppily done subs). But the plot there is a bit more understandable and in a sort of strange spoiler PRECIPICE CONTAINS THE FINAL FATE OF SETH FROM THIS VIDEO. With that in mind, those who liked Verbatim may enjoy it, so take a look.

EDIT: Woot - Daily third! Thanks to everyone who voted. Rest assured, part 2 WILL be made; you WILL one day see the conclusion of Dual Arms Verbatim, should you choose to do so. With that in mind, please bear with me another few years whilst I set everything in order. T_T I hope the conclusion will rise to your expectations! Thanks again to all who watched.

EDIT 3: FRONT PAGED! YEAAAAAAH. Thanks again to everyone who liked the work, and thanks to Tom for giving me the opportunity to get some more feedback. Part II will come people! Look out for it!

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Excellent work.

Being an animator of my own drama series, i can definitely appreciate the work that you put into this piece. Good luck on part 2, I'm looking forward to it.


RPGsrok responds:

You gotta do this sorta thing to really grasp what's involved. XD Good luck with your own efforts! And thanks for reviewing!


Pretty good so far.

My only real problem was that I couldn't really hear the people too well, but it was still good anyways. I liked how the 3d fit in with the rest of the animation, as well. I'd definitely like to see where this story goes.

On a side note, I almost laughed when I recognized that credits song of yours :P Fellow Last Exile fan, eh?

Wish I could give it an 8.5/10 instead of just an 8...


RPGsrok responds:

Yes well, I've said it before, I'll say it again - my sound design sucks. I'm working on a subtitled version though, and I'll be sure to tell you (if you'd like) when I upload it. My 3D skills aren't that good - though if Swift 3D does ANYTHING well, it does create imagery that blends very naturally into flash.

I had been a little annoyed at my choice of music there - I would've liked to have an original (or at least instrumental) ending, but I guess it was worthwhile to find another Last Exile fan. ^^ I wouldn't be surprised if the inclusion of Greek was a result of some sort of subconscious influence from Last Exile, now that I think of it.

You COULD have rounded up and given me a 9 ^^ But its cool xD. Thanks for reviewing!


Finish It

It's disheartening when nobody bothers to finish what they start.

If you recall XIN back in the day, that was good. Dual Arms pushes the envelope of quality even further. Don't even suggest otherwise, even if you despise Anime. It's a style, not a plague.

I know the story and overabundance of dialogue proves confusing and troublesome to keep up with, but that's why there's an action sequence where everything clicks together and you don't need your brain on overdrive to get it. Since there doesn't seem to be an action sequence, as well as a great deal of espionage suspense building up to nowhere without one or two, I'd say this Laser Movie requires the second part so I can give it a far fairer (or more accurate) rating.

So, I say again: FINISH THE DAMN THING!


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RPGsrok responds:

You nailed the second part - essentially it does ramp up the action. The original intent, of course, would've been to do Verbatim in one shot, but that was before I realized how insane it would be to try and finish a 20 minute feature, even in 2 or 3 years, alone. Also, the file would probably be too large.

I'm not one to give up on what I start. The fact that I even completed this part, if I may humbly say so, is testament to that. And if such positive feedback as yours continues, I can guarantee I will see Verbatim through to the end.

Thanks for reviewing!


I've been on Newgrounds many, many times always looking for some hidden gem, and never came across this until I saw your article on Cracked.com. Wow! What a lot of sweat and tears to get this made. I applaud you. I love a good story, and love the detail you have poured into this world and characters! It makes me feel like I'm experiencing a story along the lines of Dune. Keep up the good work. The artwork can be a little stiff, but it's a lot more than many have attempted, especially to the depth of story you want to tell, which is apparently more important to you, but still. I appreciate the work you're doing.


RPGsrok responds:

Well I appreciate your taking the time to say so, in spite of the stiff animation. Stick around for part 2, when it comes out approximately 7 articles 2 years from now! (T_T) *ahem* Thanks for reviewing!


Whoa, this brings some memories back. Came across this while looking over some of my early voice acting stuff - don't think my Ornier aged very well, but it's neat seeing this so long after I'd honestly forgotten! I know this was four years ago, but any chance Part II will eventually come along? It'd be awesome to see this finished one day.


RPGsrok responds:

Thanks for the low rating asshole~

Nah for real tho, it'd be great to see how your acting's come along. Shoot me a message, we can talk shit over~ XD

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Jun 20, 2010
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