A long-time reader was kind enough to send in the following review of the new Next Global Crisis video, Training Room 11. I’m a little behind on reviews at the moment due to a project I’ve been working on (to be announced very soon!), so I really appreciate Joe helping me out with a guest review. Plus, it might be nice to hear someone else’s perspective for a change. This looks like an interesting episode from Next Global Crisis, but does the first-person perspective shooting strategy work? Here’s Joe’s review:
I just downloaded and watched the most recent video from Next Global Crisis. This particular release is the eleventh. The video features the heroine Suki Deluxe, who judging by the feedback I’ve seen on HerioneMovies.com has become one of the favorite characters of the fan community. Personally, she is a favorite of mine so I was looking forward to this video.
[Spoiler warning] The episode opens up with Suki entering the training room and warming up while the computer voice rehashes her powers and her background as an Elite Force recruit. Her “special” opponent is then introduced. In order to lower her over reliance on using her powers and increase her combat skills, she is pitted against a drone that has been specially weighted to make it more resilient to physical attack. Suki’s objective is to simply knock over the drone before the drone knocks her out.
The fight begins and things do not go well for Suki. She lands several blows but is unable to do any damage to her opponent. The drone controls almost the entire fight. In desperation, Suki uses her radiation powers, but they are ineffective. The drone eventually chokes Suki out and wins the contest. However, Suki recovers and in an explosion of anger, renews her attack on the drone. She makes a final attempt to knock it over and disable it. She is eventually called to attention by the computer voice who expresses both worry about her anger issues, and excitement about her potential. [End of spoilers]
The video is exactly what you have come to expect from Next Global Crisis. Top notch production values with a well written story. The actress who plays Suki Deluxe looks as beautiful as ever, and delivers a great performance. The only major qualm I had with the video is how it was shot. Almost the entire fight scene was done as if the audience was seeing through the eyes of the drone. NGC has never been afraid to try something new, and I applaud them for their ingenuity. However, in this case I think the video suffered a bit. At times it was hard to follow what was going on in the fight and the image quality seemed to suffer a bit. I know this is a matter of personal preference, but I would have much preferred that it be shot like the other videos had been. I just have never been a fan of first-person movies in this genre. Otherwise, it’s a fine entry into their catalogue of videos, with Suki Deluxe reaffirming her place among my favorites in the genre. I hope to see more videos starring her soon.