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Devils_Advocate
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First of all, let me disclose that after chapter 110 I have become the editor for this novel, so feel free to take my review with a grain of salt. Before you choose to read this I want to prepare you for what is to come, so that you will not get turned off because of the first 30 chapters which many seem to be. I will try to limit any possible spoilers to be as light as possible, but if you find my explanations for the things many seem to have issues with to be faulty or unsatisfying, then it might be better if you choose to go and read another novel. Still, I hope that this review will encourage anyone to stick with the author and allow him to show what he can do despite the rough beginning which many first time authors suffer from. Synopsis; This novel is about Draco, one of the top 5 players in a Full Immersive Virtual Reality (=FIVR) game called Boundless who after years of fighting achieves his revenge on his former girlfriend, another top 5 player. Unfortunately, he gets assassinated shortly after in the real world. Because of the interference of a certain entity he wakes up a couple of years earlier and (naturally) just in time before Boundless officially releases. Draco, now armed with his memories about future events, plans to use them so that he can conquer Boundless in this timeline. A list of Pros & Cons, if you choose to read this novel; 1. Long chapters, each one 3,000+ words 2. Daily releases. For reference, most chapters of other authors are around the 1,500-word mark, so here you get a single chapter but at double the usual length ;) 3. OP MC. Given his vast knowledge of the game he easily dominates these early parts of the game. In the real world Draco starts out in a weakened body, but him being a so-called Control master (a unique aspect of this novel) means he is more powerful than he seems, yet he is not necessarily invincible. 4. Side characters who are not 2-D. Admittedly they may start out bland at first, but they get developed to have their own characteristic, especially in their own Origin Chapters (116-120) :) 5. Real World importance. The overall story up until now had about an 85% focus on the world of Boundless and a 15% focus on the world outside of the game. This can easily change in the future since many things have already been set up. 6. Semi-Harem. In the real world he is faithful to the FMC, however, in Boundless he gets himself a Harem. Still, he has the FMC's blessings for doing so and she even actively got him some playthings to add to his collection... 7. Many explanations. Kotario fills his world and gives vast explanations for many things. 8. Rough start. As stated above the first 30 chapters are basically the point where readers either love it and praise it as one of the best novels they read in a long while, or hate it for everything it stands. Here are the Issues most people seem to have; 1. Chapter 4 This chapter kickstarts the MC's future path to success. In the previous chapter, he abuses his knowledge to prevent a future catastrophe by killing the perpetrator while he is at his weakest and gets rewarded more than handsomely. The problems most people seem to have is not realizing, because the novel has literally just started, that if you are a Level 1 character who kills a level 100 enemy, even if he was practically on his last breath, you will get the appropriate reward for such an action. Naturally, the reward for a level 90 player killing the same level 100 enemy would be far less. Such a heaven-defying action, therefore, deserves an appropriate reward. This is not a new concept. Most, if not all, Second Chance novels with a virtual reality world allow the MC to get an advantage over the rest of the player base, the big difference is that Kotario chooses to instantly give him an 'absurd' (but justified) advantage which other MCs usually only get a couple of hundred chapters in. 2. The Gold conversion As part of the earlier reward, MC gets way more money than any player on his level should reasonably ever have. The game features a Trade Center, which only gets unlocked a couple chapters later, which enables players to auction their game currency for real-life cash. The conversion for it is roughly 3$ for 1 Bronze. HOWEVER, just as any good in an economy the price fluctuates with demand and supply. In other words, if the MC were to flood the market with his cash, the price would decrease with every transaction. Also, people don't seem to care for the fact that MC has better ways to spend his in game money for even more benefits. In essence, this is a difference in viewpoint about the intrinsic value of the in game cash. To the MC it’s something he can eventually earn back, so he doesn't hesitate to aesthetically change an item for what would be a huge amount of money if translated into the real world equivalent. 3. Chapter 7; The FMC following the MC during that part. MC should be able to be much faster than she could follow him. We have since tried to rectify it as good as possible. 4. Chapter 9; The MC 'acting stupid' and getting rescued because of 'plot armor'. When MC opens up one of the rewards he got back in Chapter 4, he did so while hiding in a cave. However, people seem to forget/ignore, that he literally got a reward no one else in the previous timeline has ever gotten, so the measures he took turned out to be inadequate. True the MC has an advantage thanks to his knowledge about the future, but if he interacts with something he has not encountered before he can also make mistakes. That doesn't make him a failure as an MC, only shows that he is simply a human who can err. 5. Now let's address the elephant in the room and the major reason for this whole review; Chapter 28-30 (aka what makes most people drop the novel) There is no way to explain this without spoiling this. The MC and FMC are going to reconcile. We are currently on the 3rd iteration of this. In the first version the FMC 'betrayed' the MC, but canonically that no longer happens, at least not by her choice. I'd like to point out to you, that the FMC in question no longer exists. The one in this timeline has done nothing even vaguely close to what the "future" FMC was about to do. Expecting Draco to outright kill the younger version of her on their first meeting, just because of a grudge that technically ended after the first chapter and didn’t even happen in this one seems a bit unreasonable. Especially when there are alternative actions he could take, like preventing the circumstances which lead to the incident or straight-up breaking it off with her and never interacting with her again. However, just to give a bit of perspective about the happenings which lead to this whole feud between the two we have added an additional Chapter to Chapter 30 so that people can gain a bit more insight about what lead to FMC decision and why it changed. There are always two sides to each story after all. I would also like to point to Chapter 47-49 which are titled Wisdom Of The Lady Boss since they give you the perfect image of how the FMC functions as her own character, separate from the MC. If you have made it this far, and none of the points which I have mentioned are total dealbreakers for you, especially the last one, then let me welcome you to this awesome novel. =) Feel free to leave a comment on this review, on the chapters or even in the chapters if you use the app. Kotario and I enjoy interacting with anyone who finds the time to leave a comment, including those people criticizing the novel, as long as they stay objective and don't insult anyone or anything.

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Shifty_DaoistMage
Shifty_DaoistMageLv5Shifty_DaoistMage

I like this review. It provides a very in depth look into the mechanics of the novel, and how awesome the MC is because of his almighty cheat system in game. I wish that MC would have a new girl in his harem in every 10 chapters. Can we have an orgy in the game soon? Preferably Draco NTRs every male at there.

ImDiablo_
ImDiablo_Lv11ImDiablo_

I'd like to take first reply for this magnificent review, In view of this amazing moment I'd like to thanks my mom who supported me and father who pushed me to take the first step into this graceful journey. My brothers and friends i won't forget you, thanks Thanks to all of you who supported me. Thanks

SinisterSmile
SinisterSmileLv4SinisterSmile

Is MC being a Master of Control something unique in the novel? This is clearly the Void Domain of RSSG.

Devils_Advocate
Devils_AdvocateModeratorDevils_Advocate

Not everyone has read everything 😅 Its on my might read eventually list. Unfortunately I cant edit my review, otherwise I'd change it to one of the unique things about the novel. 🤔

RobertBoss
RobertBossLv4RobertBoss

I was going to read this, but I seen a review that talked about NTR. Is there NTR in this or not cause I will read it if there isn't?

Devils_Advocate
Devils_AdvocateModeratorDevils_Advocate

There was in the initial version. Now it is implied, creating a missunderstanding that is resolved when they reconcile. So canonically no NTR, unless you count him having fun with other females at the behest if the FMC.

RobertBoss:I was going to read this, but I seen a review that talked about NTR. Is there NTR in this or not cause I will read it if there isn't?
Kotario
KotarioAuthorKotario

Wait, you don't really think the concept of domains came from RSSG lol? And Control is not just a domain, it's much more than that, and actually has a pseudo-scientific origin,

SinisterSmile:Is MC being a Master of Control something unique in the novel? This is clearly the Void Domain of RSSG.
Uncle_Sheogorath
Uncle_SheogorathLv4Uncle_Sheogorath

No! There's definitely isn't any NTR. The female mc did not have any sort of sexual relationship neither in VR nor in real life. It was just a big misunderstanding.

RobertBoss:I was going to read this, but I seen a review that talked about NTR. Is there NTR in this or not cause I will read it if there isn't?
kusarScout
kusarScoutLv15kusarScout

Actually, if you pay attention (like any sane and fair minded person does) and don't place your lofty ideals and 'righteousness' onto the characters in the novel, readers will notice that this novel is very well done. It does justice to the human factor in characters and adds depth to their emotions. If any of the scenarios in the book happened in real life I guarantee that many of us would act very similarly. The reason the last point was put on this review was because there were many readers who were tying their own emotions into the story (admit it...how many people have been cheated on and never got past it) without factoring in/balancing with the other emotions involved in the scenes (how many readers that got 'cheated on' actually take the time to understand the other side). This caused many to reject the plot points based on their emotions and not the emotions of the MC. After all this novel is very well written with an effect of greatly stirring emotions.

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GodTierFreak
GodTierFreakLv14GodTierFreak

I was just trying to find something to read, and decided to see this novel since it appeared in my list of recommendations, and i have to say im going to start reading it right now, and grand part of it is because of this review. Idk if the author or editor will read this, but if you do can you pls tell me, how many chaptrrs a week can i expect? Is it going to be a long novel, 2000+ chapters or less? Are you going to keep uploading new chapters even if you dont have a lot of popularity? Or are you going to drop it if it doesnt achieve success? Pls reply wben you can, ill start reading it now and will come back to make a proper review. Im not a english native, so i wont be able to give feedback in grammar, but ill be more than happy to share what i think about this novel.

Devils_Advocate
Devils_AdvocateModeratorDevils_Advocate

Editor here, I am happy that my review helped convince you to start reading this :) . To answer your questions; There should be about 7 chapters a week. One per day, with some occasional double release. As noted in the review the chapters are 3.000+ words, so practically double the length of your usual chapter ^_^. Kotario claims he plans to want to reach 3,000 chapters before he finishes, so you should have a long while more to read. Kota seems to regard it as a profession so he won't go anywhere anytime soon, at least. Just leave your comments on the chapters, we do periodically go over it. Hope you will find it enjoyable =D

GodTierFreak:I was just trying to find something to read, and decided to see this novel since it appeared in my list of recommendations, and i have to say im going to start reading it right now, and grand part of it is because of this review. Idk if the author or editor will read this, but if you do can you pls tell me, how many chaptrrs a week can i expect? Is it going to be a long novel, 2000+ chapters or less? Are you going to keep uploading new chapters even if you dont have a lot of popularity? Or are you going to drop it if it doesnt achieve success? Pls reply wben you can, ill start reading it now and will come back to make a proper review. Im not a english native, so i wont be able to give feedback in grammar, but ill be more than happy to share what i think about this novel.
JJlight6013
JJlight6013Lv13JJlight6013

I like the cover

Jessinique_Finley
Jessinique_FinleyLv14Jessinique_Finley

More chapters... waiting on these updates are so painful

Jessinique_Finley
Jessinique_FinleyLv14Jessinique_Finley

But yeah. From I started reading this book, it's been one of my favorites out of all the books I reading now. I always look forward to the updates

Sean_Lal
Sean_LalLv11Sean_Lal

Its good

Devils_Advocate
Devils_AdvocateModeratorDevils_Advocate

Good thing for you we just switched to 2k chapters twice daily :D (So ultimately you get 1k more than previously)

Jessinique_Finley:But yeah. From I started reading this book, it's been one of my favorites out of all the books I reading now. I always look forward to the updates
Sainabak
SainabakLv4Sainabak

Your concept of control is way over the top. Domain in rssg was only applied to a believable distance( in meters) while control can span up to what, several 100 km? You do realise how absurd it sounds, right? You can't blame people for not being able to wrap their minds on it. Then the fact of energy conception for control. In rssg, he needs to use different graded potions in real life to use his techniques. While our Mc seems to be able to do it when ever he wants. Apparently his armor supplies it for him. Then there is the fact of upgrading the building to max level on the first try. It comes too easy when all you need is money for that. The biggest no factor for me is the charector of Mc. We make a big deal out of fmc betraying him(doing stuff with someone else), like taking revenge for 15 years? What does he do when he sees the elfs in his unique quest? What does that make him? It doesn't matter whether fmc has a problem with it. All that matters is a person who is ready to take revenge for 15 years for a single incident would never do something like that unless he either the biggest hypocrite the world has ever seen or the king of male chauvinists(obviously treating women as ****) or both. The biggest problem is that you actually justifies such a charector as keeping the fmc in high pedestal. I don't know man. Your story goes from one unrealistical scenario to another. You keep giving explanation for stuffs, but you have to understand, there is this itch when I read this story. It just doesn't go away. It may be due to rssg being there which is a wonderful story and of course better in every way compared to yours. Please take this as constructive criticism. Oh, I like the fact that you give hints to visualize the character like already popular character or an image of them. I really didn't mean to write all this. I usually don't. I couldn't stand you reading the comments but fixing the wrong problems. It would help alot of you were to give specific info about Mc s control ability. What he can do and what he can't.

Kotario:Wait, you don't really think the concept of domains came from RSSG lol? And Control is not just a domain, it's much more than that, and actually has a pseudo-scientific origin,
Josh_Segundo
Josh_SegundoLv2Josh_Segundo

Nice

Anubis_999
Anubis_999Lv12Anubis_999

Good review since it doesn’t just say “good novel”.

Triple_x
Triple_xLv10Triple_x

because their life is being played by a god / entity, will they kill them later? I hope so haha