The MC drifts from place to place falling into trap after trap like someone constantly slipping on banana peels. New plot lines keep opening up whilst old ones are left hanging. New questions continually pop up while previous questions go unanswered. MC was given the task to find the 5 pieces of the map from the first few chapters, after 500 chapters of not minding his own business he still hasn't found the 4th piece and decided to concentrate on revenge instead. Most of the setting (99%+) is wasted as the MC keeps going to new mysterious places and f**king about while everyone he cares about gets murdered. You could say the author is just making sh*t up as he goes along. And you'd be right.
The author's exact thoughts at the time of writing the MC:
"How can I write someone to be as miserable and helpless as possible?"
Here's the story in a nutshell:
OMG I NEED TO FIND THE 5 PIECES OF THE MAP BEFORE THE OUTER SPACE DEMONS ARRIVE
Oh look here is a random village that I don't need to enter but I will do so for the lulz
Oh noes random people are getting chased by monsters I must protect them even though I've repeatedly said that I'm a selfish bastard but actually I'm a nice guy
SUDDENLY MONSTERS OUT OF f**kING NOWHERE AND NOW I AM GETTING CHASED BY MONSTERS FOR 20 CHAPTERS
WHAT! HOW DARE RANDOM STRANGERS THAT I DO NOT KNOW BETRAY ME! I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED! VERY SAD!!
Oh look, a power struggle between random strangers. Must... not... get... involved [gets involved anyways]
[100 chapters later]
Wow I just found about the existence of aliens maybe I should keep my book a secret
[reveals he has the book to all the aliens]
f**k WHY ARE ALIENS CHASING ME
[LITERALLY 400 chapters later]
OMG I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND THE MAP BUT ALL MY FAMILY IS DEAD AND I DONT CARE ANYMORE! I HAVE TO KILL ALL THE ALIENS WHO KILLED MY FAMILY!!
[1000 chapters later the aliens are stronger than ever and he is still a weak sh*t]
So the premise of the story is that the MC has a magical book that NOBODY knows exists because it's f**king thousands of years old and everybody thinks it's a pile of junk. Also nobody could read it. Otherwise they would've taken it away from him already. The magical book contains magical spells and cultivation methods and deadly strong fighting techniques that can destroy entire armies with a single attack. The book tells the MC that the world will plunge into darkness in 2012 and a new age will begin that lets him use magic.
Of course the MC is a blabbering idiot and tells everyone about 2012 by POSTING IT ON PUBLIC INTERNET FORUMS.
The problem with this is that the MC states that he's incredibly selfish and cold and will place his own interests over other people's, and yet his actions show the exact opposite. Let's think about this. If it's true and NOBODY ELSE on the internet predicted the darkness then it means it's either:
1. Top secret information that the government does not want anybody to know
2. Information that even the government does not know
Regardless of whether if it's 1 or 2, the government as described in the story would obviously arrest and torture the MC and everyone who has ever had the misfortune of being in contact with him to find out how he came across the information. The MC's actions do not make any sense. Even Jesus reincarnate wouldn't go blabbering on about the darkness since NOBODY would believe it, and it would bring trouble to him later on because he would get arrested. Thus posting about it on the internet forums is the worst decision in every possible situation.
There are a few more really dumb things that the MC does, like creating and wearing flashy looking armor that is instantly recognizable from miles away that NOBODY ELSE is wearing, using flashy fire and ice spells to kill bugs IN FRONT OF EVERYONE and so on. I'm actually surprised that the MC does not get found out by the aliens sooner.
So after doing all these incredibly stupid things the MC doesn't go into hiding and instead tells his real name to everyone that he comes across, which I think was pretty dumb.
I've noticed that a certain mental illness, which I'll call "Revenge Disease" from now on, tends to afflict mostly MCs from Chinese webnovels. To use this MC as an example. Saving his family becomes his number 1 priority after the darkness descends. Then his colleague from work gets murdered by a bunch of thugs AND FROM THEN ON REVENGE BECOMES HIS SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT MISSION IN HIS LIFE AND HE SPENDS LIKE 50 CHAPTERS TRACKING DOWN HIS FRIEND'S KILLER TO GET REVENGE.
So here's the thing. The thugs who killed his friend did not do so because they were deliberately targeting him. They didn't know who he was, they just randomly picked out a guy to sacrifice to save their own skin. In other words, if he let it go, then they would have just left him alone and nobody would have been any wiser. Even if he just left the group to travel on his own it would have been fine. Instead he attacks the group of thugs immediately and for the following WEEKS AND MONTHS he does nothing but constantly attack the thugs to get revenge for his friend. All the other important long term goals such as SAVING HIS FAMILY just get tossed aside like garbage. It's like: "Saving my family? pfft, who cares about that. Revenge is more important. " This is what I call "Revenge Disease".
So, as you can see, already at this point the MC has shifted his goal from protecting his family to avenging his dead friend which neither benefits him nor anyone that he cares about in any way shape or form.
After completing the revenge the MC goes into the city to find that it's cruel and evil with normal people literally treated like garbage and left to starve to death. In order to survive, his sister was going to eat poisonous food which had an over 50% chance of causing death and survivors are usually left with permanent damage. The MC had 2 options: 1. Take them out of the city and protect them with his own strength, since by now he is able to control the bugs so escaping from danger should not have been a problem at all. 2. Leave his only family in the hands of corrupt officials who look upon them as if they're worms. The MC naturally chooses the latter and of course the government kills his family after they find out that he has the book. MC is totally shocked by this revelation 400 CHAPTERS LATER as if he had no idea that the government would do such a thing when it has been doing such things right from the start of the story and the MC knows it from repeatedly getting scammed by the government (on multiple occasions he almost dies from the government literally shooting nukes at him).
It's almost a running joke through the novel that every time he makes an agreement with the government (e. g "I kill the bugs and you help me get back"), the government breaks the agreement as soon as physically possible. The MC knows this and still keeps falling for the same thing over and over. I just don't understand how this guy thinks. He says he's not the smartest guy in the world but the way he acts is dumber than a 3 year old. A 3 year old would at least learn not to fall for the same trick over and over but this guy just doesn't learn.
I don't understand the Psychology tag as there is barely any psychology in this (compared to say, Dungeon Defense, which has a pretty decent amount). I mean sure, it does describe character motivations, but these are one-time disposable characters and never mentioned again, and most if not all of the characters are just selfish assholes. It's like the author created the world to be as insane and as edgy as possible so pretty much everyone has a slave mentality. Actually most of the character conversations revolve around their petty inter-tribal struggles which have literally nothing to do with the MC nor the main plot, and yet these conversations tend to span multiple chapters. The author apparently thinks this is a good way to keep things interesting, I beg to differ.
The entire webnovel is basically just the MC falling for other people's schemes repeatedly. It's not fun or interesting because you get a sense that the MC does not control his own fate, he has no agency, he feels like a puppet in the hands of aliens who control everything, manipulating him in order to make his life as miserable as possible. That's basically what this entire story is about.
The writing is 3rd rate. If you compare it to Death Knight (written by Protector of Time) it's complete garbage. There is nothing quotable, humans from different countries, even aliens, all talk the same way. Obvious things are expressed in a roundabout and awkward manner. Descriptions are imprecise, for example objects are often described as "huge" without any comparison to other objects of known size nor are measurements given to inform the reader about how big the object actually is.
Novel spends a lot of time explaining how the powers work even though that is totally irrelevant to the story and he doesn't do it well anyway, explaining things in a confusing manner.
The thing is, novels often make some kind of contract with their readers where they give a sign that things will get better later on. The readers latch on to this and believe it will keep getting better, and when it doesn't the readers are sorely disappointed.
That's what happened with this novel.
The situations in the novel are contrived, the personalities of governments are distorted so as to let the MC get his way. For example, the MC went to North Korea and blew up a ton of sh*t, threatened the North Korean leader's life, and gets off scot free because - get this - the North Korean leader is secretly a fan of the Roused.
The MC beats up a guild leader live on TV and yet he is not taken to prison for assault. Why?
He makes enemies through pure recklessness left and right (several large top-tier guilds, the north korean government, the south korean government, the US government, and counting) and nobody things of doing things to disturb him like kidnapping his family or girlfriend or anything.
If you are making enemies with governments and large organizations with significant amounts of resources, influence, not to mention PEOPLE WITH f**kING SUPERPOWERS, I would expect them to be sending assassins and hitmen after you and your family and anyone associated with you. The fact that this doesn't happen at all is another weird thing. It's like the entire universe conspires to let the MC have his way.
Chapter 94 is the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back for me. He gets attacked by a terrorist (hired by one of the 72 minions of Trahnet). Okay. Then he goes on a rampage and decides to "kill all terrorists". I'm not sure if this is a translation error or... what is his definition of a terrorist, exactly? What counts as a terrorist organization? Anyone who wants to blow up other people for political purposes? How the f**k is he going to find all of those people?
I can understand this if he has telepathy. He doesn't. He can see people's souls, but that didn't stop him from getting blown up by a girl who had a pure soul. So he can't actually tell, just by looking, who is a terrorist and who is not. So I ask again how the f**k is he going to kill all the terrorists? How does he know who is a terrorist and who isn't? No answer. The novel just says yeah so he kills all the terrorists. gg. Doesn't give any indication of how he accomplished this task, which by all that we know about his abilities, should be impossible for him. The thing is these terrorists could be hiding in the mountains or anywhere, and he doesn't have any abilities that will let him just sniff them out.
It just smacks of the worst types of power fantasy. You know the ones where you get to disregard world governments and just do whatever the f**k you want, assault people on live TV and get off scot-free, kill all the insurgents (that Soviet and later Coalition forces couldn't root out after decades of constant fighting and trillions of $$$ spent) and kill hostages without consequences etc. Which would be okay if his abilities allowed him to do it, but he clearly does not have these powers (the least that would be required is telepathy, else you have no way to kill all terrorists), plus everyone else acts retarded (not attacking his family etc). Just... not as well thought out as I expected it to be, I guess.
raped and murdered
FINALLY completed this novel after about 300 hours of reading. It began to feel like a chore somewhere around chapter 900 or so.
"COUNTERS" IS NOT A SYMMETRIC RELATION!!!!
1. Stay a virgin all your life, devote yourself to cultivating your power.
2. MC comes along and steals your virginity due to some bullsh*t contrived scenario like you got poisoned and the ONLY WAY to save your life is to have s*x with the MC, or you accidentally drank aphrodisiac and had s*x with the MC.
3. You are now a s*x fiend who can't live without MC's d*ck. Your entire life revolves around him and you think about him 24/7 for the rest of your life.
Bad guy: You stole my woman! Prepare to die!
MC: She chose me of her own accord you cuck.
Bad guy: Let's see how you fare against my special weapon!
Bad guy proceeds to beat the living sh*t out of the MC
MC: Holy sh*t! I'm about to die!
Suddenly special power comes out of MC's soul and kills the bad guy in one hit.
MC: Phew! That was close!
MC wins all his fights via deus ex machina, like the ray of light that randomly appeared out of this treasure the MC happened to have at the time when the shapeshifter tried to kill him, or the demon that instantly got summoned from billions of km away when the MC was about to die. The magical ring also saves him on multiple occasions, as in a magical light comes out of the ring and kills the bad guy. It's very boring to have all fights won by deus ex machina and the MC goes into most fights without any planning. There is basically no tactics involved during fights at all. Even at the very final chapter where the Big Bad was revealed it was very anticlimatic and the MC wins via pure luck.
>MC is about to die but suddenly female #1241543 saves him but gets seriously injured while saving him.
>MC heals the girl and they have s*x afterwards. She has a smile on her face as they leave their hideout.
Chinese Gantz (author admitted he was "inspired" by Gantz) rips off all the worst movies and anime in the past few decades, including all the worst tropes. Characterization is garbage with rampant s*xism and characters ripped straight out of battle shonen. Story was 2nd rate to begin with (peaking at Vol 9 Alien: Resurrection), then went to sh*t after Vol 10 Resident Evil: Apocalypse (didn't finish it but heard the ending was just as sh*t as Gantz's). Writing is 3rd rate throughout - serviceable but none of the lines are quoteworthy.
>This message is not coded using 0 or 1's. The source code is not a computer program. It's created with characters and symbols. When a computer breaks through the limit of 0s and 1s, artificial intelligence will develop.
>the latest genetic studies show that this evolution only took 120 years. Not several million, not even several thousand, it's merely 120 years. Humans evolved from dryopithecus to the early man, australopithecus. Our evolution exploded only for 120 years, then it was sealed off due to various unkonwn reasons. It has nothing to do with biological evolution. Our evolution has come to a stop.
>The era was after World War 1 and before World War 2 started. There weren't any silencers in this era so they don't have to worry about people noticing the gunshot.
>this city has a diameter of six hundred kilometers. A normal big city is only two hundred kilometer square, but this city is several hundreds.
>Have you seen the map of the distribution of the bugs? Why do they surround three directions and leaving one open? Because they are giving us a hope of escaping.
Or maybe that’s just because the MC got lucky in this timeline and he got completely annihilated in the other timelines.
The MC time travels to a parallel universe (alternate Earth in 2190) where a global nuclear war happened. The first time he time travels, he should have figured some things out. Like the fact that the world is now a hell-hole and there are zombies everywhere and everyone is starving, right?
What would a normal MC be like in this situation. Maybe avoid people, kill anyone suspicious or threatening, etc? Perhaps try to stay hidden and protect himself from the radiation and diseases?
Not for our MC. He travels the radioactive landscape without any protection nor realizing the hazards of radiation despite KNOWING a global nuclear war just happened from reading the newspapers. Doesn't seem to be much worried about viruses or diseases from the zombies either. I mean, zombies? Pfft. Mentioned as an aside in a single sentence. "I crossed the zombie infested landscape". Never mentioned again in first 5 chapters.
Nope. Our MC goes in without any protection, finds a starving girl AND FEEDS HER HIS FOOD, ONLY FOR HER TO THEN POINT A GUN AT HIM AND STRAP HIM TO A CHAIR. Yes, in a zombie infested post-apocalyptic world, he finds a mansion and a girl inside and starts feeding her food because she's pretty and he wants to fug. This is literally written in the story I'm not making anything up.
The MC's only motivation is to find his mom. After he finds his mom dead, his only motivation is to get revenge on the creators of the game for killing his mom. This of course makes for a boring story (you want revenge on an omnipotent God whose identity you don't even have the slightest clue about? Really?).
The characters are bland. The 3 tag-alongs to the MC are essentially... just that. They're sidekicks to accompany the MC on his missions. They have no real personality. You could replace them with robots and you wouldn't notice any difference.
The only character with an actual personality in the story is probably Jung Minji, who got killed off early on.
The MC's incredibly bland personality (I kill people who are hostile to me, also I want to get stronger) makes for extremely boring reading. At first I thought he was interested in fighting, but as the series dragged on I realized that's not true. If he was interested in fighting he would be running around challenging people to fights, but instead he's just levelling up by killing monsters, which is just typical standard webnovel stuff, and also grinding is boring to read.
The latest mission (getting dropped with some aliens or some sh*t) was incredibly tiresome to read about. It's basically "and now you are getting transported to this random place for no reason!". It's literally just some random event that just happens. After the first game, and the second game, now the third game, it gets tiresome and I have no idea why I should continue to care about random games that don't seem to have any consequences other than "random people will die" because I don't care about any of the characters anymore.