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Dream Engine: Beta Tester…. D.C. Comics
Dream Engine: Beta Tester…. D.C. Comics
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Erik was your run of the mill neck beard, gaming enthusiast. Spent most of his life gaming, working, gaming, sleeping, and gaming. With eating food and bathing somewhere in the middle. He didnt have a lot of friends aside from his gaming groups, and conventions he would go to. However, Dream Engine a new Full Dive Virtual system cube came out. Hundred of thousands of people attempted to apply for Beta Testing. Erik got in, the Cube; Dream Engine was a full system it had the game, the link, the entire thing all in one package. Set it up on your bed, coach, floor. What ever, lay down and play the game. Dozens of different stories were selected. From the 90's 2000's and on. He was granted the access to the D.C. Comics. Follow Erik as his journey through D.C. Comics fan fiction. Inspired by recent Authors.

This is my first attempt on Scribble Hub. I've actually been rather terrified to start writing online. But after reading a recent...Batman fan fiction I decided why not! I'm not expecting much out of this, I hope others enjoy reading what I have to write. But even if no one does its alright at least I tried, its a step in the right Direction.

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      New Chipperang
      Status: chapter 104: carmine falcone
      May 4, 2021

      I made an account for this site purely for the fact that I wanted to write a review for this story, but please understand that I will not be going into too much details. If you want a very thorough explanation on the attributes on the story please refer to the review "Goldaer" wrote.

      One word I would use to describe this story: Incredible

      In fact I would even say it is too incredible. I read the story all the way through when it had about 102 or 103 chapters and surprisingly entered a slump mentally after realizing I had caught up to the most recent post (though I must admit circumstances not related to the book also factored into the slump). The main point I am trying to get across is that this story is absolutely hypnotizing in the way you get sucked into it.

      On the other hand there are a couple spelling mistakes every now and then (though you can't really blame the author as they post close to 10, 000 words every time).

      This next part may be a bit of a spoiler, though I am not completely sure, so I will put it behind a spoiler.

      Spoiler

      One thing that caught me off guard and still kind of does is the perspective most characters have on polyamorous relationships (most characters seem to be polyamorous, including the main character) As someone who has been raised in the more traditional single marriage household it is a bit off-putting. As I have continued reading and comprehending the universe and world built by the author I have begun to understand why so many characters have this view. I cannot fully put my understandings into words other than most characters being extremely comfortable in acts of s*xual origin, and I believe it would be hard not to be when one has the strength of at least 10 men.

      Another aspect I really enjoy is the change in morals and other subjects (s*xual as stated above) based off how strong the individual actually is. When a women has the capability to quite literally destroy every army on the planet single-handedly it makes perfect sense that she would have the utmost confidence in all manners of life.

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      This story is a joy to witness and experience. Honestly, it brings forth ideas and thought processes that I would have never considered or imagined outside of a universe such as the author's universe.

      On a less serious note, I believe this story has become my next addiction until my interest begins to wane. (It has also made me even do a bit of research into the way magic works in the DC and Marvel universes)

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      Wolfmaster
      Status: Best Famfic yet!
      Jun 10, 2020

      This story is a wonder. It takes characters that we all know and love, and creates tell a story from an angle few have seen before! A look at the magical underbelly of the world of DC is something to see. 5/5 🌟!

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      Goldaer
      Status: chapter 71: murmur, and nickel
      Oct 25, 2020

      the short version: it's a f**king masterpiece, read it!

        

      you want an actual explanation why it's so great... well it's your time you could already be using to read the first chapter. 

      Here you go, the long Version: 

      Spoiler

      Dream Engine: Beta Tester... D.C. Comics is about your average office worker, named Erik, who is lucky enough to get into the beta of a new gaming system called "Dream Engine. This system allows the user to play a game while sleeping, featuring full immersion similar to dive-mmorpgs we know from other novels like SAO or the Matrix. 

      Erik is chosen as a beta tester for the DC Comics universe, for which he is a huge fan, allowing him to literally start a new life as a hero.

      Assisted by an amazing AI that evolves with every chapter, named Dawn, becoming more and more like-able with every chapter, he creates his new self with a rather unique, handwritten, cringe-worthy background story. Surprisingly that background is accepted by the system giving him massive benefits at first only to reveal the drawbacks later in the story, causing massive changes, forcing him into situations that can easily cause a GAME OVER if not handled right.

      Now to the points that make this story, at least for me, so outstanding:

      Worldbuilding:

      As Erik enters the world, he immediately realises the realism the generated world brings along, including that his avatar actually has his own personality with which he can talk and which will continue to live in the world when Erik is logged out, continuing along the path they have established together. 

      Although the game is a single player experience, it doesn't revolve around the player alone. Events continue to happen, no matter if the player is present or not, although he can trigger them early. This gives the whole story a very dynamic feel.

      Furthermore, most novels throw their MC into close proximity to their favorite hero, making them a relative, side-kick or even antagonist, to start the juicy bits right off the bat. This is not the case here.

      "Erick Lash", mostly simply called Lash, was created with a magical background, which gave the author a chance to let us experience a Gotham not seen before, filled with the mystical from start to end... and hell he delivered.

      Given only low powers, well, like in every game at the beginning, Erick and Lash work together to get a feel for this new world they found themselves in, getting familiar with their own abilities and start forming connections with the people around them... only to be thrown into the maelstrom of the magical society due to their "background story" playing tricks on them... Fun!

      Personality and character building:

      As I have praised the world building above greatly, there is something that cannot be missed to make the world complete, side-character.  

      In this mystical Gotham, Lash comes across countless people and beings he interacts with, befriends or antagonises. All of them are very well described and truly feel alive. I mean, if after 70 chapters you still remember that one door guard of Lash's apartment then the author did something really really right.

      As a male "hero" in this new world he, of course, also gets a lot of attention from the opposite gender, and once more the author does a fabulous job in describing both their appearance and giving them enough time to open up and show their true personalities. It is nice to see how they change after meeting with Lash.

      Note: this is not a harem story per se, although Lash gets into a relationship with multiple women throughout the story.

      Erik and Lash's interactions themselves are quite amusing in the beginning but as they progress in the story they meld into each other more and more, until they become pretty much on. Only occasionally are there mentions of Erik sharing his information about the DC Comics stories with Lash arming them with knowledge of what could be coming. To balance this out we get to know more and more about their morality, be it on the battlefield where he is willing to get his hands dirty to protect others or in the bedroom where he is unwilling to take advantage of women in their times of weakness.

      Lash stands out as a paragon of justice, judging others not by their race, gender, s*xual orientation or religion but solely by their actions on a case by case basis... something I know I would never be able to do no matter how much I were to try.

      Pacing and writing:

      From what I have seen, the pacing of the story is very good. The further down the story you get, the more Lash will be involved in events almost back to back, but the author never forgets to grant brief pauses in between where interactions with his close ones happen and we get to see their interactions and reactions to whatever happened. 

      DC-Heroes:

      As already described above, Lash is living his life in Gotham but doesn't get in contact with Batman or other DC heroes for quite a while. It is built mainly on his own achievements and growth in strength, at least in the beginning. 

      Once he does create connections to them, it is done in a very believable circumstance often giving us a glimpse of their personality. Superman's kindness, Batman's caution, The Flash's giddiness... I just love how they are depicted.

      Note: once more, this story mainly focuses on Lash and his own achievements and not the DC heroes. Although he is, later on, often working together with them, the focus will always be on him and feature mostly interactions with them.

      S*xuality:

      I had to single this one out as it's a topic that may or may not be a criteria for some reader to straight out say NO to reading this novel. 

      In this novel s*xuality is handled very openly, although Lash is straight himself, several character in his friend circle are shown as bi or gay, mainly women.

      If you are not good with something like that this novel may strike you the wrong way.

      As mentioned above, Lash will not create a harem per se, but be in a poly-amorous relationship with several women. This means he has several lovers and all of them are aware of that fact and each other, of course they too may have several lovers themselves. All based on open acknowledgment.

      The depiction of actual s*x scenes, not just mentioning the deed, is also present when Lash finally gets it on with one of his Lovers.

      Personally I don't like s*x scenes being described in novels that don't have a focus on this topic since it diverts attention from the story. Luckily they are not occurring that frequently to do so, but actually help showing Lash's morality and firmness in declining invitation. 

      One again, if you are uncomfortable with this or are actually looking for this to be in the focus, this novel is not for you.

      Fazit:
      I guess this has already become far longer than I originally planned, therefore, firstly, thank you in case you actually managed to read through this whole review. 

      I love this story because the world and its character seem to be truly alive, they have a lot of variance and actively grow together as the story progresses. I especially love the scenes that happen because of the butterfly effect of Lash's involvement with the other heroes and villains.

      I am looking forward to many more future chapter of "Dream Engine"

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      Forromir
      Status: chapter 46: recreational vehicle!
      Jul 11, 2020

      Great novel so far, an awesome idea with amazing execution. My only problem are the slight spelling mistakes, such as your instead of you're. Or que instead of queue, due instead of do, which i've only seen once. The spelling mistakes are only minor and don't take anything away from the story, and could be understood since you post chapters that are ~10, 000 words frequently. Keep up the great work.

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      Zeckzen
      Status: chapter 32: scarecrow’s trade
      Jun 21, 2020

      This novel made me imagine if I have the dream engine of my own, what kind of setting iam gonna use, best VR story that I have read so far

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      Tinytim
      Status: character creation
      Sep 29, 2020

      I f**king love everything about this story it needs at least a thousand chapters or I will cry 

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      maudrh-low
      Status: chapter 50: you’ve got mail!
      Jul 18, 2020

      Happy 50! This story is so great. I love seeing the magical side of the DC universe through the authors eyes. The changes that the author made to cannon make sense in story, and the characters feel real, with believable motives and with good character development.

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      justdk
      Status: character creation
      Sep 29, 2020

      This story is so awesome, I finally made an account just so I can say how awesome it is.

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      Ciphering
      Status: c92
      Mar 24, 2021

      When I first saw this fanfic, I didnt even bother to read through it. A year later and I'm finally bored enough to try this one and am instantly hooked. Really appreciated that there wasn't an unnecessary amount of s*x involved and that it was jam packed with action. The way that the VI avatars were used was also amazing.

      10/10

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      Kruncs
      Status: chapter 84: queen bitch!
      Jan 31, 2021

      I spent 4 days reading this and I loved every second of it. I won't lie, I was totally absorbed into the story to the point where I forgot I was reading it instead of watching or living it, something that rarely happens despite my love of reading.

      @Author-san, you are doing an awesome job and drinks are on me if we ever meet!

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