The Worn and Torn Newbie - Reviews

Alt title: Dalko Dareun Newbie

The Worn and Torn Newbie
v1ad's avatar
Dec 4, 2020

The main plot is not really original but it quite well-mastered. We know beforehand that the main character is OP but as time goes by the story do not become boring. Moreover the art is almost perfect, it perfectly fits the story .

8.5/10 story
9.5/10 art
8/10 characters
8.5/10 overall
XZeLoX's avatar
Jan 2, 2021

The manga at the beginning looks like your tipical isekai manga, where the main character plays an ruined mmorpg game and after loosing his sword he gets reborn to 15 years to the past. Where with his knowledge from his past life becomes one of strongest and tricky players to ever play this game.

Storyline is pretty good it could be better there are some parts that could be fixed. Characters and Art are quite likable.

In conclusion it is quite interesting manga that I recommend everyone to read

10/10 story
7/10 art
9/10 characters
8.5/10 overall
duchessliz's avatar
Jan 26, 2021

After wasting 15 years of time and money on the VRMMORPG game Deus X Machina our MC finds himself in debt to a loan shark and fearing what will become of him if he's not able to pay off the money he owes. He purchases a sword and tries to level the sword up. His goal was to get it up to +7 to pay off his debts by putting it up for auction after he raised the swords stats. But greed sets in and he tries for more only for the sword to be destroyed. Shocked and horrified he angrily thinks of all the time and money he'd put into the game and the relationships he'd sacrificed over the time he'd spend gaming.

But then... he wakes up 15 years in the past. When the game is just in it's very beginning stages. He'd put so much time and effort into it and now he knows where so many secret dungeons and hidden bosses are that he decides he's going to take everything for himself and get back everything he'd put into the game and then some.

I wasn't impressed with the manhwa the first couple of chapters and even considered dropping it, however, it did get better, and I found myself pulled in and getting invested. One of the more hilarious things about the series, at least imo, is the fact that our MC spends so much of his time in the game running around in the buff! x'D The comment section of the site I read on had me in tears from laughter about how they thought the author was a perv and enjoyed drawing the MC like that! Other comments had me holding my stomach with laughter about how the author should give the MC underwear at the very LEAST! x'D

Now while this series isn't anything remarkably special, it's still an entertaining read and so far it's been getting better the farther I get. He's such a scummy MC, but I still root for him all the same! x'D So, if you enjoy reading series based around a character playing games for profit and wreaking havoc everywhere he goes in game then you may very well enjoy this series. If that's not your taste, then feel free to give this series a pass.

6/10 story
7/10 art
7/10 characters
7/10 overall
DragonSlayer26806's avatar
Mar 9, 2021

It is one of the most original stories I have ever read. Just an FYI it is a game manga. It's great! I'm laughing so hard I'm scared I'll get it trouble. But he needs to put on some pants.

10/10 story
9/10 art
10/10 characters
9.7/10 overall
nathandouglasdavis's avatar
Jun 21, 2022

This story's got some interesting moments related to Yoo Dahee (such as the double identity) and to things which still required technical skill or acute perceptions on the part of Lee Eojin, but the stuff that's based on Lee Eojin's knowledge from a previous lifetime or that's based on feir items just being overwhelmingly powerful are just kinda meh in my opinion. The fights also look pretty cool, but the lack of tension in many of them (because of how overwhelmingly powerful Lee Eojin is) can cause them to be less engaging.

This is the worst type of gamer. Not somebody who is seeking engaging competition or challenges, but rather somebody who's just wanting to exploit feir advantaged situation in order to dominate other players. In the real world, this is the type of player who would use feir personal wealth in order to buy better equipment and then dominate. And that isn't impressive. The most impressive type of gamer is somebody who has the exact same items and whatnot as everybody else, but who through technical skill, precision, and grinding-based memorization is able to use those items far more effectively than the average player. This is why watching, like, a Mario speedrun can be entertaining--because everybody playing that Mario game is playing the same game, but not everybody can pull off the things that skilled gamers can. In contrast to that, one of the primary focuses of this manhwa involves Lee Eojin gaining access to unique items which nobody else will then have access to. And on this subject, the best games out there are ones that prevent these types of elitist exploitation. But, unfortunately, far too many games include unique items and paywalls and other things which create different gaming experiences for those with non-gaming advantages (such as money or luck). The game-makers do this to try to generate revenue, because those tactics often feed into gambling addictiveness and FOMO and players feeling special when they're given a unique item. They make games which reward the worst types of gamer mentalities and this manhwa is just glorifying that type of shit gaming.

This manhwa can be seen as glorifying being an asshole. As a power fantasy, I guess I can understand why readers might enjoy seeing somebody dominating others and generally being an asshole about it, because they can't do that type of thing in their own lives and it might provide some sort of catharsis (relieving built up spite or something) to see somebody acting that way. I just worry that some readers might subconsciously see assholery as an aspirational goal.

[Reviewed at chapter 97]

5/10 story
8/10 art
6/10 characters
6/10 overall
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