- Developer: Marvelous
- Publisher: NA: XSEED Games and Marvelous
- Platform/Links: PlayStation Store
- Rating: T for Teen
- Release Date: NA: January 17th 2017, JP: November 10th 2017, EU: January 20th 2017
- Price: $49.99
The game’s story takes place after the events of the previous game Fate/Extra. After the previous victory in the previous Holy Grail War the player’s avatar is awoken and greeted by Nero, upon awaking the Nero states that they are participating in a new Holy Grail War and the prize is the Grail that will grant any wish. The player is greeted then by their servants and allies that will be participating in the battle against other masters and servants who are seeking the Grail for themselves. The game contains character from previous Fate series such as Zero and Stay/Night in many different roles.
Gameplay is your typical hack and slash battle system while exploring the stages and capturing bases as you would in games such as Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors. The players are set against thousands of enemy units that guard bases and other servants as well. The player has many different combinations of attacks they can use and acquire more through leveling up. The player also has a variety of special attacks that can be used such as the EX attack, Moon Phantasm, and also your Noble Phantasm.
There are many other things that the player has to look forward to besides just battling. The game has a bond system which will unlock gallery information and images. The player also can unlock skills and equip them to their servants that will provide major boosts that can change the tide of battle. I found that the battles were fluent and didn’t contain much lag which made the gameplay to be more engaging.
The graphics are well put together the textures make the characters and the environments pop; add in the ability to play the game in 4K resolution and it adds to the experience in a positive manner. The character animations are well crafted and has little to be desired for improvement. The soundtrack for the game is vibrant and feels right at home with the style of game. The language in the game is Japanese voice acting but contains subtitles for the English players to read. The player can unlock the music tracks and listen to them at any time via the Gallery on the main menu. When it comes to performance the game plays at a solid pace and doesn’t suffer from excessively long load times.
Hard Knock Verdict:
Fate/Extella is a solid game that can be enjoyed by both fans of the series or by players who just want to spend some time mauling down thousands of enemies. Fate/Extella is a solid single player experience that has potential to get players invested in the characters and their personalities and leave you wanting to know more about the world that is inside the game. The visuals make the game stand and offers a solid visual experience that will make players want to experience more of the story to see the environments. My experience with the game left me wanting to see more and know more about the universe, the simplistic battle style makes me feel confident that it would be enjoyable for veterans of the hack and slash genre while providing an experience that even a casual gamer would be able to enjoy. I looked forward to finishing the main story in the next few days to see comes of the tale and its characters.
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A solid game which can be enjoyed not only by fans. I highly recommend this game.