Over the weekend I got a chance to play Marvelous and XSeed’s latest Fate game, Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star. I’ll start this off by saying that I have zero knowledge of the Fate universe and thus have no experience with the previous games. However, I was informed that Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star is its own story so playing the previous games wouldn’t be that necessary. With that said, I dove right in to my first Fate game.
Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star features a diverse cast of “Servants” – ancient warriors of legend and imagination, always at their Masters’ orders – who survived the Holy Grail War that took place on the Moon. In a future watched over by the all-powerful lunar super computer Moon Cell Automaton, these champions now battle for dominance over this digital realm, known as “SE.RA.PH.” This story takes place after the events described in Fate/EXTRA, and depicts the world after that previous Holy Grail War.
The first 30 minutes of the game isn’t very action packed at all. In fact, most of it is story. There is a lot of reading going on and a lot of cut scenes and what I have above doesn’t even include the intro video. That had to be cut so that the video wouldn’t be flagged by Youtube. There is one bit in between which does give you a taste of what the gameplay is like and that tiny bit is super fun.
The action does pick up basically right after this video ends. I do have clips of that and I’ll get those posted up soon. Basically the game plays very much like the Dynasty Warrior series where you will have to battle against what seems like thousands of enemies at once. It gets pretty hectic but the combat system works quite well and you’ll be able to jump right into most of it with very little effort.
For the most part though, don’t base the game off the first 30 minutes. This part of the game so far seems incredibility boring but if you make your way past all the talking, you’ll be treated to a very fun game.
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