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Fate/extella link

16:22, 11/09/2021
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Even so, while the underlying narrative proves khổng lồ be relatively simple and easy to lớn follow, much of it is bogged down by mountains of lore and references that newcomers will be largely ill-equipped khổng lồ giảm giá khuyến mãi with. A conveniently included glossary helps to lớn assuage this somewhat, but make no mistake, this is undeniably a game designed lớn be played by fans of the series (or at least the last Extella game), and those of you that are coming into lớn this one with little lớn no knowledge of the series are in for a rough first few hours as you come khổng lồ grips with the many esoteric terms, names, and concepts that come at you thiông xã và fast.

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Of course, this being a Musou game, the story is merely there khổng lồ provide sufficient context for why you spend hours beating the tar out of literally thousands of nearly helpless enemies on a battlefield, và luckily Fate/Extella Link has found a way khổng lồ make this activity quite enjoyable. Each cấp độ sees you taking control of a Servant whose job is usually to defeat a boss character & secure a battlefield, divided up into ‘Sectors’ that are either controlled by your team or the enemy. As you jump between sectors, clearing out the local opposition và wresting control of the battlefield bachồng piece by piece, various sub-objectives arise that will demvà your immediate attention in some capacity, such as when the ‘Master’ is under attaông xã by an enemy unit or when a series of especially powerful enemies need to lớn be cleared out before they can escape và sumtháng reinforcements.


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What’s striking about all this is just how dynamic and kinetic these battles often feel; there’s always something happening on the other side of the bản đồ that you should probably get involved in, & every minor victory you clayên is merely the gateway lớn another, bigger fight before the level is finally over. This sense of momentum and movement goes a long way towards making each màn chơi feel lượt thích an actual battle is taking place, where the outcomes of countless isolated squabbles & scuffles add up lớn cause the tide to lớn shift back & forth and baông xã again constantly as the fight wears on.

Every character has quality skills (more on that later), but ultimately shares the same basic movemix for cutting through the endless hordes, and this movephối is ultimately built around the concept of momentum. Your character can pull off flashy, deadly combos through a combination of light và heavy attacks, and every one of the thousands of enemies you defeat contributes a little bit to lớn your ‘Moon Drive’ gauge. Once full, a tap of the ‘A’ button causes your character’s attaông xã and defence khổng lồ rise dramatically as the gauge slowly empties, và you can choose to either benefit from this buff in battle prowess in full or to empty the gauge early by executing a powerful, screen-clearing attaông chồng by tapping the ‘A’ button once again. All kills executed in your Moon Drive also cause your ‘Noble Phantasm’ gauge to lớn gradually fill, và once that’s ready khổng lồ go, your character can exexinh tươi a special attaông xã that’s powerful enough khổng lồ warrant its own (skippable) cutscene as they positively scorch the earth with a ridiculous và over the top attack that’s as bombastic as it is devastating.


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Through all of this, you can also pepper in ‘Active Skills’ to lớn keep combos going & put boss characters on the ropes by doing things like area of effect attacks and buffing certain stats temporarily; up khổng lồ four of these skills can be equipped at once & though they each are limited by slight cooldowns, knowing when lớn use them can have an enormous impact on the outcome of your battles. If there’s one thing that Fate/Extella Link absolutely nails, it’s creating a sensation of your character becoming an unstoppable force of nature that no being can possibly hope khổng lồ overcome; some may no doubt find such a portrayal khổng lồ be boring due khổng lồ the laông xã of tension, but there’s something oddly refreshing about assuming the role of a character whose enemies don’t possess any meaningful chance of winning.


When not in combat, you can power up your Servants in the flying castle that acts as your home base, & this is where players are introduced khổng lồ the myriad customization systems that power progression. Every time your character levels up in battle, they unloông xã either a new Active sầu Skill or power up an old one, and here you can pichồng which four skills you want khổng lồ take with you into battle. You can also equip Install Skills you’ve picked up from felled enemies, which act as passive buffs to things like attachồng speed, drop rates, và elemental resistances, và Mystic Codes, which act as a sort of ‘armour’ you can wear that grants minor support abilities lượt thích healing lớn your Servant. On top of this, you can also phối which side missions you’d lượt thích khổng lồ attempt in the coming mission; clearing minor achievements like “clear 3 sectors while at over 50% HP” will boost your bond cấp độ with the Servant that offered that side mission and unlock more Install Skill nodes for them.

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What’s nice about all these separate, interlocking progression systems is that you can truly spec out a character khổng lồ be exactly the kind of unit you want them khổng lồ be, while also giving you the satisfaction of knowing that you’re always moving forward in some fashion và that much of that forward motion applies to all characters. Plus, there’s plenty of nice chất lượng of life features lớn cut back on the grind somewhat, such as how you can spend currency to màn chơi up weak units khổng lồ your current strongest unit’s màn chơi, or how duplicate Install Skills are automatically merged with existing ones lớn power them up slightly. We were pleased by the depth present in the progression of Fate/Extella Link, as it offers up a bit more complexity than one would expect lớn find in a typical button mashing Musou game by adding in more RPG elements.

Though it should only take you about fifteen hours to clear the story và see its different endings, there’s plenty of replayability khổng lồ be found in Fate/Extella Link. For one thing, every cấp độ grades you based on how quickly lvà effectively you routed the enemy, và new Mystic Codes are awarded depending on the kind of rating you got; if you’d lượt thích to get that coveted 100% on your protệp tin, you’ve sầu got to figure out which characters & builds will allow you khổng lồ play through certain levels nearly flawlessly. On top of that, clearing stages unlocks special ‘EX’ levels in a side mode that remixes objectives và bosses to provide a different challenge, while also baiting you with the promise of gaining special new costumes for Servants. There’s also a fascinating new multiplayer mode that offers up the opportunity to play in relatively equal 4v4 "King of the Hill" matches either locally or online, though there’s a baffling omission of true local multiplayer; if you want to play with somebody toàn thân in the same room, they need khổng lồ have their own Switch and copy of the game.


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From a presentation perspective sầu, Fate/Extella Link manages khổng lồ completely nail the visual style that it goes for, offering up a smooth và inventive visual feast that looks great whether on the Switch screen or the TV. Though the framerate never rises above 30FPS, the anime art style is taken khổng lồ its full potential with a diverse và imaginative line up of detailed battlefields that prove to be as weird as they are artistically impressive. One battle may see you fighting your way through a traditional Japanese temple, complete with cherry blossom trees, while another sees you fighting through a dark cyberpunk cityscape; it’s next to impossible to lớn guess what kind of battlefield your Servants will fight on next and that visual diversity is greatly appreciated.


Plus, there’s quite a bit of flashiness in the moment to lớn moment details, such as the effect that generates every time you jump between sectors, và this goes a long way towards making Fate/Extella Link’s graphics feel well-realized and pleasing to lớn the eyes. All of this is then matched by a high-energy soundtraông chồng that matches the ridiculous action và anime roots quite well; though not particularly memorable by any means, this is a soundtraông chồng that does a great job of setting the tone.

Conclusion


The nature of the genre makes it pretty tough khổng lồ do a Musou game wrong, but it’s also rather difficult to do one that’s truly right, providing an experience that’s capable of rising above the repetition & relatively easy difficulty. Fate/Extella Link manages to lớn vì just that, including all of the trappings of a Musou outing while sprinkling in a handful of fun, engaging, or creative sầu changes lớn the overarching thiết kế and style to escalate this release a bit above the competition (& certainly above sầu its predecessor). If you’ve sầu never much been a bạn of mindless hack ‘n’ slash games, we’d say this is a great way khổng lồ demo whether this genre is for you, and if you consider yourself lớn be a Musou nut, this is one of the best distillations of the concept we’ve sầu yet seen. Either way, Fate/Extella Link is well worth your time; we’d recommover you add it to lớn your Switch collection at some point.

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Great 8/10

Scoring Policyreviews copy provided by XSEED Games


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Mitch has been a bạn of Nintendo ever since he got his start on the GBA in 2005. When he"s not busy playing games or writing, you can find hyên down at his local MMA training facility learning how khổng lồ punish the unrighteous.


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Tue 19th Mar 2019

God this game looks so fun. It should be coming for me today, but I wanna finish the original before I try it out (and inevitably never look back at the first one)


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Tue 19th Mar 2019

Looks interesting enough but got enough on my plate at the moment.


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Tue 19th Mar 2019

I"m a musou nut! And I"ll buy it!


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Tue 19th Mar 2019

I"ll get this once the price is right.


Tue 19th Mar 2019

Got it friday last week, fun game even better than the previous one.

I just hope they fix the performance on Switch in portable mode, Switch in portable và PS4 have sầu a lot of heavy framedrops (PC và Switch in doông chồng are fine)


Tue 19th Mar 2019

Rayquaza mentioned this, but I was wondering how often & how badly it drops below 30fps? Sounds lượt thích a beautiful & fun musou game overall


Tue 19th Mar 2019

I"m putting this game in my wish danh mục và wait for it khổng lồ go on sale.


Tue 19th Mar 2019

Awesome. Us Musou fans will like it. Thanks for sharing.


Tue 19th Mar 2019

Maybe after I"m done with Hyrule & Fire Emblem Warriors..


Tue 19th Mar 2019

I loved the last game, & I don"t even watch the anime. I"ll certainly pichồng this up at some point


ALinkttPresent It"s not an actual game in the musou series, but the series this game is spun-off from is arguably even more influential.


60frames-please Switch targets 30fps và in doông xã it"s a very stable 30fps, in portable it drops to lớn as low as 20fps

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VJoMs6lRrJY (switch doông chồng vs handheld)

On PS4 the game targets 60fps và drops lớn as low as 40fps.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RfLkgEPYvBQ (switch doông xã vs PS4)

The most logical issue is probably the extremely agressive vsync, you can tell that by the way it drops it"s framerate.


SculptorYou"re another weeb game.

I can"t wait till I pick up the special edition later in the week và start hacking và slashing!