Fate/Extella The Umbral Star Review

After watching every episode of the Fate animes on Netflix I was immediately tempted to get this game and see what it was like, but I was concerned about how similar it looked to a Warriors game and I’ve played Fire Emblem: Warriors on a daily basis about all month, but my fiance was nice enough to surprise me with a copy of this game so I was more than happy to get my hands on it.  Overall I had more to say about the game than what I expected so I’ll get right to the review.

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The first thing I want to bring up is the game’s presentation.  The graphics were beautiful and I played this game for the Switch so both the Television and Handheld Switch modes were amazing.  This game was really colorful and seeing all the character’s big moves were a sight to behold.  The music was good, and overall I have no complaints about how this game presented itself.

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As for the story there were things I liked and things I disliked.  The story overall is really good and most of it keeps you very entertained.  The story separates itself into four main sections and while sections one, three and four were a lot of fun, section two felt like a re hash of what section one did.  While you find out later in the game why this is important, it’s still hard to stay interested in the story and I found myself tempted to just skip parts of that section that failed to keep my attention. The other problem I had with the story was the sheer amount of text you had to read between levels.  It read like a high school essay where there was a minimum word limit and a lot of things had to be over explained to meet the quota.  Other than that, the characters were all amazing and I loved how you had the oppourtunity to develop bonds which each characters through various means and how that made it easier to strengthen each unit.  The rest of the story was fabulous and I really loved the twists and turns that were placed towards the end of the game.  Overall I liked the story, but it’s faults prevent it from being amazing.

The gameplay is where this game truly shines.  In many ways it is very similar to a Warriors game; however, there were some differences in what objectives you had to meet that made this game stand out.  The game is very fast paced during combat scenarios and there’s loads of excitement to behold, but I will say this, if you do not enjoy warriors games I doubt you will enjoy this game.  While it has many qualities that make this unique, the gameplay still has so many similarities that honestly make me say that it’s not likely you will like this game and dislike Warriors titles.

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The side quests are fun but really it’s just retelling the story through the perspective of the other characters and that’s nice, but after going through several sections to beat the story I wasn’t motivated to see the story all over again to play a bunch of side stories. I’m sure I will pick this game up later and enjoy these quests but I played this game to death and the side quests will be too redundant for me to enjoy because of that.

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Overall this is a really fun game, it has its shortcomings and I really think it’s a good idea to wait for a discount before buying, but it’s a great hack and slash game with good story elements, great characters and fun gameplay.  I really liked this game and it makes a nice addition to my collection.

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