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  • Summary: In the digital realm of SE.RA.PH, the Holy Grail War is over, but the land's new ruler faces challenges and threats from all sides. The servants now find themselves drawing up tense and unlikely alliances, preparing for a conflict that may tear SE.RA.PH apart...or destroy it entirely.

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Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star - Official Game Trailer - E3 2017
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Sep 28, 2017
    80
    In the end, Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star serves as a good appetizer for those who want some Musou action now. The action goes at an almost non-stop clip, and there's rarely any time to breathe before you have to unleash triple-number combos again and again. There's a ton of content to go over, and while the story can be nonsensical at times, it remains entertaining for those who aren't averse to anime or a visual novel style of game. Overall, Fate/Extella is a solid game to bide your time with while you await some of the bigger titles this year.
  2. Jul 31, 2017
    80
    Overall, I’ve had a great time with Fate/EXTELLA thus far. The presentation is a bit rough around the edges, the story is incredibly confusing (I’m only really understanding bits since I’m familiar with the universe — I can’t imagine what it must be like playing this game with no context at all), and of course, Warriors-type gameplay can get repetitive and rarely is anything new done to shake up the general formula. However, the game provides plenty of ways to break up the monotony of the basic combat, and even if I need to take a break between sessions, I still have a blast just feeling like an overpowered one-man-army and defeating scores of enemies at a time. At the very least, it will tide me over until the more polished Fire Emblem Warriors arrives later this year.
  3. Oct 4, 2017
    77
    All in all, I really enjoyed Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star. The plot made less than no sense, which, I understand, is probably more my fault than the game's, but everything else was pretty solid. The warps and keys added a fresh twist to the seemingly deathless musou genre, and the sense of speed kept my interest long enough to finish the entire game pretty quickly. There are a TON of unlockables for those who don't think one playthrough is enough, including outfits, characters, modes and more, but with Fire Emblem Warriors on the horizon, I decided one solid musou playthrough was plenty for now. If musou games are your thing or you are just passing the time until Mario Odyssey and Fire Emblem Warriors, you could do a whole lot worse than Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star.
  4. Jul 30, 2017
    70
    Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star makes for an entertaining hack and slash experience which feels right at home on the Nintendo Switch. It’s admittedly a little pricey at £49.99, but for those looking for some Dynasty Warriors style action, it fits the bill quite nicely.
  5. Aug 2, 2017
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Nov 21, 2017
    65
    The bloated and often confusing narrative might be a bit too much for those that aren’t already fans of the Fate series, but for those willing to brave the ridiculous amount of dialogue a satisfactory Musou game awaits them underneath.
  7. Aug 22, 2017
    25
    Fans of the series might find a lot more to like about Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star than yours truly, because without an understanding of the plot or characters the game barely makes sense and has little interest in giving newcomers a reason to care. This would be much more forgivable if the story got out of its own way and placed more focus on the action, but the developers were obviously far too in love with the story they came up with. Of course, one could skip through the story bits, but then you’re just left with a rather mediocre Dynasty Warriors clone. Taking all that into consideration, outside of its existing fanbase, Fate/EXTELLA can only be recommended to those who simply must have a stop-gap as they wait for Fire Emblem Warriors, or those in desperate need of validation from cute anime girls.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 22, 2017
    10
    Never played a Type-Moon game before, so this was my first introduction to the Fate series. I seriously don't see how anyone couldn't followNever played a Type-Moon game before, so this was my first introduction to the Fate series. I seriously don't see how anyone couldn't follow the plot or that it was hard to understand what was going on because they weren't a fan of the series... sure it makes reference to past games, and I think maybe the anime, and the characters are mostly past entries in this series, but the plot of this game is not really a continuation, it's just based in the Fate universe with it taking place after Fate/Extra. You can play this as a standalone game and enjoy what it has to offer. I adored the characters, and I thought the plot in terms of the relationship dynamics was executed wonderfully.
    The gameplay itself is inspired by the Musou series of games (Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Warriors Orochi), and it does a great job of adding enough original ideas mixed with that style to feel like it's own thing. There could be some improvements, and hopefully, the sequel will fix that, but as hack and slash, 1 vs 1000 game, it does it's job well, and me being a Musou game fan, I loved it. It also doubles as a visual novel/dating type of game too, as you bond with the characters you play as. I like this idea over the Koei Tecmo games because it adds a more human element to the characters you control, I care for the character I play as because I've befriended them and bonded with them through my interactions with them. I just wish there was more than the three charcaters that you could have this interaction with, because I would love to have that same level of interaction with a character like Artoria Pendragon or Elizabeth Bathory, something which again I hope they improve in the sequel.

    Other than that. Great game. If you like Dynasty Warriors and the various spin-offs (Like Hyrule Warriors and/or Fire Emblem Warriors) you'll probably love this, and with the added visual novel feel with the "dating" elements it's probably gonna appeal to the "waifu/husbando" lovers out there. And this game is certainly well suited on the Nintendo Switch with the fact that you can take this anywhere and enjoy hack and slash action on the go and on a big TV. Can't wait for the sequel!

    *Umu!*
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  2. Jul 25, 2017
    8
    Fate/Extella on the Switch was one of those curve ball games we got that we didnt expect. I honestly am enthusiastic about the game. I got itFate/Extella on the Switch was one of those curve ball games we got that we didnt expect. I honestly am enthusiastic about the game. I got it on the Vita for portability, but playing it on the Switch feels so much smoother. Everything you would expect from a Mosou style dynasty warriors game is there, with the epic servants, wonderful soundtrack, and colorful dialogue, however if you are not a fan of the series, or anime, I would say refrain from this game, The gameplay can be clunky, and it does get repetitive, but as a fan of the Fate series, I was able to look over this, those whom are not, may not be able to do so.

    As a fan of the series, Its a solid 8 for me, but for those who are not, I would say a 6. It is still fun and vibrant, but you may not like the anime tropes invovled
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  3. Sep 30, 2017
    6
    As others have said, if you're a fan of the Fate Series, you'll probably play this game and find it enjoyable, but its definitely lacking inAs others have said, if you're a fan of the Fate Series, you'll probably play this game and find it enjoyable, but its definitely lacking in many areas. The game runs smoothly enough and the graphics are decent, but the combat is pretty repetitive and the tactical aspect of each mission is somewhat difficult to decipher. The story is a convoluted mess much like everything else Fate, but it's the characters you watch the series for anyway. Unfortunately, I don't feel like the characters in this game are as well fleshed out as they are in the other offerings in the series.

    If you're a Fate fan, check it out when it goes on sale to $20 or so. If you're not a Fate fan, skip it.
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  4. 999
    Dec 6, 2017
    5
    On the surface this game has no strategy. That was my issue. I at first detested this game trying to figure out the individual battles. Then IOn the surface this game has no strategy. That was my issue. I at first detested this game trying to figure out the individual battles. Then I realized that the battles are actually more or less meant to stall me from completing the maps I'm put on. From there, I started to enjoy myself. The dialogue of this game tends to ramble on about things that ultimately are just very vague concepts never actually described in universe, but it does have some high points as well as some potential philosophical substance. This is a game of the Fate/* series, and as such plays itself as much more serious than it actually is, but the gameplay can be pretty decent at times once you figure it out.

    The main reason I only rate it a 5 is because it's difficult to figure out what the fun actually is. While there is fun to be had, any form of entertainment for the purpose of fun should be making it easily digestible and Fate/Extella failed at that for me. YMMV
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