Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Arrives on Nintendo Switch
Good news anime fans, Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star is now available on the Nintendo Switch. This is a fast paced action title that is set within the popular Fate universe. This particular version is packed full of all the previously released DLC costumes (30 in total) plus the exclusive Unshackled Bride outfit as an added bonus.
Fate/Extella is an original story created by Kinoko Nasu. The game has 16 servants that you can play as. These servants are ancient warriors of legend and imagination (sounds pretty awesome when you put it like that). The servants are there to serve their Masters. The Masters are survivors of the Holy Grail War that happened on the Moon. The game is now set in the future and these Masters are fighting to take over the digital realm where they dwell, called SE.RA.PH. All of the ongoings are watched over by Moon Cell Automaton, a lunar super computer if you will.
We get to play the game from the perspectives of three factions that are fighting to gain control of SE.RA.PH. To do this they need to take on enemies in ultra-fast combat situations. There are characters that fans of the universe will recognise from Fate/Zero, Fate/Grand Order, Fate/Extra, Fate/Stay might and Fate/Apocrypha. In this title, a new battle mechanic has been introduced called Moon Crux. The Moon Crux transforms the player controlled servants, giving them formidable powers allowing them to take on enemies and defeat them in masses.
So as a complete noob to the franchise I have to admit I was totally confused but intrigued in equal measure. The game does try and tell you the story up to the point where you awake, but it didn’t make much sense to me. I kind of understood but not fully. The characters are charming, but you can definitely sense the erotic vibe of the universe right from the get go. If you’re not comfortable with sexual undertones you might want to skip this title. If you’re into it, dive right in, it’s pretty hilarious at times!
It runs really well on the Switch and it’s a game that is perfectly suited to the portable screen. It’s bright, fast paced and there’s plenty of action to sink your teeth into. I did find it got a bit repetitive, but if you like the grind then that won’t bother you one bit. One of the main negatives is the long drawn out text sequences. You might be gaining information here but within a couple of minutes, I found myself clicking through to get back to the action. I did leave the Japanese voice on though and it was cool to hear and a feature I do appreciate. The story doesn’t come across too well though, it’s quite dull, I’m sure they could do so much more with it. I also felt no connection with any of the characters whatsoever. I guess I played through the game like a robot – or AI. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy myself, it just shows I wasn’t emotionally invested. Oh and don’t go thinking this game will be a walk in the park, you’ll have to put a bit of time and effort in, it’s not a walk in the park.
What I really loved about Fate/Extella was that it was a Japanese title that has made its way to launch here in Europe. This is something I hope we see more of. It’s very frustrating as a gamer to find our game libraries are limited due to our location. If you’re into anime or interested in it, I recommend you pick up Fate/Extella and give it a go. It’s hard not to fall for the charm.
Don’t panic if you don’t have a Switch. Fate/Extella is coming to Steam on 25 July, 2017.