Platform: Playstation Portable (PSP)
Developer: Type-Moon and Image Epoch
JP: Marvelous Entertainment
NA: Aksys Games
Genre: Dungeon-Crawling RPG
Release Date: November 21, 2011
Fate/Extra is an RPG based on the Fate anime series produced by Type-Moon, and is also made by them as well. However, it serves as a standalone story that’s unconnected to the main Fate universe, so any newcomer to the Fate series can thankfully play and enjoy this game. Even if it has more to offer to fans of the Fate series overall.
In Fate/Extra, you, along with plenty of other individuals, are drawn into the Holy Grail War, which’s essentially a battle royale where mages fight eachother until only one is left standing. However, this’s done through the use of Servants, which are heroic spirits of historical figures with powerful supernatural abilities as they come in one of seven different classes: Saber, Archer, Lancer, Berserker, Caster, Rider and Assassin. The mages who summon and control them are known as Masters, and whichever Master is victorious is able to claim the Holy Grail for themselves. Which is an omnipotent object said to grant the wish of anyone who holds it.
Fate/Extra takes place in a digital recreation of a Japanese high school known as SE.RA.PH that exists within the Moon Cell, which’s a supercomputer with knowledge of all things that are on earth. Each Master enters inside this world as digital avatars of their real selves, and each of them fight with only one common goal in mind, which’s to obtain the Holy Grail. However, there’s a twist: when a Master’s digital avatar dies, then they perish in the real world as well.
With no memory of your past and nothing but your servant at your side, your one, sole task is to not only survive, but to defeat every enemy master you come across in order to do so.
The story is told in a visual-novel-esque format, with most of the storytelling coming from the player’s inner thoughts and monologues, and the rest from the dialogue of the other characters.
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