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Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fast but repetitive action entry to long-running franchise.

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This fast-paced action title has some deep gameplay, but the hordes of enemies can make it feel somewhat repetitive and boring. One person against wave after wave of hundreds of enemies, a constant struggle for territorial control, and enough fast-paced button-mashing combat to make your thumbs sore for a week. It's a formula that should instantly be familiar to fans of the popular Dynasty Warriors series. For fans of the popular Fate/ series, though, it's a drastic change of pace. Taking place immediately after the events of 2011's Fate/Extra, Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star takes the familiar characters from the Fate/ series and drops them into a virtual environment central to the continuing story. It's almost jarring to see how the fantasy and magic of the main characters stick out in a digital realm, but in a world of virtual reality where anything seems possible, it still manages to fit the franchise. But outside of the main characters, there's not a lot of visual detail in the game. As you cut a swath through overwhelming odds of enemies, you'd be hard-pressed to tell one from the next. Considering they're little more than cannon (or, rather, sword) fodder, you'll never really feel like you're missing out.

It's Fate/EXTELLA's arcade-style gameplay that's going to be the real divisive factor. On the one hand, the game is extremely repetitive. The constant button-mashing can start to feel like mindless monotony, and after a while it's easy to just get lost in the feeling of simply going through the motions. Players looking for deep character development and complex tactics are likely to be disappointed. On the other hand, for a straight-up arcade experience, there's actually a surprising bit of depth. Sure, you can just mash buttons until your thumbs blister and get through the bulk of the game. But if you take the time to expand your combos and master your timing, you can't help but begin to see a bit of elegance in the destruction you cause. It's far from perfect, and for some it might be little more than a distracting time sink, but it's still an entertaining experience that brings something different to the Fate/ series.

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