Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Review!!

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Developer(s) Marvelous
Publisher(s) Marvelous, NA: XSEED Games
Platform(s) PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release date(s)
JP: November 10, 2016
NA: January 17, 2017
EU: January 20, 2017
Genre: Action

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Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star is the latest release in the action hack and slash series from XSEED and Marvelous. Players take the role of the “master” who works together with spirits known as servants. Together, they fight masses of enemies to take back control of the Moon Cell Automation computer after winning the Holy Grail War in Fate/Extra. There are sixteen playable servants in the game, divided into eight classes: Saber, Archer, Lancer, Caster, Assassin, Rider, Berserker, and Extra Class. Different servants have different fighting styles: the Saber swordswoman Nero Claudius has powerful sword skills and balanced abilities; the Caster magus Tamamo no Mae can use magic skills; and the Saber swordswoman Attila uses a violent battle style.

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The gameplay of Fate/Extella is the same as other action titles such as God of War, Devil May Cry, and Omnimusha. Strike enemies with light and heavy attacks for varying strengths. By pressing certain combinations, the servant can execute a combo attack. The controls are quite responsive and easy to handle. Fate/Extella is a graphic beauty with a near match to its anime style and the number of enemies that can appear on screen at once is impressive. The switch between upbeat music and melodic tones help move the game along both in storyline and battle sequences. As good as Fate/Extella is, it is not without a couple quirks. The cutscenes can become long to where you are watching the game more so than playing it. While I like responsive controls, there are times where they seemed too sensitive and my servant character veers off and is swinging at the air rather than the intended target. I do not mind the open world battle aspect but would have appreciated a targeting system of some kind just to help with this. Nevertheless, Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star is a fun game that can be additive for any fan of action, hack and slash genre. The characters have impressive abilities that can lead to some interesting outcomes as they move up in levels. As a fan of action and anime, this is a good game to give a go at.

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star gets 3.75 out of 5.