Fate/Extra

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Fate/Extra
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フェイト/エクストラ
(Feito/ekusutora)
Game
Developer Type-Moon
Image Epoch
Publisher
Genre Action, Contemporary fantasy, Thriller
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released

Fate/Extra

Fate/Extra CCC

  • JP: March 28, 2013
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Fate/Extra (フェイト/エクストラ, Feito/ekusutora) is a dungeon crawl style Japanese role-playing game for the PlayStation Portable, created by Type-Moon and Image Epoch and published by Marvelous Entertainment. The game takes place in a parallel universe to the visual novel Fate/stay night. The game was released in Japan on July 22, 2010. Aksys Games localized the game for North America, and released it on November 21, 2011. Three editions of the game were released in North America: a Limited Edition, a retail standard edition, and a PlayStation Network downloadable version.[3] On January 19, 2012, Ghostlight announced their plans to release the game in PAL territories.[2]

Fate/Extra was followed up by a companion game, Fate/Extra CCC. Instead of being a straight sequel, CCC is described as an alternate route of the Extra storyline's development.[4] The opening movie is directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and produced by Shaft.

Gameplay[edit]

An example of Fate/Extra's turn-based battle system. Empty boxes correspond to the appropriate commands the player needs to input to overcome the commands of his/her opponent

At the start of the game, the player may choose to play as either a male or female character, as well as selecting one of three Servants — Saber, Archer, or Caster, each with different strengths and weaknesses. Players spend one ingame "week" interacting with other characters, viewing scenes that advance the game's story, talking to their Servant in their room, and gathering clues to the identity of the enemy Servant. At the end of each day, they enter the Arena, a dungeon in which they can battle monsters to gain experience points and strengthen their Servant. Servants' stats are raised manually using skill points gained upon levelling up. At the end of each week is a decisive battle against the enemy Servant and Master, after which the player progresses to the next round of the tournament-style war.

The game's turn-based battle system is comparable to rock-paper-scissors -- "Attack" overpowers "Break", Break overpowers "Guard", and Guard overpowers Attack. During battle, both the player and the opponent line up six such moves at the beginning of each turn. Landing three successful hits allows use of an "extra attack" that cannot be countered. Most types of enemies have their own distinctive attack patterns, and memorizing these allows the player Servant to deal high amounts of damage while receiving minimal damage in return.

Plot[edit]

Waking up in a strange virtual world with no recollection of the past, the main character (Hakuno Kishinami) finds themselves forced to fight for survival in a war they do not understand for a prize beyond value; the opportunity to have one’s wish granted. With only an enigmatic "Servant" by their side, the protagonist will have to face both friends and foes in battles to the death in order to not only gain possession of a mysterious object known as the "Holy Grail", but also to find the answer to the most important question of all: "Who am I?".[3]

In addition to characters from Fate/stay night, several new ones were introduced in the game, as well as characters from other Type-Moon works. While familiar characters from Fate/stay night and other Type-Moon works appear, they are not the same characters as their original counterparts. For these familiar characters, the game also uses different voice actors than their Fate/stay night lookalikes.

Characters[edit]

Masters[edit]

Hakuno Kishinami (岸波 白野, Kishinami Hakuno)
Voiced by: Atsushi Abe(Drama CD)
Rin Tosaka (遠坂 凛, Tōsaka Rin)
Voiced by: Kana Ueda
Rani VIII (ラニ=VIII, Rani Eito)
Voiced by: Asami Sanada
Shinji Mato (間桐 シンジ, Matō Shinji)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya
Dan Blackmore (ダン・ブラックモア, Dan Burakkumoa)
Voiced by: Mugihito
Alice (ありす, Arisu)
Voiced by: Ai Nonaka
Monji Gato (臥藤 門司, Gatō Monji)
Voiced by: Kentaro Ito
Run Ru (ランルーくん, Ran Rū Kun)
Voiced by: Yu Kobayashi
Julius Belkisk Harwey (ユリウス・ベルキスク・ハーウェイ, Yuriusu Berukisuku Hāwei)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano
Leonardo Bistario Harwey (レオナルド・ビスタリオ・ハーウェイ, Reonarudo Bisutario Hāwei)
Voiced by: Romi Park

Servants[edit]

Playable Servants[edit]

Saber (セイバー, Seibā) - Nero Claudius (ネロ・クラウディウス, Nero Kuraudiusu)
Voiced by: Sakura Tange
Archer (アーチャー, Āchā) - No Name (無銘, Mumei)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe
Caster (キャスター, Kyasutā) - Tamamo no Mae (玉藻の前, Tamamo no Mae)
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito

Other Servants[edit]

Saber (セイバー, Seibā) - Gawain (ガウェイン, Gawein)
Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima
Lancer (ランサー, Ransā) - Cúchulainn (クー・フーリン, Kū Hūrin)
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna
Lancer (ランサー, Ransā) - Vlad III (ヴラド三世, Vurado Sansei)
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa
Archer (アーチャー, Āchā) - Robin Hood (ロビンフッド, Robin Huddo)
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi
Rider (ライダー, Raidā) - Francis Drake (フランシス・ドレイク, Furanshisu Doreiku)
Voiced by: Urara Takano
Caster (キャスター, Kyasutā) - Nursery Rhyme (ナーサリーライム, Nāsarī Raimu)
Voiced by: Ai Nonaka
Assassin (アサシン, Asashin) - Li Shuwen (李 書文, Ri Shobun)
Voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui
Berserker (バーサーカー, Bāsākā) - Lü Bu Fèngxiān (呂布 奉先, Hōsen Ryofu)
Voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui
Berserker (バーサーカー, Bāsākā) - Arcueid Brunestud (アルクェイド・ブリュンスタッド, Arukueido Buryunsutaddo)
Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki
Saver (セイヴァー, Seivā) - Buddha (覚者 (ブッダ), Budda)
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka

Other Characters[edit]

Sakura Mato (間桐 桜, Matō Sakura)
Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya
Father Kotomine (言峰神父, Kotomine-shinpu)
Voiced by: Joji Nakata
Taiga Fujimura (藤村 大河, Fujimura Taiga)
Voiced by: Miki Ito
Issei Ryudo (柳洞 一成, Ryūdō Issei)
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono
Shiki Ryogi (両儀 式, Ryōgi Shiki)
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto
Aoko Aozaki (蒼崎 青子, Aozaki Aoko)
Touko Aozaki (蒼崎 橙子, Aozaki Tōko)
Chishiki Mame (間目 智識, Mame Chishiki)
Ikuyo Ariina (有稲 幾夜, Ariina Ikuyo)
Twice H. Pieceman (トワイス・H・ピースマン, Towaisu Eichi Pīsuman)
Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi

Development[edit]

The game was first announced in the September 2009 issue of Famitsu.[5] Marvelous Entertainment teamed up with Image Epoch and Type-Moon to develop a re-imaging of the visual novel series. Some of the staff involved in the production are Kinoko Nasu as scenario writer, Arco Wada as character designer and artist, dōjin artist Huke as weapon designer, Takashi Takeuchi from Type-Moon for the character design supervision, Kazuya Niinō (7th Dragon) as the producer, and Shuetsu Kadowaki (Luminous Arc 2) as the director. In an interview, Wada had said the reason she drew anthropomorphic characters, especially Caster, is because she was very fond of animal ears and found them to be very cute.[6]

The official theme song of the game is "Ranse Eroica" (亂世エロイカ, Chaotic Heroic), performed by Ali Project.[7] The game's music was composed by Shinji Hosoe.[8] The official theme song of the second game is "Sakura Meikyū" (サクラメイキュウ, Blossom Maze), performed by Kanon Wakeshima.

Release[edit]

The game was released for the PlayStation Portable in both regular and the "Type-Moon Box" editions. The limited Type-Moon Box edition includes a Saber Figma figure from the game itself, a visual book and a limited edition soundtrack.[9] While the original release was set for March 2010, the release date was pushed back to July 22, 2010 for further development.[10]

In July 2011, Aksys Games confirmed it would be publishing the game in North America.[11] The North American Limited Edition included the special 15-page Fate Visual Works art book and the 11 song Limited Soundtrack from the "Type-Moon Box"" edition.[3] In January 2012, Ghostlight announced their plans to release the game in PAL territories.[2] The four-volume drama CD series Sound Drama Fate/EXTRA was also released starting from winter 2012.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 58/100

Adaptations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fate/EXTRA Limited Edition Comes Packed With Extra Goodies!". 12 September 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Fate/EXTRA gets a release date". 12 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Fate/EXTRA Limited Edition Comes Packed With Extra Goodies!". 12 September 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Spencer (2011-09-05). "Fate/Extra CCC Destined For PSP This Spring - Update". Siliconcera. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  5. ^ Ishaan (2009-09-29). "Imageepoch Developing Fate/Extra For PSP". Siliconera. 
  6. ^ Ishaan (2011-11-11). "Fate/Extra Artist Arco Wada Talks Animal Ears". Siliconera. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  7. ^ "[CD]亂世エロイカ 7月14日発売" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  8. ^ "Fate/EXTRA Limited Sound Track". VGMdb. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  9. ^ フェイト/エクストラ 公式サイト:製品情報 [Fate/Extra Official Site: Product News] (in Japanese). Marvelous Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  10. ^ 「フェイト/エクストラ」発売延期のお知らせ [Notification of Postponement of Release of Fate/Extra] (in Japanese). Marvelous Entertainment. January 22, 2010. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Japan's Fate/Extra fights its way to North America". Joystiq. July 3, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 

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