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Fate/Extella Hands-On Preview – Fate Has Found a New Home

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I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t surprised to see Fate/Extella on the exhibit floor at E3. I had forgotten that XSEED had announced that it would be there – but as soon as I saw the game set up, I jumped at the chance to play it.

I am a pretty huge Fate fan, and I’ve been excited for Extella since it was announced. Despite being incredibly excited by it, I was really worried by all of the screenshots we’ve gotten so far. Putting aside the non-direct-feed shots of course, most screens from the game so far looked lackluster to me. Many looked out of focus, and just generally…poor.

Having played the game now, I understand why. To begin with, Extella is gorgeous. The art style is true to the Extra games, and keeps that same feel going forward. The speed at which the game moves is definitely the culprit for the bad screens though, as there is very little downtime in the game. There is so much motion between you and the enemies that I’m almost surprised that the screenshots are as clear as they are.

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The gameplay was really great with moment to moment action. It definitely feels very similar to typical Musou style games in the basic gameplay. You had square as the normal attack and triangle as strong attacks, as well as other typical actions like blocking, jumping, mid-air recovery, etc. Combos were fluid and quick, and the action was just as fast.

The demo I played was only a single map, and I was playing as Nero (Saber Extra) for the duration. During the battle, I cam up against Elizabeth Bathory (Lancer Extra), Gilgamesh (Archer), Nameless (Archer), and Tamamo no Mae (Caster Extra). The objective of the map was to destroy a number of ‘Plants’ which were summoning tougher enemies. It all felt like pretty basic objective stuff, and the end of the battle culminated in a showdown with Tamamo. The fight was hectic, and that was also when I decided to use the transformation.

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The transformation for Nero was the white armor with the gauntlets, as we’ve seen before. I was happy that, despite it being plenty powerful, it wasn’t a kill everything button. The damage per attack was certainly higher than normal, but the overall power still wasn’t enough to bring Tamamo to her knees in the time allotted – I think it was very well balanced.

Overall, I’m even more excited for this game now than I was before. I’m hoping that more characters will be added before the game launches (We need an Assassin, Beserker, and Rider at least!) but either way, I think this game will definitely be something to look forward to. Fate feels right at home with the Musou style gameplay.

Fate/Extella is set for a November 10th release in Japan this year, and is currently looking at a winter release window this year for North America.

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51 comments
  1. Gale
    Gale
    June 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Jeanne best girl!

    Gimmie a confirmed Jack and a Lancelot and I’ll die happy, boys.

  2. NuclearCherries
    NuclearCherries
    June 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    SABER HYPE IS REAL

  3. Minuteworld92
    Minuteworld92
    June 15, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I hope this gets released on pc.

  4. magicalfollower
    magicalfollower
    June 15, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I see what you did there.

  5. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    June 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Lol,nice trolling.

  6. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    June 15, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Sounds great. I could play a great hack and slash game along with Dragon Quest Heroes II.

  7. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    So wasn’t this a porn game series or something? I dunno, someone give me the lowdown, don’t know shit

  8. Mid 90's Shinigami
    Mid 90's Shinigami
    June 15, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    As far as i know only Fate/Stay Night had sex scenes so no.

  9. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    June 15, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    There was the scene where Rin ‘heals’ your servant in Fate/EXTRA.

  10. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 15, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Oh, is Fate/Stay night canon, or what order should I play these? Shits confusing

  11. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    June 15, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Fate/Extra stands on its own don’t worry.
    I’m not even sure if this game has any connections to the PSP Fate/Extra and Fate/Extra CCC (which was never released in the west) besides the characters.

  12. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 15, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    What the fuck.

    So what should I play?

  13. Sangaz
    Sangaz
    June 15, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Fate/Hollow Ataraxia had sex scenes too.

  14. Sangaz
    Sangaz
    June 15, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Just playing the original F/S N visual novel will give you the gist of it all I think. Fate/Extra if you want to familiarize yourself with Tamamo and Red Saber.

  15. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 15, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    So is it canon that you fug, or what.

  16. Sangaz
    Sangaz
    June 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    In the original Fate/Stay Night yeah. But don’t think Extra was a sequel or anything, just a spin-off.

  17. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    June 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    If you just want to prepare for this game you could try the first PSP game to get familiar with the characters of Fate/Extra. Its on PSN but I have to warn you that while the characters and story are cool the gameplay is ass due to the shitty battle system.

    If you want to experience the whole Fate/whatever universe start with Fate/Stay Night. Though technically Tsukihime came first.

  18. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Okey dokey, I’ll keep that in mind

  19. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    The way people make it sound is that Fat Stay Night is the only material you gotta play. Does the story move forward past that or anything?

  20. Nin
    Nin
    June 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Depends if the original version or the console version of Fate Stay Night is canon. I think the console version is canon but I’m not sure.

    Canonicity is irrelevant between one Type-MOON game and another though, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

  21. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    June 15, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    The Type-Moon universe gives the Kingdom Hearts universe a run for its money in terms of how convoluted it is…

  22. Mid 90's Shinigami
    Mid 90's Shinigami
    June 15, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Wait why the servant? Thought most chicks in that game wanted to fuck Hakuno.

  23. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 15, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    So, what should I play?

  24. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    June 15, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Been forever since I played it but from what I remember Tamamo got wounded in some battle or something and Rin ‘heals’ her. Though all you see is a glimpse of Rin taking off her clothes.
    I do clearly remember being seriously jealous. lol

  25. Mid 90's Shinigami
    Mid 90's Shinigami
    June 15, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Damn should’ve gone the Rin route then, also wouldn’t have been murdered by Arcueid like 15 times.

  26. Nin
    Nin
    June 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    For this game, Fate/Extella, you only need Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Extra, unless it has some weird cameo character.

    For the Type-MOON experience, read/watch Kara no Kyokai, read Tsukihime (the anime doesn’t exist), and read Fate/Stay Night. Those three you can consume in any order, though it’s a bit easier to understand what’s going on in KnK after reading Tsukihime. Now, if only Mahoutsukai no Yoru would be completed…

    Fate/Zero is a definite must after Fate/Stay Night.

    Kagetsu Tohya (Tsukihime fan disk), Fate/Hollow, and Fate/Extra are all neat too, if not quite as good. CCC translation never.

    Melty Blood is a cool 2D fighter. Has some bits of lore, but not really necessary.

    Everything else Fate related is simply milking it to death.

  27. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    June 15, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Whatever happened to the CCC fan translation?

  28. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Oh my goodness. Welp, I guess time to get started

  29. Kickle Cubicle
    Kickle Cubicle
    June 15, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Needs more ISKANDAR: KING OF CONQUERORS!

    Other than that, this is looking good.

  30. Nin
    Nin
    June 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Oh yeah. Forgot about that. It’ll still probably take a while though.

  31. Guin
    Guin
    June 15, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    That poster makes it look like Tamamo has XXX size ears.

  32. Feniks
    Feniks
    June 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I hope this doesn’t get released on Mac.

  33. GamesGoodMeGood
    GamesGoodMeGood
    June 15, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    So I wasn’t the only one who thought that. XD

  34. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    June 15, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    From what little I know of the Fate series, Fate/Stay Night has 3 routes with totally different outcomes that in turn, have multiple timelines, and on top of that there are even MORE alternate timelines and universes on top of that. It’s crazy. If there are continuations to the F/SN story, they would have to pick up where one of the routes left off.

    Godspeed, my friend.

  35. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    June 15, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    “Fate feels right at home with the Musou style gameplay.”
    As much as I love musou games and as much as I’ve been really getting into Fate recently, this is still an odd sentence to me. I’m still excited for this game though.

    To be clear, this is confirmed single player only, right?

  36. TheCynicalReaper
    TheCynicalReaper
    June 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    So far, yes

  37. TheCynicalReaper
    TheCynicalReaper
    June 15, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    YES
    MORE
    I NEED MOOOOOOOORE

  38. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 15, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Oh my goooooood

    I think I just may watch the anniemay

  39. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    June 15, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Just know that the anniemay cuts out the secks, so you won’t see the MC give the girls the ol’ Shiggy Diggy Doo, ifyouknowwhatimean.

  40. KissDisqus
    KissDisqus
    June 15, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    This is like the first comment I’ve seen from you that wasn’t raving about SJWs/femnazis lol.

  41. Cael
    Cael
    June 15, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    >ifyouknowwhatimean

  42. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    June 15, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    You see, when a man and his servant / tsundere classmate / childhood friend love each other very, very much….

  43. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    June 16, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Each game is canon, they’re all part of the Nasuverse.

    And everything in every game happens in different timelines. E.g. the Fate route is canon while the Heaven’s Feel route is also canon, all of them are canon.

  44. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    June 16, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Everything is canon. There’s really nothing convoluted about canon in the Fate series because they’re all different timelines (every route and if we take it technically, every timed instance).

  45. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 16, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Okey dokey, I’ll play that and see where it goes from theere

  46. Cael
    Cael
    June 16, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Huh?

  47. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    June 16, 2016 at 8:48 am

    So even stuff like Neco Arc is canon?

  48. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    June 16, 2016 at 11:19 am

    J-JAM IT IN

  49. TsukuyomiMagi99
    TsukuyomiMagi99
    June 16, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Sorry I am late to the party. If you’re gonna play Fate Stay Night I suggest you get the Realta Nua version and download the patch the comes with it. It is hands down the best version of the game I’ve seen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0rMA6piiUE

  50. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    June 16, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Shiro, man, just… just Google where babies come from, and you’ll get what I mean.

  51. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    June 16, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Yes, there are infinite timelines.