Okay, so a long time ago a Chinese translation group came out with a patch for this little game. You know, the continuation/fandisc to FATE/STAY NIGHT, which is possibly the most popular VN in the English. Needless to say, I also loved F/SN, so the only thing that stopped me from playing it then was the fact that it wasn’t a complete translation (only 90-something% done). Well, last week I decided to go and play it anyway. And I loved it. I loved the banter, the comedy, the art, the back stories, the everything.
Seriously, I love TYPE MOON for their fandiscs.
Premise: The characters from F/SN are BACK! This time, everyone’s stuck in a time loop that only our main character notices, and a whole bunch of ridiculous things that couldn’t have happened otherwise is happening. Your goal: to go through the 4 repeating days and collect all the stories. What? You want to just get out of the time loop and see the serious plot? Boo! Where’s the fun in that?
Think Kagetsu Tohya, but with F/SN. Think F/SN, but more comedy. If you have no idea what I’m talking about go and play the other Type-moon games first. The few battles are still epic, and the story does dive into more serious plot here and there, but the majority of the story’s still lighthearted. Every character is poked fun at, from Sakura’s evil-ness, to Saber’s love for food, to Goldie’s extravagant lifestyle. That said, the serious back story was really well done and woven nicely into the little stories.
Please note that this is a separate world from F/SN proper, as all the characters show up and characters have knowledge of things that the reader would know but they themselves would not.
Every morning and after noon (game time), you can choose to go and view an event within the city. The events that you haven’t seen yet and events that are important are marked, with a complex system allowing some events to unlock others. Key scenes trigger “Flags”, and when you collect all the flags you will be able to see the true ending.
The one problem I have with the system is that sometimes you’ll to go a serious scene, then next you’ll immediately go to happy everyday events. It kind of disrupts the flow (if there even IS a flow in this game), and gives a jarring feeling.
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Evil Rin+Evil Sakura mega combo!
Issei cross dressing! (How on earth did they this was EXACTLY what I wanted?)
There’s an abundance of new graphics, from SDCG, to character art, to event CGs. Yes, I AM biased for Takeuchi Takashi, but they’re all so PRETTY! Plus there really is a ridiculous amount of good art, and if you think about how old this game is it’s really awe inspiring.
Well, the music suits the atmosphere, and it’s all new, but aside from that I can’t really say anything good about them. It’s not voiced either.
Awesome. It’s nice to use and has a lot of extra stuff. Everything moves, and there’s plenty of special effects. In fact, that one epic battle at the bridge almost felt animated. We get little goodies like unlockable wallpapers and character design sheets, plus 2 addicting little minigames.
Sob…why aren’t other games animated as much as this one?
Total: 95/100 A+
A really, really fun fandisc. Go and play it, simple as that.