Friday, October 9, 2009

Fate/unlimited codes on PSP Impression

Fate/unlimited codes on PSP is a game for two audiences. First are fighting game fans looking for a weapons/magic based fighter not named Soulcalibur. The second is fans of the long running anime/manga/game franchise that has not seen a proper gaming release here in the states. Fate/stay night originally released by Geneon, recently re-boxed by FUNimation with manga by Tokyopop tells the story of the Holy Grail War were magic users, Magi, team up with epic heroes to battle for the ultimate prize. This game is an easy sell to fans of the franchise but what about the rest of the gaming public? Let’s see why PSP gamers need tune in to Fate/unlimited codes …

Gameplay – It’s a 3D fighting game based on a popular anime franchise. Each character has weapons to wield as well as magic. Its closest PSP cousin, gaming wise, is Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny. These two titles share a lot in common with single-player battles, quest/condition modes and online play. At its heart it’s an arcade fighter that been updated and upgraded for the PSP, a game that’s fun to play and a solid fighter.

Graphics – Lots of manga inspired character shots with some animation but in-game we’re looking at characters that look pulled from the best of the PS2 era. The PSP can put out some very good looking graphics and Fate just misses on hitting the top levels. The characters look great actually but settings are just so-so.

Sound – Decent, not great, just ok. Not too much to add here, the music is not what this game is about.

Design – Mentioned before the levels don’t offer too much to the game. There are familiar settings from the anime and manga but for the average gamer the level design won’t leave too much to be desired. Now the characters they are spot on and should actually peak some interest in the anime for noobs.

Miscellaneous – It’s digital. Time for the PSP Go to gain even more steam. It’s great to have a game in hand but being able to download such a robust fighter is a true treat. The other miscellaneous is the anime and manga. Going out right now and getting the background at a decent price really adds to the whole package.

Overall, Fate/unlimited codes is a solid playing weapons based fighter that will please fans of the franchise but leave the average gamer a bit to be desired. See the roster is limited and even with multiple costumes it’s still only a small base set of seven pairs of fighters. Fans 1,000% need to purchase but for the other fighting game fans out there check it out if you love fighting games.

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