Fate/EXTELLA (PC) Review

By Shawn Collier on January 29, 2018

Previously released on the PS4 and Vita in early 2017, Steam users on the PC now have the ability to play Fate/EXTELLA on their platform of choice. So how does this port fare in comparison to the other versions, in specific the PS4 version?

XSEED Games and their parent company Marvelous have been releasing a number of PC ports on Steam over the past few years, with a number of them being beat-‘em-ups. So this being another entry in that genre (albeit in the Dynasty Warriors vein) should be familiar territory for them. PC gamers do get an experience that’s essentially on-part with the PS4 release, both in terms of quality and lack of issues, although that also means it’s very much a no-frills release as there’s no real customization options like some PC gamers have come to expect.

The catch though is that while your “PC Master Race” build might not get super high optimizations from the port, weaker builds from a few years back will likely be able to run this without too many issues, if any at all. Additional controllers are supported, and while most standard controllers (i.e. Xbox, PS4, etc.) will work without problems there are some controllers that might not work out of the box without some finagling.

For those unaware of the game’s narrative, it picks up following the events of the PSP title Fate/EXTRA. The Holy Grail War has come to an end, with the leader of the winning faction Nero attempting to regain control of her territories. However, another group is gaining ground and is trying to usurp the throne. And unlike the Dynasty Warriors games where the story isn’t as critical as the gameplay, its essentially the reverse here as the narrative often goes on longer than most of the battles do. All of the voiced dialogue is Japanese-only, and the game does tend to except you have a degree of knowledge about the events of Fate/EXTRA, although you can get by if you really pay attention hard.

The gameplay is essentially a clone of the tried-and-true formula you’ve come to expect from Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors franchise, where you control a character and defeating enemies and eventually the “boss” enemy in a zone until you claim it and move onto the next zone. There isn’t really any new advancements here, but it does work.

Final Thoughts

If you didn’t pick up the game on any of the other platforms or only play on PC/Steam, this is an excellent port. But for PS4 owners especially, there isn’t anything new here that warrants a double-dip.

Fate/EXTELLA (PC) was reviewed using a digital code provided by XSEED Games. You can find additional information about Gaming Union's ethics policy here.
Is of the same quality both in presentation and lack of bugs to that of the PS4 version.
While it's essentially a "clone" of the Dynasty Warriors gameplay mechanics, it does so well.
Narrative might be too much and confusing for newcomers to the Fate series.
Lack of PC-specific presentation enhancements might annoy users with beefier rigs.
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