Fairy Tail (Nintendo Switch)
- Play through the spell-binding narrative of the fairy tail anime and manga series from "the grand magic games" Story Arc! Re-live, or experience for the first time, the exciting episodes of this fan-favourite storyline
- experience never seen before original story and quest elements made specifically for the game
- level up your Guild rank and upgrade the fairy tail Guild to take on more challenging missions in your quest to become the greatest Guild in fiore!
- form a party from a selection of over 10 iconic characters from the series, including: the Fire Dragon Slayer, natsu dragneel
- the Celestial mage, Lucy heartfilia
- the ice-make mage, Gray fullbuster
- the fairy Queen 'titania', erza Scarlet
- and the young sky Dragon Slayer, Wendy Marvel
- Product Dimensions : 1 x 10.5 x 17 cm; 52 Grams
- Release date : 30 July 2020
- ASIN : B07Z5KP585
- Item Model Number : 5060327535710
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,271 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Demons, dark wizards, dragons, and cats. You'll fi and dungeons it all as you start your journey in the land of fiore and play through the adventures of natsu dragneel and Lucy Hearthfire Lia as well as other eccentric members of the fairy tail Mage Guild on a fun-fi lled and thrilling quest. Gust Studios is creating the game under the supervision of author Hiro mashima, promising a faithful recreation for the fairy tail world and its unusual inhabitants, including everything from magic to its iconic characters. Fairy tail, based on Hiro mashima's best-selling manga and anime series of the same name, follows the spell-binding plot from "the grand magic games" Story Arc -- enabling gamers to re-live, or experience for the fi rst time, the exciting episodes of this fan-favourite storyline. Not only will they be able to experience stories previously told in the manga and anime, but they'll even be able to enjoy never seen before story and quest elements.
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Starting out with the storyline, the game takes place around the time of the S-rank exam, the game doesn't really explain this but essentially it's the exam to be a senior wizard in the guild. I won't go into much detail to avoid spoilers but it follows the story beats closely of the anime. Comparing between the two, perhaps in some of those story events it doesn't give them the proper time, weight or gravity they were given in the show. It feels like a whirlwind tour of the story due to this.
In terms of gameplay, it's hard not to use the label generic. Outside of combat you are building up your guild reputation, building bonds, upgrading crystals, boosting characters, doing fetch quests, doing combat quests. It is quite the standard fare for jrpgs. If you play jrpgs nothing in this package will be a surprise for you.
Within combat you are trading blows with enemies, firing off moderately flashy attacks and chaining combos with your teammates. Again, nothing groundbreaking, though there is a quirky area opening mechanic based around overdrive damage, but that is the extent of the game's creativity.
Maybe you came for the character interactions though? The voice work in scenes and skits is pretty reasonable in this aspect however they are paired with the rigid animations that you could imagine the likes of being in Pokemon Sword and Shield. It's possibly the minimum they could have done and I can't see how someone new to Fairy Tail can connect with the guild of weird and wonderful characters without having read the manga or seen the anime first.
In audio terms, it's solid, no complaints. In visual terms It's rough. Environments are nothing to look at, again, the word serviceable comes to mind. The characters look all right really with only the criticism they appear a little dead eyed sometimes. It just looks ok at the best of times. Perhaps rather worryingly even with this limited graphical quality the Nintendo Switch (I played docked) struggles to sustain performance with frame-rate issues and choppiness during the low quality panning of the camera across a new area as another example.
In summary, I would only really recommend Fairy Tail if you are a hardcore fan who can deal that this is a rather generic jrpg that has had the Fairy Tail theme pasted on top of it. Perhaps that sounds rather blunt but there's no other way to describe it, the game is serviceable and so many other jrpgs out now just simply surpass it on many levels.
The combat is simple and incredibly easy to pick up, though there are still times where you're presented with a bit of a challenge, and the world is a colourful and faithful representation of Fiore. Enemies leave something to be desired though as a lot of them are just colour variants with switched up stats and weaknesses
In addition to the main quest, you also get the opportunity to take on requests for your guild and form relationships with other major characters in the series, with the opportunity to gain some as party members you can control
All in all, its a fun RPG and a faithful recreation of the Fairy Tail story, though it does suffer from some poor and somewhat lazy feeling cutscenes
However! If storyline is important to you in a game, you have to have watched the anime (at least the first 7 seasons), otherwise it'll be hard to follow what's going on or get a feel for the characters (they really just throw you into it). The game expects you to go into the game familiar with the anime.
Other minor gripes:
- The NPCs and monsters are not very varied, so fighting with or interacting with them can be repetitive.
- Some of the dialogue isn't subtitled (speech during battle, for example).
Generally it's a great game and I'm really enjoying it (I'm a hardcore fan), but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone not super invested in the franchise.
Lucy's summons don't appear instead you get a 2d image of the summon followed by a coloured "wind" that does damage.
Everyone else's attacks look good mostly and the cutscenes are good the battles are fine.
But the environments are PS2 quality while the characters are PS3 quality.