I know. I know. I'm the one who started the Fate/ Silence Broken RPG
on this Fora so there's no way I can say this without sounding hypocritical, but:
Frankly, I never liked Fate/stay night
. It was far too wrapped up in Shirou's 'hero of justice' concept and metaphysical babble to even have fun with its cool scenario. I mean, summoning ancient heroes from different mythologies to fight each other, that'd make for a rather interesting plot. Not so when everyone's a total stereotype and there's only four characters (Archer, Lancer, Kirei and Sasaki) actually worth caring about, and Kirei's only ever interesting and developed in only one route.
I also don't like the game for the sheer amount of Rail Roading
it put you through. There's only three routes, which must all be played in order, and if you even go Off the Rails
just a tiny bit it hits you with Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies
. If Fsn were a Tabletop Game, its Game Master
would be the same one from DM of the Rings
Another irritating thing was that the Masquerade was never truly broken. Fsn's plot would've improved a lot if it did that, but nope, never happens. On a related note how come none of the important characters are truly normal? The only normal character of any real importance had years of training as an assassin. Just once would I like for Issei or Ayako to come along and say "Hey, Shirou/ Rin, I was wondering if... Holy Crap! What's going on here?! Who are those people?!" and not for them to not forget about it and try to actually do something about the Grail War. Or maybe Taiga finds out what Saber really is in UBW and then fights Kuzuki or something. Even within mages it seems everyone has to have some 'special power', Shirou and Bazette being the biggest examples. For once I'd like Nasu to write a story where the protagonist is truly just an ordinary human.
wasn't terrible, there were a few really good moments, however you had to slog through a lot of really boring stretches to get to anything actually good. It really does feel like it was written by a high-schooler. Oh wait...
Actually just look up this review
, it'll summarise the majority of the problems I had.
from what I've read is a slight improvement (although it managed to have an even worse protagonist, because Well-Intentioned Extremist Anti-Hero
= arrogant arsehole in the Nasu Verse
apparently). The question of what everyone desires from the Grail was pronounced a lot more here, making this feel like an actual War than just a series of villains that have to be fought, and Saber is much more likable and sympathetic than in Fsn. I was fairly disappointed that there weren't more female Servants or any female Masters, but that's overlookable.
I'm quite grateful Fate/strange fake
is actually going to be made, not only does it look fun, it also looks really inventive and original as well. But at the end of the day I think it's disappointing that the better entries in this franchise were the ones not written by Nasu.
edited 2nd Oct '09 2:14:45 PM by Guest Of Dishonour