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In the digital realm of SE.RA.PH, the Holy Grail War is over, but the land’s new ruler faces challenges and threats from all sides. The servants now find themselves drawing up tense and unlikely alliances, preparing for a conflict that may tear SE.RA.PH apart...or destroy it entirely.

One of the first things you do is input your character's name using the keypad of your controller. I found this as difficult as some puzzle games (not this one) as it is so sensitive.

The world of SE.RA.PH. is a virtual world inside a super-computer called Moon Cell. Designed by Wizards (aka expert hackers) it is currently sparsely populated but has a strong growth program. Humans, Drones as NPCs have found new homes and new lives in SE.RA.PH.

Amongst the main characters you control are Tamamo, Nero, Caster and Saber who you control against the ever-growing SE.RA.PH's 'Attack Program's minions' and their larger and more deadly Overseers.

 

The enemy keep on coming. You defeat 100's of them, 1000's in fact (my highest combo of destruction is just under 2500) as the toll of enemy deaths racks up onscreen as a running total. Once you have destroyed the Overseers/Bosses then the area is deemed cleared and you move on to the next. Saber is amazing with her blade, just think Una Thurman's "Kill Bill" character on speed and thrice as deadly.

The overall graphics are great, not that you get too much time to admire them, so I apologise for the screenshots on this page which I had to 'borrow' from the internet because I still haven't managed to discover how to obtain them from the PS4 and I forgot to use my phone. They do however give a good visual idea of how the game plays.

 

When in combat you will notice that when you destroy an enemy - I won't say 'kill' as they appear to be mainly summoned androids - give off a shower of Blue Spheres or Sparks. You can absorb these into your Drive Guage (a tracking bar underneath your Health bar) which when full you can unleash to cause a massive eruption of power.

The graphics all round are spectacular especially when this power is released and although from a distance they are not so defined you often see them in full zoom mode and then the detail is amazing.

I have never been a massive animé fan but there is something about it when it is done as well as this that draws me to it; I think it's the wide-eyed innocence of teenagers who can fight like amazonian ninjas.

 

This game is a prime example of how to use the power of the PS4. Wonderful colouring, super animation, great fighting action and an underlying story to boot. Despite this not being the type of game I would play too often I did notice that after my first session with it nearly 3 hours had passed and I hadn't noticed, that has to say something good about it. Once I knew it ate time I was a little more cautious whenever I had a session with it after that. It is a good way to blow off steam and I would say to 'waste' time only I don't see it as being a time-waster as much as a time-muncher.

It's not quite Sailor Moon, which I did enjoy because of the silliness about it, but if you are a keen fan of animé action games then once you get past all the chat scenes (and boy are there a lot of those to begin with - I thought they were never going to end at one point) you can immerse yourself into this magnificent world od 'Fate' gaming - there are more 'Fate' games available that pre-date this one so perhaps a trip backwards after finishing "FATE/EXTELLA" is in order?

© Chris Baylis 2011-2015