Just completed my first playthrough of FSN, under the “Fate” path. This post is not a review, but just some rambling about FSN’s mythological mash-ups.
I’m a big sucker for games that use mythology and legends as the background for their stories and characters. This is probably the reason why I absolutely loved Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor for the Nintendo DS — somehow, it managed to take the mythologies from different pantheons, added a dose of Old Testament Christian faith, and mashed it all up into a very entertaining and finely crafted narrative.
In Fate/Stay Night, the mythologies are gathered on your monitor screen, and everything implodes with a mouse click.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing the game’s story. I found it to be excellent, and it rattled my emotional cortex more times than a Bioware blockbuster RPG.
But seriously, when the strongest shield in the game is called “All is a Distant Utopia”, a shield (well, actually a sheath to be precise) that is able to nullify a destructive sword called “Star of Creation that Split Heaven and Earth”, I wonder if the creators of FSN have played way too much tabletop RPGs or watched too much Dragon Ball Z.
Because the battles in FSN are exactly that: Dragon Ball Z. Just when you thought a particular character was the strongest one possible with the most powerful Noble Phantasm, the game’s story manages to surpass that power level even further, and pulls out something else from its arse to one-up the previous imba-ness. Oh yeah, the Super Saiyan trump card is also used numerous times in FSN.
Yet another reason why I love mythology: you can pretty much re-interpret and re-imagine the stories in any way you want in order to suit your game. FSN pulled off a marvelous twist on the Arthurian Legend, something that I couldn’t even see coming. Full marks to the writers for their tremendous research and creativity in bringing everything together.
I’m not sure if the original Japanese language of FSN was just as poetic with its weapon descriptions, but I would also like to humbly applaud the fine efforts of the mirror moon English translators for sustaining the “RPG-ish”, mythological-fantasy feel of FSN’s Servants and Noble Phantasms.
I wonder what the FSN anime is like. Does it reek of DBZ as well?