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Resonance of Fate

Japanese Name: End of Eternity
English Name: Resonance of Fate
Genre: RPG
Developer/Publisher: tri-Ace/Sega
Platform: PS3 & Xbox 360
Players: 1
Japan Release Date: 28 January 2010
US (NTSC) Release Date: 16 March 2010
EU (PAL) Release Date: 26 March 2010
Official sites: Japan | English

Resonance of Fate will be the first time tri-Ace will use the services of a publisher other then Square Enix (including Enix prior the merger of course). Here tri-Ace will team with Sega, who in the RPG world are best known for the Phantasy Star series, and more recently Valkyria Chronicles. End of Eternity will also be the first multi-console title developed by tri-Ace, where it will be released for both the PS3 & Xbox 360.

Resonance of Fate is set in the distant future, where the Earth has undergone an environmental disaster. The environment has been contaminated by poisonous gases where humankind's inability to adapt has almost resulted in its extinction. The survivors of this disaster built an underground purifying device at Basel, cleansing the air and the surrounding area. Civilization began to reform around Basel itself, building a city around the tower. The upper classes live in luxury at the top of Basel while the lower classes inhabit the slums around the base and stem of the tower. All is well at Basel for years after until one day, when the purifier begins to malfunction.

You play as a hunter named Vashyron, where both Leanne & Zephyr assist you in your duties. As a hunter you take on a range of different missions, be defeat a number of rebel groups, transport cargo, find rare materials among other things. Also part of your role during the game will be to restore energy to various areas of the world map which no longer work due to the problems Basel currently face.

Battles take place in an action environment and largely feature gun related combat, the two main gun types featured are the handgun, and machine gun. A handgun alone isn't too powerful, but is capable of lethal direct damage and can remove all scratch damage. The machine gun is capable of much more powerful scratch damage, but alone is not lethal. With a combination of the two you should be able to overcome most opponents. If not, you have consumable grenades and more powerful magazine rounds at your disposal.

The game also features various forms of customization, you can add various parts to your guns, whether it be a larger magazine, more powerful sighting devices for greater charge speed, more grip for improved accuracy and more. You can add several parts to any one gun, with the right materials and parts of course. Improve your guns in areas which you believe are most important.

For even more customization you will be able to change the costumes your characters are wearing, even individual eye colors. Any costume changes will also everywhere, such as battles and story scenes. You can also walk around any towns etc in whichever character you want, no more one character doing all the running around in the same costume for the whole game.

tri-Ace & SEGA have taken every effort to make the game work as a pleasant experience, and also to work as smoothly as possible for those with either of the Xbox 360 or PS3 version, with or without a HDTV. Some of the features are as follows:

  1. SDTV friendly text, as well as HDTV friendly text.
  2. High music production values, suitable for regular TV and also surround sound systems.
  3. Fast load times, for all versions of the PS3 & Xbox 360, even Xbox 360 Arcade.
  4. No disk swapping necessary, even for the Xbox 360 version.
  5. Battle retry options, a quick reload to re-attempt any battle you may have lost.
  6. Quick save options anywhere on the world map, not just by at times distant save points.
  7. Option for either Japanese or English voice acting.
  8. There will be a New Game + option, with carry over items for replays.
Resonance of Fate is one of the more unique RPG experiences on the gaming market, and one of few that feels like it's targeted specially for the western audience.