(www.fragiledreamswii.com) Rated Teen by ESRB. Developed by famous the Namco Bandai and published by Xseed Games, Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of The Moon, is finally released in North America. It is a role-playing game exclusive on Nintendo’s Wii. Japanese anime lovers would not want to miss this game because of its popular Japanese-style CG and music. The theme of the game is horror adventure. Players will experience darkness and loneliness by searching crumbling ruins in a lifeless world.

(www.fragiledreamswii.com) Rated Teen by ESRB. Developed by famous the Namco Bandai and published by Xseed Games, Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of The Moon, is finally released in North America. It is a role-playing game exclusive on Nintendo’s Wii. Japanese anime lovers would not want to miss this game because of its popular Japanese-style CG and music. The theme of the game is horror adventure. Players will experience darkness and loneliness by searching crumbling ruins in a lifeless world.

Presentation:
This is a world in the future. All traces of mankind has disappeared from the planet but is instead replaced by ruins and blue ghosts. This lost planet has begun to gradually erode and the green world became grey. The 15-year-old boy Seto, one of our survivors, started his journey to find other lives in the darkness. In the game Seto not only walks around, he also needs to fight with wild animals and scary ghosts. He is to search for memory items that record people’s last memories in order to discover what happened. In the game, there are a lot of texts that make the player feel very heavy. In this lifeless town, you can feel how helpless and lonely Seto feels.

       

Graphics:
The graphic is not top tier compared with many other games. The environment is not very detailed, but its Japanese anime look makes this game stands out. Also the color theme is very fitting to the game. The dark and cool colors give the world a lonely wasteland look. Lighting effects also play a big role here. In the game, the light source comes mainly from Seto’s flashlight and moon light. Other than those, the game designers bring in objects that glow with eerie light such as ghosts and eye of animals. It actually makes the game a little more mystifying.

Sounds:
The music is just lovely. It is another thing you will not forget about this game. The music fits perfectly with the story and it brings you deeper into the game. Since the world is in darkness, the game designers try to show horror in the game. The sound effects like foot steps, ghosts swooshing by, and bugs buzz all place you inside the world of Fragile Dreams. The conversations in game all have English voiceover so the player doesn’t need to understand the story by reading subtitles.

       

Gameplay:
Since lots of the exploration occurs in the dark, light is extremely important. Seto is controlled by pointing the wii remote controller at the television as though it is his flashlight. By using the analog stick on the nun chuck, Seto moves toward where his flashlight points at. The character control is not easy in the first 10 minutes. Turning around is especially challenging, It usually stuck a little bit when you try to turn around. Seto’s combat movement is very limited. However it gives you several types of weapons to choose from. Different weapons have their own attack range, animation, and advantages. Weapons degrade over uses. A broken weapon doesn’t do much damage to enemies, therefore, searching for and stocking up weapons become a very important strategy of the game. Getting caught by an enemy unarmed will not be a pleasant experience.

Innovations:
There is one thing that will grab the player’s attention for sure. The sound effects not only come from the TV’s speaker but also from your wii controller. With this new option, even a sound from a bird would scare you sometimes. The in game intelligent machine, P.F., also speaks through the controller. It gives you instructions on what you need to do next. There also is another thing we should credit Xseed Games for is the option to choose Japanese or English voiceover.

       

Conclusion:
Fragile Dreams has an incredible storyline and amazing anime-look-graphics. Even though it does not have a fancy combat system, anyone that loves anime should play this game. The main storyline is deep and the many stories told by the last memories of the people who once lived are touching. It’s an adventure that is worth taking the time to go through.

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