An engaging turn-based roleplaying game
FAIRY TAIL by Koei Tecmo is a fantasy adventure game based on the manga and anime by Hiro Mashima. You follow Natsu, a magical guild-raised dragon slayer, on his dream-like adventures.
Thoroughly satisfying gameplay
This anime-based RPG has enough tricks up its sleeve to satisfy fans of the series and entertain those unfamiliar with it.
You start in Magnolia Town, where your guild resides. Your adventure begins by going around the town and engaging with NPCs to engage with the story. Here, you'll also explore the guild and find wizards to add power to your party.
The story is a bit fragmented, possibly confusing those who haven't followed the anime. It consists of nine chapters in total, with an overarching plot of helping the guild restore itself to prominence.
In more immediate gameplay, you'll complete quests and explore new environments that feature a lot of diversity. The characters and their interactions are in the limelight, displaying solid writing and a well-developed story.
You can choose among 16 mages from different guilds as playable characters. They're all customizable, especially if you purchase the deluxe version which features unique costumes from the final season.
The combat hosts a simple turn-based mechanic, but it manages to stay engaging throughout. You and your party of up to five people face enemies on a 3x3 grid, using spells and basic attacks to beat them.
As regards graphics and performance, the game loads quickly and smoothly with a consistent framerate. However, the graphics aren't that impressive, with repetitive cityscapes and patchy NPC designs.
Where can you run this program?
You can run this game on PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Windows 8.1 and 10.
Is there a better alternative?
No. Any series-based RPG will differ from others. However, if you enjoy the genre, try Ghost of Tsushima, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4, or Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris.
With its 15-20 hours of gameplay and a generally deep story, FAIRY TAIL is a satisfying experience that makes it easy to enjoy the drawbacks.
Should you download it?
Yes, if you enjoyed the anime or manga. Otherwise, there are better RPGs for your time.