Leveling up in Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star
does provide you a way to keep up with the enemies youíll face, but itís not the only way. You can also bolster your strength through the use of Instant Skills. Equipping these to a character allows them to use the skill. Itís an easy way to increase your offensive ability. Youíll need to have an open slot on the character to equip the skill, but fortunately, the number of slots increases as the Bond Level with that character goes up. Setting an Instant Skill of the same category in an adjoining and connecting slot will increase the effectiveness of both skills also. You can obtain Instant Skills from defeating Aggressors, so make sure you pick them up when they drop.
Every great warrior is blessed with some type of incredibly powerful attack. Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star also blesses users with a powerful attack. By pressing the (Circle) button, youíre able to unleash an Extella Maneuver. Nice name, right? If you have at least one bar in your Extella Maneuver gauge, located on the bottom left of the screen, youíre free to use this powerful attack at your leisure. If successful, youíll engulf the surrounding enemies in your aura and deal some pretty massive damage to everyone. The more enemies you engulf, the higher the damage inflicted. In addition, you can press the (Circle) button during the Extella Maneuver and deal even more damage at the cost of your Extella Maneuver stock. Just make sure that you actually hit an enemy when you activate it, otherwise youíll have wasted a stock for no reason.
Your servant isnít the only one making an impact on the battlefield. While it may not be direct, youíre character can also make an impact through the use of Code Casts. You can use Code Casts by pressing the Directional Buttons. By equipping a Mystic Code, a master can use Code Casts to support their servants. Mystic Codes alter the type of Code Casts available, so equipping different Mystic Codes will give you access to different Code Casts. You can craft Mystic Codes in My Room by using the craft option. Itís not all about who has the flashiest combos in battle. Sometimes, a well-placed buff or heal may make the all the difference.
Fate/EXTELLA is just the thing for players needing a hack and slash title on the go. Iíd normally expect turn-based titles to flourish on the Vita, but Fate/EXTELLA gives a brilliant showing that heavy combat focus is just as amazing as anything else that the Vita offers. I never realized just how much I wanted a game like this until I got it, and thatís quite an interesting feeling, trust me.