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End of Eternity
Resonance of Fate Cover Art.jpg
European cover art for Resonance of Fate, known as End of Eternity in Japan
Developer(s) tri-Ace
Publisher(s) Sega
Composer(s) Motoi Sakuraba
Kōhei Tanaka
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s) JP January 28, 2010[1]
NA March 16, 2010[2]
EU March 26 2010[3]
Genre(s) Role-playing game
Rating(s) CERO: B
ESRB: T
PEGI: 16
Media Blu-ray Disc, DVD
Input methods Gamepad

Resonance of Fate, known in Japan as End of Eternity (エンド オブ エタニティ Endo Obu Etaniti?), is a console role-playing game developed by tri-Ace and published by Sega for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game was released on January 28, 2010 in Japan and on March 16, 2010 in North America and it will be released on March 26, 2010 for European markets.

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Story

In the distant future, Earth has undergone a drastic change in the environment. For reasons unknown, poisonous layers of gasses permeated the land, which resulted in near extinction for mankind due to humanity's inability to adapt to the new changes. The remaining humans built a gigantic device called Basel, an environment purifier buried deep in the ground, which cleanses the air in the surrounding land and hopefully the rest of Earth as well. Civilization began to reform around Basel itself, building a city around the tower. The upper classes live in luxurious apartments at the top of Basel while the lower classes reside among the many districts built around the base and stem of the tower. For countless years, all is well, until one day the purifier inside Basel begins to malfunction.

Gameplay

The game utilizes what is known as the tri-Attack-Battle system or officially t-A-B for short. The battle system is a semi-realtime battle system which means that it is a mixture of a real-time and turn-based battle system. The game consists of battle elements such as command battles and action battles. Players start the battle by selecting one of the player's characters to control, following which the player takes direct control over the character. The player can then move the character around and attack a target of choice, the character's move ends when the player's attack is over. Enemies are also able to move while the player's character is moving and would usually attack only the character being controlled by the player.[4]

Each character's turn is time-limited, during which player's can keep moving and switching weapons until the time runs out. However during each turn, players are only allowed to make a single attack, after which even if time remains the character's turn ends. Attacking an enemy utilizes a charging system where the player first selects a target and then presses the attack button. Afterwards the character would begin to charge up in preparation for the attack, the attack is only carried out when the charge meter on the screen is filled up. Player's can also choose to charge up the attack multiple times though more time-consuming it results in a more powerful attack. The time needed to charge up is also dependent on the proximity of the enemy, the closer the enemy the shorter the time needed to charge up though it renders the player more vulnerable to attack. Enemy charge meter can also be observed floating above the enemies head.[4]

Players are able to move about the battle field freely, though they have the choice to create predefined paths for their character to follow. While moving along the predefined path, characters gain access to Invincible attacks, which cause the player to be invincible as the attack is being carried out. However the use of these invincible attacks requires the use of an item known as the Invincible State gauge, the item is an essential element in battle and is earned through a variety of methods such as dealing a certain amount of damage to enemies. Characters can also defend themselves through various methods such as jumping which can be used to avoid enemy attacks or obstacles. Even while jumping in the air, characters are able to unleash a special attack which may result in certain stylish actions.[4] Weapons in the game can also be easily customized by using items earned by defeating enemies, these items can be further developed into an enhancement item such as a scope or additional ammunition for the weapon.[5]

Players can restart any enemy encounters if they are defeated during battle, hence battles have been made more difficult so as to make battles more challenging. Players are also able to suspend and save the game anytime during the game. It is also possible to save the game during battles so as to allow players to enjoy the game at any time without time limitations.[6]

Characters

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Protagonists

(From right to left) Zephyr, Leanne and Vashyron, three main characters of the game, sitting on a couch.

Zephyr (ゼファー Zefā?) - A 17 year old young man and the main protagonist of the game. An orphan born and raised in childcare facilities, Zephyr possesses a tough outlook on life. In his late teens, he was scouted by Vashyron to work for his Private Military Firm (PMF), beginning his life as a mercenary soldier. In gameplay photos Zephyr is often seen using a pair of sub-machine guns. He is voiced by Hiro Shimono in the Japanese version and Scott Menville in the English version.

Subject #20 (実験体20号 Jikken tai nijū gou?) - A beautiful 19 year old young woman who was raised in a research facility, No. 20 is the result of a series of test experiments. Her body has been biologically controlled to expire on her 20th birthday. Knowing that she has only a year to live, the girl escapes from the Etasil research facility, intending to defy her fate.

Vashyron (ヴァシュロン Vashuron?) - A 26 year old man who previously served in the military, Vashyron opened his own PMF to earn his living. During an assignment to suppress teenage rioters, he encounters Zephyr, and invites him to join his company. Vashyron was once a subordinate under the cardinal during his military days, and was the only survivor of his squad in a big scale skirmish. He appears to favor handguns. He is voiced by Ken Narita in the Japanese version and Nolan North in the English version[7].

Leanne/Reanbell (リーンベル Rīnberu?) - A beautiful 21 year old woman with blonde hair. She came close to losing her life due to a certain event by the time she first met protagonist Zephyr, and joins Vashyron's PMF. In battle she uses incredibly agile movements.[8] In the Western release, her name will be changed from Reanbell to Leanne. She is voiced by Aya Endou in the Japanese version and Jessica DiCicco in the English version.

Cardinal

An organization which guides the Riedel religion and responsible for the class system set in Basel. Originally, the governing body of Riedel is led by Pope Frida, but she died at the young age of twenty. Her death has affected many people, as she previously instilled a lot of hope for them. Without a suitable successor for the Pope, the Cardinal takes over governing duties and begins to have an imposing influence over the lives of the people in Basel. All Cardinal members and their leader reside on the highest floors of Basel, known as Chandelier.

Rowen (ロエン Roen?) - This 43 year old man has taken leadership reins of the Cardinal organization after the Pope died. Roen holds great worry and conflict over the future of Basel and prays for the prosperity and happiness of its people, and his attitude towards God changes in the progress of the storyline. He is voiced by Jim Ward in the English version.

Veronique (ヴェロニク Veroniku?) - A 25 year old woman who is the right-hand man of Roen. She provides support for her leader and is entirely trusted by him. She is voiced by Wakana Yamazaki in the Japanese version and April Stewart in the English version.

Theresa (テレサ Teresa?) - A 65 year old aristocratic lady who works for the Cardinal. She is voiced by Barbara Goodson in the English version.

Jean-Paulet (ジャンポール Janpōru?) - A 21 year old man who works for the Cardinal. His narcissism sometimes get in the way when performing his duties. He is voiced by Sam Riegel in the English version.

Antourion (アントリオン Antorion?) - At the age of 70, Antorion is the oldest living member of Cardinal. He thirsts for knowledge, and is known to others as the "Enquirer of Knowledge". He investigates the bizarre phenomena occurring around Basel, and is seemingly unaware of the secret project Roen is involved in. He is voiced by Masaharu Satō in the Japanese version and Tom Kane in the English version.

Barbarella (バーバレラ Bābarera?) - Age 24 years old. A beautiful and voluptuous woman who enjoys the high life of the elite. She is voiced by Ai Orikasa in the Japanese version and April Stewart in the English version.

Garigliano (ガリジャーノン Garijānon?) - A 45 year old Cardinal member who researches on beauty, and is responsible for fashion and the arts in Basel. He is voiced by Norio Wakamoto in the Japanese version and David Mitchell in the English version.

Researchers

Juris (ユリス Yurisu?) - A 45 year old researcher working in the Etasil facility in Basel. Although appearing to have a cold demeanor, but to Subject #20, he is a trustworthy man. He is voiced by Hidenobu Kiuchi in the Japanese version and Kirk Thornton in the English version.

Sullivan (サリヴァン Sarivan?) - After Pope Frida dies, this 43 year old mysterious man appears to Roen and claims to help him bring his ideals to fruition. With Roen's permission, Sullivan begins a project at a research facility called Etasil that is linked to the future of Basel. He is voiced by Takehito Koyasu in the Japanese version and Chris Edgerly in the English version.

Development

Promotion for Resonance of Fate began on April 1, 2009, when tri-Ace unveiled a teaser website with a countdown timer leading to the next week, with the game slated to consoles PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 under the title of a new "RPG Project". Before the timer ended however, leaked scans of Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu revealed the game to be named End of Eternity. The project is a first-time collaboration between tri-Ace and Sega.[9] Directing reins for the game will be handled by Takayuki Suguro, who has previously worked on tri-Ace game Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, and planner for Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story. The game's Japanese title is a reference to Isaac Asimov's novel of the same name.

Trial version

A playable trial version called "End of Eternity t.A.B. Demo" was released on the Japanese PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace on December 22, 2009 in Japan[10].

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 80%[11]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 8 out of 10 [12]
Famitsu 34 out of 40

Resonance of Fate was met with rather positive reception so far. Eurogamer gave it a "8 out of 10", praising its innovative gameplay mechanics and calling it "...one of the most inspired approaches to the JRPG seen in a decade.".[12]

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