Primary Source …Detected: Cyber Agent, Inc
Secondary Source…Detected: Endride X Fragments
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Omoha everyone! This is Azerith. How is everyone going? Me? I believe it is summer here at Shuma Sekkai , the weather is pretty hot. Of course, my presence contributes to the “hotness” too ~
Anyway, my sensor picked up a new feed, and after I traced back the feed, I discovered this new smart phone app game called Endride X Fragment.
About the Creator
CyberAgent, Inc, established in 1998, started as an internet advertising company. From 2000 to 2011, the rise of broadband internet triggered CyberAgent, Inc to develop its own Ameba blogging service. Achieving outstanding result with Ameba, CyberAgent, Inc quickly realised the future of the company lied in the mobile phone market. When MSN and other online messenger apps became obsolete on PC, CyberAgent, Inc had shifted their focus to the smartphone business. Once Android and iOS system turned simple mobile phone into smartphone; in 2012, Cyber Agent, Inc decided to go into the lucrative game app industry. Tested by time and its competitors, CyberAgent, Inc became an influential company in sectors such as online TV, social network and smartphone gaming; with its own Ameba platform. The international blockbuster Rage of Bahamut was developed by Cygame; a seed company of CyberAgent, Inc which focused on the gaming sector. [T.S.U.K.O.M.I: Personally I don’t like the Ameba platform as it prevents outsiders like us to conveniently access games on the platform. Not very ‘Syndeitira Friendly’ at all!]
About the game
Endride X Fragments is a real-time battle RPG, [T.S.U.K.O.M.I: Hmm…Déjà vu?] with a lot of common features that most smartphone RPG nowadays have. Based on the anime Endride from the Endride Project, Endride X Fragments is the sequel to the previous story. Due to the fact I haven’t watched the anime yet, I couldn’t spot too much connection between the two stories. Yet I like it this way because I can expect something new on the road ahead. Also I have to say the narrative side of the game is intriguing and the in-game 3D character is so CUTE!
Accessing Game Data…
Endra, a mystical world believed to be right underneath planet Earth. Only a few individual dreamed the very existence of such novel reality, and even fewer had the firsthand experience of it.
It has been three years since the end of the Wrap Particle War. The new King of Endra, Emireo, spent his last three years on restoring peace in Endra. Just before Emireo’s coronation ceremony, a new prophecy from the Rooman’s Apocalypse had been spreading throughout Endra.
“When Endra is no more, a hero will come forth. From the world above, through the light pillar, he will triumph this curse. Lord of Ardmire will be his name, and Endra’s fate shall be his to proclaim.”
From Chapter 3
[T.S.U.K.O.M.I: ‘The only way to prevent a prophecy to come true, is not to believe the prophecy right from the beginning,’ by me.]
[T.S.U.K.O.M.I: Brother-Con detected!]
[T.S.U.K.O.M.I: Watch out, his ‘true’ intention with Kanata is very…unusual! Please refer to the 4-Brackets Comic of Endride X Fragments.]
[T.S.U.K.O.M.I: My favourite character, the sexy big sister.]
[T.S.U.K.O.M.I: Azerith’s favourite character, because he is an Oyaji himself.]
The Ooparts (Out of place artifacts)
Entra’s atmosphere is filled with Wrap particle. While wild monster feeds on these particle as energy source and causes all sort of trouble, wrap particles were also used to construct powerful ooparts equipment called “Kahogu”, left behind by a previous unknown civilisation.
These ooparts are used as weapon for battle, they are 4 types of “Kahogu”:
Some special ooparts can all transform into ally characters.
[T.S.U.K.O.M.I: Don’t worry, you will get BOTH ally character and the ooparts if you get the weapon from GACHA]
The Game Play
In the main story or event story, there are two types of quest. A story quest that does not require stamina and a fighting quest that consumes stamina. Players can obtain character EXP, unique loots and bonus exp items after completing a fighting quest. Once certain achievements have been done, player can unlock mission rewards from homepage.
To strengthen the party, the player can level up the “Kahogu” with EXP items. Once level up, player can accumulate Kahogu points to further evolve the Kahogu in its Evolution Tree. New abilities and battle attribute can be acquired in the Evolution Tree. As player advances the story and ranks up, more empowering options will be unlocked.
Unique loots obtained from winning battles can be used to trade in-game items in the Exchange Shop. Event-limited item will also be traded here as well.
The Battle System
Endride X Fragment is a multi-player focused, real-time battle RPG. At the beginning of each quest, the player can choose to go solo, invite friends or other player around the globe to help. The total power of the party, recommended elements and stamina consumption will be displayed on the confirmation page before players initiate the battle.
[T.S.U.K.O.M.I: If you choose to play with other players around the globe, make sure you have a strong internet connection as lag can easily occur and ruin the fun.]
The character designers of this game should not be overlooked. The renowned manga artist Nobuhiro Watsuki（和月伸宏）, best known for his samurai-themed series Rurouni Kenshin（るろうに剣心）and fictional anime series Buso Renki（武装錬金）. Kazushi Hagiwara（萩原一至）, one of the creator of the manga Bastard!!; he was also a character designer in Final Fantasy XI – Seekers of Adoulin. No wonder I was attracted to the outlook of most of the characters in this game.
Another thing I would like to mention about this game is the uniqueness of it being a sequel to the original story Endride. Many developers/publishers create games based on successful anime series just to attract the ‘already-hooked’ audience and seek extra revenue from routes other than anime. The fact that Endride X Fragments is actually based on a story of its own – even though there is some connections between the two stories, CyberAgent did a good job on creating something ‘new’ instead of building on something ‘old’.
Lastly, the fully-voiced storyline is always a bonus. [T.S.U.K.O.M.I: This seems to be a new ‘standard’ for smartphone RPG game now. So an advice for you all is to get a smartphone with bigger storage capacity in the future!]
[T.S.U.K.O.M.I: Jammer Wave Incoming…estimated remaining connection time: Minimal.]
Opps, looks like the connection is getting worst. The download link of the game can be found in below.
iOS Download: ENDRIDE -X fragments-
A special gift for those retro cartoon maniac gamer. I have located a funny 4-bracket comics series that allow you to better understand the story of Endride X Fragments, and it updates weekly too! I will post the link below. Make sure you read the on….e…..abo..ut… Da..n.ie..l cam…e…ou..t.f.ro…m..th..e..bus..h.
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