Fragile reaches surface yet again

June 27, 2008

Every now and then there are games that have a certain feel to them. That makes you look forward to them. Bandai Namco´s Fragile is one of those.

The girl Set is looking for

You overtake the role of Set, survivor within a postapocalyptic world. The world looks barren, empty. Visiting varying locations you´ll realize that there´s hardly anybody left. What you will find, though, are graffitis, pictures, on certain places. This graffitis tell the player all the little stories of the former people. Not only that, all the little pieces of information thus gathered will help Set with his very own goal: To find Ren, an innocent looking, white haired girl, wearing next to nothing.

Equipped with only a flashlight in the beginning, Set travels from place to place to uncover new hints. His journey won´t be an easy one, as there are mysterious ghost-like enemies. Fragile is an action-rpg, giving you control over Set while in battle. Said battles start seamlessly, so no load-screen and random encounters. To battle you can use anything you find. One of the first weapons is a simple knob. Depending on the enemy you might want to change your weapon.

This isn´t ICO 2, is it?!

The focus of Fragile so far, however, seems to be on exploration. Which is a good thing i might add. Too many games lose their unique feel because of forced battles, resulting in one of oh so many games we already played before. Fragile makes the impression to approach its grinding-system rather like a Zelda-game, only instead of collecting heart pieces and and achieving weapons, you gain that stuff by fighting a few, but important battles and finding items on the go.

The main reason why Fragile looks so promising is the incredible atmosphere shown in the screenshots seen so far. Empty buildings, forsaken underground-tunnels, but then again bright, moody places, with no people around. This atmosphere is strengthened by clever use of the wiimote. When you approach above mentioned graffitis, you can hear them whispering about what happened at that place through the wiimote-speaker. However forsaken the world of Fragile is, though, there are others that Set will meet. Besides his target, Ren, there is Sai, a girl you´ll meet up within the game. Then there is Crow, another explorer like yourself, who´s looking for a certain piece of information.

If someone asked me right now what game i´m looking forward to the most, Fragile would be on my mind. It is an action-rpg, but from all the information and screenshots we have, it rather looks like a mixture of Zelda and ICO. Such a combination cannot result in something bad, so consider me being hyped about Fragile.

More screenshots at OnlinePlayer and don´t miss the trailer. You can also listen to some great tune at the Official Website.