The huge futuristic world of Aida has loads to supply gamers aside from all of the Genshin Impact similarities, however given Tower of Fantasy’s unlucky likeness to HoYoverse’s hit single-player RPG, it’s very comprehensible the way it may appear to be a wannabe clone at first look.
With its sci-fi setting, distinctive gacha mechanics and multiplayer parts, does Tower of Fantasy have sufficient going for the sport to make it stand by itself?
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TOWER OF FANTASY STORY AND VISUALS
The post-apocalyptic story of Tower of Fantasy options – as with most doomsday situations – humanity rising from the ashes of a cataclysmic occasion born from its personal hubris. There’s an excessive amount of hullabaloo about Omnium and aberrations, after which there’s you in the course of all of it – wide-eyed, confused, and affected by reminiscence loss. Everything feels extraordinarily much like Noah’s Heart, to be trustworthy, however fortunately, Tower of Fantasy is leaps forward on the subject of graphics and visuals.
Not solely are character designs completely attractive, however the environments round you additionally boast vivid consideration to element and vibrant pure parts you possibly can freely work together with. You can swim throughout rivers, climb majestic cliffs, and race by way of open fields (whereas preserving your stamina in test) as you flit from place to put operating errands for equally vibrant NPCs.
The narrative goes deeper as you progress by way of the sport, however whilst you can undergo the primary storyline all by your lonesome, Tower of Fantasy is an MMORPG at its core, and its multiplayer parts help you play with others on the identical server if you happen to’re feeling somewhat sociable.
THE GAMEPLAY AND CONTROLS OF TOWER OF FANTASY
Typical of the style, Tower of Fantasy helps you to staff as much as battle bosses and go adventuring collectively within the open world. You may merely loaf around and farm mobs, put your expertise to the check within the coaching amenities, or prepare dinner away to your coronary heart’s content material. Combat is a fast-paced real-time affair the place you possibly can change between weapons with particular buffs ala-Punishing Gray Raven, and performing an ideal dodge enters a Matrix-esque bullet time known as Phantasia the place time will cease for a short time to provide you a pleasant little window to whittle down at your foe’s HP.
The fight right here is made extra distinctive with the attention-grabbing gacha system of the sport. Pulls from the summons pool embrace weapons which have precise characters connected to them – aptly known as Simulacra – that are primarily skins of characters which have wielded that weapon previously. Technically, whilst you’re pulling for weapons, you are additionally rolling for the characters that include them.
You can equip these characters to vary your look, however this, oddly sufficient, contradicts the deep character customisation within the recreation. Right off the bat, you may be requested to design your character with every little thing from eyebrow arch to torso peak, however all that effort will not imply a factor if you happen to merely resolve to equip a sure Simulacra to override your look.
That stated, if you happen to do resolve to stay to your character, you possibly can get pleasure from all kinds of customisation choices (you possibly can even obtain customized characters different gamers have uploaded Online). You’ll choose between a generic female and male character to start with to set your basis (I did discover this somewhat jarring once I picked a male character, outfitted a feminine Simulacra, and ended up nonetheless sounding like a man throughout voiced scenes).
As for the controls, each my DualShock 4 and Razer Kishi labored completely on my Android telephone when it got here to motion and fight. The menu gadgets, nevertheless, nonetheless needed to be tapped on the touchscreen. I additionally gave the sport a go on my PC, and sadly, neither my DS4 nor my HORI gamepad labored. Keyboard controls are a wrestle, to be trustworthy (falling from platforms and getting caught may be very a lot a chance), so sticking to the cell model might be finest.
WHAT’S THE APPEAL?
Tower of Fantasy is a large beast that you could’t merely breeze by way of in a single week. I do know I’ve barely scratched the floor right here, as, on the menu itself, I can clearly see that there are nonetheless tons of cool options I’ve but to unlock. This consists of superior Relics the place you possibly can really summon mechas that will help you out in fight, in addition to journey fabulous mechanical unicorns as mounts.
Going by way of the primary quest was a wrestle for me as nicely primarily as a result of I saved getting distracted by the myriad of issues to see and do on the world map (there have been doggos and kitties I may pet too, which is all the time a plus). The exhilaration of discovering one thing new may be very a lot alive right here, and every achievement you bump into within the open world will reward you with helpful in-game goodies.
The gacha system, I discovered, was additionally fairly beneficiant – the pity system, particularly, is fairer than most. Of course, if you cannot stand gachas and would fairly take issues into your individual fingers as an alternative of leaving your destiny to the RNG gods, a much less gacha-centric recreation like Another Eden would in all probability be your finest wager.
Overall, Tower of Fantasy does have lots going for it aside from being only a Genshin lookalike. If you are a fan of the cell juggernaut, you may wish to give Tower of Fantasy a go for a change of tempo. And if you happen to’re not, it is a free-to-play title anyway, so taking it for a fast spin may not be such a foul concept, both.