Jahanzeb Khan
29 Jan, 2010

Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon Preview

Wii Preview | Can't believe this is getting a PAL release.
There were quite a few surprises on the Nintendo Wii last year, with Cursed Mountian and Muramasa: The Demon Blade being the most prominent examples. It seems that the Wii has become home to niche and unique video games that once graced the PlayStation 2. Fortunately, this trend will continue as Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon (simply Fragile for short) will be one of the biggest releases (that will most likely to be overlooked) on the Wii in 2010.

The story of Fragile is an interesting one, as it seems to have the same level of mystery and vague beauty as the story of ICO. The game revolves around a lone stranger named Seto, who is one of the few remaining survivors in his world. Almost everyone in his world seems to have vanished and he now travels in search of answers and any other beings that have survived. Thankfully, he soon meets a mysterious girl and a female spirit. That is not all though, he also faces other mysterious ghosts and demons as adversaries. Fragile basically tells a tale of a world that has now been reduced to ruins, and a lone wanderer lives on to learn the truth about it.

I stand alone.

I stand alone.

In terms of gameplay Fragile looks to be an adventure title that even has an element of supernatural horror. Seto explores haunted remains of a once bustling world, where he must solve puzzles and riddles, carefully explore his surroundings, study objects and battle ghosts and demons. Seto’s main tool is a flashlight, which he must use to study his surroundings, detect and even damage ghosts. This will certainly remind gamers of the Nintendo GameCube launch title, Luigi’s Mansion, which also featured a similar flashlight gimmick. Later, Seto will be able to use other gadgets and tools that will assist him in combat, exploration and puzzle solving.

The game will also feature combat and of course boss battles. The combat system does not seem to be very elaborate but is serviceable enough to add some variety to an epic adventure. It’s much like how combat isn’t the main selling point of a Zelda game. Seto can use simple weapons such as a stick to dish out a simple 3-4 hit attack.

Visually, Fragile looks nothing short of amazing as it is on par with the anime style cel-shading we have seen in recent games such as Tales of Vesperia and the stunning Eternal Sonata. The character models look gorgeous, the colours and lighting effects are wonderful and very detailed with the only minor problem being the animations, which seem a tad bit primitive. From an artistic standpoint, Fragile looks like a work of art, and much love has gone into creating a unique and compelling in-game world that captures those genuine feelings of solitude, surrealism and serenity.

When this game gets released here, you all better support it!

When this game gets released here, you all better support it!

Musically, the game sounds lovely based on what we have heard in trailers. There is no background music in the actual game for the most part, what you have instead is silence. The silence however, compliments the mysterious and solitary mood of the game, giving it a bit of a horror feel, similar to the Fatal Frame games.

Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon looks to be a compelling and immersive adventure game with plenty of heart, soul and emotion. It is one of those games that must be experienced to be understood, as it is too ambiguous to articulate. We are glad that this unique gem has a confirmed PAL release and it certainly looks to be an experience like no other.
Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon may be one of the biggest surprise hits of 2010. We can’t wait to experience this one of a kind game.

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4 years ago
AH! This is getting a PAL release, and I don't have any money?! Someone fucking well hire me right now.

4 years ago
The game isn't using cel-shading (contrary to the article) but it definitely looks nice.

From the few previews I've read about this, I'm still not entirely sure how the game is actually played out. Is it entirely linear? Does it have a constantly progressing story or are there lots of side quests? Got any comparisons to other games for me, anybody..?

It certainly looks like a nice game though. Once I find a bit more out about it, I'd be willing to consider this.
4 years ago
the question is when...................
4 years ago
ive been stoked for this one for a very long time now
4 years ago
So pumped for this, hopefully this does really well and more decent titles are made for the wii. So sick of browsing the shovelware isle...
4 years ago
This is one of those games I'm glad I bought a Wii for. I love this sort of stuff, the unique titles that a lot of people would probably overlook, which is quite a sad thing, really. It's true there's a lot of lame games on the Wii, but there are some great titles, too, if you dig deep enough.

I believe it was ?oe?oe who brought this game to my attention a while ago, so thanks for that.

I just hope I'll be able to get a copy because I'm sure it's not going to be readily available and it's always hard for me to get games around here.

On another website they were saying that the latest trailer was actually so emotional it made some people cry. I don't know how truthful they were being, but I can't seem to find a trailer anywhere, so if anyone can find the newest trailer, I'd be really grateful.
4 years ago
Visually, Fragile looks nothing short of amazing as it is on par with the anime style cel-shading we have seen in recent games such as Tales of Vesperia and the stunning Eternal Sonata.
Dont you mean Tales of Legendia? This definitely seems more graphically on par with PS2 games.

Nice preview nonetheless, I will be trying it out for sure!
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