Tower of Fantasy Review Absolute Gacha.
Tower of Fantasy (available on smartphones and PCs) was expected to compete with the great Genshin Impact. The developers did not even try to avoid comparing the two projects. On the contrary, they emphasized that during the development of the game they peeped a lot from HoYoverse, calling Genshin Impact the new standard. Did you manage to match?
The history of the world of Tower of Fantasy is a story of how ill-conceived and ambitious experiments lead to horrific results. The Fantastic Tower allowed humanity to catch a comet filled with a valuable raw material – omnium, the use of which promised to give the world cheap energy.
Alas, everything ended with a local apocalypse – radiation turns people into zombies, the world outside the shelters plunged into chaos, and two warring factions are trying to establish their ideology and power over the world.
The developers of Tower of Fantasy have worked out the lore and plot of the game well. Interest in history constantly spurs further passage. The main storyline is complemented by secondary ones, which also reveal some details of the past and present. Sometimes these stories are funny, sometimes they make you think or feel sad. But rarely left indifferent.
It is interesting to dive into the local fantastic post-apocalypse, although there are no philosophical depths in history, and the characters are a little cardboard. It can be seen that professional screenwriters, not programmers, worked on the story.
The open world in Tower of Fantasy is implemented well, but stereotyped. The developers did not try to avoid traditional outposts with juggernauts. All points of interest are marked on the map so that players do not miss the opportunity to get prize resources. The game space is not very large, so traveling between outposts won’t take long. Vehicles and space teleporter elevators are also available to players to move in space.
Simple puzzles are scattered between points of interest, which are also marked on the map and directions on the screen when approaching the treasure chest. However, not all the treasures of the player are let down by the handle. You will have to look for something on your own, so there is interest in exploring the world, even if you follow the paths you have traveled.
Not all puzzles are solved with a sharp mind. Sometimes you have to use a pistol. Fire weapons will melt the shell, ice weapons will extinguish the lava. In addition to weapons, you will also have to use relics left over from the past happy world. A rocket pack or lifting mechanism will allow you to get close to objects at a height, a rocket launcher will remove an obstacle, a mysterious cube will drop a stone shell, etc.
These relics will also help you on your travels when you have to look for and collect ingredients for cooking on your own. The game does not allow you to put marks on the map, so the places where wild boars walk, as well as broccoli, wheat, etc. grow, will have to be remembered. However, you should not bother much with this game’s mechanics, since local dishes do not pretend to be serious combat chemistry. Basically, they allow you to restore health. So, it will not work to raise the characteristics of the character by eating cooked delicacies.
Passing story missions, going to the dungeon, or fighting juggernauts, you have to rely only on your own skills and available equipment. Serious challenges are not often faced, but they will not let you cool off either. The level of monsters in the open world grows along with the level of the player, it will not be possible to pump over. In dungeons, the level of opponents depends on the chosen difficulty, and before starting the passage, the player will be informed about the recommended strength of the character.
Everything depends on the pumping of weapons in Tower of Fantasy. The game is centered around weapons, represented by cute simulacrum characters. More precisely, the game is centered around loot boxes, from which weapons and resources are obtained to upgrade them. Separately, a gacha is provided for weapon upgrade modules and resources for upgrading modules! Spins give resources to buy the missing resources for pumping in stores, etc. Gacha in gacha gacha drives.
Traveling around the world, the player earns black core spheres that allow you to spin the game roulette without guaranteed receipt of a valuable prize. Golden Orbs, which guarantee rare and super-rare items, are sold for in-game currency, although completing quests and exploring the world can sometimes make you happy for free. A separate casino is responsible for the improvement modules.
Partially, the problem with the availability of resources for pumping, in addition to the donation, is removed by grinding, i.e., the extraction of the necessary in the same type and monotonous tests, including in a joint mode with other players, boss races. Clan leveling and active cooperation between players are also encouraged by resources. Actually, the genre of massive online role-playing games is famous for this. If you installed Tower of Fantasy for your love of this kind of pastime, then great news for you – this game will give you a grind with a vengeance!
What is fun for some players may be a problem for others. Fans of solo adventures in the open world will have to learn a second job. At this point, someone is nicer: to work in order to donate more actively or to clear the dungeons over and over again. However, they will not allow you to extract resources completely endlessly – the energy for cleaning is not infinite. And from a good clan, they will trample, you just have to postpone the game for a couple of days. So the second half of the open world and the associated plot hidden behind the grind will only be seen by wealthy or very patient players.
Getting resources to upgrade weapons is half the battle. In addition to affecting leveling, gacha also affects combat mechanics. Based on evasion and a combination of three weapons, it feels bland at first. But as you master the game mechanics and pumping, the combat system is changing. It is worth using successful actions or dodging in slow-mo, to accumulate energy for a spectacular weapon switching, in order to quickly accumulate energy again for the reverse switching. Play super-rare weapons for fun. If he’s lucky, he’ll win the spins.
Tower of Fantasy gives positive emotions. Level Infinite has demonstrated the ability to make a quality product, albeit without innovation. But it should be noted that the developers put monetization ahead of the game. If you have trouble controlling your own passion, then Tower of Fantasy is best ignored. If you can still earn resources through perseverance, then you will have to win the weapon you like.
To some extent, gacha also affects PvP (a mode in which players compete with each other). In the description of the mode, the developers report that they follow the principles of fair play, not taking into account some of the effects of installed weapon modules. However, this does not remove the issues of accessibility of the waifu you like.
A few words about the technical state of the project. Level Infinite, which is responsible for the development, is a division of Tencent Games, the largest gaming company in the world. Unfortunately, such a company did not have the time and money to bring the product to mind by the time of release. Tower of Fantasy suffers from numerous bugs, poor optimization, and a lack of translation into Russian.
Tower of Fantasy is a good game with a solid storyline, interesting setting, dynamic combat system, grind for the sake of grinding, clan disassembly, and socialization typical of the genre. On the reverse side of the medal is the poor technical quality of the game, especially the mobile version, and the gacha around which the whole game is assembled.
There are no reasons why you urgently need to join Tower of Fantasy right here and now. But there are reasons to wait a bit and see how the project develops. At a minimum, we should wait for the correction of numerous technical problems. Perhaps in the future, there will be a translation into Russian, which, given the volume of dialogues, will not be superfluous.
And finally, the answer to the main question: Genshin Impact or Tower of Fantasy? If you close your eyes to bugs and technical problems, then Tower of Fantasy looks decent, but inferior in almost every aspect. So if single-player is more important to you, and MMORPG elements only get in the way, then of course Genshin Impact. In the HoYoverse project, no one bothers you to organize joint raids on bosses and have fun in joint mini-games during events.
However, if gacha has no power over your wallet, no one bothers to combine!
In the free-to-play Japanese RPG market, Tower of Fantasy occupies a solid second place in the personal rankings. Between these two projects and the recent Neoh’s Heart or Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds – the abyss, not to mention the predecessors.
- Well-crafted setting and story
- An open world filled with interesting activities
- Dynamic combat system with its own features
- good design
- Great character editor
- Gacha mechanics elevated to absolute
- Numerous technical problems at the time of release
- High grind walls in an open world
- Poor musical arrangement
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