Conclusion: It begins with a broken watch. Dropped from countless storeys above, it shatters amongst the crowd, its owner soon following in her own descent. An allusion to the clockwork city of Basel through which she falls, it reflects the ruin of this colossal vertical structure. Designed to purify the Earth’s poisoned air, Basel also regulates the term of its citizens’ lives.
Conclusion: It has been a long while since I played a Japanese RPG that strayed from the norm. They seem to follow a deeply ingrained idea that they need to be very linear, have a turn based fighting system and an expansive gallery of characters. Surprise isn't a word you associate with JRPG's anymore. That is why Resonance of Fate managed to shock me even more. Resonance of Fate delivers an, admittedly somewhat textbook-like, dystopian vision of the future.
Pros: Very atmospheric music, fun characters, bold game design.
Cons: Complicated combat, anonymous story, no replay value.