Black Rock Shooter FRAGMENT First Impressions – Shooty Shooty Bang Bang?

Black Rock Shooter Fragment has been confirmed for a worldwide launch someday Spring 2023, however the Japanese model launched 24 November 2022 in the meanwhile. Absolutely capitalizing on some huke nostalgia bait, how does the cell sport develop the universe of some banger designs?

After scuffling with some error barring me from continuing previous the title display – some options apparently requiring change of system language for some motive – I had a bumpy entry of a freezing sport and stalled loading earlier than I lastly might give the sport a shot.


The opening from TeddyLoid ft. Tallis is totally rocking, with some fashionable visuals, and may little question drag some individuals screaming again into the Voca / KagePro void. Like:

As for the sport itself, it’s acquired the suitably sci-fi trappings, with largely static 2D artwork for characters and the weapons. In fight, the characters turn into chibis, combating in opposition to cyberized monsters. There’s definitely nothing incorrect with this, however I can even notice that some individuals would count on extra manufacturing worth – OST apart – with Good Smile Firm backing it.

The primary story is just not voiced.


As snazzy because the visuals are, the core gameplay loop doesn’t curiosity me a lot. It’s a real-time technique sport, seeing you progress items round a given map to defeat enemies as they spawn. Every unit has their respective vary, with sniper-types hanging again whereas the melee ones kind a wall and / or cost ahead. On finishing a mission, two characters in your staff would possibly banter for some characterization.

As you progress via the phases, there’s little question of more and more beefy enemies and extra spawn factors and enemies pouring out to eat at your group of 5, with a sixth from help. At 1x pace, it’s glacial, and 3x doesn’t really feel that significantly better. There’s auto-mode so I just about let my items run over to spawn camp till I presumably hit a brick wall. I do know there are courses and doubtless a weak spot chart, however I’m not too clear on the place that information is. After sufficient talents, there’s one team-wide Kill Capacity, which I consider makes use of the staff chief’s.

Every character can equip as much as 3 gear items, every with their respective results. They, and their gear, will be restrict damaged, although I can’t fairly inform what number of duplicates are required to completely uncap both. Character talent ranges will also be levelled up individually. One factor I discovered fascinating was the flexibility to ‘fuse’ a capability from one other weapon to fit into one other, not one thing I’m in a position to do within the early stage as a consequence of lack of sources. There’s an expedition system for extra sources, the place items will return after a number of hours bearing rewards.

The VIP system appears to be more and more extra ‘well-liked’ in these video games, and I’m unsure if I actually like that development. For BRS FRAGMENT, issues similar to an auto-repeat (“loop mode”) are locked behind the VIP Move. In addition to extra goodies for log in bonuses, I’m not significantly enthused to stay round longer.


Final however not least, we have now the gacha. It takes 1500 forex to do a ten pull, with a 5% charge for 5-star gadgets. There’s a catch, in that getting a 5-star character is at a 1% charge. A spark is obtainable at 200 pulls, with a separate pool for weapons. Pulling within the character pool will nonetheless get you weapons, as there doesn’t appear to be gacha characters not 5-star. Then once more, I don’t know Japanese.

There’s no in-built reroll system, with the tutorial 10-roll not having rigged outcomes. You’ll be able to stand up to five 5-star characters from it, from what I’ve seen.

Black Rock Shooter FRAGMENT is a reasonably middling sport to me. There may be extra gripping modes to play in later within the sport, but when the preliminary presentation doesn’t fairly hook, I’m unsure what number of could be prepared to remain. The technical points I face didn’t assist issues.

With the sport deliberate for a worldwide launch, I might test it out once more at that time with extra literacy. Till then, I’ll simply loop Reactivation whereas I wait.


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