軒轅劍外傳穹之扉(The Gate of Firmament)
The “Xuan-Yuan Sword” is an epic oriental RPG series with 25 years of history.It elaborates on the very heart of this series, the idea of "one, looking at the same thing from different angles, may come to different conclusions. " through a variety of historical incidents in different times.
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Release Date: Feb 25, 2016

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June 23

Summer Sale Surprise!! Patch V1.01110623

The Gate of Firmament Summer Sale is coming!
In order to show our gratitude to fans for supporting The Gate of Firmament, we have a gift to you, a new patch!!!

PATCH NOTES
Optimizing the translation of English for purpose of giving you a better understanding of Chinese culture.

REVISED ITEMS
1. Revising some problems of sound effect.
2. Adjusting some subtitle in CG.

The Patch will update automatically and if the game doesn’t update, please restart your Steam client. We hope that the update will give you a better gameplay experience. Meanwhile, DOMO Studio will go ahead with collecting your feedback in order to promote the gameplay experience for you.

Steam Store: http://store.steampowered.com/app/427030

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March 25

The Gate of Firmament Patch V1.01110325

The Patch will update automatically and if the game doesn’t update, please restart your Steam client.

New Items Added:
‧Expansion feature of Cauldron system. Items can used for Infusion, but can't made item by Infusion.

Revised Items
‧Achievement:Fixed an issue that some Quest achievements can‘t be acquired.
‧UI:Fixed an issue that unknown "question mark" showing on the map.

※Sound Track: Change the music format to raise the quality of the Track.

We hope that the update will give you a better gameplay experience. Meanwhile, DOMO Studio will go ahead with collecting your feedback in order to promote the gameplay experience for you.

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About This Game

Synopsis:
In ancient times long ago, in order to find his beloved missing daughter, the divine Jade Emperor opened the gates of heaven, allowing a direct connection between heaven and earth. This was done, so that worthy mortals could appeal to the Jade Emperor and obtain divine powers, to aid in the search of his missing daughter. However, this gift was exploited and taken advantage of, causing chaos in the mortal realm. The Nine Li Tribe became a cult that worshipped demons and practiced in the occult, divorcing themselves from the businesses of the mortal realm.
Forces of evil suddenly arose, inciting wars across the continent, condemning people into a life of fears and sufferings.
Emperor Zhuanxu feared the demon Chiyou would once again ravage the mortal realm. Limited by his own capabilities, he sought the help of the Queen of Huaxu, who once assisted Xuanyuan the Yellow Emperor in warding off the Otherworld with the Bell of Donghuang. Both Fuxi and Nuwa—the children of the Queen of Huaxu—also supported Emperor Zhuanxu in convincing the Queen, for they too could not bear to watch people suffer any longer. In the end, the gates to heaven were finally sealed with the powers of the Divine Artifacts combined.
Since then, no mortals were able to ascend, nor were gods able to descend at will. This incident was later recorded down in history as “Juedi Tiantong.”

Features:
This latest entry broke new grounds in comparison with previous titles in the series, including: the new lighting system that better establishes moods, creating various atmospheric scenes; as well as facial animation and lip-sync systems, MVN motion capture system to elevate the quality standard of all characters in every aspect. These new technologies not only improve visuals but also game immersion, enabling the players to fully comprehend the behaviors and feelings of the protagonists.
The battle system has been replaced with a real-time, encounter-based gameplay mechanism, making the battles more intense than ever. Improved returning features exclusive to the Xuan-Yuan Sword series include: the Urn of Spirit Infusion that enables demon-synthesis and equipment refinement; the Guardian System that allows your captured demons to fight on your side; and the Miracle System that grants additional attack buffs. A new “Battle Formation” system is also introduced in this latest entry, allowing for a richer and better gaming experience for the players.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP,Windows 7,Windows 8 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo2 3.0Ghz or AMD equivalent (or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GForce 9800GT or ATI equivalent (512MB or better)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct compatible sound card for audio
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse are required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP,Windows 7,Windows 8 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.80 GHz or AMD equivalent (or better)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 or ATI Radeon HD 7970 (1GB or better)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 50 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct compatible sound card for audio
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse are required
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Zephyr
62.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
Gate of Firmament for me was a bit of a gamble.

I saw it for sale, and enjoyed the setting, the way the characters were portrayed, and thought I might as well give it a try. It was my first foray in what could probably be called CRPG, a genre I had no past experience in to be honest, Tales of Wulin not counting because it's more of a raising sim, even if a really good one.

What I found was overall a pretty enjoyable experience. The game doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does a few things differently and well. Thoses positives are mixed with some pretty bad flaws.

It's impossible not to adress the proverbial elephant in the room. The translation is pretty bad, and in a game where for understanding the story, which is a bit complex with foreign names which can be a bit difficult to memorize for someone who isn't chinese, we rely a lot on translation. It's even worse when it was pretty much the devs first attempt at going english and offering their game to the wide world. They could have made an effort. In a RPG, text is paramount, it's something you can't afford to screw up, and sadly, they did. Translation is full of typos, some chinese sentences aren't translated, some words are used in a wrong way, some sentences are very poor in term of choice of words and meaning, and sometimes if feels like they just used a translator to compensate or invented terms. It's not completly game ruining, but be warned, you will need to make some efforts and be very tolerant to fully enjoy the story.

Said story is pretty good, and do a lot of things differently of what we are used to. On some others aspects, you will be in familiar territory, some tropes and clichés being there, such as the annoying silly mascot, the girl who eat a lot and get lost all the time, the handsome guy who is totally not the prince in disguise, and some such. What makes me like the game is the ambiance, and the fact the game is pretty big on telling the story in an emotion driven way. I would say it is really chinese in his delivery, and it's a good thing.

The graphisms are pretty beautiful while remaining very simple and primitive. They are done with efficiency in mind, so expect clipping and poorly textured floor/ground vegetation to keep the loadings and display as fluid as possible. They are also really immersive to me.

The soundtrack is pretty hit or miss. Some tracks get repetitive and annoying fast, others are meh, and some are actually pretty good, all with a chinese vibe. It's not Dynasty Warriors level of chinese sountrack, but it's decent.

Gameplay itself is relatively good, with a system which is bit of a mix between a Personna and a Tales of Symphonia. It's a lot simpler than both games, but it works well, is easy to understand, and it leaves you a lot of freedom in how you wish to develop your characters. An interesting point is you can pretty much make every character either a caster or warrior, and they have ways to work on both approaches. Game also has a crafting system, which is how you get good equipement.

Quests are a bit of a weak point to me. Despite the fact you have a whole journal section giving you infos on the avaible quests and where you could get them(or hints), in some cases, quest still don't give you enough informations and the translation gets in the way making you missing the point of what you are supposed to do. There are also some very annoying quests forcing you to check one person every time you progress a bit, and it's really really annoying, especially when it's so easy to miss a step and have the quest time out because there is that one flag you didn't trigger. And let's not forget quests which are related to understanding chineses words, plays on words or such, which are completely obscure for anyone not talking chinese.

Also annoying the lack of fast escape from a zone, and the copious amount of walking/backtracking. Some fast travel would have also helped.

Regular encounters also get boring and repetitive fast, because past a point, you just nuke every one of them with magic, seeing you can stockpile a ridiculous amount of MP restoring items. Bosses are the true challenges, even if I regret most of them are challenging because of scripted attacks which are often huge attacks on the whole party inflicting status effects on everyone, like a stun. This is really cheap and can lead to a wipe easyly if your level is a bit too low.

But what can I say, despite that the game has its own unique charm. I really enjoyed it, and seeing you can expect to finish it in around 60 hours while taking your time, I would advise to grab it during a sale for around 12 euros and give it a try. That's assuming you can get past the horrible translation and like the ambiance.
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Starryclove
69.6 hrs
Posted: August 15
I'm a huge fan of RPGs. Especially ones with rich stories and thus, was pretty excited when I heard about The Gate of Firmament.

Pros:
Rich story
Memorable characters (um, Fengyu made me mad at times)
Okay combat system (some rare drops from monsters would have made it way more enjoyable)
Aqi is super cute!
Leveling up accessories can be fun
Great ending. Quite satisfying for the many hours put into the game

Cons:
The English translation still needs work and hopefully it'll be updated more


Yup, that's about it. I can't give more cons because I did enjoy the game very much. Definitely recommened and worth every penny put into it.
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skolad
75.4 hrs
Posted: August 7
As part of a long-running RPG series, my first comparison point for this game was Final Fantasy. The Xuan-Yuan Sword franchise is very much the Chinese equivalent to FF, but from a distinctly Chinese perspective. The story is interesting, based on Chinese historical mythology, making it unique among games available to the Western audience.

Gameplay is the standard "run around closed maps until you encounter respawning enemies," which then takes you to a group battle screen. While not strictly turn-based, abilites are all on cooldown timers, so you can't just mash keys (though you will eventually spam combos); you can also play as any of your four characters depending on your preferred battle role. After maxing out the combos, the battles are a bit tedious, though many of the bosses do require some tactics with item/equipment loadout and battlefield buffs.

Graphics are very smooth, with no lag whatsoever on max settings, though the modeling and textures are very "console-y": smooth, simple shapes and somewhat stiff limb/facial movement. The music is surprisingly good, having a nice variety of different location and character themes.

There are a lot of cutscenes for story advancement, and of course the translation is not always perfect. One playable character's special ability is called "More Teature," which took me ages to figure out: More Treasure! All NPCs in towns have unique dialogue, occasionally explaining some history or cultural trivia, or just making jokes - a lot of detail and humor is in this game if you are willing to look for it. One of my favorite sidequest moments: the team gets together to drink wine, resulting in one of them faceplanting after just one drink (I won't say who!).

Though I got this on sale, the full price is a bargain for the length - I attempted to complete all sidequests & many of the achievements, talk to all the NPCs, and actually had to grind in some areas to beat the bosses, which ended up as 75 hours of gameplay. Looking at other players' comments, the main story is probably 40-50, which is still more than decent.

I really enjoyed this title, and genuinely hope to see more games from this series in the future!
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Sion
15.6 hrs
Posted: July 30
It's pretty solid. Translation and a few localization errors here and there but you can get the jist of it. (Why does this cat bark?) Far from anything ground breaking. The characters have personality, thusfar the story is pretty basic but presented decently well. The battles are easy. The battle system is kind of hard to explain, I guess it's kind of a Valkyrie Profile with an ATB system combined. Eitherway, good game for the price so far.
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noburocho
12.4 hrs
Posted: July 29
A fair RPG with good characters and a great story. It is a fun game. Only cons we have here are some graphic glitches with sudden character movements, some subtitles not in sync and yet some untranslated portions (I had some monsters appearing without translation). Good graphics, good music a good battle system and several options for customizing monsters and weapons. It is worth the experience verus the price paid.
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clea leshlick
52.0 hrs
Posted: July 23
My first chinese RPG. Story and mood is as expected, much melancholy and all those fantasy wuxia settings. Graphics are pretty and unique. Game runs smoothly with max settings. Musics themselves are great, variety, number of songs, quality of composition, etc but execution is lacking.

For example, during events, music often change abruptly, no transition, no fades. Another example is, field/city music is sometime louder than battle music, which works against the desired effect.

Battle and field navigation is fun! My complaint is that there are no AI settings at all.. your teammates use up mana pots like ♥♥♥♥ers. Thanks to this, I had to grind 4++levels to clear a boss cuz access to world map and shop are blocked..

Other bad stuff would be: weird running animation, stuttering movie playback, and half ♥♥♥♥♥ translation. I understand some of the spoken words so I can see how the text is missing like 30% of each sentence. Some lines have no text and just skipped. I'm dissapointed to see this in a supposedly professional work.

Still, I enjoy this game and I would love to see more CRPG on steam
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Cong
43.9 hrs
Posted: July 23
A very good story overall in the series of Xuanyuan Sword.
Looking forward to better graphics and animation in future games.

It would be good if we can delete saves in the client.
Sometimes there may be too many save files if we misclick on the save slots.
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Evilzlegend
54.7 hrs
Posted: July 16
軒轅劍外傳穹之扉(The Gate of Firmament), I couldn't wait to write a review about this game midway through. It was quite the engaging tale of four individuals paired up to put a stop to evil, as in any story told. The reason why I was sucked into this story was the fact it offered multiple twists that kept you on your toes. You start off as a young man named Sikong Yu, torn between protecting your village and tearing apart the lives you protected with your contraptions. That is how this journey starts and I rather not ruin it any more with spoilers.

However, I must say, I haven't played a story rich game where there seems to be more situations amongst your party members than the actual bad guys. Trust is a huge learning factor for the four members of the team.

Pros:
- The story is long and very engaging. I finished the main story in 50+ hours with little side-quests taken.
- The four characters represent one of four elements. (Big in chinese culture) So choosing who's magic to use is easily understandable.
- Each character has multiple party buffs and utilities to provide in battle, i.e...(Sikong Yu is Wind imbued and specializes in obvious air magic and healing over time. Think of Druid from WoW. Ziqiao is Earth imbued and specializes in Earth damage and damage mitigation. Muyue is Water imbued and specializes in Ice damage and your main healer. Last, Fengyu is imbued with Fire and specializes in Fire damage and life siphoning supporter. These are the characters in a nutshell... not to ramble on)
- You can capture monsters to help level certain pieces of gear and also place in your battle formation to supply more stats (Not like Poke'mon)
- Gear is very easy to obtain. You either buy the 'stock' version or craft the higher quality pieces.
- The game is easy to pickup and learn. Skill development is not difficult to understand either.
- Aqi is amazing and cute. A winged boar that actually advances the story at points.
- The scenery is beautiful if you are into chinese culture. I am and this game did its magic!
- You can control whoever you want in combat and on the map. All four bring a unique map ability too. Use them for the achievements!
- The music is brilliant and very fitting for the places and atmosphere.

These cons, keep in mind are from my own experience. Do not take them to heart or prevent you from playing the game.

Cons:
- GRAMMAR AND SPELLING - this alone was the most annoying con about the game.(Mine isn't perfect, but in this game it needs major improvements.) It was as if the translator/editor rushed through certain parts or pressed three keys at once when placing the subtitles in the game. I was able to make out what the characters were saying, it was just more work and annoyance than it should have been at certain parts.
- If you use a controller, don't expect the game to display the right buttons you need to press for anything. It keeps it as if you are using the keyboard/mouse. I wasn't bothered by it, but some hints would have been nice.
- The monsters you capture and can use in battle are uninspiring and kind of pointless. Their damage is low, their cool down is high and all they do is ram into the enemy. Could have done without.
- Some parts of the story felt like filler to extend the game. Certain character flaws were overused and again could have done without to progress the story.
- Though the monster catching is cool to banish a stronger enemy from the battle, you do not get experience for their capture. So plan it out with experience grinding and item grinding.
- There is a slot in the equipment screen for character clothing. I don't understand why as I didn't find a single piece to change their clothing appearance. Unless I completely missed it from possible side-quests/drops.
- The intro movie will be confusing until you actually progress further... much further into the game.
- AI controlled characters burn through their mana like alcoholics. So bring lots of mana potions!

A lot of cons, but do not take it to heart. 軒轅劍外傳穹之扉(The Gate of Firmament) was a great game and interesting story nonetheless. I couldn't put it down until I finished it, and an story driven RPG hasn't done that since Final Fantasy 9. I loved the characters and what they brought to the table. I did start a New Game+, however, for now I will wait to play through it again, as I have other games in my library to play. I recommend anyone who loves stories and enjoys the chinese culture. You will not be disappointed as long as you can disregard the grammar/mispelling errors!
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34.3 hrs
Posted: July 14
good
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Sol_blade3
56.5 hrs
Posted: July 10
I have been looking for a RPG game to play for a while now since I've been off of it for quite some time. This looked very interesting since I don't often see any CRPG out there so I decided to purchase and give it a shot. There are definitely some flaws in the game in my opinion but overall I definitely believe it was a worthy buy!

Pros:
+ Surprisingly good storyline
+ Simple combat mechanics
+ Nice art details and very pleasant to just look at the scenery in many of the areas
+ Good character development for all of the main characters, doesn’t feel like any of them are really out of place
+ Soundtrack is very well done and nice to listen to (actually ended up purchasing the soundtrack through the DLC!)
+ Frequent autosave system = never have to worry about dying and starting all over or it glitching on you

Cons:
- Can have glitches throughout the game at times; got stuck in walls and actually fell off the map at one point in the game. Luckily it is countered by the auto save system which helps tremendously as it saves before every encounter you face
- Some quests can be locked out once you progress too far into the story. I found this a bit annoying since I was looking to ace it but I do not wish to waste more time starting over again
- Trophies; some of the trophies I have to question at the amount of time being spent to get it. From spending 100 hours into the game to reaching level 99 (I finished this game at level 52) to using 1000 healing items in battle, I find these to be quite excessive and not worth the effort of going through to get it
- Combat gets linear after a certain point as you only have a very limited amount of combos you can do
- Some of the backtracking points can be tiring when you are trying to progress to the story only to go all the way back to the exit
- Some of the translations are off and make no sense, though this is expected since it is a game that is still being patched with translations
- Usage of mana pots; this is the first RPG game that I actually found myself having to go back to purchase 100+ mana pots because I kept on running out. While this isn’t a huge deal, I was just a bit surprised at how many times I ran out and had to go back to get more (at a certain point I just spent all my money and stocked up on 500+ mana pots)
- CGI moments can be a bit laggy at times and I am fairly certain it is because of the game as I have seen gameplay with the same issues

Now I definitely have more cons than pros but this is mainly for the developers to look at in case they are looking for feedback. Of course this is my opinion and you may or may not agree, hence why its a personal review. Despite the flaws in the game, overall it was definitely a fun experience to go through and the story was quite interesting. It was probably the only reason I managed to put 50+ hours into it and beat it in 2 weeks while working! If you are looking for a RPG game that's somewhat unique in my opinion (looking in the view of JRPG such as FF series, tale series, etc.), it is a game worth picking up.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
75.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
As part of a long-running RPG series, my first comparison point for this game was Final Fantasy. The Xuan-Yuan Sword franchise is very much the Chinese equivalent to FF, but from a distinctly Chinese perspective. The story is interesting, based on Chinese historical mythology, making it unique among games available to the Western audience.

Gameplay is the standard "run around closed maps until you encounter respawning enemies," which then takes you to a group battle screen. While not strictly turn-based, abilites are all on cooldown timers, so you can't just mash keys (though you will eventually spam combos); you can also play as any of your four characters depending on your preferred battle role. After maxing out the combos, the battles are a bit tedious, though many of the bosses do require some tactics with item/equipment loadout and battlefield buffs.

Graphics are very smooth, with no lag whatsoever on max settings, though the modeling and textures are very "console-y": smooth, simple shapes and somewhat stiff limb/facial movement. The music is surprisingly good, having a nice variety of different location and character themes.

There are a lot of cutscenes for story advancement, and of course the translation is not always perfect. One playable character's special ability is called "More Teature," which took me ages to figure out: More Treasure! All NPCs in towns have unique dialogue, occasionally explaining some history or cultural trivia, or just making jokes - a lot of detail and humor is in this game if you are willing to look for it. One of my favorite sidequest moments: the team gets together to drink wine, resulting in one of them faceplanting after just one drink (I won't say who!).

Though I got this on sale, the full price is a bargain for the length - I attempted to complete all sidequests & many of the achievements, talk to all the NPCs, and actually had to grind in some areas to beat the bosses, which ended up as 75 hours of gameplay. Looking at other players' comments, the main story is probably 40-50, which is still more than decent.

I really enjoyed this title, and genuinely hope to see more games from this series in the future!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
69.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I'm a huge fan of RPGs. Especially ones with rich stories and thus, was pretty excited when I heard about The Gate of Firmament.

Pros:
Rich story
Memorable characters (um, Fengyu made me mad at times)
Okay combat system (some rare drops from monsters would have made it way more enjoyable)
Aqi is super cute!
Leveling up accessories can be fun
Great ending. Quite satisfying for the many hours put into the game

Cons:
The English translation still needs work and hopefully it'll be updated more


Yup, that's about it. I can't give more cons because I did enjoy the game very much. Definitely recommened and worth every penny put into it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
A fair RPG with good characters and a great story. It is a fun game. Only cons we have here are some graphic glitches with sudden character movements, some subtitles not in sync and yet some untranslated portions (I had some monsters appearing without translation). Good graphics, good music a good battle system and several options for customizing monsters and weapons. It is worth the experience verus the price paid.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
It's pretty solid. Translation and a few localization errors here and there but you can get the jist of it. (Why does this cat bark?) Far from anything ground breaking. The characters have personality, thusfar the story is pretty basic but presented decently well. The battles are easy. The battle system is kind of hard to explain, I guess it's kind of a Valkyrie Profile with an ATB system combined. Eitherway, good game for the price so far.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Gate of Firmament for me was a bit of a gamble.

I saw it for sale, and enjoyed the setting, the way the characters were portrayed, and thought I might as well give it a try. It was my first foray in what could probably be called CRPG, a genre I had no past experience in to be honest, Tales of Wulin not counting because it's more of a raising sim, even if a really good one.

What I found was overall a pretty enjoyable experience. The game doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does a few things differently and well. Thoses positives are mixed with some pretty bad flaws.

It's impossible not to adress the proverbial elephant in the room. The translation is pretty bad, and in a game where for understanding the story, which is a bit complex with foreign names which can be a bit difficult to memorize for someone who isn't chinese, we rely a lot on translation. It's even worse when it was pretty much the devs first attempt at going english and offering their game to the wide world. They could have made an effort. In a RPG, text is paramount, it's something you can't afford to screw up, and sadly, they did. Translation is full of typos, some chinese sentences aren't translated, some words are used in a wrong way, some sentences are very poor in term of choice of words and meaning, and sometimes if feels like they just used a translator to compensate or invented terms. It's not completly game ruining, but be warned, you will need to make some efforts and be very tolerant to fully enjoy the story.

Said story is pretty good, and do a lot of things differently of what we are used to. On some others aspects, you will be in familiar territory, some tropes and clichés being there, such as the annoying silly mascot, the girl who eat a lot and get lost all the time, the handsome guy who is totally not the prince in disguise, and some such. What makes me like the game is the ambiance, and the fact the game is pretty big on telling the story in an emotion driven way. I would say it is really chinese in his delivery, and it's a good thing.

The graphisms are pretty beautiful while remaining very simple and primitive. They are done with efficiency in mind, so expect clipping and poorly textured floor/ground vegetation to keep the loadings and display as fluid as possible. They are also really immersive to me.

The soundtrack is pretty hit or miss. Some tracks get repetitive and annoying fast, others are meh, and some are actually pretty good, all with a chinese vibe. It's not Dynasty Warriors level of chinese sountrack, but it's decent.

Gameplay itself is relatively good, with a system which is bit of a mix between a Personna and a Tales of Symphonia. It's a lot simpler than both games, but it works well, is easy to understand, and it leaves you a lot of freedom in how you wish to develop your characters. An interesting point is you can pretty much make every character either a caster or warrior, and they have ways to work on both approaches. Game also has a crafting system, which is how you get good equipement.

Quests are a bit of a weak point to me. Despite the fact you have a whole journal section giving you infos on the avaible quests and where you could get them(or hints), in some cases, quest still don't give you enough informations and the translation gets in the way making you missing the point of what you are supposed to do. There are also some very annoying quests forcing you to check one person every time you progress a bit, and it's really really annoying, especially when it's so easy to miss a step and have the quest time out because there is that one flag you didn't trigger. And let's not forget quests which are related to understanding chineses words, plays on words or such, which are completely obscure for anyone not talking chinese.

Also annoying the lack of fast escape from a zone, and the copious amount of walking/backtracking. Some fast travel would have also helped.

Regular encounters also get boring and repetitive fast, because past a point, you just nuke every one of them with magic, seeing you can stockpile a ridiculous amount of MP restoring items. Bosses are the true challenges, even if I regret most of them are challenging because of scripted attacks which are often huge attacks on the whole party inflicting status effects on everyone, like a stun. This is really cheap and can lead to a wipe easyly if your level is a bit too low.

But what can I say, despite that the game has its own unique charm. I really enjoyed it, and seeing you can expect to finish it in around 60 hours while taking your time, I would advise to grab it during a sale for around 12 euros and give it a try. That's assuming you can get past the horrible translation and like the ambiance.
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180 of 187 people (96%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
128.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Things you need to know about before playing or purchasing The Gate of Firmament ( 穹之扉 in Chinese)

At the foremost, I have to be frank I am a fan addicted to The Gate of Firmament and its gaming series. But in this review I will try to elaborate neutrally the pros and cons of this game alongside with things you might be interested to know about.

  • Languages Supporting. You attention here please, this game only supports English, Japanese, Chinese, Traditonal Chinese with the corresponding UI, menu and subtitles. So feel free to play if you are English or Japanese players, but unluckily for players in other regions, whether waiting for mods( or official translations, donnot be expecting on that ) or choosing not to buy is at your discretion.
  • This game requires free disk space of appropriate 15GB , made by U3D (have been optimized several times since its first release in Feb, 2015 in China ), this steam version gladly has been given huge optimizations. In fact, my gt650m notebook with 8GB ram could run it quite smoothly in 720P, the highest resolution supported is 1920*1080.
    Technical notes here: should you have problems in failing to initail(black screen or whatever), try starting in win95 compatiable mode, hope it helps.
  • Gate of Firmament and its gaming series. Gate of Firmament is the 12th work in a row of the prestigious Xuan-Yuan Sword RPG gaming series(better be compared to the Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest gaming series in Japan, so you could get distinct understandings) with 25 years of history in China. As mentioned, there are twelve works from DOS to 2D to 2.5D to 3D with the first work released 25 years ago forming this Xuan-Yuan Sword game series. Each game have a separate story told so if you are a novice to play Gate of Fimament, there is no affecting your gameplay experience at all. (Somewhere through your play, there may be plots or concepts linked from previous works but believe me most are the surprise type for fans and have little to do with the gameplay).
  • About the game itself.Now let's get down to our main business, how is the game?
    The Gate of Firmament is a typical oriental rpg game or more specified, a Chinese martial arts rpg game in the sense that the game put great emphasis on the long moving story you gonna experience rather than the elements of a game, or put it in a another way, it is actually more like a movie than a game. The core spirits of this gaming series is its decent, impressive, beautifully written story.
    On a scale of 0 to 10 I would like to rate as follows:
    1.Story 9.5 points, highly recommended if you are fond of Chinese culture and this loving story with the elements of divinity(of course Chinese myths). Must say again here, it's more like a movie, you have to get around villages, towns investing and talking to different people, if you previously had any Final Fantasy experience, it would be ez.
    2.Music 9 points, music and sound effects are composed by outstanding musicians, but mostly oriental style.
    3.System/Combat 7 points,actually turn based, you learn and upgrade your abilities, not much to talk about. One thing worth to point out is its Lian-Yao system(mainly you can capture the monsters after you defeat them as pets and combine different ones to a strong pet ) of this gaming series which may fascinates you. Also, there are mini-games included for instance you need to solve some puzzles to get treasures.
    4.Video 6.5 points, made by U3D engine, modeling of characters and scenes may seem a little rough sometimes but much better than those 2D or 2.5D babies. Modeling are oriental aesthetically.

At the very end, I would like to say if you are looking for extreme "play" experience such as RTS or acting , this is definitely no choice for you. But if you are a RPG lover or somehow just wondering what our Chinese game is, this game is a perfect choice for you. It won't let you down for such a fair price.
If you have any questions during your game play, be free to leave a message, I would be glad to help.
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Recommended
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Brief first impressions. Since english subtitles+UI are available, why not!. Standouts are the beautiful cutscenes and soundtrack. Game itself seems decent but a little rough around the edges, examples being collision meshes missing and some npc pathing issues, Nothing gamebreaking. Translation wasn't a problem though you will find some humorous 'oops' moments. Initial gameplay was your typical jrpg affair, fetch questing around the village while learning the story of your existence.

Completing that, then sent to a nearby bamboo forest which introduced combat. No random encounters so far, needed to walk into enemies that roamed about. While I'm still learning the systems but any recent final fantasy player should feel at home. Talent trees were available for characters and equipment system looked deep. Will give it the thumbs up as it's a lovely game for the price. Cheers.
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No english audio, just UI/subtitles. Runs @ 60fps and max resolution is 1080p.
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Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This is a pretty decent game for a reasonable price.

Here are a few points I would like to mention.

No. 1 - Game graphics is definitely good no matter how you look at it, ( 8 / 10 )
Pros - Character design and background is fantastic. Game reminds me of Blades and Souls from character design.
Cons - Probably needed some facial expressions on characters as I could see that there is no shock factor there and no frowning from the character even though he is fustrated. Probably some parts where characters are too stiff and parts of the clothes could pass through character limbs during cutscenes. Hair does not even move when brushed against by their hands. Just an opinion.

No.2 - Gameplay is user friendly. ( 7.5 / 10 )
Pros - Easy to maneuver, Skill tree seems legit to me and able to assist my gameplay. They have gears items crafting and wow just wow. Game reminds me of Magna Carta in a simpler form. Multiplayer game to be converted into RPG for single player. Brilliant idea. Chibi mode when walking from town to dungeons? You got to love those.
Cons - I was hoping for more action wise from the gameplay but maybe it is just me. I was expecting more reactions that would affect the enemy as I was using the skills to attack them.

No.3 - Background Music/OST is beautiful ( 10 / 10 )
Pros - I like the overall synchronization of background music and atmosphere. It is really well made and I am really impressed with the arrangements. Got to say that this gives me a really smooth experience in the game.
Cons - Nothing from me so far but an english version of the song would be really pretty.

No.4 - Story Wise is intriguing. ( 9 / 10 )
Pros - Story is really pretty and great to experience. Not gonna spoil you guys but experience the fun yourself haha. You will love it when you see the little boar or piglet at the start of the game. Nuff said.
Cons - Deserves more series to come.

No.5 - Voice Acting/Subtitles/Language ( 7.5 / 10 )
Pros - I would say that the voice acting is decent. It was in sync with the character's lips, you can feel the emotions from the character. Subtitles are well made and I really appreciate for the developers to put effort to the subtitles. You got to give it thumbs up for this definitely. Otherwise, most players would not be able to understand the story.
Cons - Maybe I might be more demanding, I would hope that the developers would consider english voice acting as well. It would really really be so wonderful if there is also language for english voice.

Overall Experience ( 8.5 / 10 ) - I would buy the game even if there were no discount for this game. Improvements is a must but definitely brings you to another world of excitement for RPG players.
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Recommended
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
This is actually a great game.

7/10 Battle system. Boss fights actually requires strategy and may need multiple tries

8/10 Story. It's actually surprisingly good. I did have a low expectation before I started but the story does not treat you like an idiot. The things main characters say actually seem like they have thought about it and have reasons behind their decisions.

It's very different than games like Fallout or Pillar of Eternity where the game is about player decisions or different choices. Instead the story in this game is set and smoothly unfolds before the player, much like watching a movie. I normally enjoy making my own decisions in the game but it feels nice to take a break and just watch a well orchastrated show.

9/10 Music. Some good tracks and some great tracks.

Annnnnnd Voice Acting. One of the best I've experienced in a game. 10/10 will not skip cutscenes.
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Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Just got the game and it runs in full HD @60FPS. Only one hour in so I haven't left the starting town, most time was invested in talking to townspeople to get the story of who you and your family are.

Game looks nice, a bit like an unmodded Skyrim so don't expect 4K textures all around. The setting is truely Chinese which is a nice for a change. You get a few nice errors in the english translation but that isn't a problem. All voices are in Chinese but that makes the female characters even more cute than they already are.

Hard thing is to remember all the Chinese names being thrown around in the story and it's not easy to understand sometimes what they are trying to tell you in details but I do get the general picture.

Haven't been in a singly fight so the 'action' still has to start but what I've seen so far and specially for this low price a true recommendation if you are into these kind of games. (If it's possible to edit this review later I'll try to give some updates)

Edit1: Works perfectly with mouse+keyboard, PS3 controller (DS3 motion in joy) and PS4 controller (DS4Windows).
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