Fractale Review


February 10, 2013 by

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Imagine a world where technology rules. Where families are separated and avatars are put in their place. A place where religion and technology are blurred. Imagine a religious ceremony thats purpose is to update information into a device implanted in people.

This grim future is the setting for Fractale.

Only it doesn't seem very grim at first glance. Clain lives with his mother and father, more or less. But if he wants to, he can simply “unplug” his parents if he needs to be alone. Sure, there are these “dopples” all around him, but no one really lives near him. The technology in this society is very advanced. Clain goes to a flea market and finds an mp3 player, calling it a rare antique.

One day when Clain is preparing for the “daily prayer”, aka information updating time, he accidentally blinks and he stumbles across a world that is more real than his own. He sees a mysterious young woman flying through the air with people chasing her. This pulls the unwilling Clain into something much bigger than himself. He is sucked into a conflict involving those who are fighting to “free” the people from their dependence on this artificial world they have created for themselves through the use of technology.

Despite this particular genre's popularity, Fractale did a fairly good job of keeping things fresh. Many shows have been made on how reliant humans are on technology. There are even a lot of shows that feature devices implanted into human minds. However, I felt that Fractale did a good job of showing how reliant people are on technology without even realizing it. The show focused on how people wanted to avoid anything negative so they gave into technology so that they didn't have to think for themselves.
Another interesting twist to the show was the marriage between technology and religion. The two are so closely linked that they cannot be separated. Fractale keeps the watcher guessing how the religion is truly structured, and what the true nature of the religion is to “the system” that everyone is plugged into.

That's not to say that the show doesn't have its flaws, because it does. The suspense and mystery is built up well during the show, but after the show is finished, questions still remain. A couple of big questions are never really explained. Characters that seem very bent on doing one thing choose to do the complete opposite, without any explanation of why. A big question about “the system” is answered, but it only leaves more loose ends. The show itself isn't very open-ended at the end, so why did they leave so many things unexplained? One last complaint is that there is a song that is sung repeatedly throughout the series. It is supposed to be significant to the story, but it is so hard on the ears that by the third time you hear it, you reach for the mute button.

Despite these shortcomings, I still enjoyed watching Fractale. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of mystery and is interested in technology.

Disclosure: We are provided copies of games from the game companies for some games that we review.

About the Author: Elizabeth Williams

I started playing games from a young age, but really got into it when Santa left a SNES in the fireplace. My other hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, and playing with my two cats.

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