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It’s finally here. The global release of Artery Gear: Fusion is now available on Android and iOS. For many gacha gamers, especially those that enjoy turn-based RPGs, this has been a highly anticipated release. So, was it worth the wait?
For us, we are absolutely enjoying it so far. But it is important to note that this is the early game and the long tedious grind hasn’t started for us. To refresh you, Artery Gear: Fusion is a mobile game featuring a ton of different mech-style characters. It was developed by Bilibili.
It features a turn-based RPG combat system and uses a gear system that is similar to its main competitor, Epic Seven. That said, many people have claimed it has a more forgiving gear system in place. Hopefully, that will make the end game grind less tedious, but time will tell.
But enough playing catch up, let’s get into the first impressions of Artery Gear: Fusion.
Artwork, the story, and fighting animations
So far, we’re really enjoying the artwork featured in the game. It obviously leans heavily on the sci-fi theme. The actual character models are detailed, and the different mech units all look well done.
While we’re sure we’ll eventually turn them off, battle animations look great, as well. Fighting feels crisp and the different moves are flashy and fluid, and don’t feel overdone.
Finally, we come to the story. So far, it’s your standard storyline. Bad guys being bad. Good guys being good. You play the “Commander” who must lead the good mechs. There is something called the Puppets, which are bad. They can “puppetize” people and mechs and there is no cure.
To be fair, there is probably a decent story here, but we haven’t gotten far enough into the game to see it.
We have noticed a few localization errors with spelling and sentences, but they have been minimal. And in typical fashion, many of the text-based cutscenes go on for way too long. It’s a bit of a mood killer, as the story is interesting enough, but drags and drags for minutes on end.
Combat and the auto-battle system
In a game like this, combat is one of the biggest hurdles for us. If it feels janky from the start, it will probably feel janky forever.
Thankfully, that is not the case with Artery Gear: Fusion and we are really enjoying the turn-based RPG combat. Move sets are interesting and require some strategy. Different characters have complimentary moves that work well with other mechs. It’s a good combat system.
Additionally, the auto-battle system in the game is one of the better ones we’ve ever encountered. It’s not just “use every move as soon as possible,” you can actually set up how the auto-battler works and how units prioritize combat.
One final note, and this isn’t so much about the combat, but there is a housing-like system in the game. Personally, we find these systems tedious. But if you love them (or they are a dealbreaker), at least you know.
Gacha mechanics and rerolling your account
Huge blessings to the developers of Artery Gear: Fusion. The game uses an infinite reroll system so players can get the start they want.
That means no jumping through hoops to reset your account and reroll for the character you want. It’s a small touch, but one that is extremely welcome to gacha gamers.
As for actual pull rates, they are about what you’d expect for a gacha of this nature. We would have liked to see a higher pull chance for the feature characters on limited-time banners, however.
So, should you play Artery Gear: Fusion?
Now, for the big question. Is AG: Fusion actually worth playing? For us, absolutely. We are really digging the art style and combat is fun and intuitive.
Ultimately, it is a free-to-play game, so the only reason not to at least try it is if you are struggling with phone storage or already have a couple mobile games in rotation.
Personally, we recommend at least trying it out. There are a ton of launch and pre-registration rewards right now which should incentive players. We’re not sure it will become one of our main games yet, but it seems promising.
For our emulator readers out there, we are currently playing Artery Gear: Fusion on BlueStacks 5 and it is working like a charm. No lag and zero crashes after approximately four hours of play.