- What is Fate/Stay Night? What does the title mean?Fate/Stay Night is an 'eroge visual novel' for the PC. Eroge is the short form of 'erotic game', and the term 'visual novel' can be explained better by Wikipedia. F/SN was made by TYPE-MOON, the same people who did Tsukihime. There is an anime and manga adaptation of the game, with the anime following the Fate route and the manga following the UBW route - both still contain elements of the other routes (of which there are three in total), but it is apparent which is the 'core' route.
The three routes are: Fate, Ultimate Blade Works and Heaven's Feel. The Fate route heroine is Saber, the UBW heroine is Rin, the HF heroine is Sakura. UBW has a True and Good ending, HF has a True and Normal ending, and Fate only has a True ending.
There isn't really any particular meaning to the title, with various jokes being made on it (Fate/Stay in the Kitchen, Fate/Stay the Night, etc.). Good Engrish, Nasu.
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In the PS2 port of the game, there was an additional scene which 'qualifies' as the Fate Good end. A translation of this scene can be found here.
- Is there an ero removing patch? On the other side of the coin, is there a censor removing patch?
- What do I need to play F/SN in English?You will need: the commercial game 'Fate/Stay Night' for the PC and the English patch (found at http://mirrormoon.org/projects/fate_stay_night).
System requirements: Windows98/Me/2000/XP, PentiumIII 400 MHz, 256 MB of RAM, 1700 MB of HDD Space, 800 x 600 Display, CD-ROM, DirectSound and DirectX 5.0. It is possible to run it on Linux, but that's not a 'frequently asked question'. I think.
- Where can I buy the game?You can purchase it at Himeya Shop and Paletweb. Direct links to the products in question: Himeya Shop, Paletweb.
Note: Paletweb requires you to register and login to view H-content games, while Himeya Shop's link will immediately display Not Safe For Work content. So be warned... don't click those links at work! Both are for the DVD version of the game.
- Which versions of the game does the English patch work on?As of F/SN English v2.0, the patch will work with the 3CD version and the 1DVD version. If it doesn't work, you have a bootleg. That, or your CD/DVD drive is borked...
- How do I install the game?Put the F/SN DVD into your disc drive, or CD 1 of 3. You do not need to install the Japanese version of the game, so if it auto-runs an installer, exit it. Run the English patch. Follow the instructions. If you have Realta Nua and want to install the voices, check the voice patch box. Otherwise, don't check it. When it asks you to point the installer at your copy of F/SN, do so - browse, click the DVD drive where your disc is. Eventually, it'll finish and you can run Fate/Stay Night. In English. No need for Applocale. :)
If you get this blue screen with random text upon running the game, set 'Language for Non-Unicode Programs' to Japanese. In Windows XP, that's in Control Panel -> Regional and Language Settings -> 3rd tab. In Vista/Mojave (lol), that's the 4th tab.
- What is this Voice Patch?The voice patch is an optional selection in the installation of the English patch. Provided you have a copy of the PS2 game 'Fate/Stay Night Realta Nua', you can extract the voice files on the game disc and you will now have a fully voiced version of the PC game (bar the 18+ scenes, since they didn't exist in the PS2 version of the game).
- Why doesn't the installer recognise my Realta Nua disc?Perhaps you're using the v2.0 installer. Perhaps you put in the wrong disc. Perhaps your disc is a bootleg. If you're using v3.1 (or even v3.0), and you're certain it's RN in the disc drive (do you have more than one disc drive?), then your disc just isn't supported. If you're absolutely certain it's legit, please post in the bug reports thread, and the staff will ask you for some information so that they may support the obscure printing of RN you happen to possess.
- Help! It's extracting the voice files from my RN disc, but suddenly it has an error!Please disable your antivirus. It is scanning every single file ripped from the RN disc, and it will thus make your computer hang. If you still cannot progress, make an image of the disc, mount it to a virtual drive, and point the installer at this drive instead (Google keywords bolded).
- How do I play this game?I'll assume you've clicked 'start', and some text has shown up. Click the mouse within the window to advance, and another line of text will appear. To change the speed at which this text appears, right click in the window -> Config. Other options are available there too.
If you don't want to keep clicking, just press 'A'. To stop auto-read, press A again or click the mouse in the window. Another way to start auto-read is the press the left and right mouse-buttons at the same time.
If you want to fast forward, press and hold down the CTRL button.
You can save and load at any point in the game. Right click -> save/load.
- Why am I Rin, and not Shirou?That's the prologue. You 'play' as Rin for the first bit, and the point of view will change to Shirou. There are other points in the game where you will go into 'Interludes', where the POV is that of another character.
- Where can I read the character descriptions?After a certain point early on in the game, you will have the 'Status' and 'Weapon' menus opened to you. Status shows you information about the Servants, and Weapon shows you information about the weapons 'you' have encountered in the game.
Right click the screen in play, and there will be the buttons there on the panel. The information displayed there is what 'you' know during the course of that playthrough. Information discovered in other playthroughs is not shown.
When not actually playing, click 'Extra' at the Title Menu, and the Status and Weapon options are also available there. The information shown here is the compiled information of all the playthroughs you have made.
- Where can I see the CG I have cleared?Go to the Title Menu. Click 'Extra'. Click 'Gallery'. The pictures will be organised in the routes. If you have not cleared Fate, all the UBW, HF and miscellaneous CG will be in 'Another'. If you have cleared Fate and thus opened UBW, there will be three folders - Fate, UBW and Another. If you have cleared both Fate and UBW, there will be four folders: Fate, UBW, HF and Another.
- What is this Tiger Dojo? Should I view it?Tiger Dojos are just 'help' corners. You will not 'lose' anything if you view it, except perhaps your personal mental image of the characters shown in the Dojo (that's what the 'warning' is talking about). It's actually a good thing to view all the Tiger Dojos, as you will collect stamps (shown in Title Menu -> Extra -> ED List). Once you have collected certain amounts of stamps... hoho~
- Is there a full save game?
- Where are my save files?!It depends on if you're using Vista or XP.
If you're using XP, then it'll be in the folder 'savedata' within the folder F/SN is installed in. For example, my F/SN folder is called 'Fate-Stay-Night English', within the folder 'Program Files', on the drive 'C'. The path to the save files would thus be 'C:\Program Files\Fate-Stay-Night English\savedata'.
On Vista, the files are in %localappdata%\VirtualStore\Program Files\whatever\savedata, where 'whatever' can probably be changed to Fate. Just put %localappdata%\VirtualStore\Program Files\ into your Windows Explorer address bar, press enter, and look for the appropriate folder.
- Is there a walkthrough?
- Is there a prequel? A sequel?
- How many opening videos are there?Only two. I believe there's three in the PS2 version.
- What is an imouto?A younger sister. While imouto can be referred to your younger sister who may be of any age, the typical otaku will immediately think of a prepubescent female...
If there's anything I've missed, tell me. XD