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Conscript is a game available on the PS4, and chronologically 's first-ever game in both the company's history and in-universe as part of the flagship franchise. It centres around various characters from across the universe that compete in an annual competition, known as The Conscript.
An annual competition takes place on a secluded planet, and that competition is called the Conscript, open to anyone across the universe with the ability to fight. Contenders fight each other until one remains victorious among all, the tournament itself promising the winner one wish to be granted, or alternatively, an even greater prize if they defeat one more unknown challenger. Many years have passed since the initial opening of the arena, but still no one has managed to defeat the final challenger. The Conscript has created a large impact, becoming a cultural phenomenon and causing an increase in the universal economy. There is no clear mastermind behind the arena, and no one knows how it exactly works.
This year, however, a certain reporter wants to find out the secrets of the Conscript, but that won't exactly be easy...
The main goal of the game is simple: eliminate your opponent/s. As per typical fighting games, you must eliminate enemy players by lowering their Health Bar to 0. On occasion, players may have a Life Counter that will have to be exhausted instead, which decreases every time the player's health bar is 0. If the Life Counter is present, Matches will take multiple Rounds, progressing into a new round every time a player loses a life, provided it wasn't their last one. Aside from the attacks a fighter can perform, they each have their own Trait, a special ability that that usually aids the contender on the battlefield. Both players also possess a Power Meter, which is filled up by taking or dealing damage. You are able to enhance your attacks or escape combos by using up your meter. When fully charged, the character's most powerful move, called a Grandiose, is available, which cannot be blocked once it successfully hits.
The movement controls are straightforward: use either or to move around, jump, and crouch. You have three basic attack buttons: to perform a light attack, for a medium attack, and for a heavy attack, each dealing light, moderate and heavy damage respectively, as names would suggest. To activate a contender's trait, press . In order to meter burn an attack, press while performing the attack, and press when near a player to take hold of them. Last but not the least, simultaneously press and to perform a Grandiose.
There are two main formats that a match can take form in: a Clash, or a Rumble. In a Clash format, it follows a familiar formula: a flat stage, where two players are spawned on two opposing sides facing each other, for an immediate fight. The stage's size may vary, but regardless both contenders start out in the same area of the stage, called the Starting Area, where obstacles and some conditions (if enabled) are not present. The stage will scroll to the side if a player runs into the edge of the screen, but will slow down and eventually stop if too far from the other player(s). Depending on the stage, different hazards may be present, to pose as a challenge to both players in battle. If a player loses their last life from an obstacle or condition, it is considered a Technical Knockout, a different use of the how the term is normally used. If obstacles are blocking off the respawn point when the next round is supposed start, the fight will continue on in the Starting Area.
In the case of a Rumble, contenders are spawned in far off locations in a large map consisting of multiple stages. To win, one must fulfil one or more objective/s, usually involving the elimination of your opponents. By default, you are accompanied by mooks that fight on your behalf and roam the battlefield. When stepping off your spawn point, you have five seconds of invulnerabiliy. When you encounter an enemy player, it temporarily locks the battlefield boundaries to your current location, and you enter a Clash. Once the battle is over, you are free again to explore the rest of the map, given that your main objective is unfinished.
Contenders are able to be customised by equipping them with new equipment and apparel, as well as strengthening them by adding new techniques and moves to their arsenal, all earned from winning battles or purchasing from shops in Story Mode.
Unlike all the other playable characters, Weiss is still building his identity as a Gladiator, which is why he is by far, the most customisable contender in the game, with more plentiful and broader options such as interchangeable hairstyles, accessories, weapons, pets and powers, in addition to the options mentioned above.
For more customisability, you are able to save a contender's current customised set, called a Loadout, to three slots, which encourage having multiple Loadouts and being more experimental.
There are multiple player types that either help or hinder you during matches, those being Allies, Opponents, Mooks, Boss Mooks, Escorts and Neutrals. For obvious reasons, the last four player types are only present in Rumbles.
Allies fight alongside you, whether computer or player-controlled. They help to achieve winning conditions, and are able to join in on a Clash when encountering a major enemy. If present, you and your ally share Mooks.
Opponents must normally be defeated to win, and when controlled by an AI, they actively seek the player out to eliminate them. In Rumbles, they may also be accompanied by their own Mooks.
Mooks are computer-controlled entities that plague many Rumble matches. They attack anyone not allied to their faction, and can participate a Clash backing up an Opponent, but cannot have their own Clashes. Although weak, they prove difficult in large numbers and endlessly respawn, albeit at a slower rate than normal contenders.
Boss Mooks are a more powerful version of Mooks and are counted as "semi-major enemies", forcing a boundary lock once encountered. Although a rare circumstance, it is possible for them to join another's Clash.
Escorts are only present in a version of Rumble, in where you have to guide them to a checkpoint within the map without them dying along the way. They may occasionally help in defeating enemies, but aside from that, they are powerless.
Neutrals are not allied to any faction present in battle and can assault anyone, usually not accompanied with Mooks. They can be optionally fought.
Conscript provides a selection of different modes for you to play and spend your time on.
see Conscript/Story Mode for the full story.
Story Mode follows the protagonist Weiss and his adventures throughout the latest Conscript tournament. You are able to explore a medium-sized sandbox world accessable between the actual story, taking place in the vast planet of Korrol. The town surrounding the arena serves as a hub for multiple features including minigames, shops, optional quests and practice matches. For easy navigation, the player is given a minimap for them to read and mark objectives. The world also changes as the story progresses, which gives the player access to more content, quests and items. This means some things are only available at specific points of the game, but fortunately the game has a manual Save option, allowing 3 save slots, and a confirmation on whether or not you intend to continue when you are about to progress the story. Story Mode is the only method to unlock characters, by recieving their trust or respect. For an example, Viola is unlocked by battling her in Chapter One.
Raw matches without any story. The default format is 1v1 Clash, and you can play against a friend by turning on another controller.
In Custom Match, you can play around with customisation options, including the option to choose which format and stage, along with the mooks, obstacles and conditions present. One can also change the number of players, mooks, damage output, speed, defence, jump height, health bar capacity, power meter capacity and power meter fillup speed of contenders. Lastly, you can enable time limits and lives, all in the settings menu.
A theoretical Conscript tournament where the player progressively battles a series of other contenders in a rotation of the Clash and Rumble formats. Completing tournaments unlocks new information, concept art, and a unique ending for the character you used to win the tournament with.
Find matches to fight in with other players online, either in the Fighter or Rumble format.
There are 33 playable characters available within the game, all with different movesets and playstyles. At the beginning of the game, only Weiss is playable is every mode, forcing the player to unlock characters by playing through Story Mode first.
You unlock characters by gaining them as your ally, which may vary in difficulty and method. You may have the defeat them in a match, gradually build a relationship, complete quests for them, or make certain choices that will affect how a contende may view you.
There are 6 characters that cannot be very easily allied with, as they lack a presence in Story Mode. Unlocking them requires the completion of a series of difficult quests given linked to them.
C O N T E N D E R S
the Mafia Queen
the Planetary Canine
the Gentleman Robot
Life in a dystopian planet overrun by mafia gangs forced her to conform to twisted society and eventually worked up the ranks of the Siydaenes crime family to become the boss, or rather, their "Queen". She is undeniably vicious and will do at nothing to get what she wants. Cross her, and you’ll get a a little taste of her mercilessly merry mafia.
Hailing from an intergalactic empire governed by the Bopwa, a species that happen to resemble an endearing earth creature. This very distinguished individual comes to bring glory to her nation as a representative of her people. Naturally, she possesses immense psychic abilities and has mastered all of what it has to offer.
Originally created as a mechanical food mascot, his ulterior programming was warped by debris in his abandonment at a rundown factory. His main directive is now: "Be a gentleman", and so following his awakening, he retrofitted himself with combat software. Behind his chivalrous charms is a worthy combatant, so it would be wise not to underestimate this robot.
the Heir to the Throne
the Frozen Pea
the Blind Bowman
Delion is the future king of Hawtria who can bend water to his will. He was always popular with his people despite being a total deadpan, and now even more so after the current king went mad, becoming Hawtria's only hope. The only real reason he competes in the Conscript is the fact he's being threatened by a curse his father laid upon him. Whatever his case is, none of it is natural.
When Sara, her sister, died, Eres was naive enough to make a deal with a frost demon to bring her back to life. This backfired, freeing the demon and cursing her with the uncanny power to manipulate ice that she soon learned to control. The demon did partially fulfil his end of deal, as a spirit, aiding her sister in any way she can in her current form.
Sold off to slavery at a young age, he worked for his cruel master who gouged out his eyes as a punishment during service. Fortunately, he was saved by a wise monk, taking him into custody. The monk trained him in self defence, and how to use his lack of sight to his advantage. His weapon of choice is the bow, and having trained with the universe's best has turned him into a remarkable fighter.
the Witch of the Covenant
the Lightning Bounder
the Killing Machine
As was her mother, Gwyndol is a strong-willed witch that inherited leadership of the Nineu Covenant, a notorious group of magic-users that crave information. Amassing knowledge from across planets, she soon became an expert in various fields of magic, but taking a particular interest in dark magic. The covenant started travelling instead of lurking in the woods of Vemedis, attending every Conscript since.
Hyacinth is an orphan born into extreme poverty, and had to quickly adapt. She began her career as a thief at the age of 6 and she became a robin hood of sorts, being quite the annoyance of the higher-class. She wields the Eledaia, a mystical weapon that channels the power of lightning and one of her biggest plunders. Winning the Conscript is everything to her, having trained for years in order to fulfil a promise.
A failed secret military project built in a lab off in the Dead Realm, she burned her entire facility down after her AI became too self-aware and sentient for the scientists and engineers who created her. She looks down on all organic beings, feeling no other emotion other than disdain and the satisfaction of killing things. The Conscript is only a stepping stone for her plans to eliminate all life forms and establish a society of machines.
the Angel of Death
the Naga That Hunts
the Lean Aviator
On her wedding day, her fiancee was inflicted with an incurable and lethal disease. In desperation, Juanita consulted a gypsy and together they brewed a potion that could supposedly restore life to the recently dead. After a successful resurrection, the death-defying stint angered Death, causing it to cast Juanita into a limbo. She is now el ángel de la muerte, sworn to do Death's bidding.
Always looking for a decent challenge, Khaa'vul fights to uphold the pride of the Nagas, who make exemplary warriors, but in recent years, Nagas have been facing extinction due to being hunted down for their resilient skin and poison glands. He himself is very versatile, specialising in multiple fighting styles and trained to use a wide range of weapons, but his main weapon is what humans might call a Naginata, which is wields with grace and deadly precision.
A famous pilot that was caught in a freak accident involving a bunch of planes, chemicals, birds and an explosion that messed with her biological structure and properties, allowing her to float and control kinetic energy. Trying to get used to her predicament, she figured using them to help people would put her abilities to good use, becoming a bit of a superhero. She comes to the Conscript to further her training regimen for her powers.
the Local Witch Doctor
the Loyal Ninja
A gentle soul from a faraway land known as Mu Ni, he is an avid practitioner of voodoo magic, well-respected among tribes and the magic community due to his prowess and ability to keep his cool in any situation. He possesses great wisdom, but only a wise man can interpret his cryptic sentences and the riddles he speaks in. He claims his staff is a gift from the sky, and as debatable as that is, it seems that only he knows how to use it, and in combat he does.
Nihonus was raised by a clan of assassins to be the perfect ninja, having gone through rigorous training in fighting, espionage, stealth and manipulation. He graduated just a year before the clan fell apart and disbanded, leaving him alone and without a place to stay, but with extraordinary abilities. He was a hitman for hire before he discovered the Conscript and became a gladiator, now having discovered his true calling in life.
No one knows where she came from, but Olanee is an peculiar and unidentifiable species of alien that feeds off of violence and seemingly the life force of others, making her nature's sadist. She can eat almost anything but prefers flesh, and is unexpectedly crafty for such a brutish creature. Disturbingly, Olanee's body looks like a conglomeration of animals and organisms observed on Earth, having sharp teeth, a prehensile tail, claws, fins, scales, and seemingly-metallic fur and feathers to fight with.
the Comedian Extraordinaire
the Vessel of Chaos
the Wrath of Gaea
The Punisher was born into a wealthy magical family with a history of great wizards, but what he chose to do with his immense potential was certainly unexpected, which was comedy. He's considered a universe-class comedian that fights off hecklers with his trusty bumbag and physically-hurting puns. A lot of people often forget how powerful he really is, and so those who get in his way and underestimate him will get royally PUNished.
It's unknown what Q is, who Q is, or why and how Q even exists at all. They seem to defy even the most basic of logic when they want to and effortlessly warps reality around them. They never speak, preferring to emote as much as they seem to allow themselves in simple gestures and sounds. If they have a motive, no one knows what it is. They truly have a big air of mystery surrounding them.
Born of earth and magma, Ragaddon is the unrelentless "son" of Gaea, or rather an extension of herself, as the moving mound of rocks with a face possess no free will and serves no other purpose than to act according to Gaea. Wherever he goes, he leaves a trail of destruction behind as a part of her unknown agenda. She is yet to awake from slumber, but until then, Ragaddon is here to substitute.
the Pythonian Knight
the Deadliest 10-Year-Old
the Axecrazy Grandma
A noble knight from the kingdom of Pythonia, he carries with him the sacred sword of his people, also accompanied with a snake companion bestowed upon him by the almighty Snake Deity. He is the strong silent type, but appreciates a good fight and revels in victory. Always willing to honor his kingdom, the Conscript is the opportunity of a lifetime to show off and make his people proud.
Fighting in the Conscript since the mere age of 6, he is a child genius and the universe's youngest inventor, worth millions on his own merit. He boasts a hundred patents that include a high-propulsion jetpack, state-of-the-art bazooka and bionic limbs which he all uses in combat. He is arguably the happiest child with his supportive parents and adoring fans to back him up.
Carrying a frightening armada of guns, blades, explosives, toxins and all kinds of weaponry, she fights to prove a point that age doesn't matter when it comes to fighting to the death. Ulu is surprisingly athletic for her age and isn't afraid to show you one of the many ways to inflict bodily harm upon you. Her sanity is questionable but she's certainly no faker.
the Little Miss Sharpshooter
the Journalist Gladiator
the Mad Scientist
The absolute definition of veteran, Viola is a rootin’ tootin’ cowgirl who likes to shoot people who don't abide by the law in the face. Being the first ever person to enter the Conscript, she's become a gladiatorial icon. She is an expert marksman, wielding two customised revolvers, a hardcore rancher, and most importantly: ready to face yet another challenger.
Having lead a decent privileged life, he is a certified CIN reporter and journalist who aims to find out the secrets of the Conscript. Initially refusing to join in, after accidentally entering the competition, he is now left with no choice and an oppurtunity. Possessing no special abilities of his own, he focuses on technique and miraculously scrapes by.
A scientist driven mad by his research, Yosef now meanders the universe conducting unethical experiments on whichever happens to cross his path. He has no sense of morality and is only the shell of a man he once was. Armed with fun (for him, at least) chemicals and laser guns, his research certainly would've been groundbreaking.
the Innocent Schoolgirl
the Wild Card
Life's Little Demon
A mentally-disturbed little girl, she murdered her entire family for disallowing her to marry her crush. In fact, she also killed her crush for rejecting her. Known as The Lovesick Killer in many planets, her goal in life is to find her one true love, which has proven somewhat difficult to her. New to the Conscript, she cleverly uses her schoolgirl facade to surprise her enemies and strike when their guards are lowered.
Raised in the wild and by nature, shie is friend to all creautres, who frequently run to her side to provide assistance whenever she needs it. She is an exceptional hunter, loaded with handmade weapons and traps.
She normally wouldn't hurt a fly, but she would hurt anyone who dares to disturb nature, vindicated by the destruction of her village by madmen.
With no memory of what happened before he died, Alanzo was supposedly resurrected by angles at the request of the personification of Life. Not even sure about his name, he acts as Life's agent when he's not living an otherwise normal life, and is currently on a vague quest to the Conscript to "purge the darkness out of a once pure wellspring". He's quite devilish despite having angelic powers, earning the title of Life's "little demon".
the Redheaded Thrasher
the Corrupted King
the Modern Delphi
The last remnant of the almost extinct martial art "Daa Gors", a style of fighting that centers around fluid and slippery motions and long strings of smoothly-connected strikes. Very effective but hard to learn, the abrasive tomboy has had trouble with finding suitable students, until she got the idea to market the martial art by fighting in the Conscript, in hopes of attracting pupils.
King Daeriun used to be a decent man, but one day he snapped and dragged his kingdom into madness with him, effectively leaving Delion in charge to sort things out. After forcing his son to participate in the Conscript for years by cursing him, he lost his patience figured it was his time to do it himself. For a man that’s lost his sanity, his years of combat training show in his swordsmanship skills.
Madame Mel is the most recent host of the Delphi, an ancient Greek spirit the allows her to tell the future via visions. Despite the horrible things she sees, she always finds a way to divert terrible outcome and create a brighter future. Travelling the cosmos to help people as part of her day job, also capable of using her powers to fend off evildoers.
the Infamous Buccaneer
the Combat Medic
Natalie was born and raised at sea, earning the title among pirates as the Queen of the Seven Seas due to her numerous plunders that were told like legends that spread quickly through her planet. Always backed up by her ever-loyal crew, she happily pillages and ransacks every place she comes by, occasionally taking prisoners aboard her space-travelling ship.
Eishwyn are seen as warmongering savages, but Reanne is quite the exception. She was originally a military doctor when she decided to defect and lead her own path as a doctor. The kind-hearted Eishwyn is capable of both destroying and scorching things into ashes, and seeing one's recovery all the way through, making for a fierce combat medic.
The NPCs you have to escort in a few matches vary as much as the playable characters, each providing their own twist and challenge to the escort mission.
E S C O R T S
the Camera Man
the Honeysweet Charmer
the Grand Tortoise
Accompanying his friend on his journey to Korrol due to his expertise, things go south as Weiss is forced into the competition by mistake. He has plenty of filming experience and is even acquaintances with some famous gladiators.
When escorting him, he will usually cower behind your back, but he is capable of assisting in defeating enemies by hitting them with his boom mic. Although he is fragile, he moves pretty quickly.
Leader of the Apis crime family, he escaped to Ychrana after things got too out of hand at his home planet. Discarding his former life, his new identity is King Bee, a smooth-talking ladykiller who always means the best for the family.
King Bee is injured in his escort mission, leaving him unable to fight effectively. If you're on the verge of dying, he will expend some of his health to heal you or fight off enemies, and he can send swarms of bees to immobilise targets. He has average health, and because of his injury he walks in a slow-paced limp.
Horrace is an elder representative of the Testudins, who makes sure everybody has fun during the Conscript event and keeps everybody in line. Nobody can really get mad at him, and is pretty well-loved among Conscriptgoers.
Stage Hazards pose as environmental threats that deal damage or impede your chances of winning the match. There are two types of Hazards: Obstacles, which are physically present and are always avoidable, and Conditions, which are outside forces that cannot be easily circumvented and are constantly active, but have more subtle effects. Both can be observed in Story Mode's matches and some Clash stages, if Stage Obstacles are enabled, that is. Obstacles that have the ability to instantly kill the player do not remove lives, but instead reset the player's power meter and respawn them with a 5% reduction of the player's total health bar.
Certain characters react a bit differently to some Hazards than other contenders due to their nature, which varies from better to worse effects on the player.
S T A G E
H A Z A R D S
O B S T A C L E S
Dropping into a pitfall will instantly kill the player.
Running along a puddle runs a slight risk of slipping up and taking small damage.
Stepping into lava or magma will heavily damage the player.
Stepping into acid will heavily damage the player.
When in too deep, you are forced to swim, preventing any other action. Taking too long in the water will tire and instantly drown them.
Being forced into a jagged edge will hurt you.
A nuisance in many planets, they secrete an oil that can cause various negative effects when rubbed against.
If one gets caught up in it can escape by holding the controller deathly still until they float out or use a move to escape. Otherwise, the player will instantly die.
Contenders that step on this rune receive bad burns and temporarily take 30% more damage.
Contenders that step on this rune will be slowed down by extremely cold temperatures.
Contenders that step on this rune will get electrocuted.
Contenders that step on this rune will get partially encased in rocks.
If stepped on/attacked enough times, it will turn into a pitfall.
Detonates in a set amount of time when touched, releasing a moderately-sized explosion.
Objects randomly crash onto the ground, forming shadows that get darker as they near the ground as a warning beforehand.
When open, Vacuums suck in contenders, resulting in instant death. The closer a contender gets to a vacuum, the more powerful the suction will be.
Anyone who touches a fire source will take a bit of damage.
Anyone who touches a source of electricity will take a bit of damage.
Coming in contact with an electrified surface will result in electrocution.
Coming in contact with an electrified surface will result in 1st degree burns.
C O N D I T I O N S
An unbearable torrid climate is present. Contenders move slower over time and may have to rest for a while lest they pass out.
The atmosphere is unusually frigid, slowing contenders over time.
A thick fog covers the screen, making it hard to see. Attacking will make a small area of fog temporarily go away. Fire and light-based attacks are more effective for clearing fog.
The battle is shrouded in darkness, making it hard to see. Any fire and light will light up a small area.
The match takes place in a moving vehicle. Contenders may occasionally get knocked around or get sea/air/carsick.
Always accomapied by Cold Snap, a harsh blizzard is present, limiting your vision.You may occasionally get knocked around and get hurt.
A harsh tempest is present. It will continuously push contenders in a certain direction that occasionally changes. Any cover will stop the last two effects.
Produces Puddles and limits what you can see on screen. Contenders may slow down.
A fierce sandstorm is present, pushing against one direction. Your vision is limited and you may get knocked around and slowed down. Any cover will stop the last two effects.
An acidic rain is present. All characters get damaged.
After a random amount of time, an earthquake will take precedence. After settling down, a few aftershocks will follow. Earthquakes rock characters around and may creature pitfalls and crumbling floors.
The general area is irradiated. Characters get damaged over time and may get sick.
Stages are where matches take place and differ in setting, and what obstacles they contain. Some stages are only available in one format, while others can be played in both Rumble and Clash.
S T A G E S
RUMBLE - CLASH
RUMBLE - CLASH
#1 Mode of Transport
Road to the Arena
One of the many inter-universal transport ships used for commute and travel between planets and star systems, under the popular brand, Starship Express. While convenient and not too pricey, They are slightly dangerous as they serve as prime Rumble spots due to the non-discriminate way they pick up any passenger that has ferry money. Any obstacles present in these Starships appear only occasionally, and even then the maintenance bots always come to fix the hazard when the coast is clear.
A long road that stretches out across Korrol's wasteland, leading to the famed Conscript Arena. While the living conditions aren't very great, many reside near the Road because of the annual income coming from the millions of arrivals for the yearly competition. The Road isn't particularly hazardous aside from the occasional drought and dust storm, but one must always be cautious of the rare creatures that normally reside in the more barren parts of Korrol, vicious and hungry from the scarce conditions of the Korrolean Desert. Because Korrol is a desert planet, it is freezing cold at night.
RUMBLE - CLASH
Good Ol' 1v1
A plain circular battlefield in the middle of the Conscript Arena. All conditions are controlled inside this said arena, until it decides to change its stage configuration. No one knows exactly how, but the arena changes environments and size at will between matches, even having observed to easily replicate environments of other planets with surprising accuracy. It's unclear whether this is the result of science, magic, or even both. Because this configuration has been designed to be as plain as possible there are no hazards present other than the enemy contender.
One of these environments that the arena seems to be fond of using often is the Yabanoshitoru Jungle, a famously documented jungle in the mystifying planet of Iroto Cotari. The only inaccuracies are the presence of manmade fires, deadly monsters and plant life not native to Iroto, turning the jungle into a dark version of itself, easy to ambush unsuspecting enemies within its confines.