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Hand of Fate

Defiant Development
Feb 17, 2015 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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PC Gamer
73 / 100
7 / 10
Game Rant
4.5 / 5
Game Informer
8.8 / 10
7 / 10
Game Revolution
4.5 / 5
8 / 10
Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5

Hand of Fate Review Summary

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Hand Of Fate is a fascinating mix of roguelike, deck-building, hack-and-slash, and tabletop gameplay. Critics say that this blend is unique, however, they agree that due to its repetitive nature it doesn't lead it to greatness.

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Critic Reviews for Hand of Fate

A fun, unconventional RPG with interesting new ideas that aren't entirely overshadowed by its repetitive nature and stale combat.

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Hand of Fate delivers a fun, atypical RPG experience that lets you act out the scenarios of a trading card game.

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The 'Hand of Fate' game from Defiant Development blends roguelike, deck-building, hack-and-slash, and tabletop elements for an extraordinarily unique journey.

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Discovering the secrets behind the cards and creating different dungeon mixes results in a well-designed, original experience

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Hand of Fate blends various elements of role-playing games and card games into a single, satisfying romp.

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From the graphical detail of each piece of equipment, to the dialogue of The Dealer which rarely repeats itself, Hand of Fate pays attention to every last nook and cranny, carving out a niche all its own and bringing Defiant Development into the much-deserved spotlight. This is one conceptual experiment that thoroughly works and anyone who clamors for innovation in gaming needs to sit down at the table and play a hand.

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These gripes are incredibly minor though when you evaluate the rest of the game. Defiant has done a fantastic job of marrying together two very different flavours of game, presenting it a stylish package that feels one part adventure book, one part action brawler. The potential for expansions and sequels further down the line is immediately apparent so, hopefully, this won't be the last time we're dealt into Hand of Fate.

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Hand of Fate isn't perfect, but its various systems click together with rare elegance. Few antagonists are quite so compelling or vexing as The Dealer, and his theatrics help to sell the game's odd conceit

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