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Feb 18, 2015

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

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Leif Johnson

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7 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2015

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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8.8 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2015

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

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7 / 10
Feb 25, 2015

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

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Feb 16, 2015

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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8 / 10
Mar 11, 2015

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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9 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2015

Hand of Fate is unique, offering an addictive and incredibly entertaining experience that anyone can enjoy.

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Feb 24, 2015

What makes Hand of Fate so very special is that it does very successfully bring one very human emotion to bear: hatred. I'm gonna give you what for, Australian Raistlin.

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Feb 19, 2015
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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2015

Aside from some problematic resource balancing and some unavoidable repetition, Hand of Fate is a clever game of risks and rewards that is well worth getting dealt into.

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May 17, 2015

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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75 / 100
Mar 2, 2015

While Hand of Fate can get aggravating, the novelty and personality oozing through it is undeniably alluring.  The game's simple but satisfying combat and risk versus reward card game will have you coming back for one more hand, waiting for your luck to turn around.

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Feb 25, 2015

Hand of Fate is a shining example of what [email protected] can bring to the console. The game's ability to provide the same gameplay over and over again, while still making every encounter feel fresh and challenging, is what makes the experience completely addictive. I was so sucked into the game that I literally got off my couch and sat cross-legged in front of the TV so that I could concentrate more. For those who thrash through the game's Story mode, the never-ending Endless mode provides an extra challenge to see just how far you can go. I have a distinct feeling that this game will remain installed on many consoles for a long time.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2015

With a rough play time of 11 hours for the full story mode and an endless mode that can last even longer, for 20 bucks it's a pretty great deal for adventure fans and RPG players. I highly suggest picking Hand of Fate up.

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6 / 10
Feb 16, 2015

Hand of Fate comes so close to being something really special – an unexpected concoction of genres and ideas that meshes together superbly to create a really fun experience that's both involving and rewarding, at least in short bursts. But, unfortunately, its potential is cut short by a lack of options and awkward third-person game segments that should really know better.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2015

For those that have played deck-building games or Dungeons & Dragons will know, sometimes it just comes down to the luck of the draw or the roll of the die. Some may find the game easy while others may just rage quit due to the unfairness of the draw. Those who stick with it will find a great combat system and well thought out mechanics that should have you coming back for hours on end.

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8.8 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2015

Hand of Fate is a devastatingly addictive adventure game that mixes card collecting with fast-paced third-person action and board games. Although full of disparate ideas, the game is never confusing. It has a few technical issues and I would have preferred a way to continue, but none of that should keep you from experiencing Hand of Fate.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2015

Hand of Fate is a fresh take on the rogue-lite genre that starts off flush with unique ideas, but by the final few hands it's out of trump cards.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2015

Defiant has certainly dealt a full house with Hand of Fate. It blends together two genres into one package, with well-paced battles and lots to do on the collecting side of things. Its battles can be overwhelming and at times not as polished as they should be, but this game still deserves your attention, especially if you seek something new on the role-playing front. Take a gamble on this Hand.

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