FATED: The Silent Oath (VR)
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Fated: The Silent Oath is exactly the kind of game that VR was made for, and it's nice to finally see the technology put to work on small, intimate, emotive character drama. The good news is that this is the first part of what's planned to be a multi-episode game, and I'm really looking forward to spending more time in this world, with these people.
The Silent Oath is an excellent story-driven game that brings out the very best of virtual reality’s application and is one that certainly deserves a sequel.
FATED: The Silent Oath’s blending of a deep narrative with enjoyable yet simple moments of interaction helps the game deliver a thought provoking tale that the player manages to feel a part of throughout. It’s beautiful to look at too, with the game world full of colour and plenty of enticing sights to see. It’s far from perfect with the short length slightly disappointing, whilst the story wraps up in an unsatisfying manner too. There is hope of a follow up though, so hopefully we might see a more thorough conclusion to the Viking family’s tale in the future… These flaws don’t stop FATED: The Silent Oath providing an enjoyable virtual reality experience though, and one I’d recommend to all Playstation VR owners. If you’re looking for an enjoyable title to play through that’ll tug at your heart strings, it’s definitely worth giving FATED: The Silent Oath a look.
FATED is one of the first VR experiences, and its interactive part is quite minimized. However, the game's story is interesting and can lead the player until the end. A short but fascinating adventure.
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Fated: The Silent Oath is a great first try for Frima Studios at creating an immersive, story driven game in Virtual Reality. They managed to create a world with characters I cared about and even came up with some interesting gameplay mechanics like the whole nodding your head. It's disappointing that it is over quite too fast but hopefully they can do another chapter or more of this game as I'd definitely like to see my viking family again.
At only a few hours long, Fated keeps things short and sweet. Although there's little reason to go back and play again, I didn't feel as though the £7.99 pricetag was too steep. In that respect, it's more of a showpiece, a flashy virtual rollercoaster, and one that's definitely worth riding.
Fated: The Silent Oath is a brief but worthwhile reason to turn your PlayStation VR headset on. While walking simulators in virtual reality are already becoming dime a dozen, Fated actually backs this up with good voice work, characters that are very easy to care about, and a strong, laser-focused art direction.
FATED: The Silent Oath tells a short but compelling story steeped in Norse mythology, with some great set pieces that play to VR terrifically. It’s a pleasant change to find a set of characters that are as likable as this, and there are some clever design choices at work to make the VR experience viable for such a story-driven game. It's a shame there isn't more of it.
Fated: The Silent Oath may be a fairly clunky game, but there's a lot of nice elements that sequels could easily build upon. Let's just hope they get the chance to.
For this first episode of Fated : The Silent Oath, the developers at Frima Studio manage to spark an interest in the player, despite a low duration, leading to a lack of emotions felt. Endowed with pretty environments but animations and lipsynch from another time, this debut mostly makes us travel in VR. With well put mechanics and well brought sequences, Fated : The Silent Oath is an enjoyable experience. Too bad that the too-little taste is getting the upper hand, for now at least.
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