Hand of Fate 2

Rating Summary

Based on 76 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

78%

Critics Recommend

Based on 76 critic reviews
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8.4 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2019

Despite my issues with its combat and optimization, Hand of Fate 2 provides a wonderful experience for those seeking an interesting deck-building game to add to their Switch library. There's a good bit of bang for your buck here, and with additional levels available as paid DLC, I could imagine players getting lost in Hand of Fate 2's tabletop-inspired world for countless playthroughs. Just be sure to bring an open mind and plenty of patience.

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9.2 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2018

If you’re a Switch owner and an RPG or tabletop fan, there is absolutely no reason for you to not own Hand of Fate 2. It’s a truly exceptional title that shines even brighter on Nintendo’s console.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2018

Hand of Fate 2 merges tried and true conventions and creates a unique experience. While the individual components lean on the simpler side of things, as a whole the game is greater than the sum of its parts. It's a game that's best played in small chunks, making it a very good entry to the Switch library!

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8 / 10
Aug 4, 2018

The original Hand of Fate had a Vita port planned, which sadly never came to fruition. Hand of Fate 2 on Nintendo Switch shows just how good that port could have been. It's so absurdly addictive and utterly unique. It improves on the original in every way and is a truly unique experience. It takes elements of so many different types of games and mashes them together; a process that usually results in a metaphorical goopy mess, but here it's somehow turned into gold.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2018

As a sequel, there are some solid improvements made that result in an overall better game. The deck building is better now and there is more variety of cards added. Writing feels more concise but the combat is still rather shallow and the load times for each battle don't really help the flow of the game. The effort to port it to the Nintendo Switch is a success without any major flaws or drawbacks holding the game behind compared to the other console versions.

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Unscored
Jul 30, 2018

Hand of Fate 2 is a welcome reminder that RPGs don't have to fall into one of two categories, and its heady mix of deck building and Arkham-esque combat make for a unique experience. Arriving on Switch it's found its perfect home, and its bite-sized story and action that are ideal for gaming on-the-go.

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Joseph Yaden
80%
Jul 30, 2018

Hand of Fate 2 is one of the most diverse, unique games I've played in quite some time. It's rare to find a developer doing something new these days, but Defiant Development successfully mixes the 3D action genre with a card and board game. If you're looking for a weird, dark fantasy card game with intense action in between, don't sleep on Hand of Fate 2!

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6 / 10
Jul 28, 2018

Hand of Fate 2 attempts to combine the fun of tabletop games with video games, but its commitment to that pitch is its downfall. The portals to combat filled me with nothing but grunts of exhaustion everytime as I drew my weapon. If you are able to look past the dreaded combat, there is a fun tabletop RPG here with interesting stories to tell, but I personally can't stand to do another one of those combat scenarios. Sorry, The Dealer wins.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2018

Hand of Fate 2 mix a lot of things, first, the board games like cards or dice with a very strong luck component. In another hand, we have combats. All the gameplays that you play are different from each others. Trust me, it is very probable that you dind't played a game like that before and for sure, Hand of Fate 2 is a recommendable title.

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Jul 27, 2018

Defiant's hybrid action-RPG Hand of Fate 2 arrives to the Nintendo Switch.

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