Hand of Fate Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Hand of Fate RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 10 Treats You Don't Want to Miss From GOG's Halloween Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/mki7u/10-treats-you-dont-want-to-miss-from-gogs-halloween-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/mki7u/10-treats-you-dont-want-to-miss-from-gogs-halloween-sale Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:17:18 -0400 Allison M Reilly

Let's face it: the weather is getting colder. As much fun as it is to go trick-or-treating, it's also fun to stay in and be warm, too. Fortunately, GOG.com is running a Halloween sale until 6 p.m. ET,  November 2nd, so staying in can be even more fun with one (or more) of these 10 great deals.

During the sale, those who spend at least $15 will receive a free copy of Tales From the Borderlands, if you needed yet another excuse to spend money and get just one more game for your buck.

Darkest Dungeon

It can be hard enough to manage mental health issues in real life, but Darkest Dungeon presents the challenge of managing mental health issues in game. Part of the adventuring in this gothic, rogue-like RPG is managing the stress and sanity of your team. Also part of the game is Murphy's Law: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Darkest Dungeon is a game of chaos, but intellectually stimulating chaos that doesn't completely feel like the game just wants to screw you over.

Darkest Dungeon - sale price $9.99 - normally $24.99

SOMA

SOMA is an interesting entry in the genre of horror games. It's not really one about jump scares or surviving a ton of enemies. The underwater, sci-fi elements play into very specific phobias and create an uneasy, uncertain environment. On top of all that, SOMA has a compelling story, further driving both the game and the player toward continuing and finishing the game. A refreshing title when it comes to horror games, and one worth purchasing.

SOMA - sale price $7.49 - normally $29.99

Hollow Knight

The popular Metroidvania is perfect to purchase now if you haven't already, as the free expansion "The Grimm Troupe" just came out on Oct. 26. "The Grimm Troupe" is a new questline with new bosses, enemies and items, and players can access it at any time. Even without the free DLC, Hollow Knight is considered one of the best games of the year, if not the best. It's beautiful, challenging, engaging, and worth every penny.

Hollow Knight - sale price $9.89 - normally $14.99

Crypt of the Necrodancer

Crypt of the Necrodancer is a rhythm game even rhythm game haters would enjoy. The soundtrack is phenomenal, or players can add and play their own music if they disagree. The game also has tons of replay-ability, not just with the ability to add your own music, but with the different characters that require different playing styles. The game is a few years old, but manages to never get old. If you haven't picked up Crypt of the Necrodancer yet and given it a try, then every time is a good time to do so, but especially now during the GOG.com sale.

Crypt of the Necrodancer - sale price $4.49 - normally $14.99

Grim Fandango Remastered

Halloween isn't the only holiday happening this time of year. Those who love and celebrate the Day of the Dead will also love Grim Fandango Remastered. Everybody's a skeleton, you're in the Land of the Dead, and the dialogue is top notch. This horror isn't in the jump scares or enemies, but the level of corruption Manny Calavera has been dealing with in the Department of Death! Grim Fandango Remastered is an excellent game to pick up if you rather laugh out loud than scream this Day of the Dead.

Grim Fandango Remastered - sale price $3.79 - normally $14.99

Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate does a great job of combining many gaming elements together. It's part card game, part board game, part RPG. The player is in control during combat but still subject to the RNG of the cards. Overall, the game has a fantastic concept and is a grind, albeit a rewarding one, for achievement hunters. If you haven't yet tried Hand of Fate, then now is a great time to do it. The sequel, Hand of Fate 2, is coming out Nov. 7.

Hand of Fate - sale price $6.29 - normally $24.99

Don't Starve

Don't Starve isn't an easy game, and with each DLC release, it doesn't get any easier. The base game alone presents a ton of challenge, and most players will spend hours in trial and error figuring out how to not only survive, but thrive in a world where nearly everything is designed to kill you. The horror in Don't Starve isn't the creepy wilderness or the arrival of Deerclops, but the oversight of forgetting your thermal stone during your winter venture.

Don't Starve - sale price $3.79 - normally $14.99

Outlast

Sure, Outlast II came out earlier this year and it may be tempting to play the newest game. But, don't skip over the original Outlast, where the object of the game is in the title. There's no fighting; just a lot of running and hiding while trying to record as much as possible. Not everyone is an enemy either, so there's the suspense and tension in who to watch out for and where you need to go. Outlast is a must-play title for any fan of the horror genre.

Outlast - sale price $2.99 - normally $19.99

Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is fast-paced and action packed. If you want your heart to race because all you're doing is moving, reacting and paying attention to every detail, then Hotline Miami is the game for you. The main character goes on murderous rampages and all the enemies can kill you in one hit. You can sneak by, but that's not going to work every time. The scare here is the blurred lines in who's controlling the main character's actions. Are you really in control, or are you just doing what the answering machine tells you to do?

Hotline Miami - sale price $1.99 - normally $9.99

Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear isn't about action. It's not about resolving one scary scenario only to move on to the next scary scenario. It's drawn out. It's meant to feel like you can settle while, in reality, there's no room to get comfortable. Layers of Fear is meant to be about endurance. It's an excellently detailed game, designed to force the player to explore the complexities of fear much in the same way the paintings in the game can be much more than they appear.

Layers of Fear - sale price $4.99 - normally $19.99

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Top 10 Best Games of 2015 You Might Have Heard Of https://www.gameskinny.com/vuzlj/top-10-best-games-of-2015-you-might-have-heard-of https://www.gameskinny.com/vuzlj/top-10-best-games-of-2015-you-might-have-heard-of Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Angelina Bonilla

2015 was a good and a bad year in gaming that gave us an eclectic menagerie of titles you may not be familiar with. Which is why I'm here, I'm here to talk about the "Top 10 Best Games of 2015 You Might Have Heard Of" If you've heard of any of these titles, that's great, I hope you found them as enjoyable as I did. If you haven't heard of these titles, that's great too, I hope I introduced you to a great game!

The games on this list may not be nearly as obscure as my worst of list, but many of the bigger titles have been largely forgotten by the community, heard in passing, or just ignored all together. Undertale and Life Is Strange won’t be on the list because their fandoms can fill a small country of their own. Don’t worry obscure game enthusiasts; we still have some bizzare ones on this list that you may not have heard of.

Let’s begin shall we? 

10. Catlateral Damage

Remember when I said that I’d also be talking about games that the gaming community largely forgot about or still hadn’t heard of? Well this is my first case of it. Catlateral Damage. Despite being an extremely successful Kickstarter and getting all sorts of coverage, it’s like the gaming world has gone nearly silent about after the release.

The game’s main gimmick, playing as a cat is it’s main draw but despite that the game manages to stay fresh and fun for hours on end. There’s a variety of levels, unlockable cats you can play as and ways you can play within the levels. It’s one of those titles that you just run around and have fun with and not put in too much thought while playing it. It’s entertaining and mindless to just be a cat, but there’s also a weird amount of strategy to knocking down just the right amount of things to proceed to the next level.

There’s also plenty of references to various other licensed products that may get a chuckle out of you every once and a while. Truthfully, I put this Catlateral Damage on the list because I wanted those people who just needed a game to play for some goofy fun, to have something to go with. It’s been a destressor of mine since I’ve purchased it and in this hustle and bustle world, I think we need a game like Catlateral Damage to relax and cause some havoc with, in a family-friendly sort of way.

9. Armello

Tabletop games have been around for years and it’s only fitting we’d get some video games that’d represent this like Armello eventually. Armello is a beautifully drawn game about a kingdom that’s in danger of collapsing after its monarch goes mad, and it’s up to you to claim the throne. You’re competing against 3 other players, whether they’re AI or player characters, and you have to defeat them in win. There are 5 distinct clans: Wolves, Rats, Bears, Rabbits and Bandits, and each has their own strengths and weaknesses. Each character also has their own backstory that factors into why they want to become king of the land or any history with the king.   There are countless guides about this so I won’t go into it too much detail here, but each hero has their own way of winning and learning this is half of the fun of this game.

 No two rounds of Armello are the same and there is a wide variety of things you can do within the game in order to win. A lot of it is RNG, but you can put the odds in your favor by doing quests, fighting other players and gaining prestige, which acts as reputation for your feats. This means you can conquer your foes in a multitude of ways that they might not even see coming. There’s also added elements involving what’s infecting the monarch, The Rot, forcing you to not only compete against the other

There’s also added elements involving what’s infecting the monarch, The Rot, forcing you to not only compete against the other players, but against the king himself who is also out to get you. What’s interesting is that in general, the monarch’s AI seems to be a lot smarter than the AI of the other controlled characters, which is a grand challenge and also slightly frustrating. There were entire rounds where I was able to go around decimating all of the characters but then end up losing because of something the monarch did.

Something about Armello that I immediately noticed was that while the game does plenty of things to keep it fresh, Armello isn’t a game you want to marathon for hours on end. That, and the game shines a lot more in the multiplayer than it does in the single player, which is a shame since there could have been a lot done to make it just as interesting as multiplayer.

Armello is the sort of experience you need to share with others and it’s a game that shouldn’t be hidden away to Rot in the background. With its expansion coming out soon, I’m looking forward to playing more of this Game of Thrones, Redwall chess game that is Armello.

7. Bulb Boy

Bulb Boy is a unique beast, and I knew that the moment I saw it on Kickstarter, which made me interview the developers and got me excited for its eventual release. It’s a game that did everything it promised in its Kickstarter, offering a point and click adventure horror game with a unique art style, gross monsters and some platforming twists. Bulb Boy himself has an infectious laugh and an impish yet easily frightened persona that really does make you feel for him when you’re fighting the horrors of the house.

The atmosphere can be tense and spine-tingling at times thanks to the music and sound effects, leaving you shaking in your boots. Each area has a unique way of solving its puzzles that are shown in the bright dream-like sequences, without spoon feeding you its answers. Bulb Boy is rather easy overall, and it leaves much to be desired in the sense of being actually challenged. Death is only a mild inconvenience, which works because the game itself is a bit on the short side and having to replay the longer platforming parts after dying would be a chore.

Bulb Boy is only around 2 hours, and the pacing was incredibly fast, so it goes by in the blink of an eye. It just ends suddenly after a rather tense boss fight, leaving you wondering just what happened. There’s also a focus on bodily humor, which I can’t say I particularly care for, especially when it’s used excessively.

Nonetheless, Bulb Boy is a creative gem that needs to be recognized more and while I know it’s gotten a fair amount of exposure from other YouTube channels, I was there long before it had a playable demo, but I’m happy to have seen it grow into the game it is now.

7. The Deer God

Reincarnation isn’t a subject that’s covered too often in games, at least not in the more traditional sense of the word, and that’s part of what makes The Deer God such an interesting title. It takes a more spiritual take on things: you start off playing as a hunter who shot a baby deer, and are later killed by wolves. You’re then brought back by the eponymous Deer God, who tasks you to live out your days as a deer, from fawnhood on.

It goes about this by making you start off nearly powerless and slowly gain more power as time goes on, mixing platforming with oddly megaman-style difficulty and power ups. Now I know this sounds a little odd to the normal gamer, maybe even a little hipster and pretentious. Well, you’re not necessarily wrong about those assumptions. 

The Deer God does talk down to you sometimes and it has a tone of condescension that I don’t think the developer intended, but it is there in some of the text, especially with the “moral choices” you have to make. Nobody likes being told they are a bad person, especially when The Deer God punishes you for killing things like bunnies, by turning you into a fish if you just so happen to die. It’s a very judgemental game that almost puts Undertale to shame with how bad it makes you feel about your actions. I was deeply enthralled with

It was a creative concept with beautiful artwork that enthralled me from start to finish. It’s why I interviewed the developer back when it was on Kickstarter and why I did a preview of it on Early Access. The Deer God was a Kickstarter game I believed in and since it’s on my list, you can see I wasn’t displeased with the results.

6. Shelter 2 

When it comes to unique and creative titles, Might and Delight tend to be one of the first studios that come to mind. And with that comes the Shelter series and its entry on this list: Shelter 2.  In Shelter 2, you play as a mother lynx who, after giving birth to her cubs, must hunt down various creatures in order to keep them alive, along with traveling from place to place as danger stalks you.

It takes a semi-realistic approach, with you as the mother Lynx having to care for all of your babies, having to portion out their meals between each one, teaching them how to hunt with you, and avoiding dangers like wolves and the terrain itself. The difference is that it does veer more on the artistic side at times with how you navigate with the symbols with your lynx vision and how the art style looks like it came straight off the pages of a storybook. It helps tell the story of this very beautiful yet very dangerous world you’ve found yourself in.

Now, there are quite a few gameplay issues that, while they are slowly getting fixed in patches, are extremely noticeable. Things like framerate drops, odd little glitches that cause the cubs to spaz out and get lost when they’re following you, and more, which takes away from the Shelter 2 as a whole.

It can also get a bit repetitive, but luckily no two playthroughs are the same since you can have any surviving cubs you have be your next protagonist and it changes the path you take. Slightly, but it does change. Personally, I’d recommend getting this game when it’s on sale because despite the bugs I mentioned, it’s still very much worth owning if you enjoy artistic titles or games that go against the grain of what’s considered a normal game.

Shelter 2 may not be perfect, but it’s worth it to see your precious cubs grow into big, strong adults, going off to continue this cycle of nature.
Hope everyone liked this first part of my video, stay tuned for part two coming out very soon.

5. Sym 

Sym is a curious game that tries to emphasize what it’s like to live with social anxiety disorder through a series of keyboard snapping puzzles in between two worlds, and it’s a fascinating take on it. you, the player, explore the world as Josh the young man with the disorder, using his two alter egos. There’s Caleb, who lives at the fringe of reality and wants to conquer his fears, and Ammiel, who doesn’t want any social contact. Sym has a very abstract artstyle, using only black and white to show what’s happening on screen.

They convey this through two distinctive worlds that you have to navigate through, and small textless cutscenes allowing you to interpret what’s going on. The game often throws up random phrases throughout the levels that people with anxiety will likely recognize; things about self-worth, that everyone is laughing at them, things of that nature. Us navigating through these puzzles is a way for the main character Josh to navigate his way through his problems and figure out a better reality. Even if the way it goes about it is by throwing us into the spinning blades of death for missing our jump slightly. The controls are tight, which means it leaves very little room for error to the point of frustration.

As in, the deaths in the Sym aren’t always your fault like they are in other platformers of its kind. Sym isn’t quite as refined as something like, say, Super Meat Boy, but it’s still a well put together platforming puzzle title.
Not only that, but there’s a mode you can play where you have the ability to design your own levels and play in other players’ levels all around the world, which increases the replay value exponentially.

Sym tactfully handles the subject of social anxiety in a way that makes it easy to understand and fun to play, a game like that deserves to be on a list like this.

4. Hand of Fate

When I came across Hand of Fate, I truly hadn’t seen anything like it before; it’s a deck builder-based, DnD-esque action RPG with roguelike elements to it.

All of these concepts on their own have been used countless times before, but the way that Hand of Fate goes about making them work together is what makes it truly special. You play as an adventurer who has stumbled across a mysterious card game that takes his memories, turns them into cards for both you and the dealer to play with. But, the dealer also has unique cards exclusive to his deck that’ll make your journey through the ‘levels’ even harder.

Luckily, you can unlock special gear unique to your deck to combat this but it’s all up to chance. The player gets to create the deck you play with, which means the majority of encounters you come across are your own doing, unless they’re locked into the deck by the dealer. The encounters change the gameplay from a card game to a third person hack and slash, where you try to survive against the hand you’ve been dealt.

While there is an element of luck in it, since you’ll often not know what’s coming up next and the dealer tries some slick shuffling moves in order to trip you up, it gives Hand of Fate another element of danger to it. Especially when you land on an encounter that you weren’t prepared for and have to switch to 3rd person hack and slash, mode with little life left. It also helps that Hand of Fate does have some lore to it, which I won’t spoil here, but it adds just another layer to it. I’d like to bring up this was made in unity, as were many of the entries on this list but I digress, and while it does have occasional stuttering issues, it doesn’t detract from the experience over all. That’s why I highly recommend you sit down with this mysterious dealer and test your skills against the

It also helps that Hand of Fate does have some lore to it, which I won’t spoil here, but it adds just another layer to it. I’d like to bring up this was made in unity, as were many of the entries on this list but I digress, and while it does have occasional stuttering issues, it doesn’t detract from the experience over all. That’s why I highly recommend you sit down with this mysterious dealer and test your skills against the Hand of Fate.

3. STASIS

A while back I had a friend of mine approach me about a game called Stasis, which involved body horror, human experimentation, what-if scenarios and space. Needless to say, I was 100 percent on board with it from the start. It’s a point and click adventure, but it’s a little more on the basic side than other entries in its particular genre. Most of the puzzles can be solved by common sense, but that’s not really what people come here for. They come for the story of John Marachek trying to find his wife and daughter, and in that regard Stasis doesn’t disappoint.
John and you become witnesses to the horrors of the station, giving way to plenty of moments of shock,

me witnesses to the horrors of the station, giving way to plenty of moments of shock, anguish and disgust throughout the entire journey.This isn’t an adventure for those with a fragile heart, or a weak stomach for that matter, there’s some parts that are just stomach-churning to behold, but that’s part of the beauty of it. Each moment you find a sickening slab of mutilated human flesh, you learn more about the story through their data logs and it really helps build up this world that the developers had in mind. There's notably barely any music in it either, other than the distant sounds of machines whirring.

This leaves a nice eerie feeling which makes the player feel uneased. There's no moral choice system here either, there's either a bad choice that gets you killed, or a good choice that lets you live. You find out which one that is really quickly after you do it, so be prepared for those moments.

Full transparency: I love this kind of stuff. I’m a huge fan of medical horror, body horror and sci-fi which meant this game was like my bread and butter for quite a while. I’d like to say Stasis is flawless but it isn’t, since there are some turns the story takes that are just eye roll worthy but otherwise, I was thoroughly engaged.

Stasis is a game that truly capitalizes on the phrase “In Space, no one can hear you scream.”

2. Grow Home

Now I know what you’re thinking “Grow Home is on the list? Grow Home is popular!” Well, you’re sort of right on that; it is popular, but not nearly as popular as it should be and the fact I can still mention this game to gamers and they have no clue what I’m talking about is rather telling. Compared to the likes of Undertale or Life Is Strange, Grow Home doesn’t have the same sort of fan base and I must say, that’s disappointing, because Grow Home is truly a treat.

You play as B.U.D., a little robot on a quest to save his planet by growing strange plants to the stars. While there is a lot more to do in this game, like collecting strange flora and fauna, gathering various “seeds” and just exploring this huge planet you’re dropped on, that’s the main premise. You’re given this big world that BUD has to make sense of in order to save his own world, with the help of “M.O.M”; an AI designed to help BUD throughout his journey.

You’re given pretty much free rein, but there is a sense of progression if you collect certain things, because the more you explore and gather, the more you’re rewarded with things that make your life as a little robot easier.

This is the sort of game you can explore for hours and still might not unlock everything, which gives Grow Home quite a bit of replay value, especially for those who want to get all those shiny achievements. There are a couple of issues with BUD’s controls: since he seems rather top heavy he will oftentimes collapse without warning, or sometimes you have to be too on point with Bud’s controls, but nothing too big to complain about.

B.U.D. is somehow the most expressive character I’ve seen in a while and if this little guy pushes the Assassin’s Creed boys out of the way and became Ubisoft’s new mascot, I’d be completely fine with that.

Actually, please do that B.U.D., maybe if you’re around we’ll actually get a sequel to Beyond Good and Evil. Grow Home is a trip to the stars and back, let’s just hope its sequel can live up to the predecessor.

1. Dropsy.



Dropsy. For anyone who knows me, you knew this would be number one no matter what. Even with B.U.D and his never-ending charm, you knew that Dropsy was going to win out in the end for just being so delightfully bizarre. Dropsy is a point and click adventure that is unlike any game I’ve seen in a long time.

You play as Dropsy, a clown accused of murdering his mother and setting the circus on fire. Now he has to go around town and change the way people feel about him so he can give them a hug. You heard that right, I’m not kidding, that’s the entire premise. Just go hug people in your warm, damp, loving embrace, you weird clown you. To do that, you need to solve puzzles, which usually involve the things the people are angrily yelling at you or clues hidden throughout the world.

There is no dialogue in Dropsy, it’s all told through the artwork itself and the speech bubble with pictograms in it. It honestly works well, almost too well in fact. I found myself getting far more moved emotionally by things that were happening in Dropsy than I did from any other title in 2015. All because of this game that looks like a silly little story about a clown but turns out to be more about love, friendship, suffering, loss and all sorts of things you wouldn’t expect from a game where your main character looks like a scary clown.

Dropsy is, much like BUD, a painfully endearing character that you just want to see things go his way for once. This poor guy gets pushed around constantly, and yet despite that he still wants to make friends with everyone, that’s dedication right there. The art is delightfully exaggerated looking; the music is varied as well as catchy, and let’s not forget that the controls and everything functions without a hitch. There was obviously a lot of love and dedication put into Dropsy and it shows.

This is also the only game this year and the only game that I’ve played in a long time that I can, without a shadow of a doubt, call perfect.
Yeah, not only is this my “Game of the Year,” despite me hating to use that term, but this is a game I would say is flawless as a diamond. Dropsy has made an official fan out of me and I couldn’t be happier.

There were a lot of good indie games I could have put on this list, but these were the ones that stood out to me the most. Well, that and I could have filled this list with point and click adventure games only, but I wanted to give you a little more variety than that.

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Microsoft announces Games with Gold line-up for March https://www.gameskinny.com/ggecg/microsoft-announces-games-with-gold-line-up-for-march https://www.gameskinny.com/ggecg/microsoft-announces-games-with-gold-line-up-for-march Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:43:29 -0500 Alec Pearce

Microsoft has released the details for March's instalment of Games with Gold and announced that all games will be playable on the Xbox One thanks to backwards compatibility.

The line-up of free games this week is;

  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (Xbox One)
  • Lords of the Fallen (Xbox One)
  • Supreme Commander 2 (Xbox 360)
  • Borderlands (Xbox 360)

For the first time in Games with Gold history, all Xbox 360 titles will be available to play on the Xbox One and this will now be a running trend for the future. This means that gamers who ditched their old 360's will have access to the full number of games on offer, making the Gold membership subscription worth it.

Just because March's offer has been revealed that does not mean that February's has ended. You can still grab Hand of Fate (Xbox One), Styx: Master of Shadows (Xbox One), Sacred Citadel (Xbox 360) and Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360) for free until March 1st. 

For all the up to date information check out MajorNelson's blog here or watch the video above.

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Gears of War and more coming to Xbox Live's Games with Gold program https://www.gameskinny.com/xadnf/gears-of-war-and-more-coming-to-xbox-lives-games-with-gold-program https://www.gameskinny.com/xadnf/gears-of-war-and-more-coming-to-xbox-lives-games-with-gold-program Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:37:03 -0500 Anson Chan

For the month of February, 2016, Xbox Live Gold members can get up to four free games (as long as they have an Xbox One). Granted, this month's offerings aren't exactly brand new AAA titles, but free games are free games. 

Xbox One

From the 1st of February to the 29th, you get to play Hand of Fate, essentially a card game with role-playing elements. While this may sound like a rather odd combination for a video game, in truth, it is far simpler than it may seem.

You start off by building your deck of cards and then you put them onto the field. Your opponent has a similar deck of cards, but they get to choose what kind of level you are playing. Once all the cards are placed, you can control the character that your card represents as they fight their way through the scenario that your opponent chooses.

It is essentially what happens if you were to take all the dungeons of say, Skyrim, replace actual loot with cards that represent loot, and set it all in the third person.

From February 16 to March 15, Styx: Master of Shadows is yours for free. Unlike most other games that take place in a high fantasy setting, you're in control of a goblin infiltrator who uses stealth to get close to people and kill them. Being that you're a goblin, you can't exactly steal their clothes and put on a disguise, but you can still hide bodies and climb up conveniently placed ledges to get around people.

Xbox 360

From the 1st of February to February 15, you can download Sacred Citadel for free. Based on promotional images, Sacred Citadel isn't too different from something like Castle Crashers, being a side scrolling action adventure game. 

For the rest of February, you can get Gears of War 2 for free. If you haven't touched the Gears of Wars series, Gears of War is a 3rd person cover based shooter where you fight a subterranean, alien race who (wait for it) wants to kill every human (surprise). It was considered a very graphically impressive game (at the time), but it may look rather dated, especially if you compare it with modern games.

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Hand of Fate Review https://www.gameskinny.com/6uxy5/hand-of-fate-review https://www.gameskinny.com/6uxy5/hand-of-fate-review Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:21:33 -0500 Elijah Beahm

I just can't help but sigh at Hand of Fate. Of all the indies coming out this year, it was one I especially looked forward to, a beautiful blending of the freedom of Dungeons & Dragons' variability, topped with real time combat built in the style of Batman: Arkham Asylum. I guess it was too good to be true though, as Hand of Fate only suceeds at one half of its objective.

In Hand of Fate, you are a nameless traveller, dueling wits with a magic card dealer. Really, there's not all that much story. Tthere is a somewhat more structured story mod, but it's not the main focus of the game. Endless Mode is the real meat, and is a scoreboard focused rogue-like. Paths branch across cards, and you choose your (excuse the pun) fate.

You see, Hand of Fate does choice really well. Do you help the priest and give him some food, potentially gaining a New Game + blessing at the expense of needing to buy more or starve to death? Do you take on a quest, and do you enact it nobly or cruely? Even just deciding between walking left and right can be a major factor, and the game does a fantastic alternate take on dice rolls when it comes to random chance. I wish regular D&D played like this.

One positively mindless bossfight, coming up!

Unfortunately, once you get past this aspect, you meet the game's weakest element; its combat. Up until now, I've seen several attempts to tweak or reuse the combat system from Arkham Asylum. Never before have I seen such a soulless, lackluster implementation of it. This is some of the worst combat design and aesthetics I've seen in a while.

Hits have no umph, the combat has almost no flow, the combat UI is unnecessarily cluttered by unclear symbols that are not near intuitive enough to clearly convey all that they are saying. Even on a pure aesthetic basis, from graphical glitches to generic designs, the brawling sections are truly awful. The sound design and music are equally underwhelming.


"For instance, do you know anyone who understands combat flow?"

Beyond that, there isn't much to say about Hand of Fate. It's a rogue-like, so there's not much else to it. You die repeatedly, making slow overall progress. Your loot and certain stats carry over, but those same stats can be undone if you aren't careful. You also earn tokens from the dealer, and earning them gets you rewards.There is no real end, only a question of how long you can stand the tedious combat to enjoy the branching world choices.

If you're lucky, you can go several turns without hitting a single combat scenario, but then you end up facing a terrible boss fight or a mob of enemies with ludicrously large health bars. It's truly a pity such a good idea is hindered by something so simple.


Eh, it had a worm in it anyway.

If you can look past it, the Hand of Fate can be fun, but there are just better options in the rogue-like genre and for this style of combat. If it weren't for the style of decision making through the cards, there wouldn't be a reason to play the game at all. If you're intrigued by that aspect (and I can't blame you for it), then wait for the game to be on sale. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

Hand of Fate is available on Steam for $24.99. Steam supports Windows, Mac, and Linux versions.

(Disclaimer: This review was written based on impressions of a PC review copy sent to me by the game's developer. GameSkinny and its writers generate genuine, unbiased, and honest reviews regardless of how the review unit or product was acquired.)

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Weekly Weekend Round-Up: Feb. 20th - Feb 22nd https://www.gameskinny.com/qzxr2/weekly-weekend-round-up-feb-20th-feb-22nd https://www.gameskinny.com/qzxr2/weekly-weekend-round-up-feb-20th-feb-22nd Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:10:45 -0500 Eric Nicolai

Another big release has been launched this week so there is a chance that a lot of PS4 gamers have their attention focused on that. However, not all of us are fans of or own a PS4 so may need other ways to fill this weekend up. Below is a small list of games that may take up some time this coming weekend.

The Order 1886

There has been more and more information available about The Order 1886 as it approached its lauch this week. The game has been rumored to be only a five hour game which is less than impressive. I have had my eye on this title until I read that small fact. However, the game looks impressive and gauging by only speculation; it is more than likely to have a very high replay factor.

The Escapists

The Escapists was launched last week on X1 and PC. This game seems to be an impressive puzzler that could take up a decent amount of time. The indie style of gameplay has a very attractive tone to it that will instantly give any older gamer an instant nostalgia feeling while looking at the graphics. 

Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate is a PSN game that was made available on the PSN this week. This is a downloadable card game seems more than addicting. Although the game seems simplistic at first glance it is very random and a very high depth level. The game does not give the player the same outcome on cards every time. Players can assume they are playing safe by choosing an option that worked well one game and have the results not be so beneficial the second time. Hand of Fate seems that it could be quite fun if you are looking for an easy game to learn and spend time with while you master.

I have been on the fence with The Order 1886 and this game would take up my weekend if I allowed it, but I have to work on other games for a small time. What games will you be playing this weekend? Comment below.

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