Published on September 4th, 2014 | by Dan
First Look: Hand of Fate
I must admit that when I was passing by the Hand of Fate booth I wasn’t going to give it a second thought. However, the developers at Defiant were very convincing. Kim Allom, one of the producers, called me over to take a look at the game.
I had no idea what to expect, but after building my decks and heading in to the first Binding of Isaac-like scenario, I was hooked. The game revolves around you having 2 decks: equipment and encounter. Like Isaac, these will be selected at random. Unlike Isaac, the game can only pull from these card pools to give you items, challenges and enemies. This gives the player a bit of control over what things are in the pool of potential items, stats and encounters.
That isn’t all though! This game has yet another twist. When you are drawn into a combat encounter, the game turns suddenly into a Batman: Arkham series game. Combo and counter laden combat is method with which you defeat enemies.
Hand of Fate is currently in Early Access and I think even at this stage it is worth $24.99. I was impressed on the show floor, but even more so as I’ve dove further into it at home. If you like Isaac, procedural RPGs and deck building, pick the game up!
Check out the video above to see the game in action. The full release is expected near the end of 2014.