Hand of Fate was a card game that changed the rules of card games. Being one part a card game that tells a story, one part roguelike, and one part action/adventure Hand of Fate took users through a RNG adventure every new round. This game is more than just a card game as you play out the cards that are being dealt and have to make difficult decisions in order to make it to the end of each task. Hand of Fate is back with Hand of Fate 2 with even more content expanded upon in the first one. In the first one you the player are put up against a dealer who takes you through 12 stories by use of cards before you finally take on the dealer himself.
It’s been 100 years since the dealer was beaten and he has come back for revenge. You find yourself among a new dealer, one who is helping you train for your ultimate showdown at the end of the game. I am completely new the series so as I was learning the game as I play. There was 4 rounds of cards, some of which I put into the deck and some that the dealer put in. I picked a direction and moved my character in the way I wanted to continue the storyline. Each of the cards were randomized and some allowed for choices that I could make. When it came to encounters the game will pick what type of enemy you fight and the number of soldiers. You also gain weapons and increase your stats through luck of the draw until finally you fight your adversary for that story point at the end.
What I found fascinating about the game was that it teleports you to locations throughout the card reading and engages you in combat. Combat felt a bit clunky with only a few mechanics to choose from to fight back. The combat plays out like something out of the Batman games where you can block incoming attacks to stagger enemies and plot a counter attack. Within 1-2 battles I already got the hang of combat and was taking down enemies without getting hit along with my trusted companion.
Hand of Fate 2 currently has no release date in mind but even if you missed the boat on the first one there is no reason not to play Hand of Fate 2. For those who enjoy card games, those that enjoy roguelike, or for those that just like a game that has a vast amount of different gameplay mechanics that change at the draw of a card. Hand of Fate 2 is your game.