If you've played the first two Fate games, Traitor Soul is more of the same. There are more dungeons and more worlds, more pets and more avatars, and I guess this spices it up to some degree--but not enough to keep my interest. It's the same old style of gameplay. I got a bit bored with it. I had hoped for more innovation this time around.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A GOOD OLD SOUL CAN ONLY LEARN A FEW NEW TRICKSOct. 16 2009
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The original Fate was the PG version of DIABLO: cartoonish graphics, simplified quests, very limited gore and a cute child/hero running, fighting (and fishing!) in armor. The dungeons were endlessly random, the beasts well deserving their fate and the weapons and trinkets imaginative (and surprisingly expensive!). Overall, very fun to play!
Its first sequel, Fate: Undiscovered Realms, offered more of the same in a second set of dungeons. And now the second sequel improves little beyond offering yet another set.
Very few things are new in this standalone incarnation. True, you can now choose amongst four races (Human, Shadow Elf, Half-Orc and Cogger). The best one is still Human, a true Jack-of-all-trades: Elves are agile but have a very hard time defending themselves; Orcs are clumsy tanks, strong but with low dexterity; whereas Coggers are strong geeks but with no magical abilities. There are new armor sets, new weapons and spells and new pets. On the other hand, I could discern no change in the graphics and sounds compared to the previous installments.
Finally, the two previous dungeons each get twenty extra levels to explore and plunder. This is a steal because for the price I remember paying for the first game you now get both the original game and its first expansion. On the other hand, you may find exploring all three dungeons and completing one run-and-fetch quest after another a bit tedious. Nevertheless, it is still good casual fun.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Easy RPG Game for Casual GamersNov. 9 2009
Shawnna L. Werner
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Generally I don't own many RPG games. I stumbled onto the original Fate and was promptly hooked. When the second one came out I had to have it and had a few recommendations for improving the experience. Any recommendations that I would have had were met in Fate The Traitor Soul.
The first was that they would allow different types of characters. They have done this by creating Shadow Elf, Half Orc, and Cogger characters. For those that are wondering the Coggers are cyborgs of a type. As with all new changes the only further recommendation would be more than 2 facial options per gender per character type for the non-humans but not a distraction. Additionally each character has a different initial skill set. Their strength, dexterity, vitality, and magic as well as skill sets are going to be greater than the standards in the other two Fate programs.
The second was that the pack needed to be bigger for the pet. The pet's pack is now three times the size and has an auto sorting function that allows the hero to utilize the full space. It is really a nice feature.
Third, the storage trunk needed to be on all the levels. The trunk now exists in both time and space meaning that the contents of your trunk are the same on all the different realms. There isn't more storage but you can get to it anywhere.
Here are the other interesting changes. There is another set of dungeons that contain the trial portion. If you start out a page the avator of the trial portal is not going to give you a chance at a nifty item. You need to start at adventurer level for that. Grove's portal and avator are present but the portal is too unstable so you need the original Fate if you want to fight in Grove. In addition to more options for your hero there are three new pets. The standard dog and cat are joined by a boar, a fox, and a drone. Personally I find the cat and fox distracting because they are very vocal pets.
In addition to increasing the pet's pack size your hero now can carry two different weapon sets that are easily toggled between while fighting. There are new potions and types of antidotes. Your hero has had an earring added for jewelry. Although the styles leave a little to be desired but it just means that the creators have a sense of humor. A big bad character with a butterfly earring. LOL.
The only down side was the vocal talent of the townsfolk. They sound a little cartoony as well as junvenile and were initially distracting. In additon the fishmonger from Undiscovered Worlds is no longer a town fixture in either Druantia or Typhon but not tragic. Pico is still selling in the dungeons.
Hope this is helpful.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A great game for casual playersDec 1 2009
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I loved the original Fate when it came out, it was instantly one of my favourite PC games. It was a casual game which I could play for ten or twenty minutes and then save without worrying about finishing a level, getting past a plot, or getting to a safe place. It also was a casual game that wasn't a puzzle game or matching game. It was a casual RPG that was simple and actually very relaxing to play. I was instantly hooked on it. I played the original Fate at least three or four times through before the first expansion, Undiscovered Realms, came out. I bought Undiscovered Realms during the first week it came out, and though I still loved it I was disappointed. I loved that there were some new quest types, and there were new monsters and three new dungeons, but that was all that was new, and considering that the dungeons in fate are random every time you go through them it's still fun going through the same installment of the game over and over. I still played Undiscovered Realms, and loved it, but it wasn't what I had been hoping for.
Fate: The Traitor Soul, however, is more what I was hoping for in a new installment of the Fate series. Not only does it grant access to all of the previous dungeons and gives you a synopsis of each of the installment's storylines, it also features another new dungeon, as well as new equipment, new spells, new pets and new races to choose from. Part of what I love about fate is it's customize-ability. Your character's appearance changes when you change their equipment, as well as you can choose, albeit from a limited selection, what their base looks like. And beyond that with the addition of the new races it also added in a new challenge: learning to play as a character that starts off at being good and bad at certain things. And so instead of always starting with a blank slate character you are given specific advantages and disadvantages which you have to learn to work with as you play the game.
Beyond those changes they also changed some of the basic interface. You can view in any realm what quests you have in any other realm. Your storage is accessible from any of the realms, meaning you don't have to constantly jump between realms to find out which storage chest you left your items in. Your pack also now has an auto sort option, which can be very helpful so that you're not having to spend a lot of your time organizing and reorganizing your pack. As well your pet can now carry at least three times what it used to be able to carry, meaning you can travel longer before going back to town, and you don't have to send your pet to town nearly as often. Your pet's inventory also has an auto sort option. The maps are a little neater, as well they better indicate where things are, making it easier to find who has quests for you and who doesn't in town, or where important things are in the dungeons.
The game is still basically the same, but the content added in The Traitor Soul really adds to the gaming experience. If you wanted to you could go through and play as a human and play it as if it were still old fate. Or you can check out all the new content and see what the realms have to offer you.
I recommend Fate: The Traitor Soul to anyone who loves a good dungeon crawl, or to people who love the style of RPGs but are short on time. It's a great, simple, casual game that's fun to play for hours on end or for just fifteen minutes when you have time.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Misleading advertising as sold - but Mod it and it turns to Gold!June 6 2010
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UPDATED: I feel I have grossly underrated the fun to be had from this game and feel I need to correct this review. Although the game as sold is exactly as stated in my original review below, and although I found the game seller WildTangent to be next to useless for any assistance, the posts on the WildTangent forum made by the actual users are a completely different story. The modding community for Fate is simply jaw-droppingly amazing - the range and creativity of the available modifications is astounding, from Maestro's awesome Japanese Town and Heron's teenage mod to the relatively simple (but enormously fun!) jewelry and item packs - all wonderful and all free. Heron and his merry band have even created several free patches to modify Fate the Traitor Soul to contain the levels from both of the prior games (although you still cannot play the prior games separately; rather all three become incorporated into one game). These patches (and oodles of other mods) are available free on the Wild Tangent forums for this game - see R. Bruno's comment to my post. The game itself is just a standard dungeon crawl kill 'em all with decent graphics and no story line to speak of (basically a gore-free dumbed down Diablo), but the ease with which this game can be modified and the wonderful modding community gives it a whole new spin and raises it from eh to awesome by turning a game which is basically about destruction into something that is all about creation and creativity. Seriously, if you have this game or are considering buying it, check out the modding community on the Wild Tangent forum and let the fun begin! The selection and quality is terrific, and once your start exploring the engrossing world of Fate game modding, I guaranty that in a very short period of time you will be itching to create your own custom mods. The beauty here is just how easily this can be done by the average person; Fate seems tailor made from the ground up to be a great introduction to computer program basics and the simpler mods are so easy that a child could do them with a small amount of adult assistance. I can verify this from experience - the look on my 10 year old nephew's face and the sense of self-worth he felt when he made his first mod and it worked was worth every penny I spent on this game. The more complex modifications require 3dMax and a lot of practice, skill and patience - but even these are within the reach of a dedicated and artistic amateur. The two of us have been having a blast with this - and in the process we've both learned a great deal about hex, program logic and 3dMax! For me, after an initial horrible disappointment, this game has turned out to be a win-win - all thanks to the modding community. Kudos guys and gals - you rock!!!
ORIGINAL REVIEW FROM June 6, 2010:
Box for this game has pictures of the boxes for "Fate" and "Fate Undiscovered Realms" with the words "Bonus Inside!" indicating the two earlier games are included - this is not the case. I was unable to find either of the two earlier games on the disk, nor any instructions for downloading them so I contacted WildTangent by email. Their response was:
"Fate The Traitor Soul contains content from Fate, and Fate Undiscovered Realms. The package unfortunately does not contain full versions of those two previous games. If you go to the Temple of Fate you can access dungeons from Fate UR. After you complete the quests and defeat Kaos you can play an extra dungeon that contains mixed content from Fate and Fate UR. I do apologize, if there was any miscommunication in the matter."
Well, I feel used. This may be relatively minor in the big scheme of things, but is still yet another example of complete lack of ethics by big business. By the by this is apparently not an isolated example for WildTangent - do a quick google search for "WildTangent scam" and/or "WildTangent problems" and see for yourself. Apparently WildTangent is yet another in a long list of corporations that are lower than pond scum.
The game itself was disappointing and is not nearly as good as the original Fate, which itself is a Diablo clone. My advice - get Diablo II. If you must buy Fate, then get the original Fate on CD from Amazon (do NOT download from Wild Tangent!) and avoid Fate Undiscovered Realms and Fate the Traitor Soul. I've played all 3 Fates and the original Fate is the only one worth bothering with.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Don't BuyNov. 16 2009
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I was hooked on the last two FATE's, so I was thrilled when this one came out. After investing about 20 hours in a shadow elf character, two statue items were missing. Naturally, I can't continue the game without them. I tried playing another character, and the game froze up (FATE #2 did that a lot). I would return it, but I don't have the box anymore.
Just in case I had a bad copy, I purchased another one from Amazon. The fact remains that this game is a defective product that you can't win. In Typhon (Winter World), the "hero items" (to complete the statue) are missing. You cannot complete the mission for that world, and therefore you cannot complete this game. This product should be taken off the market as defective. The downloadable patch does not work. Do not buy this game.