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The Awakened Fate Ultimatum Review

It seems NIS are pulling out the stops to prevent you from mothballing your PS3 just yet, especially if you are a Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG) fan with Hyperdimension Neptunia Hypercollection having just been released and now The Awakened Fate Ultimatum.

The set-up to this new game is very familiar to anyone who has played a JRPG before with the main character, Shin Kamikaze being a bit of a loner, an orphan who has seperated himself from his peers and preferring to be moody on a rooftop than hanging out with friends. On one such day Shin begins his lonely walk home when he is is accosted by a large group, but these are not bullies out to give him a wet willy or wedgies but winged devils with one thing on their mind, to kill Shin, who before he realises it is skewered through the chest by one of the devils swords. This however is not the end for Shin but a new beginning, awakened and surrounded by strange faces, he has been saved by angels; more to the point he has been revived with a mysterious crystal placed in his chest that makes him God.

Though being God sounds like a pretty sweet deal its not all creating this and smiting that as the responsibilities are quickly thrust on Shin, having to make crucial Ultimate Choices as being the controller of fate there are some important decisions to be made, however either one you choose you do feel like you have made the wrong choice, punished irrespective; a harsh lesson learned that no matter what you do, God cannot please everyone. 

To make things worse it seems that the angels are losing a war against the devils, constantly in hiding in the upper parts of Celestia in their Aurora moving fortress where they have uncharacteristically resorted to kidnapping, namely Ariael, the only devil who holds the knowledge to create a deity by way of the Fate Awakening Crystal.

Similar to other NIS games The Awakened Fate Ultimatum has a text heavy digital novel feel to it with the action being presented like a classic dungeon crawler with Shin moving through the maze-like worlds, looting treasures and battling the many monsters that lurk all show via some lovely looking 3D visuals where the "cute" appearance of the characters really pop off the screen. 

Navigating around the dungeons is nice and simple, using a grid based system to move around, just keep an eye on your action points that diminish with every step. The battles themselves are also quite straight forward, walking up to your target and then using your array of regular and special attacks to defeat the many enemies. Thanks to the odd pairing of your mentors Jupiel the angel and Ariael the devil, both sides of the war have reason to take you down, the devils want you dead for being God and some angels will also seek you out, seeing you as an abomination. With the odds stacked against him, Shin has also been granted an additional special power, the ability to Deitize which allows him to shift between three forms, human, angel and devil. Each form has its own benefits with the angel form being better at attack and melee and the devil having a stronger defence and ranged abilities, both of which are upgradable via the Crystal Customisation area, but the simplest way is to remember to attack as the opposite form to your target, automatically grating a damage boost.

The whole Awakened Fate Ultimatum experience is quite streamlined and very easy to follow, a perfect introduction to JRPG's however there is one mechanic that is quite punishing, death. In the game you do not exactly die but faint, returning to the main hub, however this comes at a brutal cost, losing all of your equipped items which is especially nasty in the later, deeper dungeons so do remember to stockpile your goodies and most importantly, save often.

Though there are many dungeon crawlers like this, the The Awakened Fate Ultimatum does manage to stand out thanks to its enjoyable story, easy to understand menus and some great visuals.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS3)

+ Satisfying and straight forward JRPG action
+ Huge upgrade tree to unlock


- The punishment for failing is overly harsh

Edited On 15 Apr, 2015

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