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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 106 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 82 out of 106
  2. Negative: 17 out of 106

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  1. Apr 1, 2014
    9
    I love this over the top action strategy Japanese rpg
    However instead of instantly falling in love with Resonance of Fate it was a slow and gradual process. At first the lack of explanation of core features of the game introduces a lot of frustration to the game but as the time went on and I've learned and discovered new and new combat features I started to love this game.

    Not only the
    gameplay is deep and addicting there are also most amazing ways of customizing equipment. Nothing stops gun customization other than your imagination. So many new and unique features to discover.

    Not only that but english dialogue can be downright hilarious. I love those small cut scenes that bring smile to my face.

    Overall one of the better jrpgs I've ever played.
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  2. Mar 12, 2014
    6
    What can I say just another average rpg. I will give it, its props it was very fun at first but then you fight countless enemies that are just evolved forms of a weaker version. The gun system was interesting and different but very plain. The graphics were good for a ps3 game. Then you get to the story that doesn't really get started late in the game and the idea of flashbacks is new but very confusing. I believe the best part of the game is the exploration of bezel. It was actually kind of awesome to travel around and unlock new land. Overall not really a great game but can be some sort of fun to pass the time by. Expand
  3. Feb 28, 2014
    9
    Call me crazy but I loved this game. It was fun, quirky and different at every step of the way and I really enjoyed that. Some classic RPG elements but everything else is just plain weird and yet... amazing. The battle system is unique and very engaging. The story line is odd, but keeps your coming back for more. Music, graphics, controls and everything else is solid. You should buy this game.
  4. Feb 27, 2014
    10
    this game features a complex and satisfying combat system, that's unique among rpg's. the story is good and takes a good 60 hours to complete, as well as arena battles and post game areas that add to play time. graphically this game is beautiful. the amazing gameplay, story, and graphics make this game not only a really great game, but possibly my favorite game of all time.
  5. Jan 2, 2014
    10
    I think this is my favourite JRPG ever. Probably the best thing I ever bought for my PS3 as well, Tri-Ace and Motoi Sakuraba again and more than a handful of design elements carried over from Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria (another excellent title), Japanese audio, amazing combat system, OTT characters and a huuuge learning curve, legitimately challenging without being cheap and once mastered, the game is a pleasure to play from beginning to end. Expand
  6. May 30, 2013
    7
    Resonance of Fate is rather unique take on jRPGs. Combat has really complex mechanisms that aren't very intuitive and pushes you to learn them on your own and finding ways to increase your damage output feels really rewarding. And although the combat may sometihmes seem a bit repetetive, you don't really have to grind if you take care of all the sidequests.

    Story is definitely there,
    but in the background of things and I have to admit I am not 100% sure about what was going on there. Most of the game is about little things in life of the main protaginist trio and it takes time to find out that they fit into the seemingly distant story, more so to find out how exactly so. The game works more with emotions, rather than with narrative.

    Resonance of Fate certainly isn't for everyone. But if you look for a jRPG that is different, go for it. Hopefully the combat system won't scare you off.
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  7. May 8, 2013
    2
    This game is an extreme example of where role playing games have gone wrong. It’s an extremely short game that has been diluted with extremely boring quest which in some cases cause only frustration. One quest simply leads you to the wrong place causing you to waste time and another due to a bug can’t even be completed for some. The story in this game is extremely short and only really starts two thirds into the game. The game is extremely poorly explained and requires a degree of luck and grinding to progress as it’s very difficult. The world maps grid system is much less complicated than it seems and is basically a lazily developed alternative to getting around, beyond opening up areas with items and gaining the odd stat upgrades. The battle system looks extremely impressive but once you figure it out you find it’s not well thought out, targeting is clunky and your basically using the same strategy over and over. The game is more confusing but don’t feel like it’s more in-depth than the most basic of role playing games. Expand
  8. Apr 21, 2013
    8
    Resonance of fate is an absorbing, addictive time-sink that requires patience and an appreciation for the obscure. It's not your typical JRPG, which is a good thing in this case. The plot leaves a lot to the imagination but its mystery is to its advantage.
  9. Mar 13, 2013
    5
    The combat is good, but everything else is a mixed bag. The characters look and talk pretty natural when compared to other Japanese RPGs, but the story is a bit vague and uninteresting. The mostly rock based soundtrack is pretty good and is clearly inspired by 70s bands like Whitesnake and Deep Purple, but doesn't change often enough to keep from getting stale. The gun customization is a necessary but tedious chore, especially since you have to progress through the game to unlock the best accessories. The dungeons are plain and unattractive which doesn't help considering the main towns consist mostly of gears and rubble All in all not really a bad game, but definitely nothing special. Expand
  10. Oct 5, 2012
    8
    it's a hidden gem for rpg fans if grinding isn't an issue for you, it may have obvious flaws that are present mid-game but it still enjoyable nonetheless, with character customization, a challenging difficulty, and the ambitious attempt to re-energise the rpg genre it's rent worthy at the very least.
  11. Aug 4, 2012
    9
    Simply put, this is the game Final Fantasy XIII should have been. The tone and feel of the game is similar to that of Final Fantasy VII and VIII, with the same semi-open world map and a heap of minor sub missions. The world feels rich and alive, and the gameplay is fast and exciting. The art style mirrors that of a true anime and despite some stiff animations during some cut scenes, the game holds up well even a few years after its release. The reason it loses a point is due to its simplistic tutorial (that is optional and can easily be missed), which fails to fully explain how to perform all the moves in this somewhat complicated, yet easy to master game. Expand
  12. Apr 4, 2012
    8
    The most unique and innovative JRPG of this generation.

    It's challenging but rewarding, the steampunk style is great, and it's one of the few JRPGs with character customization. The soundtrack is hit or miss. Some overworld and town tunes are gorgeous, but some of the dungeon themes will frustrate you. Graphically it looks good, and the bullet-time moves are always welcome.
    The story
    isn't great, but the last few chapters are interesting. The way the characters interact is fun to watch, though Zephyr is a rather generic 'hero'.

    Pick this up if you like JRPG's or are looking for a challenging game.
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  13. Jan 7, 2012
    5
    Resonance of Fate is a game that was obviously made on a budget and trying to do the best possible with the little provided. The combat system is reasonably complex, but not nearly as hard to understand as it's made out; the real problem with learning what to do is the ambiguity in the tutorials, which are rarely clear in how, precisely, certain systems work. However, the game is markedly difficult, and thin in non-combat content. Dungeons, much like the world map, are very plain to look at, being little more than sets of interconnected arenas. Only missions hubs and cutscene backdrops have any real sense of place. The story is slow in getting started and will not prove to be the main thing thrusting you onwards. An average game. Expand
  14. Sep 18, 2011
    1
    I am interested in the art and style of the game. However, there are hundreds of forums discussing the issues of this game freezing frequently during game play. I purchased this game and soon discovered my model of PS3 (first generation 60GB) is affected. I cannot in good faith give this game a good rating if SEGA cannot launch a game that plays without freezing. After 2 years a patch has not been released. Expand
  15. Mar 24, 2011
    8
    I've ended this game two times and have a Platinum. All I can tell is that those 90 hours wasn't wasted (except Arena Fights). ;) It looks fine, have nice story, and very nice fight system (kinda hard for first time, but very intuitive later). One of the best jRPG for PS3 in 2010 and a must-have for genre fans.
  16. Mar 9, 2011
    9
    Amazing game, this game got way too much flak for a "steep learning curve". It just requires some actual thought on how to battle and once you actually master the battle system you can pretty much breeze through all encounters surprisingly quickly with little thought. The characters are incredibly witty, there's some excellent banter going on in the cutscenes on the occassion immature humour is played straight as a mockery/for a laugh and this works particularly well (if they tried playing it seriously it would be... an affront to anyone's intellect but eh.)

    The only downside to the game I can think of is it can quickly become repetetive and at times if you're going for trophies an absolute GRIND-FEST. The storyline is told in a subtle way, lots of fore-shadowing and allusion rather than outright plot-progressing. At times it can feel that there is no over-arching storyline but it is there and it rewards those who go looking for it and investigating into matters personally. Other than that this is an excellent game well worth a purchase.
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  17. Dec 13, 2010
    10
    Resonance of Fate is awesome in gameplay. Hardcore rpg fans will like it for sure. But the characters and story are boring. P.S. a lot of attention to clothing ^_^
  18. Oct 25, 2010
    10
    Firstly this is not a game for everyone. In some ways this is an old school J-rpg and at times it seems hell bent on beating the crap out of you.This game requires you to get used to get killed in an ordinary battle on the map and will punish you mercilessly for a slip of judgement and any moment of bad luck. There is grind involved and if you don't like japanese rpg storylines well you wont like this one. Having said all that this game is probably the best Jrpg on the PS3. The battle system is deep and one you get the hang of it incredibly rewarding which is good because if you don't get the hang of it this game will punish you. The combination of risk and reward in the bezel system which requires you to constantly risk everything allows for some incredibly tense battles and keeps the action fast and frantic and never loses its challenge. The puzzle system of the hex grid and the crafting system means that there is nearly always a reward for you grind be its stat boosts through the towers or new clothes or items discovered in a treasure chest from unlocking just that one extra hex. Added to this the numerous side quests the interesting and well designed towns and levels and good artistic vision this is my personal game of the year and to be honest i suspect that this game will go on to be much better liked than the vast majority of the "expert" reviews would have you believe. Expand
  19. Oct 11, 2010
    8
    A fun JRPG with enjoyable strategic gunplay on par with The Matrix. Regardless of overly anal critic reviews this game does deliver an excellent blend of fast paced action combat with some simple strategic elements.

    Gameplay: The towns and the world map take a little getting used to but after a short time, can be navigated with ease. The battle system feels like a combination of the
    fast action of FFXIII with some strategic elements from Valkyria Chronicles (i.e. locational damage, cover, armor...). Despite what most people say the gameplay isn't that complex once you look at the in game tutorials and experience a few battles for yourself. Over time all the little nuances of battle start to feel like second nature. Outside of battle there are plenty of things to do and you can also customize the clothes of the three main characters as well as the guns they use.( just a quick warning the customized guns don't change visually only statistically.)

    Graphics: While not as impressive as FFXIII it still looks quite beautiful and some of the character and environment designs are both cool and elegant. Also physics are a wonderful touch. Just take a look at one of the character's hair flowing in the wind smooth as silk.

    Story: The story doesn't show much in the beginning but as you progress more and more bits and pieces start to appear. And you don't have to play a linear game this time around, there's plenty of other activites to do, most notably the Arena where you can fight progressively more difficult enemies and get bronze, silver, and gold coins that can later be traded for exceptional equipment.

    Audio: The ability to alternate between English and Japanese voice s is a very nice thing depending on your preference. The japanese tracks sound just as good as any other japanese anime or video game. The english tracks are merely decently acted but are fun to listen to and watch (YouTube the 'raisin dance'). The sound effects are very clear and powerful and supports surround sound even on two speakers. The music is soothing and sometimes cheery in towns, somewhat majestic on the world map, tense in dungeons, and hard-boiled and dynamic in combat.

    Lasting Value: While the story isn't Heavy Rain or FFXIII it can still feel alright for another playthrough as well as some of the cinematic scenes. All in all this game is just underrated and a must play for any RPG lover.
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  20. BOUPMusic
    Mar 17, 2010
    0
    not only does it provide a breathe of fresh air into the JRPG genre; Its combat system is innovative and difficult to the point that you have to enjoy it if you're a true gamer and want a challenge. I would play this over the linear stale FF13 any day and i have purchased both.
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. A hugely interesting game, as fascinating as it is frequently frustrating, as engaging as it is eccentric and, for those who are hooked by its quirky charms, it will provide one of the most inspired approaches to the JRPG seen in a decade.
  2. Resonance of Fate may appeal to the JRPG connoisseur who is looking for an interesting and challenging new take on combat. Others most likely will be thrown off by the silliness, steep learning curve, required grinding, and other pains – especially when there are so many recent well-rounded RPGs out there.
  3. Resonance of Fate is one of the best JRPG of these last months. Featuring a deep combat system and a huge load of interesting ideas, this game is a true gem for the RPG fans. The main story has a diesel acceleration, but after few hours everything looks great.