Stories: The Path of Destinies Review PS4
Looking for an adventure RPG game (of sorts) with cracking graphics and a good tale to tell? Look no further. Don’t be put off by the name that everyone has been bitching about due to its boring nature. Personally, the only problem I have with the name is that it sounds as if it’s aimed at a younger audience than it is (rated 12). This is a good game, but I do have some gripes with it.
You play as Reynardo the Fox (yay!). He acquires a magic book that he can use to choices on what to do as he fights for the rebellion; it’s time for an epic adventure and it’s one that you control. As each chapter, or section within a chapter, plays out, you get to choose what to do next. Will you go rescue a friend or perhaps seek some ancient weapon that will perhaps lead you to defeat the mad Emperor?
You have the choice but along the way you’ll be taking on ravens, learning new skills that you’ve long forgotten and crafting new tools and swords to get you to where you need to be. This is all fantastic, until you realise that the path you’ve chosen is probably going to lead to your death, taking you back to the start of the game to take a new path that will, perhaps, also lead to your death. The good news is that each time you go back to the start you do retain everything you’ve gained along the way. Thank heavens!
The levels are fun, there’s a limited amount of exploration to do (look for those chests, people) but there’s not enough exploration if you love heading off the beaten track. The fighting mechanics are good too, but it does get repetitive and I really hate the lack of health that you’re given. There were a few times I would head into a battle with minimal health, knowing that one misstep would cost me.
The narration and the story are entertaining, it looks beautiful and an indie title that’s well worth £8.99. BUT, it is frustrating as hell to have to go back and chose the paths again, possibly having to replay the same ones multiple times in order to get on the right path that will lead you to victory. It really does depend on you as a gamer. If you love the feeling of platformers and you’re happy to go over and over levels multiple times for the end reward then you’ll love it. If you’re like me and you get frustrated having to repeat yourself then you will probably quit the game several times and then pick it back up again once you’re ready.
Available on: PS4, Windows
Developer/Publisher: Spearhead Games