Conclusion: The Guided Fate Paradox is rated T for Teen with ESRB descriptors of Fantasy Violence, Language, and Suggestive Themes. Violence is really only minimal. Enemies just disappear when defeated, and most of the time it doesn’t even look like you hit them when you fight. However, language and suggestive themes run rampant in this game, so if you let your teen play it, I would recommend that they need to be older and mature enough.
The Guided Fate Paradox review: a bold new series debut for NIS
10 December 2013
Summary: A solid addition to the NIS family that roguelike fans have not seen since Azure Dreams on the PS1. Lots of depth and replayability, but a few unexpected surprises like unusually poor voice acting dull the shine.
Pros: Random Dungeons giving infinite fun, Vast assortment of item and abilities, The 'O Fortuna' hit theme song
Cons: Shockingly sub-par voice acting for NIS, Cheap monster abilities prompting instant kills, Surprisingly boring cast of characters for NIS
Conclusion: The Guided Fate Paradox suffers from uneven difficulty and customization that could charitably be called "byzantine," but it manages to overcome many of these flaws with its over-the-top sense of humor and rewarding strategy. Though it's often unforgiving, it's a good RPG, and a fine addition to the PlayStation 3 library.
Pros: Sharp localization, Unique sense of humor, Rewarding strategy
Excerpt: The Guided Fate Paradox follows a high school student named Renya, as he gets caught up in the affairs of angels and demons. It’s all because he was lucky (or unlucky?) enough to win a fateful lottery. The winner of the lottery becomes god. That’s right, that god. More on that later, though. The Guided Fate Paradox looks like a typical classic JRPG.
Review: The Guided Fate Paradox (Sony PlayStation 3)
16 November 2013
Summary: The Guided Fate Paradox isn’t a bad game; it’s just not a good one either. The game offers less content and is far easier than any roguelike I’ve ever played before – including Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity . I thought the game’s premise was exceptionally interesting, but the followthrough left me cold and I found the characters to be pretty uninteresting and unlikeable – something I’ve never experienced with a Nippon Ichi developed game (although certainly...
Excerpt: The Guided Fate Paradox is a game about Renya, the unluckiest boy in the world who goes to the mall and finally wins the grand prize in one of those lottery games they have in Japan which I never see here in Wisconsin. Renya's luck seems to have turned around as he doesn't just win a mere trip to a tropical island but the actual title of God himself. Yep, that's right, apparently the title of God is decided by a lottery machine at the mall.
Excerpt: Congratulations! You have been randomly chosen to become God. As the newly appointed ruler over all creation, you shall be whisked away to the heavens above to fulfill your holy duties--which may include battling mermaids and flirting with angels. Such is the fate of Renya Kagurazaka, an everyday, mild-mannered, dime-a-dozen, completely generic high school student.
Pros: Item combinations create funny costumes, English voice talent gives strong performance in spite of script, Late-game survival dungeon offers consistent challenge
Cons: Boring enemy encounters, Seesaw difficulty curve, A story about becoming God that is somehow completely dull