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.
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.
Conclusion: The gameplay (like most NIS games) are very involved, deep, and most of all addictive. While the plot is very ‘meh’, it is certainly unique. Dialogue between the various characters (especially with the angels and Renya) provide lots of intriguing moments complete with random/awkward hilarity, pop culture references, and innuendo all with solid voice acting. If you are looking for a quick and easy game, The Guided Fate Paradox is not for you.
Conclusion: In the end the two genres mashed together are better off left separate. Roguelikes on their own are justifiable in their difficulty and unforgiving nature, because they're meant to be played over and over again. Generally the actual gameplay is reason enough to do that. Mixed with a JRPG, 'The Guided Fate Paradox' is essentially a massive manipulation, utilizing the repetitive nature of the roguelike to artificially lengthen an experience further padded with unnecessary...