Fates Forever is an addictively fun Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) where you select a hero to control to defeat the opposition with the help of some friends. The game is designed not to be one of the more common ‘pick up and play’ games, but rather one which gives you a long term, immersive playing experience.
Fates Forever doesn’t mess with the structure of typical MOBA games. The game is essentially a 3 on 3 scenario where your team’s objective is to destroy the oppositions base while protecting your own. Helping your three man team are critters which can be used as shields from the fire from towers and the enemy. You’ll find that Fates Forever rewards good play with experience points. Another feature common to mainstream MOBAs is that the re-spawn rate is longer as the game goes on, meaning frequent deaths later in the game can be devastating to your team’s chances of success.
Movement of your character is simply a touch on the screen indicating where you would like your character to move to. Tapping on an enemy will tell the character to close in to attack. Special moves can be made by clicking on the left hand of the screen and any move requiring aiming requires a tap and drag motion.
This makes the interface incredibly easy to use and therefore you could pick up and play the game within minutes. Fates Forever also has three options for you, you could play completely offline with two bot friends against three bot enemies. Alternative you can play with two other human controlled players against three bot players or you can have an entire human game.
The third option is restricted to those players who have a bit of experience. The aim of this is to ensure that all players have enough knowledge of Fates Forever to make it fun for the other players, which in reality is a really good move by the developers.
Each game you play can expect to last for about 15 minutes, although they can be shorter or longer as well. There is the slightest possibility that matches go on forever but the game is designed against that.
The actual characters are marvelously designed and the developers have certainly taken their influence from numerous mythical creatures. The arenas are beautifully created, and the only slightly distracting part of Fates Forever can be the sound during hectic battles, though this is common with MOBAs, or any multiplayer game for that matter.
Online play works well as long as you have access, so you won’t find yourself cut off in the middle of an important battle. During peak hours though, the game can get a little slow. There is also a chance to connect with other players with the voice chat, party up with friends and socialize in post-game chat. This can support you and your teammates as you co-ordinate your game strategy and is a nice community touch.
For those new to Fates Forever there is also a skilfully produced tutorial which will really give you the best tips. Then you can jump in, get some experience and achieve level 5 to start playing PvP.
It is hard to see any negatives in this well made game. Some may not enjoy the sound and some will have trouble keeping up with the hectic nature of the battles, but in essence the developers have done an amazing job making Fates Forever a great game.
Fates Forever is free-to-play, and while there are some IAPs to speed up the unlocking of characters and equipment, it saves only time. The most expensive IAP is $19.99 (although they claim it is worth $84.99) while the cheapest is $4.99.
Fates Forever is certainly one to at least try, no matter if you have previously played MOBAs before or not. The developers, Hammer & Chisel, have done something amazing here: they’ve lead the industry by making a mobile MOBA worth playing.
Fates Forever Review: A Legend Of A Game
+Excellent characters and environments to draw in the player
+Addictive gameplay which does not favor those who have paid for upgrades
-Requires constant internet connection.
-Battles can be hectic at times.