The PlayStation 3 is nearing the end of its lifespan with the next generation of consoles already a year old. In the PS3’s catalog, you’ll find many great games that will make you want to keep it around for years to come. NIS’s The Awakened Fate Ultimatum is a brand new dungeon crawler that’s looking to breathe new life into your PlayStation 3. Is The Awakened Fate Ultimatum a reason to put more time into your PS3 or is it time to look to the future of console gaming and skip this game all together?
The Awakened Fate Ultimatum begins when the main character, Shin Kamikaze, is attacked by beings descended from the sky. He is then stabbed in the heart and is saved by two angels, Jupiel and Ariael. Following this, Shin decides to join the fight between angels and demons. The Awakened Fate Ultimatum is presented like an anime with every main and supporting character fully voiced. Personally, I love anime so I really like games presented in this way. Though the characters are fully voiced, Shin’s thoughts are not so be prepared for a ton of reading. The art style also reflects upon your time dungeon crawling, which makes dungeons look fairly colorful. Unfortunately, all the dungeons felt similar and became fairly monotonous as you progress through the game. One of the very first things I noticed about The Awakened Fate Ultimatum was that the music is actually pretty good. You’ll often be treated to music that fits the scene or dungeon perfectly and the game opens with a pretty cool rock song.
Gameplay takes place within dungeons as you traverse a two dimensional plane with a three-dimensional character. Each dungeon has numerous floors with many various enemies. Character movement within these dungeons allows you to move freely until you have stumbled upon an enemy. In these cases, the dungeons act as a grid with combat becoming turn based. Other than having a map, your health, special points, and action command health bars, there are no menus during combat. This is great because, other than battle information, there is no clutter when fighting the enemy. In battle, the “x” button is your best friend, as it is your primary means of attack. You’ll also be able to “dietize” into angel and devil forms. This will come with bonuses that are often attributed with the two and will deplete your SP with each step or/and attack. Lastly, you’ll need to keep an eye on the action gauge as it will deplete with every action, including those outside of combat. The penalty of performing actions when this bar is depleted is that your health bar slowly decreases. When dungeon crawling, I faced many challenges and died a lot. As with most dungeon crawlers, The Awakened Fate Ultimatum requires ton of time and a lot of grinding, especially to get through the random difficulty spikes within dungeons.
Revisiting the question above, The Awakened Fate Ultimatum is a pretty solid game and, if you’re a fan of dungeon crawlers, should definitely give you another reason to play your PS3. There’s also an interesting story that is presented as an anime and it’s accompanied by some pretty awesome music. It’s also important to note that the difficulty spikes every now and then and the dungeon crawling aspects can be extremely monotonous. The Awakened Fate Ultimatum is a must play for all dungeon crawler fans but it’s completely understandable for those who are not fans of the genre to skip it.
Final Score: 7.5/10