What I liked:
- I thoroughly enjoyed the story that was present in the game because not only was it interesting but they made each character stand out and matter.
- The presentation side of the game is simple but very effective and both the visuals and sound design enhanced certain elements in a way.
- I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the combat elements in the game because it has depth and using each skill felt very satisfying.
- Each decision you make during your playthrough actually feels rewarding and it also gives the game replayability due to trying out each different choice.
- The gameplay on the whole is very addictive and traversing whilst solving the decent puzzles very rarely got tedious.
What I didn’t like:
- Whilst I enjoyed the different levels on the whole it still would’ve been nice to have experienced a little more in terms of variety within them.
- The loading times are a little on the long side which was a little frustrating and made the immersion levels dwindle a little bit.
Does Stories: The Path of Destinies do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all games that require multiple playthroughs for you to complete the game fully have to be interesting each time you start a new game because otherwise you will never get around to completing it. Thankfully Stories: The Path of Destinies was a game that was fun and enjoyable no matter how many times I played it and a big reason why it stayed liked that was thanks to the story. The story had an abundance of charm and humour running throughout it and each character felt like they mattered which in turn made the choices matter as well. Speaking about the choices there are a few of them to make and each choice feels important which made each playthrough feel rewarding. Another aspect of the game that made things feels rewarding were the combat elements and I must admit that the combat surprised me because I didn’t expect it to have as much depth as it had and I didn’t expect the accompanying skills to be as satisfying as they were. In terms of problems the game doesn’t have many at all and the problems it does have such as the lack of variety in the environments and the rather long loading times were easily forgotten thanks to the very addictive gameplay. At the end of the day then Stories: The Path of Destinies may have ideas that have been seen many times before but these ideas have been implemented so well that it makes your time with the game to be a thrilling and enjoyable experience and for that reason it definitely gets a big recommendation from me.
I rate Stories: The Path of Destinies 8.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Spearhead Games/Nephilim Game Studios
Publisher: Digerati Distribution
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date (Xbox One): March 22, 2019