Blind Fate: Edo no Yami is unlike any other game I’ve played. Consequently, its unique ways, interesting lore, and horrific combat make it stand out from its peers. Moreover, the story is strange but compelling and I was hooked from the off. However, cumbersome controls occasionally hinder an otherwise excellent experience.
Developed by Troglobytes Games and published by 101XP, this is a linear adventure title. Moreover, its unique mechanics and twist on Japanese folklore make it a truly unique endeavour. Furthermore, there is a basic skill tree to unlock, some interesting challenges to overcome, and a world of robotic creatures to fight. As such, it merges Asian culture with an unusual sci-fi twist.
Blind Fate: Edo no Yami tells a story of oppression.
The Shogunate believe that discipline and order should be controlled with an iron fist. Consequently, they use a stubborn and unnerving warrior to fulfil their wishes. You control that fighter in this machine-filled Edo-Japanese period. Subsequently, no matter the order, you will follow it! Yet, this is easier said than done as your sight has been taken from you. Seeing nothing but darkness, you must use the Mask of the Oni to replicate the surrounding world. However, you cannot always trust what you see, as the environment is corrupt.
This lack of trust and a stream of unruly robots make the world a dangerous place. As such, you must collect data and intel to improve your chances of survival. Furthermore, you must study new techniques at your dojo, and learn fresh skills and abilities. Yet, to do so takes time and effort. Therefore, you must pick wisely in order to select the setup that best suits your style.
A linear game that is full of surprises.
Whenever I see the words, “linear gameplay”, I shudder. Normally, this sets you up for a repetitive and mundane experience that becomes tiresome. However, Blind Fate: Edo no Yami is different. With many pitfalls and dangers, the action is always tense. Furthermore, each of your 3 senses reveals a unique perspective of the surrounding world.
You can choose supersonic hearing, heat detection, or a heightened sense of smell. Accordingly, each of these abilities highlights different creatures, paths, and collectables that are hidden in plain sight. Moreover, as each of your foes is weakened, you may use a matching sense to unleash a hellish finishing move. As such, even with no eyes, this relentless warrior must be feared.
Bosses and QTEs.
Alongside the brutal finishing moves, you’ll experience an array of QTEs. These basic button-bashing affairs add another layer to the rich combat experience. Disappointingly, though, they were too easy to complete, and there was never a sense of risk or failure. This was underwhelming and didn’t marry up with fast-paced fighting.
What was fantastic, though, was the excellent array of boss battles and robotic creatures. The plethora of beasts and gargantuan overlords was truly spectacular. Furthermore, their smooth animation and varied attacks kept you on your toes. On top of this, there were puzzles to complete and plenty of tricky moments incorporated into each fight. As such, it removed the possibility of mindless hack ‘n slash combat and made you think throughout.
Blind Fate: Edo no Yami looks amazing.
Blind Fate: Edo no Yami’s continual shift in perspective was amazing. Consequently, each simple world would look different and fresh depending on which sense you used. Furthermore, I adored the change in the colour palette and the distinct finish with each skill. Whenever you listened, the world would go dark, but sounds can be seen reverberating towards you. Alternatively, a burning red finish is seen when using the heat sensor. Finally, a glorious green hue hugs every key item whenever you use your sense of smell.
This change of vision added depth and a sense of suspense and fear. Alongside this, the character models were spectacular. The level of detail in each robotic creature was great, and the bosses were overwhelming. Moreover, the combat was slick, intense, and in your face.
The polished visuals were matched by exceptional audio. I cherished the Asian soundtrack and the uncomfortable sound effects. What’s more, the snippets of cinematic were great and this added to the Japanese folklore.
With samurai combat at its core, the controls had to be good. Thanks to the excellent UI and brilliant tutorial, you’ll master the fundamentals quickly. Furthermore, the QTEs and finishing moves were easy to execute and great fun to complete. Disappointingly, though, there were moments when the controls were sluggish. As such, this prevents it from being as much fun as it could have been.
Blind Fate: Edo no Yami comprises plenty of small stages that are full of secrets, monsters, and surprises. Accordingly, you cannot find every treasure or item on your first visit, so you must return. As such, there is plenty of replay value and longevity if you can stomach the semi-repetitive approach. On top of this, there is a rich lore-filled plot that is fascinating. Consequently, uncovering each portion of this weird tale was fantastic.
Blind Fate: Edo no Yami is a nice indie title.
Though Blind Fate: Edo no Yami wasn’t as long as I wanted it to be, it was still a nice indie title. With fantastic graphics, excellent audio, interesting lore, and smooth controls, it was enjoyable from start to finish. Yes, it was slightly repetitive, but this doesn’t tarnish the experience. Therefore, I loved it and I recommend that you buy it here! Can you see the world through fresh eyes? Use your skills, study your foes, and rule the world with an iron fist.