Serin Fate is a mix of a Stardew Valley with a good helping of magic and rpg elements. These elements blend well, but might need a few quality of life changes to make it better for playing.
There is definitely a story in there somewhere, about an evil taking over the land. You, a new witch, is charged with having to take on this evil and gather the Fate Stones and restore peace back to the lands.
Yeah, the story is there, and it is actually a decent one. But with so much else to do within this beautiful world, it can be overlooked.
The Magic Failed
I need to get this out of the way. Serin Fate has loads to do, crafting, fishing, farming, magic, RPG elements and so on. However, the game does a totally pathetic job of telling the player what you’re meant to be doing. Ok, there is a tutorial that teaches you the basics of battle, movement and a few other things. However, when it comes to making items for quests or just crafting past the workstation, it all goes to pot.
There needs to be more guidance on what to do, for all the new equipment that you need. I have no problem with trial-and-error style gameplay, but most tell you at least how to use everything. Anyway, now that’s out of the way, let’s get on with the good stuff as there is a shed load of it.
Farming Sim With Magic
Even with Serin Fate is an ARPG, where you will need to defeat a plethora of enemies with a basic attack and charged attacks. As Serin Fate plays like a SNES styled ARPG. Do not worry, you will not need to go it alone. Magical creatures, called Chimera, will join you in battle. And there are fifty different ones to collect. Chimera helps you fight enemies. Well, most of the damage comes from these creatures.
There are loads of magic, as well. In order to cast magic, you press Y and use left and right on the D-Pad. You select up to six elements. Depending on the order you select them, it will change the spell. Spells are a must catch Chimeras.
So you have had enough of killing monsters. What else can you do? Not much… There is loads to do. We have farming, mining and crafting, to name a few. Each different activity is a rather involved process. Crafting is a total pain in the arse until you finally figure out how to smelt and cut wood. There are loads of different things to make, I spent WAY TOO long farming and mining. But I can’t help myself.
Setting up my farm, so that all the plots are within a bird feeder range (two squares out), so stop birds eating the seeds, while setting up an irrigation system to keep the seeds watered. Throw in a scarecrow or ten and the farm was taking shape. This only took around two hours. Now, another few hours later, I have most of my back yard covered in different plants that are needed to make things.
They linked the RPG elements into all aspects of the game: combat, magic, mining, crafting, and necromancy. The more you use these different aspects, the more they will level up. Allowing your witch to level up and gain buffs in all these areas. On the level up section, each of the aspects are all interlinked, so in order to level up in farming you may need to unlock the adjacent skill in combat. This makes sure that you have to level up all the aspects of your witch.
There is way too much to talk about in Serin Fate. You will need to find out for yourself. It is, however, a fantastically deep and fun ARPG. Bar the big glaring quality of life changes needed with how to do most things. But, one person has developed it, so we can let him off this time.
Overall Serin Fate is a game that needs loads of love and patience to get over the first few hours. And has more things to do in it than I had ever expected. Hopefully, it will not be a hidden gem, and it gets the attention it deserves.
This is a definite buy. Just make sure you use a guide to figure out a few things first.