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Video Game: The Guided Fate Paradox

The Guided Fate Paradox (released as The God and Fate Revolution Paradox in Japan) is a roguelike by Nippon Ichi (Team Disgaea, specifically) for the PS3 with character designs and artwork by Noizi Ito of Haruhi Suzumiya and Shakugan no Shana fame. It is first game in Nippon Ichi's Anniversary Project.

Renya Kagurazaka is a typical Unlucky Everydude who wins the position of God in a street raffle. As you do.

As God, Renya is now tasked with the duty of answering the prayers of His creations, may they be animals, humans, extraterrestrials or even fairy-tale characters. To do this, he must use the Fate Revolution Circuit: a mysterious machine of divine origins that creates an astral manifestation of the prayer to be fulfilled, allowing Renya to literally "defeat" the obstacles preventing it from coming true. And if Renya is unable (or unwilling) to answer the prayer, then he will be "consumed" on the spot!

With the aid of seven angels, a bewildered Renya eases into his new role as God and deeper into the mystery of who created the Fate Revolution Circuit and why he would need to be chosen to be The Almighty in the first place.

The gameplay is described as unique, a mix of dungeon-crawler and SRPG and utilizes the high resolution sprites previously seen in Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten. It's been often called the Spiritual Successor of Zettai Hero Project, except Darker and Edgier with a protagonist who isn't kind of a pathetic loser.

The game was released in Japan in January 2013, and was was released in the United States on November 2013.

A sequel has been announced titled The Awakened Fate Ultimatum (The God and Fate Cross-Thesis Awakening) for July 2014 in Japan and Spring 2015 in the West.

This game provides examples of:

  • Angelic Beauty: All the angels look like either pretty girls in maid outfits or handsome men in butler outfits.
  • Animated Actors: This is essentially what Cinderella and the Prince are, engaging in banter in between scenes or when their story isn't told.
  • Ascended Demon/Fallen Angel: Angels can become demons and vice versa. Amongst the cast, Cheriel is an Ascended Demon while Varael is a Fallen Angel. In fact, the Creator only created Black Wings (demons) and the reason why White Wings (angels) exist is because some Black Wings gave birth to White Wings while other Black Wings chose to transform into White Wings.
  • Bad Future: The setting of the Lesson 7's wish is in a future where Renya is killed by Varael, Liliel is killed by Frunetti shortly after, some of the strongest bases in Celestia are destroyed by Satanael, and Minamo becomes the next target of Varael and Frunetti.
  • Battle Couple: Renya and Liliel grow to become this over the course of the story.
  • Breakable Weapons: Subverted. Unlike in Zettai Hero Project, your equipment has a "Burst" meter. While reaching 100% burst DOES reduce the item's effectiveness, every time you do so you get a panel that you can use to upgrade you stats, and if you bring it outside of the dungeon you can upgrade them to more powerful forms with the blacksmith.
  • Clothes Make The God: Renya and the other angels can equip a variety of clothes, armor, and weapons which bestow upon them stats and new abilities.
  • Creator Cameo: Alongside being the voice of Mysiel and her band Yousei Teikoku doing the music, Yui Itsuki appears in the Celestia Hub Level as Music Store manager Lady Yui.
  • Cryptic Conversation: The angels really love to do this while Renya and Liliel are out.
  • Curse Cut Short: When Renya sees Lanael in schoolgirl uniform.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: Some of the changes made might throw off people who had played Zettai Hero Project to death.
    • Even if you're using a ranged weapon, your standard attacks only hit the panel in front of you.
    • The "burst" meter in Guided Fate Paradox counts up, while the "break" meter in Zettai Hero Project counted down.
    • Dual Wielding no longer drains hunger. In fact, it even gives you a new technique if you're wielding two of the same weapon (though it doesn't allow you to attack twice).
    • Abilities no longer drain hunger. Instead, there's a new SP meter that refills quite quickly.
  • Darker and Edgier: While the game has no shortage of goofy moments, it takes itself a lot more seriously than Zettai Hero Project.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Much like Zettai Hero Project, many of the prayers Renya has to answer come from those who have crossed it, Cinderella being a prime example.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: It could be argued that this was what Satanael wanted, by reading all the books about him, how he was created, and why.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The entire game is pretty much about making Renya, an ordinary human, powerful enough to take on Satanael, the game's closest thing to...well, Satan. Renya also gives the Creator, the closest thing to an actual god, one big punch to the face. The Creator even says it hurt more than he expected it to.
    • On top of that, the Martial Dungeons gives Renya quite a few divine figures to punch out. These include Buddha, Hades, Zeus, and Prince Yamato.
  • The Dreaded: Satanael is this to the Celestia angels.
  • Expy: Rakiel looks like an older Roxis. Similarly, he starts out as a jerk to the main character.
  • First Girl Wins: Sorry Kuroiel, but looks like the winner is Liliel.
  • Forever War: The war between angels and demons has been going forever and even after removing Satanael, the war is far from over.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: In the first Lesson, Cinderella has turned into The Cynic and various parts of the story slightly changes when she attempts to not follow her role.
  • From Bad to Worse: Renya's upgrade to a God basically means his life is put in peril in more ways than one. Arguably, he's still unlucky.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In Lesson 1, Renya gives a right uppercut to the Prince's face for not saying anything to Cinderella after revealing herself.
    • Mysiel's wish in Lesson 8 is for someone to get a slap in the face, but she doesn't specify who. That person turns out to be Galtion for trying so hard to see her again. In the end, it's Neliel who delivers the slap.
  • Hikikomori: Neliel
  • Hime Cut: Lilliel
  • The Lost Lenore: Two examples.
    • Rakiel loved a woman who previously was God but was consumed when she failed her duties.
    • Galtion loved Mysiel, who sacrificed her life to complete the Fate Revolution Circuit.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: 17-year-old former-human Renya and 1,609-year-old angel Lilliel, in the ending. Hopefully Renya still has that immortality in effect.
  • Multiple Endings: Surprisingly averted. Guided Fate Paradox is one of the few Nippon Ichi games to lack any alternate endings whatsoever.
  • Mind Screw: Neliel has warned Renya that the entire chapter 6 was going to be one. She wasn't kidding. For starters, the wish belongs to Minamo one year later in the future, her Renya has been dead since then, and Minamo is a sorceress and made a deal with the devil.
  • Minion Shipping: Varael and Frunetti.
  • Number of the Beast: Satanael was the 666th black wing creation, not demon.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: All throughout much of the soundtrack starting with the opening theme.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Who becomes God. Yup, Renya definitely fits the bill.
  • Our Angels Are Different/Our Demons Are Different: Well, both are very nicely dressed. And it turns out that the only difference between Angels and Demons are the names they call themselves and the color of their wings. The Creator created the "Black Wings" (demons), but some Black Wings gave birth to "White Wings" (angels) and others were able to change of the color of their wings.
  • Peninsula Of Powerleveling: At least, in terms of money, bursting equipment, and future leveling. Chapter 8 boss has you fighting against Mysiel's clones who respawn every time the floor moves. With a Paw Paw weapon, use the "Lucky Lure" skillnote  and keep on one-hit killing the infinitely spawning boss. This trick disappears if you finish the chapter.
    • Any floor with zombies can yield a lot of EXP as they never truly disappear like other enemies unless killed with certain weapons. With the right setup, you can simply stand around and watch as Renya and his partner rakes in EXP, zombie gear, burst equipment, and money.
  • Really 700 Years Old: In the ending, Lilliel reveals that she's 1,609 years old.
  • Roguelike: Has elements of it, several of which seem to be lifted right out of Zettai Hero Project.
  • Screw Destiny: The entire plot of the game. Heck, it's pretty much Renya's Catch Phrase.
    I will guide your fate to a revolution.
  • Series Mascot: Misery, some kinda bird thing with cryptic dialogue who will apparently devour Renya if he doesn't live up to his duty as God.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Seems to be a requirement whether you're on the side of the angels or the devils, even the beastly ones like Varael.
  • Second Love: Thanks to Renya's efforts, Galtion realizes that he shouldn't be chasing after Mysiel's shadow, and hooks up with Neliel.
  • Sesquipedalian Smith: Most of the angels' first names follow traditional angelic theme naming, but their last names are Japanese. Renya even lampshades it, wondering how angels have last names, and Japanese ones at that.
  • Shout-Out: In the Japanese script, the Fairy Godmother's spell is based on the transformation phrase from Sailor Moon.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: When Liliel asks Renya if he's ever kissed anyone, "Fight!!!" starts playing in the background, a song usually reserved for a badass or serious moment.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Zettai Hero Project, for the most part...
  • Super Mode: Appropriately named God-mode.
  • Theme Naming: As with traditional angels, all angel names end with "-el" (aside from Galtion).
    • This also hints at Varael's backstory.
  • X Meets Y: It's been described as Zettai Hero Project meets Disgaea, utilizing Roguelike elements with a story focused on angels and demons.
  • Wham Line: Angels cannot be called as "angels" but rather white wings, and that angels were born from the whitening of wings from demons. Which means that Renya cannot really be called as "God".
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In Lesson 1, Renya punches the Prince for not responding at all to Cinderella when the magic fades after midnight and gives him an earful.
    • Calling My Sister Out: Eleanor in Lesson 3 calls out her sister Thelma for being so unable to get over her break-up with her lover and trying to take it out on the entire human male population.
    • After completing Minamo's wish, Renya calls out the angels for dragging humans into their war, all of whom died before Renya was chosen. After this, Renya chooses to continue his duties only so that he can return to his normal life and is bitter towards most of the angels except Liliel and Kuroiel.
    • Renya calls out the Young Man's irresponsibility with his power of creation, especially the creation of Satanael. At the end of Lesson 7, Renya even punches him.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Lilliel, Kuroiel, and Neliel are Grade A while Cheriel is a Grade B.
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