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
The first Nippon Ichi Anniversary Project
, it stars Renya Kagurazaka, your typical Unlucky Ordinary High School Student
, who wins the position of God in a raffle. With the aid of seven angels, he is tasked with making people's wishes - be they animals, plants, humans, extraterrestrials, and fairy tale characters
- come true through the revolutionary Fate Revolution Circuit system. Standing in their way are the demons, who had previously massacred many angels.
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.
This game provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: Renya's voiced by Satoshi Hino, who also does the voice of a brown-haired Ordinary High School Student who technically becomes God in Shakugan no Shana.
- Angelic Beauty: All the angels look like either pretty girls in maid outfits or handsome men in butler outfits.
- Ascended Demon and Fallen Angel: Angels can become demons and vice versa.
- Battle Couple: Renya and Lilliel 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.
- 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.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: It could be argued that this was what Satanel wanted, by reading all the books about him, how he was created, and why.
- Expy: Rakiel looks like an older Roxis.
- First Girl Wins: Poor Kuroiel.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: In one scenario, Cinderella has grown tired of happy endings. Your job is to go into Copy World and un-fracture the fairy tale.
- 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!: Renya gives a right uppercut to Prince Charming's face for his indecisiveness.
- 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.
- May-December Romance: 17-year-old Renya and 1,609-year-old Lilliel, in the ending.
- Mind Screw: Neliel has warned Renya that the entire chapter 6 was going to be one. She wasn't kidding. For starters, Renya's apparently dead a year ago and Minamo's a witch 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: And they wear cute maid/butler outfits too.
- Our Demons Are Different: And they are just as nicely dressed as their angel counterparts.
- 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.
- Randomly Generated Levels
- 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.
- 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 such as Lilliel Saotome and Kuroiel Ryuzaki. Renya even lampshades it, wondering how angels have last names, and Japanese ones at that.
- Spiritual Successor: To Zettai Hero Project, for the most part...
- Super Mode: Appropriately named God-mode.
- The Dreaded: Satanael is this to the Celestia angels.
- 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".
- Zettai Ryouiki: Lilliel, Kuroiel, and Neliel are Grade A while Cheriel is a Grade B.