Windows Central has been livestreaming a wide variety of Xbox One games on every Saturday for quite a while now. As our viewership continues to grow, so does the number of games we want to share with you! Thus we'll now be Twitch streaming a different game every Wednesday as well. That's twice the chances to tune in and chat along with your fellow readers while our staff showcases a great game.
Tonight we'll be streaming the freshly released Hand of Fate from Defiant Development. Hand of Fate offers a unique blend of the card and action genres, with a hint of role-playing thrown in for good measure. There has never been another console game like it, so you'll want to tune in and see whether you're fated to buy this one someday.
Update: The stream has ended. Continue past the break to watch the exciting replay video!
Hand of Fate
After successfully completing a Kickstarter campaign at the end of 2013, Hand of Fate has at last become a reality on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Steam.
The concept is simple: play a table-top card game (similar to Magic: the Gathering) against a mysterious opponent. Each card represents a step on your journey to defeat the four villainous members of the Court. The cards you collect and choose will bestow your adventurer with weapons, health, food, and other powers that enable him to survive against the cards of your enemy.
As you progress through the cards dealt for you, you'll encounter NPCs and make choices about how to deal with them. Sometimes a fight becomes unavoidable, at which point Hand of Fate switches to an action battle! These play out like a simpler version of the Batman: Arkham series battles, with your character able to attack, dodge, stun enemies, and more. Depending on the cards and abilities you've collected, the battles can be easy or difficult.
Your overall goal is to defeat the dealer and collect as many cards as possible. If you fancy a card game with a little action, Hand of Fate is the only game in town.
- Hand of Fate – Xbox One – 4.22 GB – $19.99 – Xbox Store
How to watch Twitch livestreams
We'll be streaming Hand of Fate for about 90 minutes tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific).
What's the best way to experience Twitch? The Twitch website on your PC or Mac web browser. If you don't have or prefer not to use a computer, you can get the Xbox One, Playstation 4, or Xbox 360 Twitch apps and watch from the comfort of your couch. Android and iOS both have official and unofficial Twitch apps to choose from as well.
On Windows Phone, you'll have to grab an unofficial app. My recommendation is Unstream. It has far more features than competing apps, such as the ability to see a list of users participating in the stream chat. Unfortunately you'll have to add our channel to your favorites from the Twitch website, outside of the app (for now).
Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekly Twitch streaming contests? Here's our upcoming schedule:
- Saturday, February 21 : Chariot from Frima Studio
- Saturday, February 28 : Asphalt 8 (Windows 8) from Gameloft. Guest cohost: "Gameloft" Ryan!
- Saturday, March 7 : Order & Chaos Online (Windows 8) from Gameloft. Guest cohost: "Gameloft" Ryan!
In addition to our Saturday contest streams, we also livestream a variety of different games throughout the week. These streams don't have contests, but they still offer a great chance to see more exciting games while enjoying our live commentary and stream chat.
- Mondays: Playstation Vita games! See what the other side gets to play.
- Tuesdays: The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360. Catch up on The Witcher saga before The Witcher 3 launches in May!
- Wednesdays: Xbox One games. This week we're playing Hand of Fate and next week we're playing Strider!
- Thursdays: Dragon Age: Inquisition! Game selected and funded by our excellent stream viewers.
We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.
Thanks to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping our streams clean and stress-free!