Hand Of Fate Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Hand Of Fate by Jeff Van Dyck.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 88
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 24.2
Album Excellence: 52.7%
Hand of Fate is an action role-playing video game developed by Defiant Development. The game was released for Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 17, 2015. Hand of Fate is an action role-playing video game with rogue like and deck-building elements. The player takes the role of a nameless hero that meets a strange Dealer in a “cabin at the end of the world”. This dealer narrates the player’s adventure, dealing the game’s cards, rewards, penalties, lore, and commentary. He also serves as the primary antagonist for the game. On starting a new game, the player is given a starting deck of cards, consisting of equipment, hero class, and encounter cards. The player earns more cards as they progress in the game, which they can use to customize their deck up to a fixed size. Further, the dealer has his own deck from which elements such as more challenging encounters and monsters are drawn that also grows as the player gains cards and progresses through the game. The score is composed by Jeff Van Dyck
Having recently enjoyed Van Dyck’s score for Submerged, I thought I would check out another score by him released this year called Hand Of Fate. The score opens with the ominous sounding ‘Life And Death’, and that’s what it all comes down to. Musically it’s exciting and dark. I enjoy the ethnic elements as well. This is very promising. I would call the music haunting and that’s certainly the case with the next cue ‘Welcome To The Game’. The music is very atmospheric but at the same time, it’s quite bold. I love the little vibrating synth instruments used. The score is slowly developing, but it’s not progressing to a level of full on glory just yet, but it’s getting close with ‘Deal Of The Millennia’. ‘Ascension’ is the cue where nothing happens but everything happens. It’s so sparse, so minimalistic. Almost only one note, but I find it peaceful and beautiful.
It’s a rather calming experience listening to this score, much like “Submerged” was. In other words, perfect for some relaxing game play, certainly with cards. On the other hand, there’s nothing that really stands out about this score, but I wouldn’t say it’s very derivative. It has it’s moments, but mostly it is quite unique and interesting. The game is certainly better with this score attached. I think I like Van Dyck’s more calm style of music. It suits him and it suits me. What do you think of the score?
1. Life And Death
10. Hand Of Fate (Instrumental)