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Scheduled release date:

July 2000

   Square's newest masterpiece titled Dew Prism in Japan, is looking to be one title that won't be forgotten any time soon. Already making big waves in Japan, Threads of Fate (the game's US name), will be part of Square's huge 2000 library this year. Along with games like Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy IX, Legend of Mana, and Vagrant Story. Threads of Fate will surely be a contender for something in the future. Square's lineup will without a doubt be the best that the PS1 era has and will see. Read the hands-on impressions of Threads of Fate and don't forget the screens.

   Right up there with Chrono Cross and Final Fantasy VIII, Threads of Fate is one of the prettiest looking games thus far. It may be as detailed as Chrono Cross or FF8, but the artistic style used for the game is great. The visuals are bright, and the environments are bursting with luxuriant colors. The characters are super smooth and there are no jaggy lines to be seen at all. Square has done a great job of once again pushing the PS to its limits with Threads of Fate. For now take a look at the screenshots we have to offer you, and then tell me that these visuals don't look awesome.

   The gameplay has an excellent twist to it. You have two characters to choose from, Rue and Mint. Rue is a fighter who is looking for the Relic, Mint is a spunky little girl who is always looking for trouble and she likes to kick ass. Both roles are looking for the Relic which seems to be what the game revolves around. Now each personality has his or her own unique traits. For instance Rue can transform into enemies that he has encountered and defeated in the past. This ability will help him progress through the game much more easily. Mint has magic abilities such as throwing three blades, or shooting projectiles. All of these will come in handy through the whole game. Both characters will eventually meet up with one another when one of them rescues a little girl from a pair of thugs. The gameplay feels more Action/Adventure than RPG mainly because of the fighting. Instead of fighting in a different realm (random battle), you fight your enemy in real-time. Threads of Fate is coming along great and the game is slated for a Summer 2000 release.

   The sound is quite remarkable, the themes play so smoothly and are so incredibly memorable just like Chrono Cross and any FF game. The quality is exceptional, all tunes are crisp and crystal clear. All this game needs is a little voice acting, maybe? A definite thumbs up here.

   Threads of Fate is turning out to be quite the adventure for PS owners, and Squaresoft enthusiasts such as myself. Right now with games like Chrono Cross, FF9, Threads of Fate, Vagrant Story and Legend of Mana, the only publisher who can compete against a line up like that is Activision. This is another game that will make 2000 PS' best year ever.

5/17/2000 SolidSnake

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