**FATE: The Traitor Soul is now live on Steam!**Play (or Re-play) This Classic Dungeon Crawler!During the golden days of action RPGs, FATE was a powerhouse, winning runner-up for PC Magazine’s Role-Playing Game of the year. Popular enough to spawn 3 sequels, this was one of the premier dungeon crawlers of its time.
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Release Date: May 18, 2005

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**FATE: The Traitor Soul is now live on Steam!**

Play (or Re-play) This Classic Dungeon Crawler!

During the golden days of action RPGs, FATE was a powerhouse, winning runner-up for PC Magazine’s Role-Playing Game of the year. Popular enough to spawn 3 sequels, this was one of the premier dungeon crawlers of its time. Now is your chance to enter the legendary town of Grove and experience the original for yourself!

Hello, traveler. Journey to the outskirts, where the Old Wood meets the Dungeon Gate. Battle vicious creatures, collect unique weaponry, learn powerful spells and glory will be yours.
Rise and test your worth! Step forward and determine Your FATE!

  • NEW Steam Trading Cards – Fans of old (and fans of new) can enjoy this never-before-seen art!
  • NEW Steam Badges – 6 levels for you to collect, hoard and show off.
  • NEW Steam Emoticons – Oh, you’re old school all right, throw a little FATE into your chat to prove it.
  • NEW Profile Backgrounds – FATE up your profile with these beautiful works of art made especially for Steam players.
  • Gameplay – It’s quick, immersive and classic.
  • Procedurally generated levels – Explore limitless caverns, dungeons, mines and tunnels. What will you find?
  • Economy - Buy and sell items… or try your luck with shopkeeper!
  • Pet - Choose a dog or cat and evolve it into more and more powerful creatures. Rawr.
  • Street Cred – Up your gamer street cred by playing this classic game and show those hipsters what for!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 800 MHz PC or Better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 16 MB 3D Graphics Accelerator
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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Jarn Argence
40.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
This game takes me back some ways. This was my first dungeon crawler, and still remains one of my favorites.
Is there much plot? no. not at all, really. Whole goal of the game is to get to a certain level, and defeat the boss on that level. You and your trusty companion are to go alone into the forboding dungeon armed with nothing more than a hatchet. You return with legendary items, and so much stronger that nothing can touch you anymore.
Another one for the finished pile... multiple... times...
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last light
22.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
It was fun until I got a bug and lost all extra skill points
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Cruel
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 23
After playing complex MMORPG's like WoW, and Guild Wars 2, the simplicity and fun of this game is really a breath of fresh air. It's deep enough to keep you interested, yet it's simple combat system is simple enough for children to play.

One of my favorite recent games, and would definitely reccomend getting it.
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potisium
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 22
best and most addicting game from my mid-aged years, had a decent variety of monsters to fight, fish that turn your pet into monsters, tons of awsome loot you can find from "fishing, gambling, and fighting off mobs". If you are looking for a good addicting game to play, you should probably play this before going to a game that might waste your money. trust me this game is worth the money!!!
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TheMissfitTestSubject
17.3 hrs
Posted: August 20
Before I begin this review, I'd like to note that I had never played this game before. Everything was new, and the only thing I knew about it was that it was an apparent classic that a streamer I watch occaisonally played once. So here I am with the steam version instead of the hard copy or the download from the old website. So, you're asking, what do I think of this game?

It's pretty charming and entertaining even in 2016, 11 years after release

In case you couldn't tell, FATE is a dungeon crawler. Same routine, battle through different floors of this "mysterious dungeon" that happens to be the main heart for everything that lives and breathes. Everyone knows about this one dungeon, and everyone depends on it for a living. Everyone lives the dungeon, everyone breathes the dungeon, and your the hero who will fight through all 50 floors and blah blah blah... you get the routine.

However, even though it may be mediocre, you can NEVER find a crawler like this these days. It's all about "Pay 2 Win" and "Fighting angry robot sharks with chainsaws for hands" and "Swords that are bigger than the protagonist themselves." Sadly, FATE may be one of the last of it's kind. For this, I can look over the mediocre-ness, because this is a classic, and I highly recommend it. You just can't find a game like this nowadays! =(
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ogk
9.9 hrs
Posted: August 15
Loved this game when I was a kid. This game is pretty mediocre but the nostalgia factor is quite big in this game and is one of the key reasons why i bought this game. If you are looking for a more better game model then this, just get Diablo II or another game of this nature becuase i am pretty sure Wildtanget did have Diablo in mind when they were making this game. But I still enjoy it because its still fun to just mess around in a 10 year old game you loved.
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skibidy
9.8 hrs
Posted: August 14
Good game from simplier times. Reminds me of the times when we didn't have idiots on their phones taking selfies or walking around blindly into streets looking for Pikachus or Charmanders on their phones.
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Ἷcє_Ɲσтє
15.7 hrs
Posted: August 14
Very fun game indeed! I went fishing and there was a HUGE SHIELD in a small fish. Such Logic.
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Katie Jurek
14.3 hrs
Posted: August 10
Pros
- Has most of the good things about Diablo and Diablo II, though it's quite an obvious protege.
- Gold is automatically picked up, yay.
- Nice mindless game to play through if you're not looking for much variety.

Neutral
- Not too crazy about the art style, but it's not bad either.

Cons
- Generic dungeon crawling with quests on about every level. Kill this, retrieve item, return to town, repeat. There's no originality here.
- The skill tree isn't very interesting, and isn't really a tree at all.
- Dungeons are often needlessly filled with many dead ends, requiring a looottt of time to backtrack overall.
- It's needlessly difficult to heal at the beginning for some reason; you generate not even one single hit point when out of combat and health potions aren't always easy to come by or buy early on.
- The voice acting for when traps are sprung, etc. is a bit annoying, as well as low quality.
- This game requires a lot of grinding to be able to defeat monsters; the yeti on levels 10 and 11 is way overpowered compared to the rest of the monsters leading up to that point, and the ogres starting on level 12 are sudden, too.
- Magic casting is ridiculously slow at the beginning, almost comically so.
- Incredibly repetitive content; the quests are for randomly generated items or to kill random beasts, and always just for a formulaic reward in experience, fame, and gold.
- The sound effects are also very redundant; every single attack by an enemy has only their one designated sound effect, so enemies that attack quickly sound super annoying. The game is also too loud and ear-piercing even on a low sound effects volume.
- There are many miscellaneous bugs with the game, such as my dog sometimes appearing over gaps where he cannot walk such as ascending and descending stairs, and the hitboxes for picking up items are some of the worst I've ever seen.

Basically, I recommend this game only as a mindless bit of entertainment to play through. There's nothing very defining or special about it.
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DastardlyDemonsDancingInTheDark
26.2 hrs
Posted: August 5
Who rembers sprinting home from school to play this until our parents kicked us off?

I would spend countless hours of my childhood running fron dungeon to town, selling loot, slaying beasts, doing quests, gathering potions, fishing for rare items, enchanting weaopns, buying spells, and spawning monsters in the town (because I could thats why). The moment I saw this game I bought it. I had to.

10/10 would rediscover the meaning childhood again.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
One of the best games of my childhood.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Very fun game indeed! I went fishing and there was a HUGE SHIELD in a small fish. Such Logic.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Loved this game when I was a kid. This game is pretty mediocre but the nostalgia factor is quite big in this game and is one of the key reasons why i bought this game. If you are looking for a more better game model then this, just get Diablo II or another game of this nature becuase i am pretty sure Wildtanget did have Diablo in mind when they were making this game. But I still enjoy it because its still fun to just mess around in a 10 year old game you loved.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
After playing complex MMORPG's like WoW, and Guild Wars 2, the simplicity and fun of this game is really a breath of fresh air. It's deep enough to keep you interested, yet it's simple combat system is simple enough for children to play.

One of my favorite recent games, and would definitely reccomend getting it.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Good game from simplier times. Reminds me of the times when we didn't have idiots on their phones taking selfies or walking around blindly into streets looking for Pikachus or Charmanders on their phones.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Pros
- Has most of the good things about Diablo and Diablo II, though it's quite an obvious protege.
- Gold is automatically picked up, yay.
- Nice mindless game to play through if you're not looking for much variety.

Neutral
- Not too crazy about the art style, but it's not bad either.

Cons
- Generic dungeon crawling with quests on about every level. Kill this, retrieve item, return to town, repeat. There's no originality here.
- The skill tree isn't very interesting, and isn't really a tree at all.
- Dungeons are often needlessly filled with many dead ends, requiring a looottt of time to backtrack overall.
- It's needlessly difficult to heal at the beginning for some reason; you generate not even one single hit point when out of combat and health potions aren't always easy to come by or buy early on.
- The voice acting for when traps are sprung, etc. is a bit annoying, as well as low quality.
- This game requires a lot of grinding to be able to defeat monsters; the yeti on levels 10 and 11 is way overpowered compared to the rest of the monsters leading up to that point, and the ogres starting on level 12 are sudden, too.
- Magic casting is ridiculously slow at the beginning, almost comically so.
- Incredibly repetitive content; the quests are for randomly generated items or to kill random beasts, and always just for a formulaic reward in experience, fame, and gold.
- The sound effects are also very redundant; every single attack by an enemy has only their one designated sound effect, so enemies that attack quickly sound super annoying. The game is also too loud and ear-piercing even on a low sound effects volume.
- There are many miscellaneous bugs with the game, such as my dog sometimes appearing over gaps where he cannot walk such as ascending and descending stairs, and the hitboxes for picking up items are some of the worst I've ever seen.

Basically, I recommend this game only as a mindless bit of entertainment to play through. There's nothing very defining or special about it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
307 of 337 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
Oh man this game is an amazing classic! I loved playing this when I was a kid. This is the game which Torchlight is based off of and I was wondering why it didn't get any love from Steam. The Dungeon in this game is endless and it's procedurally generated. (if I remember correctly, it's been a long time.) It is defently worth the money. It does support 1920x1080 resolution. I suggest not tab alting while starting the game, it seems to not like it.
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166 of 180 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
Great ARPG. I have found memories of playing this in 2005 and I purchased it again on steam. It is the predecessor to Torchlight and Torchlight 2 and very similar. I actually like the spell system better in this game.

It had a problems on steam launch working on Win 7/8, but it has been fixed now and works perfectly. You can play in 1920 x 1080 resolution too.

Highly recommend this game.
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104 of 107 people (97%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
I used to play this as a free trial on my old desktop, it came with those crappy windows games. I think i would have spent about 600 hours on it back then.

brilliant game, very much so recomend.
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86 of 87 people (99%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2015
FATE is really good, particularly for a decade-old game. The graphics are simple, but cute and colorful. The music's cheerful. And the gameplay is a simple concept that really keeps you engaged. In my case, this definitely isn't nostalgia speaking, and I'm not looking at it through the rose-colored lenses of my childhood. I never played it, or any others in the series, until recently. And it's kind of impressive just how well this game has held up over time.

The game's premise, borrowed liberally from the original Diablo, is a basic dungeon-crawler RPG. Each level of the dungeon is randomly generated and filled with items and monsters. Villagers in town will give you quests tied to specific levels, and you journey in and out of the dungeon as you complete your tasks. You can only take three quests at a time, and it's up to you whether you take the maximum on every level and explore every corridor, or rush through on your way to the final boss.

As you complete quests and hack and slash your way through the dungeon's monsters, you gain experience, and leveling up allows you to increase your skills and stats in specific areas. Looting dungeons gives you gold and items, and there are also several vendors in town who can sell you items, or perform various services. You can also earn money (and find rare items) by catching fish in the fishing holes found throughout the game.

Got too much stuff to carry around in the dungeon? No problem. You'll have a pet, an un-killable companion that can also ferry your junk to town in exchange for gold. Your pet can also help fight enemies, but it will flee if its health gets too low and be no use in the fight. If the basic cat or dog isn't powerful enough, you can feed your pet fish in order to transform them into different monsters found in the game. If this sounds an awful lot like Torchlight, it's pretty evident that FATE was a huge influence on that game.

There is a main story quest that is basically just a harder boss on some random level close to lvl 50. Since the levels are generated randomly, you could just keep playing by continuing down for thousands of levels. Even without the practically unending dungeon, randomly generated levels and a pretty big combination of skills and gear gives FATE almost infinite replayability. This is actually featured in the game well, since finishing the main quest allows you to create a "descendant" character. This new character can keep one "heirloom" item but begin his or her own adventure. It's especially cool that you can also import characters from FATE into the sequels as well, heirlooms and all.

As an RPG, FATE is not terribly deep. But it is a lot of fun, and it's a great – if somewhat casual – way to blow off steam while crawling through maze-like dungeons and blasting or slashing your way through colorful mobs of creatures.

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