This Fate

Player Rating5.63/8

"#102 overall, #6 for 2016"
based on 220 ratings since 02/06/2016
played 5,478 times (finished 334)

Story Difficulty5/8

"run through the jungle"

Play Length6/8

"It'll be a while, better grab a SnickersĀ®"

Maturity Level5/8

"aren't you a little too old to be trick or treating"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG-13.

You've lived this more times than you care to count - she is always just out of reach. Again and again, Empire's massacre sweeps the town, leaving streets dark with blood, houses crumbling to flames, and no survivors.


Yet, no matter what you do, nothing changes. 


Every time she dies, you are thrown back into another time loop, still more determined to save her life at any cost. As you become more and more desperate, you begin to realize that you may be fighting against fate itself. 

 

 


Note: There are three epilogues that, together, complete the story. 

Edit: republished to add quotation marks. 
 

Player Comments

I thoroughly enjoyed reading through several different endings, and I will be definitely be replaying this to find them all. You had me at 'time travel', but the entire dystopian setting and the feeling of inevitable tragedy were what really reeled me in.

I actually really liked that our characters were nameless and faceless, because I thought the anonymity really helped reinforce the feeling of what the timelines were doing to the protagonist's mind. Everything except the mission to save the girl stopped mattering.

Granted, the quality of the writing did fluctuate from time to time, and there are some little nitpicks with grammar, spelling, and formatting here and there, but overall, the narration has an almost dream-like quality that makes it easier to overlook them.

All in all, engaging characters, fantastic setting, excellent use of plot device, and overall great work. This is one of the few Love & Dating games I will probably come back to replay.
-- the_quiller on 2/28/2016 12:05:26 AM
I just realized I never commented here.

SoSaidL, I absolutely adored this. Stories in the 'love & dating' genre don't usually do much for me but throw in some tragedy and time loops and an oppressive empire and apparently things change. :P

The way everything kept intertwining and the sense of growing futility there were an excellent uses of the medium, I feel like the whole concept of time loops just works so well with a CYOA and I've so rarely seen it done.

I'm actually going to disagree with Bucky here because I feel like we got to know exactly enough about the characters. The main character in particular is singleminded and devoted enough that it doesn't take long to get in his head and believe what he believes, that they're locked into this by fate and the girl is the only thing that matters.

On the path I started out with, enough was seen about how she was originally to make the changes that started effecting her intriguing, especially the way it tied in to what had to happen to save her. I'm trying to remember if I've seen something like that kind of gradual, subconscious effect in a time travel story like this before, but I'm drawing a blank.

The one thing I thought maybe should have been explored even if it just turned out to be another dead end, was the idea that maybe the time loops were meant to save /him/. After repeatedly trying and failing to save her, it seems like there would be a point where he at least attempted to change things by just leaving town a week in advance, if only to see if everything would reset if he wasn't even around when she died.

A little more thought put into the fates of his family would have been realistic too seeing how he had to live with them knowing they would die too just as many times, but I do get that would take the focus off the two of them.

Anyway, thoroughly enjoyed this. :) I got several Coda endings but the Rebel Warrior was the only epilogue. I guess there's two more, but I didn't get the sense any of them would be legitimately happy endings. (Even this one, it's kind of sad thinking of how he basically had to make her into a completely different person to save her, and I don't have the highest hopes for the future of that setting when the winning side has arguably become just as bad as their enemies...)

Is the other story you're working on in the same setting? From the blurb it looks like it may be from the other side's POV, so, should be interesting. :D
-- mizal on 2/12/2016 3:26:15 PM
Well the lack of speech marks was a constant annoyance and I would've preferred to see more choices instead of page after page with only one link, but that out of the way, I really enjoyed it.
You're not the best writer as far as grammar and punctuation are concerned, but you definitely know how to draw people in and get them to care about the fate of the characters, which is a way more important skill. I really felt the protagonist's desperation from the start and that really set the tone of the game for me.
I guess the biggest downfall is that I never really picked up on why this particular girl was so important. I get that they were childhood friends and all, but I never saw what was so special about her that her life was worth more than the lives of everybody else in the village combined, including his family. That said, she was a very interesting character that I did want to see survive.
All in all, a very good game but please, please, please use quotation marks next time.
-- Briar_Rose on 2/6/2016 6:34:57 AM
beautiful
-- jnvcruz on 7/4/2017 12:21:24 PM
damn. That was great and so heartwrenching. I'm so happy I got all the 3 epilogues! The only epilogue that was close to a happy ending was the "Scarlet Empress" epilogue. My heart was broken with "The rebel warrior" and "The empire's assassin" epilogue.
-- bloodRayneee on 6/13/2017 9:06:37 AM
It was really wonderful! , I was a little frustrated at how short it was the first few times I played, but then I played it again and discovered a longer path that I enjoyed a lot!
I recommend playing it over and over again so you could get the full idea of the story. I haven't yet but I do plan to.
-- Izzy CNY on 5/24/2017 2:27:12 PM
really sad. I tried again and again and I couldn't find a happy ending.
-- no one in particular on 4/20/2017 4:30:46 PM
Brilliant.
-- Mari on 4/17/2017 9:18:55 PM
This is one of the most beautiful storygames on this site. You do have to go through a few alternate routes to get the whole story, but wow this brought me to tears at one point. Breathtaking and a wonderful experience.
-- Saika on 3/27/2017 7:46:09 AM
This game is everything and more. Well done, well done.
-- Tangyfriend on 12/16/2016 3:03:02 PM
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