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Hand of Fate 2
Much like the original Hand of Fate, Hand of Fate 2 melds a card-based tabletop game with an action game. You'll spend time completing quests, making decisions (do I want to risk my well-being to rescue someone from a fire?), and essentially experiencing a sort of Dungeons & Dragons-style adventure through a tabletop card game format. When it comes time for combat, it isn't done through text or cards, but by transitioning into a third-person action game.
Hands of Fate 2 developer Defiant Development has focused on improving combat. While still fairly simplistic, the Batman: Arkham-inspired action comes in short bursts and now features companions who help you to take on the gangs of enemies you'll face. On its own, the combat might not be enough to carry a game, but the interplay between Hand of Fate 2's two halves remains an intriguing concept.
Toss in character customization to allow you more fully embody your character and a story that pits you against your protagonist from the first game, and Hand of Fate 2 looks to be taking the steps forward that fans have asked for. It's out later this year for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.