Threads of Fate is a nice, short little action/RPG type of game where you can control one of two different characters, Rue and Mint. Both of them, as well as a few shady characters, are after a magical relic, although they all have their own reasons for wanting it. Rue wants it so he can revive his friend Claire, who was killed by a mysterious creature known as the “Arm of Death.” Mint, however, has a less admirable goal in mind. She wants it so she can gain ultimate power and conquer the world. Both characters have their own specific storyline to play, but they both take place in the same area, mostly around the town of Carona. Rue is mainly a fighter, using close-range combat to defeat most foes, but he can also transform into the monsters he defeats and use their skills and magics. Mint uses a variety of magic skills in different elemental classes such as fire, water, and wind.
It is easy to pick up the controls of this game, although it is a little bit of an annoyance to have to constantly be switching your magics and monster forms while playing, since you have to go into the magic/monster menu every time you want to use a different monster or spell; it’s easy to get over. The story is good as expected, since it’s a Square game and all, even if it is a little short (10-20 hours long, give or take).
Although the game is short, the bonuses you get for playing again will have you playing over and over…or at least twice so you can get the bonus endings. After you have played through the quests of both characters, you can restart the game using either character and all of the magics and money and stats you have gotten from the last time you played. It’s similar to the “New game +” of Chrono Trigger.
Overall, Threads of Fate is a generally good, solid game, with better than average graphics for a PSX game, easy to learn controls, and an interesting storyline. The main drawbacks to it are the shortness of the game, and the lack of sidequests to do and secret items to find. There are a few of them, but not enough to keep you entertained for more than an hour or so.