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A strategy role-playing game released during the height of the genre's popularity in 1998, when Final Fantasy Tactics and two Ogre Battle games were released. Kartia tells the story of the lives of two separate people during a chaotic chapter in a country's history.

Several unique additions to the genre hope to detach Kartia from the rest. First is the Kartia system, where cards can be imbued into weapons, armors, or spells or can create completely original apparatus along with monsters that fight alongside you. Secondly is the ability to burn down or destroy most of the battle field and surroundings.


Kartia: The Word of Fate PlayStation Interrogating Misty.
Kartia: The Word of Fate PlayStation Viewing an enemy's stats.
Kartia: The Word of Fate PlayStation Toxa is training.
Kartia: The Word of Fate PlayStation About to create a phantom.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Rebus" -- Japanese Title
  • "Legend of Kartia" -- European Title

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Video Games Jul, 1998 4 out of 4 100
RPGFan Jul 18, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Video Games Jul, 1999 82 out of 100 82
Netjak Apr 03, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
IGN Nov 23, 1998 8 out of 10 80
Super Play (Sweden) Aug, 1999 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot Aug 21, 1998 7.7 out of 10 77
RPGamer Sep 19, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Power Unlimited Sep, 1999 7 out of 10 70
Retroage Jan 19, 2013 6.7 out of 10 67


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Alex Vo (98) added Kartia: The Word of Fate (PlayStation) on Jul 14, 2002