In terms of character design, Joe Madureira can do no unsuitable. His chunky skull-encrusted warriors are a feast for the eyes, and that feast is what grabbed me about Battle Chasers: Nightwar. Based mostly on the hit 90s Wildstorm comedian, this Kickstarted turn-based JRPG brings the type in spades. The 5 heroes chances are you’ll or could not keep in mind relying in your age bracket crash-land on an island and shortly discover themselves embroiled within the plot of an evil necromancer and her military of wolfmen. Enjoying out as a really conventional JRPG, there are repeatable dungeons, a weapon crafting system, and even a couple of secret bosses. Over the course of the sport’s lengthy operating time, gamers can have lots of turn-based fight to get pleasure from. In some ways, that is precisely what the unique backers of the sport needed, which makes Battle Chasers: Nightwar each a boon for hardcore followers and a tough promote for a lot of others.

Don’t get me unsuitable, Battle Chasers is something however a throwback. It has an in-depth fight system and brings loads of new concepts to the desk. Throughout battles, utilizing primary assaults will construct up “Overcharge”, which serves as an extra provide of mana that drains after the struggle is over. This encourages gamers to all the time be utilizing their finest strikes fairly than button mashing by means of fodder enemies on the way in which to the massive baddie on the finish. Characters nonetheless do have a restricted mana pool to faucet into for every dungeon once they’re out of Overcharge, so it felt like a sensible replace of an previous technique. Mixed with the total restore characters obtain after gaining a degree, I by no means actually discovered myself wanting for the lacking mana restoration choices.

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I don’t assume taunting the slime cranium monster goes to be very efficient in the long term.

I used to be additionally by no means wanting for selection when it got here to fight. Every of the principle forged has a number of assaults to select from, and also you don’t have to choose and select between them as you acquire ranges and progress. This opens up the technique of the sport immensely, and fights between even leveled characters are dynamic and fascinating even once you’re simply up in opposition to frequent enemies. Higher but, the last word assaults (full with Ultimate Fantasy summon-esque cutscenes) function outdoors of the conventional assault concerns and as a substitute depend on a consistently refilling meter. You need to use fast and highly effective assaults for a little bit of meter or load up for unlockable display clearing finishers with a full meter. It’s a little bit of combating sport enjoyable in your turn-based RPG and provides to the already deep fight.

To add much more style nods to the combo, each dungeon is randomized each time you enter it, with the concept being that you just’ll by no means have the identical expertise twice. Nevertheless, the ultimate product buckles a bit when attempting to implement that concept. Roguelikes work so properly as a result of the random maps cycle by means of an enormous checklist of challenges that solely repeat sometimes in an excellent scenario. Battle Chasers‘ dungeons function the identical puzzle rooms in every randomization. So, as a substitute of having the ability to satisfying grind by means of ranges with out feeling the repetition, you get all of the disadvantages of taking part in by means of the identical degree again and again with that added bonus of all the time being misplaced in a brand new maze of interconnected rooms.

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Grimbeard is a good identify for a blacksmith.

Sure, if the title of this piece didn’t already give it away to you, there’s loads of grinding to do in Battle Chasers if you wish to progress. When you ease in with the primary few dungeons, the sport throws an enormous issue spike at you that nearly requires going again to the extent you simply beat at a better issue setting. Wish to return to an earlier dungeon and take a look at it on Legendary for selection’s sake? Too dangerous! Characters are shortly leveled previous the purpose the place enemies from anyplace however the space you’re in give significant XP.

In fact, you may wish to return to earlier dungeons with the occasion members you didn’t use earlier since they aren’t mechanically leveled up with the remainder of the occasion. Battle Chasers just about forces you to decide on a single group and abandon half the roster or play by means of the identical content material a bunch of occasions again and again simply to keep up everybody’s competency. As somebody who doesn’t play JRPGs all that frequently, I perceive that that is historically how these video games go, however the excessive repetition looks like padding from the surface wanting in. The fight is such a enjoyable remix of a stale system, and I’m upset that the builders didn’t strive their hand at those self same forms of modifications when mapping out the sport’s construction.

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The fishing minigame is a innocent diversion made higher by the inclusion of this crab buddy.

For all the issues I’ve with it, anybody who’s down for the grind is rewarded handsomely. I can’t point out sufficient how fairly this sport seems to be each throughout battles and the all too temporary animated cutscenes. Every character has voice appearing for many of their strains, with euphonious tones that just about match what I imagined when studying the comics years in the past. As well as, every new character, shopkeep, and enemy you encounter is only a pleasure to take a look at. There are little visible flairs that demanded additional research, and I used to be all the time engaged by the presentation on show.

Ultimately, I discovered Battle Chasers: Nightwar to be an ideal sport for a really particular group of folks that I occur to be outdoors of. Should you’re all in for hours and hours of working by means of rats and slimes to get to the great things, then there’s loads to like. The sport is beneficiant with diverse loot drops and has a pair of full crafting programs to dive into. Should you’re bored of dungeon crawling, you may problem your self in enviornment battles or hunt down some minimal alternate actions. Nevertheless, the key phrase is minimal, and the sport simply doesn’t have sufficient selection in its aspect content material to justify the partitions consistently being thrown at gamers who’d fairly solely expertise a dungeon as soon as.

Battle Chasers Nightwar was performed on Xbox One with a replica supplied by the writer. The sport can be accessible on PlayStation 4, PC by way of Steam, and DRM-Free by way of GOG



Alex Santa Maria


Evaluations Editor

TechRaptor’s Evaluations Editor. Resident fan of pinball, Needlers, roguelikes, and something with neon lighting. Owns an workplace chair as soon as utilized by Billy Mays.