If you remember games from the Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, or Suikoden series, Battle Chasers: Nightwar will feel very familiar to you. If you are looking for a nice introduction to the JRPG genre, Battle Chases: Nightwar can fill that role.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar has beautiful 2D artwork, mixing elements from steampunk and the renaissance. The character’s text and font styles reminds me of comic books, almost giving you the impression you are playing a comic book game. Battle Chasers: Nightwar references the comic that inspired it, but doesn’t feel like a comic.
The game focuses on exploring, collecting, fighting, upgrading, and going through dungeons. What is nice about Battle Chasers: Nightwar is that it keeps the teams small, allowing you to focus on specific aspects of your characters, as well as the battle themselves. I feel that the game is very forgiving in terms of how you level up your character, as you are forced to fight most of your enemies throughout your journey. While it is possible to flee from your enemies, you are better off fighting them, as you quickly level up your character’s stats, collect gear and money, and acquire new skills specific to your character. In addition, the world map is very easy to follow, as you only have so many places to move within the “lined” pathways. If you feel lost during your travels, there is a large exclamation mark that appears on the screen, indicating where you need to go to next.
An example of a battle.
The battle themselves, if done correctly, are not overwhelmingly difficult. At first, you might be in favor of using your character’s abilities. However, as you continue to use them, their mana depletes and may affect their next turn. Fortunately, you are able to regain your mana when you do basic attack moves. You will need to strategize when to use your abilities, attack, and even when to use items. If you are familiar with RPG gameplay, this will not be a surprise to you. The Burst meter is an additional factor during battle. When you build up your Burst meter, you are granted a very powerful attack or healing action. This can turn the tide of battle, especially if your damage output is not ideal.
With a nice story, great RPG game mechanics, and excellent artwork, RPG fans and neophytes cannot go wrong with Battle Chasers: Nightwar!
[A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for purposes of this review. This review is based on about 30 hours of game time.]
[Airship Syndicate | THQ Nordic | PlayStation 4 | $29.99 ]
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