I managed to pry myself from playing The Division (Yes, people still play that game) and listening to Marilyn Manson’s new album (well… sort of since I have it on repeat while I type this) to write something for Battle Chasers: Nightwar.
I’m having a great day. My favorite artist dropped a new album, I got three new exotic weapons in The Division and I really like Battle Chasers. If you love turn based games you’ll probably really like this one. I’m a few hours in and I really like the gameplay and aesthetic, but I don’t really care for any of the characters yet. I’m hoping that’ll change as I continue to play and do more story related content. Half of my time has gone to grinding my party up and upgrading my gear.
The world map is where you’ll spend most of your time and it’s great that it’s actually good to look at. Moving around the map is simple. There are enemy icons, treasure chest, flowers and all sorts of things to do on your way to your next objective. The highlight of this game is the gameplay. It’s turn based and (so far) is pretty damn difficult. I don’t have much money so I have to decide whether to buy new gear, upgrade the shopkeep or just buy some healing potions. Everyone gets a chance to act during battle. Some times it pays to play defensively instead of going for the kill shot because some enemies can really fuck you up.
Traversing the world map isn’t the only thing to do in this game. There’s a useless fishing game that I’m sure no one waste’s their time on and dungeons. A dungeon is more difficult than your average battle. In a dungeon everything is different. Even the camera angle. There are puzzles to solve, enemies to fight, or avoid if you’re low on health, and, most importantly, loot to find. I like the dungeon crawling aspect of this game a lot. Every time I repeat a dungeon its layout is different. I can’t get tired of doing the same mission over and over if it’s different every time I do it. I like the randomization of it and it goes well with the gameplay in my opinion.
I’ve been playing through the dungeons on the heroic difficulty. I haven’t tried legendary because my team struggled on heroic so I’m pretty sure they’ll get murdered on legendary. Nightwar also has partial voice acting. It’s shame that it’s partial because what little voice acting I’ve heard is really good. I like everyone’s voices and I would love to experience this game with full spoken dialogue.
I’m really enjoying this game right now. It’s a nice distraction from all of the Divinity Original Sin 2 (90+ hours) I’ve been playing lately. It’s no near as good Divinity, but it doesn’t need to be.
Have you played Battle Chasers: Nightwar? What do you think of it? If you haven’t played it do you plan on playing it?