Based on the 90s comic book series of the same name, Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a gorgeous looking turn-based strategy game in the JRPG mode. The game translates the look of the comic book well and the animated intro and cut scenes are a thing of beauty.
The game follows a girl named Gully and her motley crew as they journeys to find her missing father. Along the way they traverse across a map, enter villages and towns, complete side quests and encounter random battles with various cyberpunk and olde world villains. The gameplay is standard JRPG fare with combat especially suffering from a lack of originality, although a steep difficulty curve will provide a challenge for even the most hardened gamer. This is none more seen than in the 8 procedurally generated dungeons that form the milestones of Gully’s quest. The randomness of each help to keep the game fresh even after a first play through.
Tactics are the name of the game to successfully get through each battle as the player follows the same attack, buff, special formula seen in a million games that came before but is no less enjoyable for the lack of originality.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a highly addictive, good-looking game and tells an interestingly deep story that is unfortunately frequently interrupted by long load screens and screen stutters that break the immersion of the game.
All in all a great game that the odd patch or two to reduce the amount of time looking at a loading screen can only improve.