Battle Chasers: Nightwar
Top Critic Average
Summary: Warping you back to the halcyon days of console RPGs, Nightwar provides modern graphics and classical mechanics. It can be dense at times, but those that pierce through will find something special.
Developers: THQ Nordic, Airship Syndicate
PLAN FOR SURVIVAL
The desolate town of Harm's Way is your only place to prepare. Choose three of the many heroes you've unlocked, fill your travel backpack with items from your stash, make sure you've chosen the best equipment and abilities for each hero...and then strike out!
INTO THE WILD
Explore an overworld presented in classic form (and in real time), peppered with hidden dungeons, rare bosses and randomly appearing friends and foes, as well as a useful arsenal of Dungeon Abilites for every character.
Old-school combat inspired by the console RPG greats, with a unique two-tiered mana system and turn-based initiative, featuring random buffs and debuffs on initiative slots.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Action oriented, randomly-generated dungeons loaded with traps, puzzles and secrets. Use each hero's unique dungeon skills to survive.
EXPLORE AND DISCOVER
Non-linear story driven by the discovery of lore on items, landmarks and secret elements in the world. Discovering these will both provide deeper insight into the mysterious Lost Vale, and also reward lore points, which are used to upgrade the heroes' different abilities.
ANIMATED CUT SCENES
Truly key story moments will be depicted in gorgeous, traditional 2D animation from Powerhouse Animation Studios, the studio that created the animated Darksiders cutscenes. For these, sit back and enjoy.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar - The Artifact Awakens!
Battle Chasers: Nightwar - Trailer 2
Battle Chasers: Nightwar - Gameplay Trailer
Battle Chasers: Nightwars' combat and activity-dense world scratch the JRPG itch, even if the storytelling and character development leave a fair bit to be desired. Its attractive dungeons and outdoor regions are fun to get lost in, and there are just enough hidden treasures to claim to make exploration rewarding in a more than visual capacity. I'd be very pleased to see more turn-based indie RPGs along the same lines as Nightwar in the future - and the ending heavily suggests this won't be the last we see of this universe in RPG form.