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  • Summary: Battle Chasers: Nightwar is an RPG inspired by the console genre-greats and the 90’s cult comic book. Experience deep dungeon diving, turn-based combat presented in classic JRPG format, and a story driven by exploration of the world.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Jun 19, 2018
    95
    Despite having a shallow tutorial, Battle Chasers is perfect for RPG lovers and beginners in the genre, bringing everything a great RPG should have: an engaging storyline, dungeons full of loot, extensive Bestiary and a very different status/upgrade system. Even with time-consuming loadings giving a "brake" on the "flow" of the game, the player is compensated with magnificent artworks and tips on the loading screen.
  2. Jun 20, 2018
    85
    Battle Chasers: Nightware is pretty typical as far as turn based RPGs go, but its tight combat, beautiful production values and faithfulness to its source material make it worth checking out on Switch.
  3. May 27, 2018
    84
    Atmospheric and very pretty dungeon crawler with tactically thrilling and complex turn based fights in a living cartoon world.
  4. May 12, 2018
    80
    Battle Chasers: Nightwars is a damn good update to JRPGS of old, carrying the genre into 2018 without sacrificing what made it so appealing to begin with. The fact it’s now portable on the Switch just makes it better still.
  5. May 14, 2018
    80
    Despite a title that suggests it came out of a name generator, Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a satisfying slice of JRPG that forges a confident, colourful character of its own from formulaic ingredients. The approachable comic style, plus a couple of neat mechanics that encourage experimentation, give it a freshness that belies the age-old systems at its core, and it doesn’t waste your time with filler. Depending on your skill, you’ll probably spend around 30 hours on the critical path – comparatively breezy in RPG terms – though there’s plenty of side content to occupy you beside the main quest, plus a trio of heroes you’ll probably shun on your first playthrough.
  6. May 24, 2018
    79
    Even though the content updates from the other platforms are included from the get-go and make this a decent port of the tactic role-playing to Switch, there is still too much grind, too many fights against weak opponents. Plus you encounter performance problems that were not present on other systems.
  7. May 11, 2018
    70
    Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a solid RPG with a strategic battle system and challenging dungeon-crawling, but it’s held back by its harsh reliance on grinding. Regardless, its slower playstyle can work in spurts thanks to the Nintendo Switch’s handheld mode, which works well aside from some lag. If you are a retro RPG fan who won’t mind the grind, the game’s worth checking out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 6, 2017
    10
    This score is to counteract the trolls that gave this game a negative review. As of the date of this post the game hasn't even been releasedThis score is to counteract the trolls that gave this game a negative review. As of the date of this post the game hasn't even been released yet and the Devs behind this game deserve a fare shake. I request metacritic take down all user reviews until the game is actually released
  2. Oct 25, 2017
    10
    To counter act the trolls until real reviews can be posted.

    to reiterate what a poster before has said. "This score is to counteract the
    To counter act the trolls until real reviews can be posted.

    to reiterate what a poster before has said.

    "This score is to counteract the trolls that gave this game a negative review. As of the date of this post the game hasn't even been released yet and the Devs behind this game deserve a fare shake. I request metacritic take down all user reviews until the game is actually released".
  3. Oct 6, 2017
    10
    Hey, Metacritic, why is Nintendo Switch version available for review, when it has been delayed by the developer for an unannounced amount ofHey, Metacritic, why is Nintendo Switch version available for review, when it has been delayed by the developer for an unannounced amount of time? Just asking since it already has 4 good and 6 bad reviews with an average of 4.2.
  4. Jul 26, 2018
    8
    For what is essentially is a budget kickstarter JRPG, this is a very well done game. While I would prefer to have more side quest things toFor what is essentially is a budget kickstarter JRPG, this is a very well done game. While I would prefer to have more side quest things to do, there's enough here to keep your attention for awhile. I had never heard of the comics before playing this game so I was a bit disappointed that the game basically assumes you know these characters and their story from the start. However it's not a requirement by any means. The theme to this game is how slow everything is. From the combat, to traversing the world, to even buying and selling items. Nothing in this game goes at a pace quicker then a slow walk. And that's ok at times. I love the combat and theres alot of planning that goes along with it. And the characters themselves are fairly well done. Even if there's not character development that happens while in game. As for the story, its a very cookie cutter fantasy RPG style of story. There's nothing spectacular about it. However it kinda just works with how everything flows in the game. I really wish there was some more added content here. There's some stuff to do besides the main quest but not enough to make me want to go back and keep playing it. In the end, for what the game is, it's fairly well done for the type of budget it was clearly on. I personally didn't feel like the established world helped the game as much as the publisher thinks. I really don't want to jump into the comics after playing the game but I can see how someone might want to do that. In the end, this is just a decent RPG for those looking for one and can't spend 60 dollars on a new game.
  5. Aug 4, 2018
    8
    A great RPG game. Very nice graphics inspired by the Battle Chasers comic book series. The gameplay is relaxing and just what you would expectA great RPG game. Very nice graphics inspired by the Battle Chasers comic book series. The gameplay is relaxing and just what you would expect from a traditional RPG game combined with map exploration and dungeon delving. The overall experience is awesome. I loved the game and I recommend it to both RPG fans and not. Especially for those who have never played RPG games it is a great introduction to the genre.
  6. May 28, 2018
    7
    A unique but flawed experience. Battle chasers has a lot of good going for it. Fun engaging game play, memorable well voiced characters, andA unique but flawed experience. Battle chasers has a lot of good going for it. Fun engaging game play, memorable well voiced characters, and a fun aesthetic design play in it's favor. Other aspects like poor optimization, archaic RPG mechanics, and a lackluster story keep this game from being one of the greats.

    Combat is where this game truly shines. the overcharge mechanic makes for a unique engaging experience that will keep you enticed through the 30+ hours of the campaign. A lack of passive character leveling however; means you are essentially forced into picking 3 of the 6 party members to play through the whole game. Characters not in combat gain zero experience and the only way to swap active party members is to return to the hub area and manually add them to the roster. Leveling your bench warmer amounts to pointless grinding unfortunately.

    The Music doesn't have any tracks that truly stand out, but the score fits the aesthetic of the game well enough. Character designs are unique and memorable with a quality cast of actors to boot. The design aesthetic is well presented, reminding me of Super Mario meets Diablo 3 but with JRPG mechanics. The story is extremely minimal with no real character growth and a mostly generic plot told in the form of comic stripes and bits of text lore found in the games 8 dungeons.

    The truly annoying part of Battle Chasers on the Nintendo Switch were the technical issues that persisted through out my play through. A lack of optimization meant ever present frame drops/skips especially in combat. There were 6 crashes over the course of my campaign, and loading screens would tend to freeze for extended periods of time. Perhaps it was better optimized on other systems as i know the developer had issues with porting this to the Switch, but these problems hampered my enjoyment of the game.

    Overall however; i had fun playing Battle Chasers Nightwar. The Combat and well paced mechanics mostly make up for the short comings otherwise present. I hope to see a continuation of the series as i do see the potential here. with a bit more polish and a more fleshed out story this series has potential to be a truly memorable experience.
  7. Aug 7, 2018
    6
    Pros:

    * Art style is nice. Cons: * There is not much of a story to speak of. * The overworld is too linear and "on-rails" * Music
    Pros:

    * Art style is nice.

    Cons:

    * There is not much of a story to speak of.
    * The overworld is too linear and "on-rails"
    * Music is bad to non-existing. Is there even battle music in this game? I really can't remember. It's safe to say that this game doesn't have any music that will stick in your head.
    * The game feels very "grindy" since there are so few cutscenes and story moments to break it up.
    * The dungeons feel too similar and are too small. You could have run through them in 5 minutes had they not been littered with enemies around every corner.
    * You can only have 3 characters at the same time in the team and combat is pretty boring in general since you end up using the exact same abilities every fight, meaning it get's old fast.

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