Impressions: Battle Chasers: Nightwar – Your Next JRPG?

Here’s what we thought of Battle Chasers: Nightwar so far.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar, developed by Airship Syndicate, is an RPG that is full of inspirations from iconic titles filled with dungeon exploring, a deep narrative journey, and classic turn-based combat. So is this a title we recommend checking out? Here are our initial impressions so far.

Introduced to the world through Kickstarter, the development studio’s campaign managed to raise over $800,000 for their Battle Chasers: Nightwar video game title. We won’t spoil the narrative of the video game for you, but the developers opted to craft a narrative journey that is based off a 1990s comic book series Battle Chasers.

Overall, players will find that the journey will revolve around magic gauntlets owned by a little girl named Gully. With her father missing and enemies around the world aiming to get their hands on these powerful gauntlets, Gully will rely on her makeshift crew to locate the gauntlet’s true owner.

If you enjoy old school JRPG titles then you’ll likely be delighted over the gameplay mechanics. There’s side quests, various enemies to face against, and a series of dungeons, all of which are procedurally generated.

Depending on who is in your party, players will have a few options to choose from when battling their opposing force. Luckily, if you’re not the fondest turn-based RPG gamer, then Battle Chasers: Nightwar may be a decent entry to the genre.

Outside of basic attacks, there will be a few special skill attacks that can be used from the various party members. This also means, going through battles is relatively easy and not menu-heavy. With that said, there are still some gauges and meters to keep an eye on throughout battles, resulting in some slight strategy into your next move.

While the gameplay may be introductory for new players at the start, there is a slight grind to the game. You’ll find that switching out players often will be ideal in order to upgrade their level and skill tree. With dungeons available for replay, players may find themselves sticking around a bit longer than desired in order to assure everyone is up to par when it comes to progressing the narrative.

Loot is pretty abundant in the video game as well and can drastically change your character up, though the drawback is that certain pieces of loot can lower stats just as much as it can raise other aspects.

As for the visuals and audio, we can’t complain. Visually, the video game is bright and colorful matching its comic book narrative foundation. Voice actors are able to breathe a bit of life into their cast of characters and there’s a decent soundtrack attached alongside the video game as you progress through your epic journey.

All-in-all, we definitely found some enjoyment so far with Battle Chasers: Nightwar but it does have its faults such as the emphasis on grinding to level your characters up or to acquire a specific piece of loot. You can check out Battle Chasers: Nightwar for yourself right now on either the PC or PlayStation 4 platforms.

Full Disclosure: A copy of the video game was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.