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It’s the re-boom of the comic book industry in the late 90s. After years of uncertainty, the industry is changing and sales are looking good once again. Superstars are being reborn, as independent creations take the spotlight and people look once again beyond the big two of Marvel and DC. One of the biggest comics of the time?

Battle Chasers, a stylistic combination of fantasy and steampunk themes from Joe Maduereira. 1998 saw the Battle Chasers take the market by storm, its art and story being white-hot at the time and fans devouring every issue printed. As was typical of the time however, Battle Chasers fell victim to scheduling conflicts and only managed to produce a handful of issues before it faded away.

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Fans never stopped yearning for a revival of the adventures of Gully and her posse, eventually resulting in the crew of misfits making a return in the most unlikeliest of mediums: A video game. Thanks a Kickstarter campaign that managed to pull in enough interest to resurrect the property, Battle Chasers lives again with. But it’s not that kind of a video game.

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You see an ancient War Golem, a taciturn swordsman and a young girl capable of shattering mountains with her magical gauntlets and you immediately think that Battle Chasers: Nightwar is Darksiders reborn. It’s hard not to make that comparison, especially with both properties sharing Madureira’s art direction. Battle Chasers: Nightwar is rather the inverse of that property.

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It’s a careful and measured role-playing adventure, one that takes plenty of inspiration from a genre of turn-based combat and dungeon-crawling while also adding a few ideas of its own to the mix. It feels somewhat archaic and yet…there’s a certain freshness to Battle Chasers: Nightwar that’s hard to deny. A combination of style and substance that makes even the most hectic of enemy encounters a tactical game of chess with swords and iron fists.

The best trick in Battle Chaser’s bag so far comes down to how it handles dungeons. There’s an emphasis on Nightwar doing its very best to not insult the time of players, something that I can appreciate. You know where your enemies are. With enough practice, you know who your enemies are, what they’re capable of and how best to approach them.

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The turn-based combat of Battle Chasers: Nightwar may be a slow burn that rewards strategic thinking, but at least Nightwar wants to give players a chance to formulate strategies on the fly. I’m only around ten hours into Battle Chasers: Nightwar so far (THANKS OCTOBER YOU HECTIC MONTH YOU!), but the result so far is a game which somehow manages to balance being a tense fight to survive certain scrapes by the skin of my teeth with the comfort of formulating tactics that’ll best suit my survival instincts at my own leisure, leveraging the skills of my core party of rogues and warriors.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar is as deep as it is gorgeous. I can’t wait to jump back in for some more action this week.

Last Updated: October 2, 2017

12 Comments

  1. What platforms is this being released on? And please say Switch is included in that list

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    • Admiral Chief

      October 2, 2017 at 10:55

      ‘Switch is included in that list’

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      • Guild

        October 2, 2017 at 11:31

        :))))))

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        • Admiral Chief

          October 2, 2017 at 13:05

          I’m not sure if it is, but you wanted someone to say it

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    • Magius

      October 2, 2017 at 11:07

      IIRC tomorrow is the release for PS4, XBO and PC. Switch was delayed. Please check me on that, but I always planned on getting the Switch version. I just checked Amazon and they have the Switch version listed as 31 December 🙁

      I am sure that is a placeholder date, but that means the superior version is a ways out

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      • Guild

        October 2, 2017 at 11:31

        I honestly didn’t think much of the Switch when it launched. Thought there were hardly any games etc. Now, damn. Seriously so happy I got one. Never thought I get so much joy from it. And the amount of games, I was wrong…..my backlog grows more every day.

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        • Magius

          October 2, 2017 at 11:34

          I was exactly the same. “it’s underpowered. It’s just going to be a last gen port machine. No 3rd party support. It’s overpriced”.

          All these things was said by me and boy was I wrong. After watching Mario x Rabbids during E3 Treehouse-thing I went that weekend and bought a Switch. Other than this weekend it has been my most used machine. I have hardly touched the PS4, XBO and PC of late.

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          • Guild

            October 2, 2017 at 11:50

            I’m currently playing Mario+Rabbids. Such a good game. I think Geoff has heard me go on about it for the passed 3 weeks now. Then there is Mario Kart, never played one and now 🙂 Best family game. Bought the steering wheels for my kids and it is great. I’m just waiting to hit up Zelda next. Only reason I’ve been slow is because of Destiny 2 on my PS, almost done with the raid. Otherwise I’d be on the Switch all the time.

          • Magius

            October 2, 2017 at 13:04

            I love that game so much. Never thought I would like a Mario or a Rabbids game ever let alone a crossover!

      • The D

        October 2, 2017 at 12:59

        I will say that I think this game is *perfect* for the Switch.

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        • Magius

          October 2, 2017 at 13:04

          Making the wait all the more interminable 🙁

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  2. Umar

    October 2, 2017 at 11:51

    Hell yeah. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it. Can’t wait for it

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