Battle Brothers immersed me more than what you would expect from “just” a turn-based tactical RPG. I love its artistic approach, its mechanics to every last bit, and of course its unforgiving difficulty curve. I would not have it any other way. In this reviewer’s humble opinion, this is easily the leading candidate for indie game of 2017.
Αn unforgiving and difficult to master Turn-based strategy RPG set in a low fantasy universe, that rewards the persistent and patient player. A perpetual battle for survival and the constant need for adapting new gameplay tactics is only held back by the total randomness in many aspects of the game. This randomness is at the same time charming and repulsive.
Battle Brothers needs more text to fully bring its world to live, but if you like turn-based battles and open worlds, this game is as good as it gets.
Don’t let some clunky inventories scare you off from this excellent strategy RPG.
Battle Brothers knows what it is and doesn’t try to be more than it should be, and that makes it so much better than other titles that strive for an epic or storied feel. What’s accomplished here is a solid, honest package of thrills and strategic depth, though not oppressively so. In truth, the world can get monotonous and drags at times, but I also found myself losing track of time on several occasions as I told myself, “Just one more job.” I dabbled in Veteran a bit before writing this review and couldn’t get back into it — I just couldn’t find the heart to jump right back in after I had developed such an incredible group of fighters who I got to know by name. One day I will likely pick the banner back up and I may just fall on the battlefield twenty hours in. And that’s okay.
Battle Brothers may not be a game that I think about months from now, but in the moment I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. It’s a break from the fast paced games constantly bombarding me. If that sounds like something that would be up your alley, then don’t hesitate and start building up a mercenary band for an adventure to call your own.
Thrilling strategy game with motivating RPG gameplay, but also with a lot of random elements which may not be for everyone.
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Even the easiest difficulty presents a considerable challenge, since winning a fight in Battle Brothers isn’t the be-all and end-all, it’s equally important to keep your mercs alive and well.
While the visuals are sub-par at best, Battle Brothers is an interesting turn based tactics beast with a multi-faceted battle system but also serious balancing issues.