Battle Chasers: Nightwar
You’d be forgiven for being exhausted with old-school, turn-based JRPG battles after more than 30 years of games replete with them, but don’t sleep on Battle Chasers: Nightwar. While that combat is at the core of Nightwar’s gameplay, it’s executed so cleverly and thoughtfully here it never feels stale or rote. Instead, every battle in this gorgeously illustrated RPG-puzzler is a balanced affair that demands careful strategy and preparation, with every victory yielding a sense of satisfied accomplishment. The interplay of buffs and debuffs and the synergy of skills across characters make each battle feel like a dance of carefully positioning and undermining enemies in anticipation of brutal finishing strokes. And out of battle, Nightwar’s puzzles, beautiful art, and story keep you fully engaged between encounters.