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What happens when the only hope of a threatened world lies not with heroes in shining armor, but in the hands of a band of misfits and criminals? Blackguards, a new turn-based strategy RPG, explores this very question. You will discover over 180 unique hex-based battlegrounds within a dark and mature story of crime, drugs, and murder.
Play as a warrior, mage or hunter and customize your character's skills as you see fit. The challenging campaign delivers a story of doubt, treason and loss. You decide the course of the story at key turning points and determine its outcome.
More than 180 unique battlemaps provide ever-evolving and novel challenges.
Make sure you have plenty of snacks, as this dark fantasy adventure has 40+ hours of exciting play time.
Lead up to five characters in your party to glorious victory or devastating defeat.
Enjoy enchanting hand drawn backdrops. They're beautiful even when your party members get their asses handed to them.
Your choice of spells, skills and abilities determine your battlefield tactics. Aggressive? Defensive? Tactical? It's your call how to tackle each challenging encounter!
Use interactive objects like bee hives or barrels to your advantage in combat, or blow yourself up by carrying a torch into flammable swamp gas.
Dish out some serious damage with 40 special abilities and more than 90 spells... or find yourself on the other end and get obliterated.
Turn based goodnessStebsis | Feb. 22, 2014 | See all Stebsis's reviews »
I've never played Dark Eye games so I can't say how closely this follows the pen and paper rules and lore, but I can say that this is pretty fantastic turn based game. I love Daedalic, they've become on my favorite developers thanks to fantastic point and click games so this is a bit different area they're tackling on.
Main character that you get to create if accused of murder and goes to jail, where he brakes away from with little help. There are some interesting and not so interesting characters along the way, and dialogue for the most part is pretty well done. Story itself isn't that interesting but choices you get to make are really nice.
Game itself works more or less like you'd expect from turn based rpg, if you've played something like XCOM you'll get the hang of pretty soon. There is quite a bit of customization in characters how you want them to progress, you can definitely make the kind of character you want. With each weapon type you get to choose wether it's used defensively or aggressively, and there are a ton of spells and abilities to learn. In combat at the bottom of the screen is shown the order in which characters, your dudes and enemies, move, and this is critical because you can plan better who to attack so that they don't get chance to attack you.
There is a ton of hidden depth in Blackguards combat like environmental hazards, line of sight, position of characters and so on. There is always something to learn. Battles can sometimes take a long time though and that's about the thing the game does most of, so if you don't like turn based action this isn't for you, nothing in the story is most likely going to hook you in that much. Blackguards is a deep and very well done turn based rpg, and here's hoping Daedalic will make more.
Not Your Average RPGKiLKaras | Jan. 27, 2014 | See all KiLKaras's reviews »
First off, this is a Turned-Based RPG, if you dislike Turn-Based combat this isn't the game for you.
If you do however like turn-based combat, you are in for a treat.
Blackguards a TBRPG using the Dark Eye Universe PnP rules. This means in combat you have a certain chance to fail a move, modified by your stats and equipment.
The game is primarily focused on the combat which I will touch on in a while. But make no mistake, the game's story, dialogue and characters are surprisingly good.
What sets the characters apart from generic RPGs is the witty dialogue. Each character has a distinctive speaking style, aided by some great voice acting. The dialogue is actually interesting to listen to and quite funny but not in a stupid way.
The story is ok, its pretty standard RPG fare but its elevated by the aforementioned characters and dialogue.
Be warned though, the game is quite linear and only opens up in chapter 3 which takes quite a few hours. (I reached chapter 2 in 8 hours or so.)
What prevents tedium are the battles. Each encounter is on a unique map, with its own unique interactive environments (No random encounters). For example, in one battle you might be in a swamp where you can lure enemies into sinkholes or blow them up via swamp gas. Yes, the environment plays a big part in how battles play out if you use it to your advantage.
There are quite a few abilities to play with which keeps combat fresh. Although some of the spells fail too often for my liking (balancing issue). You can choose a pre-made character or create one from scratch. So you can have a hybrid mage/warrior etc.
Blackguards is not a perfect game, but it has the "just keep playing" factor that many AAA games lack (from my experience). I thoroughly enjoyed my 9 hours or so with Blackguards so far and keep coming back to it. With an apparent 40 hours or so playtime for one playthrough, I think I got my moneys worth and then some.
Fantastic turn based RPGSganotak | Jan. 22, 2014 | See all Sganotak's reviews »
This is Daedalic's first attempt at creating a hex turn based RPG similar to FF Tactics or Heroes of M&M and I can say that I am quite impressed. I am playing this since it was in Alpha and I am very happy that it lived up to it's promises.
The story has your created character falsely accused of murdering a princess and imprisoned. With the help of two outlaws you break out and try to uncover the evil plot. Along the way you will meet lots of interesting characters that will aid you or stand in your way. The story is pretty linear but there are many choices that can result to different outcomes, so no playthrough is exactly the same to another. What I really liked about Blackguards was it's dark and morally gray characters that help shape up a strong and interesting narrative. It's Daedalic after all, who specializes in adventure games with rich and mature stories...
The gameplay is based on the rules of The Dark Eye, a pen and paper RPG game that is more popular in Daedalic's native Germany. Newcomers to the genre may be overwhelmed and confused by the complexity of the skill tress and the difficulty of the combat, which can be punishing at times. However veterans will feel pleased and rewarded by the depth and variety of the character progression system and overall gameplay. Furthermore, Blackguards brings some noteworthy additions to the genre like environmental interactions. The character class progression may be sprawling with options but the aesthetic character creation is very limited. Also there is no proper tutorial in the start of the game so it will take a while for you to get used to the game's mechanics.
The environmental design is beautiful and among the best I've seen for a game of the genre. On the other hand, character models lack some detail and despite everything being fully voiced in the game, there is no lip syncing. The voice acting is pretty good and the soundtrack fits the game's atmosphere perfectly
Blackguards is an impressive addition to the turn based RPG genre. Clearly aimed at the hardcore crowd, with a dark mature story and a lot of replay value it delivers a deeply enjoyable experience