ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 4.0 stars
Action Role-Playing Games are so prevalent in today's gaming industry that newbies might not even know RPG's were originally turn-based. The older I get, the more I find myself appreciating the nuances of turn-based games, which is why I find "Blackguards" to be a wonderfully nostalgic fantasy adventure!
Players begin their adventure as a competent fighter who's mistakenly accused of murdering the local princess. After being tortured for a bit, the player meets a warrior and a mage as they all escape from prison. From there, the tarnished trio seeks fame and fortune while also avoiding the long arm of the law.
Starting the adventure in easy mode automatically fills in all stat points depending on class (warrior, hunter, mage). However, I prefer expert mode, where the player has more control by filling in everything from stats to skills to special abilities! Expert mode is for seasoned players who want to customize their character so that no points are wasted.
Although the adventure is rather slow at the beginning, it starts to really pick up after a few hours. I enjoy traveling from town to town learning about the world, meeting new people and undertaking quests. Some quests are hidden and have to be discovered while others give players moral choices that have noticeable consequences.
Combat requires a strategic mindset, as players must constantly make important decisions. Do I use my mage to heal a friend or blast enemies with a fireball? Should I focus fire on the warrior or the hunter taking pot shots from a distance? This game can be difficult from the very beginning, which may be a turnoff for gamers new to the genre.
Despite some minor bugs, "Blackguards" is an enjoyable turn-based RPG that's sure to entertain patient gamers.'Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z'