Reviews are popping up:
Another great feature about the battle system is being able to stack debuffs. Whoever thought of adding this to the game was a genius because it made each battle strategically more fun. I often found myself figuring out how to quickly raise the poison or bleed damage counters of bosses to knock off a huge portion of their HP.
You’re simple attack may do good damage but you may want to use a secondary attack that may be much weaker but increases your chance to land critical strikes for three turns. Abilities play off each other incredibly well. Instead of always focusing on doing the most powerful attacks you may want to change it up and hit an enemy with an ability that will cause them to bleed. Another ability will indicate that it will do 125 damage but will do an additional 200 damage if the enemy is bleeding. Every skill and ability is useful in the game as long as you utilize them to full effect.
The story didn’t grab me, but the battle system did. Similar to games like Final Fantasy X, Nightwar features a designated turn order, so you can plan out each battle in advance. Regular attacks might be relatively weak, but they happen immediately. On the other hand, abilities burn mana and require a casting time so your selected ability might not trigger until after an enemy’s attack. This system requires a little extra planning, but the tension of trying to knock out an enemy or heal a party member before your foes’ turns is thrilling. On top of all this, each party member has unique skills and abilities, and many of them deliver bonus damage depending on the buffs applied by other heroes’ abilities. I loved experimenting with this team synergy and chaining together different sets of abilities as I calculated the optimal damage output.
I have the feeling the last author wasn’t using the systems to their fullest extent, and therefore thought grinding was necessary. I’ve seen those complaints before in games where it wasn’t true (Enchanted Arms comes to mind)
I’m greatly intrigued/encouraged by the commentary on the combat systems.