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  • Summary: Battle Brothers is a turn based strategy RPG mix which has you leading a mercenary company in a gritty, low-power, medieval fantasy world.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 12, 2017
    92
    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.
  2. May 26, 2017
    85
    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.
  3. Jun 12, 2017
    85
    Combat can often devolve into a straight-line slugfest at times, and at other times terrain can make avenues of approach somewhat unclear and adjacencies a little hard to pinpoint. But for the vast majority of the time, the feeling of leading a desperate crew of die-hard sellswords is captured better in Battle Brothers than in pretty much any other game I've played. A surprise hit.
  4. Apr 17, 2017
    82
    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.
  5. Aug 25, 2017
    80
    An addictive turn-based strategy lets you manage a group of mercenaries. Occasionally it is hard and demanding, but it is a nice and unusual game for the fans of the genre.
  6. Apr 17, 2017
    80
    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.
  7. Apr 10, 2017
    65
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. Jun 18, 2017
    10
    Great strategy medieval low-magic game, where tactical turn combat is epic/great. Campaings are sandbox, where towns give you proceduralGreat strategy medieval low-magic game, where tactical turn combat is epic/great. Campaings are sandbox, where towns give you procedural missions in a procedural overland map.

    Good features of this game are:
    -Tactical combat of course. You must use different strategies and skills according to your opponents: thugs, goblins, orcs, wolves.... some battles you play are memorable.
    -Party management, with lots weapons and gear to use. You must control your money, tools (for repairing gear), food and medicines.
    -The visuals. The art design is great.
    -Sandbox style, where you can travel around an interesting overland map, doing the missions you want and trading to earn an extra money.
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  2. Nov 20, 2017
    10
    I checked the videos a lot before buying. Bought it during a discount and I can say today that those were some of the best 13 euros spent inI checked the videos a lot before buying. Bought it during a discount and I can say today that those were some of the best 13 euros spent in games for the year.

    Very addictive game that you will probably really start to get after the 3rd or 4th play-through (not complete of course). Set up your little band of mercenaries and become a legend in a world occupied by orcs, undead and (3) human houses/factions that try to dominate it.

    You take sides (with the houses - orcs & undead are not to be negotiated! :-P ), strengthen your group and try to survive. There are various professions and character perks that make your characters unique and you get attached to them. Build them up and keep them alive till then end (or for as long as possible!)

    Recommended!
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  3. Apr 2, 2017
    10
    One of the best indie titles released in recent years. Considering it was made by a very tiny studio the game is really quite good. It wasOne of the best indie titles released in recent years. Considering it was made by a very tiny studio the game is really quite good. It was heavily influenced by Mount & Blade, X-COM and the Jagged Alliance series. It has a randomly generated open world, great music, and a very charming 2D art style with an incredible amount of detail on the models.

    It has a deep tactical level of play and you need to be able to react quickly to the changing tides of battle. Like with Darkest Dungeon, not every fight can be won and RNG is RNG. Sometimes you need to run away to save yourself. I guess some people can't handle that aspect of the game, just like some people can't handle Darkest Dungeon or the X-COM series.

    The game has over a 92% positive review score on Steam. Don't allow some people who are sour that they can't spam "X" to win at the game and upset that they actually have to do some tactical thinking keep you from giving a great indie game a try.
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  4. Nov 13, 2017
    8
    This game is good, an A- to and A, but it does get old a little too fast.

    There are a lot of very interesting decisions made in the design
    This game is good, an A- to and A, but it does get old a little too fast.

    There are a lot of very interesting decisions made in the design of this game. Not all of them work, but the designers are obviously experienced gamers.

    The biggest strike I would call attention to is that it plays a bit like a card or board game. These are casual experiences, designed to be completed in a couple of hours, so high risk game play works well. Not so well for computer games. In Battle Brothers, the risk to your crew is always very high and the time investment to develop your crew members is also very high (many, many hours of play). I think these two elements are not compatible. Being forced to recruit inexperienced cripples is a design idea that really does not work.

    Beyond the German setting, the structure of the game is reminiscent of an old classic called Darklands. Other people have noticed this as well. My opinion is that they should study this older game to help influence the evolution of this title a) because they are closely related in concept, b) because this game needs much more depth to reach its (lofty!) potential, and c) because Darklands was fantastic for its time and needs to be revisited.

    I really wish Overhype Studios well on this fine foundation. Triple A could be in their future.

    As a final note: Although the writer is talented, and I don't wish to insult him, his sense of humor needs to be weaned out the game. Monty Python-esque humor is very hard to do well. It is PhD level comedy ... not for the amateurs. I feel that the weak humor detracts from the play experience. The writer also ventures into inappropriate and obscene humor. This is not as widely acceptable as the current media would have you think. I feel this should be avoided.
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  5. Apr 3, 2017
    6
    A good game but gets boring extremely fast. The game revolves around the turn-based combat, which is fun but very repetitive. The map seemsA good game but gets boring extremely fast. The game revolves around the turn-based combat, which is fun but very repetitive. The map seems not exploited to its full potential and the game is lacking some end-game goals. Hope it will be improved with patches because the base game is solid. Expand
  6. May 31, 2017
    4
    You randomly get hit twice and die and can't hire people quick enough to make up for it; not sure how people are beating it. I don't playYou randomly get hit twice and die and can't hire people quick enough to make up for it; not sure how people are beating it. I don't play video games to have a bleak and RNG-filled time. Expand
  7. Jun 21, 2017
    0
    So much promise so little gameplay. Played almost 100 hrs and hoping for that breakthrough moment but I was met with only disappointment.So much promise so little gameplay. Played almost 100 hrs and hoping for that breakthrough moment but I was met with only disappointment. Trust me your better off not playing this game. This is one of those games that fills you with hope and excitement for the first 5 to 10 hours before slamming the door in your face. It's almost like each campaign hits a paywall except you've already paid full price so WTH. In other words the difficulty curve in the second half is unbalanced. Mods may be able to fix this game with fun to play scenarios but until then it is a total waste of time and money! Expand

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