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  • Summary: Your cruise was so relaxing until the monsters from another dimension showed up to kill everyone. Fight them off, manage your resources effectively, and convince scattered survivors to join your efforts. A captivatingly eerie tactical turn-based RPG.
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  1. May 4, 2020
    80
    The many elements of Dread Nautical culminate in a formula that makes it enjoyable to chip away at the challenging campaign.
  2. Apr 30, 2020
    80
    Dread Nautical is a rougelike I can see myself coming back to for some time yet. With a good range of classes to choose from, some helpfully accessible difficulty options and a fun gameplay loop it is well worth checking out.
  3. May 4, 2020
    80
    Dread Nautical on Xbox One, with its oddly dark tone, tactical gameplay, and polygonal art style tries to make waves, yet manages to makes an ocean. Whilst it is let down by a lack of variation and complexity later on, Dread Nautical is a whale of a time that I would comfortably recommend to fans of RPGs or the likes of XCOM.
  4. Apr 30, 2020
    70
    Dread Nautical has the unenviable position of following two genre giants that moved into its launch window, but it holds its own as a worthy opening act.
  5. Apr 29, 2020
    63
    Dread Nautical has a fantastic minimalistic art style with a classic polygon feature that adds to that retro feeling. As a tactics game, it left a lot to be desired for me, but I can see how this would be a great intro into the genre without overloading a newcomer. The RPG elements of upgrading and enhancing characters and gear, as well as the survival food mechanic are fantastic, and the setting is truly interesting to play, but the gameplay wasn’t up to par to get me hooked. That, combined with the AI issues, makes Dread Nautical a bit of a rough ride lost at sea.
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  1. May 4, 2020
    7
    Dread Nautical is an Adventure Strategy RPG. Select your character from a fairly generic list. Then delve through the 20 decks of the ship toDread Nautical is an Adventure Strategy RPG. Select your character from a fairly generic list. Then delve through the 20 decks of the ship to get to the bottom of what's going on. Trapped on a cruise ship that's sailed into another dimension, most of the people on the ship have become mindless thralls. The most satisfying part of the game are those victory blows that finish your fights. The game is your usual RPG Strategy formula, search the areas for items, leave most of them behind due to your limited inventory, then move on to the next fight. The worst part of this limited inventory is everything has a durability that drains each time you hit or get hit. This can lead to the biggest dread in the game, stuck in a battle with nothing left because all your gear has broken. The story is kind of lacking, but it gets the job done. As far as Strategy is concerned, there isn't much depth to that. Most battles are beat the enemy down as fast as possible and move on to the next one. The overall pace to the game is fairly relaxed for a Rouge-Lite, letting you move along at your own pace for the most part. The long loading times lend to this relaxed feel, as they are fairly hefty. The game isn't bad, and will keep you pressing on again and again, but don't expect a lot of depth to this nautical adventure and it will be a smooth sail. Expand