Batora: Lost Haven is an action-packed, isometric RPG by Stormind Games that puts you in the shoes of a young girl named Avril, who embarks on an interplanetary adventure to save Earth from destruction. This review will take a closer look at the well-crafted narrative, engaging gameplay, and the challenges that Avril faces throughout her journey.
Guardian of Balance
Avril, an ordinary Earth girl, suddenly finds herself bestowed with immense and overwhelming power as the Guardian of Balance. With Earth on the brink of annihilation, Avril must journey through numerous unknown worlds to ultimately change her own destiny and that of her planet. Despite some imperfections, the story of Batora is simple, engaging, and well-executed, especially in its dialogues.
Throughout the game, the theme of free will is explored, emphasizing that there are no right or wrong choices, only paths to take, each with its own consequences. The presence of Avril’s friend, Mila, plays a crucial role in her journey, providing emotional support and strengthening the bond between the two characters.
The gameplay of Batora: Lost Haven revolves around the duality of body and mind. As the Guardian of Balance, Avril wields the powers of the Sun and the Moon, representing physical and spiritual strengths. This duality is at the core of the game’s combat system, which is both fast-paced and strategic. Players must adapt to the nature of their enemies, which can be either physical, spiritual, or a hybrid of the two.
The double health bar system for Avril, representing both physical and spiritual health, adds an additional layer of strategy to the gameplay. Players will need to carefully manage their health and powers to effectively face various enemy types.
Character Progression and Choices
Character progression in Batora: Lost Haven is influenced by the choices players make throughout the game. These choices are color-coded (green and purple) to represent the path of the defender or the conqueror. While this system takes away some of the immersion, it provides an effective way to build Avril’s character based on the player’s preferred alignment.
The game features a rune system that allows players to customize their character’s stats and abilities. Although the rune system is not entirely free-form, it is closely tied to Avril’s alignment, making character progression feel more logical and coherent.
Batora: Lost Haven is a simple yet entertaining action RPG that manages to maintain a consistent pace throughout the game. The narrative, while not perfect, is engaging and immersive, with well-written dialogues that keep players invested in the story. The gameplay is dynamic and strategic, offering a unique take on the balance of body and mind.
While there are some imperfections and repetitive elements in the game, Batora: Lost Haven succeeds in providing an enjoyable experience without overstaying its welcome. If you’re a fan of action RPGs and are looking for an engaging, interplanetary adventure, Batora: Lost Haven is a game you should not miss.
Once again, a big thank you to Team17 for providing the PS5 key for this review.
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