Design Analysis: Battle Brothers

Battle Brothers checks all of the boxes that interest me; Low fantasy setting, turn-based tactics, Role playing game (RPG) mechanics, resource management, and a brutal difficulty. While this game does a lot right, it also has a few glaring issues that keep it from being truly great. Battle Brothers is developed by a small team of independent game…

Design Analysis: Magic: the Gathering

Magic: the Gathering is a Trading Card Game (TCG) also called a Collectable Card Game (CCG). It was, in fact, the world’s first TCG having been released in 1993. It was created by Dr. Richard Garfield Ph.D. and is published by Wizards of the Coast. Both the mechanics and flavor of Magic are so vast…

Design Analysis: Darkest Dungeon

First Dark Souls, now Darkest Dungeon? I need to get outside more… Darkest Dungeon is an independent game by Red Hook Studios. It was successfully crowd-funded on kickstarter in February 2014 and released fully in January 2016. Since then, it has sold over a million copies and is slated to receive DLC in the near future.…

Design Analysis: Dark Souls 3  

Dark Souls 3 released in march of 2016 with critical acclaim. Since then, it received two paid expansions, Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City. Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director of the souls series has stated that he does not plan on returning to the series after Dark Souls 3 is finished. Although it’s sad to see the…

Design Analysis: Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game (RPG) that was released at the very end of February 2017. Its developer is Guerilla Games and publisher is Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Beginning the game enters us into a lengthy cutscene with a bearded tribal-looking man explaining to a baby…

The Nature of a Soulslike and Nioh

As I walked my character down a hallway I noticed a fuming yellow orb at the end of the corridor. This orb is a signifier of an item in the game Nioh. It was in a separate room, framed by a stone doorway. Upon entering the room I turn to the right, ignoring the item, and…

Design Analysis: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing game (RPG) that was released worldwide in November 2011. Its developer and publisher is Bethesda. It was released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows. A remastered special edition was released October 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows. We will be…