Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Plan, Execute, Observe
Usually when the phrase "turn-based" strategy comes up it implies a you-go-then-I-go style of gameplay. The most common version of this is by teams (examples include XCOM, Front Mission and Final Fantasy: Tactics). Somewhat rarer takes on the concept are command point systems (Valkyria Chronicles) and unit-by-unit systems (The Banner Saga). However, the most unconventional way of doing turn-based strategy in my mind has to be the simultaneous-turns method. Aside from the aforementioned Flamberge, I can only think of three other titles that have ever used this particular approach.
Flamberge represents an evolution of this subgenre in that it takes the best from its three predecessors and attempts to innovate and streamline the mechanics. The story is unfinished, but has potential; arguably, it strikes a good balance between too much story and no-story at all. Here's hoping this game makes it out of early access in a timely manner unlike so many other titles that are soon abandoned and forgotten after their Steam debut.