Battle Worlds: Kronos Review
Strategy games have been around since the dawn of time (at least in video game years), and for good reason. The call to rise up to the challenge of our rivals is universal, something etched into our very DNA.
The genre may have seen some radical changes since the days of the Pentium II, but KING Art Games is channeling its roots with the Kickstarter-approved SRPG Battle Worlds: Kronos. There’s no denying that there is a demand for these types of games, but is this excitement well-founded?
Skirmishes are the name of the game in Battle Worlds: Kronos — as they very well should be. Utilizing a turn-based hex system, commanding units on the battlefield is a breeze.It is easy to see which units can go where, as well as what their attack range is. This makes the core elements of the game easy to grasp, and also helps make battles move along quickly.
However, there is little to no variety when it comes to the gameplay. There are a number of different units that each have specific “Joker” actions that can be utilized, but most skirmishes play out the same. Little things like utilizing the wreckage of enemies may seem to add variety, but the ol’ Zerg rush tactic is often the best path to victory.
That’s not to say that Battle Worlds: Kronos is a walk in the park — the AI found here is absolutely merciless. It’s not so much that they use smart tactics insomuch is that they throw countless units your way. Even those who have cut their teeth on classic SRPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics and Advance Wars will be at odds with the challenge the AI brings. Online play alleviates this issue, leveling the playing field considerably.
There is a story in Battle Worlds: Kronos, but it’s nothing to write home about. There may be two full-blown campaigns, CG cutscenes, and interactions with officers on the field, but these feel superficial. What’s more, they have the same ham-fisted dialog and cheesy cinematics made famous by Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2. Thies, but it’s hard to take a sweeping tale of intergalactic war seriously when multicolored tanks and talking heads rule the land.
Battle Worlds: Kronos is a SPRG that plays things safe by boiling down the genre to its very roots. Some may appreciate this simplistic approach, but it lacks the refinements found in some of the more popular SRPGS to grace the gaming market today.