The description of “roguelike tactical strategy RPG” that comes with Battle Brothers should clearly communicate one of the most critical things to know about the title… it’s damned hard. The learning curve, even if you start out on the easiest setting and use the game’s “tutorial” to get help, is absolutely brutal here and it’s a game where you’ll simply need to endure getting your ass handed to you repeatedly to slowly learn how best to address numerous concerns including the composition of your team, how to best utilize the attack skills associated with certain equipment, and also how to try to plan but then be ready for sometimes random tragedy along the way. Unfortunately, I found that the second real struggle tends to be with the game’s interface, with it feeling very much like a converted PC title with some quirks in behavior that take getting used to. This is definitely one of those titles that’s a mix of good and bad, and will likely have each person playing it walking away with a unique impression… but no matter what be ready for needing to put in some time to get the most out of it.
Justin Nation, Score: