While approachable for tacticians of just about any skill level, the pacing and a sense of blandness hold it back
Though tactical strategy games may be a bit of a niche subgenre, the Switch has been blessed with quite a lot of them, and each have generally added their own bit of flavor to the pot. For me, Live by the Sword: Tactics actually got off to a pretty good start, feeling like it did a great job of covering some fundamentals in a way that would help make it ideal for the uninitiated. However, once the game got going I was mostly struck by how slow it all seemed to be playing out and the fact that I wasn’t really connected to the story or the characters in my party. While the game has a number of classes you can combine to find success on the battlefield, with a reasonable amount of tweaking you can do to help them better suit your style, they really just end up feeling like pawns on the board that you’re not terribly invested in. Pair that with the aforementioned slow grind of your typical battle and among its brethren this just ends up feeling a bit bland.
Justin Nation, Score: