Overview: Triangle Strategy (PC)

In its plot, Strategy of the Triangle depicts the war and bloodshed between the three kingdoms, Glenbrook, Hysant, and Esfrost. After three decades of relative peace, a new discovery intensifies the rivalry between the great nations and forms the backdrop against which the game’s narrative takes place. The story is mature and tackles issues that are difficult to tackle, especially in the context of today’s video games. Racism, class struggle and Xenophobia These are just a few of the themes that help add weight and seriousness to the experiences and decisions made by the player.

The so-called system scales of faith (or “Confidence Scales”) are implemented and allow the player to alter the course of the story based on decisions made during gameplay. At crucial moments in the scenario, the characters prove their arguments and vote on what actions to take. From there, it’s up to the player to convince them otherwise and decide the fate of the narrative. Bits of dialogue and loose lore are found throughout the game and can be used at this point to decide the balance of decisions on one side or the other. Sometimes the game will allow the player to explore different areas such as cities or castles. During this part of the game it is possible to hunt for things that will be useful on the battlefield, such as healing items, as well as information that provides greater depth to the narrative world here.

While the story may seem a little too dense, with too many characters, locations, and historical events for the player to handle easily, it’s notable how well the script is written and how well it develops throughout the game. Politics and intrigue are still not the biggest appeal of the game, but its narrative only improves and becomes more and more interesting with time. Fans of series like Game of Thrones will feel good, but those who prefer more dynamics and adrenaline will also be satisfied. The plot of the characters is well integrated. None of them stand out too much, but they all fit well into the mold needed to develop the narrative satisfactorily. The fact that the entire game is voiced (either in English or Japanese) certainly adds an element of immersion and makes the player feel even more part of the story. However, the jewel of the triangle strategy is of course its combat. The game employs some really sophisticated mechanics that create an engaging tactical experience on and off the battlefield.

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Since it’s a tactical RPG, the game uses a grid-based system with rectangular spaces – or houses – where characters take turns moving between turns. One of the biggest differentiators of combat in the triangle strategy is the ability to use the battlefield to the player’s advantage. A patch of grass, for example, when set on fire, can turn into a huge fire that affects nearby enemy units. An electricity-based spell deals more damage to enemies that are soaked or lying on wet ground. Events like this aren’t new to RPGs, but here they’re enhanced and add an extra layer of strategy and fun to each encounter.

Triangle Strategy may not be the best RPG of the year, nor a favorite of many, but it’s certainly a great addition to the pantheon of genre titles distributed by Japanese company Square Enix. Its plot can be a bit slow at times – especially due to the emphasis on political intrigue – but its characters, the quality of its storytelling and its combat system stand out and guarantee a very satisfying experience.

Triangle Strategy is available for PC and Nintendo Switch platforms.

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