Bravery Network Online Preview – A Whole Lot of Beautiful
On Gamescom I had the pleasure of playing one of indie games publisher Alliance’s upcoming titles. The fact it was basically a pokemon-inspired game with a crazy artstyle made it all the more interesting.
Bravery Network Online’s story mode centers around a post-apocalyptic world where people are basically dueling each other with pokemon-like fighters for fun, fame and a better life. The demo sadly didn’t show that much of those aspects but instead showed off some of the characters and how they interact with the fighters, which I found quite fascinating already.
Instead of sounds, the fighters are pretty similar to humans (well they are basically humans with different powers) and as a result, can talk and interact with each other just normal and intuitive for the player. They all, of course, have varying personalities, likes and dislikes and while talking to them, the game offers various dialogue options to explore some of their opinions too. At the same time, this rather extensive characterization also leads to a tinier cast of fighters you will unlock by progressing through the story, instead of finding around a hundred in some sort of open world. So, while it may be easy to just slap a “Pokemon with humans” label on it, Bravery Network shapes up to be something entirely different in the writing alone.
The combat itself is also a mix of everything and I like it a lot. On the one hand, there are the known limited uses per attack, a ton of status effects and attacks that influence either the enemy or the fighter itself. Actually, the whole basic idea is pretty much the same as in pokemon, every fighter has 3 attacks, you can have up to 5 fighters in total and have to combine all of them in the most effective manner. On the other hand, there are still cool ideas, like status effects being applied via numbers and stackable “chips” basically, making it way clearer what is going on with everyone at the moment and how likely it will be for your fighter to be paralyzed or put into sleep.
Last but not least, let’s talk about the one thing that should hook anybody though is the presentation. Featuring a super unique
Bravery Network online will release 2019 for PC and Mac