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a game by Shiro Games
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
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Sometimes you just want to play games, not for a noble cause - but to work for yourself. Wartales is presenting one of those RPGs where instead of slaying the threat of darkness. You're a mercenary in search of wealth. All it's doing is taking real-world ambitions into a medieval fantasy world. And that is just fine!

Wartales plays like a gritty turn-based strategy RPG that by no means glorifies anything about a fantasy world. Instead, you'll play as characters only trying to survive a kingdom recovering from war. We've been cast into a land that seems to suffer from real-world problems - but it the antithesis of fantasy gaming sure seems like an intriguing prospect.

What Do I Have To Do To Survive?

Wartales is yet to have an official release. Still, a demo remains in early access - but the game is already shaping up to be quite the exciting offering. You'll initiate a character that takes charge of a mercenary company that only looks to survive the harsh realities of their fallen kingdom. To do that, you will have to loot, steal, eat, avoid the plague, and stave off competitors.

The game plays like a top-down isometric much in the vein of some other classic open-world RPGs. There's nothing fantastical about Wartales, though. It's grim to the core, displays visuals of run-down villages, harsh Northern climates, and stone properties run by greedy clergymen. The environmental design sets the scene very well and is one of the best traits of Wartales.

When it comes to combat, you'll be engaged in an intense turn-based battle. It's no laughing matter - players will have to take strategic approaches and use their party's best traits to combine and neutralize enemies. Wartales is tricky - but given its theme, it has to be. Like all good RPG's there are ways to overcome the challenges ahead.

Character customization, including skill development, equipment crafting, and garnering experience through exploration. You'll grind your way through the land, searching for wealth, reputation, and power. At the moment, Wartales does what it sets out to do pretty well - but as it's condensed in early access, we have yet to see it at its best.

Cold, Stiff, and Harsh

Wartales already has that sense of fluidity. The ambitions are clear, the objectives are set, and the world resonates beautifully with players. The problem at the moment is that the game feels rather stiff. The turn-based combat system doesn't excite or engage as it should - but let's not forget that there's still room for improvement.


Do you enjoy games like the Might and Magic series or Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire? You are going to thoroughly enjoy Wartales. It's a game that only seems to be getting better, and we can imagine it being in a good state come full release. While we have no release date just yet, this grim epic is definitely one to keep an eye on for the rest of the year.


  • Beautifully designed world tailored to a dark medieval fantasy
  • RPG development mechanics are excellent
  • Deep progression structure that will serve the game well for narrative


  • The combat system is unengaging
  • Movement in the world feels a bit stiff

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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