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Vanaris Tactics - Review @ RPGFan

Discussion in 'Game/SP News & Comments' started by RPGWatch, Aug 10, 2022.

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    [​IMG]RPGFan reviewed the tactical RPG Vanaris Tactics:

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    Vanaris Tactics

    Sometimes, the hardest choice to make is uprooting and leaving everything behind in the hope that something better might be waiting elsewhere for you. There may be incredible hardships and tragedies lying in wait just for the mere possibility of something better. Such is the uneasy choice that our trio of main characters makes in the short SRPG Vanaris Tactics, a compelling venture into one fractured family of refugees attempting to escape their war-torn land.

    Vanaris Tactics tells a rather bleakly realistic narrative in a fantasy world where the conquering Northerners invaded the Southerners' lands, setting up a colony called Vanaris that is supposedly going to be shared equally by all. This is far from the truth as the monotheistic Northerners want to extinguish the cultural and spiritual beliefs of the Southerners, allowing them "freedom" only if they adhere to Northern societal rules and religion. Children under the age of ten are taken from their families, forcibly converted, and assimilated to the Vanaris cause, leaving many Southerners to simply tolerate the injustices heaped upon them for the sake of their offspring.

    Some Southerners rebel against the oppressive rule, but they're outmatched, and the fighting simply makes it more difficult for the Southerners to live with any kind of peace or security. Main character Morgana and her brother Nigel grow weary of the situation. Together, with Nigel's eldest son Adrien, they decide to flee Vanaris. Those hellbent on systematically destroying the Southerners' culture and even the rebels still fighting a losing battle make their journey perilous.

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    Vanaris Tactics was designed by Brazilian developer Matheus Reis, taking inspirational cues from some of the great SRPG classics while managing to tell a compellingly unique story full of moral ambiguity and important messaging. The game isn't terribly long, and even individual battles don't wear out their welcome if you maintain proper levels and gear, as is the case for other SRPGs. Vanaris Tactics is a perfect SRPG for fans of the genre who want a complete, fully realized tale in a shorter amount of time. I greatly appreciate the story it conveys, and I enjoyed my time playing. I am looking forward to seeing just what other games Matheus Reis and publisher Toge Productions produce in the future. Ultimately, Vanaris Tactics is a story about the journey and just who we might end up becoming on the way to our given destination.

    Score: 84/100
     
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