Triangle Strategy Review
Triangle Strategy, Square Enix’s new strategy RPG, is available for the Nintendo Switch now. Is this epic new game worth a look? Here is our review of Triangle Strategy!
Set in a land of many kingdoms, Triangle Strategy’s epic story quickly turns toward war and intrigue. The game is separated into chapters, some of which – surprisingly enough – do not have battles! There is a lot of dialogue in Triangle Strategy, with some arguing that sometimes there is too much dialogue and too much story. The story often is more important than the battles. That said, it is a very good story and branching paths add a lot of replay value to the game. However, when you do have battles, the game is much better and much more exciting.
Triangle Strategy’s battle system will remind players of Square Enix’s classic Final Fantasy Tactics. It is pretty similar to that, though there are some new additions such as lines that make it more clear which enemies can attack you and color squares that make it clear when you’re safe or not. Both are great additions to the tactical RPG genre, and should factor into Square Enix titles in the future. Triangle Strategy also has difficulty settings, so you can make the game as easy or as hard as you want, a welcome addition to promote accessibility to a wide variety of players. We played the game on very easy and that absolutely lives up to its name. The battles were extremely easy, though there were still some challenges to be found. Moving between difficulty levels is never a bad idea, and again, makes the game so much more accessible!
The one of the biggest drawbacks of Triangle Strategy is the game’s lack of random battles on the world map. Instead, you go to a bar to take part in ‘mock’ battles whenever you want to level up. This works, but not quite as well as random battles because you’ll find yourself repeating the same ‘mock battles’ over and over to level up until a new battle appears in the bar later. It feels a bit repetitive. The Encampment where you go to get these mock battles is a neat hub for the game though. You can shop and talk to characters there. Plus, the game will let you wander around town/battle areas to find items and get the lay of the land before a battle. That’s pretty cool, and a great additional strategy element!
As for the jobs in the game, each of the characters has his or her own class already that can be upgraded at a certain level and with a medal (much like Fire Emblem). You can also level up the character’s stats too. The jobs are all really good, Wordsmith and Artisan being this reviewer’s favorites. That being said, it’s too bad that you can customize your characters a bit more. A job system for Triangle Strategy would’ve taken the game to the next level, but might have also added an additional complexity that isn’t necessarily needed. Still, what you are offered in this game is good.
Triangle Strategy continues the HD-2D look that was introduced with Octopath Traveler. Though this game looks even better than Octopath. The level of detail in each of the areas is stunning and the visual effects, especially for magic, are wonderful. Triangle Strategy is a great looking game.
Meanwhile, its sound is just as great. The voice acting in this game is a welcome addition to this dialogue heavy game. And the music and sound effects are good too!
Triangle Strategy isn’t perfect, but it is still a great game. It does focus on its story a bit too much and doesn’t let you battle as often as you’d like. Even so, the story is great and when you do battle, it’s a ton of fun. Add to the battles, amazing HD-2D visuals and wonderful sound and you get a game that strategy rpg fans are sure to love despite its flaws. Triangle Strategy is an excellent addition to the Nintendo Switch library of games.
Thank you to Nintendo Canada for providing a digital code for this review. Triangle Strategy is now available via retail and the Nintendo Switch eshop!