Triangular Strategy Review – Powerful Conviction Shines Through Dark Times

Political intrigue is often a reminder of the ugliness that exists in our world. Greed and corruption usually drive the ship, leading officials to make tough decisions about dead-end situations. Triangle Strategy represents the worst side of humanity in these cases, forcing you to wonder if peace is a naive dream and if we can ever break out of the cycle of war.

As the newly appointed leader, it’s up to you. Challenging questions about how to handle horrific situations make Triangle Strategy a captivating experience, while entertaining strategic combat keeps you coming back to face them. Unfortunately, some stumbles along the way prevent Triangle Strategy from fully capitalizing on these appealing aspects, but even so, it delivers an engaging experience on and off the battlefield.

Triangle Strategy excels in its turn-based strategy mechanics. As you play, you build an army of different units with classes to help you fight in grid-based battles, where positioning and flanking are key. I used elevation to my advantage, as you can deal great damage and stay safe from counterattacks, and I liked finding new places to gain the advantage, whether to position myself on top of houses or cliffs. However, the best part is the different abilities of your party members and the synergy in action. My favorite moment was when I knocked an enemy off a cliff for fall damage straight into a trap I set with another character a few turns earlier.

You also get a wide variety of fighters; I had a martial arts grandmother and a child circus performer who joined my ranks. The circus performer could craft a decoy to simulate competition and absorb damage, while another character could change the weather to affect the power of my magic. Speaking of which, the elemental power you have is extremely satisfying when combined with the environment. See an enemy standing in a puddle? Use a lightning spell to electrocute and paralyze them.

There’s also great fun watching your team level up, learn new abilities, and roam your headquarters. Three different weapon tiers and class promotion tiers exist to upgrade your characters. The former is more about unlocking stat boosts and passive abilities, while the latter boosts your stats and unlocks some cool new abilities. Due to linear progression, I wish there was more customization in character creation, but it’s an easy system to understand, and I’ve always looked forward to new abilities due to new strategies they would open.

Unfortunately, the battles can be a bit repetitive and endless; don’t be surprised if you spend 30-45 minutes in one encounter. Towards the end of the game more variety in your objectives opens up, such as escort missions and defusing bombs, but I wouldn’t call that fun, especially when they just extend already long combat sequences. . Also, don’t expect to make it through the journey without having to level, especially when you get to the later stages. Battles have a limit to the number of members you can bring in, and even the characters you take into each fight won’t match the recommended level for each battle stage. Luckily, the grinding isn’t too much of a pain, as there are mock battles that give great items for upgrades and allow you to gain a level or two to complete.

Triangle Strategy’s story centers around three nations that control vital resources, which has caused great conflict in the past. For the past 30 years, countries have worked together, sharing resources to maintain peace. However, history tends to repeat itself, and a power-hungry ruler turns everything upside down, bringing out the worst in all leaders of nations for some. game of thrones style levels of political intrigue. As a newly appointed leader named Serenoa, you must decide what foundations to lay for a new era.

The overall plot is nothing new, and it’s told through boring and lengthy cutscenes. However, it’s the way Triangle Strategy presents the decisions and disappointments that keeps things fresh. Often you see the various nations planning their next move in the background, just enough to make you wonder if you can trust them. Then you are usually faced with a choice involving the suspect party one way or another. When is the best time to face them? Do you use them to gain allies and supplies to grow stronger for the time being, or do you cut all ties for fear of their inevitable betrayal?

You decide your strategy, which generally responds to one of three beliefs: utility, morality or freedom. This will often influence who joins your army. Each conviction is also represented by a character close to Serenoa: her childhood best friend, her new fiancé or her faithful adviser. It adds a nice personal touch, as I was often torn between these personalities I liked and their stance on what to do next. When I chose against their preferred path, I felt the sting of letting them down, and sometimes the consequences impacted them even joining me in battle.

Every decision has layers; I could see equal pros and cons and was often afraid of their potential repercussions. This made me weigh each choice very carefully. I was even surprised by some of my selections. Are you fighting with an enemy to face an even greater threat? Must a few suffer for the greater good of many? Triangle Strategy does a fantastic job of making you feel like a leader, and the narrative isn’t afraid to take dark turns. At times the ominous and desperate tone made the game difficult to play, but I appreciate that the writers don’t revisit the darker tendencies of humanity, especially in times of war and political unrest.

Playing Triangle Strategy battles is probably the easiest and most carefree part of the experience. It’s a lot of fun strategizing and seeing your characters’ abilities shine, and I loved outsmarting the competition. The hardest part of the journey is the choices alongside the grim realities it confronts you about the injustices of the world. The game has multiple endings, allowing you to choose your vision of the future. Even with my end, which was that of a much more idealized and compassionate world, I remained somewhat discouraged. But, maybe, that’s the point. And for that, Triangle Strategy isn’t like most games you’ll play, which makes it special, even if it’s not always perfect in delivering its hard truths.