It’s been awhile since I have played a good turn-based RPG that has actual depth involved. There is a lot going on in this game and it’s just the right amount as well. For those of you who do not know, Expeditions: Viking is developed by Logic Artists and is currently on Steam. As stated before the game is a turn-based RPG and you take the role of well, Vikings. This is our Expeditions: Viking review.
Viking reminds me of old school RPG games. You need to think your character out, plan ahead and sort of theory-craft along the way. There are many, many ways to go with what you want your character to be. To be perfectly honest, when I first launched the game I spent way too much time figuring out what I really wanted to do with my character and what everything does. You are sort of plunged into a plethora of options and just like any good RPG, you need to think.
One of the things that might turn people off to this game would be its turn-based style. I believe Logic Artists did a good job with the turn based system but I feel like the UI could use some work. The game is gorgeous in itself but I feel like there was a lot going on but also not a lot going on. No game is perfect, of course, but the UI defiantly needs some work done. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves of this game by far. I should not be harping on it as much as I am, but it’s something that just got to me when playing the game.
A lot of the issues I have with the game right now seem to be things that can be fixed with a patch or two. There were a lot of issues with stuttering and load times. Every time I went to a load screen, it would freeze for a while and eventually load in. Nothing too game breaking but a slight annoyance none the less. All of these small annoyances like I said can be fixed with a few patches down the line. Enough of the technical stuff, let’s get down to the goods.
Despite all the technical nuisances the gameplay is stellar. I am captured by the unique storytelling, the depth of what you can do with your character. The game effortlessly combines simplicity and depth. I am not used to turn-based RPGs, rather I don’t play them much but Expeditions: Viking has gotten me hooked. I forgot how enticing it is to have an impact on storylines or how a certain quest or fight will go. A lot of thought went into this game and I have learned to appreciate it every step of the way. I must admit I have made so many tactical errors in this game because I wasn’t thinking clearly and was destroyed in a certain fight.
I won’t tell you how many of my “hirdmen” were either fatigued or injured because I didn’t think something through. It goes to show again the depth of the game and sort of how everything needs to be plotted out. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? That is for you to decide, it gave me more grief in the beginning but as I progressed through the game I began to enjoy it. When I play a game and review the game I tend to play along and think to myself “What would I change about this game?”. Expedition: Vikings shocked me. Most of the things I would change would be very minor to me.
If I had anything major I would have liked them to have improved on was a better tutorial. You are plunged into the game very quickly and sort of learning on the way. To veteran turn based RPG gamers this may not be as big of a deal but to me it was. I spent more time reading everything I was doing, hoping for some sort of tutorial help. That makes me feel like some kind of noob but when a man needs help, a man needs help. I also feel like if this is a “major” thing that I would change for the game, the game has done A LOT right.
Final Thoughts on our Expeditions: Viking review
If you are an avid fan of great storytelling, in-depth RPGs and are into turn-based games, you can look no further than Expeditions: Viking to give you a good time. Despite some of its technical flaws at the moment, the core gameplay and elements of the game make up for it. I know I am not the only one experiencing some minor technical issues, I was sure to see if I was the only one before slightly complaining about them. On a scale of 1-10, this game deserves a solid 8.5. Hopefully, in a couple of patches, all of the technical issues will be resolved and the game can be played without long load times and frame issues.
Note: Our review was done on PC with a code provided by PR.