Lethal RPG: War Begins
It's good to appreciate the little things in life. Like dandelions, or the sound of rain, or the age-old story of spiky-haired young men with swords the size of their own bodies fighting to keep the world free of evil. Lethal RPG: War Begins is a bite-sized bubble of browser-based RPG goodness from EyeSpyda Games, full of all the classic RPG standbys: impossible hairdoes, impossibler weapons, giant rats, evil mushrooms, item crafting, and sidequests, sidequests, sidequests! War Begins is actually just a small snippet... a teaser, if you will... of the full Lethal RPG: War, which is available for Android devices via Google Play, iOS on the App Store, and PC via Desura. But War Begins is more than just a glorified demo. It's a meaty and deep browser RPG in its own right, with plenty of challenge, strategy, and sidequests for your monster-battling pleasure. Did we mention sidequests? Because there's loads of those. Lethal RPG: War Begins thrusts you directly into its world with only a modicum of introduction, which is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because it's refreshing to see a fairly deep and complex browser-based game that doesn't insist on railroading you through its first fifteen minutes, but on the other hand...
There's a lot to learn and do here, and the lack of tutorial means you're bound to do a bit of floundering in the early stages of the game. Outside of this, though, the game's difficulty level is actually fairly smooth. This game's battles are the sort that require you to use all your skills, techniques, and abilities in each fight, and things like status effects are extremely valuable. However, the game also heals you fully after every battle, and combat is rarely mandatory. Certain areas in the world map will force you in with enemies, but for the most part, you can choose when and where you fight, which keeps the long battles from growing too tiresome. And if the required fights slow you down too much, you can adjust the difficulty level at any time. Lethal RPG: War Begins definitely encourages you to take things at your own pace, and while you can experience a portion of the main story, the game provides a number of sidequests and optional boss fights that you can do at any time. These offer up goodies like new spellbooks you can use for in-battle effects, new pets for your main character, or items you can use to craft special weapons and armor. So even though the main game is relatively short, War Begins still gives you a lot to do and a lot of customization options. There are places where you can feel its incompleteness, such as in the fact that you'll find a number of crafting materials you can't make use of in the free build. And it is a real disappointment that there's no way to carry anything you find or do in the free version into the full PC version. But even without dipping your toes into the paid experience, Lethal RPG: War Begins still has enough challenging tactics to really scratch that turn-based itch.
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