Its unreleased reveal trailer didn’t quite raise our expectations, but we’re happy to report that The Deofield Chronicle has turned out quite well. It’s a real-time strategy RPG topped with some really beautiful artwork and some effective gameplay design – but it’s not without its (often obvious) flaws.
Set against a backdrop of political intrigue in a relatively grounded fantasy world, DioField has you command a small army of mercenaries in a long series of missions. Story-wise, it’s all fairly straightforward, as nations clash with each other and your group slowly gets into an escalating conflict. As the drama begins to accelerate, the plot shines brightly, but it’s held back by a decidedly sluggish cast of characters.
There is a huge lack of emotion in everything that comes out. given, it Is A mercenary company, and these warriors spend a lot of their time killing people for money and glory, but everything is so dull. From (very English) Voice acting for character writing itself, it’s difficult to increase investment in your partners when they seem emotionally distant from everyone and everything.
Thankfully, the strategy part of this strategy RPG is rock solid. Battles take place on 3D maps, and as mentioned, you move your units in real time, but you can pause the action whenever you want, and issue specific commands to keep things on top . The learning curve is also nice and steady, which is always a big plus for tactical titles.
Leveling up your units, equipping them with better gear, and paving your way through the branches of skill trees gives DioField an addictive edge. The only problem is that even not too far into the campaign, grinding everything becomes a necessity. This means you’ll be replaying cleared missions to raise funds and experience points, but the process becomes increasingly monotonous as you want to move forward with the story.
Overall, The DioField Chronicle is a good strategy RPG. Its characters certainly won’t last long in memory, and it may be an unnecessary grind, but it’s well drawn and quite engaging on the battlefield.