God Wars: Future Past (PlayStation 4) Review

By André Eriksson 22.07.2017

Review for God Wars: Future Past on PlayStation 4

God Wars: Future Past is a game built upon tradition. It has woven a world of Japanese folklore with pretty traditional tactical RPG gameplay to create something fans of the genre will feel right at home with from the beginning. Is this enough to keep them satisfied? Read on as Cubed3 visits and tries to unite Mizuho in peace!

Sometimes the best thing to do is to go back to the roots to find inspiration. God Wars: Future Past goes back into Japanese folklore to find the inspiration for its setting and characters, and delves into older tactical RPGs for its game system.

The story takes place in Mizuho, following Princess Kaguya on a quest to confront her mother and unite all of Mizuho in peace to calm the wrath of the gods. To help her, she has several colourful characters at her side that are also inspired from Japanese folklore.

Screenshot for God Wars: Future Past on PlayStation 4

Despite having a traditional tone, many parts in the story have pretty modern themes to them that are very relevant in this day and age. It takes up subjects such as the threat of disrespecting and overconsuming nature, and conflict seeking, and the consequences of these. This makes the story feel modern, yet thanks to the setting, ageless.

What is fully traditional, however, is the gameplay. It is by the book tactical RPG gameplay, but it is made on a very solid foundation. Its biggest strength is the job system, which sets each character up as having a unique "job" and up to two general jobs.

This system has its strengths, but also flaws. While it allows the player a lot of freedom, it also ensures that some jobs get the longer end of the stick. There is one job in the game that gets both a map-wide AoE and an EXP buff. It doesn't take much genre savvyness to figure out that this is the most broken class on paper.

Screenshot for God Wars: Future Past on PlayStation 4

The developers likely caught up to this, as well, partway through the development, because somewhere in the middle of the game almost every enemy gets some ability that either reflects magic damage back on the user to punish AoE spam, or simply gives them a 100% dodge rate, severely punishing magic users to the point that they feel obsolete in some encounters. This can create a problem, as the player, thanks to the fact that the magic-using class gets the arguably most important passive skill in the game, and arguably most powerful AoE in the game, is very likely to spec every single character in this direction.

While it is a problem that one job gets all the best stuff, this sort of solution is very bad, as it comes into effect first once the damage is already done, and does not change the fact that the other classes are underwhelming. It just leaves a sourer taste in the mouth of the player.

Screenshot for God Wars: Future Past on PlayStation 4

Despite this, which will likely only happen to min-maxers during their first playthrough, the job system is fun, and the individual jobs help to form the route the character should take, but it is possible to change it if so desired, and some characters have some really interesting jobs. One character has a job that is specialised in summoning units, and another has abilities specialised in field control through the creation of decoys. It gives individuality to the characters without limiting the imagination of the player.

God Wars: Future Past is a solid, but safe, TRPG. While there is not much wrong with it, it does very little new and interesting, but at the end of the day, it is something most fans of the genre are going to enjoy.

Screenshot for God Wars: Future Past on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

God Wars: Future Past is a very traditional TRPG, and as such, it is built upon a solid foundation, and fans of the genre are going to like it. It does, however, do very little to stand out. It could also be helped a bit by balancing the jobs more. Some jobs just feel extremely underwhelming compared to others. The story and the gameplay in general are going to deliver what fans expect and desire, though: nothing less, and sadly, nothing more.

Developer

Kadokawa Shoten

Publisher

NIS America

Genre

Strategy

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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