Nov 28
By Matt Gander In Most Played 3 Comments

Back in 2009 Activision released Chaotic: Shadow Warriors, a third-person adventure game with turn based battles. It was never released outside of America which is a little odd – we know the trading card game on which it’s based was released over here as we once saw it for sale in TK Maxx.

Come to think of it, that may explain why Activision didn’t release it.

A combination of eBay, PayPal and a curious nature has lead to us to picking up a copy. Like most of Activison’s Xbox 360 releases, it’s region free. The price? A mere £6.

The third person bits aren’t anything too exciting. Environments are garishly coloured and the controls feel loose but it’s here that you find and collect battle cards. These are used to alter the stats on your team of mutants, and you need to pay attention when kitting your characters out. One card might give a character a massive boost of health points but at the same time reduce their resistance to certain magic.

Battles are reminiscent of the early Final Fantasy games, with some characters designed to support with healing abilities and others ideally suited to fighting. When being attacked you have the choice to block or scan your rival to add them to your collection. If you scan the same character three times in one fight you can then combine the three battle cards you’ve gained to raise the rank of a character.

It’s during the battles that the graphics are at their best – the character models aren’t too shabby. The artwork on the battle cards is quite appealing as well. The enemy AI during battles does become rather predictable after a while though, right to the point where you can guess what people’s next move will be.

Is America’s gain our loss? Not really, although if you wanted to introduce a younger gamer to the world of RPGs then this would then this would have been an ideal first stepping stone.



Published Monday 28th November 2011 by Games Asylum


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Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles for the site since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

  • Battletoys

    This game sounds immense, Fancy lending me the copy? although sounds like a steal at £6. I have to say I have been looking for a trading card style RPG for awhile or always thought that it would make a good platform for an RPG. Sounds like any Final Fantasy fan would appreciate the RPG elements too. I love hidden games like this I once got a game for the PSone Called Hunter – very rare but if you can get a copy absolutly immense gameplay for the console!

    Good Review!
    My site is: http://www.battletoys.co.uk – we review gadgets and games although mostly post stupid videos on you tube. Check us out.

  • Matt

    I played it through to the end. It’s enjoyable but very simple.

    I had a quick look on eBay – somebody in the UK has a copy for £12.99 Buy It Now with free postage.

    Glad you enjoyed the review.

  • Matt W.

    If you are looking for a trading card style RPG, I helped create one that is now on Facebook and Kongregate called Clash of the Dragons.

    It’s free to play and (hopefully) easy to learn.

    Best

    Matt

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