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[Official Review] Dread Nautical [Nintendo Switch]

Discussion in 'Nintendo - Reviews' started by AutumnWolf, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. AutumnWolf

    AutumnWolf Always tired
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    May 13, 2018
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    Review code provided by the developers (Thank you!)

    Dread Nautical, turn-based goodness with a great setting, characters, and story.


    The game starts off with a cruiser getting lost in the mist and the narrator essentially foreshadowing the events that are about to unfold, after the introduction, we come to realize some passengers have become monsters and others have lost their memory (whatever character you pick is among those who have lost their memory), our objective is to try to gather the attention of another ship to rescue us but it quickly comes apparent that we are no longer on earth but rather are in another dimension and none is coming to help us.



    The game presents us with survival gameplay and turn-based combat.

    At the start of the game, you get to pick your character, each has different stats and abilities.

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    As you progress you'll find other survivors and they may join you depending on your interactions with them.

    You'll gather resources, weapons, food, and other trinkets to upgrade your base and keep your team fed and powered up as you gather more companions, fight monsters, advance through the ship's many decks and try to uncover the mysteries surrounding the sudden memory loss of the ship's passengers...


    When not in battle you can move freely but if a monster sees you then you are only allowed to move as many spaces as action points you have, in battle, you'll be able to use whatever weapon you find on your way, you have limited slots to carry items however so be mindful of which items you choose to keep.

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    The game can also be rather challenging even at the lowest difficulty.


    While the graphics are cartoonish and the characters rather blocky that doesn't ruin the game's setting or overall gloominess, as I said the characters are blocky but I think this is part of the art style and not "bad graphics"

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    I like the lightning and particle effects used, the monster design and character design is pretty unique too.

    The rain effects are also nice and the textures are pretty good, good resolution even in handheld mode.

    Nice use of colors.

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    Music/Sound effects/Voice Acting

    In terms of music, there aren't many tracks, it's mostly ambient sounds but the sound design is great and rather atmospheric, the voice actors also do a great job even if the voice recordings themselves aren't of great quality.

    Other things I liked or disliked

    -The Switch version suffers from long loading times
    -Not enough room variety
    -At first, I thought it was not possible to rotate the camera

    -Engaging gameplay/Combat
    -The dialogue is great
    -You can rotate the camera and zoom in or out
    -Characters sometimes say a few short lines during gameplay that can be sometimes funny


    Music/Sound effects/Voice Acting: 7/10
    Graphics: 9/10
    Gameplay: 9/10
    Story and setting: 8/10

    Overall (Not an average)


    #1 AutumnWolf, Jun 25, 2020
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2020 at 3:26 AM
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