save the earth. It’s a very common goal in video games (and increasingly common in real life these days) but somehow it always remains a poignant reason to fall for work. Batura: I lost my sanctuary It throws you into a timeline where, unfortunately, it seems like things have already taken a turn for the worse. In fact, about a third of the Earth has been destroyed by an unknown malevolent force and our planet appears to have suffered the most damage.
Enter Avril, the teenage hero who takes on the role of a savior even though he hasn’t had any time to grieve the loss of her sister she lost during the recent devastation. With her best friend Mila, she sets out to reclaim Earth (or a lost sanctuary) thanks to a pair of mysterious amulets that give her some fantastic powers.
Through these, Avril is guided on her journey by the mysterious entities called the Sun and Moon. What follows is an interplanetary adventure across a vibrant world all bound together by a fun narrative. It’s here where you can exercise choice sometimes, choosing between responses that have a tangible impact on how events unfold. Avril’s personality is shaped by these decisions, leading her to defend, win, or walk a fine line between them.
I have to admit, I found Batora: Lost Haven something of a slow start. You put together a step-by-step tutorial to get things started, introducing you to all the essentials. This is broken down into very short bits by a lot of scene setup dialogue, but this kills any sort of rhythm in the first hour or so. However, things start to get tight as the game gradually unlocks.
The storytelling is fascinating, engaging and steeped in the traditions of the many civilizations you know. There are plenty of expertly reincarnated characters out there, which means you’ll really care about them which adds even more oomph to the decisions you make, and the consequences that follow. This ultimately leads to the possibility of several different endings to the game.
In terms of gameplay, everything is built on polarity switching technology. In plain English, this is the ability to change between dealing with mental and physical damage at any time. Purple denotes the first color, and when in this state, Avril can cast divergent attacks as well as various spells. The latter case equips Avril with an impressive yellow-orange sword, which can attack even the most feared enemies.
You will need to match your status with that of the enemies you face, otherwise you will find them very difficult. It is also advisable to keep an eye on the harm you suffer, whether it is mental or physical harm. If one bar is exhausted, the game ends.
The combat in Batora: Lost Haven begins in a very simple way, bounded by hitting buttons (it’s an X in case you were wondering). However, new skills come and are gained mainly through progression in the story, and are awarded at certain points without warning. These new abilities give you options on the battlefield, but they also come with recharge times, so timing is critical. A short dodge attack is available to buy time as well, until your powerful moves are ready to use again.
Whether it’s a whirlwind sucking those close to it, or a frantic spinning attack, Batora: Lost Haven gradually expands the catalog of Avril abilities that are a lot of fun to implement.
I have to say, it would be more satisfying to feel as if you were gaining these new skills rather than unlocking them sporadically, but this straightforward method matches the linear environments and progression of the game. It’s mostly A to B stuff, with a few reasons to clean every nook and cranny. Aside from replenishing your health or looting chests, there is nothing else to gain here.
If you find yourself struggling to survive in Batora: Lost Haven, there is a real chance that you will need to recreate your runes. These buffs affect Avril’s stats, and as her level increases, so will her ability to equip them. Runes can be purchased from merchants for rare materials, and can even be found in some chests. This is where the light RPG elements sneak in, but they never really get complicated.
Apart from running and fighting bad guys, you will sometimes be transported somewhere in the other world to solve complex puzzles. Both physical and mental abilities will be needed to manipulate the environment to see you out. These clips mix up the gameplay quite a bit, even if it’s brief aspects that won’t test your gray matter much.
Even bigger enemies await you with their chunky health bars. These main characters will change states in the middle of the battle, and they basically have two health bars. As before, Avril will need to repeat this to cause damage, removing large pieces of large monsters before their health can regenerate. All this while dodging minions and various devastating attack patterns, of course.
There is no doubt that Batura: Lost Haven looks absolutely fantastic. Not only do you create rich worlds full of character and history through storytelling, the team at Stormind Games have doubled down on this theme in terms of how the game will turn out. Retro art style featuring hand-drawn images inspired by the science fiction era of the 1950s.
I wasn’t sure at first, but the more time I spent with Bartura: I lost my sanctuary the busier and more invested I became. It might not be the most complex (I’m looking at you RPG elements) or a challenging game, but it’s so full of character that I felt compelled to play it. And I really enjoyed every second.
Batora: Lost Haven is a cracking adventure with a strong character story. Despite the simple and sometimes unvarnished gameplay, there is enough here to keep you invested until the end of this tale.
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save the earth. It’s a very common goal in video games (and increasingly common in real life these days) but somehow it always remains a poignant reason to fall for work. Batura: Lost Haven throws you into a timeline where, unfortunately, things seem to have already taken a turn for the worse. In fact, about a third of the Earth has been destroyed by an unknown malevolent force and our planet appears to have suffered the most damage. Enter Avril, the teenage hero who takes on the role of a savior even though he’s barely…
Batura: Lost Haven Review
Batura: Lost Haven Review
- captivating story
- beautiful pictures
- curiosity mechanical switch
- linear environments
- Sometimes repetitive play
- Thank you very much for the free version of the game, go to – Team17
- Formats – Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PC, PS4, PS5
- Version revised – Xbox Series X.
- Release date – October 20, 2022
- Launch price from – £19.99