Review: Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night
Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night is a standalone game, not DLC for Chainsaw Warrior. If you’ve already played Chainsaw Warrior, and it was not enough to sate you, then this one is everything you were hoping the last game would be and more. If you have not played either game, then I highly recommend you start with Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night. Read on to find out why.
30 Second Review
+ Dice mechanics are still present but are more efficient for time
+ Improved UI
+ Greater challenge
– Revamped mechanics from Chainsaw Warrior; takes some getting use too
– Lucky Shot–the risk far outweighs the reward; I don’t advise using it
Improvements Based on Consumer Feedback
Chainsaw Warrior was a straight adaptation from Games Workshop’s card game. What I’ve discovered in the past two years is gamers don’t seem to enjoy straight adaptations. They want polished video games. Auroch Digital took consumer feedback and made the appropriate changes that include UI improvements, dice and mechanics, and inventory management. The changes alone to the UI of Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night from its predecessor make it worthy of giving Auroch Digital a second look.
The developer also changed the way some of the dice mechanics work in order to save time in Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night. Instead of the player rolling first and the monster rolling second, now the monster rolls first, and if it doesn’t beat your default stats before you roll, then the battle is auto resolved–an excellent time saver. Your stat dice rolls are now done under the hood and resolved instantly. You don’t have to waste several minutes to create your character. It can now be done in 30 seconds, and you can get straight into the action quickly.
Great Challenge without Great Frustration
Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night is extremely challenging, which creates a fun and immersive experience. The difficult achievements that you spent a lot of time and effort obtaining in the previous title have been revamped for Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night and are no longer frustratingly difficult to chase.
If you look at the upper right hand corner of the above screenshot, you’ll notice a grey square box has been added. This field is a combat log. You don’t have to wonder what just happened, why did it happen, and feel puzzled or perplexed. The combat log is very detailed and helps you keep track of what’s going on, especially if you’re playing the game at a very fast pace. I think it is a great addition to the series.
Improvements Require Adjustments
Many changes were made to Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of Night. In some ways it would almost be better if you never played the original. I say that because the mechanics are so vastly different that it will take some time to get acclimated. Overall, the changes are all improvements. If you played the first installment, then these changes are going to seem odd; you may find yourself wondering why they changed it from the way it was, because it worked fine. The answer is simple: the design changes allow the game to be much more efficient. However, that doesn’t mean the changes are not going to be confusing the first couple of times you play the game.
The feature “Lucky Shot” from Chainsaw Warrior had about a 50/50 success/failure ratio, which is reasonable. However, in Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night, I have been extremely unlucky. In 20 games, I’ve not been able to produce a successful “Lucky Shot.” Multiple times I’ve destroyed my item and done 6X more damage to myself than what I would have received if I had not attempted to take a “Lucky Shot”. I recommend you avoid using this feature entirely, because the risk does not outweigh the reward.
Great Value for the Price
Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night is only $5.99. It has a tremendous amount of replayability, because it is so challenging. More cards are present and vary quite a bit from the original card game.
Auroch Digital’s customer service has been outstanding. Any time I submitted a question or issue, they responded to my message promptly. They assisted in resolving the issue by fixing, solving, or even helping me to understand the differences I was encountering in Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night from Chainsaw Warrior. Not enough can be said when you receive great customer service!
At the very least, put Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night on your wishlist. At $5.99 you can’t lose, and there is no reason not to buy it now if you are remotely interested.