Othercide is a horror-theme tactical role-playing video game developed by French independent video game development studio Lightbulb Crew and published by Focus Home Interactive. As Humanity’s last hope, lead your army to combat in an intricate dance of spectacular actions and counters, using an original Dynamic Timeline System, and face fearsome bosses in epic battles. The game was released for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 28, 2020. The game later released for the Nintendo Switch on September 10 that same year. It had received generally positive reviews upon release.
The game also features roguelike elements. Battles take place in small maps, and when the player’s squad is defeated, they would not lose their progress and new items named “Remembrances” are unlocked. These items improve combat efficiency and allow players to survive longer. The only way to heal a fallen daughter is to sacrifice another Daughter in exchange. The surviving Daughter will have altered traits, enabling further customisations. Combat is an intricate dance of spectacular actions and counters: plan ahead of time and set up impressive chains of abilities to outsmart the enemy.
Othercide is a tactical role-playing video game that the player controls a group of Daughters, who are female warriors who fight against the nightmarish Suffering in a dimension known as the Dark Corner. While the Daughters and the enemies take turn to take actions, the game features a dynamic timeline system, allowing players to use various skills to delay an opponent’s turn or speed up another Daughter’s turn. All actions require action points, and if the players spend too many action points, the Daughter will become exhausted and she will need to wait longer before she can act again.
The game features three classes: Blademaster, who wields a melee weapon, the Shieldbearer which has a lot of health, and the Soulslinger who serves mainly as a ranged support character. Each character has unique skills and can be combined together to start a chain reaction. The skills of these classes can also be extensively customised. The player’s playstyle will also shape their traits and personalities. Descend into Humanity’s last hope. The Daughters, echoes of the greatest warrior to ever live, are all who stand before Suffering and death. Lead your army of Daughters to battle with all the skill you can muster.
“The best turn-based tactics game of the year so far.”
9/10 – IGN
“Brutally rewarding gameplay, intriguing story delivery, and epic boss battles.”
8/10 – Windows Central
“Far more than just a striking art style. One of the most unique games of the year.”
8.5/10 – PlayStation Universe