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Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden Review

A step up for the series

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS4 on 🎴

Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is also available for Nintendo Switch

Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is rated Teen by the ESRB

The Voice of Cards series continues with the 3rd entry The Beasts of Burden and it features a nifty new monster skill system.

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Sounds like me whenever anyone mentions Mega Man

A tale of beasts

Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden has you play as a guard who is on a mission to slay the monsters that occupy the lands. She's soon joined by a mysterious fellow named L'gol who's rather distant yet capable in battle. Along their travels, they'll also be joined by the super-nerdy Pulche and the clumsy circus performer Tralis who act as excellent contrasts with the other 2 who can be quite serious and gloomy at times. I enjoyed the cast of characters a great deal, especially the NPCs who can be funny in all of their quirkiness. v1d30chumz 3-239-112-140

An epic journey

Whereas Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden presented an open-ended adventure where you explore the sea and visit a series of islands, The Beasts of Burden is a much more focused journey that will have you traveling across deserts and inhospitable lands in search of primal beasts. Although the campaign is more linear, I actually prefer it because it makes each dungeon and world map area stand out more as every locale is given time to shine. The dungeons aren't as tedious either as they're much more streamlined. 😊

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Here's yet another bustling town to explore

Monster skills

The most substantial aspect of Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is that you can collect monster cards after some battles which can then be assigned as each party member's additional active skills. Not only are there 54 monster cards to collect, you can also acquire levelled-up versions of them as well as unlock more information about each monster type which helps flesh out the game world and provide the occasional laugh via silly bits of lore. The fact that any character can equip these monster cards makes setting up your party a rewarding endeavour as you'll want each character to be capable while also ensuring that healing can be efficiently accomplished. ❤️

Strategic combat

Another element to combat that I noticed plays a significant role in Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is how frequently status buffs and debuffs can be applied. So, not only are you trying to exploit your enemies' elemental weaknesses, you'll also find that poison, paralysis, and such can be utilized to gain an advantage. Also, boosting party members' attack and defense so they can cause more damage and survive tough boss fights is important. Juggling all of these elements makes for an impressively strategic battle system. 💡

More of the same

Even with these improvements and new elements in place, Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is very much what you'd expect from a sequel in this series. The most annoying part about it are the random battles which stand out even more after playing something as innovate and enjoyable as Fairy Elements. I hope that they get replaced by something more practical in any further sequels. Finally, considering things haven't changed much since the first game, the gameplay becomes exceptionally tedious after playing for a couple of hours at a time. Because of this, it's one of those RPGs that's best to chip away at instead of play through in one go. 🤓

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This boss sure doesn't look happy to see me

Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is the best entry in the series so far with its satisfying monster card collecting progression system. With that in mind, it doesn't really do much else to break out of the mould that its predecessors were forged in.

  • + Unique story with a diverse cast of personalities and quirky NPCs
  • + Monster cards are fun to collect
  • + Battles allow for rewarding strategies
  • - I wish random battles were replaced with something less tedious
  • - Core gameplay hasn't evolved much
  • - Repetition sinks in after playing a while
7.6 out of 10
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