Voice of Cards is One of The Best Card-Based RPG’s I’ve Played (and it’s only the Demo)
Voice of Cards was announced on Twitter Prior to the Nintendo Direct, but there hadn’t been much information revealed about it until Nintendo’s Direct Streamed on the 23rd of September. The Nintendo Direct features other games, such as Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Bayonetta 3, Splatoon 3 and of course, Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars (VOD or Voice of Cards for Short). Brought to you by Square Enix and one of the well-known masterminds Yoko Taro who is also known for his work on the NieR and Drakengard Franchise, but it’s good to remember he is only ONE of the masterminds and the hard-working hands that brings the game to life.
So What is Voice of Cards Anyway?
Voice of Cards is a tabletop RPG, as described by Square Enix themselves “The story follows a self-proclaimed hero as they set off to slay a recently awakened dragon, presented in the manner of a tabletop RPG and playing out through narration from the game master.” They do not reveal much about the game at all, they’ve been very subtle about what they show their views, even since the moment they announced it. Despite the fact they have shown some gameplay from the Trailer, it isn’t enough for us to squeal in joy…that is until you download the DEMO. You will be more than happy they were so secretive.
Voice of Cards is a masterpiece, I say that with pride and I’ve only played the demo. From the moment I was blessed by the title screens music and the Game Master’s (Narrator’s) voice, I knew it was going to be good. The voice acting in this game is fantastic. As someone who enjoys writing scripts, stories and poetry, the introduction was really good. The writing worked well enough to pull you in, no pun intended. You are welcomed in by the gamemaster and then introduced to what feels like a different world, I want to be able to explain without spoilers, but it is very difficult.
Let’s just say, there’s a lot to expect and it’s more than what you think. Expect more than what you’re expecting. Voice of Cards is immersive to the point you truly feel like you’re in the position as the player and that you’ve entered something…where you have no choice, but to go through with it.
Not to mention that the soundtracks are amazing, the music makes me want to sit back and relax, it helps build the atmosphere but also draws this ‘sinister’ vibe out of the screen. The artwork is fantastic, what can I say? The hand-drawn style makes you feel as though you are truly playing a card game in person, you only wish you had a real stack of those cards to play around within your bare hands.
Here’s a list of some of the master minds behind Voice of Cards.
- YOKO TARO (Creative Director)
- Keiichi Okabe (Music)
- Kimihiko Fujisaka (Character Design.)
How does the NieR Franchise connect to Voice of Cards?
Well, Yoko Taro has mentioned that Voice of Cards is not a NieR game, BUT…the game will feature some of NieR characters and will be added as an exclusive DLC. It will have a theme around the NieR Replicant. Below is a list of all their DLC’s that’ll be available for pre-order and upon launch.
- Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Emil Avatar
“An Avatar Design Patterned After Emil”
- Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Emil’s Pattern
“Card reverse patterned after Emil”
- Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Grimoire Weiss Board
“Board and accessories patterned after Grimoire Weiss”
- Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Library Desk
“Table patterned after a certain library’s stone work” (If you’ve played NieR Replicant, you know exactly what this refers to).
- Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Emil Dice
“Dice Patterened after Emil’s head”
- Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Dress of the Bereft
“New Costumes for the protagonist Mars and Melanie”
- Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Devola’s Music
“A soundtrack suitable for a warrior seeking to save his sister”
- Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Pixel A
“Replace all animal and enemy illustrations with pixel art”.
The best part about it is, these can all be bought separately. Enjoy one, four or enjoy them all if you wish! There’s the option to only get a couple features added into the experience if you wish. Pssst…if you’re interested in NieR, why not check out Nier: Automata?
Voice of cards is an amazing game and I recommend that you ALL go and try it out, why not come back here and tell me about your experience?
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