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Let me start this review by saying that Dragon Front is a game that I really, really wanted to like. This is a strategic battle card game that mixes in action, real time strategy, deck management and collecting and it does it all in VR thanks to your Oculus Go.
The idea of the game is that there are eight warring factions. These factions range from the Scales who are more human in their appearance to The Thorns who are creatures from the forest. The character designs are awesome and I really like the lore and the motivations that each of the factions has. The people who put together these character designs, as well as the descriptions, did a heck of a job and as a guy who likes fantasy movies and books, I really appreciate the work they did here.
Now, this is a collectible card game and it starts you off with a few basic tutorials to learn the basics of the game. You have hundreds of cards in the game, but your deck can have 30 cards in it at a time. As you would expect you have cards for attacks, characters, defenses, structures and so on. Positioning these on the grid is where the strategy comes into play as does knowing when and where to use a particular card.
One thing that Dragon Front has going for it which I thought was really cool was the single player campaign. I really did not expect the game to have this. It is very hard though, but I managed to get through it and found it to be a lot of fun.
The problem is though, all of the challenges and the way to get the better cards and stuff is behind the multiplayer component of the game. I found to this be rather confusing and I was just destroyed time and time again by people who have far better decks than I had. Some games would be fun and others would be very frustrating.
As this is a collectible card game, you will have to pay if you want the best cards. To get all of the content that the game has to offer you have to pay 100 bucks! This is far too much if you ask me. You can pay a couple of bucks here and there, but in the long run, this would cost you even more. The very steep asking price is what is putting a lot of people off this game. I have enjoyed what I have played, but there is no way that I would pay or expect anyone else to pay 100 bucks for a game like this. If it was 20, maybe even 30 I would say that is fair at 100 bucks though I just cannot justify that.
Dragon Front is a game that has a lot going for it. The setting is awesome and the eight different factions are different enough that it does make you want to dabble with them all. The single player campaign is surprisingly good and the VR effects are pretty neat. However, you have to know that if you want to be serious about the multiplayer, you simply have to spend a lot of money in order to compete. The actual game is free to download so I do feel it is worth downloading to have a play around with.
The different factions are cool
Has a good single player mode
Character designs are pretty awesome
A lot of depth and strategy to the gameplay
100 bucks to unlock everything
It is certainly a pay to win kind of game