Indivisible Review: A near-flawless example of turn-based RPG genius

Indivisible is like nothing else out there.

The game – a unique blend of platforming, fighting game-inspired combat and RPG – owes some of its heritage to Valkyrie Profile, but even fans of the cult RPG will feel something fresh and different here.

The RPG genre is often called stale, stiff, unable to grow and fit with the times. Indivisible proves that's untrue, and shows that Lab Zero Games is one of the most creative and proficient developers out there.

Acerbic writing, incredible production values and a difficulty curve that's as rewarding as it is punishing all dance together to underpin a game that's so wonderfully distinctive that we, really, had no choice but to give this game full marks.

Ajna – a fiery teen who's quest for revenge takes centerstage in Indivisible – is quickly joined by a cast of fighters whose motivations are as different as their playstyles.

You've got all-rounder Ajna herself, supported by combo-artists that specialise in wide-area damage, or healers that have an element of chance to their damage-dealing attacks, to stalwart tanks that are designed to soak up punishment as your more damage-orientated allies dish out the pain.

The seemingly endless combinations of characters, combos and attacks never get old – not through the whole experience.

Other games in this genre might make your grind or back you into certain combinations or setups, but Indivisible is always respectful of you as a player, and respects your methods in trying to experiment and beat bosses (even if you're doing it wrong).

There's an addictive quality to how Indivisible wants you to solve its battle puzzles, and we often found time just melting away as we drifted from one encounter to another in these tight, smart RPG battles.

  • Indivisible's intro has some of the most impressive animation we've seen from games this year

Battle and character progression forms an effortless helix with the platforming abilities and how they grow and evolve, too. Because the levels aren't too big, revisiting old areas and rediscovering their secrets never feels tedious – the balance between retreading and rewarding is always right on the money.

Enemies soon become useful environmental elements you can use to discover new areas, and craftily hidden nooks here and there might just give you that edge you need in that tricky fight you had two screens over.

Everything in Indivisible is perfectly balanced, like a blade on the finger of a mad titan, and Lab Zero Games shows its fighting game stripes here because that's not an easy thing to achieve.

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  • The Verdict: Indivisible – 5/5

    Reviewed on PS4

    Indivisible is one of the best RPGs of the year. A masterclass in game design, Indivisible is funny, challenging and creative in equal measure.

    A few difficulty bumps can't take away from what is an almost perfect example of turn-based RPG genius. The production values are through the roof, and the game will have you rapt from beginning to end.

    This game is essential for any old-school RPG fans.

    The Pros

    • Remarkable production values
    • Diverse cast (and Razmi is endlessly hilarious)
    • Smart, intuitive combat
    • Near flawless game design

    The Cons
    • Difficulty spikes/mega-HP bosses occasionally stunt the game's rhythm

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