How do you take a game that has been around for over 1000 years and improve it? Well, you take it and give it to TopWare Interactive to develop and let SouthPeak publish it. Battle vs. Chess is their result, and is coming Sep. 28 to the PS3 for $39.99.
Read about the many exciting game modes after the jump.
Battle vs Chess takes renowned chess software Fritz11! and mixes it with fully animated game pieces playable in eight different fantasy game environments. There are “10 distinct levels of difficulty and leader-board rankings which rate players using the same system as real-world official chess rankings.” Classic mode allows you to play a normal game of chess against AI, or go head to head against other players in local or on-line matches. For the beginner, there is an interactive tutorial that helps you turn by turn and even shows you the available moves for each piece.
There are also a some new and interesting modes incorporated into Battle vs Chess. “Puzzle” mode gives the player a board with a limited amount of moves to win a with a certain layout of the pieces. “Mana” mode, the only single player only mode, gives you only a queen and the task of collecting as many crystals as possible in a certain number of moves. “Madness” mode randomly places pieces on the the board and “Tactic” mode allows the player to place his pieces where he chooses, only revealing them to the enemy (other player) once the game has begun. The pieces themselves can also become random or chosen, based on a point value per piece. This gives a whole new twist to the game, allowing for many, many different strategies and new ways to play.
The death-match “Battle Modes”, can also change the game completely. In Battle mode, the pieces don’t just replace the piece in the square they advance on, but instead engage in combat. The victor is based on a number of things, including their weapon, fighting techniques, strength, and remaining health. Buttons are pressed following patterns displayed on screen, allowing for a gaming skill aspect to possibly beat a more advanced strategist.
As a fan of chess, I am higly anticipating enjoying these new game play modes and will definitely be getting Battle vs Chess.