What a beautifully written review!
But just as FTL got to the heart of space opera—the experimental ship, the camaraderie of a ragtag crew, the spiraling of crises—Subset Games has found the core of the mech fantasy with Into the Breach.
I absolutely love games that can nail the “feel” of a genre without being so concerned about perfectly recreating the mechanics of what we see on screen. It really plays into the strengths of video games as a medium.
I’m also getting a really tabletop vibe from some of this, since it feels like the mechanics are designed in a way to bring out these kinds of micronarratives as part of a larger mech savior fantasy in this interesting universe. Just watching the videos, I can see the street level action playing out in my mind’s eye. Watching Austin stunt on the Vek by backing up his mech to dash punch it into a mountain literally sold me on the game.
Can’t wait to play as soon as I get home!