In the Waylander you find yourself on board the King’s ship on route to meet the Tuatha who your captain keeps on calling “his Gods”, which according to lore is accurate as Tuatha De Danann means “the fold of the goddess Danu, but once you arrive on the island something is off, there’s no form of life. You then jump into the scene where your king seems like he is dying, something in the meeting went wrong and now the Tuatha is after you and the Curse upon Ireland has fallen once Lug appears in front of your ship and kills your king.
The king who died split the Nation into 2, one following his Son, Prince Lugaid, and the others following Tarlock who turned the Celtics against the other races and wants to make a Celtic Only land for them to live on with no Magick.
You that has been erased from your timeline and any form of fate, now reborn with a new name, Mil Espaine and a future entirely yours to control, now have to stop the Civil war between Lugaid and Tarlock while fighting to free Ireland from the Curse and Lug’s reincarnation.
You board your Ship as your symbol of Hope, called the Vengeance, complete quests and recruit your companions to aid you in your fights.
Once you start a mission that will involve combat you will have to select 4 companions to join you on the quest, and on these missions is when I realized that this is more of a strategy game than an RPG as you have a tactical pause that you can use at any time to command your troops by giving them instructions and targets for their abilities, along with these you also get formations where you select multiple allies to join you in a formation to either increase Magical Damage, Health, resistance and so forth.
Each different race has different resistances such as Earth, Fire, Wind and Water. After this, you select your class and your Past, I personally found Guardian to be the easier class to begin with as the abilities include being able to stun an enemy, have a bubble around you which either deflects ranged attacks or does damage over time to enemy near the character.
I do appreciate the effort the Devs put into not just the lore and unique style of animation, but on the cinematics which are entertaining as they involve comedy and foul language, something one does not often get in RPG type games.
Final Thoughts: This game keeps you entertained with difficult battles and entertaining cinematics, some players might find it convenient having a shortcut key to be able to swap between characters mid-fight, some of the fights are a bit difficult and not everyone might be able to clear it on the first attempt, but the Lore is spot on for a game based of Celtic Mythology