Much like a horde of Veks, Into the Breach sort of crept up on me. I’ve never played many tactical strategy games like this – in fact, I can’t think of any I’ve significantly dipped my foot into. I also never played Faster Than Light, so I didn’t have much to draw from in that regard either. Yet somehow, I found myself getting really into the game.

Into the Breach functions as my first ever strategy game, and it succeeds in getting me, the total newcomer, to broaden my horizons. I didn’t know where exactly to start, but I found myself looking for copies of Advance Wars on eBay. In addition, the copy of Final Fantasy Tactics I inherited with my friend’s old PlayStation might get some action soon. That being said, Into the Breach has incredible depth, and I’ll be fine replaying it for the foreseeable future.

Making this review left me considering my own play habits and the types of game I typically seek out. Into the Breach, in being such a well-packed, open experience, helped me grow as a player. That’s a burdensome task I don’t ask of many games, but when it happens, it deserves credit.

Into the Breach is our March 2018 Game of the Month. Be sure to check out the rest of our Into the Breach coverage.