Side Battle Systems for RPG Maker VX Ace
Side battle systems (SBS) provide an alternative to the standard RPG Maker battles where separate “battler” graphics are used for the enemies and the player characters are only displayed as portraits or stats. Side battle systems use sprites as battlers – for the enemies as well as the player characters – these sprites can be the same that are used in the maps or they can be different sprites. Most scripts have the characters moving across the screen during battle, some scripts also incorporate spell effects or allow the weapons that the characters are using to be displayed during a battle.
The “Victor Engine – Animated Battle Script” is part of the Victor Engine by Victor Sant. It is highly customizable for side view battle systems using regular character sprites or special battle sprites (as well as for front/rear view battle systems) and is one of the most used battle scripts for RPG Maker VX Ace.
Victor Engine – Animated Battle at Victorenginescripts
For side battle systems the stock battlebacks mostly don’t fit regarding style and proportions. Thats why I’m making my own SBS-compatible custom battlebacks for RPG Maker VX Ace using the stock tilesets. Above is an in-game screenshot featuring one of my battlebacks (the sprites are not stock but from the popular “Mack-Style”)