Tactics ogre: let us cling together

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There are some video games that show up late in a console generation that push boundaries và defy preconceptions on what was considered possible. Resident Evil 4 immediately springs lớn mind, not only pushing the series to lớn a point Capcom that hasn"t been able to match since but also serving as a template to every other game in the genre. These are games which were one generation ahead of their peers. Quest"s sequel khổng lồ Ogre Battle: The March of the đen Queen (the developers are big fans of the British band Queen, if you hadn"t noticed) is exactly that: Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Togetheris a game whichpushed the Super Famicom"s graphic & audio capabilities beyond their perceived limits and laid down the template for pretty much every isometric strategy RPGs for decades afterward. Sadly, lượt thích far too many other examples on the Super Famicom, this release never made it to Western shores - on Nintendo hardware, at least.

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Much like the first game, you"ll create your character by answering a series of questions - but this is where the similarities kết thúc with Ogre Battle. Like the name implies, Tactics Ogre is all about turn-based movement & combat rather than a "true" sequel khổng lồ Quest"s previous effort. Think Front Mission minus the technology và instead phối in a high fantasy medieval society (Fire Emblem with an isometric view, if you will) và you"re almost there. But vì chưng not be misled about the lack of originality, for it is abundant here. Yes, the chơi game mechanics are exactly what one would expect from a turn-based strategy RPG, but the execution here is simply flawless. With over two hundred individual battles spread thought the story"s main, nonlinear four chapters, this certainly offers excellent value for money.


Tactics Ogre takes place in the continent of Valeria, locked in a dreadful civil war. You start out with a party of three: the main character Denim (you can rename him khổng lồ your liking), his sister Kachua & family friend Vice. They plan to assassinate the Dark Knight Lans who was responsible for the death of their family. Cliché yes, but everything beyond this opening act is anything but. The chơi game is made up of three distinct phases; the Regional bản đồ is where you will spend quite some time, deciding where khổng lồ move your army around Valeria, customizing your troops, assigning training, shopping for supplies or reading the ever-growing Warren Reports for latest news of the land. Secondly, the Attack Team Edit Screen that allows you to lớn pick your tiệc nhỏ (comprised of up to lớn 10 individuals) to khuyến mãi with your current mission. As you might imagine, it is extremely important lớn make the right decisions at this stage before setting foot onto the third element: The Battlefield. Because there are dozens of different unit classes và random battles it is quite possible you will never trả lời the exact same trò chơi twice, but make sure you always keep saving before committing khổng lồ anything because our old friend the Grim Reaper makes himself a permanent resident during your time with Tactics Ogre - this trò chơi is a perfectionist"s worst nightmare.


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Death is an inescapable truth on the battlefield, so be prepared khổng lồ be frustrated when your favourite unit buys the farm mid-battle and you won"t ever see them again (their equipment is returned khổng lồ the army"s supplies, but this is often little consolation). It"s a harsh but realistic mechanic, và is in line with the game"s grim premise và also furthers the similarities with Fire Emblem"s own permadeath feature. It is possible to lớn revive fallen comrades by deploying a Priest class unit with the Revivify spell, but it takes a while to lớn unlock this which means early on it"s preferable khổng lồ play safe with your army instead of taking heroic risks. Needless lớn say, getting your main character getting killed equals instant trò chơi over.


If you"re worried about losing vital units, then you can always rely on those who cannot be killed. Along your regular human companions, it"s possible to employ skeleton warriors and ghosts to vị your bidding. Once depleted of HP, they will lay dormant in the battlefield until rising back up again with some HP returned. But before you start planning an unholy army of the undead khổng lồ lead your way lớn victory, be warned that such units vì chưng not carry items or amour & are easily outclassed by enemies with decent gear.

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With this in mind, you might want khổng lồ invest in recruiting Beasts instead. Like the undead they are unable to use equipment and can get killed, but they are strong & some are even capable of flight, removing terrain obstacles as a limiting factor. Get a Beast Master lớn go along with them into battle and they will be even stronger, thanks to the fear of his whip. This is why you spend a lot of time in Tactics Ogre micromanaging your units; the number of ways you can tackle this quest is almost limitless and you won"t begrudge random encounter battles because you never know when the opportunity will arise lớn capture a powerful Earth long beast. You might expect with so much going on, the player would get overwhelmed by all the complex micromanagement the trò chơi requires, but a great ten lesson tutorial & a "Online Help" feature means that explanation of what a command is always a mere "Select" button push away.


The trò chơi does not skip on graphic detail. The stages on which you fight are made of neat building blocks in pastel colors that often make the trò chơi look like a painting, but the real stars are the unit sprites made with CGI models, not unlike Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Varied, filled with detail & incredibly well animated, you won"t have problems distinguishing your regular Soldiers from a nin-ja squad. The distinguished look of the game is thanks to Akihiko Yoshida, responsible for the Tarot card designs in the previous game but also responsible for character and background designs here. The sound effects are a bit spartan but the beautiful soundtrack of about fifty compositions by Masaharu Iwata & Hitoshi Sakimoto more than makes up for that. địa chỉ cửa hàng Yasumi Matsuno in the director"s seat and it is quite clear that the staggering amount of talent at Quest in 1995 is directly responsible for the quality of the finished product.

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We would love khổng lồ discuss the game"s plot but doing so we would kết thúc up inadvertently spoiling the experience for first time players và as such we leave with just a single word that best describe the whole experience: epic. It is a long and solitary endeavor but one very much worth experiencing. There is also a small social aspect; Tactics Ogre is one of the few games that supported the ASCII Turbo File, a device that could be plugged onto the second joypad port lớn allow for save game storage outside of the game"s battery backup, allowing the player lớn keep a redundant backup of his game progress and quickly take their custom army to lớn a friend"s house. Sony"s PlayStation would take the idea of removeable save data to lớn the next level of course, but it"s fascinating lớn see that devices existed that offered very much the same function.

Conclusion


Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is an incredibly polished experience & will provide any tactical RPG enthusiast with incredible game play and replayability value thanks khổng lồ its plot, several different endings & nearly endless customization possibilities for your personal army. It is amazing how much Quest has managed khổng lồ squeeze out of a regular SNES 24mbit cartridge. This trò chơi set the template two years before Final Fantasy Tactics (which was made by many of the same staffers) turned Western gamers into fans of the genre. As such, it is a shame it was never officially released on the SNES in the west - although later ports khổng lồ the PlayStation và PlayStation Portable did see a release outside of Japan, which softens the blow a little. Thanks lớn Aeon Genesis" efforts, in 2010 a patch containing the PlayStation version English script was released making the Super Famicom game fully playable khổng lồ English-speaking gamers via a RetroN 5 or Retro Freak system. Tactics Ogre remains a true classic & an essential undertaking for strategy RPG veterans everywhere, despite the passage of time và advancements in technology. While no trò chơi is truly faultless, this vintage masterpiece comes very, very close, & if you"ve recently been exposed lớn the genre sparked via the likes of Fire Emblem Fates, then you should seek this out at the earliest possible opportunity.

Outstanding 10/10

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Regular person by day, super clip game player by night, Gonçalo lives in eager anticipation that the prophecy of a new F-Zero will soon be fulfilled. When not messing about making weird music he can be found with a Super Nintendo pad in hand, replaying a Japanese wrestling game no one has ever heard of.


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Fri 27th May 2016

"Wow, no comments yet... Why not be the first?"Okay, I"ll bite... Wow, no accompanying video đoạn phim yet, let me be the first:But a 10 out of 10, I do believe that"s a first,
Shiryu. But well deserved, since this is a great game, that should be on the wishlist of any và every jRPG/RTS fan.



Fri 27th May 2016

Didn"t release in Europe. 0/10. I jest.

Wiki says it"s on the Wii shop Channel but it"s not. Ogre Battle: The March of the black Queen is though.

Was it removed as has happened to other games in the past?

I see it"s on the Japanese Wii U eShop.



Fri 27th May 2016

That cover artwork looks amazing.


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Fri 27th May 2016

Still one of my all time favorites.


Fri 27th May 2016


ThanosReXXX It was absolutely stunning when it was first released back in the day and it hasn"t aged a bit. That"s what you get when you have both talent và hardware limitations clashing together.

PS: I have now published the đoạn clip at https://youtu.be/SkVIHKnQ7jk


Fri 27th May 2016

This was the #1 trò chơi I wanted khổng lồ see re-released in English, back from when I played it on an emulator. I played the GBA entry too (Knights of Lodis, IIRC), which was pretty good, although I suspect the game was a knockoff, because the battery died - I may have to pick it up again some time. The Ogre Battle games just don"t compare.

So I was ecstatic when it was eventually re-released in Europe on the PSP - I was actually lucky enough lớn get a hand me down PSP from my sister, & I bought it in a flash.

The PSP version has quite a few nice additions, like a quality dungeon, craftable items(?) and the ability for you to lớn skip khổng lồ any point in the story once you"ve witnessed it lớn see one of the many different routes.

I"d still tư vấn a Western VC release though...


hefferj It was meant khổng lồ be just a simple port of the PS1 version of the game but the team insisted on redesigning everything to accommodate for the superior hardware.


hefferj Picked up the PSP version at launch, didn"t play more than an hour. Really time to lớn start that again.


Fri 27th May 2016


Damo Beware, hours become days và days become months obsessing over the tiniest equipment details.


Fri 27th May 2016

Well that"s impressive.


Fri 27th May 2016

What a nice surprise here with this retro gem review! A game that deserves a lot of attention, lớn this day either.I played it a lot on the PS1 back in those days and, although I have never came khổng lồ finish the game, I had spend tons of ours & almost lost with battling & customizing!A well deserved score & review!Thank you, Shiryu!!!

And since Square Enix is porting lots of games to PC, it got me hyped for a future release of the PSP version, along with a future port of FF Tactics War of the Lion!!


Fri 27th May 2016

I"d lượt thích to see this, March of the đen Queen, and Ogre Battle 64 all make it khổng lồ Wii U VC in NA.....will they pobably not


Shiryu I know that they changed everything apart from the battle engine but I"m still reluctant to hotline it a remake.

The localisation is the best I have ever seen. đam mê beautifully written that it makes me want to become a localiser myself.


Fri 27th May 2016

I keep meaning lớn get the other SNES one from the Wii VC và the N64 one, as it doesn"t look lượt thích they will come to lớn the Wii U VC & I fear they"ll close the Wii shop in the near future.

In fact there"re loads of games I still need to get from Wii"s VC which will probably never come out on the Wii U now. Don"t want to lớn miss out on them.


Fri 27th May 2016

I finished the PSP version & it"s the best SRPG I"ve played. If the SNES version is about as good as the PSP one, it deserves that 10/10 score.

The storyline is surprisingly well written & mature for a trò chơi of that era. The gameplay"s great too, with a lot of depth và customization options. It"s impressive how much they managed lớn include in the game, considering it"s on an SNES cartridge.

It"s a shame this game isn"t anywhere near as popular as Final Fantasy Tactics, even though it"s very similar và just as good.


Fri 27th May 2016

I would honestly just recommend the PSP version, which is also downloadable on the Vita.

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It"s got a lot more modern niceties, & it"s just much smoother while retaining all of the depth.

I also liked the GBA Tactics Ogre sequel a ton. But the PSP version is still better.


Fri 27th May 2016

Makes me want to play Ogre Battle 64. I bought it late in the N64 cycle for lượt thích 20 bucks (long after GC hit the market) & it was not what I expected. Ironically, I expected it to lớn be turn-based like this version. I was a little disappointed at first, but eventually grew to enjoy it. However, I didn"t get far as I became distracted with the GameCube. Is Ogre Battle 64 still available on wii shop? I really enjoyed the sprite work of all the characters.


Blastcorp64 Yes, it is available on the Wii Virtual Console và only there. Marcel gave it a 10/10 back in 2010.

https://www.mangago.vn/reviews/2010/04/ogre_battle_64_person_of_lordly_caliber_virtual_console


Fri 27th May 2016

Truly great in every way & it tops FF Tactics, which is sad because most people haven"t touched this.


Fri 27th May 2016

I agree with the review, I have the psp version and this is an amazing game. It has a deep branching story, tons of customization, and is overall just such a well made game. It"s sad that we don"t see tactics ogre/ogre battle games anymore.


Fri 27th May 2016

RPG games from 90s are so well made, carefully crafted to lớn make you enjoy the most of it. No cash-grab sequels, no microtransactions, no shallow mechanics, good story & good atmosphere. Even though nowadays we don"t have a whole lot of traditional RPG games, we can still cling to old memories và classic games like this one lớn truly enjoy a decent RPG game.


Fri 27th May 2016

I"m fine with this....but i just don"t get one thing.

If you"re gonna say that an english patch has been released & can be played at retron 5 or whatever. Then why is revealing the rom gian lận an illegal thing? You"re literally doing the same thing by telling us that a third buổi tiệc nhỏ system exists alongside a patch which is still a grey area.

Again, no issue here but just wondering why such a problem?


Fri 27th May 2016

I"m trying the Romancing Sagas I was so curious about, but I"ll have to kiểm tra this one out too! I somehow never bothered after hearing a couple of times how bad Ogre Battle sequels were. I remember listening a lot it"s soundtrack on a SPC music player though. Hitoshi sakimoto always had a particular style.

The visuals really look ahead of their gen, so pretty! Although, I think Seiken Densetsu 3 (Secret of Mana 2) gets 1st place for sound quality-- It really stood out from the usual soft/mushy snes sound.


Socar khổng lồ raise awareness that you can legally own the game cartridge & be able to enjoy it translated in English using the new soft patching features of both the RetroN5 and Game Freak.


Fri 27th May 2016


Shiryu Its still a grey area nonetheless.


Fri 27th May 2016


Socar I find that the real crime nowadays is that people live out their time on Earth without knowing about this and many other simply fantastic games that remain locked away in Japan.


Fri 27th May 2016

Always wanted khổng lồ play this game, if only because none of the Queen references needed lớn be explained when I first learned of it. I"ll pick it up tonight...and listen to Queen II on the way trang chủ from work khổng lồ get in the mood.


Fri 27th May 2016

This is a big reason why I love my Vita despite the disappointingly small library. This, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of The Lions, Disgaea & Disgaea 2, Valkirya Chronicles II. It"s an SRPG fan"s dream.


Blastcorp64

I had the exact same experience the first time I played OB64; saw an extensive preview in Nintendo nguồn (R.I.P.), rented it và hated it the first couple of days, then it quickly grew on me, & it"s now one of my all-time favorite RPGs. I feel lượt thích it has the best và most mature story & script of any RPG I"ve ever played.

However, it is not without it"s flaws. Outside of a few missions, the game is extremely easy, và your units on the field bản đồ move awfully slow, which starts khổng lồ wear on you as you get later in the game & maps get bigger và bigger.

The biggest offense though is the game"s Chaos Frame system, which determines a character"s alignment (lawful or chaotic) and effects your ability to promote or change a character"s class. It becomes extremely difficult an takes a ton of micromanagement to make chaotic, và even neutral classes & units, which can lock you out of about half of the possible classes in the game. Thankfully, there is an item-duping glitch in the trò chơi that you can exploit lớn fix this (along with the walking speed thing, if you so choose).

Despite those things, it is still a ton of fun. Well you know, you"ve played it. I own the original cart, but I should probably download it from the Wii siêu thị just for the day my cart"s battery dies & if it ever gets taken off the VC.


Fri 27th May 2016


Shiryu

Keep up the great work, man. You"re lượt thích a curator in the museum of great-but-obscure games.


Fri 27th May 2016


burninmylight Will do. Who knew all those Super Play và Super power magazines I religiously bought every month decades ago would lead me khổng lồ this gig at Nintendo Life!?


Fri 27th May 2016

lol, bought this just yesterday on my Vita after I had been wanting to lớn play it for years but couldnt find it in Australia. Rather play it on my Wii U hand held tho. Nintendo sits on so much nội dung while we wait with dollars in hand. Wtb Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana & Ogre games on Wii U Nintendo! >.
Stezimov Nintendo could totally kill the competition when it comes khổng lồ digitally releasing their past library....but that"s another story for another time.


Fri 27th May 2016

I"ve always wanted khổng lồ try one of these Ogre games. Especially Ogre Battle 64 after hearing James Jones of Radio không lấy phí Nintendo gush about it. Too back I can"t buy it on Wii U.


Sat 28th May 2016

Nintendo"s fault for not utilizing the VC, so really, they"re lớn blame for lack of these gems.


Sat 28th May 2016

Is it only on psp or can you get a version of it on psn for ps3? I downloaded a tactics orges game I think besides final fantasy tactics a couple of years ago during a flash sale. I have to kiểm tra it out as I am back on my ps3 replaying RDR in waiting for it"s sequel announcement on ps4 at e3.


Sat 28th May 2016

Darn I only have Final Fantasy tactics but I will have to kiểm tra the shop.


Sat 28th May 2016

It"s only on the psp or vita. dies a little


Sat 28th May 2016


mikegamer not quite. The virtual console is an excellent service but it will never live up lớn it"s full potential because unless its first tiệc nhỏ games that Nintendo owns all the publishing rights, it is an absolute nightmare khổng lồ track down every person who owns the right lớn games made 20 or 30 years ago. Most of the publishers & producers don"t even exist any more, have been acquired by other third parties & so on.


Sun 29th May 2016

..was stoked to find a used ps1 copy in 2001..then ps2, xbox, GameCube, và Game Boy Advance stole all my time (a good year) ..so never played it, but this đánh giá really makes me want khổng lồ play it now..thanks..


Blastcorp64 Remember that Ogre Battle 64 is the sequel khổng lồ the prequel, Ogre Battle for Super NES. This Super NES Tactics Ogre is the sequel to lớn Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis which was only released for the GBA. All are part of the Ogre series but only the Tactic Ogre games are grid-based.


Tue 31st May 2016

I will always prefer the large map, tactical battles of Ogre Battle & Ogre Battle 64. Those games were SO different than anything else. Still, cant say no lớn this either; I never played this one, though I played the Tactics Ogre on gba which I believe was very similar.


Thu 2nd Jun 2016


leo13 It"s on the Wii VC, which you can get through Wii mode.


Thu 2nd Jun 2016


burninmylight yes I know, but then I"d have to go buy a classic controller và I already have 4 wii remotes, 4 pro controllers, 4 GameCube controllers so I"m not anxious lớn buy another controller so that I can play a couple more game. Instead I"m holding out hoping I get lucky & they bring it to lớn Wii U VC


DiscoGentleman My pleasure. As I grew up, I have been more và more aware that technical limitations of hardware brought the very best of both artists và programmers on 8 và 16 bit systems. Their work deserves lớn be remembered and celebrated, I am very happy khổng lồ help in this matter little by little every week in NL.

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leo13

I"d be more surprised that it comes khổng lồ the Wii U or NX eShop than I would if it gets taken off the Wii VC. That"s why I"ve been contemplating buying it now for just in case, lớn be prepared for the day the battery in my N64 cart dies.