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A truly amazing game,
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This review is from: Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together - Sony PSP (Video Game)
Tactics Ogre. If you're like me, you've heard the name before, listed as one of the best SRPG's ever. I've always heard about it, but never had a chance to play it. When I saw this on Amazon, I jumped on it right away, and let me tell you, it's not something I regret. The game is beautiful (remember, it's a remake of an old 90's game), the music is outstanding, and the whole plot is mature yet interesting. This game has a LOT to offer you, and is quite demanding on your free time. If you're unsure if this game is for you, read on.
The story is what you'd expect from a tactics game. It's full of political intrigue, personal grudges, and the conflicting natures of comrades. It's very well written, and the dialogue is tight. If I had to say there was an age group for the game, it'd have to be 15+. There's A LOT of political dialogue that alot of younger kids would probably label as "boring". Don't come into the game if you expect some 12 year olds the save the world from evil villain with long hair, you won't get that here,
The game also places a heavy emphasis on YOUR choices. What you do WILL affect the story, which paths you take, which characters you get, which battles you may or may not fight, etc etc. If you're a completionist like me, you may be freaking out right now, but here's the great part: once you beat the game, you can go back to ANY mission as re-do it, and go a different path. There is NO WAY you can permanently miss anything with this system.
I won't take long here. It's what you expect from a remade PlayStation 1 Game. Nothing about the sprites will amaze you, they're low res, no nonsense. The terrain is low res as well, and doesn't really stick out. however, don't let this fool you, as graphics don't make or break a game, they do what they strive to do while keeping true to the original masterpiece the developers imagined.
However, I feel that character portraits and battle skills (such as magic) deserve praise. Seriously, the portraits of the characters are very well done, very Final Fantasy Tactics, but much more mature and less cartoony. And the battle skills.. Wow. This blew me away. The battle skill effects are simply amazing. They look good, and they often has some amazing animations. Go look at the amazon video, they're simply that good.
The music in this game is amazing. It captures the feel of the game perfectly. In the game, if you're in a tense battle, the music will reflect it. The world map theme is quiet and calming. Not much more to say about this except that it's quite good.
Wow. This is like Final Fantasy Tactics with 10X more customization. Heck, even more so. There's hundreds of skills, augmentations, spells. It's ridiculous. Battles are difficult, and what you'd expect from the genre. You get a large number of troops, and tactically control them to defeat the enemy's troops.
What NEEDS to be mentioned here is the chariot system. You can rewind the battle up to 50 character actions. This may make it sound like the games too easy, but it's not. It has PERFECT use in the game. It allows you to try different strategies without having to reset your game and redo the fight. And before you think you can rewind a characters turn over and over until they hit or do a critical hit, think again. If you miss the first time on that unit, you'll miss every time after. You can't cheat the system.
The ONLY negative thing about this game is the menu's. They're horrible. You can't easily check if you already have an item you want to buy at the shop, you can't check if it's stronger, if you buy a spell you can't check if your ally has already learned it. Menu's are hard to navigate, but this is a flaw you'll get used to. I had to take off one star for this though, because it is such a glaring flaw.
In the end, I would recommend this game to ANY rpg fan, and ESPECIALLY an SRPG fan. You won't be disappointed, I promise. It is one of the best games I have ever played.
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Initial post: Apr 17, 2011 5:17:11 PM PDT
Nathanial Coughtry says:
I failed to note before finishing it, that it IS possible to cheat the system by going back a large number of turns to change the games RNG (Random Number Generator).
Posted on Dec 11, 2011 8:56:44 PM PST
Nice review, though I do believe that Tactics Ogre is THE game that set the standard and pioneered poltical intrigues in tactics (and other) games. Suikoden 2 and other games were also heavily influenced by it. And yet, Tactics Ogre still did it the best, in my opinion!
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