Square Enix Files New Tactics Ogre Trademark In Japan

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As I look bachồng on Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, it’ll be with this line firmly emblazoned unto my mind. This is a story of class và ethnic conflict, of lvà và blood. At a time when the JRPG was not yet 10 years old, a 12-person team at Quest created a game more grounded in the realities of contemporary geopolitics than any that had come before, & created a blueprint for a genre that continues to persist a quarter century later.

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Tactics Ogre invites comparison to Final Fantasy Tactics và, in many ways, that comparison is salient. Tactics Ogre laid the groundwork for a job system that would be perfected in its successor, but both games have sầu an equal knack for tense, moment-to-moment interactions. FFT is more focused on experimentation, and TO places linearity at the forefront of its battles & main story thiết kế. For those who vibe with their unique qualities, both of these games could be multi-hundred hour affairs.

I wouldn’t recommover Tactics Ogre over Final Fantasy Tactics on most occasions, but that doesn’t mean the former is without merit or advantages over the latter. Characters such as Ravness, Leonar, and Lanselot Tartaros are fascinating pivots in their own right. On a technical cấp độ, the PSP remake is much faster & smoother than the FFT: War of the Lions remake. Archers are actually viable (terribly so) in TO. And best of all we have sầu The Chariot, which allows immediate rewinds of up to 50 moves baông chồng. If you can get down with a grid, Tactics Ogre is a fascinating and enjoyable slice of RPG history.


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Michael Sollosi

I’ve sầu been a big tín đồ of Final Fantasy Tactics for over 20 years; I enjoy a great many strategy games & tactical RPGs; và I’ve enjoyed all of the Ogre Saga games that I’ve played. That makes it all the more surprising that this year was my first sincere effort khổng lồ play and finish Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, và it certainly took me long enough.

LUCT is not the first Japanese strategy RPG, and certainly isn’t the first RPG with a story full of political machinations & character melodrama. But Yasungươi Matsuno’s classic was a cult hit in 1995, and its influence can be traced through decades of other games inspired by Tactics Ogre‘s mechanics và writing. I usually make Disgaea comparisons in discussions of đoạn Clip games with post-game content that goes far, far beyond the game’s story, but all these years I should’ve been saying Tactics Ogre instead.

But this fan-favorite classic is not without its frustrations. I was a little annoyed by every new class dragging character levels bachồng down khổng lồ 1, and annoyed further that so many maps amount to lớn “death staircases” with battles of attrition against powerful boss khủng units that gave sầu just as much EXP & JP as a random battle against 6 or 7 humanoid scrubs. Tactics Ogre‘s story, while exciting và interesting moment to moment, hides so much lore and useful background information in optional codeces that at points I felt lượt thích I was studying for an exam. They hadn’t perfected RPG storytelling pace in 1995, though I was playing the game’s 2010 PSPhường remake.

Look, I had a lot of fun playing Tactics Ogre, but I only played through one story path và didn’t indulge in much post-game nội dung. Unfortunately, with its 100-floor dungeon, multitude of optional quests, and ability khổng lồ jump between story timelines, Tactics Ogre: LUCT celebrates its post-game. Players are encouraged—and almost expected—to lớn explore every story path, unloông xã esoteric character classes, & break the 100-hour mark on this game, but for time và attention span reasons I did not. But I am glad I finally played Tactics Ogre, because as a strategy RPG it’s rock-solid & as an RPG education it’s a worthy investment. And holy smokes I will not underestimate Clip game archers ever again.


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Nilson Carroll

Thinking about Tactics Ogre & our conversations, I question whether or not Tactics Ogre is successful as an anti-war game.

I can’t help but first be recalled khổng lồ Spec-Ops: The Line, an FPS that tells its audience it’s an anti-war game but ends up still making war sort of exhilarating. Yasungươi Matsuno’s message here is the game’s core, that war is full of senseless và usually unavoidable violence. The racial tensions in Valeria resemble the real world ethnic conflicts of the Yugoslov Wars, & it’s almost impossible to participate in the game without being at the center of a string of war crimes.

I’m also recalled lớn another Atlus series, Shin Megangươi Tensei, which also breaks down narrative morality inkhổng lồ Law, Chaos, and Neutral paths. Like in SMT, Law does not equal “good” or “justice,” but something akin to lớn a Machiavellian worldview, or, further, fascism. Chaos is geared toward chaotic-good, for players who want to lớn follow their values but kết thúc up equally complicit in a chiến dịch of death, whereas Neutral perhaps is somewhere in between. This conflict & the abuses of power it reveals are strikingly prescient in 20đôi mươi, as callous ambition và the inability to lớn listen are at the forefront of our own leadership.

Forgoing participating in a civilian slaughter (Law Route), I chose và stuck with the Chaos Route (Neutral stunk of “both sides-ism”) this playthrough, finding myself in dozens of useless and deadly skirmishes. There is actually one encounter you can avoid by showing up with no weapons equipped, but otherwise, every single opposing leader does not believe that you would spare them (which you prove sầu by slaughtering their army, again & again). Inhumanity is inevitable, the wheel of history turns, you và your friends are forgotten cogs. Matsuno is most bleak here, but it works.

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It’s a thiông chồng game, one of the thickest. It forces its players lớn struggle, to make them feel stuck. It’s plodding, & players can’t really go any faster than the game wants them lớn. Yeah, I’d gọi Tactics Ogre a capital ‘G’ Great trò chơi.


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Zach Wilkerson

I diverge a little from my colleagues on this game. Don’t get me wrong, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is an amazing game in many ways, particularly because it was originally released in 1995, but I would find it hard khổng lồ recommover khổng lồ anyone who isn’t starved for SRPGs or just has an interest in the history of the genre.

To be sure, it is difficult lớn overstate the importance of LUCT upon its release. The game has multiple paths that are all compelling in their own regard, & most importantly, it gives you real consequences for the choices you make. The story deals with heavy themes in a fairly even handed way, and while it is difficult lớn make a truly anti-war narrative, as Nilson notes above, LUCT certainly shows the consequences effectively.

Nonetheless, there are many small to lớn large issues that prsự kiện me from really recommending this game. The key problem with the gameplay is that the balance is off in almost all ways. First, the skills system is so rudimentary it is not engaging. I didn’t enjoy having khổng lồ grind out battles to lớn get my new jobs up lớn snuff. The late game has far too much content which should be spread throughout the game. Perhaps most damning, the main quest is usually quite easy since you can just make a beeline to lớn the tiệc nhỏ leader. That is, except for the ridiculous “Save the NPC” battles that are far too luck based, hampered further by a suicidal AI.

I think my real problem with LUCT, on reflection, is that it just all feels too cold. We are told far too often about the consequences of war, but we never see them. We never see the slaughter of innocent lives as a result of our actions. Characters pop in và out, without clear motivations. They are removed from us because we never see outside of their dour circumstances. The localization is awesome, but it takes itself so seriously that does nothing to help this problem. If you want me to see the consequences of war, I need to at least care about someone, và for me, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together fails on this front. Ultimately, it is a lesser game than others that have sầu tackled similar themes & mechanics.


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Zach Wilkerson

After avidly following dnppower.com.vn for years, Zach joined as a reviews Editor in 2018, & somehow finds himself helping manage the Features department now. When he"s not educating the youth of America, he can often be heard loudly clamoring for Lunar 3 & Suikoden VI.

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