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Review: Tactics Ogre: Reborn

Posted on November 13, 2022 by Rebecca

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  • 9.4/10
    Total Score - 9.4/10


The best iteration of an all-time classic, Tactics Ogre Reborn is a can’t miss experience.

Developer – Square-Enix

Publisher – Square-Enix

Platforms – Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation

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Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a tactical RPG set in medieval times, with swords and spells, and from your position as a strategist, you lead the troops with grace. The superb setting is undoubtedly the best thing about the entire saga.

The story takes place in Valeria, an island that for years has been the scene of internal wars between its different nations; the Bakram, the elite of the society in the north, fight against the Galgastani of the south, the most numerous, who in turn keep the Wallister oppressed. The plot base is maintained, but the nuances change in this game. Beyond the idea, and as it happened in Vagrant Story, the script does not worry about explaining the ins and outs of the geopolitical situation established for the plot.

Some characters have been modified, and new ones have been added. In addition to the characters, some adjustments can be seen in the story’s development, adding alternative missions and dialogues related to them. Matsuno, the original game designer, has taken care of this point personally. The number of lines of text in descriptions, dialogs, and attributes has been expanded.

In any of its incarnations, the game is characterized by providing a non-linear branching system to a plot full of situations that are much more mature than usual. The decisions that the player makes during the dialogues condition his alignment and the course of events, to the point of deciding the life and death of allies, avoiding battles, or forging alliances with one faction or another, all sublimated in the form of multiple endings are still outstanding. Many story features carry over from the PSP remake from years ago but are refined.

Visually, the game is a pixelated marvel, elegant and functional, and although it was in the original version, now it comes with two or three kilos of graphic glitter. For starters, the settings have been recreated in glorious 3D, allowing you to keep the classic view and rotate the camera angle to see hidden parts when needed, solving the blind spot problem I had—the classic. Several improvements have come to tactical cameras and how you can view each unit in this rerelease.

They have also reformed the interface, placing a temporary bar at the bottom of the game screen to know the order of action of the units and an area with descriptions of the game elements at the top. The help, accessed at all times with the Select button, also deserves mention for its usefulness, especially considering the volume of data handled in this game.

The mechanics are broadly standard for this genre. However, the character classes are more relaxed regarding skills and options and are somewhat blurred to allow more flexibility in your army build. An archer doesn’t have to be inept with small arms, or a knight can learn to cast spells and not just be the “tank” of the group. 

Tactics Ogre Reborn is recommended for all those capable of going through a long and dense title, and it is optional to be a fan of role-playing or tactical strategy games to face it. This game was a classic, then remade on the PSP, but now flourishes on modern platforms in the ultimate version of this legendary title.

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