Ogre Battle (SNES)

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Zack Burner
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Ogre Battle (SNES)

Postby Zack Burner » October 11th, 2019, 10:27 am

Time for a strategy RPG review! This one's a complex game where you wage war against an evil empire. You play some lord (can be either male or female) leading a rebellion against the empire that can be in small groups of different type of units ranging from fighters, knights, amazons, mermaids, dragons, beastmasters, wizards, and lot more. The battles, unlike Final Fantasy, are on autopilot though you can determine the tactics Leader, best, strong, or weak by pausing from time to time. Also taking into account are Tarot cards, which you can use in battle. You obtain Tarot cards by liberating towns and temples and sometimes a Tarot card will either increase or decrease your reputation. Reputation is a key factor in this game as it not only helps you recruit certain leaders (which can sometimes be bosses of certain areas), but also determines one of several endings (and there are plenty!). What you do in the game as well including who you recruit determines the best ending as well. Here's one example:

In one area you here the leader (boss) Gilbert used to be a kind man, but when the Empire rose he became cold. You first need to find an old friend of his; an Eagleman named Canopus. At first he refuses to join you even after you give the best answer as to why you're fighting (freedom). After liberating a town with a shop you'll hear that Canopus has a sister named Yulia, she resides in a town/temple to the left of the boss part. If you find her she will give you the Wings of Victory. Return to the area where you found Canopus, and with the Wings, you successfully convince him to join you. Once he joins you, Deploy him and let him fight Gilbert. Once you defeat him Gilbert opens up and should you forgive him, not only does he join you, but the people will love you!
(Bear in mind that forgiving everyone isn't always the best option especially when you encounter later on the witch Deneb which means the people will hate you for).

I recommend having a guide with you should you play this either in the rare cartridge or even better through emulation.

Luigi & Peach
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Re: Ogre Battle (SNES)

Postby Luigi & Peach » October 19th, 2019, 9:11 pm

Biggest pro for emulation: Being able to save anytime during some of the immense levels of this game. Some of these levels can easily last for 3-4 hours and to be 2 hours into a level and lose everything because something came up is really unbearable.

Biggest pro for original cartridge: If you can get a complete copy, the manual and additional documentation that comes with this is very entertaining. I enjoyed reading the documentation almost as much as I enjoyed playing the game.

Either way this was a really good game although trying to maintain a high level reputation was very frustrating in the days prior to online guides.

Zack Burner
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Re: Ogre Battle (SNES)

Postby Zack Burner » October 19th, 2019, 9:15 pm

Luigi & Peach wrote:Biggest pro for emulation: Being able to save anytime during some of the immense levels of this game. Some of these levels can easily last for 3-4 hours and to be 2 hours into a level and lose everything because something came up is really unbearable.

Biggest pro for original cartridge: If you can get a complete copy, the manual and additional documentation that comes with this is very entertaining. I enjoyed reading the documentation almost as much as I enjoyed playing the game.

Either way this was a really good game although trying to maintain a high level reputation was very frustrating in the days prior to online guides.



Tell me about it! You have to guard the towns, which proves to be not easy, and don't get carried away with using Tarot cards either! Doing that lowers your leader's alignment and then the people begin hating you. In fact a high alignment is crucial if you want to get three powerful leaders late in the game, which is not easy to maintain. Having a guide with you is absolutely crucial. And thank heavens for emulation, or trying to get it right wouldn;t be possible


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