Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis Image

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  • Summary: Under the watchful eye of the Holy Lodis Empire, strange things are happening on the island of Ovis. Powerful forces have been set in motion, but their motives are masked by political intrigue. It is your mission to investigate these occurrences and discover the true intentions of those involved. The ending of the game will depend on the actions that the main character, Alphonse, takes. You will make many revelations as you proceed, but you must survive the unrelenting battles and cultivate your characters' abilities to unveil the ultimate truth. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
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  1. If you've never played a Quest game (and let's face it, not many in this country have), this is an awesome chance to find out why they're so great. [April 2002, p.68]
  2. Tactics Ogre is something truly original, both in form and execution, and once you start playing it, you'll know you're in for a treat.
  3. A deep and addictive game, and the two-player link makes it an instant classic. [Summer 2002, p.36]
  4. 90
    While it’s not quite as deep as the older SNES game, there’s still a whole lot to like, and with so many potential character customization options it’ll keep you preoccupied for many, many an hour.
  5. 85
    There are some downsides, such as the sluggish pace and initially overly easy computer AI, but once you get deeper into the game and get wrapped up in the storyline you'll soon forget about these shortcomings.
  6. A strategy junkie's dream come true. [May 2002, p.115]
  7. A good game, but it fails to distinguish itself enough from it’s 1997 cousin. Same character models, same environments, same battle engine, same items, same weapons, same spells...there’s something to be said for consistency, but I feel Tactics Ogre needed to expand on the idea a little more, not just carbon-copy it.

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Score distribution:
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  1. JoshuaA.
    Nov 20, 2002
    This game is a complete must for RPG fans and strategy freaks! This game is one of the best games ever, and on a handheld system! Get it, or miss out!!! Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2013
    I played this game a while ago but I remember enjoying the living hell out of it. It is a gem of the gba library do yourself a favor and play this game. Expand
  3. SeanP.
    Apr 7, 2003
    I really really really like this game...really!
  4. NeilK.
    Apr 24, 2007
    This is by far one of the best video games ever made. The sheer number of different character combinations you can have is astounding. The story is compelling, and the gravity of it all is breathtaking. There is nothing better than having a holy spear or a complete set of elemental armor. And the fact that you can have characters such as Angel Knights or Liches adds so much more flavor to an already rich game. Few games can begin to compare to this masterpiece. Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2011
    This game is a must have for people who are in love with turn-based strategy games like myself. The gameplay is very unique and has a lot of strategy elements in it: terrain, elements, different classes, weather, etc. The story is also very interesting which is consistent with the Tactics Ogre franchise. Difficulty wise, i think the game is fair - until you spend a lot of time grinding in the training mode which can be repeated infinitely - then the game becomes a cakewalk. The game also allows the player to pick different routes which lead to alternate endings which increases the game's replayability. I have recently purchased the Tactics Ogre game for PSP, which is a remake of the original because of my love for this game. I am sad that these type of games don't have a much of a place on consoles anymore because of a niche market - but I am happy that Atlus continues to develop these games. (Overall 9+ - battle is a bit slow paced, animations are a bit slow) Expand
  6. KevinB.
    Jan 3, 2007
    The storyline is on the verge of epic and the characters are wonderful. The game was a bit too easy at times but overall it was good.
  7. gbarules
    May 15, 2007
    Using a wonderfully epic and cinematic story, great gameplay mechanics that go deeper than the deepest lake, and a whole heaping serving of what makes the series great, it's a fine addition to any RPG fan's library. If only the game hadn't been released so early: the sound is MIDI level (yet still good) and the graphics are choppy (yet still good). If you can still get your hands on this game, jump for it. It's worth every effort. Expand