Yggdra Union Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: Ruled by a royal family said to be descendants of the gods themselves, Fantasinia is a prosperous and peaceful land -- until the peace is shattered by the invading forces of the Empire of Bronkia. Led by the young emperor Gulcasa, who seized control of the Empire in a brutal coup d?etat, Bronchia's Imperial Army cuts a bloody swath through the people of Fantasinia and the Royal Armies of King Ordeene. Amidst the chaos, a young woman escapes from the besieged capital of Partina -- a woman with innocence in her face, and a sword in her hand. The girl?s name is Princess Yggdra, the last surviving member of the royal family; the sword is the Gran Centurio, a legendary blade once wielded by the founder of Fantasinia, and passed down through generations of royalty. Fleeing to to a remote valley at the southern tip of the continent, Yggdra meets up with Milanor, the charismatic leader of a band of thieves, and readies herself for a war of liberation. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. It's no easy feat to invigorate a genre that has remained fairly set in its ways for the last few generations, let alone do it with the imagination and energy present here.
  2. 85
    At this point, I don't think it's reasonable to recommend playing this particular version of the game, unless you absolutely loathe voice acting (and/or refined graphics, and/or the PSP as a platform).
  3. An alternative to the blueprint for strategy role-playing games, Yggdra Union is strange, complicated, interesting, and charming.
  4. 78
    There's no denying that this is one of the most beautiful and visually-complicated games ever released on the GBA. The gameplay is unique and inventive, but it's not always intuitive and won't be everyone's cup of tea.
  5. Still, Yggdra Union has style all its own, and is a breath of fresh air in the sometimes-stale strategy-RPG genre. [Jan. 2007, p.114]
  6. The best strategy games are able to transform you into a tactical powerhouse as you maneuver your units to victory. Yggdra Union manages to tap into this feeling occasionally with some innovative strategy mechanics, but more often it made me feel like a spectator rather than a commander.
  7. Indeed, if you can get your eyes past the epilepsy-inducing menus, and your head round the aneurism-inducing unions, there is a decent game struggling to break free of its gratuitously obfuscated difficulty curve. [JPN Import]

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  1. XandK.
    Nov 30, 2006
    9
    Highly entertaining, amazingly complex and oh-so FUN. If you buy it used or run a ROM, make SURE to get the Instruction book somewhere. The game is very, very complex. But that's where it shines. Battle animations are beautiful, and control over trooops is deeper than most SRPGs. Collapse
  2. Feb 6, 2012
    8
    Yggdra Union is an awesome strategy game, but it is also unapproachable to casual players.

    The Good: Superb graphics and characters design;
    innovative gameplay system (cards, morale, union/link, offense/defense bar); very-long-lasting adventure
    The Bad: Complex strategy is not well explained in the tutorials; lack of pattern in the buttons mapping; difficulty crosses the line of frustration

    When Atlus started developing games for Nintendo in the NES era it was all about traditional genresâ
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