Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Nov 27, 2022
    While I missed it back then, Tactics Ogre was, by all accounts, a pinnacle of its genre when it first debuted. The game has aged well, especially with Tactics Ogre: Reborn's enhancements, and remains an incredibly engrossing, absorbing game with nearly unmatched storytelling and gameplay. Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a masterful remaster of a game that was already a masterpiece. It shouldn't be missed.
  2. Nov 10, 2022
    Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a more than worthy re-release of one of the most influential and maybe the best Tactical RPG of all time. The improvements brought in this version make it much more accessible and considerably enhance the experience both for new players as well as long time fans and make it a mandatory title for everyone who enjoys the genre.
  3. Mar 15, 2023
    Overall, Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a fantastic game! As a fan that has played all three it’s hard to say which version I like best. I like the system changes made in Tactics Ogre: Reborn, simplifying removing skill points from the game and entirely relying on magic points in fights makes a lot more sense. The biggest problem with this version is removing random encounters from the game. While I understand the choice, they could have just added the level cap and possibly kept random encounters — which is something I enjoyed doing in other tactical RPGs such as Final Fantasy Tactics. Overall, I really enjoyed my time in Tactics Ogre: Reborn and look forward to many more hours with the game.
  4. Dec 20, 2022
    Tactics Ogre: Reborn really set the gears in motion for a genre. Since the first launch of this game in 1995, a lot has changed and this title has been staunch in both keeping to its roots and also making some needed changes to modernise the game.
  5. Nov 10, 2022
    Square Enix, which usually makes discreet holes in the water with remasters, has managed to significantly improve an RPG that was already a masterpiece of its own. If only he had had more courage, and had put his hand to the slightly spartan pixelart, Tactics Ogre: Reborn would have been perfect, but all in all we also understand the desire to preserve a certain level of nostalgia. It is officially the best turn-based strategy you can play: if you love the genre, and you are not afraid of the English texts, you absolutely have to make it yours.
  6. Nov 10, 2022
    Tactics Ogre is one of the great legends of SRPGs and Reborn just makes an already near-perfect game better. With its translation into Spanish, the excuses for not playing it have ended.
  7. Nov 10, 2022
    Tactics Ogre: Reborn is an incredibly well put together remaster of one of the cult classics from the SNES era. It's an improvement over the well-done PSP remaster and improves upon it in almost every way. The story and translation remain excellent, and the core gameplay is more fun than ever. The only downside is that it didn't get any visual touch-ups, so you'll need to be willing to accept cute, pudgy little sprites acting out the serious tense political drama. If you're a fan of strategy RPGs and haven't played Tactics Ogre yet, then Reborn is well worth a shot.
  8. Nov 10, 2022
    Tactics Ogre: Reborn is exactly what fans could have wanted from a remaster. Though not all of its changes improve the experience, the majority are welcome improvements that help elevate the experience to a new level. This is a must-play for fans of the original, and easily the best possible point of entry for newcomers who want to get into the series.
  9. 90
    Tactics Ogre Reborn is the essence of one of video game’s true masterpieces. On this, the second remake, it has proven that it is functionally timeless, both in terms of storytelling and the quality of play. There weren’t many tactics JRPGs around before Tactics Ogre, and those that were largely looked to Fire Emblem for inspiration. Now, though, the isometric combat system that so many tactics JRPGs use these days was inspired directly by two classics – this one, and Final Fantasy Tactics. We have a lot to thank Tactics Ogre for, and Reborn demonstrates just how playable it still is.
  10. Nov 10, 2022
    Tactics Ogre is back again, and it's in a better shape than ever. This new edition brings back all the deep gameplay of the original title, adding brand new mechanics which make the overall experience smoother and more contemporary.
  11. Nov 14, 2022
    Tactics Ogre: Reborn is an insanely high-quality remaster. There are so many improvements, including gameplay additions, menu expansion, display clarity, improved graphics, orchestrated music, and fully-voiced dialogue. This remaster isn’t a cheap cash-in. It’s the quality level of remaster that all others should aspire to. The only complaints I can make about the game is that the story and gameplay are dense, and won’t be for everyone. Every tactical RPG fan needs to play Tactics Ogre: Reborn. And for strategy JRPG fans, Tactics Ogre: Reborn is good enough that it might be the exception when saying you’re not a fan of the genre.
  12. Nov 29, 2022
    Reborn is by far the best version of Tactics Ogre. Adding many much-needed quality-of-life improvements and removing some of the more tedious mechanics have completely turned Tactics Ogre into a very enjoyable experience, despite its difficulty. In between the tough fights, a great story unfolds that you really learn to appreciate after several hours into the game. Above all that, Tactics Ogre: Reborn proves that the game that established an entire genre remains relevant no matter how much time has passed since its original release.
  13. Nov 24, 2022
    If you love grid-based SRPGs as much as I do then you owe it to yourself to play Tactics Ogre: Reborn. It may have laid much of the genre's foundation but it's impressive just how well it has held up over the years. It's still rather beautiful, too.
  14. Nov 10, 2022
    Tactics Ogre Reborn is not perfect but it is a very wise re-release. It's not uncommon to see re-releases that disappoint by being simplistic or disrespecting the original creative vision by changing too much, but in this case we're talking about a release that avoids falling into either of these holes. Instead we have a title that succeeds by delivering the definitive version of a tactical RPG that deserves to be played by more people.
  15. Nov 10, 2022
    Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a classic title brought back in this age of HD. It is a game that tactical role-playing lovers will enjoy, being a worthy representative of the genre. It requires a lot of patience to overcome its campaign, but it will not leave anyone indifferent who decides to try it. The improvements implemented are well received because they make it easier to approach a game considered complex in many of its sections.
  16. Dec 7, 2022
    For the most part, Tactic Ogre: Reborn is a good game. Heck, it's a great game. But my run took me headfirst into what feels like the cheapest and most unfair change of mechanics that I can remember in my entire personal gaming history. The entire playing experience was spoiled as a result. With the review finished, I am now deleting this game from my hard drive and never returning. I feel betrayed by a terrible design choice and look at the dozens of hours to get to this point as a waste of my time.
  17. Dec 1, 2022
    Tactics Ogre is the backbone of all tactical RPG games, and although it's not necessarily the best in history, it secured its place over twenty-five years ago, and now it's possible to play it even without a Nintendo console.
  18. Nov 10, 2022
    Tactics Ogre Reborn is by its own merits one of the great SRPGs that we can now enjoy in the best way thanks to its new gameplay and graphics. However, we miss a greater courage on the part of Square Enix with this revision of the 2010 remake. If you already played it years ago, there are no great incentives to repeat.
  19. 80
    There's validity to Tactics Ogre being a classic, and Tactics Ogre: Reborn showcases that. Tactics Ogre: Reborn offers the kind of simplified presentation combined with fantastic writing and voice work to create a cohesive package all around. Despite showing its age in places, the game offers more than enough to convince even the most anti-tactics gamer out there to give it a try.
  20. Nov 10, 2022
    Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a treasure of both classic tactical RPG design and modern sensibilities. I really like the quality-of-life features that make it so much easier to play and stay on the path of the story without much padding. I can also appreciate that this game also contains some tough-as-nails challenges that take an incredible amount of dedication to overcome. In between all that, it’s also just a great story and I really appreciate the Chariot Tarot system allowing you to see the paths untaken at any point you desire. If you want a great tactical RPG, this is not only the forerunner to many favorites, it’s also well-polished for a new generation.
  21. Nov 10, 2022
    The strategy RPG genre owes a lot to the Tactics Ogre franchise, which is filled with lesser titles trying to recreate even a fraction of its winning formula. The experience that lies at the heart of Tactics Ogre: Reborn has stood the test of time admirably and, thanks to the swathe of intelligent tweaks and quality-of-life improvements introduced, will likely remain at the head of the pack for years to come.
  22. Nov 10, 2022
    Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a very good remaster of an absolute classic. So many lines in-game are raw and palpable and feel like utter poetry, leaving me perplexed at how they could be written by another human. Re-recorded tracks add to the grim but boisterous realities of the universe’s war. Plenty of granular investment and min-maxing is on offer to create a timeless and incredibly realised tactical combat experience. However, I can’t help but sometimes want more from its vague storytelling and opportunities for more quality-of-life improvements. Concessions absolutely could’ve been made for more difficulty and saving options, doing away with the feeling of hitting roadblocks. Still, this is a genre experience that’s as true as they come. Tactics Ogre has once more cemented itself as one of the tactics giants, and a bloody momentous one at that.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 78
  2. Negative: 29 out of 78
  1. Nov 13, 2022
    Really loved this series and glad Square Enix port the PSP version. Lot of the class system is reworked and it really make the game lessReally loved this series and glad Square Enix port the PSP version. Lot of the class system is reworked and it really make the game less grindy. You can also still use the auto function, really helpful when you're entering the training mode. While I prefer the old Japanese voice actor for Sega Saturn for Lanselot Tartaros, the other voice actor for the other character is pretty good.

    Can't wait to spend hunded hours in this game again! I'm still around 17 hour at the moment.
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  2. Nov 14, 2022
    Although this game has minor improvements to a version released 27 years ago, it maintains its high story quality and excellent gameplay,Although this game has minor improvements to a version released 27 years ago, it maintains its high story quality and excellent gameplay, perhaps the best 2D game this year Full Review »
  3. Nov 12, 2022
    Square Enix has a questionable record with remasters, but knocked it out of the park with this.

    Menus could use some improvement, but other
    Square Enix has a questionable record with remasters, but knocked it out of the park with this.

    Menus could use some improvement, but other than that it plays great

    I don't understand why some have an issue with the price part considering the voice acting, rerecorded score, and general gameplay polishing over the prior version. This is not a simple port, obviously the team who worked on this cared deeply about the game

    And unlike some other 'great for their time' classics, Tactics Ogre holds up to its contemporaries today
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