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  • Summary: An Endless Fantasy WarGrand Strategy Simulation. Conquer the continent in this grand strategy simulation game
    The continent of Runersia is home to six major powers with more than 40 bases, 100 knights, and 50 types of monsters.
    Select a ruler, compose your platoons of knights and monsters,
    An Endless Fantasy WarGrand Strategy Simulation. Conquer the continent in this grand strategy simulation game
    The continent of Runersia is home to six major powers with more than 40 bases, 100 knights, and 50 types of monsters.
    Select a ruler, compose your platoons of knights and monsters, and march to claim enemy bases.
    The player chooses how they will battle, so devise the best strategy to lead your nation toward continental conquest. How will your legend unfold?

    Simple yet deep war simulation game with unit growth and map-based platoon battles
    Time passes on Runersia in seasons, each one consisting of an Organization Phase and an Attack phase.
    During the Organization Phase, knights and monsters with various classes and skills are organized into platoons in preparation for the upcoming battles.

    During the Attack Phase, turn-based platoon battles take place on a map made up of hexagonal spaces. Make use of unit skills, elements, enclosure effects, terrain advantages, and other battle tactics to lead your side to victory!
    All nations, knights, and monsters in the game will continue to battle and grow as you do.
    The game is also packed with other ways to grow your armies such as class changes, equipment, and various items.
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  • Developer: Happinet Corporation
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, General, Strategy, Turn-Based, Tactics
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: T
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 90
    Having not played the original Brigandine, I don't know if this new one does justice to the legacy of the original. I do know that original is well-respected (and quite rare, therefore expensive), but I'm comfortable saying this: developer Matrix Software has done something special with Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia, and this effort deserves to have a legacy all of its own. The Switch is by no means short on great tactics experiences, but Brigandine might just be the best of all of them.
  2. Jun 25, 2020
    85
    Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is an excellent strategy RPG with all the classic elements of the Brigandine series paired with modern gameplay mechanics. The entire experience is well balanced and addictive across many battles and phases and it is made better through the excellent character writing featured in each campaign, even if some interactions are a bit dry. If you ask me, this is a must-play SRPG for any Switch owner.
  3. Jun 26, 2020
    85
    Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is a wonderfully crafted grid-based strategy game with plenty of planning needed. Some battles will be tough, but winning is rewarding every time. There are times when you'll be frustrated by your units missing attacks while the enemy beats you down, but that just forces you to adapt.
  4. Jun 26, 2020
    70
    There's a ton of content here and, in the end, the whole thing feels like a pretty successful celebration of what made the first game a cult classic in the first place. It's not going to be to everyone's tastes, however, and if you like your strategy action to be a little more intense, you might want to stick with something like Wargroove or Fire Emblem: Three Houses instead.
  5. 70
    There’s so much depth that a lot of people may find themselves drowning in it, but for a lot of hardcore tactics fans, they’ll be very much in their element. It’s all set against stunning artwork and a really interesting world, but the story can be a little lacklustre in places, and there are some pacing issues too.
  6. Jun 26, 2020
    70
    It's a little too bloated in some places, but for the most part, Brigandine: The Legends Of Runersia could be a fine choice for those looking for some tactical action on the go.
  7. Jun 26, 2020
    50
    Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia isn’t a truly dire or bad title, but it’s the sort of thing that you’re either going to love or hate, and that feels like a pretty big ask for the game. It was a title I found very exciting in concept, but found myself increasingly disappointed by the more I played it. Be fairly warned before you try it – but also don’t be surprised if it becomes something that some people just will not stop talking about, even with its flaws.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jun 29, 2020
    10
    Just bought this when it's released and having lots of fun!

    I haven't played the previous game and I'm tired of reading reviews complaining
    Just bought this when it's released and having lots of fun!

    I haven't played the previous game and I'm tired of reading reviews complaining how the game is different to the previous one. Does it have to be the same? And I'm not concerned about the graphics or 3D models, or character stories. It's great as a strategy game, for players to plan out domination and execute it.
    The makers do not advertise it as a RPG but as a war simulation game
    Game isn't too hard or complicated either, as long as you go though the tutorials and play it a bit you should be able to understand it. Not for those who are willing to try though.
    You can also form your own units so you don't have to fight battles that are too easy for your level.
    The enemy AI is better than fire emblem in my experience.
    I'm looking forward to creating my own tactics and testing them out on the enemy!
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  2. Jun 27, 2020
    10
    This is a really good rpg reminds of old time RPGs when the story was really good and you would find unique character's in it
  3. Jun 29, 2020
    9
    I would really like to give this game a maximum rating of 10 out of 10. But unfortunately I can’t force myself to do this despite the factI would really like to give this game a maximum rating of 10 out of 10. But unfortunately I can’t force myself to do this despite the fact that I am a huge fan of Brigandine and consider LoF one of the best tactical games on consoles. My score is 9 and only because it is Brigandine (although to be honest, I would put LoR no more than 7).

    Let's start with the good:
    The mechanics of the game remains and it is still as attractive and exciting as in the distant 2000.
    The history of the world as a whole is not bad, although the plot in the first game was better, imho. Beautiful 2D art, but some drawings are worse than others.
    Great music.

    Now about the bad:
    There are much fewer classes and upgrading branches for rune knights. Many rune knight classes was cut out without replacement.
    For example - martial artist class character in LoF was represented by Ranger ➜ Grappler ➜ Champion and 2nd one Priest ➜ Monk ➜ Guardian.
    LoR have only one class Monk ➜ Grappler ➜ Champion.
    Also, the developers did the same with monsters. They cut many monster types and their upgrade trees. Some branches of monster upgrade tree generally look very strange. For example all five dragons type (each with their own element) evolve in the only one final version ancient fire dragon!
    Almost no new game mechanics.
    The complete lack of lore-text descriptions on game items - weapons, armor and other artifacts.
    The complete lack of artistic-text description of quests, not counting thouse where you find new knights.
    (Why couldn’t developers add unigue quests, to finde some relics that would give bonuses to your entire nation? Or quest wich must be done with specific knights in specific strangholds to finde some unique monster, these quest could be pretty rare, but this would add even more interest to the game and give it some cool secrets to finde. But now its only dreams...)
    The design, animation and graphics of character and monster 3D models pretty bad, I would say it is PS2 level. In addition to this, when your knight or monster turns out to new class, it remains almost the same, only the color palette changes! Unit color palette change in 2020 game! x_x

    The overall feeling that the developers had a strictly limited time frame and a very small team and budget. It feels like the game was left unfinished in terms of the amount of content. I really hope that the developers will please us with an improved version of the game (Grand Edition) and fix all the flaws and fill in all the gaps.

    P.S. Some critics and players want to see multiplayer gameplay options in LoR but I think its impossible, simply cuz in even with 3-4 players game match, think about how long will it take to wait your turn. ;-P
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  4. Jun 27, 2020
    9
    I rarely ever write reviews for games, but I feel the need to get word out about this game. This is a game that understands what long timeI rarely ever write reviews for games, but I feel the need to get word out about this game. This is a game that understands what long time fans of strategy games are looking for. If you are a person that missed the days of the original Ogre Battle or wish another game like Dark Wizard was made, this is the game for you. It has a strategic over world map where you really have to plot out your strategy when trying to conquer the world map. Then it has tactical battles that are surprisingly intense. I've had several battles where it was extremely close. Overall, it scratches that old school strategy fix better than most games.

    On top of all of this, all units can level up. Your monsters can level up. Your Knights can level up. You can find equipment. for all of your units. Overall, it's the micromanagement that older strategy rpg players live for.

    I have heard comparisons to Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I loved Fire Emblem, but this game is not meant to be Fire Emblem. If you go in with that expectation, you will be disappointed. This is a larger scale war and it's about managing units as you progress.

    I haven't moved far enough in the story to pass much judgement, but it seems okay. The artwork for the characters is beautiful though. The battle graphics are acceptable, but it can get a little bit muddled. The over world map gets the job done. The game can be slightly difficult to understand at first, but after a few turns, you should be fine.

    To conclude, the creators of the game understand their audience. They scratch a strategy itch that only a few games are able to. I highly recommend it especially if you have been looking for something comparable to Ogre Battle and Dark Wizard for the past thirty years like I have.
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  5. Jun 27, 2020
    8
    The base game is good and for my first campaign. It was played without any bugs. The plot is ok and forgettable with the cliche of ourThe base game is good and for my first campaign. It was played without any bugs. The plot is ok and forgettable with the cliche of our terrible politics. I miss the multiplayer game choice. My impressions is that every faction is balanced in its ways. I miss the multiplayer game choice. Why not a Hotseat mode or even an online game possible? The 2d art is good but i could not say the same about the 3d graphics and i still remember the great animations in Brigandine: Legend of Forsena Grand Edition in the Play Station 1. I hope more games like these come to the new generations of consoles or pcs. A remake of Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena Grand Edition for the Switch could be superb! Expand
  6. Jun 27, 2020
    7
    This text does not contain spoilers
    And that's just a short review, not all parts of the game, and it's just a summary.
    The first negative
    This text does not contain spoilers
    And that's just a short review, not all parts of the game, and it's just a summary.
    The first negative point of the game is the lack of multiplayer and online mode. The point that has had the greatest impact on the experience of this title.
    The second weakness is the lack of an attractive gameplay. Although the gameplay of this game is admirable for the early hours, but gradually nothing attractive has been added to the gameplay and we are faced with a repetitive title.
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  7. Jul 3, 2020
    5
    Remarkable soundtrack, character development, good story-driven game... Yeah, that's the original Brigandine. Unfortunately, Brigandine: TheRemarkable soundtrack, character development, good story-driven game... Yeah, that's the original Brigandine. Unfortunately, Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia doesn't live up to the previous title. The soundtrack is almost non-existent, character design is beautiful, but also overly sexualized. It is a good strategy game, but it ends there. It doesn't show any progression, besides some graphic update, in comparison to its previous title. I waited for almost twenty years to play this game, but it is just a disappointment. Expand

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