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  • Summary: The 1998 PlayStation® classic is back: SaGa Frontier is remastered. The team of eight have returned – now with Fuse added as a playable character. Choose your favorite character and embark on your own unique journey. Each of the eight characters have different goals and endings. Your choicesThe 1998 PlayStation® classic is back: SaGa Frontier is remastered. The team of eight have returned – now with Fuse added as a playable character. Choose your favorite character and embark on your own unique journey. Each of the eight characters have different goals and endings. Your choices will affect how events unfold using the Free-Form Scenario System. This in-depth system will allow you to manipulate and expand a story all your own. Challenge yourself in nail-biting battles by using “glimmer" as well as learning new skills such as the ability to fire consecutive special attacks from multiple team members. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Apr 19, 2021
    95
    Some of the game’s mechanics are poorly explained and the difficulty curve can be unforgiving. These can be overlooked when a game is just so well crafted and fun to play as this. A must for all RPG fans but have Google on standby.
  2. Apr 14, 2021
    80
    The SaGa series is not for every RPGamer. Over 23 years after its initial release, the original game can be unwieldy and has not aged particularly well. With SaGa Frontier Remastered, Square Enix has demonstrated a skilled grasp at modernizing a gaming experience while preserving the foundation and integrity of the original. The improvements to graphics, gameplay, and story arguably make SaGa Frontier Remastered the most accessible entry-point for series newcomers while offering plenty to entice returning SaGa Frontier fans as well.
  3. May 6, 2021
    80
    SaGa Frontier is as perplexing today as it was when it was released in 1998. No part of this game is welcoming. In no way does it try to help you figure it out. In fact, more often than not, it seems to actively try to get you killed by offering you opportunities you really just should not take on. Nonetheless, you'll be hard-pressed to find many RPGs that are so enthralling from a combat and mechanical perspective, that suck you in with a myriad of questions about more than just story, and ultimately compel you to do it again and again.
  4. Apr 14, 2021
    70
    SaGa Frontier Remastered is the definitive version of the cult classic, but like all cult classics, there are aspects that prevent it from achieving greater success to a wider audience. Those who enjoyed the original SaGa Frontier and were looking forward to this remaster should go out and buy it because the new content makes it worthwhile. For everyone else, however, some of the ambitious ideas in the title sounded intriguing in the abstract, but didn’t quite come to fruition during the execution. The Free Scenario concept is interesting, but ultimately SaGa Frontier suffers from lack of cohesion. The relatively short scenario campaigns by RPG standards do make playing through each character’s scenario more accessible, but with the exception of diehard SaGa fans, most players will want to move on after completing a few characters.
  5. Jun 16, 2021
    70
    As far as remasters go, SaGa Frontier is an automatic recommendation for anyone who appreciated the original, as Square’s work on this new edition adds some quality-of-life improvements and upgraded graphics. Unfortunately, it’s a different story for newcomers expecting a more traditional sort of JRPG. Even so, Square’s original vision still stands apart from other RPGs of the time and this quality remains true in this remaster — for better or worse, the player will be experiencing a unique experience.
  6. Apr 21, 2021
    70
    SaGa Frontier Remastered is almost an impossible game for me to recommend to anyone with the expectation that it'll click. I can tell you it's a very unorthodox RPG, compelling in its unconventionality, and a delight to figure out. There's not much else like it at all, and it's even somewhat of an oddball within its own series. SaGa offers a certain flavor of RPG not seen often elsewhere, and maybe it's one you'll like, though it's a bit of an acquired taste.
  7. Apr 14, 2021
    40
    SaGa Frontier Remastered is a game for die hard fans of the original only. Veterans will appreciate the quality of life features along with the addition of Fuse, but everyone else will be put off by the sheer amount of grinding, barebones plot and characters, and tedious leveling system.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Apr 26, 2021
    9
    As a standard for a remaster of a PlayStation Era game, this is a perfect 10.

    The game itself is also very exciting. Chances are, many
    As a standard for a remaster of a PlayStation Era game, this is a perfect 10.

    The game itself is also very exciting. Chances are, many people who try this game will be spit right out, as it is full of strange systems and unexplained mechanics. However, once a player understands the flow of the game, there is a deep set of mechanics and world building that really pushed boundaries in video game story telling.

    As an adult, I find many RPGs trite, uninspired, and too simple in their mechanics. Sage Frontier is a game that can really grow with your own understanding of it. There is tons to discover, and the use of 8 protagonists truly lets the player explore the world through 8 different sets of eyes. Mysterious regions in one playthrough are critical set pieces of another. The personality of each region is allowed to speak with its own voice through the music, visuals, and the setting.
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  2. May 6, 2021
    9
    Is this game flawed? Certainly. Is this game unique? Absolutely.

    If you are tired of all the easy and predictable RPG's and are looking for
    Is this game flawed? Certainly. Is this game unique? Absolutely.

    If you are tired of all the easy and predictable RPG's and are looking for a challenge and a new experience, I highly recommend this game.
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  3. Jun 20, 2021
    9
    Let’s start with: it’s not for everyone.

    But for those who are into the open world, interweaving storylines, and unique battle mechanics, you
    Let’s start with: it’s not for everyone.

    But for those who are into the open world, interweaving storylines, and unique battle mechanics, you won’t find a better experience.

    Yes, the game can be hard. Until you learn the mechanics. These, gratefully, are NOT spoon fed to you. If I wanted a game that is itself a walk though I’d look elsewhere. Games done HAVE to be simplistic.

    Yes, you WILL need to use a guide here and there. And that is half the fun. And trust me, among the best video game music ever created. The changes to the switch version from the PS1 are actually perfect. Not too much changed, not to little. I could not put it down for the past couple weeks. Worth every moment
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  4. Apr 17, 2021
    8
    This is a great remaster for one of the more obscure JRPGs from the PS1 era. It has the same new, slightly polished style that Square-EnixThis is a great remaster for one of the more obscure JRPGs from the PS1 era. It has the same new, slightly polished style that Square-Enix has been using for their SaGa remasters which only really matters if you're looking for perfect nostalgia. Otherwise it captures the feel of the game well and the added content and addition of Fuse is great to have. Asellus' storyline is now complete as originally intended! Likely the best SaGa game in the series. Well done. Expand
  5. Dec 12, 2021
    3
    I may alter this review because I haven't played for long but the problem lies right there. I don't want to play it for long.

    So far we have
    I may alter this review because I haven't played for long but the problem lies right there. I don't want to play it for long.

    So far we have really grim graphics. It's out right unpleasant to look at. Pretty average songs but repetitive and sounds like general midi. Next the gameplay - oh dear. Bump enemies, almost no avoiding them, mash A button, within one second you often get bumped again. I got bumped so much and mashed A so much, I got bored. I turned off and went back to it and then forgot half of the area and had to rebump tens of enemies to get my bearings again. I never like Square Enix games and it is because they are always full of gloomy back drops and crap gameplay, with annoying characters. If I had noticed that this was Squenix, I wouldn't have bought it. They throw out any old **** and people buy it by the bucket load. This is the same price as Ara Fell, which is by a tiny company, of around 6 people and Ara Fell just ****s all over this junk. Not to mention the music in Ara Fell smashing this too. Saga frontier just pales against Ara Fell and to be honest I get 20 minutes in to my go and just think, what a load of bollocks, should have just replayed Ara Fell. This **** just doesn't hold up in this day in age and I'm an 80's gamer. It is just poor.

    Like I say the score may alter but I'm not sure I'll play it again for that to happen. £15 down the ****ter.

    Too many good games out there to waste my life on this.
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