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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: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  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 not a game for everyone. I wasn’t able to notice any of the new content in this initial playthrough, but I’m excited to play more and uncover all of the secrets. SaGa Frontier has always been known as being unfinished, but all of the restored content (which can be toggled off at the beginning of the playthrough for those wanting an original experience) and amazing quality of life improvements makes this the definitive version of this game. This is now the new bar for Square Enix remasters, one I hope they continue to meet.
  5. May 3, 2021
    70
    SaGa Frontier Remastered is often too obtuse for its own good, but behind it all is a unique and captivating RPG that benefits greatly from quality-of-life improvements and restored content cut from its original release.
  6. 65
    Compared to modern day videogames this acts as more of a museum piece, exemplifying when game quality was based on hours of content and less on quality. A time when players would spend hundreds of hours exploring every nook and cranny with little motivation other than “to see what happens.” The lack of direction, confusing combat system and sheer difficulty made me take the rose colored glasses off to a much harsher game. One that refuses to let you play any other way besides the rules set originally in 1989. The story is intriguing with twists and turns throughout. The animation is still top notch and famed composer Kenji Ito’s scores are still awe inspiring but it’s tough to see whether that is enough to want to fully revisit it. It hits different by today’s standards. With Saga Frontier, the developers were asking more if they could, and never asking if they should.
  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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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  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. 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