Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
Nintendo 64-owning RPG fans finally have reason to celebrate. Atlus, publishers of the original Ogre Battle and its sequel, Tactics Ogre, have announced plans to localize and publish the third installment of the series, Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber, on the N64 this summer.
Despite its ridiculous title, OB64 actually looks extremely promising. The mammoth 320-Meg cart received rave reviews in Japan, and packs some of the best, most crisp visuals and sounds the N64 has seen to date. The game looks and plays similar to the original Ogre Battle (released on both the SNES and PlayStation here), with over 40 different scenarios, a ton of character classes and that dreaded Reputation meter.
We'll be back with a proper preview, but in the meantime, check out these screenshots courtesy of Atlus. The folks at Quest have created some of the best strategy games of all time, so if you're a fan of the genre, you'll definitely want to keep an eye on this one. It's going to be hot.
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Ogre Battle certainly seems to be shaping up nicely, with a huge amount of variety in the game-playing details. For instance, attacks must be planned to take character alignment (position relative to the enemy) and element type (fire, earth, water and wind) into consideration for maximum effect. Terrain type affects movement and falls into three categories: grassy, class has a distinct, and appropriate, set of attacks (Dragon or Magician-types, for example, can't use items, so they conjure up attacks by summoning their dragons).
Character status after an attack is also indicated visually, rather than using a if poisoned, your chap will reel with purple blotches above his head, (purple seems to be the official colour of poison in Japan), or appear consumed in lightning when totally incapacitated.