Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis is another game in the Ogre Battle series. This is a tactics-based game and it is near impossible not to compare it to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. I feel that for more hardcore strategy style gamers, this is probably the better game in all honesty with you.
All Is Not As It Seems
I was actually surprised at how deep and interesting the story in Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis was. The main guy you play as is called, Alphonse and he is a knight in a military unit led by Rictor. You are sent to a place called Ovis and while there you realize the person you serve is not who you thought he was and you start to question if you are on the right side. It is very well done and there are branching paths as well as multiple endings.
Think Before You Attack
There are some people who say that this is a bit on the easy side, but I would have to disagree with that. I got my butt handed to me time and time again before I got the hang of things. I do feel that Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis does a decent enough job of easing you into the mechanics of the game just make sure you pay attention to what it tells you to do in the early part of the game or you will end up without a clue!
Like most other tactics-based RPG games, you have many different classes. You need to have a decent squad on the battlefield to have the best chance of victory. You can level up, buy new items and stuff at a shop and in general do what you would expect in a good RPG. The combat is where the fun is and the battles can go on for a very long time. On one hand, I really like this, but on the other I feel that as a portable game the battles could be a bit quicker. There is also a tad of slowdown when there are lots of characters on the screen at the same time.
Ok, so this is a tactics RPG, but I do feel that you could be allowed to do a bit more exploration. After a battle, you can tinker with your party and purchase new items, but I love the story of this game and would have loved for there to be more exploration so I could really get myself invested into this world.
In all, I think that Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis is a pretty solid tactics-based RPG. In comparison to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, I must admit that I do much prefer what Final Fantasy is offering. Still, for more hardcore tactics fans I think that there is more than enough tinkering and planning in battles for you to do that you will find this a very engrossing experience.
- I loved the story
- Multiple endings to experience
- I liked the different classes, especially the ninja!
- The game has a decent tutorial to teach you the basics
- The soundtrack is good
- It does not let you do much exploration at all!
- The game does have some slow down in places
Download Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
So you’ve beaten Golden Sun and are jonesing for something that’ll chew your waking hours and give you dull cramps in your hands. Well, look no further than Tactics Ogre for all your masochistic needs. Like most strategy-RPGs, TO eschews narrative and exploration to focus exclusively on fighting battles. It’s probably for the best because the plot here is marred by spotty localization and peppered with holes. To make matters worse, TO’s heady list of exotic names and places makes it a chore to keep up with the storyline. The good news is, you don’t really have to understand every twist and turn of the tale to enjoy the game’s deep strategy battles. Veterans of the original TO or its remote cousin Final Fantasy Tactics (both PS1) should know that this is an overall easier game mostly because you can save mid-battle, anytime, anywhere. And similar to the job system in FFT, characters live and die in TO by the nature of their class. Everybody begins as a generic soldier, but can graduate into a knight, ninja, wizard or any of the 14 other classes in the game. Combine these class variations with painstaking tactical details like different weapon techniques, terrain modifiers or random weather effects, and TO is a strategy junkie’s dream come true. Frosting on the cake comes in the form of the game’s excellent Versus mode, where you play head-to-head against a friend. It’s an incredibly hardcore game for such a tiny little system.
Strategy-RPGs are a rare breed. Chess-like in their depth, linear in storytelling and incomprehensible to many, they’re enjoyed by an even rarer breed of gamer. The latest Tactics Ogre sustains that notion. If you’re a fan of the series, or if games like Final Fantasy Tactics lured you into the genre, you’ll enjoy 7'0’s rich, layered gameplay. This sort of game requires a steep level of commitment though, as mastering the multiple job classes, keeping up with the labyrinthine plot, and surviving the hours-long battles are not tasks for less-determined gamers. But for those cut from the right cloth, TO remains an uncompromising joy.
Tactics is everything a fantasy strategy-RPG should be and more. It has a mythical storyline (with a few too many names of people and places to keep track of). It has lots of very cool character classes with different abilities to master-this is what turns it from a plain-ol’ strategy game into an addicting drug. You can’t put it down because you don’t want to stop leveling up your party members (Final Fantasy Tactics fans know what I mean). It has amazing graphics. But because Tactics is so full of detail, chock-full of little icons, stats, menus, numbers, etc., it’s a little bit too much game for the small screen. Play it with a magnifying glass.