Ogre Battle

Ogre Battle (オウガバトル, Ōga Batoru), sometimes referred to as Ogre Battle Saga (オウガバトルサーガ), is a series of five tactical role-playing and real-time strategy video games developed by Quest Corporation and is currently owned by Square Enix through Square's acquisition of Quest. There are five original games in the series, and a remake.

Overview

The first video game in the series, Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, was released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan, and two years later in North America. The title was a real-time strategy role playing game, set in a medieval fantasy world.[1] The second game in the series, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, was released in 1995 in Japan. It was a turn-based tactical role-playing game making use of isometric graphics, and the title is largely considered to be "exceptionally influential" to the genre.[2][3] Two subsequent games in the Ogre Battle series – Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber and Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia – follow the real-time strategy gameplay of the original title in the franchise, while Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis follows the turn-based tactical role-playing gameplay elements of the second game in the series.

The Knight of Lodis, released in 2001, is the last original release in the franchise. In 2010, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together was remade for the PlayStation Portable, but the characters, story and setting are identical to the 1995 release. The creator of the series, Yasumi Matsuno, directed the remake of the game. Matsuno was also responsible for another highly influential title, Final Fantasy Tactics, originally released in 1997. Though the title bears no relation to the Ogre Battle series, Final Fantasy Tactics is considered by some critics to be a spiritual successor to Tactics Ogre.[4] As of 2016, the franchise mostly remains active through re-releases of the first two games for the Nintendo's Virtual Console service in Japan, North America and Europe.

The name of the series was inspired by the 1974 song Ogre Battle performed by the English rock band Queen. The titles of the North American releases of the first two games in the series were also inspired by titles of songs performed by Queen, The March of the Black Queen and Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together).[5]

Video games

Main series

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen March 12, 1993 (SFC) May 1995 (SNES) July 3, 2009 (Wii VC)
Notes:
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together October 6, 1995 (SFC) 1998 (PS) February 25, 2011 (PSP)
Notes:
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber July 14, 1999 (N64) October 7, 2000 (N64) March 26, 2010 (Wii VC)
Notes:
  • Real-time strategy game
  • Sixth chapter of the saga
  • Released on Nintendo 64 in 1999; this version was later released for Wii Virtual Console (2010) and Wii U Virtual Console (2017)
  • Originally released in Japan under the title Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (オウガバトル64 パーソン・オブ・ロードリー・キャリバー, Ōga Batoru Rokujūyon: Pāson Obu Rōdorī Kyaribā)
  • The English subtitle translates to Japanese as Shidōshataru Utsuwa o Motsu Mono (指導者たる器を持つ者)

Side stories

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia June 22, 2000 (NGPC) N/A N/A
Notes:
  • Real-time strategy game
  • Side story originally titled Prince no Shō: Let us walk on together, so as not lose our way (プリンスの章 Let us walk on together, so as not lose our way)
  • Released on Neo Geo Pocket Color in 2000
  • Originally released in Japan under the title Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia (伝説のオウガバトル外伝 ゼノビアの皇子, Densetsu no Ōga Batoru Gaiden: Zenobia no Ōji)
  • Only game in the series not to be released outside of Japan
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis June 21, 2001 (GBA) May 7, 2002 (GBA) N/A
Notes:
  • Tactical role-playing game
  • Side story originally titled Ovis no Shō: Lodis no Kishi (オウィスの章 ローディスの騎士)
  • Released on Game Boy Advance in 2001
  • Originally released in Japan under the title Tactics Ogre Gaiden (タクティクスオウガ外伝, Takutikusu Ōga Gaiden)

Reception

Among critics, the series was acclaimed both in Japan and North America. According to the review aggregator GameRankings, the SNES release of March of the Black Queen has an average aggregate rating of 84%, while the PlayStation port of Let Us Cling Together has an average of 81%.[6][7] Ogre Battle 64 has an average of 86% and The Knight of Lodis 84%.[8] In Japan, gaming magazine Weekly Famitsu scored the Super Famicom releases of March of the Black Queen and Let Us Cling Together 33/40 and 34/40, respectively.[9][10] The magazine also provided high scores for Ogre Battle 64 (33/40) and The Knight of Lodis (34/40), while Prince of Zenobia received a slightly lower score, 28/40.[11][12] The PSP remake of Let Us Cling Together is the most critically acclaimed release in the series, with an average of 88% at GameRankings and a score of 36/40 from Weekly Famitsu.[13][14][15]

Sales

The series has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, placing it among the best-selling Japanese role-playing game franchises.

Sales
Title Year Console Japan USA Total Ref.
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen 1993 SNES 400,000 400,000 [16]
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together 1995 SFC 515,311 N/A 515,311 [17]
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen - Limited Edition 1996 PS 59,817 47,655 107,472 [17][18]
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen 1996 SS 48,449 N/A 48,449 [19]
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together 1996 SS 78,993 N/A 78,993 [20]
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together 1997 PS 13,963 16,940 30,903 [17][18]
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber 1999 N64 200,770 76,529 277,299 [21][22][17]
Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia 2000 NGPC 14,283 N/A 14,283 [23]
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis 2001 GBA 282,838 100,390 383,228 [24][25][17]
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together 2010 PSP 279,207 Unknown 279,207 [17]
Total sales: 2,135,145

See also

References

  1. ^ Hardcore Gaming 101: Ogre Battle
  2. ^ Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together – Staff Review
  3. ^ The 10 Classic Strategy RPGs You Should Check Out
  4. ^ Top 10 Spiritual Successor Video Games
  5. ^ Ogre Battle: The March of The Black Queen - VGFacts
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  7. ^ "Tactics Ogre for PlayStation". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2014-10-17. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Ne.jp Famitsu 1993 review scores (in Japanese), accessed on March 17, 2018
  10. ^ Ne.jp, accessed on February 23, 2019
  11. ^ "Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "ファミ通のクロスレビュー Famitsu no Cross Review (in Japanese)". Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together Archived 2011-02-16 at the Wayback Machine, GameRankings, accessed 2011-02-18
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  15. ^ Geimin.net (archived from the original, in Japanese) October 24, 2016, accessed on March 17, 2018
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  19. ^ Shmuplations, accessed on February 23, 2019
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