Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen

So what? What so big about Ogre Battle anyway? Why did this little known SNES game get a new breath of life when it was rereleased as a PSX game? Simple, it's an excellent game worthy of the highest praise.

The Story

25 years ago, Queen Endora conquered the entire continent, founding the Zetegenean Empire, a ruthless dictatorship which dominated its people with an iron fist. But in a distant corner of the land, in the Zenobian district where the noble King Gran once ruled with honor and compassion, the great Wizard Warren has sought out one who could overthrow the Empire, and bring peace to the land.

That chosen one is you...

The Game

Ogre Battle is different than most games, which is what makes it so special. Enix has been noted for creating and publishing new and unique games like E.V.O. and ActRaiser, and Ogre Battle from Quest is no different.

Ogre Battle combines Military Simulations with RPG elements. When you enter a stage, you control a set of units that you can order to various places on the map. These units are comprised of up to 5 characters-less if the characters are large-which do various tasks such as liberating cities from the Empire, fighting enemy units, searching for buried treasure and other things.

When you encounter an enemy unit, the game switches to an RPG-style turn-based battle system, where the characters take turns hacking at each other. Though you have no direct control, you can still give basic orders like retreat, or attack the leader. The fights last one round, and whomever does the most damage, or is left standing, is declared the winner.

Your objective in each stage, is to fight your way to the Boss, and defeat him/her, but it isn't that easy. You also have to save face during the campaign, the last thing you want is to be seen as just another tyrant looking for global conquest, so you have to be careful as to how you beat your opponents, and how you interact with the people of the land.

So there you have it, Ogre Battle in a nut shell. If you have a copy of the game, either the SNES or PSX version, great, if not, I suggest that you try to rent it [Xesmeraude's note: or get the rom ^_^], because it really is a truly awesome game.

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