Techniques Ogre: Reborn is a remake of a remake, so to talk. The sport – coming to fashionable consoles and PC – is a lush remodeling of 2010’s notorious RPG, Techniques Ogre: Let Us Cling Collectively. With this new launch, Sq. Enix has taken the bones of the traditional recreation and reanimated them; snatching them from the brink of obscurity and loss of life and making them twitch and shudder in simply the fitting approach to make them seem to be one thing altogether new.
The principle distinction you’re going to take pleasure in should you’re a returning fan of Techniques Ogre is the best way Sq. Enix has eliminated boundaries to play. In Reborn, there are fewer gates that bar you from taking part in in sure methods – sure, mages, wizards, rune fencers and comparable courses can solely use magic, however abilities and tools are extra world. Because of this gear you loot on the battlefield (and decide up in retailers) might be given to your items extra readily, and your fights barely extra balanced from the off.
New abilities have been added, too. These usually make the sport really feel extra fashionable, and extra consistent with techniques video games you’d play as we speak. Need to place your self both facet of an enemy and squeeze them, pressuring them into defeat or give up? Go forward; a brand new Pincer Assault talent in your melee items will make that appear like a extra viable tactic, and also you’ll be corralled into transferring items collectively to allow them to extra readily dish out loss of life.
When you’re prepared to complete off that flying bastard that’s been sniping your healers, you may swap to a Ending Transfer. These are not powered by the redundant TP meter, however relatively by your MP – a common useful resource now accountable for powering up magic, abilities, and Ending Strikes (making it really feel extra like stamina, and supplying you with one much less factor to fret about).
AI has seemingly been reprogrammed, and that’s useful, as a result of you may make sure characters in your military auto-battle. This implies you may make all of your archers, say, routinely goal enemies from afar so you may dedicate your time to managing melee and therapeutic items, and velocity up the much less fascinating battles to some extent. Enemies will use abilities, and visitor characters will do issues barely extra intelligently than they might within the unique recreation – and that makes this already tough recreation even more durable should you don’t method your skirmishes with a recreation plan.
Graphically, there’s little you are able to do to enhance on the pixel-y, blocky aesthetic that the Nineties period technique video games traded on: there’s some smoothing that makes all of it work fairly effectively in your Swap OLED or 4K TV, and the menus have been zhuzhed up slightly to make them extra readable and (slightly) much less complicated.
By including in Charms – gadgets that allow you to swap the basic affinity of your troops, or reward XP to them – there are many high quality of life adjustments, right here, that make Techniques Ogre: Reborn really feel like a recreation that was launched within the final 10 years. It feels a good distance from its correct 25-year-old self, in a great way.
And you understand what that makes me consider? The opposite, upcoming PSP remaster, Disaster Core: Closing Fantasy 7 Reunion. Sure, the promoting level of each video games is totally different – Techniques Ogre is all about methods upgrades while Reunion is all about these flashy visible developments – however the high quality and thought that’s been put into this shiny, new model of Techniques Ogre: Let Us Cling Collectively demonstrates Sq. Enix does know how you can do a correct rerelease. Regardless of the varied items of proof now we have on the contrary.
However possibly that is the beginning of a brand new arc for Sq. Enix. Now that the writer has shit-canned all its Western fare, possibly we will count on extra care and a spotlight to be lavished on the previous Japanese classics. This can be a remake and rerelease on par with the Closing Fantasy 8 Remaster, so far as I’m involved, and I believe it bodes extraordinarily effectively for the modernised construct of Disaster Core that we’re going to see crater onto fashionable consoles and PC in December this 12 months.
Techniques Ogre: Reborn is shaping as much as be an important piece of TRPG historical past – however the recreation has at all times been foundational to the sequence. What’s extra spectacular for me with this remake is the way it exhibits off Sq. Enix’s strengths at leveraging its legacy content material, and what that may imply for the longer term.
Seven hours in, Techniques Ogre: Reborn has received me extra excited for Sq. Enix’s future than I’ve been in a protracted, very long time.
Techniques Ogre: Reborn involves PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Swap, and PC on November 11.