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Ogre Battle (SNES)

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Description

Twenty-five years ago Empress Endora conquered the entire continent of Zetegenia. Her reign proved to be tyrannical, and people of different social classes and positions began to long for a better future. Eventually, a resistance movement called the Liberation Army was formed. The protagonist (whose name and background are chosen by the player) takes command of the new army, and leads his allies towards a revolution.

Ogre Battle has elements of a real-time strategy game and a tactical RPG. The player manages a large army consisting of characters belonging to a vast amount of different classes. These classes include military specializations as well as mythological creatures such as dragons, angels, hellhounds, undead trees, etc. Each class its own unique characteristics and abilities in battle. For example, vampires and werewolves can only be deployed when the battle takes place during the night.

The player moves troops in real time on the tactical map. Individual battles between units are handled in a turn-based RPG style. The player is able to select general commands for the battle, as well as use powerful tarot cards for special techniques. Characters level up, change classes and grow stronger over the course of the game. The player can also purchase items in towns.

The protagonist's reputation is affected by the player's decisions during the storyline. The player can make choices that may prove to be popular or unpopular with the nation in contact with the Liberation Army. In addition, every character has his or her own alignment, ranging from good to evil. Liberating towns with evil characters may lower the army's reputation. These and other choices affect the plot's development and eventually lead to one of the thirteen possible endings.

Screenshots

Ogre Battle SNES Liberating a city.
Ogre Battle SNES These questions along with specific tarots generate your character
Ogre Battle SNES A magic user attacks.
Ogre Battle SNES Pulling a tarot card can sometimes have poor results.

Alternate Titles

  • "伝説のオウガバトル" -- Japanese spelling
  • "The March of the Black Queen" -- Sub-title
  • "Ogre Battle Saga Episode Five: The March of the Black Queen" -- Title from the introduction
  • "Ogre Battle: Limited Edition" -- Re-release title
  • "Densetsu no Ogre Battle: Ogre Battle Saga – The March of the Black Queen" -- Sega Saturn cover title
  • "Densetsu no Ogre Battle" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

Game Players Mar, 1995 93 out of 100 93
GameFan Magazine Apr, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Lens of Truth May 22, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Jul, 1995 9 out of 10 90
IGN Mar 05, 2009 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Aug 24, 2000 89 out of 100 89
GamePro (US) Mar, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Legendra 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) May, 1995 7.9 out of 10 79
Power Unlimited Jul, 1995 6.8 out of 10 68

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Trivia

This game share an interesting relation to (if it isn't inspired by) the rock band Queen's second album, Queen II, which contains a song named Ogre Battle and other named The March of the Black Queen.

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RKL (5614) added Ogre Battle (SNES) on Sep 17, 2003
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