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Vanguard Bandits is a tactical RPG that takes place on the continent of Eptina, which has been at war with itself for years until the kingdom of Pharastia discovers ancient mechanical giants created by a lost civilization. With the new found mecha's called ATAC (All Terrain Armored Combatant) Pharastia once again brings peace to Eptina until civil wars and coup d' etat's took place and thus began the Second Eptina Wars. Take control of Bastion as he wages war against the Junaris Empire to regain control of the continent.

Gameplay consists of controlling a group of ATAC on missions on a 2D sprite map where players take turns moving and attacking. Once a fight between two ATAC's starts the game is switched to a 3D side view and the battle between the two continues. Use the terrain to your advantage like attacking from above or behind your enemy.

Follow the story of Bastion and his friends on 56 missions to regain peace on the continent. Your actions before battles and as the results of battles will decide your outcome - with 5 different endings along three separate story lines.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Epica Stella" -- Japanese title
  • "Detonator Gauntlet" -- Working title
  • "エピカ・ステラ" -- Japanese spelling

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RPGamer PlayStation Jul 03, 2000 9 out of 10 90
RPGamer PlayStation Jul 09, 2000 9 out of 10 90
RPGamer PlayStation Dec 15, 2013 3.5 out of 5 70
Gameplay RPG PlayStation Aug, 2000 68 out of 100 68
PSX Nation PlayStation Apr 30, 2001 67 out of 100 67
Diehard GameFan PlayStation Jan 28, 2003 6.3 out of 10 63
GameSpot PlayStation Aug 25, 2000 6.2 out of 10 62
PSM PlayStation Aug, 2000 3 out of 5 60


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The US release was originally to be titled "Detonator Gauntlet", but this was changed due to pressure from Midway over the rights to the word "Gauntlet".

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