Review: Langrisser 1 and 2 (PlayStation 4)

The battle between light and chaos comes to a head in this remake of legendary Strategy RPGs Langrisser I and Langrisser II.

Pros:

  • Both retro and modern graphics.
  • 3.47gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Four control layouts.
  • Battle skip on/off.
  • Art style-remastered/classic/classic map/classic characters.
  • Contains two games-Langrisser and Langrisser 2.
  • Japanese voice.
  • Character choice-answer a series of multiple-choice questions and get given a character based off the answers. (you can restart it)
  • Easy start option in both games. Start with extra cash and items.
  • Both games have 20 save slots each.
  • How to play manual.
  • Strategy gameplay.
  • Pick up items/loot in-game.
  • AI commanders and mercs play alongside you and you have no control over them.
  • It feels and plays like a modern game.
  • Nostalgic.
  • Fun to play.
  • Save when you want from the main hub screen.
  • Commanders-earn CP to buy new classes, equip spells and items and use gold to buy mercenaries who will be beside you in combat.
  • Can change settings in-game.
  • Auto form option-the computer will buy and place the best mercenaries for you.
  • Earned cash and CP are banked even if you get a game over.
  • Gameplay-move/attack/magic/standby, turn based combat.
  • The in-game menu has a quicksave.
  • Commanders earn Exp from casting spells and mercenaries getting kills, you level up on the spot and get stats to boost and CP.

Cons:

  • Uses circle instead of cross for menu choices.
  • Classic graphics are just uprezzed and look too shiny.
  • No actual tutorial.
  • A lot to take in.
  • No speed/skip option for the enemy.
  • No English voice.
  • It could have done with an end phase button rather than a menu option.
  • Difficult.
  • Matches can feel too long.
  • Archaic menu structure.

 

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8/10

Summary

Il be honest I’ve never played the Langrisser games before. Immediately I got Fire Emblem vibes as the gameplay is very similar. The love gone into this collection is clear with the many options to have the old game back with the music and graphics choices. To me, I played the og settings and it still felt modern and new. I really like how the game plays out and having all progress get banked means even if I lose, I can improve my team or try a different formation. I would play it a lot more on the handheld but that’s a personal preference, I just really liked how the game plays and how progress works, yeah it doesn’t hold your hand but you get to still progress and absorb the world. The fact that you get two games is just insane. I would say fans will love the effort gone into the collection and new players are in for a treat, really impressive overall.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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