Excerpt: The SaGa series is peculiar. Unlike other Square Enix franchises, there are two separate groups which view this offering: those who extoll the games, and those who believe only a masochist could be interested. This love-hate paradigm is exemplified in the series' popularity in Japan compared to its popularity in North America.
Excerpt: Romancing Saga is one of Square-Enix's latest games for the PlayStation 2 console. However, this is technically not the first time the game has been released. In fact, Romancing Saga is actually a remake of an old Super Nintendo game that was only released in Japan. So was this remake of Romancing Saga worth the wait for us Americans? Well, read on to find out! In order to get into Romancing Saga , we first have to go back into the past.
Excerpt: Released in Japan as Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song, this PS2 title is a remake of the original Romancing SaGa released exclusively in Japan for Super Famicom over a decade ago. What was presented to Japanese gamers as a remake is being presented to us as a completely new title to the expansive SaGa series. For US gamers, this presents some apparent positives and negatives.
Conclusion: The fun in Romancing SaGa comes from the process of discovery. In most console RPGs, players have a good idea of what they’re getting themselves into when they step into a new dungeon, because a couple dozen NPCs have already told them. This isn’t always the case in this game. There were a number of times when I found myself wandering into a tomb, or some ruins and knowing there was something mysterious and special about the structure, and then felt compelled to explore...
Excerpt: SaGa games have usually been a blend of fantasy elements (both new and traditional) and themes from the Renaissance. Examples of ties to the Renaissance include the series’ style of artwork, the character Lute’s name and instrument in SaGa Frontier , and several others peppered through the series. During this time period, there were multiple varieties of traveling entertainers called Minstrels, from which Romancing SaGa gets its Japanese subtitle “Minstrel Song.
Conclusion: Well, there you have it folks. Whether it surprises you or not, Square-Enix succeeded at delivering yet another solid SaGa entry that won’t appeal to everyone. The story could have used some work, and free-roaming isn’t the way to go with RPGs. But still, Romancing SaGa delivers a deep and rewarding battle system that is reason enough to warrant a purchase.