Romancing SaGa 2, originally released only in Japan in 1993, has been completely remastered and now receives its first ever official English translation! ■Supported Devices■ iPhone 5 or later iPad third generation or later iPad mini second generation or later iPod touch sixth generation or later only. We are unable to guarantee that the app will function on unsupported devices. ■No two players will experience the story in the same way■ Alongside DRAGON QUEST and FINAL FANTASY, the SaGa series is one of Square Enix’s most beloved. The first three titles were originally branded overseas under the “FINAL FANTASY LEGEND” moniker for Game Boy, and garnered critical acclaim for their complex yet compelling combat system. Romancing SaGa 2 takes the varied gameplay of other entries in the series and combines it with an open-ended free-form scenario system whose story is as vast as the world in which it plays out. The player takes the role of a succession of emperors, painting the history of the world with each and every action. Familiar series hallmarks such as formations and glimmers make a return in this unique title. ■Story■ It all begins with the song of a lone bard in a bustling pub. Great nations such as the Varennes Empire, which had once ensured peace throughout the world, stagnated and atrophied over the course of centuries, and sinister forces started emerging in outlying areas. Ere long, peace spiraled into war and the common folk spoke in hushed words of the Seven Heroes—historical figures who saved the world once and who, it was hoped, would do so again. ■Additional Elements■ ▷New dungeons ▷New classes: diviner and ninja ▷New Game+ ▷Autosave ▷UI specifically designed for smartphones
I’m only writing this to hopefully get their attention to fix this bug; this bug makes my game stuck in a storyline. Basically when I talk to Thieve’s Guild’s boss to ask for secret entrance to the fortress, my character says “Never mind” and that’s where it’s stuck. I did everything accordingly to the walkthrough, but can’t seem to get past that scenario and it seems like I’m not the only one with this problem. I’m not starting over the whole game just to take another chance of not encountering this bug. Sad and unacceptable.
The system is a little confusing because nothing is ever explained to you. What are skill points? How do you get more life points? Skills are learned randomly. Why does a person with 15 def get 1-shot while a person with 13 def takes 1/4 the damage? But the cardinal sin is that the game has a boring and disjointed story. It reminds me of Chinese movies that recount some popular or historical tale, and you're expected to already know what happens so they can jump around and just hit the highlights. Just say no. I bought this while on vacation for something to play while in line or on the bus. I won't even be using it for that. $18 down the drain.
I will always have some bias towards Romancing Saga games because of the godly soundtrack by Kenji Ito. Having played RS1 and RS3, the controls felt familiar; the enemies no longer rush directly towards and trap the player when they enter a map like in the first game (as often), yet the graphics, battle system, and story feel weak compared to RS3. The graphics look cleaner than the original version, and there are now animated boss sprites. My biggest complaint would be how you control the movement of the main character and overall UI. It's unclear where you should tap when using an item/ sometimes I would press to the side and accidentally consume an item or make a wrong choice. The translations are also... kind of funky. "Seeling skill?" Sealing a skill? What? (Turns out I have to be careful not to tap the skill in the menu twice because that apparently DELETES it?) Lastly, it's also irritating how you still cannot restore LP at the inn like in RS3, and you essentially have to kill off a character's LP to remove them from your party. -- TL;DR -- Amazing music, interesting story (but a rather poor execution of it), ugly controls and UI, challenging gameplay.
Saga was one of my favorite series as a kid so I may be a bit biased but I think this remake is really good. What makes Saga great is the open world and the level of challenge. The battle system is addictive unique in a lot of ways. Save often as you can occasionally get into situations where you can't get out of a dungeon or scenario and may not be capable of beating the boss. Always keep a few different saves going in case you box yourself in. The game may seem rudimentary and from a story perspective it is fairly simple but the mechanics, challenge and replay value are all really good. Don't give up after an hour or two. Play for at least 4-5 hours and I think you will be a fan !
It's not great, it's intentionally vague and difficult / frustrating only by the lack of direction or instruction. The combat is weird, the learning curve is steep, but it's story is mildly interesting. Save yourself some money and watch someone's play through on youtube unless you're a glutton for ga,es designed to be as frustrating and non intuitive as possible.
Romancing saga 2 is a great game with so many ways to play it. It's battle system is amazing, the story is simple, yet smart, and the localization is great. I only wish that romancing saga 1 and 3 and maybe even imperial saga would release in America...
So grateful to Square for bringing back the games of my childhood so much fun, well worth the purchase. CANNOT WAIT FOR SAGA FRONTIER
This was the first JRPG with non-linear storyline I've played. It also has a very different concept of money management, equipment acquirement, skill learning, and magic system like none other even to this day. If you are OK with a bit of retro graphic, you should try it. A bit of caveat is the survival control is pretty bad, but I am willing to tolerate it for all the unique qualities of the game.
It's really surprising to me that Square Enix decided to bring this as a port to smartphones, but it's really cool to have the opportunity to play a decent English version of the game 20+ years after the Japanese release. I loved the FF Legend games as a kid and it was always disappointing to have to resort to bad emulator roms to play this sequel. This game is HARD. It's difficult to understand what is going on because little is explained, and the setup is so unique and nonlinear. But it's also a rewarding experience to learn the complexity and eventually build strong teams to defeat the seven heroes and expand the empire. A couple notes to help new players understand: -LP are life points. When a character gets knocked out in battle, these are permanently lost. When LP run out, the character is dead forever. A little way into the game you can buy potions from the witch to restore LP, but it's important to just avoid letting your characters get beaten up. Think of this as the flipside of not having to heal HP after battles. -Successive generations can learn all of the offensive and evasive techniques learned by past parties. Just talk to those soldiers in the castle. Don't be afraid to seal techniques to make room for others - you can always get them back. -You should be saving constantly because unlucky, brutal things will happen to your party all the time. Be prepared to reset the game fairly regularly when even "normal" battles go very badly. -Monsters do get stronger as you do (new tiers of monsters appear), but it's still a good idea overall to grind a bit, get money, invest in weapons, armor, learn new techniques, magic, and to sit on the throne to invest in the Empire. -If you want to stand a chance against the final boss, either invest in a mostly-female final party (and pick the female empress at the beginning), or learn the Temptation evasion technique when you fight Rocbouquet.
Excellent old school game from the classic Squaresoft SNES era. Definitely worth the purchase. Let's hope we see Square-Enix put more of its Japanese exclusive games out there for the English speaking audience! This game was way ahead of its time and is probably the finest of the entire SaGa series.