The Ogre Battle logo used in Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
|Genre(s)||Tactical role-playing, real-time strategy|
|Platform(s)||EZweb, Game Boy Advance, iMode, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, Sega Saturn, Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|First release||Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen|
March 12, 1993
|Latest release||Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis|
June 21, 2001
Ogre Battle (オウガバトル, Ōga Batoru), sometimes referred to as Ogre Battle Saga (オウガバトルサーガ), is a series of five tactical role-playing and real-time strategy video games developed by Quest Corporation and is currently owned by Square Enix through Square's acquisition of Quest. There are five original games in the series, and a remake.
The first video game in the series, Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, was released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan, and two years later in North America. The title was a real-time strategy role playing game, set in a medieval fantasy world. The second game in the series, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, was released in 1995 in Japan. It was a turn-based tactical role-playing game making use of isometric graphics, and the title is largely considered to be "exceptionally influential" to the genre. Two subsequent games in the Ogre Battle series – Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber and Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia – follow the real-time strategy gameplay of the original title in the franchise, while Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis follows the turn-based tactical role-playing gameplay elements of the second game in the series.
The Knight of Lodis, released in 2001, is the last original release in the franchise. In 2010, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together was remade for the PlayStation Portable, but the characters, story and setting are identical to the 1995 release. The creator of the series, Yasumi Matsuno, directed the remake of the game. Matsuno was also responsible for another highly influential title, Final Fantasy Tactics, originally released in 1997. Though the title bears no relation to the Ogre Battle series, Final Fantasy Tactics is considered by some critics to be a spiritual successor to Tactics Ogre. As of 2016, the franchise mostly remains active through re-releases of the first two games for the Nintendo's Virtual Console service in Japan, North America and Europe.
The name of the series was inspired by the 1974 song Ogre Battle performed by the English rock band Queen. The titles of the North American releases of the first two games in the series were also inspired by titles of songs performed by Queen, The March of the Black Queen and Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together).
|Title||Original release date|
|Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen||March 12, 1993 (SFC)||May 1995 (SNES)||July 3, 2009 (Wii VC)|
|Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together||October 6, 1995 (SFC)||1998 (PS)||February 25, 2011 (PSP)|
|Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber||July 14, 1999 (N64)||October 7, 2000 (N64)||March 26, 2010 (Wii VC)|
|Title||Original release date|
|Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia||June 22, 2000 (NGPC)||N/A||N/A|
|Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis||June 21, 2001 (GBA)||May 7, 2002 (GBA)||N/A|
Among critics, the series was acclaimed both in Japan and North America. According to the review aggregator GameRankings, the SNES release of March of the Black Queen has an average aggregate rating of 84%, while the PlayStation port of Let Us Cling Together has an average of 81%. Ogre Battle 64 has an average of 86% and The Knight of Lodis 84%. In Japan, gaming magazine Weekly Famitsu scored the Super Famicom releases of March of the Black Queen and Let Us Cling Together 33/40 and 34/40, respectively. The magazine also provided high scores for Ogre Battle 64 (33/40) and The Knight of Lodis (34/40), while Prince of Zenobia received a slightly lower score, 28/40. The PSP remake of Let Us Cling Together is the most critically acclaimed release in the series, with an average of 88% at GameRankings and a score of 36/40 from Weekly Famitsu.
The series has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, placing it among the best-selling Japanese role-playing game franchises.
|Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen||1993||SNES||400,000||400,000|||
|Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together||1995||SFC||515,311||N/A||515,311|||
|Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen - Limited Edition||1996||PS||59,817||47,655||107,472|||
|Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen||1996||SS||48,449||N/A||48,449|||
|Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together||1996||SS||78,993||N/A||78,993|||
|Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together||1997||PS||13,963||16,940||30,903|||
|Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber||1999||N64||200,770||76,529||277,299|||
|Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia||2000||NGPC||14,283||N/A||14,283|||
|Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis||2001||GBA||282,838||100,390||383,228|||
|Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together||2010||PSP||279,207||Unknown||279,207|||
|Total sales: 2,135,145|
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