The Story So Far...
When a strange girl hands Ernesto, the young prince of Valencia, a mysterious sword and tells him to save his friends, he thinks nothing of using the magical blade to fight off an undead attack. Little does he know that such a small choice will spark a war that will rage across the continent of Yulamecca and beyond...
"Hero's Saga Laevatein Tactics really brings back the spirit of SRPGs of old," said Frank "Bo" deWindt II, Project Lead, Aksys Games. "You can definitely see bits and pieces of many SRPGs, like Ogre Battle and Tactics Ogre, lending their influence to help inspire a stellar game."
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Once More Unto The Breach! Command your forces into one of several formations, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
Harness The Power of The Einherjar! Collect all the Vaettir Arms (180+ Arms to find!) scattered throughout the game and strike fear into the hearts of your foes with the awesome power of the Valhalla Break!
Ad-Hoc Goodness! Using the power of ad-hoc wireless connectivity you can trade items with your friends, rent out your heroes to aid friends in need, or battle them for fame and glory!
Create An Unstoppable Army! Equip different weapons to change the class, abilities, and appearance of your soldiers! Choose wisely to unlock the legendary secret class!
Heros Saga Laevatein Tactics is rated
3.3 out of
Rated 3 out of
A Middle of the Road SRPG==========
Hero's Saga: Laevatein Tactics isn't a bad game, but it isn't anything exceptional in the turn-based grid-based SRPG market either. The game suffers from some balance issues, a weak AI, and certain class abilities and unit special abilities can be used to break this game. On the other hand the random nature of this game makes your ability to break it a time consuming effort. My overall impression is this game could have improved rather noticeably with a few touch ups.
To be honest the plot summary for Hero's Saga is a bit of a mess. You play as a prince representing a small kingdom that managed to avoid falling under the oppression of the Imperium Galia during a war several years ago. On a normal inspection of a border check point you find out that you are under attack by an army of the undead and are given a powerful weapon, a vaettir arm, by a mysterious girl in armor, but after defeating the undead your acquisition of the new weapon leads to rising tensions between your kingdom and the Imperium Galia which is held a monopoly over the weapons since creating them. These rising tensions eventually lead to war, but the focus is soon shifted onto the nature of the vaettier arms themselves.
As stated previously the gameplay suffers from a few balance issues which range from minor to major. One of the biggest problems with the game is the Valhalla Break which can one shot almost any enemy or leave them easily vulnerable to attacks from an enemy that attacks from range. This problem wouldn't be that big of a deal considering how long it can take to charge the gauge, but if you combine the ability of the general class "bifrost" with a character with the perimeter skill and you can easily decimate an enemies ranks. Or you could combine this ability with the "double" class ability and give four characters the ability to attack twice during a turn.
Another major source of irritation with this game is a rather unintelligent AI. I can still remember the first time I fought all three war demons at the same time and was basically able to snipe all of the enemy units from four squares away with a long bow with impunity. The enemy refused to engage me despite the fact that I was slowly picking it off one by one. And, this issue also occurs with enemies holding down forts. If you have a distance unit with enough reach you can attempt to pick them off from a distance without ever being attacked back. This issue also comes up in several other battles with the undead in purgatory where they will surround you, but refuse to attack.
Another issue is the random nature of recruitment in this game. After you win a battle an enemy unit may offer to join your cause, but this means you may have to spend hours fighting in an area in attempt to acquire a specific character.
I didn't see any noticeable problems with this game to be honest. My only problem with the game is that the main characters really don't change in appearance when you change classes like the generic characters.
One of the major problems with the soundtrack is the limited number of tracks. You'll hear the same song every time you enter battle, attack an enemy, or get attacked by an enemy. While all of these tracks are rather decent, they feel over used since you'll hear them constantly over the course of this game which can take 20+ hours.
After beating the main story line the game loses all appeal to be honest. While you can still work to save one of the characters that is trapped inside a crystal during the epilogue you'll probably just want to leave her there.
Lasting Appeal: 1
I would recommend playing this game, but only if you are a die-hard fan of the genre and have beaten all of the better games of this genre on the DS.
Date published: 2013-02-17
Rated 2 out of
GAME OVERThis game, in nice terms, was horrible. I hated the fighting style which was not well done. The story line was too quick and didn't give you enough time to truly understand the world you were just thrust into. The language was in spanish at times. And that seriously confused me. I didn't even finish the game. It was that just, ah, not good.
Date published: 2010-11-24
Rated 5 out of
JRPG King from
FF Tactics...who? This games rocks!Hero’s Saga: Laevatein Tactics is fun! The story is really good. It's told by by a girl traveling with the team to document the Heroes' bravery. The battlefield is nothing new. But its important that your whole team fights. The more fights each hero gets into the higher thier power meter gets. When the meter tops off and flashes red, your hero can use the special power that the weapon they use has. Each hero starts with 8 soldiers in front of him/her. You can even choose your kind of attack from normal frontal attack, a phalanx attack, or go for broke with a charge!! If you charge you will do nice damage. But if the opposing hero and his soldiers are in phalanx, phalanx will tear up your charge! stuff like that. You'll see there is so much to do and learn. Graphics are nice as well. Turn base battle system is nice as well because it allows you to see your entire army strike, then switch to enemys point of view and vise versa. Up close and pesonal. If you enjoyed other turn base tactics games, this is a must buy! You will be very happy. Rocking RPG's since 1970