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Features

  • Traverse a vibrant world, assemble units and direct them into exquisitely animated battles.
  • Perform heroic deeds and grow renown throughout the five nations.
  • Cultivate a grand army with over 60 unique characters from humans and elves to massive beasts and heavenly angels.

Product Description

Liberate your Kingdom, Reclaim Your Destiny! From the masterminds that brought 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim and Odin Sphere, ATLUS x Vanillaware presents the rebirth of tactical fantasy RPG. Fight against fate and embark on a royal adventure to regain your reign alongside trustworthy allies. Unicorn Overlord combines the timeless tactical RPG genre with overworld exploration and innovative battle system for a unique epic fantasy experience in the iconic Vanillaware style.

Video Guide

Unicorn Overlord — Josef’s Guide to Interaction!


Learn how to build and deepen bonds with your allies in former-Holy Knight Josef’s second video guide for Unicorn Overlord.

Video Guide

Unicorn Overlord — Josef’s Guide to Training


Become a master of class promotions, auxiliary stages, and other techniques to help strengthen your units in this latest guide from Josef.

Video Guide

Unicorn Overlord — Josef’s Guide to Exploration!


Meet new companions, liberate oppressed townships, and restore the livelihoods of the people—the decisions you make and the paths you take are entirely up to you!

Character Introduction: Alain

Characters

Character Introduction: Alain


Crown prince of the fallen kingdom of Cornia, and son of its queen, Ilenia. After losing his mother at a young age amidst Cornian general Valmore's rebellion, he was ushered to the island of Palevia by the knight Josef, who taught him sword and strategy alike until the age of 17.

Character Introduction: Scarlett

Characters

Character Introduction: Scarlett


A priestess of the Palevian Orthodoxy who, after training tirelessly from a young age, now tends to the cathedral on the island of Palevia. In the end, she opts to leave the island and join Alain on his journey.

Character Introduction: Lex

Characters

Character Introduction: Lex


A childhood friend of Alain's, born on the island of Palevia to a local fisherman. After studying under Josef, he resolves to join the quest to liberate Fevrith.

Character Introduction: Josef

Characters

Character Introduction: Josef


A holy knight of the fallen kingdom of Cornia, he fled to Palevia with Alain ten years ago at Ilenia's behest. He has made great strides toward forming the Liberation Army ever since.

Character Introduction: Queen Ilenia

Characters

Character Introduction: Queen Ilenia


The queen of Cornia who ruled with both a keen military mind and a steady hand. Upon realizing there was no quelling the tide of rebellion, she entrusted her son Alain to her loyal retainer, Josef.

8.5 Game Informer Must Play

Unicorn Overlord Review

Tactical Superiority

by Matt Miller on Mar 12, 2024

Game Informer Must Play

Draw from enough unique inspirations, and eventually, a game begins to feel entirely novel. That’s the sensation that emerges as you play Unicorn Overlord, Vanillaware’s vast fantasy adventure of tactics, strategy, and storytelling. I was consistently reminded of other systems and mechanics from prior genre releases, but the resulting combination felt consistently original and entertaining, even after many hours of battle and exploration.

Players control a young, exiled prince in a high fantasy world as he gradually gathers an army to take down an all-powerful empire. There’s a significant focus on story and character development from beginning to end. The fact that the plentiful “thees and thous” frame an especially trope-heavy and familiar plot doesn’t diminish the enjoyment. Instead, I was delighted by the confident and well-written dialogue and its willingness to embrace the fun of countless long-lost siblings, figures in disguise, and redemptive character arcs. By the end, some interesting choices let you shape the game’s outcome, but this isn’t a game of bold narrative surprises – simply well-told comfort-food fantasy antics.

Unicorn Overlord is awash in systems that govern your army’s advancement and improvement. Whether it’s equipment, honor, renown, gold, or character level, the primary goal is growing your army, promoting your combatants, expanding the potential size of each unit, and setting up a team that can triumph in the field. Everything works together admirably, and it’s great fun to tweak each small squad unit to create unstoppable combos of damage, defense, and healing.

Battles are an intriguing mix of real-time troop movement and small unit-to-unit skirmishes. By adjusting each character’s formation placement and tactical decision-making before a melee, you set them up for success. However, once an exchange begins, your role as commander is in the back seat; you can’t affect the outcome anymore – only watch as it plays out. As such, much of the gameplay is about clever unit placement, movement, use of items, and pre-battle powers. I enjoyed overseeing a large and diverse army of knights, witches, gryphon riders, and elven archers as they strode into a righteous rebellion.

Vanillaware’s attention to detail and high production value are on full display. The vast top-down overworld is stacked with detail and vibrant, illustrated backdrops. The score is grand and dramatic, accompanied by a tremendous bounty of memorable voice acting. Most notably, both story moments and unit battles unfold featuring the studio’s striking trademark art and animation style, which leverages exaggerated deformation of everything from weapons to character curves and musculature to accentuate the fantasy setting and tone.

While I consistently enjoyed my dozens of hours with Unicorn Overlord, the latter half of the game begins to show some cracks in the fun. Because you can preview the outcome of each battle (which is good), many players will eventually do what I did, and begin to skip the bombastic visuals of a given skirmish to get on with the larger battle. The thrill of those lavishly illustrated scenes sadly begins to lean toward tedium.

Likewise, the plentiful unit types you both recruit and face in battle are initially intriguing but eventually become extremely challenging to keep straight. Imagine a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” where you can throw any one of dozens of distinct hand signs, and you can see the dilemma. Tactical complexity is good, but I ultimately found keeping all the distinctions straight slowed down the pacing and sense of mastery rather than enhancing an already rich tactical simulation. Combine those two problems, and late-game battles can feel repetitive and muddled.

Even acknowledging those frustrations, I love the variety of encounters Unicorn Overlord presents and the seamless way so many interlocking game systems contribute to an overarching saga of magic and warfare. From beginning to end, the game feels crafted, balanced, and deep, without sacrificing approachability. Set aside preconceptions from the unusual name, and you’ll find an epic well worth exploring.

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Specifications

Order Attributes

UPC 730865220748

General

Brand Name SEGA
Vendor Part Number UO-22074-8
GameStop Exclusive false

Ratings

ESRB Rating Teen 13+
ESRB Descriptors Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes

Gameplay

Number of Players 1
Perspective 3rd Person
Genre RPG

Compatability

Compatible Platforms PlayStation 5

Fandom

Publisher Name SEGA
Developer Name Atlus-Vanillaware

Dimension

Product Length 5.35
Product Width 0.57
Product Height 6.77
Product Unit of Measure in
Product Weight 0.25
Product Weight Unit of Measure lbs

Unicorn Overlord - PlayStation 5
$59.99