Thanks to KEMCO for the review code
Title: Legna Tactica
System: Nintendo 3DS (eShop)
Release Date: 02/02/2017
In this strategy game developed by Hit-Point, (The devs behind the amazing Justice Chronicles) you take control of a young man named Leck, who joins an army to stop an evil ambition from destroying the Kingdom of Legna. The story doesn’t really get anymore interesting, and it feels pretty barebones.
While I did praise Justice Chronicles for being a fun RPG with well detailed sprites and backgrounds, sadly Legna Tactica seems to be one of Hit-Point’s lesser detailed efforts, since I noticed that the sprites looked fuzzier compared to the previous work, and the stages suffer from having little detail to them whatsoever. In all honesty, I was pretty surprised with how blown up the game felt on the New 3DS XL, considering how it could have looked a lot more crisp if more optimization was put into it, and when you also consider how the character artwork remains high quality during dialogue scenes.
After choosing a battle location via the World Map, you’re taken into an isometric battlefield, (Similar to Disgaea and FF Tactics) where your party members are tasked with moving to the other side of the map and battling the enemies on a wide variety of terrain. Like with other games in the genre, there are different classes that some of your party members will be from archers, healers, swordsmen and many more, and they have different skills available to use, either from the get-go or by advancing their skill trees using proficiency points. This means that some party members can use long-ranged attacks to defeat enemies while others will be stronger up close, etc etc etc.
If you played any kind of strategy RPG before, you’ll pretty much already know what to do here, so there’s little point in talking about the gameplay when it’s so samey and doesn’t even make an effort to shake things up a bit. It should also be noted that by using the Y button in battle, you can increase the speed of animations up to triple the speed, although it sadly doesn’t stop the fact that the game moves at a rather slow pace, and there was no way to completely disable animations that I could find.
In conclusion, Legna Tactica feels like a half-baked Final Fantasy Tactics clone, lacking a lot of the charm and polish that made me love Hit-Point’s previous eShop RPG in the first place. It moves at a fairly slow pace, (even when you use the triple speed option during battles, turns can still take a while) lacks the engagement found in nearly every other strategy RPG I’ve played, and doesn’t really do a good job at remaining interesting. This may be an OK game to pick up if you’re seeking out every strategy RPG on the 3DS, but for those looking for a good strategy RPG on the 3DS I recommend that you just stick to the Fire Emblem games, or if you’re just wanting a good RPG in general I insist that you check out Justice Chronicles instead, since Legna Tactica is as middle-of-the-road as you can get. I give Legna Tactica a 5 out of 10.