First I should start with a little bit of history. My first entry in the Ogre Battle saga dates back to my younger years on the N64. I remember seeing it in Nintendo Power and everything about it fascinated me all the way down to the title, "Ogre Battle". To me it just sounded epic, but I was never quite sure what type of game it was. Granted at the time I had never played a "strategy" game, so I wasn't sure what that meant.
Jump ahead to when the game drops in North America and I buy it with my allowance money, $59.99 if I remember correctly. I get home and I pop the cartridge in and boot up the game and... I have no idea what the hell to do. I can't directly control my character and I have armies I have to send out??? It made no sense to me at the time and I was incredibly upset that this game turned out to be nothing of what I thought it was going to be. I kept trying to get into it time and time again but it eventually sat on my shelf collecting dust while I spent more time on other more "exciting" N64 games.
Before I delve into this next part I should mention that I was pretty late to the PSX. By the time I got one the PS2 had already been out for a few months, so I never got the chance to play the classics while they were around. I borrowed Final Fantasy Tactics but I could never wrap my head around it. The GBA drops and for my birthday my parents bought me one of those bundles that comes with the system, worm light, link cable and two games. One was Lady Sia and Tactics Ogre: The Knights of Lodis. Oh boy another confusing Ogre game that looks like that one Final Fantasy Tactics game. I pass on it for a few weeks and then I finally play it and for once everything clicked. It was such an amazing feeling. It became my all time favorite GBA game and it still is till this day. Tactics Ogre on PSP is probably the most perfect SRPG of all time. But those Ogre Battle games, they never clicked with me. They were WEIRD.
A few months ago one of my siblings finds our old N64 and games and mails them out of the blue for my birthday. I had been out of the gaming loop for a few years as I could never find the time nor had I the attention span of games. So I get the N64 in the mail and I am instantly overwhelmed with nostalgia. Then I see the Ogre Battle 64 cartridge and think, fuck it might as well try it out again and then suddenly... it clicked. Next thing I know I just clocked in about 15 hours in one sitting. I don't think I have ever done that before. Now I am hooked and it brought back my spark in video games.
Anyway sorry for the wall of text. Just wanted to say that OB brought back that little spark and it makes me happy.
What does GAF think of these games? What are your favorites? Are there anyother games like Ogre Battle that you would recommend? Any chance of a new game in the OB saga?