For those craving a new Final Fantasy: Tactics type game, look no further than Mercenaries Saga Chronicles.
Mercenaries Saga Chronicles is a turn-based strategy RPG video game (much like Tactics) that puts you in charge of a mercenary group that is just looking to get by. However, they get wrapped up in the bigger picture and end up playing hero.
The game is actually a bundle that contains the three games in the series: Mercenaries Saga: Will of the White Lions, Mercenaries Saga 2: Order of the Silver Eagle and Mercenaries Saga 3: Gray Wolves of War. The bundle is on sale until mid-July for $7.49 on the Nintendo Store. That’s 50% off!
The title includes 82 campaign missions across the three games while also featuring unlimited runs at the “Free Play” missions that allow you to level and power up your mercenary crew.
Much like Tactics, you control a unit of characters that have different jobs. You can have swordsmen, archers, mages, and more. It is up to you how you equip and level up your characters. You also decide which combination of mercenaries you deploy into battle.
The gameplay is a turn-based system where you first choose how to move each character. The battle map is set up almost like a chess board. Different characters have different movement ranges and attack ranges. For example, mages typically can’t move as far, but can cast spells at a great distance to attack their foes.
History of Mercenaries Saga Chronicles
The three games in the Saga Chronicles pack are actually re-releases. It is the first time the three have been made available on the same platform. The first Mercenaries Saga was only released on mobile phones in Japan. The second and third titles in the series were released on mobile phone and Nintendo 3DS in both Japan and North America.
With the game available on the Nintendo Store as a download for less than $10. I definitely recommend giving it a try if you are a fan of strategy. While the game may be basic, it is still a good way to test your strategic acumen without having to shell out $60 for a game.