Game Title: Tactics Ogre: Reborn
- PlayStation 5 (Nov 11, 2022)
- Nintendo Switch (Nov 11, 2022)
- PlayStation 4 (Nov 11, 2022)
- PC (Nov 11, 2022)
OpenCritic - 87 average - 100% recommended - 19 reviews
MetaCritic - 86/100 - 13 Critics
33bits - Juanma F. Padilla - Spanish - 95 / 100
Atomix - Aldo López - Spanish - 90 / 100Tactics Ogre: Reborn is the latest improvement on the game originally released on the Super Famicom, ported to PlayStation and brought to PlayStation Portable as a remake. Using this latest version as a base and adding Spanish to the texts -apart from voices in Japanese and English-, modifying the controls and the combat GUI and some other improvements, we find ourselves with the best possible version of a title that was already an institution in the genre beyond the personal taste of each one. Tactics Ogre: Reborn will give us many hours of fun and challenges in equal parts. Totally recommended.
Digitally Downloaded - Matt Sainsbury - 4.5 / 5This adaptation is the correct way to approach turn-based tactics games, given that its rules are the most intuitive for the user, it can be perfectly enjoyed in these times. If you never gave the portable console remake a chance in your life, it's time to move on to the version that can now be considered the definitive one.
Eurogamer - Edwin Evans-Thirlwell - RecommendedTactics Ogre Reborn is the essence of one of video game’s true masterpieces. On this, the second remake, it has proven that it is functionally timeless, both in terms of storytelling and the quality of play. There weren’t many tactics JRPGs around before Tactics Ogre, and those that were largely looked to Fire Emblem for inspiration. Now, though, the isometric combat system that so many tactics JRPGs use these days was inspired directly by two classics – this one, and Final Fantasy Tactics. We have a lot to thank Tactics Ogre for, and Reborn demonstrates just how playable it still is.
GameSpot - Heidi Kemps - 8 / 10An exhaustive reworking of a foundational dark fantasy epic, with some quietly radical new ideas.
God is a Geek - Lyle Carr - 8.5 / 10Tactics Ogre Reborn is a superb revamp of an all-time strategy game masterpiece--though this revival is not without some small issues.
Hobby Consolas - David Rodriguez - Spanish - 80 / 100Tactics Ogre Reborn is a fantastic look at the history of tactics games, and is still a blast even now.
PSX Brasil - Thiago de Alencar Moura - Portuguese - 95 / 100Tactics Ogre Reborn is, on its own merits, one of the great SRPG in history, which we can now enjoy in the best way thanks to its playable and graphic novelties. However, we miss a greater boldness on the part of Square Enix with this revision of the 2010 remake. If you already played years ago, there are no great incentives to repeat.
PlayStation Universe - Timothy Nunes - 8 / 10Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a more than worthy re-release of one of the most influential and maybe the best Tactical RPG of all time. The improvements brought in this version make it much more accessible and improve considerably the experience both for new players as well as long time fans and make it a mandatory title for everyone that enjoys the genre.
Polygon - Oli Welsh - UnscoredThere's validity to Tactics Ogre being a classic, and Tactics Ogre: Reborn showcases that. Tactics Ogre: Reborn offers the kind of simplified presentation combined with fantastic writing and voice work to create a cohesive package all around. Despite showing its age in places, the game offers more than enough to convince even the most anti-tactics gamer out there to give it a try.
Push Square - Khayl Adam - 8 / 10There’s genius and sincerity at work here. Get deep enough into Tactics Ogre and the entreaty of its subtitle, Let Us Cling Together, starts to sound a lot less goofy and a lot more urgent and sad. How deep you will get into the game depends on your appetite for micromanagement and your patience with gameplay systems that, 27 years later, are starting to creak, despite all the judicious tinkering that’s been done to them. Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a welcome, polished, and thoughtful update to a game that defined a genre — a genre that has now left it behind.
RPG Fan - Sam-James Gordon - 95%The strategy RPG genre owes a lot to the Tactics Ogre franchise, which is filled with lesser titles trying to recreate even a fraction of its winning formula. The experience that lies at the heart of Tactics Ogre: Reborn has stood the test of time admirably and, thanks to the swathe of intelligent tweaks and quality-of-life improvements introduced, will likely remain at the head of the pack for years to come.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Katharine Castle - UnscoredThe Tactics Ogre series has been dormant for a long time, but if this remaster is anything to go by, Square Enix still has total confidence in their IP. I cannot hesitate to recommend this game to fans of SRPGs, and it's accessible enough for newcomers to dive right in.
Shacknews - TJ Denzer - 8 / 10Not much of a glow-up from Tactics Ogre's PSP remake in 2010, but this is still an engrossing turn-based tactics RPG that will keep you battling for hours and hours and hours and hours...
Spaziogames - Gianluca Arena - Italian - 8.6 / 10Tactics Ogre: Reborn is a treasure of both classic tactical RPG design and modern sensibilities. I really like the quality-of-life features that make it so much easier to play and stay on the path of the story without much padding. I can also appreciate that this game also contains some tough-as-nails challenges that take an incredible amount of dedication to overcome. In between all that, it’s also just a great story and I really appreciate the Chariot Tarot system allowing you to see the paths untaken at any point you desire. If you want a great tactical RPG, this is not only the forerunner to many favorites, it’s also well-polished for a new generation.
The Beta Network - Anthony Culinas - 9 / 10One of the two kings is back (the other one being Final Fantasy Tactics), and it is in a wonderful shape even eleven years after its last appearance. We're not 100% sure this is the best version of this classic, but it's a version no strategy fan should miss nonetheless.
Twinfinite - Keenan McCall - 4.5 / 5Even though this new remake contains some outdated RPG design elements and mechanics, the core gameplay is still as addictive and challenging as it was back in 1995. Almost every major battle is a true test of tactical prowess, and the new modernisations like stat buff cards, map rotation and trajectory prediction are simply the icing on the cake. Couple this with a fully remastered soundtrack and a great story full of political and personal intrigue, and you're in for an RPG experience that easily stands the test of time.
VG247 - Dom Peppiatt - 5 / 5Tactics Ogre: Reborn is exactly what fans could have wanted from a remaster. Though not all of its changes improve the experience, the majority are welcome improvements that help elevate the experience to a new level. This is a must-play for fans of the original, and easily the best possible point of entry for newcomers who want to get into the series.
Worth Playing - Chris "Atom" DeAngelus - 9 / 10In a world where we've seen Square Enix fall down with remasters (examples include the lacklustre Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters and the egregious Kingdom Hearts on Switch), Tactics Ogre: Reborn highlights something special – a change of the guard, so to speak, that bodes remarkably well for the rest of the publisher's classic RPG oeuvre.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn is an incredibly well put together remaster of one of the cult classics from the SNES era. It's an improvement over the well-done PSP remaster and improves upon it in almost every way. The story and translation remain excellent, and the core gameplay is more fun than ever. The only downside is that it didn't get any visual touch-ups, so you'll need to be willing to accept cute, pudgy little sprites acting out the serious tense political drama. If you're a fan of strategy RPGs and haven't played Tactics Ogre yet, then Reborn is well worth a shot.