Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia Switch Review–a firmly average JRPG classic

Brigandine The Legend of Runersia is a role-playing turn-based strategy game developed by Happinet Corporation. It was an SRPG game that firstly released in 1998 with an enhanced version in 2000. After 20 years, the game has released again turning this into a series. The game released on the 25th of June 2020 and it was released for Nintendo Switch only.

Brigandine The Legend of Runersia is put in a nominal area of Runersia which is a mystical land having six different nations combined with each other. These all nations have their strong foot holdings due to their enchanted knight’s use of strong magic. All these nations have a magical artifact at their center named brigandine which is being passed from generation to generations and each one has been assigned with a quality like Sanctity, Freedom, Glory etc. The Holy Gustava Empire hasn’t got this brigandine, but they are strong due to their unshakable determination.

The beauty of this game is that it allows you to choose any nation from the total six nations which have their own tales to tell along with the hero. Whatever nation you choose from the six, the story has the same start for all. The story starts when some misconceptions take place and cause all other communities to enter a fight in which they had to conquer brigandines from other nations and bring the land of Runersia under one flag. You will come to know about the story from in-game scenes about many happenings and that leads to a typical JRPG type of final battle.

One of the strongest foundation points of this game is its plot. This game consists of a huge number of characters and it gives you different perspectives each time looking at them with a different point of view. You will be showed some visuals regarding the important character after you have them surrendered even if you are not playing from the nation’s side. You will be seeing various event happenings from which few include randomly chosen knights whom you can wither recruit or some specific combinations for different characters. You will be given the chance to see all after almost 6 playthroughs.

Brigandine The Legend of Runersia is a junction of light warfare along with Japanese RPG taste in it. When you have chosen a nation, you will be shown around the land of Runersia. You will also be shown the crucial points along with the routes displaying the connections between nations. Your task is to take control of other nation’s territories along with protecting your own as you will be attacked by all other nations frequently. This is only achievable if you patrol your knights who have had magic on them to protect your nation along with attacking others to capture. Most importantly, you will have to deploy your forces on crucial points on the map as strong defenses will be very essential for you. Not only defenses, but you also will have to be a little on the offensive side and an instant action force will be highly useful in this game. You can move your knight units, in turn, anywhere in your terrain for better control.

From what is said previously, you may think that deploying units is all you need to do. That’s not the case. This misconception gets removed by the presence of quests in the game which makes it stabilized. By using a rune knight, you can adhere to quests for gaining extra experience points or various powerful items or monsters. Those knights appointed for the quests cannot defend your area. Another amazing thing is that each map has its own place for special items so you will have to carry your knights in movement in order to find those special items and use them for improved attack and defense.

If you handle this game’s core strategy, it will be a win-win situation for you. All you need to do is to understand how much less defense you can build up at your crucial areas of the nation while using unused knights to farm in order to increase your forces. You won’t be needing lots of knights because only 3 can combat at one time but the thing to be noted is that the presence of more knights stops the enemy forces to attack your nation due to failure fear. Taking control of lands is a fun thing to do as it increments your experience points, but you do have a risk of either getting your forces finished or taking away player’s patience as it takes a lot of time. When a battle starts, you will be shown with the combat screen which comprises of the whole map along with the location of your knights. Their units can move freely in the terrain. One thing that will finalize the battle result is the presence of a monster or not.

Each rune knight has a mana capacity where you can assign the knight with a team of monsters. When your knight’s turn comes, monsters in his/her capacity will also be fighting along with them. They act as additive soldiers, you can say. They also can increase their level along with improving their armor and weaponry. More powerful monsters take more mana capacity of yours, so you need to be steady with the choice of the monster with respect to capacity and power. Monsters are indeed powerful, and their presence is damage inflicting for the other party. When a knight dies, their monsters will also die with them, so you need to use them very carefully as any wrong point placement of these will hurt you. Another thing to be noticed is that if you had some lower-medium powered monsters, they will not hurt you that much instead if you lose a powerful one. You do have a chance if you are lucky enough to get a Revival Stone from loot. That can help you in reviving a dead monster, but they are not in the abundance that you start relying on them.

As Brigandine the Legend of Runersia is a turn-based game, here knights take turns to move. Your knight and monster can move simultaneously but special attacks work only when they are static. You will have to lower your enemy health points as much as you can or make them surrender. This game also features the importance of your decision’s priority as any wrong or right decision will have an influence on your knight team.

Brigandine is filled with a story-related fun experience, but you will feel that aside from the story, there isn’t much you can do in the game. When you have a strong squad of your knight and monsters, you won’t be able to diverge a lot. Due to various knights and monsters, you will try making teams for different scenarios, but a single squad takes up so much of your time such as for upgrading their levels and items won’t let you switch often. This becomes an issue because you have many battles at the start of the game, and not some kindergarten level battles, intense ones! You will try saving your powerful monsters which make you sacrifice lower-powered ones. Lower difficulty levels are somehow easy to play but harder ones put you through time-scaled stages making farming and smaller knight armies more effectual.

Unfortunately, you will find this game cheaply developed and mostly from graphic standpoints. Much of visual beauty comes from a huge range of characters and some often-occurring splashing scenes which really in total looks marvelous. This game’s graphics are very basic of the units and the similar-looking environments. You will be very confused in differentiating between different units until you have monsters along with you but it’s somehow playable. Voice acting is amusing but not for dub lovers as they are in Japanese. Some of the soundtracks are very good, but not all of them. The main soundtrack is the best.

Brigandine The Legend of Runersia isn’t a game to be highly recommended. It’s a mediocre game. It indeed has a compelling storyline along with amusing artwork, but they are in a game with only 6 playthroughs. There is repetition in playing them and that takes the fun away. If this doesn’t disturb you, you will enjoy playing it but you want to play it more than one playthrough.

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