We've now also shared our Triangle Strategy review; minor spoiler, we like it a lot.
We're only days away from the release of Triangle Strategy, Square Enix's HD-2D tactical RPG. Turn-based tactical RPG fans around the world have been clamouring for a brand new entry in the genre from the company that brought us Final Fantasy Tactics. And from the sounds of an early review, it looks like we're in for a treat.
Famed Japanese magazine Famitsu has published their thoughts on the game (thanks, Nintendo Everything), with three reviewers giving Triangle Strategy a 9, and the fourth giving it an 8. That's 35/40, which is pretty darn promising!
It seems like Square Enix and Artdink (of Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World fame) have taken a lot of feedback from those who tried out the very first demo, because the prologue demo — which you can still download now — showed a lot more finesse and promise. Our impressions on the demo were pretty positive, and appear to line up with Famistu's thoughts on the final game. We praised the meaty tactical combat, the amount of freedom between battles, and the deep political intrigue. Just make sure, you're ready for lots of cutscenes.
We'll have some more detailed thoughts on Triangle Strategy in the near future. For now, we want to know if you're excited for the game, and now that Live A Live is a thing, what other games you like to see remade in HD-2D? Drop a comment below!
[source famitsu.com, via nintendoeverything.com]
Looking forward to the game but I wouldn't read too much into Famitsu scores.
Famitsu scores mean nothing actually.
I’m a huge fan of the HD-2D style and I rally enjoyed Octopath - I felt there’s a bit too much of it though and I’m not even half way though. I really hope they do more games like this. I want to play Chrono Trigger and I’d love a Golden Sun 1+2 package too
@Juga I think people should go into the game with a different mindset. Based on the demo it's more of a visual novel with SRPG stages scattered within. If you can manage to get yourself immersed in the world's politics and go in with that expectation it can be quite fun.
I've been disappointed with Square's offerings this past year so I'll wait to see what people think and even then wait for a huge discount on this one.
I’ve been really busy with life stuff, so I haven’t played too much of the demo, but from what I played so far, it looks promising and I’ll probably pick it up down the line. However, March for me is for WWE2K22 and the Booster Course DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Kinda crazy that the only games on my radar this year seem to be from Nintendo, Square, and Sony. Other companies need to step it up
I'm usually not one to complain about cutscenes, but man there are a lot in the prologue demo. I've played it for about three hours and only had 2 battles. I really want to play this game, and I'm hoping the cutscenes are at least a little less frequent in the full release. I may not be picking it up, if the rest of the game is like the prologue though.
I've never heard of this one... immediately think of Octopath Traveler when I see the above image though.
Famitsu lost most of its credibility by giving average games such as Sonic Forces 35/40.
I was expecting all reviews to be uploaded by now. This is a first-day buy for me but wanted to be sure that reviews were good too.
There are a lot of cutscenes, but the gameplay is sound. Fire Emblem Three Houses was also full of talking don't forget and I'd argue the writing in Triangle Strategy is better, at least so far.
The nerd part in me loves the maths refrence. However as many have said I wouldnt read too much into Famitsu scores.
@Mando44646 Not Elden Rings (Bandai Namco)?
Is it Friday yet????
Just a heads up guys, Gamestop currently has an insane store wide sale going on with every game being ~$15 off!
Not sure if this is U.S. only but I just preordered Chrono Cross for $5 😁👍
Edit: Triangle Strategy is also discounted to ~$45, and includes preorder bonuses.
Edit 2: Sorry guys I think GS messed up on their end and has ended the sale. Every game was litterally $15 off. Hence how I got Chrono Cross for $5 😅 I hope someone else managed to catch this "sale" before it was...corrected.
I get the feeling if you like Tactical RPG’s you’ll like it, if you don’t you won’t.
Once the story is engaging, then sign me up. So far with the demo, I have enjoyed my playthrough. Don't take any negatives you receiving from here much, the game isn't all that bad as some may make it out to be.
Lol great tagline (is that what you call it?) I don't know how y'all come up with this stuff. You should apply to Hard Times.
@MrGawain true, but yet again you maybe wrong. A lot of elements may hook those who may not even like tactical rpg with this game. Only CON is the naming for me.
The story seemed really engaging from the demo. I preordered for no logical reason whatsoever – I just want to play the whole thing already and dive into the world. Been waiting for a TBRPG like this forever, and with a score and graphics like this, it's a no-brainer.
@Rob13 Not long to go now! 😍
For Famitsu 35/40 is pretty average for a Square JRPG. All it tells us is it's not a stinker, which is enough.
Famitsu scores literally mean nothing, but I’m looking forward to a @NintendoLife review. I’m honestly really excited about the game regardless. I really loved the prologue in a way I haven’t loved a retro-stylized game in a few years. Would not be surprised if the game jumps above Horizon, Elden Ring, and Arceus for me, personally.
I'm glad they all love it, if I remember correctly Octopath Traveler and Bravely Default II both got a 36/40 whereas Trials of Mana got a 32/40 and I love those games so I will enjoy my time with this one too.
I think I might finally be over games like this after playing the demo. I just cannot get into visual novel style games where so much is just cut scene after cut scene. I am much older now and honestly feel the need to have a lot of action in my games to keep my interested. Once you get close to 50 you've heard everything they are going say by now lol. I noticed the same with movies and TV as well. Its one reason I got into Anime as those stories often are so crazy they pull me in. Kudos to those that enjoy it, I once could sit and play these types of games for hours.
@cherryghost41 same here. Too much talk and everything was about peace, which made me doubt battle was ever going to come...
@Shredderlovespizza It's not just cutscenes after cutscenes though, there are branching paths in the game too that'll lead to different revelations and endings for the game. This is what most tactical games thrive on, having tactical battles and revealing the story little by little as you play. Eventually once you beat the game you get an option for a second playthrough where you could take a different path and see a whole new take or twist on the story. Watching anime is okay too but overtime you start to see the same elements and goofiness borrow from one to another that it just gets old.
Lookiing forward to the game.
@Juga Both Triangle Strategy demos were fantastic. I don't know what you were expecting when you started playing a demo for a story-heavy tactical RPG full of political intrigue. It's doing exactly what games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, and the Fire Emblem series do.
I hope people don't give too much credence to this "demo was boring" comment and decide for themselves. I had an absolute blast playing it.
Other than using the same engine, I don't quite understand why people feel the need to compare Triangle Strategy to Octopath Traveler. They're different genres. It'd be like comparing Final Fantasy 6 to Final Fantasy Tactics.
Also, I'm all-in on story intensive games.
The joke in the subheadline is very obtuse.
@Specter_of-the_OLED I mean yeah, I've played Tactic Ogre, Final Fantasy Tacitics etc. all when they originally came out. Like I said, this whole talk, small battle, much more talking just isn't for me anymore. It's fine for those that like it, but I think I figured out that I just need more action now in my gaming. Nothing against the game, just isn't in my wheel house anymore.
Always like how people pick and choose the reviews that "matter." NL's score is just as irrelvant as everyone else's.
@Juga it’s a tactics game, nothing like octopath. But yeah the cutscenes were much and it was shiny as u mentioned.
Way too much story, in just the format they use (i hate "retro" graphics), & no battle animations mean it's not for me. I didn't play FFT, so the nostalgia isn't clouding my perspective.
When does the embargo for reviews end for the west?
@MrGawain the problem is, many don't know if they do. I love fire emblem, but this game definitely didn't do it for me. I liked octopath, but i love JRPGs. I guess I'm more picky about what tactics games i like. I like xcom, & several others, but lots about this game doesn't do anything for me.
@NotoriousWhiz nope. I don't enjoy Souls games.
The only exception I can think of is WB, for Lego Star Wars
Prologue Demo was straight 🔥 🔥 🔥
I haven't played an SRPG that hit like that since Fire Emblem Awakening. It's sooo good. I was so utterly engrossed and addicted by the end of chapter 3 I've been literally counting down the days to release.
It's all I can think about!
When I think of Artdink, I don't think of Wonder Boy. I think of A-Train. I had the first one on my Amiga, and Artdink has been making A-Train games for decades now.
Wasn't the Demo the closest we get to a release play?
So they never changed the name of this game? I could care less what it's called but i could've sworn they said Triangle Strategy was a working title
Played some of the prologue demo. Hadn't played a(n) SRPG in a while, and thought what I played of the demo was decent ... except for the voice acting. Especially after recently playing Thronebreaker (amazing va), to me the va in TS is almost laughable. May get the game at some point anyway, but finally bought and have been playing Fire Emblem TH (va good although dialogue unsurprisingly cheesy IMO), so will probably be a while before TS.
Seems a bit high. It really didn't offer anything I haven't seen a hundred times before and the overly long dialogue about a rather meh story line of basic war over stuff wasn't very intriguing at all to me. Plus the god awful voice acting that sounds like it should be in a $15 budget game and not a AAA title was baffling. After being treated to Disgaea and Mario + Rabbids, all the characters in TSfelt like fat little fellas when they can only move a whole 5 squares.
With FFT being a top 5 ever game for me, it's a huge disappointment it feels so very minimal. I guess it looked...pretty okay at least.
I fell in love with Triangle Strategy early in the demo, oddly in a way that I didn't with Octopath Traveler. I like Octopath Traveler, but I love the characters, dialogue choices, and combat in Triangle Strategy. I've got it pre-ordered.
I've absolutely adored both demos. Such a trip back to the original FF Tactics. So excited for Friday!
Too many cutscenes is a deal breaker for me. I don't play too many games like that. The Metal Gear series being my biggest exception.
@sethharris1191 I like to read NLife’s reviews. For me, they don’t matter as for persuading me on a game so much as they matter for entertainment purposes. I’ve had Triangle Strategy preordered since day 1 and I’ve loved everything I’ve played so far. The only thing that can change my opinion on the game is the game itself.
Played the demo, it made me wanna play Fire Emblem three houses all over again. So yeah, the demo was good I dare say
@Cynas I think thats the right mindset too but the problem is that a lot of people complain about the amount on dialogues in the game so is really not for everyone.
I'm really really looking forward to this game. I've missed tactical strategies on my Switch and this one will fit perfectly into that slot. Don't understand people who complain that it's "too slow". Do you also complain that there's too much action in action movies?
Xenogears!!!! HD-2D/HD-3D remaster c’mon!
Why does every TRPG have to be this unbelievably weighty story about kingdoms and dynasties and international intrigue? That was my least favorite part about FFT and Triangle Strategy takes it to extremes.
As someone who values storytelling above all I'm very excited! Hopefully it's as well written as it seems and becomes dark and tragic with tough moral choices.
My only complaint really is the voice direction for Seronoa who sounds like a smiling plank through the whole demo.
I'd rather wait just a few more weeks for Advance Wars thank you.
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