SaGa Frontier 2

  • by E. Coli
  • March 16, 2000 00:00 AM PT

What makes a game an RPG classic? A rich and engaging storyline, well-developed characters, a huge and interesting world, and of course, a hero worth spending hours on end with. SaGa Frontier 2 steps up to the plate with all that and more, leading the pack of fine releases slated to arrive from Square this year.

What makes a game an RPG classic? A rich and engaging storyline, well-developed characters, a huge and interesting world, and of course, a hero worth spending hours on end with. SaGa Frontier 2 steps up to the plate with all that and more, leading the pack of fine releases slated to arrive from Square this year.

Splitting Heirs
In SaGa Frontier 2, you take the role of Gustave XIII, heir to the throne of Finney, whose life is changed forever at the age of seven when it is discovered that he lacks Anima (an energy possessed by all living things). Without Anima, Gustave XIII is incapable to perform the Firebrand sword ceremony, and is thus unable to inherit the kingdom. Banished from the kingdom along with his mother, Gustave XIII grows up bitter and full of rage, unable to accept the hand fate has dealt him, not to mention the fact that the crown will go to his younger brother Phillipe. What follows is classic RPG fare, a tale full betrayal, resentment, revenge, sibling rivalry, and eventually self-discovery and acceptance.

Following Gustave XIII from his childhood explorations and mistakes to his adulthood conquests and tribulations, players will travel through a vast world that is brimming with danger, evil characters, and treasure. Battle after battle, this game unfolds as a complex strategy-heavy challenge that is both fun and rewarding.

At the start of the game, players will be handling one to two member parties and pretty much just exploring Gustave XIII's childhood world. As the game progresses and Gustave XII grows up, however, players will have to learn to manage a large number of soldiers in the battlefield, adding a high level of strategy to the game.

A Classic Vision
SaGa Frontier 2 is stunning in its presentation. A beautiful pre-rendered watercolor world sets this game apart from any other in its genre. Even though characters are presented as 2D sprites, they manage to come to life in a way that is both fun and exciting without looking silly. Voice-overs are non-existent in this game, and the background music is engaging enough, but the only sound effects happen in the battlefield. With a menu system that rivals that of Final Fantasy VIII in its complexity and size, SaGa Frontier 2 controls are right on target. From analog compatibility to the well-organized series of menu windows, the player will be able to manage a large inventory of items, spells, and combo attacks without hassle.

Square Heaven
This is a promising year for Square with such releases as Front Mission 3, Legend of Mana, and Vagrant Story, just to name a few, waiting in the wings. While waiting for those titles to hit our shores, however, RPG fans will have SaGa Frontier 2 to lean on as a solid story that is sure to please role-players and strategy fans alike.