Tactics Ogre
Image: Square Enix

The strategy role-playing game Tactics Ogre has been in the headlines recently thanks to the excellent remaster on modern systems, but the game has a long legacy going back decades.

Originally released on the Super Famicom in Japan in 1995, it would later be ported to the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation (in 1996 and 1997, respectively). While the PlayStation version would get a western release in 1998 thanks to Atlus, the Saturn one remained exclusive to Japan.

If you're a diehard Sega fan and want to play the Saturn version of the game, then you're in luck, as an English language patch has just been released. It's the work of paul_met, Pennywise and aishsha, and offers more than just text you can understand – the music quality has been improved, Japanese voiceovers have been added and a new advanced difficulty mode has been included. The PSP version is the source of the English text, where applicable.

If you're wondering how this patch compares to the SNES and PlayStation versions, here's the complete list of improvements:

  • Better quality music.
  • Voice acting in important cutscenes.
  • No freezes during the battle (unlike the PS1 version).
  • The visible area of the battlefield is increased by 37% (сompared with SNES / PS1 versions).
  • Extended names for items and spells.
  • Reduced data loading time (compared with PS1 version).
  • Art gallery in Deneb Report mode (enter the character’s name as “D_REPORT” after beating the game)

[source twitter.com]