[Beyond PlayStation] Mercenary Saga Chronicles Review
Mercenary Saga Chronicles includes three games in one collection on Nintendo Switch. Are you ready to dive into adventure? Learn more in our Mercenary Saga Chronicles review!
This collection includes Mercenary Saga: Will of the White Lions, Mercenary Saga 2: Order of the Silver Eagle and Mercenary Saga 3: Gray Wolves of War, three very fun and packed strategy releases available to you in one go. If you’re not familiar with these games, they’re strategy RPG games similar to, say, the Final Fantasy Tactics games, in particular Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift – one of my favorite strategy RPG of all time.
The gameplay in all three games is the same, and you’ll focus on selecting where to place your characters on a grid so that they can move around the battle area to attack enemies and defend your ground. Each unit can only move a set number of squares, and can select from a variety of commands to melee attack, attack from long-range, heal, and more. As a unit defeat enemies it will gain experience and level up to improve its stats, and once it gets to level ten you will be able to move it to a higher class, all the while making the most of your skill points to upgrade each unit to maximize its potential.
To be honest, all three games are virtually undistinguishable, with the same gameplay mechanics and shared graphics, with the story being the only thing that sets each one apart. Some of the gameplay improvements from the third part of the series were also implemented into the first part and its sequel, making things feel a little bit different in this collection.
During battle you need to always be aware of your characters’ placement and their health points because enemies can counter-attack you, dealing considerable damage that could end up killing one of your units. You should also make the most of the items dropped by the enemies you defeat since they can provide you with healing items, weapons, shields and more, not to mention some money you can use to purchase better gear for your characters.
The difficulty spikes for each game are considerable, so you will need to customize your units as they level up so that you can keep up, unlocking new skills as you grind some extra levels. For this you can take on extra battles with the many side-missions and extra quests you can find after completing story-based missions, and trust me, grinding is a must or else you will be overwhelmed during the later sections of each game.
As you progress you will meet new recruits that will join your party, and trying out new characters is always fun since you might find some with new classes and stronger weapons and skills to aid you on your adventures. You will probably find a character or two that will become your favorites, but don’t forget to also allow other characters in your group to get some kills every now and then or else they will end up left behind, underleveled and underpowered, hurting your odds of surviving the battle.
I’m a fan of tactical strategy RPG like these, so I was definitely happy about getting a chance to review this collection. If you’re also a fan of the genre then you’re going to love this release since it offers dozens of hours of content between all three games for only $14.99, making this a must-have for Switch owners. The upgrade to the game’s look to present them in a 16:9 aspect ratio, as well as the gameplay improvements for the first two games applied from the third game in the series make this the definitive version of the trilogy.
This Mercenary Saga Chronicles review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by CIRCLE Entertainment.