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Available on:PCAug 20, 2020
Xbox OneTBA 2020
Nintendo SwitchTBA 2020
PlayStation 4TBA 2020
Xbox Series X/SDec 31, 2020
PlayStation 5Dec 31, 2020

Developer: MAGES. Inc.

Publisher: Degica

Genre: Action

Once upon a time, Momotaro (a.k.a. Peach Boy) and his allies, Kintaro and Issuntaro, wiped out the tribe of ogres who plagued the Japanese countryside, and everyone lived happily every after. ...Until now, anyway. Centuries later, Momotaro's descendant -- bored of life as a bar host (!) -- decides to run amok and terrorize the Japanese countryside with mononoke and yokai and all those other Japanese mysticism-related things you've probably heard the tiniest bit about from some anime somewhere. Not because it's his destiny or anything; just because he CAN. And with the hero now serving as villain, it's time to flip the script and turn the villains into heroes! Or... comparatively less bad villains, at least? Ran, Hana, and Yume -- sisters who are descended from the very ogres Momotaro once took down -- must join forces with a kitty cat named Iroha who serves as their mentor, narrator, and caregiver (?) to rid the world of the pink, peachy menace and his fairytale folkhero-turned-villain flunkies in this action-packed tongue-in-cheek Japanese-inspired beat-em-up other-words-separated-by-hyphens romp-o-rama! What kind of game is it, you ask? Why, it's... ...a 2D sprite-based beat-em-up with multiple playable characters! Three of them, in fact! Play alone, team up with friends in online or offline multiplayer, or mix and match as the spirit moves you! ...a chance to take out your aggressions on unsuspecting Japanese demons and ghoulies! Unleash ground-shaking combos, counters, and special moves with ease, and chain 'em together to rain devastation upon all who stand in your path! ...a showcase of weird and wonderful zombies and demons and crows (oh my!) who all want you dead, dead, dead! ...an RPG, kinda, sorta! I mean, it's got experience, coins, and other loot you can use to strengthen your characters and their skills, so that's all it takes, right? Right?! SO GET READY; VICTORY IS IN REACH! IT'S TIME TO GO OUT AND

Ogre Tale Critic Reviews

Ogre tale is one of the most Marmite games I have played in a very long time. If, like me, you're a Japanophile, you'll probably be able to look past the flaws. If not, you're going to hate the jarring dialogue jarring and incessant reference dropping.

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Ogre Tale is a great side scrolling beat-em-up, especially for those looking to play something with incredible visual charm and style.

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So while Ogre Tale is a much newer title, it felt like a few steps back when it came to the much shorter gameplay levels and challenges. While a bit of balancing will help from Normal being too easy and Hard being ridiculous when it comes to boss fights, I just hope that the potential sequel that is foreshadowed could bring back a more 3D element to combat and skill trees instead of having to rely solely on weapons and hope that they have weapon slots.

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At $19.99, Ogre Tale is a hard one to recommend, especially over Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, a game that is not only cheaper, but features more gameplay modes, playable characters, better difficulty balance, a more satisfying upgrade system, and tighter boss battles. On its own, it’s not a bad game, but a really underwhelming follow up to what was a really solid beat ’em up.

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