Percentile Rank

Romancing SaGa 2 is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

25%

Critics Recommend

Based on 32 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

AboveUp
Yes
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Feb 7, 2018
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Scored Reviews

GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jan 23, 2018

Romancing SaGa 2 is a wonderful little game, hidden away from American audiences and after putting some time in the game, it is easy to see why it is beloved by its long time backers. It is as simple as things come, gameplay wise, but the story is complex beyond what could be expected for that gaming era, with twists and turns based on your choices and interactions. The remastering is not always perfect, but it mixes the old and new together well.

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Pure Nintendo
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2018

Overall Romancing SaGa 2 was a great experience on the Switch. The console is a nice home for this retro gem and a lot of people are going to enjoy playing it for the first time. I highly recommend checking it out if you're a fan of this genre.

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Game Revolution
Dec 18, 2017

Underneath a relatively simplistic JRPG design lies a unique and smart game that was far ahead of its time when it first released in 1993. Romancing SaGa 2 eschews the typical story of a hero saving the world in order to tell the tale of an entire empire across several generations.

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Digitally Downloaded
Dec 22, 2017

This is one of the more unheralded Super Nintendo JRPGs, but the update is of a high quality, and while I don't think it's a classic example of the genre by any means, it is still a very enjoyable game. A clean, enjoyable combat system, plenty of enemies to fight, and a bit of exploration and puzzle solving on the side; this is the kind of classic JRPG experience that I'll never get tired of.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 1, 2018

Romancing SaGa 2 is a remarkable experience that, even after such a long time, still has creative ideas that make the experience feel all the more meaningful. It still shows its age in places, not least for the fact that many of the gameplay mechanics that whir beneath its pixel art exterior are never explained to the player. But, those looking for a classic packed with challenge will find much to enjoy.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 14, 2018

Every aspect of this game blends into one another quite nicely, creating an experience that any fan of the classic era is sure to appreciate.

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RPG Fan
75%
75%
Jan 22, 2018

A welcome rerelease for this 1993 relic, Romancing SaGa 2 is endearing, interesting and difficult for better or worse.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 22, 2017

A great classic JRPG that has found new home on the current generation consoles. It is a nice little gem but with some short flaws that haven't aged well with time.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2018

So if you are looking for a challenging JRPG, with plenty of replay value and an overall fantastic story, picking up this epic game you probably missed is a wise investment. Just be prepared for a death count to rival your Dark Souls score.

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Digital Chumps
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

Romancing SaGa 2 actually was quite fun. At the very least, it was nice to see an older game re-emerge on a next generation console and still be more fun than a hindrance. It certainly contains some classic structure, some unique gameplay, tough-as-nails enemies and some linear restriction to keep it all grounded back in 1993.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 4, 2018

Being a port of an 25 year old title, Romancing SaGa 2 gives a promising look back at how RPGs have grown over the years. With the game's story spanning generations of characters and a fairly decent story, Romancing SaGa 2 is worth the price, but try not to get too attached to your main character because you will die, a lot.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 19, 2017

If you're willing to put up with a few gameplay flaws, uneven game balancing, and an unsightly user interface, this is one RPG that belongs in your collection.

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PSX Brasil
70 / 100
70 / 100
Dec 24, 2017

Despite a few problems, Romancing SaGa 2 is a worthy experience, being a very different game from what we are used to see in the genre. It's a good option for fans of the genre that want something distinct from the tired cliches that we see around.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Dec 26, 2017

Romancing SaGa II is not without its issues, but it's an entertaining title overall.

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NintendoWorldReport
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 27, 2017

Romancing SaGa 2 has a certain old school charm that invites any old school RPG fan to give it a shot. I don't think it's as polished as Square Enix's other titles that came out during this '90s era, but it's something worth investing in if you want a different take on the standard RPG formula. It's not for everybody, but Romancing SaGa has enough good qualities to give it a go if you've never played it before.

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NEOsite
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2018

Romancing Saga 2 is finally available in the English language. Game is demanding, often merciless and completely unbalanced. People who love old games will fall in love with it.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 15, 2018

Romancing SaGa 2 is really intriguing new JRPG. The combat system has a great sense of depth thanks to its distinctive take on levelling, the inclusion of formations and how the player is held accountable for each party member. The kingdom management aspects also provide a greater sense of player agency and helps set it apart from conventional role-playing games. Due to this design, the story and character development – including the dialogue throughout – aren't quite as refined as other Square Enix titles. Regardless, the entire concept has aged surprisingly well – even by modern standards.

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COGconnected
70 / 100
70 / 100
Dec 28, 2017

… the game does an excellent job in making an old game look good.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2018

Romancing SaGa 2 makes its debut in EU after the '93 release with new HD graphics, but the port is the same we saw on mobile devices.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2018

All in all, Romancing SaGa 2 is a decent RPG with some very interesting mechanics that were revolutionary for its time.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 3, 2018

Romancing SaGa 2 is an alluring blend of esoteric and impenetrable that is as vexing as it is fascinating.

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JVL
13 / 20
JVL
Julius007

Top Critic

13 / 20
Jan 4, 2018

With Rompancin SaGa 2, Square Enix allows us to rediscover a game from a not well-known series in these parts of the world. It offers a certain originality and some principles not very seen in the a japanese role-playing game, for example an almost total freedom, but, in the other hand, it makes the game not be accessible and not easy, addressing the game to the hardcore gamers. Both complete and complex, we would however have preferered the game being more than just a transposition from the smartphone version sold at a higher price.

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IGN Spain
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2017

The Romancing SaGa 2's comeback is a nice thing for the rpgs lovers, the nostalgics and the newcomers. But the absence of new features, improved graphics, sounds or effects make it feels exactly like the mobile phone version.

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GBAtemp
6 / 10.0
GBAtemp
Lavar Pittman

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Jan 1, 2018

RS2 has some interesting ideas, but ultimately I feel them poorly explained.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 7, 2018

In its systems and its storytelling, Romancing SaGa 2 is still a unique RPG -- one that genre enthusiasts may want to experience for its unorthodox methods alone. For all of its strange intricacies, though, this is a flawed fantasy adventure, hindered by potentially significant balancing issues and a horrible looking user interface. As a curiosity, Romancing SaGa 2 is worth looking into, but a lot more could have been done to bring the overall package up to speed.

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pressakey.com
Feb 8, 2018

Romancing SaGa 2 can be a really fun 16-Bit-RPG - at least if you already played previous similar titles from that period. The typical SNES-charm, with regards to gameplay as well as technically, will fascinate fans while beginners will have a tough start to get into the game.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 7, 2018

This review is of the PlayStation 4 version of Romancing SaGa 2, and this is something of a negative in the grand scheme. This new remaster is hitting almost every possible platform and this may not be the best option. While the upgraded graphics look a great deal better, they really don't require an HD TV and it feels like this would fit better on Nintendo Switch or Vita. Despite that, there is a great and original experience here, one that hardcore old school RPG fans may have completely missed out on. It may not be for everyone but this is a perfect opportunity to try a classic and unique Japanese experience.

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Switch Player
Dec 29, 2017

Romancing Saga 2 is a game very much trapped in the early 90s, while it’s great to see a title translated into English after all this time, it’s a shame that it’s one that offers very little fun or entertainment.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 4, 2018

The downsides aren't enough to outright ruin the experience, and instead make this a bad port of a wonderful adventure.

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TheXboxHub
Jan 10, 2018

I was having a brilliant time with Romancing SaGa 2 before the glaring issues of the battle system came to light. Its non-linearity was ground breaking at the time and as a result, it certainly stands up even today. Even the soundtrack was hugely enjoyable. But those battle mechanics have ruined this game for me.

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Generación Xbox
3.8 / 10.0
3.8 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2018

No one ask for Romancing Saga 2, but Square Enix brings it to life instead another more demanded games. The controls, the price and a straight Smartphone port makes us not recommend it

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