Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - Royal Edition
Regalia has some interesting things going for it. I was blown away by the gorgeous character designs and illustrated portraits and the tactical combat also impressed me with unique systems that made it a bit more than just a cookie cutter tactical RPG. Unfortunately, for as much as I loved those aspects, hamfisted humor and clunky menu navigation on console dampened what could have otherwise been a magical experience. It's hard to get past those issues, but if you're able to, there some truly special stuff here in Regalia.
If you've been crying out for a good console strategy RPG you should give Regalia a go, it's not perfect, but it's an exceptionally well told yarn.
The fighting can occasionally feel unfair and the plot is average, but the engaging combat as well as the humorous tone of the narrative combine together to create a solid and entertaining JRPG experience.
Regalia doesn't reinvent the wheel and it probably won't come close to blowing you away, but it's a pleasantly entertaining RPG that just about anyone can enjoy.
Tactical RPG players and story driven RPG players will have a great time with Regalia, and even with its faults, I still recommend it to anyone that enjoys a complex RPG.
Ultimately, the game offers all the fun and fantastic storytelling of a great RPG
Though it takes a little while to get going, and you may feel quite overwhelmed at the start of the game, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - Royal Edition is well worth sticking with.
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - Royal Edition is a 30-40 hour adventure, with plenty of replay value when considering the additional in-game DLC, that does a convincing job capturing the spirit and charm of the JRPG formula while providing competent turn-based battles at the same time. The developer has achieved its goal, but doesn't really make an effort to go above and beyond multiple other (and technically more authentic) offerings already available. There are a few notable shortcomings; however, being able to adjust gameplay settings on the fly makes this a game that can be enjoyed by veterans and newcomers alike.
There's a lot to like about the approach that's been taken with Regalia. The developers have taken a good story premise and weaved it into a game involving world building, classic text adventures, dungeon crawling, crafting, and social bond-building, as well as all the other fripperies you'd expect to find outside of the field of battle. The problem is that none of those strands are as fully formed as they'd need to be to be able to call the game a real success in any one area.
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs is charming at times, and there's plenty to do, even if it may not always be exciting. However, the Royal Edition release is rotten with performance issues, including crippling lag and frustrating crashes.