Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - Royal Edition
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.
A beautiful homage to the Disgaea and Persona franchises that tries to tread some familiar ground.
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs is a true gem among tactical RPGs. It's a funny and challenging experience from Poland which is exciting all the way through.
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Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - Royal Edition is a good Tactical RPG, even though it's mechanically sustained on clich' ideas. This doesn't overshadows the fact that it's a very fun game, with a fresh premise and a funny welcome touch, which makes it a very good experience for the fans of the genre.
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Overall, Regalia is a deep game with a lot to do, but it's also a game that is hard, especially as players learn the ropes early on.
Despite some truly obtrusive load times and a script littered with grammatical errors, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs manages to carry itself relatively well thanks to a unique approach to turn-based strategy and a relatively charming cast. Battles are engaging and thought-provoking, as combat has its fair share of rules not present in other SRPGs; kingdom management is a great way of connecting players with the world while accurately conveying Kay's struggle to be a good king; and splitting dungeon crawling into three major sections is an inspired way of keeping the gameplay well paced. The story is far from perfect, and the voice cast is hit or miss, but Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs overcomes its flaws to offer a genuinely fresh strategy experience.
I enjoyed the combat system enough that I was able to push past the nonsense. I finished it, which is more than I can say about a lot of other games that try to be funny and land on the wrong side of my funny bone. On that basis I've got to say that Regalia does work as a homage to the genre and something to play on a lazy weekend. Sadly, that's hardly an inspiring way to describe a game, and that is Regalia in a nutshell. Anything but inspiring.
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs isn't a stand-out game in any means. The combat is challenging but achievable and there won't be any fights that you will tell your grandkids about. The plot is humorous and the characters are enjoyable, but neither the narrative nor the characters will set the world alight. What Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs is though, is a JRPG that stands on its own two feet, and despite taking many influences and using certain generic conventions, it manages to carve its own identity.
When it comes to turn-based strategy games, Regalia: Royal Edition is worthy of attention due to its unique and multifaceted mechanics.
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs is an interesting RPG that offers a tons of comedic dialogue and deep gameplay in the well-drawn world of Ascalia. While the game’s user interface and drawn-out battles can put a damper on players’ enjoyment, the various gameplay modes thankfully make the game accessible for everyone. With a little hard work, this kingdom may be one worth saving, after all.