Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia Reviews

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is ranked in the 67th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
7 / 10.0
May 16, 2022

Originally for Nintendo Switch, Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia comes through PlayStation 4 before now arriving on PC via Steam. The gameplay mechanics are enjoyable, but this port has ignored the mouse and the PC’s range of keyboard inputs. The lack of a streamlined user experience leaves this game feeling slow and clumsy compared to PC-native titles. A good title, but not a great fit for the PC in its current state.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jun 30, 2020

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia allows you to see your influence and dominance grow across its vast world, but isn't varied enough to keep you invested

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72 / 100
May 21, 2021

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia it's not a game for everybody. If you're a pro on tactical and strategy RPG, you'll likely love it, even knowing if it's a harsh game when you are entering in it, it won't help you in your first play and that some decisions will, probably, make you scratch your head.

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7 / 10
Mar 8, 2021

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is a complicated beast. It's a vastly detailed strategy game that demands a lot of players. For those up to the challenge, there're hours and hours of content on offer here, in what is an impressive strategy titles. However, if you aren't versed in strategy games, you are going to struggle to get on with Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia as it offers new players very little help.

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85 / 100
Jun 25, 2020

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is a wonderfully crafted grid-based strategy game with plenty of planning needed. Some battles will be tough, but winning is rewarding every time. There are times when you'll be frustrated by your units missing attacks while the enemy beats you down, but that just forces you to adapt.

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79 / 100
Jan 6, 2021

Overall, Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is in-depth and complex enough for intermediate players whilst still being just easy enough for beginners to get into.

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8.8 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2020

With two distinct but well-integrated strategy modes, Brigandine offers a huge amount of gameplay that feels both old school and fresh at the same time. A fantastic tutorial eases new players into the game with little friction, and the seeming complexity becomes quickly manageable. While the graphics are nothing to write home about, the care taken in each story thread is evident, and the tactical gameplay offers a ton of replay value. Brigandine is an utterly unique offering on Switch, and should appeal to RPG fans and strategy buffs alike.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2020

Phew! There sure is a lot going on in Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia. It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but as soon as you find your rhythm it goes by faster than you think. Strategy games are not my bread and butter. There were evenings I told myself I had just a few hours to play, only to be completely sucked in. Color me pleasantly surprised with my overall experience. I may never feel brave enough to attempt Hard mode but there is a strong likelihood that I won't be deleting the game from my hard drive as soon as this review goes live.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2020

There's a beautifully detailed game just waiting to be explored inside of this sequel to a forgotten cult classic, one that will have hardcore RTS fans in their element if they can overlook a clunky campaign flow and dive deep into its many layers of strategy. Fortune favours those who are bold and prepared in Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia.

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Jun 26, 2020

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia takes the exact same core gameplay of its 1998 predecessor and transports it into a brand new storyline whilst giving the whole thing a modern lick of paint in the process. The story, although an improvement on the original game, is still pretty bland stuff for the most part and battles are certainly where this one finds its main groove. Those fights may be a little on the slow side and are inherently repetitive affairs, but they're still rather enjoyable nonetheless and give you a reasonable amount of choice in how you take on your enemies and evolve and upgrade your troops. There's a ton of content here and, in the end, the whole thing feels like a pretty successful celebration of what made the first game a cult classic in the first place. It's not going to be to everyone's tastes, however, and if you like your strategy action to be a little more intense, you might want to stick with something like Wargroove or Fire Emblem: Three Houses instead.

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4 / 5.0
Dec 14, 2020

On paper, there are a lot of cool things about Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia. Lots of characters, monsters, tactics, mechanics, elements, and more to play with. Seriously, it's overwhelming, to say the least. Where things fall off the rails is how much management is involved. You could, quite honestly, spend 20 minutes picking who to send get gear, which locations have the best monsters to summon, getting people to the right places, and deciding the ideal play to fight. That is a lot to ask from any player for a relatively unimpressive strategy RPG. When push comes to shove, the goal is to spend a bunch of time so when you move characters across a grid and attack whoever or whatever gets in your way, it won't end in total defeat. Maybe if there was more or it took longer for everything to unfold but in its current state, it really won't appeal to everyone.

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Top Critic
8 / 10
Jun 25, 2020

Like a JRPG version of "Risk", Brigandine is strange yet compelling tactical game.

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Des Miller
Top Critic
85%
Jun 25, 2020

Series veterans and new recruits alike will find plenty to like in this streamlined strategy/tactical RPG.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2020

Brigandine The Legend of Runersia is a welcome return to form of a long forgotten stragey franchise back in the PsOne era. It is a deep and artistically inspired alternative to titles such as Fire Emblem or Valkyria Chronicles.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2020

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is a game made almost exclusively for fans of the original, but JRPG fans who put strategy above all else may be able find something to love about this if they put in the time.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2020

Because of its dedicated focus on strategy, Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is a refreshing change to today's gimmicky turn-based JRPGs. Its serious story, unique gameplay elements, and challenging scenarios will appeal to those who recall a time when tactical games were more about strategy and less about selecting their waifu.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2020

Though a bit thin on content, Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia offers a solid tactical experience with in-depth mechanics that hardocre and casual fans alike may enjoy.

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6 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2020

The high-level gameplay will appeal to a specific crowd. This is not something for the average console JRPG gamer at all, and is something that would interest older PC users who prefer western strategy games

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80 / 100
Dec 29, 2020

Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is a good strategy game that has a lot of content to keep the player engaged for dozens of hours. Thanks to its great campaigns and good SRPG elements, this is a game that should be on the radar for the most passionate fans of the genre and its story.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2020

Acceptable grand strategy simulation game, just too slow and it is eventless soon.

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