At face value, Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered offers less to recommend it than many other titles publisher Square Enix might have repackaged for today’s generation of JRPG fans. Its plot isn’t as ambitious as the ones in more popular JRPG franchises, and this remaster features a complex series of play mechanics that might repel newcomers accustomed to more approachable and conventional design. However, that doesn’t stop the experience from being worthwhile and, occasionally, even deeply satisfying.
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Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered surprisingly represents the fourth distinct attempt to bring this particular experience to its potential audience. The game debuted on the Super Nintendo in Japan in early 1992 and a port to the Wonderswan Color followed in late 2001. In 2005, Square Enix remade the game as Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song, which it released in North America without the subtitle, and now another remaster has hit the market.
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Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered’s story unfolds in the world of Mardias, a millennium after a war between gods left much of the land in ruins. Heroes and victims of that war have retreated to the world’s far corners to lick their wounds, while the glorious battle to seal away the dark god Saruin faded to legend, yet evil stirs once more.
Like other games in the SaGa franchise, Minstrel Song Remastered allows players to start their journey as one of several possible characters, with options ranging from an orphan with a noble background to a pirate with scruples. Their diverse circumstances and backgrounds are introduced, and then players explore an increasing number of towns, dungeons, towers, and other attractions that dot the map. Along the way, they can team up with several others from the core cast, or enjoy assistance from a supporting cast that includes more playable heroes than ever before. For the…