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Originally released for the Super Famicom system in 1995, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (Episode VII) is a game in the popular Ogre Battle Saga, acting as a direct sequel to Ogre Battle. It was originally developed by Quest before it was bought out by Square-Enix, and was later re-imagined by most of the original development team after Square's acquisition of Quest. Tactics Ogre is different from the first game in a lot of ways. Unlike the first game, this is a Turn-Based Strategy game, and has the player controlling and witnessing the lives of a smaller group of people. While it does not take place in Xenobia, some of the Xenobians from the first game do make appearances here, and play a large part in the game's story.Written by Yasumi Matsuno, Tactics Ogre's story follows three young people of the Walstanian ethnic minority: Denam, his sister Catiua, and his friend Vyce as they join a rebellion against a campaign of genocide run by Hierophant Balbatos of Galgastan. They quickly get caught up in a web of political intrigue, and are forced to make unimaginable sacrifices for the freedom of their kinsmen. The storyline has multiple branches, and the choices Denam makes affect the state of the world around him and the fates of him and his friends. It touches on the themes of class warfare, democratic reform, imperialism, et cetera, and continues in this direction throughout, unlike its most well-known counterpart which swerved into the direction of Magic Stones.This game was very popular in Japan for its story and well-executed, if different, gameplay. Its reception in the West was a little poorer, though; Tactics Ogre did not receive an English release until 1998, three years after its initial Japanese release. The English version was released on the PlayStation in the wake of Matsuno's next game, the rather-successful Final Fantasy Tactics, and was perceived to be a shallow copy of a game which was, in actuality, its own Spiritual Successor. A remake for the PSP was announced in July 2010, re-subtitled Wheel of Fate in Japan but keeping 'Let Us Cling Together' in English when it was released in North America in February 2011. The original release achieved cult status at best in America, but the re-release got great reviews, with some even preferring it to Final Fantasy Tactics.A prequel to this game was released on the Game Boy Advance in 2001 (Japan) and 2002 (North America) called Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis.
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