Vanguard Bandits (known as Epica Stella in Japan) is a strategic role-playing game for the PlayStation in a medieval fantasy world in which knights and soldiers pilot mecha called ATACs.This game takes place on the wartorn Continent of Eptina. In the midst of the conflict archaeologists in the Pharastia Kingdom discovered giant armored mecha that they called All Terrain Armored Combatants, that could be controlled by the thoughts of the pilot seated inside the unit's head. The Kingdom used the power of these ATACs to assume control of the entire continent, and then decided to use them to keep the peace in their new territories. Unfortunately as the ATAC technology began to spread, the kingdom lost hold of their place and went from managing the continent to trying to survive. The rebels turned into a superpower of their own and now the Junaris Empire is poised to take over the continent themselves. During the chaos a young warrior named Bastion begins to fight against the Empire and his journey will shape the face of Eptina.Vanguard Bandits has a lot in common with old anime shows; the localization by Working Designs has a lot of Narm Charm with a lot of silly lighthearted moments but still holds the potential for some darker events. It possesses a large cast of characters that cover a range of motivations and attitudes, though most fall pretty easily into identifiable roles. With three separate story paths it holds a surprising amount of replay value.
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