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A Strategy RPG for the PlayStation Portable, inspired by the MMORPG known as Ragnarok Online. The developer is Apollosoft and Chime, while the artwork is provided by Tomatika (who'd you recognize from Eternal Poison).

First, there was The Holy War, in which people fought a battle against gods and demons that ended when humanity sealed their enemies away. Countless centuries later, most of humanity has made its home in the Grantria Penninsula, which has towering mountains to the north and a vast ocean to the south. Two notable factions exist in this area: the Branshaldo Empire led by Emperor Bernard III, and the Aura Republic currently chaired by Counselor Gilsede. There's also the Toren Militia, which was established by a former mercenary named Toren and focuses more on the problems created by war than participating in one. The Empire and the Republic fought for control, but once resources on both sides ran low, a tenuous peace was established. With the animosity between the two organizations never dimming, and the possibility that the seal binding away demons and gods might one day be broken, war could resume at any time...

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Ragnarok Tactics contains examples of:

  • Ax-Crazy:
  • Bonus Dungeon: The Mirage Tower.
  • Dump Stat: The LCK stat. It raises magic attack and criticals, but 1. Criticals almost never trigger and 2. It's easier and more efficient to raise magic with the MAT stat, which raises magic attack, magic defense and MP at the same time.
  • Evil Prince: Veda.
  • Featureless Protagonist: Fitting for a game based on an MMORPG, the main character's name, gender, hairstyle, hair color, voice, and initial job class (as classes can be changed when desired) are determined by the player at the beginning of the game. The default selection, however, is a male named Rito.
  • General Failure: Gaston is infamously known as the "Angel of Death"... because every squad he led suffered was shamefully defeated in battle.
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  • Glory Hound: Gaston's main motivation for going on war.
  • Good Republic, Evil Empire: Subverted. Neither the Aura Republic nor the Branshaldo Empire is evil. But they go to war with each other to expand their territory. During the game's story, prince Veda, from the Aura Republic orders a False Flag Operation to resume the war.
  • Heroic Mime: Though a voice can be chosen for the protagonist, the only times he or she will speak is during battle or when a plot-altering dialogue choice appears.
  • Multiple Endings: Most of the game's plot is determined by the player's choices, and there are five different endings. And similar to Tactics Ogre, once the game is beaten once, the player can go back in time with the A.I.Z. system and make different decisions.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Both Yuri and Cynthia are very loyal to their respective countries.
  • Playing Both Sides: Jester, the Big Bad of the game.

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