, sequel to Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
, is a strategy-role-playing video game
developed by Quest
and published by Atlus
for the Nintendo 64
in 2000. Though basically similar to the original Ogre Battle
, it has borne some notoriety for significant game play tweaks that received varied receptions among fandom. Ogre Battle 64
is the sixth entry in the eight-part series but the third game released, the first two being Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen
, and Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
. Gaidens have been released in Japan, on Game Boy Advance and Neo Geo Pocket Color, but these games are rarely counted as stand alone titles. Despite many Ogre Battle
games featuring a Queen
song title, "Person of Lordly Caliber" is generally considered an original title.
The story follows Magnus Gallant, a recent graduate of the Ischka Military Academy, and fledgling captain in Palatinus' Southern region, Alba. As civil war erupts in the country, Magnus eventually decides to join the revolution with its leader, Frederick Raskin, first liberating the southern region with the Zenobians' aid, then Nirdam and uniting with them, then returning the Eastern Region of Capitrium to the Orthodox church, and finally marching on the capital of Latium. However, along the way, Magnus' battalion, the Blue Knights, finds its enemies escalating, from the puppet kingdom of Palatinus, to the might of the Holy Lodis Empire, to the Dark Hordes of the Netherworld.
There are six possible Endings, some where Magnus gets expelled from the revolutionary army, because they consider him a "monster" who settles everything by force, realizing his actions are naught he disappears and people forget about the great general who once saved them, thus ensuring Palatinus' destruction. In another he is named "General Magnus Gallant, the guardian of Palatinus." And the last, where Frederick dies in the war against the tribes Of the East of Gallea and Zeteginia, who wanted to invade Palatinus right after Lodis weakened it, he is named: "Magnus Gallant, The Paladian King." his rule forever to be remembered and his son Aeneas Gallant takes the Throne, following his father's footsteps.
One of the trademarks of the series is the class system. Each character belongs to a certain class, and the vast majority can be changed into different classes. The classes determine the type of attacks the character can use in battle, what equipment it can carry, as well as effects on the unit's statistics. Many classes are most efficient in certain positions of a unit. All classes are divided into 3 major groups: Male, female, and non-human.
While popular amongst reviewers and celebrated as one of the first and only RPGs of the Nintendo 64, Ogre Battle 64
was commercially unsuccessful in America, partially due to the decreased number of copies shipped by Atlus. It received a 9.1 from Gamespot, an 8.8 from IGN and several reviews in that range from other sources, and was rated the 111th best game made on a Nintendo System in Nintendo Power
's Top 200 Games list.