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Chapter 005 - Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs


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My Overall Score 7.2/10:

Although the game looks very promising, given the mixed genres and the expectations one might have from them, it falls short in delivery. It's overall a good game, but there is nothing really unique about it, aside from the character interactions. Most of the mechanics are nice, but clearly undeveloped, and some even look forced, or left started but unfinished. It's a game to play through once and to never return to it again.

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Synopsis&Official Site Link: Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs

Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs is an RPG full of challenging combat and exciting adventures. Create your party of distinct individuals and get to work! There's a lot to be done if you are to rebuild your kingdom.

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Story Score: 7/10

The game starts in a quite typical manner for that genre. We are introduced to a family of three, travelling with their trusty aide to a place of their legacy, to see if there is anything worth saving at all there. They find the place in ruins and after a bout of anime-like happenings, they are presented with a huge debt placed on their family name. And thus they are forced to rebuild the kingdom, one step at a time, in order to repay said debt.

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Overall, while it does lack in originality, most of the main storyline is quite enjoyable, the many plot twists only adding to its charm. What makes the story pretty remarkable are all the personal stories related to the many subjects we take in throughout the playthrough, the uncovered Codex entries, and the text adventures that can be found scattered throughout the game world dungeons.

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Unfortunately, actually following all of them might turn out to be quite a tedious endeavour, due to both the ever-present infodumping, and a particularly grindy game mechanics.

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Music&Sound Effects Score: 8/10

Music in Regalia is quite a pleasant fit for its overall anime~ish presentation. It's not bad, but also not anything great. Easy to forget, not very varied, and yet somewhat fitting. The variety and how on-point the sound effects are is quite a big plus.

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Although, the most remarkable part is characters voice acting, unfortunately not as varied as aforementioned sound effects. There should have been more of it in the game, as it was one of the things they did right.

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Game Mechanics Score: 7/10

Regalia's game mechanics can be divided into a few different parts. That is due to how this game is basically a mish-mash of the variety of genres, but I will try to explain on all of them.

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Firstly, we have the typical, turn-based strategy battles, with fight scenes divided into, also typical for that genre, movement/action grids. Unfortunately, there is not much strategy in the battles themselves. During most of the encounters our only thought is to kill those enemies as soon as possible, and be done with the battle. Every character and monster has a set of skills, passive and active, unique to them. While that does not allow for as much variety of action as one would want to, being able to choose between relatively many characters to deploy adds a little bit to it. There are also authority points, generated every turn, that allow for Blitzing or using ultimate skills of our heroes, but they only get some real use against stronger enemies. Sadly, stronger enemies usually just means more hitpoints and harder attacks.

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Secondly, there are puzzles and text adventures, presented in a simple text&choices format. There is not much to say about them, you read the texts, choose from the available options, which in turn result in one of the available endings. Some only have one ending, others multiple. If you're into it, it's worth saving often and checking them all out. Puzzles, however, and more exploratory text adventures, tend to be quite tedious due to said format, as backtracking and often redoing the puzzles tends to require from players a good dozen or even dozens of clicks in order to finish. The forced delay between each scene selection does not help and can be quite off-putting when we just want to change a few simple things but have to spend minutes in order to actually accomplish that.

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Thirdly, Town&Kingdom Management and Personal Bonds, those for the Management simply include making decisions, or clicking to buy/upgrade buildings. The crafting and shopping is nowhere near as convenient, as you need to personally visit each of the crafters or sellers in order to make use of their services. Personal Bonds are the more Visual Novel-like parts of the game, as you improve them by either interacting with them, or taking them on adventures(only applicable to some). Each building, and every interaction, takes a day of calendar time to happen. Every few Bond levels there usually is a related quest to do. Quests are divided into Kingdom Quests, that could simply be written off as achievements, and Personal/Story Quests. For the second kind usually going to the World Map and traveling to quest nodes is all that takes to finish them. Traveling between each node takes a day of calendar time, and some nodes don't have a clear indicator of how to reach them, the map tends to be misleading in those cases.

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Lastly, there is only one minigame to talk about, fishing. While the Kingdom Quests give 3 achievements for that mini-game, catch 30-60-100 fish respectively, the minigame is as grindy, tedious, simple, and boring as it possibly could be. Wait for the fish to take the bait, then click to mad abandon till it reaches the 'catch bar' on the progression bar, and keep it still there for 5 seconds. Clicking too little or too much will result in losing the fish. Each attempt takes roughly 20-50 seconds, there is no real variety, and while with enough crafted baits all 3 of those achievements can be done in a day's time, just sitting there for over an hour doing nothing more than that is extremely boring and exhausting.

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While it's commendable that so many different mechanics were included in a single game, the lack of thought, taking away quite a lot of joy and easiness of use, makes them nowhere near as great and pleasant as they could be.

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Gameplay Score: 6/10

Gameplay in Regalia can be described in two words:

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First one being 'grindy', as nearly every single part of Regalia focuses on grind. Battles are extremely long, every enemy has tons of hitpoints, your characters don't attack for all that much, and after a few of them you feel tired just to see *yet another* enemy encounter. And boy, there are many of them. To everybody interested in that game, I sincerely suggest going for the Story Mode, where battles can be fully skipped. The minus, however, is that the skip option wasn't well-thought out as well, as to skip you have to start the battle, deploy your heroes, and only then you're allowed to skip battle, only to see a victor animation, and delayed appearance of the close button. That results in good 30-40 seconds wasted just to skip and close a single fight scene. The same kind of grind applies to Personal Bonds, where you have to catch and talk with each character 15-20 times to max out their Friendship levels, with only 1-2 unique animations, and 5 friendship level animations per each of those bonds. Kingdom Quests include maxing out the Bonds with 8 characters.Only text adventures leave out some relief... but that's also a short-lived hope. With 19 Dungeon nodes, each containing 3-4 text adventures on average, they start repeating similiar settings quite fast. I am not sure how many different huts and houses hidden in who-knows-where I have encountered, but after 3rd time my only response was "...ugh, another one...".

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Second being 'reading'. One could also call it plot, but for the better or worse, Regalia consists of tons of info-dumps, and while some are funny, some interesting, many remain pretty schematic and boring. Aside from but a few genuinely interesting and unique(often not so much unique as simply paraphrased from other games) Codex entries and text adventures, the most pleasant part of the game are the character interactions, with their own personalities, bahaviours, backstories and animation scenes adding to the general enjoyability. It is a shame that there wasn't more done about them, or even just making those interactions less grindy, as character interactions are definitely the strongest point of this entire game. It is worth playing through the story mode just to talk with and enjoy the interactions with the many characters present in game. To my disappointment, that was not so, and to boot there are a few characters that were clearly forced into the mix, be it for joke relief, or just to fill-in some kind of quota. Most interactions remain very lovely, though.

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Graphics Score: 8/10

Graphics can be said to be simple, yet fitting. Anime-like scenery, characters, and animations are well-executed and, most importantly, fitting the characters, game world, and the story. There is not much more to say about them. Characters are very well drawn, and the whole thing is overall pleasing to the eyes. It does not stand out in any other way, however.

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  • Level up your Bond with Inn owners first. It will significantly decrease the time needed for leveling up other Personal Bonds and save you a lot of time.

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  • Observe first in every text adventure that allows you such an option. 9 out of 10 times it's either an ambush or a trap.

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  • Always check everything carefully in every text adventure requiring one to explore and discover things. The answers are usually hidden behind the seemingly obvious ones.

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  • In Winter's Personal Bond Quest, avoid searching further from the walls. There is a bug there where the adventure becomes looped, and the only way out is to load the last save.

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