“You and me could write a bad romance”.
It would take years to fully play through the entirety of Square Enix’s seemingly bottomless back catalogue of RPGs, and though the company is best known for genre stalwarts such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, there’s also a staggering number of ‘other’ offerings that – for some reason or another – never really caught on in the West. The SaGa series was one such franchise; it was initially branded as Final Fantasy Legends when it was first localised and has always been regarded with a bemused response when each new release eventually made its way over. Much of this middling reaction was due to the quirky and experimental gameplay at the series’ core, which could most gently be described as an acquired taste.
The Romancing SaGa trilogy of SNES games marked the beginning of the inconsistent localisation of the series, with the latter two releases not even making it to western shores until recent times. Having the option to play an official English-translated version of Romancing SaGa 3 on a Switch is in many ways a gift that few ever reasonably expected to experience; the question now is whether the 20-odd year wait has been worth it. On the whole, Romancing SaGa 3 has held up reasonably well – with its distinctive brand of gameplay being a particular highlight – although its prickly edges are sure to keep this one a niche classic.
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