Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition – Xbox One Review

Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs is a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously – there is no huge incoming war and your not the chosen one that can stop the end of the world. Instead, you play a young and inexperienced lad named Kay that finds himself inheriting the ruined kingdom of his ancestors, and after running into a shady gentleman that reveals his ancestors owe a large amount of money, he is forced to restore the kingdom to its former glory. Kay begins his journey accompanied by Elaine and Gwendolyn; his two sisters, and a personal bodyguard named Griffith, but it doesn’t take long for you to recruit an array of men and women to help you rebuild.

Now for Kay to rebuild the kingdom, you will need to travel through various locations. Each of the game’s areas consists of a few combat maps, along with text-based adventure moments where you can avoid a fight by choosing the right option. Exploring new places and encountering enemies are plenty and encountering enemies leads to some tactical battles. Your squad and the enemies all occupy square spaces on the battlefield think Final Fantasy Tactics or more recently South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Each character takes a turn to move to a new space and perform a different combat action. The foundation is totally familiar and doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel.

The style of game on offer here is very interesting. There is the usual fantasy setting and sprinkled atop is some in-your-face humour. It is fun but unfortunately the game piles on jokes like they were going out of style. That’s not to say the game isn’t funny but when every piece of dialogue and loading screen text involves some kind of joke, it start to become tedious. That’s not even the worst thing, some of the jokes aren’t even funny. The amount of groans we made whilst playing were far too high. Most of main scenes are also fully voiced, while some of the voice acting is very good and certain characters bounce off one another well, you will get the odd one or two characters that are just plain bad.

The visuals, are nothing short of stunning, the portraits for characters and creatures alike are all illustrated in a comic book style. You can tell that each portrait was made with pure passion and dedication. The backgrounds are also easy to look at and with huge variety of areas to explore its very rare that you will come across the same location twice.

Going back to the combat system. Regalia was originally a PC release, and within the first battle we were crying out for a mouse & keyboard, but after the next five or so battles we started to get better and it then began to flow. You’ll need to hold down various shoulder buttons to cycle through different options, this does become annoying at times when a simple thing like checking your quest journal requires you press different button combinations, but things like this are so minor that at the end we didn’t real care to much.

Much like Dead Rising, Regalia has timed deadlines, and again just like Dead Rising if you fail to complete that activity the game is over. The days you are given are very tight, so it’s hard go off and explore different dungeons and side quests  when the game is always forcing you down a specific quest.

 

 

Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition can be purchased and downloaded from the Xbox Store, priced at £20.99.

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