Console: Gameboy Advance
The Ogre Battle franchise remains a hidden gem in the west, never commanding the same fevered enthusiasm as your Final Fantasies or Elder Scrollses. But for those in the know, Quest’s series occupies a special place in the history of the tactical-JRPG genre.
Drawing inspiration from the Balkan conflict of the early ’90s, creator Yasume Matsuno laid the foundations for Ogre Battle before developing the acclaimed Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics, and FF12 for Square Enix. The Knight of Lodis was developed after Matsuno left the company, but it’s still a fitting continuation of his first tactical masterwork.