Langrisser I & II

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Player choice and complex gameplay define this series.

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Positive Messages

Both games feature overall themes of "good vs. evil." The second game puts more control over the plot into the player's hands. Here, players can choose to change sides, betray allies, etc., heavily affecting not only the gameplay, but the resolution of the story.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroes in both games follow their own beliefs and seem genuinely concerned for others and for the fate of their world. There's a lot of character development over the course of the stories, with many views being more about perspective than simple right or wrong.

Ease of Play

The game has a steep learning curve, not only for the strategic aspects of battles, but also in the micromanagement of commanders' skills and abilities. Players must also make tough choices that can alter the gameplay, progress, and other elements.


Players engage in constant turn-based battles against medieval soldiers and fantasy creatures, using a variety of weapons and magical abilities. There are short animations showing the attacks, with damage represented by flashy effects. There's no blood shown and defeated enemies simply vanish from the screen.


Some characters and creatures are shown in a sexualized manner, normally with exposed cleavage.


The word "bastard" occasionally pops up in dialogue.


Although the game is a complete package featuring both the remastered and original presentations of the first two Langrisser games, NIS does plan to release additional downloadable content at a later date.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Langrisser I & II is a remastered collection of two fantasy-based role-playing strategy games, available on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. Players recruit and control "commanders," which in turn bring their own specialized units onto the battlefield. There's no blood shown onscreen during battles, with damage represented by short animations and flashy effects instead. The combination of tactical strategy and role-playing has a steep learning curve, particularly in the first game. The second game features a branching plot, giving players choices at key moments that completely change the direction and outcome of the story. Parents should be aware that there's occasionally some mildly suggestive imagery, with some female characters and creatures presented in a slightly sexualized manner. 

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What's it about?

The battle between the forces of Light and Chaos rages once again in LANGRISSER I & II, available on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. The epic saga begins with the tale of Langrisser, a sword said to grant its wielder power beyond imagination. Langrisser I follows Prince Ledin of Baldia as he seeks to recover the sword his bloodline has been sworn to protect and use its power to once again seal away the forces of Chaos. Langrisser II is set generations later, in a time when both the Kingdom of Baldia and the sword of legend have faded into the realm of fairytales. But when conflict arises once more and dark forces are awakened, the power of Langrisser is needed again. Now, the fate of the land lies in the hands of a young adventurer named Elwin, whose choices will shape not only his own destiny, but the future of all mankind.

Is it any good?

It's a safe bet that most gamers outside of Japan have probably never heard of Langrisser. Langrisser I & II gives gamers a new chance to check out the series that helped lay the foundation for the tactical RPG (role-playing game) genre. Both games have been updated with new, sharper visuals and a cleaner user interface. As an added bonus, purists can switch back to the original retro experience on the fly, though admittedly, that experience hasn't aged too well over the years. The game's already complex enough without trying to wrap your head around the added confusion and frustration of some old school game mechanics. Even the remastered versions of the games will take a lot of time and patience to learn, but with practice, you'll soon find how the setup allows for a wide range of strategic battle options.

While the first Langrisser game does a good job of laying the foundation for the series, and for the tactical RPG genre, it's Langrisser II that's the real gem in this collection. The game's plot has a crazy number of branches that can completely change the direction and scope of the story. Characters that were close friends one minute might be hunting you down the next, while bitter enemies become trusted friends. Thankfully, the remastered version of the game includes an option that allows players to replay key moments and change their decisions, allowing the game to follow one of its many alternate paths. By not locking players into their choices, it gives the freedom to experiment a bit more and explore the extra layers of what the game has to offer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about choice and consequence. How can the choices we make in the moment today have an impact on events further down the road? What are some important ways to weigh these choices?

  • What are some ways that perspective can change how we view others' actions? How can a lack of perspective lead to misunderstandings and conflict?

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