Yggdra Union: This was once a GBA game?

By Louise Yang . September 9, 2008 . 1:53am

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It’s hard to imagine what more the PSP version of Yggdra Union could add to the already solid GBA game, but now that I’ve had my hands on the PSP port, it’s hard to believe this was once a GBA game.

 

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The PSP version looks beautiful with its talking-head cut scenes and wider screen. After playing Yggdra on the PSP, I don’t see how I can go back to the small screen of the GBA, especially when it comes to the over-head map; it definitely looks less hectic on a bigger screen. The sprites during each battle look fantastic on the high-res screen and seem to pop out thanks to its brightness.

 

Full voice acting is another feature of the new Yggdra Union and while I usually cringe at voice acting, the voices in this game are pretty decent. As a bonus, there’s also the option of Japanese voice acting.

 

Not every scene is voiced, but the parts that are voiced don’t detract from the game at all. They even sound like the voices I imagined in my head while I was playing the GBA version.

 

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Another improvement is the fast-forward button, which lets the battle play out at 2x the speed while still letting you control your team in battle. Fast forward is definitely appreciated; no matter how nice the archers look while fighting, if I know I’m going to lose, I’d rather see it go quickly.

 

I thought the GBA version was a bit on the hard side and it felt like the PSP version was easier even considering I actually knew how to play the game this time around. It turns out that the PSP version lets characters recover morale not only through items, but also upon level-up.

 

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Players new to the game should be able to get into this version more since it eases up on the difficulty and the graphics provide nice eye- candy. Even after playing the GBA version, I still enjoyed playing through the PSP’s Yggdra Union, especially with its improvements.

 

Images courtesy of Atlus.


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  • Kijof

    I skipped this game on gba and now I’m looking forward to play it. Looks like fun and different.

  • Mikael

    I am kinda sold on the extras, its the first time I will consider buying a game I already have, but this remake seems to have a lot of additions to improve the experience…

    However I am a bit concerned on the difficult scale, I know some of the difficulties of the previous game was unfair but I liked the difficulty and went through the game pretty well…

    But the end of the game ruined it for me since the last boss was almost impossible, I have yet to cleared the game properly..

    If you get by the end could you mention if the last boss has been tuned?

  • Simon

    the heading is wrong.. its Yggdra, not Ygddra but spelled it right in the story

  • http://cruizd.blogspot.com Cruizd Dwyer

    Never played the first but after some comparison shots, the PSP version is a great improvement. This looks like a stellar title, I’ll keep my eyes on this!

  • Al

    @ Mikael – I’m pretty sure there is a hard mode in this version that is more or less at the same difficulty as the GBA one. I would assume the last boss is around the same level in that mode as well.

  • BatAttack

    “As a bonus, there‚Äôs also the option of Japanese voice acting.”

    Bonus? Bah, for me English-dub-only is a deal breaker, no buy.
    Japanese VA makes me very happy.. I deliberately did not play the GBA version once I heard this PSP remake was in the works..

  • BatAttack

    From the write up, I got the impression it is only easier because of the moral recovery on level-up. Is it easier in other ways too?

  • RuzE+

    DOOD! Its a gem KUPO!!!!

  • RiceBoi

    Japanese voice acting? I’m sold on buying this, even though I already own the GBA version.

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