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2ToneToby has reviewed Telepath Tactics Liberated:
More information.The best strat RPG game released this year is Telepath Tactics: Liberated, and yes, I have beaten Symphony of War.
Do not be thrown off by the art style! This game is straight fire and terrifically written. I regret sleeping on this game, but ultimately I place it as the best Strat RPG of 2022 thus far, even above Symphony of War.
This game is a remake of Telepath Tactics (2015) in a new engine, recreated entirely using the TT: Liberated's Campaign Designer tool, and all I can say is wow. It's like an attached Strategy RPG Studio program with the purchase of the game, and I'm looking forward to making my own story and utilizing the creator.
Onto the game though. Half shining force, half fire emblem, half 3d push/pull/throw terrain mechanics leads to quite a unique experience in the genre. In addition to your typical swords and magic, there are also traps that can be placed on the field of battle, and there's even an engineer class for creating bridges/barricades/even using satchel charges to have a crossbowman ignite the charge, clearing out the thick bush like a Daisy Cutter in Vietnam. The mechanical golems are absolutely enthralling to use, and remind me a bit of Guntz from Shining Force. I absolutely love the Engineer class and want to create a more or less an Operation Overlord style beach assault where bridges and satchel charges must be constructed/detonated to reach the objective, which brings me to my next point:
The Missions: The mission objectives vary quite a bit, from kill all enemies, to rescuing others, to trying to escape/reach a location while under assault. The missions have been rather varied in terms of terrain and scenarios, each one with interesting challenges. I haven't felt there has been a lackluster mission yet during my playtime. This game will challenge you and keep you on your toes. Some missions offer achievements for going above and beyond the call of duty, where instead of just busting in, rescuing an individual and departing you can instead opt to fight the entire war camp. It took numerous retries and replays of turns, but not because of tactical errors, not RNG.