Note: Screenshots were taken while playing in Japanese. Screenshots will be described or translated. Settings can be changed by adjusting the language option to English as well.
This is the fifth installment of the Mercenaries series by Rideon Japan. The first one was exclusive to smartphones. The second and third were released to smartphones as well as ported to the Nintendo 3DS. There is a compilation of the first three titled Mercenaries Saga Chronicles that is available for the Nintendo Switch. The fourth one entitled Mercenaries Wings was released for the Nintendo Switch as well as Playstation 4. Mercenaries Blaze is the first installment available to PC, PS4, as well as Nintendo Switch.
It might be obvious, but this game (as well as the rest of the Mercenaries games) is about a group of mercenaries (in this case led by the young Lester) fighting to make money. Eventually they get caught up into something big story-wise and have to make a choice of which route to choose. This choice affects the rest of the game. Luckily there is a new game + with special equipment and SP spillover in which you can choose the other route or change difficulty.
It is a typical SRPG with similar layouts that if you have played a SRPG before will be accustomed to. It is simplified to an extent and yet has its own nuances.
The music is decent enough although nothing too memorable comes to mind for my favorite track. Not that is a bad thing because nothing is really horrible either.
SRPG enthusiasts and other tactical fans might notice it somewhat resembles Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre style-wise— two of the greatest SRPGs ever made in my opinion. While I don't think any game in this series comes near it, it might be a game that scratches your SRPG itch with its simplified yet unique enough experience. Going through the game once opens more difficulty levels and a chance to choose the other route if you want with optional special extra battles near end-game. If you are interested, the other previous Mercenaries games are like this one except this one is more polished in my opinion.
Simple, traditional, yet unique enough SPRG
Great character design
Must go through game twice for special EX battles
Boss attack twice in one turn and can offshoot two enemies
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