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Gloria Union


Atlus
Compatible with Sony PSP™ (PSP™)
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description

Set off on a voyage this summer and grasp the will power in your hand. The spiritual successor to Yggdra Union, Gloria Union will sail gamers through the seven seas in search of the crystals that embody all the energy in the lost kingdom of Euphoria.

Besides the original swordsmen, bowmen and lancers, the game adds a vast amount of regiments and tactical cards. So be ready to give your armies special powers. Even the pirate ship is part of your arsenal of weapons, sail it into enemy territories and start your pillage.

There is more than power hidden under the depths of the sea, sink in to find the treasures.

further info

Original Name  グロリア・ユニオン
Official Release Date Jun 23, 2011
Genre Strategy
Version  Japan
  CERO B (12+)
PAX-Code PAX0003323738
Catalog No.  ULJM-05813
Item Code  4984995900681

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Average rating:  (4.5 out of 5)
Total votes:4

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mong_orange (114) on 20, Sep. 2012 20:56 (HKT)
Strategy for Fan Union.
If you've ever played Blaze Union and Yggdra should not miss the game.
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Kanade (11) on 18, Apr. 2012 04:50 (HKT)
Strategy + RPG
If you like Strategy games, this is a game to buy. It's a 2nd version of Yggdra Union upgraded.
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TimeDesigner (1) on 25, Mar. 2012 05:31 (HKT)

First off, there's no 4.5 star rating, so I just rounded up. :) Gloria Union is a near perfect strategy RPG, but it does have some minor flaws.

The biggest feeling I had by the end of this game is that the soundtrack and character art are as awesome as ever. The next biggest thing was the absence of the seriousness and drama that accompanied Yggdra Union and Blaze Union. Instead, Gloria Union favors more comedy, in both a playful and sarcastic way, through a pirate theme. You'll be laughing at some of the cute and awkward situations that these characters get into, though there are times to be serious as well. Gloria Union balances these aspects of the story very well.

The battle system from the Union series has also been well refined. It's a strategy game, which means you need to plan out your turns, and you can no longer brute force any maps (unless you really know what you're doing). It's also enjoyable and definitely playable without being forced to use the main characters besides very early in the game, which in my opinion, greatly increases its replayability.

My biggest regret with this game (actually, ever since Yggdra Union appeared on the PSP) is this: Hard mode could be harder. There are still ways of taking advantage of the AI and the battle system to breeze through certain maps, and because the battle system is so unique, it's a shame that there isn't something along the lines of an puzzle/impossible mode. But if this the biggest criticism in this review, then the game must be pretty good.

If you are a casual player, depending on how willing you are to learn a new battle system and play strategically, it may not be for you. If you're a fan of the Yggdra Union series, you won't want to miss out on this game.
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feralphoenix (3) on 17, Aug. 2011 06:30 (HKT)

I'll say first off that Gloria Union is a pretty good game. It makes further refinements to the gameplay system that made Yggdra Union and Blaze Union so good, and as usual, Hayashi's soundtrack is gorgeous.

I will also say that it's probably not for everyone.

If you're already a fan of Dept. Heaven or the Union series, you've probably come to expect very serious plotlines and subject matter. Gloria Union's serious moments are few in number; the story is your typical heroic fantasy, a lot of the characters are static and archetypal, and there are a lot of fanservicey elements and heavy references to otaku culture. None of the heavy questions of morality featured in Yggdra Union or the interpersonal drama of Blaze Union are to be found here.

But if you are looking for silly, light-hearted pirate dramedy with harem-comedy elements, you're going to enjoy this game a lot.

My main complaints with Gloria are that it's so short--36 battlefields long, the shortest Union game yet--and that its visual production values are pretty low. Compared to Blaze Union's volume of high-quality art, Gloria Union only has a handful of CGs and most of the character portraits are the same pose with redrawn expressions. I expect better of Sting by now.

On top of this, all of the game's endings are awkwardly written and the hookups don't feel genuine to me; you also don't have as much freedom to raise the units you want to use, because the main five are all forced-deploy at one time or another late into the game.

So, my verdict: Decent game, could have been much better. Don't bother unless you really like the Union system or you want something cheery to play.
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