Langrisser

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Langrisser
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Publisher: Masaya (Japan), Treco (US), Samsung (South Korea)
Developer:
Genre: Simulation[1], RPG[2]

















Series: Langrisser series
Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,300 (7,519)7,300e[3][2] T-25103
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-24046
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM4056JT
Wii Virtual Console
JP
700pts700[6]
CERO: A

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Langrisser (Japanese: ラングリッサー, Korean: 랑그릿사) is a turn-based strategy RPG developed by CareerSoft, a division of NCS. It is the first game in the Langrisser series and the only game to be released outside Japan and Korea — released in the US by Treco under the name Warsong.

This game was later remade with Langrisser II in Langrisser: Dramatic Edition for the Sega Saturn, which was in turn included in the Langrisser Tribute compilation, also for the Saturn.

Gameplay

The game has fairly complex gameplay mechanics which are difficult to explain in a few paragraphs.

Each map begins with a story exposition sequence, followed by a "Battle Preparations" screen, where the player is shown each of his playable story characters. On this screen, the player can assign the characters up to eight generic soldiers to command - each under a different "class" with advantages and disadvantages - and then equip items, and assign the starting positions for each character on the battle map.

After this, the player gets more plot exposition and then his first player phase. The player can move any of his character (including the generic soldiers, who can optionally be AI-controlled) around the map and fight enemy units. Battle Maps take on an appearance resembling standard top-down RPGs, and have complex terrain rules. When a unit goes into combat, a new screen shows up which displays the outcome of the encounter. When a unit is completely wiped out, experience points are rewarded to the commander of the victorious troops, which are used to gain levels and change into one of the multiple, branching character classes, each with combat advantages and disadvantages. When a player ends his turn or runs out of units to move, the enemy phase begins.

Each map has a context-based objective, ranging from escaping an area, to defeating a commander, to surviving a certain amount of turns. When the objective is met, the player advances to the next map. The player gets a Game Over if the Lord-class character, Ledin (Known as Garrett in the US release Warsong), is slain in combat, or if there is a failure to fulfill a certain context-sensitive objective, such as protecting a certain unit.

In this game, a story character who is defeated in battle is dead for the rest of the game. This trait is not followed in latter Langrisser-series games.

Versions

Besides the title of the game, Warsong also changed the names of all the characters and many of the items. The graphics were also redone, altering the anime-esque look of the original game into more "masculine" character designs.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English (US) Warsong Warsong
Japanese ラングリッサー Langrisser
Korean 랑그릿사

Comparisons

Main article: Langrisser/Comparisons.

Magazine articles

Main article: Langrisser/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Langrisser/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[7]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
85
[8]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
78
[9]
Consoles + (FR)
88
[10]
Console XS (UK) NTSC-J
80
[11]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
68
[12]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
92
[4]
Games-X (UK)
70
[13]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
70
[14]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
80
[15]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
89
[16]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-U
85
[17]
Play Time (DE)
87
[18]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC
80
[19]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-U
80
[20]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
86
[21]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
77
[22]
Video Games (DE)
88
[23]
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
18 reviews

Langrisser

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Langrisser MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Warsong MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
Langrisser MD KR cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4b680285
MD5 146996a42ef0cca2578f4d56da2c4206
SHA-1 9b13a85f39b3f4cc31f54077df29bbe812405a08
512kB 1991-08 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b6ea5016
MD5 4759f8db3ee29d85f7087886d813c04b
SHA-1 cc67c5a3b91e706b495eb561a95a038fff72b5da
512kB 1991-01 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 522642c6
MD5 224729c46eb827aaecede2365bf45c56
SHA-1 375140685b7622a07005f575cb7128cbea75a1f6
512kB 1991-10-01 CD-R disc Page

External links

References


Langrisser

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Prereleases: Prototype 1991-10-01

Langrisser games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Langrisser (1991) | Langrisser II (1994)
Sega Saturn
Langrisser III (1996) | Langrisser IV (1997) | Langrisser: Dramatic Edition (1998) | Langrisser V: The End of Legend (1998) | Langrisser Tribute (1998)
Sega Dreamcast
Langrisser Millennium (1999)