Growlanser: Generations for Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2)
Known in Japan since the days of the original PlayStation, Career Soft's Growlanser series teams up on North American PS2s in this special two-game release. Included are both Growlanser II: The Sense of Justice and Growlanser III: The Dual Darkness; cult hits in across the Pacific but previously unavailable to North American gamers.
The games follow many conventions of the tactical role-playing style, including an isometric perspective, squad-based battles between diverse parties, a complicated system of cause and effect as fights play out, and customizable character development. However, Growlanser boasts enormous campaign worlds and open-ended stories that distinguish it from many more familiar strategy role-playing games.
Growlanser II: The Sense of Justice is set in a fantasy realm in which magic rings are used as weapons and war threatens three neighboring kingdoms. Growlanser III: The Dual Darkness is set back in the beginning of the game world's history, and offers an enhanced battle system that allows players to explore towns and randomly generated dungeons.
All good RPGs tell a story, but only some allow the player to truly influence the story's outcome. Whether a formal face-off or a random encounter, each battle in Growlanser may have long-range consequences. The developer boasts the games must be completed at least twice for players to see even half of the possible events and outcomes the game world offers.