You might be wondering why this is even a page here. After all, Langrisser Dramatic Edition is a remake of an enhanced port and remake of two enhanced ports of two remakes, one of which is a remake of an enhanced port of Langrisser 2. If that doesn’t make any sense, don’t worry – I don’t understand why any game is deserving of so many enhanced ports/remakes… and yes, that logic also applies to Street Fighter 2. Great game, to be sure, but holy shit did it really have to be released EIGHT times!? Street Fighter 2 has as many versions of itself as Langrisser does mainline games (L1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Millennium, Millennium Last Century, Reincarnation Tensei). There are more Street Fighters than there are Arc the Lads! Or Albert Odysseys! Or Pikmin games! …Seriously, wtf?
But anyway, if Langrisser Dramatic edition is simply a remake (of sorts), why does it deserve a mention here? Well, because I felt that there are so many different versions of Langrissers 1 and 2 and it’s helpful to cover them for history’s sake. In this post, I won’t cover the 2019/2020 version (which I affectionately call “Langrisser HD”) because that game is significantly different enough to merit its own article. This post will cover all of the 90s releases of Langrisser 2. The reason the post is titled “Dramatic Edition” is because it’s the most unique title; calling it “Langrisser 1&2” would inevitably result in some confusion between this version and the 2019/2020 version. Technically speaking though, most of these games are different versions of Der Langrisser.
We’ll start off with the original Der Langrisser, released in 1995 for the Super Famicom (SNES).
This one already has its own post, so I won’t delve into greater detail here. Der Langrisser is a remake of Langrisser 2, which notably was the second SRPG to allow for multiple “paths” (the first one being Feda in late 1994). It included new characters, some new music, such as a new Egbert theme, a new Staff Roll theme, the famous Ally Backup2, and more. It added in a character creation quiz, which became a Langrisser standard, made Hein even more overpowered than he was in L2, nixed the ability to mix troops, and remade many of the game’s maps. Notably, DL runs a lot more slowly than Langrisser 2 and the graphics don’t look as pleasing. It’s also the only version, of the ones listed in this article, to ever receive a full English translation patch. You can find that patch here.
Then Der Langrisser FX came along, released in 1996 for the PC FX.
DLFX is essentially a port of Der Langrisser. I haven’t played it, but from what I’ve seen from footage, it appears to be the exact same game, just with better controls, better graphics, better music quality, pretty anime cutscenes, and voice acting. Fun fact: Chisa Yokoyama, known for voicing Sakura Shinguji from Sakura Wars, voices Cherie in this version. (As far as I know, later versions of Der Langrisser which featured voice acting retained these same voice lines.) While Der Langrisser was more groundbreaking, this is a superior version in all respects. So if you can read Japanese, then I’d recommend skipping Der Langrisser and just playing this one, or one of the remakes detailed below in the article.
For L2’s third re-release, we have 1997’s Langrisser 1&2 for the Playstation X.
Here’s where things get a little complicated. This release was a bundled, two-disc release with one disc containing Langrisser 1, and the other containing Langrisser 2. On the L1 side of things, this version is an enhanced port of Langrisser 1 for the PCE, which was released in 1993. That game also had anime cutscenes, but this version uses different ones which were made specifically for this release. This version uses the same maps as Langrisser 1’s PCE release, while utilizing the Der Langrisser FX engine to run things. Meanwhile, on the L2 side of things, this is basically the same thing as Der Langrisser FX, using the same voice lines, cutscenes, etc.
Fourthly, we got 1998’s Langrisser Dramatic Edition for the Sega Saturn.
This is, as far as I know, an identical release to the PSX version. However, there’s one thing I’m uncertain on (because I haven’t played the PSX version to completion): I KNOW that Dramatic Edition contains some extra endings for Langrisser 2, but I DON’T know if these were added first in Dramatic Edition, or if they were first added in the PSX version. Or if they were first added in DLFX, for that matter. It’s a mystery to me and I frankly haven’t the time to manually test this, when there are so many other things I need to get done. So if anyone can clarify this, it’d be much appreciated. In summary, Dramatic Edition appears to be identical to the PSX version.
But I’m not done yet! For one more re-release, there’s 1998’s Langrisser 1&2 for Windows 98.
Predictably, this is a port of the PSX version, just like Dramatic Edition before it. Minor changes are present here, mainly relating to things like different controls (point and click vs. controller), graphics, sound quality, etc. Check out Langrisser Russia’s playthrough here if you want an idea of how the game looks/sounds.
Well, that’s all, folks. These ports and remakes won’t be getting any additional content like reviews/walkthroughs/etc on this website because they’re too similar to existing games which will have additional content like reviews/walkthroughs/etc. I hope this post is informative. I also hope that we don’t get any additional re-releases/ports of Langrisser 2 because frankly, it’s ridiculous. As of 2019, there are now seven different versions of L2. That’s almost as many versions as Street Fighter 2 does! Can we get an English version of Langrissers 3, 4, and 5 already? Pretty please?