Tactics Ogre Art Works – Square Enix Art Book Review

Posted By blauereiter der on August 7th, 2011

I’m less than familiar with Square Enix’s Tactics Ogre roleplaying game, myself not much of a gamer these days but I couldn’t pass up such gorgeous art work –

The book is a veritable treasure trove of fantasy art work, cover to cover, by long time Square Enix character designer/illustrator Akihiko Yoshida and Tsubasa Masao. Don’t let the publishers hear this, but I was expecting a price tag of about 30-50% more for so splendid a collection of art work (231 pages), bound in a nice hard cover volume, no less.

Makes me want to play the game after seeing all these beautiful character designs. Any readers out there played this ?

(above) An interview with Masao-san, Akihiko’s interview is also in the book . (below) A rare glimpse of his work desk, at first glance I can see a partially hidden Hellboy comic and of course James Jean’s Fables.

“Ogre Tactics Art Works Square Enix Art Book” art book details :

Dimensions – 11.8 x 8.7 x 1 inches
Hard cover with matte plastic dust jacket, 231 pages
Full color / Black & White

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7 Responses to “Tactics Ogre Art Works – Square Enix Art Book Review”


Makes me want to play the game after seeing all these beautiful character designs. Any readers out there played this ?
I was hesitant to play the psp game but after seeing this, i really want to play it. I only played the snes versions and at that time it was japanese only so i couldn’t really get into the story but the art was already nice even for snes.

King Raoh

I’ve played the SNES and Gameboy versions. Don’t expect this art to be properly reflected in the game, which uses “super-deformed” sprites. Ahihiko’s work is uniformly excellent, and the best character artist at Square and Enix, in my opinion.

Know that Tactics Ogre are from the same director as Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, and Final Fantasy 12, which I think are 3 of the best games Square ever released.


I’m not a player but the art drew me. They’re marvelous.


whitezero/King Raoh – Thanks for the heads up ! I’ll put this on my list of games to try out.

girls are like kites

the art is for the recent tactics ogre psp game. its a strategy rpg so the sprites are very small but the character art is showcased in the dialogue sequences.

girls are like kites

^ also, the tarot cards shown were given to customers for free as a preorder bonus


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