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Old 6th Jan 2002, 10:35 AM   #1
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Shadow Hearts

So, I'm sure you think the only good rpg for the ps2 is FFX, right? Well, I just picked "Shadow Hearts" up yesterday. Not only does it have some little variations on your regular rpg gameplay, but it has an incredibly interesting story. It's definitely not for the weak of heart though. Considering in the first minute two grown men are torn apart like rag dolls, I think those looking for a happy go-lucky rpg should well... look elsewhere. The atmosphere kind of reminds me of Persona 2*(if you've played that), but even darker.

The characters and plots definitely aren't your run-of-the-mill stereotypes. Yuri, the main male character, continually makes thinly veiled sexual approaches towards the main female character, Alice. It is clear that Yuri is not quite... right in the head. This is due to the system of "malice" in the game, where the more monsters you kill, the more their spirits hold sway over you. But you can "cleanse" your malice at a graveyard when it gets too high. Be sure to do so, otherwise a grim reaper sort of character will attack you, and if you lose against him, you lose the game.

Many of the characters possess some very... "odd" personalities is how I'd put it. I don't want to give any of the story away, but trust me, it's good.

As far as graphics go, the cg in the game is AMAZING! Considering how damned good the CG is, you'd think they'd put a lot in! It's at least as good as FFX (cg-wise), IMO it's better. The in-game graphics are not the greatest in the world, but good nonetheless.

About the "little variations on regular rpg gameplay". Well, first of all, there is the justice ring:

(That's a japanese screenshot, obviously the english version has english text)
Basically, you try to hit it in the coloured areas. Closer to the edge, more damage. It makes it so reflexes are required for battle. I like this, some people despise it. There is a few other little variations that make the gameplay a little more enjoyable which I'll leave for you to discover.

All in all, I'd give this game a 9/10. I really like the macabre plot. It's a compelling variation on everyday rpg's.

*Persona 2 is a psx rpg that I also suggest you check out.

Gamespot's review of Shadow Hearts
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Old 6th Jan 2002, 10:41 AM   #2
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That game sounds like something id definately love.... Too bad i dont have a ps2.
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Old 6th Jan 2002, 11:03 AM   #3
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Just to show you what it looks like when you're walking around...

Yuri using his "fusion" power...

This is what I meant by "not for the weak of heart"

sexahy cg!

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I forgot to mention yuri's fusion power. Well, as you kill monsters you gain souls that are placed according to elements. Once one element is filled, you can go to the graveyard and challenge a monster of that element. After that, you gain the ability to morph into him. You can also use each monsters unique abilities.
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