The third week and on to our second game on this crazy JRPG tour, its time to discuss the game of the week; If you didn’t play it that’s okay I will also be giving a mini review and my thoughts on the game so let’s get started.
So before I get started I was crazy busy these last two weeks and I wasn’t even able to barely put a dent in this JRPG. I was only able to get a good 13 hours in and only gotten through the first arch of the game, so the my thoughts on the story will be what I have played through so far.
Shadow Hearts is a spin-off sequel to another horror RPG called Koudelka where you follow Yuri the protagonist of the game as he tries to protect a young girl Alice from perverted old guys who want to use her as a catalyst for world domination. sounds pretty typical right? it is. The Story of shadow Hearts is very generic with the all of the playable cast fitting a troupe to a Tee. you have the Hot headed rude Hero; the quite and caring female lead; the sly Russian spy; the wise older exorcist and ect. The story while also pretty bland in regards to other JRPGs at the time changes it up a bit with its setting in an alternate 1913 where the first half of the game focuses on the struggles Japan and China faced after The Chinese revolution, added in with the sprinkles of Asian inspire folklore and horror like atmosphere with it stories and monster and its just different enough to not be too much of a bore.
The Atmosphere of the environment is what really sell the game here, despite the outdated graphics when to compare to games like KH and Star Ocean (The game looks like it belongs on the PS1). The environments and monster designs are downright disturbing and made me uneasy during the game. Another highlight is the Gameplay elements like the Judgement rings, Sanity Points, and the Malice gauge. The ring consisting of a dial that goes around with you hitting the correct areas at the right time to complete actions like attacking and using items, although the game was a little too reliant on the Judgement ring system having it being used on the simplest of things like turning a dial or applying a discount in stores.
I feel like if I had more time with this game I could have talked more about it, but alas life gets in the way overall the game was a slightly above average game to me with boring characters but fun environments and gameplay.
Rating for Shadow Hearts is a C-
The next game on the list is what some might not consider a JRPG The Mythical Ninja Goemon!