Excerpt: With their offbeat sense of humour and often bizarre gameplay mechanics, Nippon Ichi are a unique company with their own unmistakeable style. The developer doesn’t use exceptional graphics to make themselves noticed, instead crafting games so deep that you’d think you could drown. Despite being the oldest of the three games (the other two being Disgaea and Phantom Brave of course) La Pucelle: Tactics is the latest game to be released here in Europe.
Excerpt: Let us start with the graphics or, more importantly, the art. Don't be fooled by the uninspired boxart. The actual character and monster designs are quite good if a bit cliché (pay attention you'll be seeing that word a lot). The design does tend to lean a bit too hard towards the cute spectrum but it's not bad enough so that you choke on it.
Excerpt: Why do people say that videogames have no educational value? In vision therapy, I played a blue and red Arkanoids clone to help my eyes work together. The Legend of Zelda taught me the basics of reading maps. And thanks to playing La Pucelle Tactics , I can now call somebody "stupid" in Japanese. Demon hunting heroine Prier is always calling people baka: her younger brother, her best friend, scary monsters. "You really piss me off!
Conclusion: The time you must spend leveling to get all the game offers belies how little strategy Nippon Ichi put into La Pucelle. At enormously high levels, which is where you must be to complete the non-mandatory end game stuff, every enemy kills you in one hit. In order to succeed you must kill them in one pass or run. This extreme also saps the strategy from the game.
Excerpt: Those who played last years hit, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness , were pleasantly suprised to see one of the most enjoyable and unique RPG experiences around. The game's developer, Nippon Ichi Software, will soon be bringing one of their previous games, La Pucelle Tactics , to the U.S. thanks to publisher Mastif. With many similarities to Disgaea , La Pucelle Tactics is a title many Strategy/RPG fans are eager for.
Excerpt: Thanks to Mastiff, La Pucelle Tactics , a strategy/RPG from Nippon Ichi Software, finally made it to American shores in early May, 2004. The game shares hordes of similarities to last year's hit, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness , but still has its fair share of originality. So does the game live up to Disgaea ? Read on! Despite its recent release, La Pucelle was actually developed by Nippon Ichi before Disgaea . Atlus published Disgaea in the U.S.
Excerpt: Disgaea: Hour of Darkness was an example of one of those great games that comes along, destroys everything else in the genre and doesn't get the respect it deserves from the general gaming populace. While a vast majority still claim Final Fantasy Tactics to be the greatest Strategy RPG ever made, those who played Disgaea would be the first to argue that title.
Excerpt: As the predecessor to Disgaea: The Hour of Darkness, La Pucelle: Tactics has an impressive reputation to maintain and uphold within the realm of Strategy RPGs. Nippon Ichi's latest domestic release ultimately fails to improve on the standards established by Disgaea, but offers solid gameplay and an intriguing storyline that should not be overlooked. "She's loud. She's self-centered. And she just passed her exorcism exams.