Excerpt: Shadow Hearts; Covenant, the third game in the burgeoning Koudelka series, makes significant improvements over its predecessor in nearly every conceivable area. However, and while the game is very good and a lot of fun to play, certain parts of the game make it hard to reconcile with the other two titles in the series.
Excerpt: "Europe. 1915. The Great War has spread across the continent like wildfire. A young German officer leads troops into the village of Domremy in France under orders to secure it for the empire and stamp out resistance." Toss in a baritone narrator and some grainy footage, and this is how it would play out on the History Channel.
Excerpt: The Shadow Hearts name was given another chance to shine after its last game was released very close to Final Fantasy X and somehow did not set sales records. Shadow Hearts Covenant turned out to be exactly what the series needed, a game with a unique feel that also happened to be superb. The annoying aspects of its predecessor have been tossed aside in favor of something that stays gripping from beginning to end, displaying inventiveness at every turn.
Excerpt: Forget what you learned in history class: Princess Anastasia was a feisty princess that traveled the world defeating monsters, and Rasputin sold his soul to a demon in exchange for magical powers and a sweet fortress. Also, the catastrophic casualties of World War I can be blamed on a secret society that unleashed “malice” upon the world from a building at the Vatican.
Excerpt: While frequently a game that borders on the bizarre, Shadow Hearts: Covenant is a game that blends wonderfully classic, yet dark, atmospheres and a souped up traditional turn-based combat system into a truly first-rate RPG title. Shadow Hearts: Covenant has a visual style that is unique to RPGs, except for maybe its precursor, Shadow Hearts . Set in Europe during World War I, every area of the game is filled with the depressing undertone of a continent ravaged by war.
Excerpt: Shadow Hearts: Covenant takes the RPG mold and fashions it in a manner that proves to be a fresh angle on the genre. Instead of sci-fi or fantasy themes, the game is set in a dark environment, hinged on the early World War 1 timeline of Europe. Set a short while after the first game , Covenant is set at the onset of the war.
Pros: Great graphics, Change of story theme is nice, Story is pretty solid, Judgment Ring adds interactivity to battle
Cons: Lots and lots of Ring usage, A bit too easy and straightforward
Excerpt: Shadow Hearts: Covenant is set during World War I, a most unusual setting for this style of RPG to be sure. The German War Machine is pumping on all cylinders and yet the lone village of Domremy sits free and unconquered, a thorn in the side of the German lines. A young female officer (this is a fantasy RPG after all) named Karin Koenig is sent to capture the village, but a demon is guarding the prize and makes quick work of the Germans.