Excerpt: Whereas the sublime Shadow Hearts: Covenant was one half dark and one half crazy humour. From the New World is the third game in the series, and whilst it still has its dark moments, it brings the insane humour of the previous games right to the forefront. As the name suggests the game is no longer set in Europe, but instead takes place in 1930’s America, with you taking on the role of not Yuri of the previous two games, but Johnny Garland a sixteen year old detective,...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: From the New World is not an award-contender like Covenant, but thanks to that unique and massively entertaining Ring, the gameplay is top-notch. The story isn't all that memorable, despite a nice little twist and dash of real emotion at the end, but the characters are humorous and likeable...well, most of them. The challenge depends on the player's skill, in both reflexes and preparation, and in the end, the entire adventure is very entertaining.
Excerpt: What do ninjas, talking cats, vampires, the mafia, shapeshifters, aliens, guitar players, monsters, and a sixteen year-old boy all have in common? A lot if we're talking about Shadow Hearts' latest sequel. XSEED's Shadow Hearts: From the New World is both like and not like your usual run-of-the-mill RPG. We got Amanda to check it out, and she handed us this review. Check it out.
Conclusion: Shadow Hearts 3’s true length depends on how many character quests you decide to take part in. The average completion time is about 30 hours. Luckily, the usual “New game +” option is present, where you can start a new game with some of your items and stats intact from your previous game. There is a lot of replay value, especially since you will miss out on a lot of quests depending on which character you use the most.
Excerpt: Shadow Hearts: From the New World , being the latest entry in the rather unique Shadow Hearts series, is a game that can be hard to describe. It’s like a fan fiction of reality. Set in the American continents during the 1920s, the party will meet people and places that should be familiar to most players. However, don’t be surprised if they’re a bit romanticized.
Conclusion: Overall, it is the interplay between the story and the battle sequences that win the day. This helps to really lift the less interesting dungeon crawling sections. Although there was the danger of these two strong aspects of the game competing too heavily for screen time and canceling each other out, in the end they work together very well to deliver another confident chapter in the Shadow Hearts universe.
Excerpt: Shadow Hearts: From the New World takes place in the United States during the time of the Great Depression. This is based during a realistic time period with a fictional story incorporated. Johnny Garland is the protagonist who is a private investigator who finally receives a real case. Johnny is supposed to be looking for a fugitive that has jumped bail. Initially Johnny only has to fight off human baddies.