Excerpt: Shadow Hearts is an RPG published by Midway that few have heard of but really should have. Its a "dark" RPG that is fun and surprisingly very well made. In this game you take the role of Yuri, a man who has the ability to transform into other creatures. He is what they call a Harmonixer. You join him on a great quest spanning Asia and Europe.
Pros: Great Intro, Easy Controls, Good Story, Lengthy Quest
Cons: Sub-Par Graphics in certain areas, Voice acting isn't the best
Excerpt: For the most part, Shadow Hearts does very little to push the PS2's power to the limits. The environments are statically rendered locations the likes of which you've seen in many a RPG in recent times, and the character models, while high-resolution, aren't particularly detailed. The battles fare better, with a smooth framerate and a high resolution, but the enemies aren't particularly detailed (bosses excepted) and the spell effects definitely leave something to be...
Excerpt: The occult and macabre found a place in gaming when Silent Hill , a survival-horror game, employed them to unforgettable effect. Shadow Hearts, a PlayStation 2 game from Midway, brings those same aspects to the role-playing game (RPG) genre. Unlike Silent Hill , Shadow Hearts ignores subtlety in favor of continuous action and player interaction, succeeding in an offbeat and fun game.