Excerpt: The Hundred Years’ War is remembered for many things, most notably its famous heroes. Although lasting more than one hundred years (116 years, specifically), the war featured many historical figures including Edward the Black Prince, John Talbot, Gilles de Rais, and Joan of Arc. Likewise, Level 5 are known for their quality titles such as the Dragon Quest, Dark Cloud, and Professor Layton series.
Conclusion: While a fantasy play on Joan of Arc may seem unsavory to a select few (bloody English), I assure you it is every bit as compelling as the original tale, if not more so, by way of the astonishing anime that frames the adventure and creature designs the likes that we have seldom seen on the PSP. Although Level-5 has done plenty genre-wise to make it their own, the last thing that I expected was a painstakingly animated and voiced onboard anime.
Conclusion: As a general critic of videogames, I'm supposed to approach each title that comes my way from an objective point of view. Here's a not so big secret: no one can do that, everyone has their particular likes and dislikes about a game/genre/developer/etc. For me, strategy RPG's are near the bottom portion of my "games I like to play" list.
Excerpt: It seems that all I’ve been playing are SRPGs as of late. Jeanne D’Arc
is the most recent that I’ve tackled. Like Final Fantasy Tactics before
it, Jeanne benefits from a strong story that drives the gameplay ever
upward and onward. It’s a good thing, too, because unlike Disgaea,
there isn’t much post-game fun to mention.
Excerpt: "Hey man, what are you playing?" "I'm not playing anything." "Well that's the PSP, and it's on. You must be playing something, nobody watches anything on UMD." "I'm not playing, I'm learning." "Learning? Learning about what?" "About ancient history... it's called Jeanne D'Arc , and it's all about this big war that happened, but it's weird because the two sides are the French and the English and at first I couldn't figure out was going on because there weren't any Nazis...
Excerpt: Remember the story of Joan of Arc? The tale of a young girl who hears the voice of God, takes up arms, cross-dresses and eventually leads France against hordes of English knights, orcs, dark elves, dragons and cow-warriors called Bovimoths? Remember how, with her magical armlet and cowlick-sporting giant purple frog she won the day and saved France and...wait a minute. Okay, Jeanne d?Arc doesn?t try to simulate history and just can?
Excerpt: As a game reviewer I've played a lot of RPGs. Save the princess, slay the demon, recover the ancient artifact, … I've done it all before. A few hundred times. RPG storylines have become so formulaic that you'd have a hard time telling some of them apart. Occasionally a game does make its way to my review pile that contains a spark of originality and doesn't have me searching for the button to skip cutscenes five minutes into the game. Jeanne D'Arc is one of those games.
Excerpt: In past years, the PSP version of Sony's MLB series has been a bit of an afterthought. While it has always been a strong portable baseball game, it never felt completely up to spec when compared to the console versions. This year, things are different; more elements from the console versions have been brought onboard, making MLB 08: The Show one of the series' best portable showings to date.
Excerpt: I've been going out on a limb lately with a few reviews. About a month or so ago, I brashly proclaimed Persona 3 to be one of the best RPGs to hit the PS2. Well, I'm at it again, only this time I'm upping the ante a bit; Jeanne d'Arc isn't just the best Strategy RPG (or RPG) on the PSP, but one of the best to come out for any console. Visuals are the first thing that really pops out about Jeanne d'Arc .