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.
Excerpt: The big problem with PSP games used to be that all the developers on the planet were either using it for ill-advised retro collections or shovelware that was designed for the PS2. The result was that most games were either unplayable because of the screen or unplayable because of the lack of a second analogue stick.
Excerpt: Jeanne D’arc is a 3D tactical role playing game that is loosely based on Joan of Arc and her role in the Hundred Year’s War. In this game a divine armlet binds itself to Jeanne and guides her in liberating the French and defeating England’s possessed King Henry VI. This is no small task and Jeanne must locate the other armlet wielders to build a powerful army. Jeanne starts off with the help of her close friend Liane and an amnesiac swordsman named Roger.
Pros: Excellent story, character development, gameplay, and animation
Cons: Some levels have noticeable delays in character actions
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is based on the life of Jeanne D'Arc but takes exceptional liberties with recorded events. Numerous references are made to God and heaven, and Jeanne believes God is the "Heavenly Voice" that guides her to take up arms against the English and to use a special armlet that grants her extra powers in battle.
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 .
Excerpt: One game developer that sure has taken the RPG genre by storm is the acclaimed Japanese developer, Level 5. The company is responsible for such PS2 hits as the Dark Cloud series, Rogue Galaxy , and the critically acclaimed Dragon Quest VIII . The developers' latest title, Jeanne d’Arc is a strategy-RPG for the PSP. This is the company’s first run with the handheld, so could this be the start of a beautiful relationship? Read on to find out.
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.